Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Yipee! It's Spring?

Monday was the official start of Spring; and it's true, as I walked around the garden making note of the chores to be done, I spied Daffodil shoots and the red tips of my favorite Peonies poking up and even the tiniest yellow Crocus in bloom.  Then yesterday, came warnings of a winter storm -- snow, freezing rain and even "thunder snow" complete with lightening.  And this morning, we had this...

Cold temps are predicted all week, so this stuff will be hanging around
for awhile.  Ironically, we are getting ready for a folk art and antique
show on Saturday, called "The Promise of Spring."  Maybe we'll
be too busy to notice this (hopefully) last blast of winter.

Nah.  Not possible.

I hope your gardens are green and your skies are blue, dear friends.

Hugs, Susan 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Also Known As...A Bad Hair Day

Have you ever had one of those days?   I'm sure we all have, and I'm having one today.  It started out rough because I overslept.  So by the time I pulled myself out of bed, my back was aching from having laid too long.  Creaking along like an old woman, I pulled on my robe and slippers and headed to the bathroom.  As I passed the mirror...Oh Lord!  It looked like Cindy Lou Whoo had been by to do my hair.

I tried smashing it down but it just popped back up. 
I should jump immediately in the shower and let hot water and shampoo
work its magic...but I REALLY want a cup of coffee.

Wait!  I'm the only one here, who's going to see me?

You know they're thinking..."What the heck is up with Mom's hair?"

(Luckily they are easily bribed with doggy biscuits.)

With coffee in hand, I head to the sofa to check on the morning news -
hoping it isn't too awful.  It's 9:15 am and the news is awful.

What's that noise?  A FedEx truck pulling in the driveway.  Maybe he'll
just leave the box and go away.  No such luck.  Doorbell rings, doggies go
into a fit of barking, and I briefly think about my hair and wonder if I would look
weird answering the door with a dish towel on my head.  Probably.

So I suck it up, put on my best Miss America smile and fling open the door.

"Package for "Joe Schmoe, can you sign?"  he says with a smirky little smile.

What!  There's no "Joe Schmoe" here.  Wrong address.

As I close the door and head for the shower, I think...

"This is what's known as a bad hair day."

So dear friends, I hope you are well coiffed and having a lovely day.


Monday, March 7, 2011

A Prize Indeed!

A few weeks ago, I was so very fortunate to win Miss Sandy's giveaway over at Quill Cottage.  I am always so inspired by this lovely soul that I was just thrilled beyond the moon to win a piece of her fabulous art. (Remember, she is the source of inspiration for my "Where I Am From" poem. Here.)

Well, as luck would have it - my prize arrived when I was sick, on strong medication and unfit for civil company.  So, I am dreadfully late in acknowledging my gift and giving thanks.  Thank You, Miss Sandy!

You can see how beautifully wrapped everything was. 
I'm one of those people who like to carefully unwrap packages
and save the paper and ribbon.  Especially when it's as lovely as this! 
Even the tissue got smoothed out and folded for future use.

Miss Sandy tucked in this sweet tag, that is now residing on
the inspiration board in my sewing room.

Aren't her business cards cute!  A nest and a quill; they sum her
up perfectly.  See why I didn't want to rip this package apart?

A beautiful nature journal:
full of color and texture, words and inspiration.

Words of wisdom and the beauty of nature, from beginning to end.

Feathers, buttons and fibers...

Look closer...beautiful words.  A Miss Sandy trademark.

Splashes of red; my favorite accent color.
Here in a feather...there in a leaf.

Fly... My heart soared.

The End...
No, time to start over and see everything I missed the first time through!

Thank You, Miss Sandy!

Thank You too!
To everyone who sent well wishes while I was struggling with health issues.
I'm feeling better and determined to move forward.
I'm back in the studio, so I'll have some cute spring characters to share soon.

Big hugs dear friends,

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!

I had it in my mind to have new posts for both SdG Studio and The Daily Bird,
but, much to my dismay, I'm sick again with more ear infections.
I need to get better, so I'm taking a break and only doing those things
that are most important - like taking my dad for his last surgery on
Wednesday.  I'm hoping to be back in blogland by Thursday so I'll
see you then dear friends. 

