Wednesday, June 29, 2011

THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS IN A SMALL WORLD...


BEFORE I EXPLAIN MY TITLE I WANTED TO
SHOW YOU THIS GREAT LAKES SHIP TURNED
SIDEWAYS IN THE ST. MARYS RIVER. WHILE VISITING
MY FAMILY IN SAULT STE. MARIE, MICHIGAN MY
SISTER AND I HAPPENED ALONG AT JUST THE RIGHT
TIME AND SHE TOOK SOME PHOTO'S WITH HER PHONE.
IT WAS A  SLOW PROCESS BUT THEY WERE TURNING
AROUND IN THE RIVER. IT WAS FUNNY TO SEE IT
TURNED THIS WAY BUT INTERESTING TO WATCH.
IT DIDN'T TAKE AS LONG AS I THOUGHT IT WOULD, JUST
A MATTER OF MINUTES. THE SHORE YOU CAN
SEE ACROSS THE RIVER IS CANADA.

I BROUGHT MY NIECE BACK WITH ME FOR
A FEW DAYS. THIS IS MARISSA. YOU MAY
REMEMBER PICS I POSTED OF HER LAST YEAR.
SHE WILL BE TEN IN AUGUST. THIS MORNING
SHE HAD ZOE ALL SNUGGLED IN HER QUILT
AND TUCKED HER HEDGEHOG IN
BESIDE HER SO I COULDN'T RESIST THIS PHOTO.

NOW TO GET TO MY TITLE. ON OUR WAY
HOME YESTERDAY WE STOPPED AT A SMALL
SUBWAY SANDWICH SHOP FOR LUNCH
AND BY THE TIME WE GOT OUR ORDER THERE
WERE NO TABLES AVAILABLE. A KIND LADY
THAT WAS AT A TABLE WITH FOUR CHAIRS WAITING
FOR HER HUSBAND TO GET THEIR ORDER INVITED
US TO SIT WITH THEM SO WE DID. TURNS OUT THEY
WERE HEADED WHERE WE HAD COME FROM AND US THEM.
IN THE COURSE OF OUR CONVERSATION I LEARNED THEY
ONLY LIVE AN HOUR FROM ME IN AN AREA IN
WISCONSIN I KNOW WELL. THEY WERE THE NICEST
COUPLE AND THE FEW MINUTES OUR LIVES TOUCHED
IT FELT LIKE THEY WERE OLD FRIENDS. I SO APPRECIATE
THIS SMALL KINDNESS AND HOPE I AM AS THOUGHTFUL
WHEN SOMEONE NEEDS SOMETHING I CAN OFFER.
JUST A LITTLE REMINDER THAT SOMETIMES THE
SEEMINGLY SMALLEST OF KINDNESSES CAN
GO FAR TO MAKE SOMEONES DAY AND MAKE
THIS WORLD A BRIGHTER PLACE.
UNTIL NEXT TIME.....LORI

Thursday, June 23, 2011

AN EARLY CHRISTMAS......

I'D LIKE TO SHARE THIS WONDERFUL
BOOK TO COME OUT THIS FALL BY MY
GOOD FRIEND TINA WOLTMAN CALLED
AN EARLY CHRISTMAS.
TINA HAS SET UP A PRE~ORDER ALBUM
ON HER PICTURETRAIL FOR OUR
CONVENIENCE. I HAVE A SMALLER
PICTURE OF THE COVER OF HER BOOK
 ON THE LEFT WITH A DIRECT LINK TO HER PT
IF YOU'D LIKE TO CHECK IT OUT. I KNOW
IT WILL BE A MOST WONDERFUL BOOK
AND I AM VERY EXCITED TO SEE IT!

