Saturday, January 31, 2009

Pink Saturday - Jewelry

People! Beverly at How Sweet the Sound hosts Pink Saturday. Pause at her Place to see Plenty of other Pretty Pink items that Precious Pink Participating People are Putting out for Presentation.

Funny, as I age I find that my things are VINTAGE. There are two groups of synonyms for vintage. I think I'll choose Group 1. If you'd like to chose Group 2, please don't tell me!

Group 1: classic, typical, traditional, essential, prime, pure, first-rate, first-class, archetypal

Group 2: out-of-date, dated, antique, old-fashioned, old, outmoded, antiquated

This is a scatter pin. It's made of some kind of metal. It did not cost much, and it lives in my jewelry box. I may have worn it once or twice.

Here is another metal scatter pin with matching clip-on earrings. Remember those? OUCH! My ear lobes would stay red for the longest time after I removed them! Because this was a matching set, I wore them more often. However, I haven't worn them for thirty-six years--ever since I got my ears pierced and found pain-free earring beauty. I do prefer pain-free beauty, don't you?

They live in my jewelry box too. My fifteen-year-old granddaughter, Jenna, loves to rummage through my jewelry box and try things on. Whatever floats your boat!

Check out the BOOK GIVEAWAYS in my sidebar. Happy Pink Saturday.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Show and Tell Friday - Fistfull of Trophies!

Kelli from Kelli's House hosts Show and Tell Friday. If you have something special to share, this is the place to show it. It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, or a treasured collection. Go to her place to join in the fun!

Allow me to introduce you to Brittany, my granddaughter. Her proud Dad, our son, took this picture.

Brittany is a senior at Cypress Bay High School and quite active in voice and drama. She's President of the drama club. She has an amazing stage presence and can hit some awesome notes.

Although I'm a proud Grandma, this is not just my opinion. Now, she has proof that it's not just her family cheering her on. She recently competed in a county-wide competition and received straight SUPERIORS--the highest rating--in every competition--solo, large group, and small group. Most importantly, she won the Critic's Choice Award for her solo; that means that out of all Broward County Schools, she ranked best!

She's a sweetheart too. I wrote about her here when she went on a mission trip to Peru last summer. Her Papa (Johnny) and I are busting our buttons!

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Judith from Judith’s Quiet Moments gave me The Spreader of Love Award. Judith is a Salvation Army Officer who lives with her husband, Nigel, in the UK.

Then, Susan from A Southern Day Dreamer gave me the same award. Susan is amazingly proficient at things-computer. She’s been Blogging for less than two months and she’s soaring!

Since I am permitted to “nominate as many blogs you want to,” I will offer this to YOU if you’ve come to visit and leave me a comment. You KNOW I ❤ comments!

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Mama's Sewing Table

Suzanne, my Blogging buddy at Colorado Lady has a meme called Vintage Thingies Thursday. Today I'm joining in with VTT. If you have something vintage to post about, join in.

This was my mother's sewing table. The original finish is intact; other than dusting and polishing, it is as she bought it. It's pretty well worn; so was my mom. She lived to be eighty-eight. I don't know when she got this table, but she had it and loved it most of her life.

When she moved in with us, we kept it as a night stand beside the bed in our guest room. She got to use it while she was with us. Mama always kept it in her living room. There are two pull-out drawers and the top lifts up to reveal original yarn that came with the table.

The tan wooden sectional inner tray lifts out and was meant to hold smaller spools of thread, sewing notions, and knitting and crochet needles, but Mama never put anything in it. She felt that would be inconvenient to have to remove items from the table top. The label reads, the "Sewing Cabinet, Caswell-Runyan Company, Huntington, Ind., patent D116985" I found out that this company was in existence from 1907 through 1956. I found a sewing cabinet that is similar, with different drawer pulls that was made in 1938.

I've included this shot so that you can see the entire underside of the table top. There are black metal hooks that hold the grooved wooden pegs. (To get this shot, I've placed the lamp on the floor; you can see a bit of the shade.)

The drawers are as my mother left them. The top drawer is fairly empty, with only some personal items of hers; the bottom drawer contains more items of interest to you. Mama has been gone for almost ten years, and I just now have been able to go through this.

Here's a pincushion made from two mason jar tops and a bit of red velvet, a never opened package of bias tape, a sewing kit, and two spools of thread. The bias tape price is $1.15, the gray thread is 29¢, and the blue thread is 35¢.

See the cute little sewing kit opened. I don't think she ever used it, but I think she carried it in her purse (or pocketbook as she called it). Mama has a total of 5 little sewing kits in this drawer!

Mama loved the shape of the legs. This was her style of furniture.

I remember Mama saying that this was her favorite piece of furniture. It has become quite special to me.

If you know anything about these types of sewing cabinets, I'd love to hear about it.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Shoplifting Dog

Angela Hunt, my favorite author, at A Life in Pages had this fascinating video clip of a Utah store with a shoplifting problem on her blog last week. I thought that you HAD to see it for yourself.

It only takes 1:45 minutes.