Wishing you a wonderful Valentine's Day full of love and inspiration.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Where I am From...

The other day I was searching around for some inspiration and my search, as it often does, led me to Quill Cottage and Sandy Babb.  As I explored her blog, going further and further back in time, I came across a post that struck me so deeply that I've found myself thinking about it since.

Her post is a poem, based on a writing exercise by George Ella Lyon and undertaken by other bloggers, including Sandy.  You can read Sandy's poem Here and follow her links to the blogs that were her original inspiration.

Here is my version:  I Am From...

I am from tall trees and dark forests,
sand dunes and big water.

I am from brown oak trees and acorns,
and the blazing colors of sugar maples.

I am from winding rivers,
and a wedding under autumn leaves.

I'm from the east coast and the west coast,
and the "mitten" in between.

I'm from smokestacks and haystacks,
sidewalk hopscotch and dog walks on a country road.

I am from big straw hats and strings of perch,
shallow streams and petosky stones. 

I am from baseball broadcast from a transistor radio,
and the roses in my grandfather's garden.

I'm from fields of wild daisies and grasshoppers,
tall grass and fire flies.

I am from spotted dogs and long haired cats,
herons at the pond and bats in the night.

I'm from stories read from books by my mother,
and stories told at the kitchen table over coffee.

I am from ballet and disco,
rock-n-roll and singing the blues.

I am from old dogs and silly puppies,
pansies and peonies in my garden.

I am from the sound of a sewing machine,
and the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven.

I'm from wrestling with brothers and braiding sister's hair,
swimming lessons and life lessons.

I'm from Buster Brown shoes and Buster Brown hair,
old movies late at night and rocking chairs.

I am from needle and thread, paint and paper,
and singing in the choir.

I'm from laundry hanging on the line,
and necklaces hanging around my grandmother's neck.

I'm from white gloves and Sunday school,
and "Midnight in Paris" perfume.

I am from the comfort of a roaring fire,
and backyard picnics on warm summer days.

I am from Louisiana and Arkansas,
and small towns in Canada.

I am from loss and opportunity,
sadness and joy.

I am from the multitudes and solitude,
the goal attained and dreams lost in the mist of time.

I am from the chosen path and the road less traveled by.

I am from love and deprivation,
family and strangers that passed in the night.

I'm from going it alone and a journey together.

I am from generations past,
and babies that would not be.

I am from renewal
and hope for the future.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Old Projects and New Posts

You may remember that I was going to try my hand
at mixed media painting or collage.

I pulled all these things together and that was as far as I got.
Well, I'm going to take another stab at it.  Wish me luck!

If you have time, hop over to The Daily Bird, there's a new post.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Blizzard Essentials and Cards

We're under a blizzard warning here, as are many others in several states from Oklahoma to the Atlantic.  The snow is already falling and the wind is starting to howl.  Living in the country we can lose our power at the drop of a hat, so today was spent in preparedness mode. 
  • Plenty of wood by the fireplace - check!
  • Water bottles and pitchers filled - check! 
  • New batteries in the lanterns and matches set next to candles for easy access - check!
  • Stove top percalator for coffee - double check!
  • Very important -- We have a well and septic system that don't work when we lose power, sooo...bath tub filled with water to flush the toilet - check! 
I guess we're ready.  Oh wait...I almost forgot the most important part:

This hopped into my shopping cart along with the milk and bread.
Why do we always buy milk and bread when they forecast bad weather,
especially when what we REALLY need is inspiration?

I finally got my heart for the Heart from the Heart swap into the mail.  My heart has been done for several days, but I just couldn't seem to get it in the mail.  First, I missed the lobby hours at the P.O. on Saturday.  Then, I drove right by without stopping yesterday while I was out.  So today, I finally made it -- just in time for a blizzard to delay delivery.  What can you do but laugh and hope it makes it on time?

Here are some cards I whipped up to include:  (I scanned these so the images are terrible.  Sorry!  Next time I'll think to take photos instead.)

I got this image from The Graphic Fairy.  Originally it had a
different caption.  I erased it with Photoshop, then added my own
caption to send it to the recipient of my heart.

I'm not sure where I got this millinery trade card.
I probably found it at The Graphic Fairy.
I just love her blog!

