Sunday, June 28, 2009

Does This Need A New Cover?

Last Thursday some of us went antique/flea market shopping in Morrilton, AR. Their downtown has several shops to choose from and we tried to hit several. I think everyone of us came away with some new treasures. I know I did.
This rocker sewing caddy called my name. It was made by a local company in Morrilton, probably not that long ago because the address includes a zip code. When were zip codes required? Anyway, old or not, it has personality.
Now my question - do you think I should change out the seat cushion. It does not seem original and I thought about using wool to make a new cover. Do you think the wool will give it character? Add Image
Thanks for letting me ask for suggestions.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Springfield Trip and Family

I got back last night from a trip with my sister Martha (blue striped blouse) to Springfield, Missouri. Our brother Eddie (white shirt) is Director of Meetings for the American Baptist Assoc. He is a very busy person this week and we were lucky to have been able to even have breakfast with him and his son Neal (blue shirt). Eddie's job is to make sure that all goes smoothly for the approx. 3,000 people who come to the yearly meeting. He does an excellent job because he has had it for many years.
Martha and I did get to go to a local flea market on Tuesday and then on the way to and from Springfield we stopped at every flea market and antique mall that we could. There were some wonderful bargains we found. When I get the energy to unwrap and sort everything I will be posting pictures.
This is the first trip that Martha and I have had alone and we had a wonderful time. We enjoy a lot of the same things and we both love our brother and nephew.
The blue house was seen outside and across the street from our hotel. There is nothing so beautiful to me than an old Victorian house that is renovated and well kept. This one is either apartments or a Bed and Breakfast. The blue looks so cool amongst the surrounding trees and this year we need all the cool thoughts that we can get. The heat and humidity this year is pretty bad and this is only June. I may continue to have fun, but it will be more inside than out.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Pincushion and Yellow Flowers

My friend Pat at taught me and our friend Kelley how to make one of her pedestal pincushions. It was one of the most fun days at the nest. This is the first one that I made and I see more of them in the future and somewhat different. The pincushions are almost like eating candy you can't just make one. Yes, this one has a tag on it to sell at my flea market showcase at Blue Suede Shoes Antique Mall. Hopefully someone will love it as much as I enjoyed making it.
Now about the flower pictures. Everyone has been blogging about their beautiful flowers. Well this is all I have!!! As I have mentioned before my thumb leans toward the brown shade. The pansies came up all on their own left over from last year. Of course the most beautiful flowers are wild flowers and that is what the yellow black -eyed susans are. I appreciate whatever flowers God gives me to look at and appreciate, even if I have named them wrong.
Now that school is out most of my time has been spent with Gianni. We have a state softball tournament this weekend and then softball is over.
Monday I make a trip to Springfield, Missouri so maybe I can find some interesting subjects to take pictures of for the blog. Have fun and stay cool!!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

New Computer and Memphis

Now that I am back with a new computer and my pictures have been downloaded I thought I would share with you a few of the pictures from a recent day trip that I took with Grand Escape Tours. We went to Memphis. No we didn't go to Graceland, but we hit some other places that surprised me in how interesting they turned out to be.
First we visited St. Jude's Hospital - not the actual hospital, but where Danny and his wife are buried is a building with history of Danny Thomas and how St. Jude's came to be. There are so many success stories there that is so uplifting. I know there are sad stories there too, but their efforts are working miracles in the fight for curing cancer.

After lunch we set off for the Memphis Botanical Gardens. A large complex of various type garden settings. One more beautiful than the other. There is an impressive rose garden with so many types of hyrbrid tea roses, even the Princess Diana Rose. The rose pictured here is not it - I don't know now which rose it was. The heat had reduced some of the beauty of the gardens, but one garden, the Japanese garden was a reflection of beauty. You can see one the elements, the red bridge with the swan floating in a Koi pond.
Now the one place you would think - yuck!, turned out to be the most interesting stop we made. Set on the Mississippi is a converted Civil War Hospital into the National Ornamental Metal museum. The strange bird on the right is an idea of what type of metal is done there. Various metal artist show their work there and there is an apprenticeship program for metal workers and blacksmiths. The gate where you entered was done with a rosette design that various metal artist were ask to design and make a rosette for each space. Of course I had to take pictures, the butterfly was one, a psychiatrist couch, various Texas symbols, a teacup with a hand, just to name a few of the designs.
I know I sound like a tour guide, but this was an interesting trip and I love to share my pictures.
This post could have either been my trip to Memphis or my weekend at the ballpark with Gianni . I promise I will get back to flea markets, art and beading when state tournaments are over, but I am still having fun.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Just a Note

Still no pictures because my new computer just arrived, but I am not quite up and running yet, as we have spent another weekend in the bleachers watching granddaughter play 12 games of softball. They placed 2nd in the District in "C' class, so in 2 weeks it is off to state tournament. Gianni is staying with me to rest up for a few days, but her Daddy came and got her early.
Yesterday I did get to spend some time with friends Pat ( and Kelley (you have seen pictures of her here on the blog). Pat gave the program at our guild last night (aren't we lucky!!!!). Before the meeting we visited and went to Olive Garden for supper. It was a very pleasant time with friends, something we all need.
I hope to be able to have pictures my next post so stay tuned.
Ya'll have fun now.