Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Art Journal Journey - recycle and collage

This is my first time joining Art Journal Journey and I sure hope I'm doing it right.  I think my friend Elizabeth will help me out if I muddle up.

As I understand it, Art Journal Journey has a once a month challenge and this month the challenge is recycle and collage.

Here is my entry:  Bits and pieces I found and recycled by using in a collageI started with a 8x10 canvas board.  Collage pieces are newsprint, teabag papers,  a few bits from magazines, odds and ends and acrylic paints.  I used a metal piece in the upper left and a metal circle near center.  The star is stamped on a wooden circle, the elephant (lower left) stamped on a cardboard tag.  

This actually represents the true adventures of someone who traveled in both India (elephant) and Asia (large figure).  

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tea Stands for Tuesday - 4/17/18

Surprise!  Its been awhile since I've been able to join Elizabeth and the rest of the gang for a Tuesday tea.

I've been having my tea at the River House.  There is a draw bridge right where our property ends.  Ships no longer go through the area but every year they test the bridge just to be sure it is workable.  I was excited to watch it go up and down.  They did it three times.

Workers at our fence getting ready.

They sound an extremely loud horn and...there she goes

She's up!  As the locals say.  Not sure why a bridge is a "she".  In any case it was interesting to watch but might give me pause the next time I drive over it.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter

We are at the River House enjoying a few days of beautiful spring weather.

Imagine our surprise when we went to the carport to get into the car!  We had to shoo him off before we could drive away.

We haven't seen him since we returned from shopping.  I did ask around and and several people said they have seen bunnies around the neighborhood and on the levee.  They must have escaped their home.

Hope you have a lovely day and that spring has arrived at your house.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

March knitting

A little knitting has been finished.  A dear friend is going to be a grandmother for the first time so these are for the yet to arrive grandchild.  

What is it about tiny things that makes me smile?  I held this little foot covering in my hand and felt happy.   It almost felt like it was filled with the weight of a little foot.

I've posted these elsewhere so you may have seen them.  They are just too much fun not to share on my blog as well through.

Just a bit of yarn and a few stitches.  Sometimes it is truly the little things in life that bring us joy.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tea Stands for Tuesday - 3/20/18

Hello, Hello!  Happy first day of spring.

I'm still around, still doing a morning walk, still drinking Peets coffee.  This is a photo of the original Peets which opened in 1966.  Its still there and we are both still going strong.

It was necessary to take a bit of a break from my electronics.  It's nice to be back though.  I'll be visiting our Tuesday Tea Hostess Elizabeth this morning.  I've missed my tea party friends.  Won't you join me at the Altered Book Lover blog?

Friday, March 2, 2018

Second on the Second - 3/2/18

Time goes by so quickly, I cannot believe it has been a month since I posted to my blog.  Elizabeth is such a faithful blogger and she pulls me out of a slump from time to time.   She's hosting The Second on the Second, a chance to bring an old post back for a second look.  You can visit her here.


Family Fashion

Since I was talking about my Mom and fashion yesterday I thought today I'd post an old photo of the two of us.  My Mom looks about 17 but she had to have been in her late 20's and the mother of two children by the time this was taken.  I have a brother three years younger than I am.

Mom was quite a seamstress and made most of my clothes and some of her own. She went through a phase of making us matching outfits when I was young. I don't know for sure but I expect these dresses were blue and white. I know she would never (!) have put black on a child.

Since I recently became the keeper of a number of old family photo albums I may be sharing other old photos from time to time.  Of course I've seen the photo's one time or another in the past but it has been years since I really sat down and turned the album pages.

Do you have any (or many) old family photos?

Friday, February 2, 2018

Second on the Second - 2/2/18

On the second of the month Elizabeth hosts "The Second on the Second" on her blog.  It is a great reason to look back through some of our posts and find one we'd like to bring back for a second view.  Here's mine for February.  Be sure to visit Elizabeth and find out what others are offering a second time

MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014


I was recently discussing aprons with some friends.  How we do or do not wear them.  Someone sent me the following "History of Aprons" and it brought back lots of memories.  My GGM lived with us until I was in my teens.  I don't remember ever seeing her without her apron unless she was going to church.

apron I sent to my cousin last year

The History of APRONS

I don't think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. 
But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven. It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.  And when the weather was cold Grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.  In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

Do you wear and apron?  I have several but the languish in a drawer.