6/09/2019

For me the button show went very well and I was able to display a lot of crazy quilting and it generated a lot of interest. Especially since I can't do it any more, I love to talk about it.   I wish I had taken more pictures as there had to be millions of buttons of every kind, material, size and shape.

I   darted away from my booth now and again but one had to really take time to get into the collections as there  were boxes and boxes on very large  cards to sort through besides boxes called "pokes" of individual odd buttons .  I didn't find out about them until too late.  I could have found some good paintable buttons I'm sure...

My buttons were a hit and some I sold right out of and will have to get busy again.  These included cottages, owls, iris, bees, etc.  Plus I took many orders for custom pet portraits on buttons.  And again I was taken by surprise by requests for things I had never painted before like a sailing ship for example.  And trees were really a hot item....specific trees in fact.  I have requests for a cork tree, willow tree, olive tree and a box elder tree. 

It really did my spirit good to get up and talk about how I use buttons in crazy quilting...  But today I am tired and am going to treat myself to a very lazy day with a long nap.

5/29/2019

It's here....come see me!!!!!

The Idaho State Button Society Show is just a days away and  I will be speaking there during the noon hour on both Friday and Saturday, June 7th and 8th.. I will have a table in the vendor area as well with lots of needlework on display and buttons to sell as well.  DH will be there  helping me so say hi to him also.   More detailed  information can be found on their facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/IdahoStateButtonSociety/

I know anyone attending will be amazed.  It has been such an eye opener to see how the world of button collectors collect and display their collections, their  dedication to documenting and researching buttons, and best of all their  embracing of all kinds of buttons.  
 In spite of my health issues this winter I have gradually dwindled and organized my work-in-progress buttons and added many more.  It was something enjoyable to do while convalescing.   Just today I added the finishing touches to my slide presentation. Now I have a few days to think about what all to take...   I am really excited..

5/26/2019

The eyes have it!!!

Life has laid me low for awhile... First I had a terrible cold for about 2 weeks and then I fell backward down some stairs and hit my head and sprained my knee and when I just recovered from that I've had a vicious flu bug...

But wanted to share a bit of news....  Last fall there were some eyeglasses in one of the jewelry cases at my favorite thrift store...  These weren't just any old frames as they were literally encrusted with rhinestones.  Oh I wanted those frames... but would I actually wear them and they were all of $21.. so I wandered around the store and finally I left without them... and then regretted it and they were gone when I went back.   So I occasionally scan through eyeglass frames on eBay and Etsy looking for something similar and recently found some.

These aren't quite as glitzy but I know I will wear them... I was lucky as they were a small size and fit me perfectly.  They are from the 50s and were made by a frame company called Victory Optical founded in 1941and their frames were worn by the likes of Buddy Holly, Dean Martin, Connie Frances, etc. ..  The lenses in my current glasses are scratched beyond repair and I really deserve these.....right? 

And that being the case why not get new sunglasses for myself for my birthday as well.. and I ordered these frames for that..  I just love finding vintage designer frames that fit me and have found quite a few over the years. 

The price varies widely depending on the designer ... These Christian Dior frames are a whopping $800 but if they were affordable I would buy them in a minute.

I also loved these but they say right off that they are oversized but they are also overpriced.


There are so many really cool ones... not my size or style but it is fun to look. And a lot of cat's eye frames from the 60s which I hear are making a comeback.  What can I say....some women have a thing for shoes but I love fancy frames.  If I were rich I would have many pairs to fit my moods and outfits.




5/15/2019

Potting the cuttings....

I did find some great containers  for my succulent cuttings from Susie Wolfe  and I did get a drill bit so I could put drainage holes in those that needed it. The diamond bit worked like a charm.  I got the set at Amazon and they were only $15 for the whole set.  I can see I will be using them a lot.


I'm sticking to blue and white and terra cotta. 
Trying  also to keep in mind how I will get them through  the winter as well   This is all new to me..

I have some smaller pots for cuttings.  This plant life  is just what my tiny porch needed.  I had tried putting pots of petunias one year and pots of geraniums other years but it is a south facing and those pots just dried up and died.




I also planted a larger low one that I can use as a centerpiece when needed.  All the cuttings survived and most have started to root.  Two even have flowered.  I just love them.  On the right in this photo is a solar powered fountain for the hummers.  Actually it just sort of bubbles and I haven't seen a hummingbird near it but I read that the sound of water attracts them...  I can't hear it bubble but maybe they can.


A pleasant discovery was this bale cart languishing in the barn could be used for bins.  I use these 18 gallon bins all the time in the garden and usually either pull them by their handle which eventually breaks or put them on my wagon.  They fit perfectly in this cart and now are so much easier to move about.  The bale cart has been sitting unused all these years since I sold the sheep and I had been meaning to put it on craigslist but now will use it for my bins.  It was a godsend when I had to move bales of alfalfa....