Anyway, this card is for Deb, who is hosting the swap.
I tucked a little surprise into the box just for her. 

I'll be posting on the The Daily Bird tomorrow.
If you don't see a post, you'll know we're sitting in the dark and cold.
So keep your fingers crossed!


Sunday, January 30, 2011

3, 2, 1...Launch

The creative journey continues on the "The Daily Bird."  Join me as I explore the Gifts and Flow pathway.

Click Here.


this icon on my sidebar...

I'll see you on the road less traveled...


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Oh! Heart of Mine

I thought I had a picture in my mind of what I wanted my heart, for the Heart from the Heart swap, to look like.  I picked out my fabric, embroidery floss, and beads...

 ...then, somewhere between that point
and the finished product something happened.

The embroidery got OUT OF CONTROL!

It was supposed to be simple outlines and some beads;
somehow it turned into full fledged crewel work and lots of beads.
This is definitely one project that took on a life of its own.

Vision. Discipline. Restraint...Out the window.
The heavy needlework on this side made the whole thing feel off kilter.

What to do?  What to do?

I found the solution at the flea market last Sunday.

A pretty silver butterfly.
I think it was originally a broach, but the pin back broke off.
A bar with a tiny hole in it made it easy to sew on.

So here is my heart, albeit slightly misshapen.
Who knew that a heart loaded with beads would be hard to sew?
Not me...but I do now!


I know I promised I would have a post ready for my new blog,
but I had some technical problems...Technically, I got lazy.
I'll have it ready to post tomorrow...Really...I mean it this time...Don't believe me?
Come back tomorrow and see for yourself.  LOL!  

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Crown and A Heart

Today was the PERFECT day to find a sweet package in the mail.  It's snowy and cold, and I'm tired.  So when the mail lady pulled in the driveway with a box for me, it put a little skip in my step.  It was my giveaway prize from Amy at Mittens.

Everything was packaged in characteristic "Mittens" style.

I hated having to cut this wonderful envelope open,
but I just had to see what was inside.
It is the sweetest little assemblage.

I chose a "C" for my remind me to create!

I know this little bird is a Thrush, but it looks like a Magpie
helped her build her nest.

Lots of bits that they must have found in
Amy's sewing basket.

A lace and button finial and a heart shaped mold
to hold all the nesting bits and pieces.  And...
I LOVE the jewelry fob.  It adds just the right touch.

These dear tokens of friendship have already
found their place in my sewing room.

They will serve to remind me to create what I love (Amy's best advice,) and
 cherish the new friends I've made in the Land of Blog.


P.S.  I'll be launching my new blog The Daily Bird tomorrow with a post about my mandala, Gifts & Flow pathway.  I hope you'll join me.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Lace for Julia

Recently, Julia (Vintage with Laces) created a tutorial just for me on making really lovely coffee filter roses. ( I posted about them here.)  I haven't had a chance to try them for a number of reasons, including not having the right kind of coffee filters in my pantry.  But they are high on my list.

Anyway, I know from experience that creating a tutorial takes time and effort.  So I wanted to do something in return - not only to express my gratitude, but as a token of my friendship. 

Thank you Julia...I hope you like the laces.  I'll be taking them to the post office on Monday (tomorrow) although I have no idea how long it will take to get to you in Germany.  Here's some photos so you know what's coming your way. 

If anyone reading this doesn't know about the GORGEOUS things Julia makes from bits of lace and other pretties, click HERE and go take a look.  But be careful not to drool on your keyboard.  LOL!

Beautiful lace remnants

Mother of Pearl and bone buttons.

Vintage ribbon, a rhinestone buckle, leaves or feathers from
a vintage earring and a few more buttons.

Crocheted roses and leaves, printed ric-rac, and some lace odds and ends. 

As I was going through my stash and trying to decide what Julia might like, I realized just how much of this stuff I have hoarded.  Also buttons, vintage fabric, etc., etc., etc.  Not to mention vintage photos and paper...

So I'm in the process of opening an Etsy shop.  I have my account set-up and a banner made but still have lots to do, so more on that later.

I can't wait to see what Julia does with her treasures.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing them with me.