Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Getting Caught Up

Just a quick post to let everyone know that I'm still here, even though I've had to let this little blog go for so much of the summer. Here's a quick update on what I've been up to since school got out in June...
I took over Nancys' role as captain of our Relay for Life...lots of work but this year our team raised almost $2000 for the American Cancer Society. The whole family turned out, including cousins and grandchildren from Arizona and Brooklyn, so it was a memorable day.

Our cousin, Lynn, drove over from New Hampshire to walk in the Survivor. Sadly, our family is positive for the BRCA2 cancer gene, but Lynn is doing well...

Our team was  ready for this year's Wizard of Oz theme!

I've also been spending precious time with my daughter, Kristen...

And camping with the grandchildren...


and Toshi.

 I've been lucky enough to get outdoors to enjoy places like this...

and find some quiet tome to read some of the books I've been meaning to get to all winter.

In the middle of all that, we've been trying to sell our house, downsize, and remodel and redecorate a new smaller home, luckily in the same town and nearer the beach.
I never want to see a wallpaper steamer again!

I miss all of my blog friends and hope to be back in touch soon...

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Lobster Bake

Thought I'd share some photos from the 2nd Annual Lobster Bake to raise funds for the Nancy Tufts Memorial Scholarship at Wells High School. It was pouring outside but the rain didn't stop Nancy's friends from getting together in K'Port on Sunday to remember her for a good cause.

Bebe...this post goes out to you!

Thanks to Bebe, Phil, Donna, Steve, Eddie, Betsy, Sted and Aaron for planning such a wonderful day and for sharing your love with Nancy for so many years.

I've been away from the blog for awhie taking care of "real life" but do hope to get back to it soon...so much to share...I hardly know where to start again!

Thinking of you all...friends from Maine and "from away".


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Furniture Arranging Made Easy

I've been playing with different furniture arrangements lately and found an online tool that makes it fun. Really! What's more...it's free and easy to use.  I can't wait to share it with you...

The site is maintained by Bob's Discount Furniture Company but don't let that scare you away. You can log on and check off that you do not want to receive advertising by mail or to your e-mail account. Here's a link to the site.

I have nothing to do with Bob's Discount Furniture...I've never even shopped there...but this site is great. In fact, it was so much fun to use that I stayed up way too late last night playing house with it.
You can even add plants and pets!

And it's all to scale. Here's my craft room...

There are icons for every room, including the patio, game room and garage. There are TVs, kayaks, rugs, appliances, exercise equipment lawn furniture, walls, doors and toilets to choose from. You can even change the size and add color and text.

It sure beats this...

Gotta' go and rearrange the family room...
here's to another late night!

Monday, March 12, 2012



Little sequences of deeds and effects...

The concept that good deeds are returned to you...

That what goes around...comes around.

I've always found that, when I'm having a bad day, the best way to get myself out of the funk is to do some little act of kindness for someone else. It works for me.

Saturday morning, I took my coffee up to the craft room to dig through the mess left from my last few episodes of postmenopausal hyperactivity creative energy.

As I sorted through piles of  brightly colored quilting fabrics left from various projects, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them...

I would pack them up in a box from the attic and mail them to the cozy little house of a friend who has been having some bad karma recently.

I'd pay it forward...in fabric.

As I was digging through the bins, I felt something hard between two layers of calico. I dug down to see what it was...

And pulled out a ring I had lost over a year ago. This ring meant the world to me and I've looked everywhere for it. It's a little sterling silver friendship ring that is inscribed with a cancer awareness ribbon and the word "HOPE".

My sister Nancy gave it to me.  
She wore one and I wore the other.
Until I lost mine.

Nancy is wearing hers on her right hand in this photo. (Don't you love her teal nails? Teal is the color for ovarian cancer and we all sported "teal toes" and teal nails during her illness.)

If I hadn't gone through that bin of fabric to pass some of it on to a friend, I would never have found the ring.


I think so.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Shawnee Surprise

Last weekend, my friend, Sandy, and I met at the local flea market for a morning of thrifting and catching up. At lunch, Sandy surprised me with a belated Christmas present...

A  perfect piece of Shawnee miniature pottery to add to my collection. The "USA" mark on the bottom authenticates the piece.

The Shawnee Pottery in Ohio started making miniatures of their full size vases and pitchers in 1937 and continued through the late 40's. Each miniature is no more than 3" high. I wrote about collecting Shawnee miniatures in a February 2011 post; if you would like to learn more about them, you can read the old post here.

Sandy also brought me this little pitcher to add to my collection of M.E. Hadley pottery. The Hadley Pottery Company is located in Louisville, Kentucky, and the designs on each piece are hand-painted.

Since we live in an old farmhouse, the rural country scenes depicted on these pottery pieces really appeal to me.

I'm not sure how Sandy finds these little treasures. I literally look everywhere I go for Shawnee miniatures and have not found one in recent years...Sandy has now found two, which she very thoughtfully has given to me. (Don't you love flea market friends?)

My "new" Shawnee piece will now live with my other Shawnee miniatures...

 in this little cupboard...

in a corner of my kitchen.

Mark Twain said, "The very marks on the bottom of a piece of rare crockery are able to throw me into a gibbering ecstasy."  Mr. Twain...I agree!

Yours in gibbering ecstasy,

This post is linked to:
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Potpourri Friday at 2805