Finally I finished a pet portrait and mailed it off yesterday.  I have done several portraits for Nicki  and by the time I finish one I feel I know the animal.

DIL ("the one")  is arriving tonight for a very short three-day visit but I will be so glad to see her and have a list of things I need her help with. On her last visit she taught me how to use curlers in my hair...
Here we are when we met over 25+ years ago.. I just love her dearly....

5/06/2019

Idaho State Button Society Show

The Idaho State Button Society Show is just a month away and even though I have been working toward it quite steadily since Sept., I now am thinking of 101 things I want to do before that date. More detailed  information can be found on their facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/IdahoStateButtonSociety/

 It has been such an eye opener to see how the world of button collectors collect and display their collections, their  dedication to documenting and researching buttons, and best of all their  embracing of all kinds of buttons.  While all these years I've had my head in the sand ...not only wanting just MOP buttons but MOP buttons a specific size for painting... and the added delighted surprise is finding collectors might like the buttons I had been painting for stitchers of crazy quilting.

 In spite of my health issues this winter I have gradually dwindled and organized my work-in-progress buttons.  Almost all scattered on my work table  have been finished as well as the little trays piled everywhere ....full of buttons in various state of  completion.  Now I am starting to think of what is needed at our sales table and it's also time to start adding finishing touches to my slide presentation.  I am really excited..

But I still have time to cook and garden and revel in all aspects of spring...one being gathering flowers from the garden for a table.  These   were the last hurrah for daffodils but looked OK still with the lovely yellow mahonia.  I have the little goldfinches from years ago when little mushroom birds were popular.



And the other big 1st every spring is  the first rhubarb pies and yesterday was the big day and noted on our calendar dairy..  It is DH's very favorite and I will be baking a lot of them for the freezer.

4/25/2019

Was woman-dog once called girl-dog?

Someone wanted to know if I had contacted the animal shelter or humane society about my neighbor.  In our state these agencies do not have the jurisdiction to investigate, take action, or prosecute  anyone for animal abuse.  It is a criminal offense and if you call the animal shelter or humane society they will only tell you to call the police.   I know because over the years I have had to call the police about our neighbor.  The  sheriff's office does come out and either threatens or imposes a fine and have taken some animals away.  But they really never do anything about the basic problem because before long he again has more animals.

It should be a criminal matter because anyone who abuses or neglects animals is mentally ill and there is only a thin line before it is abuse against humans. This is always at the back of my mind so we tread carefully.  So for as long as she shows up in the morning we will make sure she has a good meal and a lot of loving...plus now I always check her ears for ticks.  I have no idea where she is the rest of the day but rest assured we will continue to watch over her the best we can.

 In a film we recently saw there  was a wonderful dog named "Woman" I wondered if as a pup she was called "girldog."  The film Woman at War is  an Icelandic production about a passionate environmental activist who wages a one-woman-war on nuclear power in Iceland. The plot, the music  and the cinematography were all superb and the final scenes spoke volumes about global warming.  I highly recommend it. 

4/23/2019

Thank you Susie Wolfe.....

You might remember a while ago I posted this balcony array of succulents and made a not-too-subtle hint that I would love some succulents cuttings from my friend Susie Wolfe who has a fantastic succulent collection on her patio.












So it wasn't long before a large box arrived and was jammed with a wide variety of cuttings.  Friend Kathy came and helped me sort them, mix soil, and get them planted.  I watched numerous how-to videos on YouTube and now I just have to wait and hope they all root.  These are just part of them.  As they root I will move them into larger pots...and of course that means extra trips to the thrift stores for pots.  It will be so much fun and hope every single one roots.



Girldog was waiting on the porch when I got up this morning.  I am still in my night shirt and no glasses but we are having a bit of a ear rub and chat.  Actually she comes looking for DH who hasn't taken Morris for his morning walk for a couple days as DH has been sick.  The minute she heard DH's voice her huge tail starting wagging full speed.


4/18/2019

Yep...... only me!!!

My friend told me that I was  the only person that would come up with this idea and the only person who would carry it out.... And she is probably right and she was  really thinking stupid enough.  Years ago I discovered that used carpet headed for the landfill made a great weed barrier and often used it in spots that weren't going to be planted anyway.. drives and paths.  It takes years and years for it to disintegrate and saves me from having to spray weed killer.  Plus it breathes and lets moisture through and recycles something... So over the years I had acquired an  excess of carpet rolls in the barn...