I'D LIKE TO THANK ALL WHO VISITED ME
FOR MY UPDATE YESTERDAY. A HEARTFELT
THANK YOU TO EACH ONE THAT PURCHASED
FROM ME AND MADE IT A SUCCESSFUL
UPDATE FOR ME. I SPEND MANY HOURS
MAKING THINGS THAT SPEAK TO MY
HEART AND I'M SO GLAD THEY SPEAK TO YOURS
AS WELL. ENJOY YOUR DAY. UNTIL NEXT TIME....LORI

Monday, June 20, 2011

BASKETS ~N~ BIRDS UPDATE PREVIEW

FIRST UP IS MISS ZOE MODELING A RED DOLL
BONNET. LOOKS BRIGHTER RED THAN IT IS.
ISN'T SHE CUTE? SHE WASN'T IMPRESSED WITH
MY MODEL IDEA!

THE 1836 PUNCH NEEDLE CUPBOARD HANGER
IS FINISHED.

TWO SMALL HOOKED RUGS. BOTH ARE
INSPIRED BY EARLIER MARIA BARTON
RUGS WITH HER PERMISSION.

BLACK WING AND TAIL BIRD. ONE
OF MY ORIGINAL DESIGNS.

ANTIQUE DOLL DRESS. I'VE GONE BACK
AND FORTH ON THIS LITTLE DRESS. I
LOVE IT BUT JUST DON'T HAVE THIS ERA
OUT ANYMORE. DARLING LITTLE DOLL
DRESS IN PERFECT CONDITION WITH LITTLE
POCKETS ON THE FRONT, GATHERED SLEEVES
AT THE CUFF AND HAND STITCHED BUTTON HOLES
ON THE BACK.

IZZIE CUPBOARD TUCK.

LINEN BIRD PINKEEPS. I'VE AGED THEM UP AND
THEY LOOK SO GOOD IN PERSON. I "RAG"
STUFFED THE PINCUSHIONS. MY OWN DESIGN.

THE DOLLS I'VE NAMED PATIENCE ON THE LEFT
AND MERCY ON THE RIGHT. HAND DRAWN FACES
IN PENCIL WON OUT! BOTH RAG STUFFED WITH
DROOPY HEADS. BOTH ARE NEW DESIGNS BY ME.

ALSO ONE OF MY OWN DESIGNS. I MADE
THIS PEAR/BIRD PINKEEP IN 2007. I
DECIDED IT WAS TIME TO PASS IT
ALONG IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED. IT'S
ON A WOODEN BASE I'VE PAINTED BLACK.

YOU MAY REMEMBER THIS BASKET QUILT
I PIECED AND APPLIQUED SOME TIME AGO.
I WAS ABLE TO GET IT QUILTED IN TIME
FOR MY UPDATE.

THIS IS A FUN APPLIQUE QUILT I PUT
TOGETHER USING DESIGNS FROM DIFFERENT
BRANNOCK/PATEK QUILT BOOKS AND DID
MY OWN THING. IT'S HAND QUILTED AS IS
THE OTHER BASKET QUILT.

SORRY THE PICS AREN'T THE BEST.  IT'S BEEN
OVER CAST AND RAINY HERE FOR TWO DAYS AND
I DIDN'T HAVE THE BEST LIGHT.

I'LL BE HAVING MY UPDATE THIS WEDNESDAY MORNING,
JUNE 22nd AT 9 AM CENTRAL TIME
ON MY PICTURE TRAIL. THE FOR SALE
ALBUM WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL THAT TIME
SO I CAN LOAD THE PICTURES AND INFO.
PLEASE JOIN ME THEN. HAVE A GREAT DAY!
UNTIL NEXT TIME.....LORI

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A LITTLE TEASE.....


JUST A LITTLE PEEK AT SOME OF
MY OFFERINGS FOR MY JUNE
UPDATE WHICH I'M PLANNING FOR
NEXT WEEK. I'LL GIVE YOU A PREVIEW HERE ON MY
BLOG ON MONDAY AND SHOW YOU EVERYTHING
I'VE BEEN WORKING ON. STILL PUTTING THE
FINISHING TOUCHES ON A COUPLE
OF THINGS. I'LL GIVE YOU THE UPDATE INFO
ON MONDAY. HAVE A WONDERFUL
WEEKEND. UNTIL NEXT TIME.....LORI

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

TO OHIO AND BACK AGAIN.....

