Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tonight's the night....

Be sure to stop by the TDIPT Mercantile tonight
to see what all the amazingly talented ladies have to offer!
I have been creating up a storm due to the blizzards last week,
so its especially nice that something fun can come from my time off  :)
This guy has been up to his neck in the carrot patch
and decided to come up for air!
Love the primitive Rooster Weathervanes too -
mounted on oil cans!
Sure hope to see you tonight at 7pm cst on the TDIPT Mercantile.

Monday, February 25, 2013


I know.... it sounds like a cheap Japanese thriller from the 60's with monsters busting their way through downtown with their tails knocking over skyscrapers on the way. I used to love watching these movies because their mouths would still be moving 3 minutes after the dubbed voice-over stopped.

However, it's what the recent and upcoming storms have been dubbed by us midwesterners who havent seen snow like this since I was a kid and looked forward to the school days!

The weather forcasters had been predicting a doozy was headed our way and while we watched with doubts swirling (we've heard it all from weathermen before with results that never came to fruition), we still waiting, watching out the window for something to happen.

And boy did it.... the morning started out calmly enough ...

but 45 minutes later, we were in the throes of Winter and before the day was over, my husband measured 12" of snow in our front yard! 


Now, he had purchased a mega-monster snowblower 2 years earlier so he wouldnt have to kill himself shoveling and it wasnt until last Thursday that he had the pleasure of breaking it in. 

Wow... did he ever have fun!  He did our 3 car driveway, likety split - and then proceeded to head over to the neighbors and help out there. Before he made it back home, he had cleared 5 neighbors and offered to do another one.

So, this left me sitting in the house with an upcoming Mercantile upload and a snow-day on my hands.  What could I do but get busy!?!   And getting busy was just the ticket for that storm - I have been busy creating and feeling accomplished all along the way!

One of my projects was this sweet bunny and babe -  from a pattern by Lottie Laycheck. "Mama B" is mounted to a pedestal and ... shhhhhhhh.... we dont want to disturb her sleepy baby.

This sweet dancing rabbit has taken up residence in the trencher on my kitchen table. She is mounted on an awesome chippy spool I found last weekend when I was out "junkin".  She has a deep red velvet heart pinkeep sewn to her backside - just clear of the sheeps wool tail.


I have a couple of other items that will get polishing touches put to them before the upload on Thursday night - and then, my next project is to finish this special order who is just waiting for some clothes.  Sure hope she doesn't catch a cold from the drafty dungeon  :)

If you are interested in anything here, I'm happy to share my snow -
or give you more information on any of the rabbits listed.  :)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

just a little smudge....

Admittedly, I know very little about Catholicism.
All I knew about Mardi Gras was that a huge party went on in New Orleans! I had no clue what Fat Tuesday or Ash Wednesday was about growing up but that all changed one Wednesday a few years back.

I worked for a company in Kansas City and was part of the screen actors guild. We shipped movie posters and trailers to theatres all over the country. We had a 5 story warehouse downtown packed with current and upcoming movie posters with 2 full floors of very vintage posters, ranging in sizes from 22x28" to 40x60" large.  I do have a few posters that might hold a little value - among them, an original Wizard of Oz, a 50th anniversay Gone with the Wind, 3 Stooges around the world in a Daze and 3 Stooges meet Hercules (which I gave to my brother).

But, I digress.... one morning I got to the office and was enjoying a cup of coffee while I visited with the ladies before work. One of our older associates was the sweetest little lady by the name of Mary Lou. Well, Mary Lou was running late this particular morning and I began to get a little concerned about her safety.  It was totally out of the norm for her to be tardy so when I saw her car pull up, I sighed a bit of relief and watched as she came into the building.

Now you have to understand, Mary Lou was never anything but perfectly put together when she left the house in the morning. So when I saw a smudge of dirt on her forehead, of course I only wanted to help her out and wipe it away before anyone else saw it.  Why.... you'd have thought I had just tried to steal her purse by her reaction!  Little did I know that grayish black area had very special meaning and she was meant to wear it until it wore off.  I think I was as stunned at her utter horror when I tried to help as she was horrified that I would even think of wiping away something so sacred to her!

Suffice it to say, she educated me there and then - and I never ever ever attempted to wipe anything from anyone since!  :)