I sold the tractor which I used to groom the forest trail  (which is a mile long) and now I had to come up with an alternative for two sections of the trail that were particularly weedy... so last week I started cutting all the carpet into strips approx. 2 x 15 feet... It took a while working out the best tools and the best position to do it..  It turned out a utility knife and crawling on my hands and knees.  

Of course anytime I am on my hands and knees Morris thinks it's a game... Just try to cut carpet strips with a silly dog trying to lick your face and continually  rolling over to have his tummy rubbed.

I have about 40 strips cut and am now dragging them one by one about 1/2 mile into the forest. It has taken me almost 2 weeks and  I should be out of carpet in two more days,  95% of the trail requires miminal care and is through the pines... and looks like this.  This is along our eastern boundary and this is the view as I walk...;=














And this is the biggest weedy area and it is at the very back of the forest.  I'm not even sure what the weed is but I think it is bugloss.  I will have to look it up for sure.  It gets a gorgeous blue flower and a nasty burr that cling to dog and human alike.  It would take gallons of weed killer to eradicate it and I don't even want to do that.  Bees, spiders, and butterflies love it and I just want to walk through it..  Problem solved by crazy old lady and discarded carpet.
 Note: I always lay the carpet with the backing side up...

4/15/2019

Will "Wet & Wild" reverse the trend???

My fashion favorites tend to run in cycles.  Years ago I went through a maxi dress phase and another was denim jumpers.  For years I was crazy about hats, especially straw hats. and wore them all the time.  It was my opinion that no matter what you were wearing, if you added a hat people thought you were "dressed up."  Then it was blazers and jackets and that was my first stop in thrift stores.  Again you could be wearing sweat pants but if you added a nice blazer people would think you were "dressed up." I accumulated a large selection of lovely jackets which I hardly wear any more.

Then I found myself unconsciously heading right for the cardigan section of thrift stores.  For years my only cardigans were an old blue and old red one I wore around the house in the winter and now quite unwittingly I was acquiring  a section in my closet devoted to cardigans... what was happening??

In my life only really old ladies wore cardigans,  I had three grandmas and they all wore cardigans over housedresses made of little prints.  In fact all the old ladies in my youth wore the same thing....it was almost the official uniform for proper little old ladies such as Miss Marple.  So now I find myself with a collection of cardigans which is growing.  There was one more thing old ladies of my youth all wore... heavy support hose rolled at the knees. And now I am having trouble with my left ankle swelling I too am wearing a support hose.... a pattern is beginning to form.

And it gets worse... both my grandma Craig and DH's grandma Koverik cut out sections of their shoes to ease the pain of bunions.  And I look down and sure enough I have cut a hole in my "at home" footwear to ease the pain of my bunion,  In fact on my right foot I have cut out section for a sore toe.

So it looks official that without knowing it I have fitted myself out as an old lady... Yesterday we were at Walmart and I bought a tube of "Wet & Wild" lipstick hoping to reverse the trend,





4/04/2019

He who throws the first stone!

When we moved into this house 39 years ago there was a room that would be for DH to use.  The only problem is he never uses it.  He said he had always wanted an antique roll top desk which we couldn't afford....but we did get a nice reproduction.  The office swivel chair though is a genuine antique.

But the top of the desk and the chair have neither seen the light of day for about 35 years and he is the one who complains about all my stuff. My husband has
"piles" everywhere in the house. At least my stuff has some value...right?  So I had to chuckle at some of the emails and comments I got from other folks trying to downsize... especially the note from Marilyn today about her husband having a hard time letting go of his things.

I would hyperventilate every time I would think of packing and moving but I realized that I can hire someone to do it and what is left I can have an estate dealer come in and organize a sale and do it all. My plan is for the proceeds of that sale will help defray the cost of movers.  The house will go "as is" because anyone who has ever watched a fixer upper on TV knows that a house that is 113 years old is guaranteed to have lots of issues.  I want to spend at least one more summer here and am taking my time searching for options and realtors and etc.. I like to have a plan. A friend is coming Sunday to drive me around to look at various 55+ mobile home communities,  I want somewhere close to doctors, hospitals, dentist, senior and bridge centers,  DH would like an upscale condo near a bakery, winery and a Starbucks..

The daffodils are blooming and I can't bear to be indoors if it isn't raining.  Dear Susie Wolfe  is sending me starts from her fabulous succulent collection as a start of a different kind of gardening that I can take with me.  I can hardly wait until they get here.

Janet asked if it would be possible for us to take girldog with us when we move....but alas she is a St Bernard and we will be lucky to find a place that will allow a small dog,,,, BUT we do have someone that is willing, in fact anxious, to take her if we need to find a home for her.
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