Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday Snapshot... tea cup

This is a teacup my aunt Julia gave me,  it's very gold.  When we were very young, my sisters and brother and I, all went to Polish School.  We took a bus to a, not so nice, part of town and learned to read and write our mother tongue with a little History and Geography thrown in.  Sometimes if I went early I'd stop in to see my aunt.  She always had "store bought" cookies, my mother baked, and cubed sugar.    One time when I went she had boughten herself these teacups.  I so admired them, some years later, she gave me two.  I'm thinking now that I may have to downsize, seriously and while I love this little cup, I'm sure one day soon it will be in a box for a donation to someplace, so I've decided to paint a picture of it and put it into my "memoir" photo album.  I don't even really have a nice photo of my aunt.  I'll have to hit up my cousin, for one.  I have thought of having a teacup fundraiser, and that way the proceeds could go to a worthy source.  Just thinking, of someplace special to give my special tea cup.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Teaser Tuesday...Victoria Line, Central Line

I've been in a reading slump.  I swore in this 150th celebration of Canadian confederacy I would only read Canadian authors.  And I have. Don't get me wrong, they've been excellent reads, but now that I'm scared to nearly death, with Linwood Barclay,  and totally afraid to go downtown with Anthony De Salva.  All of these things too close to home. So I need a little comfort read right now so, I reached for Maeve.

It was very odd that they should live in Seven Sisters, Pat thought for the hundredth time.  It seemed too much of a coincidence that anyone who was giving a wife-swapping party, with uninhibited fun and carefree swinging for sophisticated couples, should just happen to live in a place with the group name of Seven Sisters.

 Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Snapshot Saturday...

Just waiting for the cooler weather to plant my tulip bulbs, These were last springs.  I need to learn to do some photo shop so I can combine my photos for a better arrangement for painting.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Saturday Snapshot

I painted this chair to celebrate Halloween, and donated it to Harbourside Luncheon, hopefully whoever won the auction bid, will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed painting it.

I think I paid a $1 for it originally at my neighbor's garage sale.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wordless Wednesday...

The happy gang!  I missed going to the Summer house this year, I'm sure they had a blast!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

What would you like...

I'm an lover of anything old, "who I'm married to is proof of that". but I've always loved old furniture, and old dishes and old... anything Well I've just been reading Miss Mustard Seed I've always wanted a goat cart.  I had no idea what a goat cart is.  But, I soon saw one.  I can't honestly say I need one.  But, if anyone sees a library card catalogue, I'm interested. Not sure what I'll use it for, but that's another post.  Does it take a special person to like old thing, I'm sure it does.  I've always wondered, who sat at the table I'm polishing, or who sat here, or who ate off this lovely plate, or baked a great cake and presented it to someone special.  History, it's an important part of my interests.  I was quite young when I started to like these things, and the relationship grows. 
This is a piece my neighbor gave me when I was very young, he's long passed and  I'll never forget his kindness.  I was working on a chair yesterday, and it's very old and unique as well.  Why do these things last so long, when my chairs recently purchased are see their "best before date" soon.

Happy days.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Teaser Tuesday... The Darkest Corner

I know it's Wednesday, but I had to post this for Teaser Tuesday.  I'm only just getting back to routine after this not long enough, not so hot summer.  I 've been waiting for my new glasses, so reading has become a "not so much " pastime.  But, today was sunny, and as it happens the library notice came in that my book request has been granted.  I'm reading, The Darkest Corner, Liliana Hart, a recommendation by Nise.   

And, I'm not very far into it, but this line I had to share

She was who she was, and what she wasn't was the kind of woman to make heads turn when she walked into a room.  Except when she'd gone to a wedding reception with the back of her dress tucked into her underwear. 

Has this ever happened to you?

