Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Last day to enter!

Today is the last day to enter to win this GORGEOUS set of stacking boxes from Tammy of A Primitives Place!
Tammy left some sweet comments on my blog, and that lead me to visit her blog, and while there I noticed her fab giveaway!
To see how to enter just hop on over to her blog!

Click here to visit Tammy's blog!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Remembering Officer Dickinson

and all of our fallen heroes today.

Happy Memorial Day to everyone!

While we enjoy our holiday get-togethers, let's not forget those who have fought for our freedom, and those who continue to do so to keep us safe, and of course those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
I took the pics of this gravestone at the cemetery in Deerfield Massachusetts.

Thank you David Dickinson, and thank you to all of our soldiers!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

I've been promising.......

pics of my trip to Connecticut for sooo long now that I'm gonna have to start w/ last years pics since I just visited recently again this year!

I have lots of pics of lots of different things and places we visited, so I'm going to make a few different posts.
I think I'll start w/ some pics of my cousin Sue's wonderful 1700's Cape! I'm telling you, a visit to her place is like stepping back in time a few hundred years, honestly.
It was easy for me to understand why her home was featured in EAL several years ago. She tells me then been asking her again, but she has declined.

A lot has changed since our visit there in April of 2010.
Sadly, Sue's husband Pete was diagnosed w/ stage 4 stomach cancer in October, and passed away in November. What a shock this was. Aside from his knees hurting him a little when we were there in April, he seemed healthy, and he was the best host /chauffeur anyone could ask for. He showed us all over the NE area, and was happy to do it!
Things just aren't the same without Pete.

Sue and Pete had 2 wonderful rescue dogs.

Here is Meg enjoying a swim at the state park by their house. Meg came from a rescue down south just the year before, and I'm sure you'll agree....she loves the New England area!
Pete would throw the tennis ball out into the lake and she would retrieve it. What fun it was to watch. Meg absolutely adored Pete, and rightly so, as he treated her like a queen!

And here is Jakie. He was hard of hearing, and it was hard for him to get around when we were there last year, but he was determined to suck up every bit of life he had left in him, and he wanted to go everywhere we went, and he did. Pete would lift him into the van, and away we would go. he's enjoying some banana pudding in this pic.
Jakie passed away just a day after Pete did.
He was 14 years old and was treated like a king his entire life.

Inside the Buttery

How do you like this candle holder?

Original (not a repro) board of rules

My favorite room in the house!

True make-do's.
Each of these pieces were broken, but fixed to make-do. The plate was actually tied together.

One of the 3 stone sinks

Game room?

Collection of Leather Tobies

The kitchen w/ stone sink

One of three fireplaces. They used it for cooking sometimes as well.

Just look at this gorgeous old cupboard overflowing w/ pewter, and more Tobies on top.

Don't you just feel like you've stepped back in time? I know I did, and I was just amazed at this home and the decor.

Stay tuned, as next time I'm gonna show you some pics of the beautiful Stumpwork my cousin has collected. It's fascinating!

And then it's on to Deerfield!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Coming to ebay

Here's a little peek at my offering for our TDIPT group launch.
The auction is scheduled to start tomorrow night at 10 PM and ends the following Sunday.
Also, I'm heading out of town tomorrow morning, and going on a little vakay to Connecticut, and hope to go to Cape Cod and also to Maine!
So I won't be around to answer emails until Saturday, so please don't think I'm ignoring you if you try to contact me.
Have a wonderful week :)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Let's get it started!

Our TDIPT ebay group is eager for the summer season to begin, so we're gonna kick things off w/ a BANG by having a group launch on ebay!

Please join us for our

"Star Spangled Summer"

group launch beginning this Sunday, May 15th on ebay!

Click here to see all the fabulous work from the TDIPT artists!

See you Sunday!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I'm baaaaaaack!

I know some of you must think I fell off the face of the earth, but no worries, I haven't. For starters I've had major computer problems, and I was unable to access blogger for the last few months. Although I could access my blog and others as well, I was not able to access the dashboard to make posts, or leave a comment on anyone elses blog :(

All is good now, and I have a brand new puter for Mothers Day.....and I'll be back to posting and of course making the rounds to visit my friends.

I've also slowed way down on my doll making the past few months. I just haven't had the desire to sew/create. Instead I've been giving myself some much needed time to really grieve and try to heal from the sadness of losing my Mom. I went to a support meeting on grief, and was surprised to hear that when we lose someone significant in our lives it may take up to 2 - 5 yrs to fully grieve, as there are many stages.
I am doing well, and of course have my days, but I'm adjusting to that horribly empty feeling that had consumed me for so long and now I'm not feeling so sad and empty so often anymore . Today I even laughed, and I mean really laughed from deep inside when I was talking to my friend about something my Mom had done. Thank you friend for laughing with me today.
It feels so good to laugh, and to be able to think of my mom and laugh at the same time. I hadn't even imagined being able to do that just a month ago.
I know my mom was right up there in heaven laughing along with me and I know it did her heart good to see me able to do so.

Anyway, thank goodness for good friends who care so much and want to cheer us up, and actually can!

Candy dear Candy.....thank you so very much for the book. I take it and read it from time to time and it is helpful. I'm so lucky to call you friend.

It's good to be back!