ON FRIDAY BRIAN, ZOE AND I HEADED TO OHIO
TO PICK UP A BED I ORDERED FROM CURRY'S ANTIQUES.
IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY GIFT FROM BRIAN.
I HAVE WANTED A PENCIL POST BED FOR YEARS.
ABOVE IS THE MACKINAC BRIDGE WHICH
CONNECTS THE UPPER AND LOWER
PENINSULA'S OF MICHIGAN.

ABOUT TO CROSS THE BRIDGE TO LOWER
MICHIGAN. THE BRIDGE SPANS 5 MILES
ACROSS THE STRAITS OF MACKINAC.

SWEET GINNY CURRY IN HER OLD LOG
ANTIQUE'S SHOP. WHAT A DELIGHTFUL AND SPECIAL
PLACE GINNY AND HER HUSBAND HAVE
CREATED. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND A VISIT.

THE CURRY'S DISMANTLE AND SELL ANTIQUE
 LOG BUILDINGS
AND HAVE SEVERAL ON THEIR PROPERTY.
IT IS ALL SO WONDERFUL! I ONLY WISH
WE HAD TIME TO EXPLORE. WE DIDN'T
STAY LONG AS WE HAD A LONG TRIP BACK
HOME AND NEEDED TO GET GOING.





OUR BED IS LOADED ON OUR TRAILER AND WE ARE
ABOUT TO START FOR HOME.

HERE IT IS IN OUR BEDROOM. I LOVE IT! IT
IS MADE TO LOOK LIKE AN ANTIQUE ROPE BED.
OUR ONLY ISSUE IS IT'S WAY TOO HIGH
FOR LITTLE ZOE GIRL TO JUMP ON AND OFF
SO I AM THINKING ABOUT HAVING SOME BED
STEPS MADE FOR HER. WE ARE WORRIED SHE
WILL HURT HERSELF CUZ SHE HAS TRIED IT
ALREADY AND IT'S A LOOONNNGG WAY DOWN!


THE BIG BASKET RUG DIDN'T LOOK GOOD TO ME
NEXT TO THE BED. PART OF IT WENT UNDER
THE BED AND IT DIDN'T LOOK
RIGHT TO ME SO I AM THINKING ABOUT MAKING
SOME NEW RUGS FOR THE SIDES OF THE BED
AND MAYBE DOING 2 DIFFERENT GEOMETRIC ONES.

THE BED IS SO HIGH I HAD TO ADD THIS
BENCH TO THE TOP OF THE LITTLE
CUPBOARD NEXT TO THE BED TO
BRING THE LAMP UP.
MY DEAR SWEET HUBBY TOLD ME TO ALSO
PICK OUT TWO ANTIQUE PAINTED PANTRY
BOXES WHILE AT THE CURRY'S SO I
PICKED OUT THESE TWO. THE BOTTOM IS
A DARK BLUE AND THE TOP ONE LOOKS BLACK
TO ME. I LOVE THEM! OH THE WONDERFUL ANTIQUE
PIECES GINNY HAD IN HER SHOP! NOT TO MENTION
THE WONDERFUL REPRODUCTION PIECES THEY MAKE
ALONG WITH MANY OTHER ACCESSORIES TO MAKE
A PRIMITIVE HOME PERFECTLY PRIMITIVE!

WE GOT HOME ON SUNDAY AND YESTERDAY I WOKE
UP WITH A SINUS HEADACHE WHICH I STILL HAVE A BIT
OF TODAY. I HOPE IT WILL GO AWAY TODAY CUZ I
HAVE WAY TOO MUCH TO GET DONE THIS WEEK.
 I AM PLANNING ON DOING MY UPDATE NEXT
WEEK AND WILL SHARE MORE INFO ON THAT LATER
THIS WEEK.  SO PLEASE CHECK BACK IN A FEW DAYS
UNTIL NEXT TIME......LORI

Thursday, June 9, 2011

STILL WORKING.....


