Sunday, July 19, 2009


I’m thinking I need to cut down on the number of things I collect.  I was just going through some pictures and it made me realize that maybe my collecting craze is getting a bit out of hand.  Give me your thoughts on this.  Here are a few pictures of just a few of the things I like to collect.

#1  I LOVE Buttons

Blue Buttons

I have buttons of every color.  ……and every type….

such as pottery buttons

Pottery Buttons

and jeweled buttons

Jeweled Buttons

all grouped by color or shape or type and placed on a shelf where I can play with them!

button trays

#2  And then there are my Marbles….

Jar of Marbles

I sort of have them everywhere….

Ribbons, Trims, and Marbles

You can’t really tell by the picture above, but the drawer pulled out is my collection of vintage trims and ribbons and on top, among various other things, you’ll see a box lid filled with more marbles!

I don’t have any rhyme or reason to what I collect.  If it brings pleasure to my eye or my heart, it is worthy.  Such as these small oil cans.

Oil Can Collection

And this collection of Vintage Hats…..These things “speak to me”, oh whatever!, but I end up dragging them home and the next thing I know, I have a collection going on.

hats extradinaire'

Sometimes I don’t get carried away, I just like one or two of something and then I can fit several “collections” into a neat and tidy space, like this.

objects of my desire

These are just a few of the many collections I have.  I just happened to already have pictures of these.  I’ll share others as I take more pictures.  (I still have that new camera on my wishlist!)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Sweet Dreams

I downloaded a new program tonight, Paint.NET, and spent hours trying to figure it out.  I’ve never worked with Photoshop or other like programs, so this is all very foreign to me.  I picked an image from my garden pictures and played with it so much that I can’t tell you what all I did to it within this program.  This first picture is what I started off with and the second is my creation after I decided to save it.

dianthus closeup

 dianthus closeup-mandelbrot fractal resized

As for the poem, the picture made me think of stars and galaxies and thus, the words.  Has anyone else worked with one of these programs and completely changed an image into something completely different?  If so, I would love to see what you have done!  Leave a comment and a link to see your creation!  Sweet Dreams!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

July 4th Family Celebration

(note:  this was in draft form and should have been posted last Saturday, but as usual, I got distracted and didn’t post it until today…sorry for the dates being mixed up!)

Image by lizkdc via Flickr

This is one of my favorite holidays.  Good food, great companionship, and the whole patriotic theme warms my heart.  I love to see flags hanging from porch posts and would love to have those red, white and blue banners hanging from my porch posts.  It stirs in my heart a deep sense of pride that no matter that our country is in a economic crisis and the politicians and CEO’s seem greedier everyday, that we, the people, are still proud to be an American.  How grateful I am to those brave young men and women who have  served, or currently serving our country. 

Well, I’m sitting in the backseat of my little Honda Civic, along with a big car seat holding my precious 3 month old granddaughter, a big cooler (on wheels no less!), two diaper bags and other various picnic items.  The bad thing is, the family picnic started two hours ago!  My daughter-in-law and daughter took the baby to the 4th of July parade in her hometown, then tended to a yard sale at her Mother’s house.  I thought they would be back round noon, but it was closer to 1:30 before the baby arrived.  Both young women have to work the afternoon shift at the hospital and aren’t able to come with us today.  My son, who has been working such long hours is getting a little break and is spending the weekend with his high school buddies on the Ohio River. 

I hope everyone has a safe, happy,  Fourth of July weekend! 

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Summer Flowers

When we moved into this home a year and a half ago, there were no flowers!  That was one of the hardest things to give up when we moved from our previous home of 32 years… flower beds.  Years of planting and transplanting of nearly one acre of yard became the pleasure of the next owner, you would think.  But the last time I drove by our old home, they had torn down fences, built a deck, and made a drive way right through the yard.  I guess some people just don’t love flower gardening as much as I do.  Last summer I still had my store and wasn’t able to devote much time to starting any flower beds, except for some annuals to add color.  So this year, I started in March digging, with the help of a maddux, and found that the beautiful lawn was nearly impossible to penetrate!  Have you heard of “soysia” grass?  OMG…..what a workout I got!  But, now four months later, I am able to enjoy the fruit (or I should say, flower) of my labor.  Here are a few pictures that I took today.

miniature rose shrubs closeup button and dianthus 100_1733