It has to me, not so much that I tucked my dress into my underwear, as my dress was short and had one of those tulle underskirts which make them stick out and I sat down, without tucking the dress under my buttt, so my "pantyhose clad" butt was on the bare chair.  While it was a refreshing cool feeling, I looked around quickly to see if anyone had spotted my exposure.  I'm sure they had, but were too shocked to respond. It quickly adjusted  myself and that was that.
 Happy Readin.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Saturday Snapshot... recycle cycle

When my kids were little, a long time ago, they use to watch some children's program that had a re cycle portion, and a little ditty would come up with "re cycle cycle" and some very unusual concoctions would appear.  Well I watch too... I was one of those hovering moms that watched and read everything my kids did, or at least the ones I knew they were reading.  It's only now that they are men, that they choose "stuff" for themselves.  I always felt if they were watching something I didn't approve of, we should "talk about it, and discuss, why they shouldn't watch it", this is not to say I didn't change the channel, I still do that.  I did want them however, to make wise choices,(if those wise choices didn't meet my wise choice, the book got returned, or the channel got changed anyway) and just saying " I don't want to watch it" or read it... or take part.  I hope it is true today.  HOPE!

Anyway, can't remember if I posted this earlier, but I recycled a little case, I suspect it was one of those portable record players.  It's little, maybe 9 inches by 12 inches. cute eh!  I lined it with burlap and now I'm going to figure out how I can add a pocket inside to hold my upholstery pins.  I always seem to stick my  hand into my tool box and stick a pin into it, or pierce myself with the tack remover.  AND  it's so cute!  Happy Snapshot Saturday

Hat Tip to Judy Westegaard -Jenkins (suitcase design) Madagascar Moth

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Saturday Snapshot ... It's the most wonderful time of the year

Evelyn Bouma with my turtle footstool, after I had stitched in my horsehair
Well, the kids are going back to school.  I have a number of family members and friends that are teachers.  I can only hope that they will have as much an impact on the lives of the students they teach as some of the teachers of my past have been. 

Today, I am cleaning and rearranging my "work room" I sew there, paint there, upholster there, and do laundry.  I was flooded out some 4 years ago and even though all has been repaired, my room is still in a messy state, and I finally have found some floor covering that I like.  So while I was re-organizing I came across a bag of "horse hair".  The lovely lady in the above photo, was my upholstery teacher.  I decided I needed to shampoo the horse hair, would never have know you could do that, were it not for her.  So it's outside drying in the sunshine, I even used conditioner.  I acquired this product so I could re upholster my Eastlake loveseat and chair, I suspect that the professional upholster used "foam" that is a four letter word in upholster/restoration environments.

It got me to thinking of teachers that have impacted my life.  Miss Larman,(Pirosko) inspired the artistic portion of my brain.  I paint at least twice a week.  Mrs. Irene Paradisi, inspired me to continue my education, and Joan Rapsavage was instrumental in aiding me in making that choice, (long after I had left the school, where she would have been expected to aid in my quest).  Life long learning was Mrs. Von B's influence.  And a grade two teacher who's name I cannot remember was a great spiritual influence.  I'm in my early sixties and still I remember some of the kind words she taught us to live by. i.e, one of the things she asked us to do as a class, that I do to this day, when you hear an ambulance or a police siren, say a little prayer that those involved are o.k. And this is not to mention the teaching influences of my parents. And my embroidery teacher... my goodness there have been a lot of teachers in my life...
Presently I have a few teachers that are doing their darnedest to teach me stuff, hopefully, I'll be able to remember some of their words of wisdom.  Hat tip to Mike  W. and Shelley Prior, sorry if I'm a difficult student.

SO if I can say anything to teachers, it's make a difference in your students life, you never know what will keep them throughout their lives.

I might add that Evelyn (the lady in the photo) welcomed her 5,000th student in 1984, she continued to teach until her 85th year, right up until the morning she passed she was do planning for her classes. She passed away a few years ago getting ready for a workshop. So single handedly she saved the landfills of all those chairs and sofas that needed attention.  Imagine!

Friday, September 1, 2017

All done!

Well last post I showed you the before shots of bird houses...
here they are again, just to refresh your memory.  AND Here is what they are after.

they did a great job, and were busy for oh , say, fifteen minutes.

Saturday Snapshot... tea cup

This is a teacup my aunt Julia gave me,  it's very gold.  When we were very young, my sisters and brother and I, all went to Polish ...