ON UPDATE ITEMS. I HOPE TO HAVE
IT READY TO GO WEEK AFTER NEXT.
I HAVE QUILTS TO QUILT AND DOLLS
TO DRESS YET.
MORE INFO TO COME.

HERE ARE A COUPLE OF NEW SMALLER
DOLLS I HAVE TO DRESS. THEY ARE BOTH
RAG STUFFED AND HAVE DROOPY HEADS LIKE
THE STUFFING SHIFTED OVER THE YEARS.
I AM THINKING ABOUT DOING PENCIL FACES ON
THEM. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY. AFTER TWO
DAYS OVER 90 HERE IT'S ACTUALLY TURNED COLD
BUT IT IS A NICE RELIEF.  UNTIL NEXT TIME....LORI

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

GIFTS FROM A FRIEND

HAD A WONDERFUL DAY YESTERDAY WITH
MY BEST BUDDY KATHY. SHE GIFTED ME WITH
THIS WONDERFUL CUPBOARD TUCK AND OTHER
GOODIES! THE X~STITCH PATTERN IS
 BY BLAIR CREEK CABIN.

HERE IT IS ON TOP OF TWO PIECES OF DIFFERENT
GREEN ARMY BLANKETS KATHY GAVE ME
FOR CRAFTING. I HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR SOME.
THEY ARE A PERFECT WEIGHT.

AND ALSO THIS GORGEOUS REALLY LARGE
PIECE OF LINEN BY WDW CALLED CHESTNUT.
MY PHOTO DOES NOT SHOW THE TRUE COLOR.
IT IS REALLY AWESOME! AND THE THREADS
WERE TUCKED IN WITH THE LINEN.
OH MY, HOW SPOILED I FEEL! THANK
YOU KATHY!! YOU ARE THE BEST FRIEND
A GIRL COULD EVER HAVE.

I HOPE YOU ARE STAYING COOL. WE ARE
USING THAT A/C AND LOVING IT!!
UNTIL NEXT TIME.....LORI

Sunday, June 5, 2011

NEW CUPBOARD TUCK


HERE'S A CUPBOARD TUCK I JUST
FINISHED FOR MY UPDATE WHICH WILL BE
IN ABOUT TWO WEEKS I HOPE. I STILL
HAVE SOME THINGS TO FINISH UP.
I MADE THIS TUCK UP USING COTTON
WITH A BROWN TICKING STRIPE ACROSS
THE BOTTOM. I'VE RAG STUFFED IT AND AGED
IT NICELY.


HERE IS A NOT SO PRETTY CORNER OF OUR
BEDROOM RIGHT NOW BUT OH SO WONDERFUL
TO ME BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T HAD A.C.
IN OUR BEDROOM UNTIL NOW. OUR HOUSE
WAS BUILT IN THE 70'S WITH ELECTRIC HEAT SO
NO FURNACE. WE HAD CRANK WINDOWS  AND
TWO OF THEM WERE STATIONARY. NOW WE
HAVE THE DOUBLE HUNG WINDOWS WE
COULD HAVE AIR. YAY! WE WENT WITH A FLOOR
ONE BECAUSE WE DIDN'T WANT TO SCRATCH UP
THE WOOD ON THE NEW WINDOWS.

LASTLY, I AM 54 TODAY AND FEEL VERY BLESSED
BY THE LORD IN MY LIFE. I'M THANKFUL FOR
MY HUSBAND, SON AND FAMILY AND ALL
THE WONDERFUL FRIENDS IN MY LIFE BOTH IN
PERSON AND ON THE INTERNET. THANK YOU
FOR YOUR KINDNESSES AND CARING ABOUT ME.
MY LOVE TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU.
HAVE A BLESSED SUNDAY. UNTIL NEXT TIME....LORI