Sunday, May 31, 2009

INduCedMEtaMoRphOsis graced me with this most wonderful award! This has truly been the most fun of blogging--meeting and sharing with diverse others from all over the world! Thanks so much for this award!

Here are the rules:

These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

And here they are:

Nature With Me

Sophism Press

Gardens of a Golden Afternoon

Dorset Hill Beads

Savon Shoppe

The Painted Nest

Just Something I Made

5 precious things

.....and all the rest , know that I so appreciate each and every one of you and enjoy your blogs, too!

AlpHA of INduCedMEtaMoRphOsis and Push the Button Alpha received this award from Shania. Here is some of what Shania said about this award: "I would like to pass on this award to exceptional human beings whose blogs have taught and inspired me in more than one way. Somehow I feel a close relationship with these individuals, a relationship that goes beyond the borders..."
(Why, o, why are the shops above in different colors and sizes? I truly do not know.)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


from blogs I read this morning when I couldn't sleep.
Dorset Hill Beads Thoughts for Tuesday
Squirrel Queen A Very Beautiful Thought
and A Thought for Your Day

and one that made me laugh:
Nico designs A bed of flowers

Southern Charm Quilts
May Blog Carnival a day at the beach (long ago)
Sew Inspiring

a curiosity:
TiLT's Creations
Wordless Wednesday

I got a new computer and it has been installed finally, but I am waiting to receive a part before I will be able to access my files. sigh. Also, my mother has not been well at all this year, and looking after her has consumed me. Honestly, I don't know if she will get better. And she had a bad day yesterday and today. So I know I am behind on all my bloggy postings, taggings, and etc. The above posts (along with others I read) brought some joy back in my heart.

Friday, May 22, 2009

a birthday memory

Here I am, 2 years old, standing in front of the chair my Grandma gave me for my birthday. I remember receiving that gift! It was way up high on our round oak dining table. I was looking up at it from below. I was mesmerized. This was a special gift, for my Grandma died when I was 4 and I have only a few memories of her. I had that chair for a long, long time. So here I am, a 2 year old in big girl pants (!), clutching my stuffed animals. (I always loved stuffed animals.) Note those cool old-fashioned baby shoes. (Please ignor the lack of a fancy dress, or even, ahem, just a shirt.)
This is for the etsy bloggers street team carnival!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

knitted village

The model of Mersham, near Ashford, has been knitted by members of the village's 40-strong Afternoon Club over the past 23 years.
Lost Mitten has a post on this and I just had to share. Go to her blog post and get a link to a short video of the village. See some of the ladies and a few of the bulidings AND a cricket field complete with players onOtter Wise. The village has been on display over the years to raise money for city hall. But as of May 16, it is being sold piece by piece.
included in the village display are: (all knitted!) cars, houses, school, school bus, people, church, shops, pub, gardens, wheelie bins, outdoor loos, gas tanks, pigs, red telephone box....

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What I felt like doing most of today...

Oliver and Earnest (sleeping)

photo by me © 2007

Monday, May 11, 2009

inspiration--Mother's Day style

a few wonderful blog posts for Mother's Day. You simply must go check these out! (inspiring, humorous, and/or perhaps out of the ordinary)

one more:

Lucinda and there are more parts to this story, but you will have to search SQ's blog! Part one starts here.

photos are columbine from my garden on Mother's Day ©2009

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

long ago times: my brother, my mother, and me

Thursday, May 7, 2009

I was featured!

on a blog!
Many thanks to Unique Commodities!

See her feature on me here!

Needless to say, I was so surprised to go to her blog and find ME there!

Check out this sweet woman's blogs!

and etsy shop!

On this post is a small sample of her creations.
The above necklace with pendant looks like a pool of cool blue water to dive into on a sweltering day.
You will just have to check out her shop and blogs for yourself!
She and I were introduced through the etsy bloggers' street team. More information here. Come join in the team fun!
photos © Unique Commodities

a bithday wish!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a bloggy friend!
A Birthday Poem
Just past dawn, the sun stands
with its heavy red head
in a black stanchion of trees,
waiting for someone to come
with his bucket
for the foamy white light,
and then a long day in the pasture.
I too spend my days grazing,
feasting on every green moment
till darkness calls,
and with the others
I walk away into the night,
swinging the little tin bell
of my name.
~Ted Kooser

Happy Birthday to AlpHa! Go find her blogs-- Push the button Alpha and INducCed MEtaMoRphOsis and wish her a happy birthday!

Note: Ted Kooser, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor of English and the poet laureate consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress, has been awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, for his book "Delights & Shadows" (Copper Canyon, 2004). His website is here

photo by me © 2006 (actually sunset in Colorado)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Create a Thought

is the name of a blog and a store on etsy!
create your own journal kit
"I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions."

In Create A Thought's etsy shop, you will find journals, rings, pinbacks, magnets, and cards---whatever she feels like creating at the moment. One of a kind items for one of a kind people!
Visit her blog where she writes about her work and wonderful products she finds on etsy.
There are thousands of thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen and writes. ~William Makepeace Thackeray
Create A Thought is the etsy bloggers' street team's featured blogger of the month!
Come join our team!
photos © CreateAThought

Monday, May 4, 2009

Neno's Award

The aim of
1) a dedication for those who love blogging and love to encourage friendships through blogging.

2) to seek the reasons why we all love blogging.

This stellar award was presented to me by AlpHa Buttonpusher at INduCed MEtaMoRphOsis. See her post about the award here. And go check out her other blog Push the Button Alpha. Her posts are just incredible. See for yourself! (NOTE: Sqirrel Queen gave AlpHa this award. And that just re-iterates why blogging is rewarding--new discoveries around every bloggy bend.)
REASON: When I started blogging , I had no idea it would lead down such wonderful paths. Sharing a bit of my world is such fun, but interacting with others is a joy. I have met some amazing people, read funny and sad stories, and been inspired through blogland. Here are just a few...
I present this award to:

Dorset Hill Beads (Her Themes For Thursday are awesome!)

Nature With Me

Gardens of a Golden Afternoon a blog I referred to in my post here Hermes writes other wonderful blogs, but you will have to go to this one to find out.

Sharing is the key word here, and the above blogs do just that! They are a joy to read. I am itching to write something about each one, but I will leave the joy of discovery to you.

When you receive this award~
1) Put the award in one post as soon as you receive it, explaining the aim of the award.
2) Don't forget to mention the person who gives you the award.
3) Answer the award's question by writing the reason why you love blogging.
4) Tag and distribute the award to as many people as you like.
5) Don't forget to notify the award receivers and put their links in your post.
(or make up your own rules!)

(NOTE: html was NOT being cooperative, so the above blogs are in different colors & sizes. Even the placement is crazy--not at all what it looks like as I sit here composing this. sigh....)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

a treasury!

Some people are just talented and Patti is one of those people! in more ways than one! She is able to make treasury after treasury! (I have only ever ben able to make one.) And I so appreciate that she has included me in this one! Here I am, second from bottom on the right. For more about Patti, check out her blog and her shop
See my post about Patti here. She makes the most wonderful crochet toys and bags and stunningly beautiful pineneedle baskets. Now go see!