And for a little chuckle, I give you...

Donna at Squawmama gave a GREAT BIG HUG to her blogging friends. Ruthie has shared it, and I do too. Please take it and place it on your blog to remember that you are loved.

Bridget from My Silly blog told me how to make a heart with a Mac. "Pull down the "Edit" menu and at the bottom there is a "Special Characters" option. Open that window and under "Miscellaneous" you just click on the heart in the third row of characters and it will pop into your comment window as seen above." It works! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ Thanks, Bridget!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Trash to Treasure - Blog Interview

My friend, Diane at A Picture is Worth A Thousand... hosts Trash to Treasure. She's a creative and crafty lady. She finds what someone thinks is not worth much and tweaks it a bit to create a thing of beauty and value for her home. If you'd like to join in the fun, click on the link.

With Diane's permission, I'm stretching the idea of trash to treasure as I am neither creative nor crafty, so please bear with me. What do you think about when you hear the word, "interview"? Do you think that it something that is TRASH or TREASURE?


Shimmy Mom interviewed me. Here are the results:

1. With all the books you've read which one is your absolute favorite, besides the Bible?

I don't have an absolute favorite, but I have many favorites. I'll tell you my favorite author is Angela Hunt. She writes Christian fiction, and she's written 115 titles. Her motto is "Expect the Unexpected." I love her recent triology, the Fairlawn series. I just finished reading the third, She's in a Better Place. I'll have the review up on my book blog soon, and it will be published in March. I put these links here for you to use if you're interested in getting some GOOD books to read.

2. What made you start a blog?

I had two friends who nagged me to begin a blog. I always left comments on their blogs. I never thought that anyone would read anything I had to say, so I didn't see the need. My son, however, is the one who really got me started. He said that it's be a keepsake for the children. Since I love my grandchildren, I look at blogging almost like a scrapbook/journal. Of course, now I'm addicted!

3. What is your biggest regret?

I'm sorry. I don't want you to think I'm refusing to answer, but I honestly have no regrets. Nope, not one.

4. What is your greatest accomplishment?

Aside from my two wonderful children, my greatest accomplishment is returning to school 28 years after graduating from high school. I worked full time and went to college full time. I graduated in 4 years with a GPA of 4.0.

5. Where or what have you always wanted to visit or do that you haven't done yet?

I've always wanted to see the Grand Canyon.


Would you like to get Blog interviewed too? If so, here are the directions:

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions).
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Blue Monday - Internet Problems

It's Blue Monday! To participate:

1. Post about something blue on your blog. It can be pretty, ugly, funny, old, or new as long as it's blue. Leave a link to this blog on your post.

2. Place the Blue Monday button on the top of your post so that people can easily spot it. Place another
Blue Monday button on the sidebar of your blog.

3. Return here and link in with Mr. Linky by leaving your name and the
Permalink to your post. To create a Permalink, click on your Blue Monday post title and copy all the stuff in the http window. It is a longer address so that people can find your post even later in the week--whenever they get a chance to visit. For those who just can't wait, Mr. Linky will be up after midnight!

Do NOT link in until after your post is up.

4. Visit other Blue participants by clicking on their links. Make someone's day; leave a comment.
I appreciate it when you take the time to leave a comment for me.

5. Check back later to make certain you visit all the Blue participants. (That's why the Permalink is so important.)

If you participated in Blue Monday last week, you noticed that there was no Mr. Linky. It was NOT his fault! He is ever-faithful, but I could not get on the internet from Friday through Monday afternoon; therefore, I could not insert the Mr. Linky window. Blue Monday people are smart. You guys went right ahead and got each blog site from my comments. You visited and still had fun! How creative.

Most of the weekend, the connection was OFF, but every now and again, it would come on for a few seconds--and I MEAN seconds. I am stubborn, and I wasted my life invested my time jumping on whenever I could to leave a comment here or there. If you noticed my abbreviated comments, now you understand. Sometimes, it took me fifteen minutes to leave one comment!

Monday around 3:00, we were fixed. Here's the blue and white chariot of the fixing company. It's also the responsible culprit. (Boo. Hiss.)

Yep, it's Bellsouth or AT&T or Ma Bell. They do have lovely technical engineers working for them and this is the one who fixed the problem. Notice her blue shirt.

Today SHOULD go more smoothly. Happy Blue Monday!

Blue Monday Participants
1. Anne Fannie
2. Rechelle
3. Lana G!
4. Sheila
5. CC
6. Barbara H.
7. ellen b
8. claudie from canada
9. kathy b
10. Linnea
11. Elizabeth
12. Gemma
13. Mamapippa - Belgium
14. Kathleen M
15. Baba
16. Vikki
17. Lorrie
18. Sweetie
19. Judi
20. Tammy\'s First Blue Monday
21. Heidi Pocketbook
22. Carrie - Oak Rise Cottage
23. Beverly
24. Shirls Rose Cottage
25. Candy
26. Mojo, NC, USA
27. Susan
28. Diane@ A Picture is...
29. JLS Hall
30. White Iris Designs
31. Linda\'s Blue Gate
32. Charlotte
33. JudyBug
34. Robyn
35. Jeanne
36. Dixie
37. Reverie
38. jsprik
39. Sherrie
40. Shelia :)
41. bj
42. Julia
43. Lisa
44. Cam
45. pagan sphinx
46. Rhonda @ scooterblu\'s whimsy
47. charli and me
48. Jane
49. victoria ~ auction girl vintatge
50. Kymber @ A New Day Dawning
51. Shelly
52. Katherine

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Football Fever!

