Monday, May 22, 2017

Thank You!

Thanks to any and all who took Noble's survey for her math class. She is finished and by passing all of the section tests with 100% she doesn't have to take the final. Little smarty pants! We are so proud of her.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


My sweet daughter, Noble, is in need of participation in a survey for her last math class assignment.
The survey is one question and takes just seconds to complete.

Here's the link to her tumblr page with the link to her survey.

Thanks for any help you can give.

Noble says "Thank you!"

Friday, May 12, 2017

Something Clever

I saw this trash bin in a rest area bathroom in Minnesota and thought the elastic looked suspiciously familiar.

Yep! On closer inspection I saw the familiar label. Somebody's being frugal here, and I say, "Good job!"

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday Musings

Here is a staged photo of a home in a magazine: . . . Note the bedside table.

Here is a real life bedside table, totally unstaged.

 And another, unstaged:

I recall my first inkling that something was amiss when, as a ten year old, I accompanied my parents as they looked at model homes in subdivisions around San Diego. As I toured the tiny (8x10) bedrooms I wondered aloud, "Where is the dresser? And the dirty clothes hamper, and the trash can?" There would be a bed, maybe a bedside table or nightstand, a desk and chair, a cute rug. All of it just as trendy and new as could be. But I recognized that it wouldn't look like this when people actually lived in the home because it lacked the accoutrements of real life.

I've given up trying to have a magazine photo worthy nightstand (or bedside table). It's just not possible. I clear off the surface and it looks all beautiful, then I do some living and items just migrate to the top where they are within easy reach as I'm going to bed or getting up in the morning.

Someday I'll have a dedicated guest room where I can stage a beautiful table with just a lamp, a pretty doily, and a vase of flowers. Otherwise, I live a real life and need real things beside me.

How about you?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tuesday's Treasures on Wednesday

A trip to the thrift store today and I scored big time!

Pieces in this pattern are in my mother's kitchen - I decided not to wait to inherit and have looked for this pattern
every time I go to a thrift store or yard sale.  Today I scored this beautiful three bowl set, totally worth the wait!

A couple more books for me, and two girl's classics for a young friend of mine.

An unused copy of a classic -- it will be a gift.

Three fun baby books. Sandra Boynton is a favorite of mine.

The table runner I bought for the delicious looking apple fabric.  Some colorful cloth napkins.

A spring daffodil, two linen towels, and a yellow embroidered napkin.

Christmas napkins, two each of three motifs, hand appliqu├ęd.

Detail of applique.

Lovely cross-stitched linen tablecloth.
Detail of cross-stitching.

Christmas fabric for more gift bags!

Wonderful pieces of fine wale corduroy. Just right for children's clothing.
 Lastly, I took my two sewing machines in today for servicing. While I'm without them I plan to prepare a few things to sew. (Actually, I'm going to attempt a little bit of mass production so I can stock an Etsy store with things to sell. Watch for the announcement of an opening soon!)