Thursday, March 20, 2008

Whimsical Dolls

This morning I stumbled onto a whimsical web site. I found the link through Garb-oodles Soup links. I just love these whimsical dolls and the ones made by Mica at Garb-oodles Soup. I don't know how they are made, but I would love to learn to make some.

Please be sure to go to the bottom of my blog page and turn off my music to watch this video.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Tom Kitten

I love Beatrix Potter books and the Miss Potter movie. One of my favorite books is The Tale of Tom Kitten. The following is one of my favorite pages from the book. In fact I have it framed and mounted on my wall at home.

She sent them upstairs; and I am sorry to say she told her friends that they were in bed with the measles; which was not true.

Quite the contrary; they were not in bed; not in the least.

(From The Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter.)

Monday, March 17, 2008

Roman Holiday

Yesterday, was a movie watching day. The first movie I watched was Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. It was a wonderful movie and I had just started watching it when, alas, the doorbell rang and my mother-in-law popped in. Drat it. Well, it wasn't her fault I had been planning on watching this movie for about a week. She stayed about an hour, and then left. I did get to see the ending of the movie, but I'm pretty sure I have seen the movie before, just not in its entirety. Just bits and pieces. To view the video below, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of my page and turn the music off on my music player.

Right after that movie, I saw that Key Largo was coming on. I love Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart together in movies, so I wanted to watch this one too. I didn't really enjoy it, though. I don't think it's one of their best movies together. I did watch it to the end, it was just the story line I didn't like, not the actors because Bogey and Bacall are exceptional actors in the movies they were in together. I just think their acting ability has been put to much better use than this movie.

This weekend I finished making a baby sweater. It's for no one in particular, but I like to have a few of these on hand in case of baby showers.

I also took a notion for some deviled eggs. I don't eat them very often, but every now and then I really like them. When I saw how pretty they looked on the plate and I saw my pretty salt and pepper shakers, I decided to take a picture.

When I was making them I started to reach for my regular salt and pepper containers, which really aren't containers at all. They are more like the containers that they came in. Then I happened to see these pretty shakers, and I decided that I wanted to make this an elegant experience, even if it was just deviled eggs I was making.

Using this pretty Lady Carlysle dish and those elegant looking shakers reminded me of my aunt. She used to set a perfect, elegant table and always used cloth napkins. When she passed and we bought her house, we found all kinds of lovely linens. None were embroidered that I remember, but she had lacey type linens and just all sorts of napkins, tablecloths, pillowcases. I kept them all, of course, because I love to use these things.

I wish I could have been more like her. She lived in the era where most mothers and wives stayed at home and she never even learned to drive. I'm glad I learned to drive, but sometimes I long for the simpler times when she was a wife and mother. With this faster paced world where it seems it almost always takes two incomes to make it, there doesn't seem to be any time for things like real linens and things like that unless we stop and make the time.

Maybe turning 55 last month, was a liberating experience that made me put things into perspective. So, I have decided that I'm going to add more elegance to my life just by using my fine china teacups and dishes for the simple things. What am I saving them for? I've started drinking my coffee every morning using a different china teacup every day. I'm going to start using those Lady Carlysle dishes. Since that is my favorite china pattern, I would love to add some dinner dishes to that, but the outlet store that was close to us in Calhoun, Ga. closed. I'm going to have to figure out a different way to find them.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

New Paintings!

I'm very excited to tell you about two new paintings that I just finished over the weekend. You can find them in my shop. I really enjoyed working on them and I hope they find a new home with someone who loves them.

These were so much fun, and I have lots of ideas floating around in my head for more paintings in the near future.

Monday, March 10, 2008

New Treasures

I been kicking myself because I kept forgetting to post the picture of this beautiful doll that my friend made and gave to me for my birthday last week. I love her and she's found a home on my fireplace mantle for the moment. I haven't named her yet. I'm going to have to ponder that for awhile ...

I also wanted to post a picture of my new friend, Pinky. I saw her this morning at the grocery store and since I've become smitten with pink flamingos lately, I couldn't resist. She's keeping me company near my computer at work.

Other than that, things are going fine except for some mild stomach bug over the weekend. I also finished some new paintings for my shop that I will share with you tomorrow!

Monday, March 03, 2008

The Other Boleyn Girl

Friday night was the opening night in our city for the movie The Other Boleyn Girl. My friend Susan took me to see it for my birthday. We both really enjoyed the movie. In addition, she gave me a lovely doll that she made for me, but I forgot to bring the picture that I took of her with me today so you could see.

My cousin recently won a world-wide award through AC Photos for a photo that she took called "How to Completely Disappear."

Seeing her photos on her myspace page has renewed my interest in photography. She is a talented artist and photographer. She even has one of her watercolors on her myspace page that is available as a print.

It's called "The Gathering" and is an 18"x30" and giglee' prints are available.