Do we focus more on football than on the things of God?

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Pink Saturday - Pink Lady

People! Beverly at How Sweet the Sound hosts Pink Saturday. Pause at her Place to see Plenty of other Pretty Pink items that Precious Pink Participating People are Putting out for Presentation.

This is a figurine that I call Pink Lady. Johnny bought her for me one Christmas. She's dated 1997. She's a Lladro, made in Spain, 9.7 inches in height and 4.9 inches wide, and I keep her in a place of honor--on the top shelf of my curio cabinet in my living room. She dances with my other Lladros.

My camera refuses to take a clear picture, so I must go to great lengths to compensate. Here are some better shots.

I'm certain that Johnny picked her out because she reminded him of me. I look EXACTLY like her! Yeah, that's it! And, I wear an outfit like this one too. Uh huh! And, I skip through the house with a bunch of flowers in my hand--just like the Pink Lady.

Notice the book giveaway on my sidebar.
Have a Happy Pink Saturday!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Show and Tell Friday - Blogger Love

Kelli from Kelli's House hosts Show and Tell Friday. If you have something special to share, this is the place to show it. It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, or a treasured collection. Go to her place to join in the fun!

Today, I'd like to talk about the phenomenon of Blogger Love. I began blogging this past June and have been astonished at all the love I've received from Blogland.

Claudie from Canada at Tickled Pink sent me a shiny, pink package! I didn’t even know that a shiny, pink package would be accepted by the Post Office. Then again, Canada’s Post Office might be more accepting than America’s. Claudie is the definition of Blogger Love. Please treat yourself and visit her special blog.

Inside the wrapping, I found a green box. I love opening surprise gifts, don't you? I was squealing at this point.

Inside the box were two wrapped items. The smaller one is wrapped to resemble a pale blue rose, while the larger is wrapped in pink--Claudie's favorite color. A gray envelope with gold stars glued on was folded inside that same green box.

Inside the blue rose package, a Lipton tea bag tag is hanging out--a clue! Inside the pink wrapping, is something wrapped in blue--my favorite color!

I forced myself to STOP and open the card. I guess Mama didn't teach me well enough, or I'd have opened it first. Goodness knows the poor woman TRIED. Look at this sweet Christopher Vine card! It's pale blue (sigh) with a glittering cupcake tied up with a teal blue ribbon. The back of the card is almost as pretty as the front, but I didn't get a picture of that. You can see the tea bag twisted in a rose-like shape to the left on top of the pink paper.

Inside is the sweetest note: "Dear Sally
Thank you for being a friend and thank you for hosting Blue Monday.

You can see that inside that larger blue package is this darling trinket box, and inside the trinket box is a pink heart and a red heart, along with a tiny seashell candle, filled with blue wax and sprinkled with glitter. It has a teensy shell that does not show up well. Obviously, I do not have a good camera, but I do the best I can.

Look at all this eye candy!

I took so many pictures because the trinket box is special. It is trimmed in gold and has a cross in the center, an open book, which I think is a Bible, and a communion cup. A staff of wheat is on the left and a grape vine is on the right. What a treasure!

The bottom of the trinket box says, "LIMOGES VERSAILLES PATCHI made in France."

I will always think of Claudie when I look at it. She is a blogger who defines LOVE.

Ah, but that's not all. A few days ago, Monica shared the Comment Queen award with me.

I do leave comments when visiting, and I appreciate comments left for me. So, I really appreciate this award.


And on Wednesday, Judith at Judith’s Quiet Moments shared this “I Like Your Style” picture.

I love the Bible verse on it. "Each one has his own special gift from God, one of one kind and one of another.
I Corinthians 7:7


Yesterday two awards: Sisterhood Award and You are Truly Beautiful Award came from Susan at A Southern Day Dreamer. Susan is a new blogger who is taking off like a house a-fire. Go visit this popular lady.

Here is the Sisterhood Award.

And here is the You are Truly Beautiful Award.

This award reads: “You Are Truly Beautiful. Beautiful means so much more than just a pretty face! It also means that you are unique, and oh so full of grace! The things in you that go on much deeper than the softness of your skin. Are the things that make you beautiful, both outside and within!”

I would like to share some Blogger Love with everyone who reads and comments on this post. If you would like to have any or all of these awards, please allow me to give them to you; just leave me a comment telling me that you have accepted.


"Everybody needs somebody" Dean Martin once sang, and I am enjoying Blogger Love.

For more of my Blogger Love, check out my giveaway on my sidebar.