Tuesday, April 29, 2008


“Map out your future; just do it in pencil” -Jon BonJovi

I would say "colored pencils". -Libby

"If mothers could learn to do for themselves what they do for their children, we should have happier households. Let the mother go out to play! If she would only have courage to let everything go when life becomes too tense, and just take a day, or half a day, out in the fields, or with a favorite book, or in a picture gallery looking long and well at just two or three pictures, or in bed, without the children, life would go on far more happily for both children and parents." -Charlotte Mason

Now substitute "working parents" for "mothers". -Libby

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

I haven't posted in awhile and was feeling like I wanted to get something new out there. These are a couple of pictures from Peggy's Cove, NS. Last summer (August, 2007), we drove to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. It was an incredible trip! I was there when I was seven years old with my family and it was great to take my husband and nine year old son and see it all again. We hit a lot of the same places and took lots of pictures. This is a trip I would do again in a heart beat!

Currently, I'm trying to get two and a half years worth of photos into an album. When I'm done with that chore; I use some of these Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island photos for a new series of watercolor paintings. I haven't painted in quite awhile and miss it. I've been doing lots of other mixed media, cards, scrapbooking, etc. recently. When I was painting a lot; it really showed. I'd love to do outdoor art fairs again, so I really need to work on my inventory.

Friday, April 18, 2008

"Jeans-that-were-made-into-a-hillbilly-purse" kind of thing.

My husband had thrown out this pair of jeans. So, in the interest of recycling, I rescued them and made this purse/tote bag. I'm not completely happy with it. It's big and still looks like "old-jeans-that-were-made-into-a-hillbilly-purse", kind of thing. I'm thinking about altering it further with paints and other fabrics, but wanted to show it in it's current state. It's pretty sturdy and is lined with a green calico fabric that I got in a box of scraps from my mom. I didn't even have to buy a heavy duty needle or thread, so this didn't cost me a dime. Well, maybe if you count the electricity and my time... Stay tuned.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Stuffed doll.

I've had this doll since I was a baby. I don't know where it came from. Maybe I can ask my mom and fill in the details later. I always thought it was an "Eskimo" doll. Isn't it wierd how we save certain things and not others?

Stuffed Elephant.

My dad won this elephant for me at an amusement park somewhere in Quebec. I forget a lot of the details, but I remember when he won it for me. I loved this elephant and still (obviously) have him. He's a little the worse for wear, but I thought it would be fun to post his picture here...forever and ever.

Ginny or Apple Blossom Doll?

OK. I thought I would add a couple of posts based on a few old toys that I still have.

On the off chance that someone might read this post, I thought I would ask if anyone knows what kind of doll this is?

I called her "Susie" and I believe I had one before her that was similar. For some reason, I had in my head "Apple Blossom dolls"; but I haven't been able to find anything on them online, so I'm probably wrong there. She would be from the early to mid 1970s and she was my favorite doll in the whole wide world! She has vinyl legs, arms, and rooted hair and a hard plastic body. She is about 5" tall.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Friday Night Knitting Club

I've now finished reading, "The Friday Night Knitting Club" by Kate Jacobs and I can really recommend it. The characters and story are great! It's the only book that made me teary at the end.

Now I've started reading "Back on Blosson Street". I got into reading the Debbie Macomber "Blossom Street" series when "The Shop on Blossom Street" came out in paperback about four years ago. The others in the series are, "A Good Yarn" and now "Back on Blossom Street". Her newest book "Twenty Wishes" will be out in hardcover in April, but I'm cheap, so I wait for the paperback edition. This series isn't as good as "The Friday Night Knitting Club", but it isn't bad.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

A Beautiful Lie - 30 Seconds To Mars [official video]

I blogged about this video alittle while back and that particular clip was removed, so here it is again.