I am happy to be back posting for Blue Monday. I have missed you. Please visit Sally at Smiling Sally
Blue seems to be a popular color so don't miss the blue shared with Sally today.
A recent photo of me dressed for a high tea at our church. I thought you might like to see a more current photo of me. Just in case we meet one day. You never know. HA! I have not postd since last January and I hope I have not been forgotten. CAUSE I'M BACK and so happy to be here.
Please note: This is a repeat post from last years Bazaar post. After reading it I couldn't improve on the information I wrote and frankly I am so busy getting ready for next weekend's sale, this is the best I can do this Pink Saturday. I will be taking lots of photos for this year's sale and will share it next week. I hope you will forgive me.
For the second year in a row volunteered to help with our annual bazaar sale for missions. I am in charge of the crafts division. You may think it is not such a big deal but you would be wrong. Every year our bazaar is held in the the Fair Grounds building and we make $25,000or more for missions. ( 34,000. was made in 2013) In other words, this is a huge sale.
All year long we take donations for this bazaar and the craft division is mostly supplies for quilting, beading, woodworking, sewing. knitting, crocheting, quilling, painting and I could go on and on.For example we have 12 feet of fabric that is over a foot high. I am sharing the work I did last night sorting lace, ribbon, etc. until midnight while I watcbed TV.I think you might get a kick out of the following photos.
My couch. Yikes!
A giant box of lace , lace, lace.
Ribbon, knitting and crochet needles. I do not know the difference. Oh, and more lace too.
I picked out some pink for you.
Another box of lace.
My husband thought it would be funny to take this photo. I think it is pretty funny myself. Especially that silly look on my face.
Picture this as being a tiny part of the 15 tables of stuff I have to sort. I have worked the last five days until noon at the fair ground each day. (no air-conditioning) Even if you want to keep going, they turn out the lights and lock the doors. After sorting all these tables of stuff (over 100 boxes and giant bags), I then have to price it all. I do have help with four volunteers who are "old" like me. I am absolutely sure we will get it all done by the time next Saturday rolls around. The day of "THE SALE" Think of this so called bazaar as a giant flea market.
I forgot to mention the four giant boxes of all kinds of baskets and endless bags of silk flowers, wreaths and garlands. These are CRAFTS! Not!. HA!
I woke up this morning and decided to find something PINK to post about. My guest bedroom has an antique washstand that belonged to my Mom and Dad. It was full of unknown items and so I decided to clean the drawers. I found enough items to post about for the next three weeks. Such a small chest held so many surprises. I totally did not remember the many treasures I found in that washstand.
'Pink Saturday Day One'
First I will show an overview of the washstand.
A closer look. Everything is vintage except the crossstitch purse in the frame and the lamp. The Hummel clown belongs to my sister Carmen. She asked me to give it to one of my boys but I can't remember which one. The framed collage is of my mom and our immediate family. The wooden shoe form was handpainted by my mom. The mother of pearl spoon with an inlaid handle is mine from my antique selling days, as is the small frame with a black nanny holding a white baby, the hanky and the crystal candy dish. The three towels are typical of the day when a wash bowl and pitcher would be on the washstand. Aren't we glad we have a better way to get clean these days?
A few closeups next.
My mom had long blonde curls when she was small. I love the pic of my mom with the birds.
My mom gave me this doll and her name is Jeanne.
This needlework is so sweet.
Last, I am sharing a handpainted hummingbird painted by my mom as a gift to me.
It is painted on a sanddollar from the beach.
I love hummingbirds and this is the sweetest treasure of all.
My washstand is all cleaned out and I am so happy to see these special treasures once again.
To celebrate Independence Day, I decorated my mantel a bit. The photo below shows the flags on the hearth. The next photo shows the flags on the mantel.
I think I like the flags on the mantel best. The stars are solid wood and I purchased them in Kansas at a thrift store for $4. The banners are very special because our journal book members handmade the banners and shared them with each other. They turned out so festive and I love each one.
I am taking an extended Blog bteak for a few months. It has been on my mind for a while. My reasons are related to some goals I have set for myself in 2014. I find myself in the position of procrastinating projects that I have neglected way too long. Blogging is taking so much of my time each day and when I try to cut down I find myself neglecting my dear blogging friends way too much. It is a form of stress that I need to find a way to stop. I could go on and on about how much I will miss something I have loved for nearly 6 years. Most of all I will miss my dear friends that mean so much to me. I will still be on facebook and so many of you are on facebook too.
Please wish me well and know that I will visit you when I can.
William arthur Ward was an American author. He was born in 1921 and died in 1994.
He also said...
The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change, the realist adjusts the sails.
Which one describes you?
I am an eternal optimist with a bit of realist thrown in the mix.
MY WISH FOR YOU IN 2014 IS THIS...
“May Light always surround you; Hope kindle and rebound you. May your Hurts turn to Healing; Your Heart embrace Feeling. May Wounds become Wisdom; Every Kindness a Prism. May Laughter infect you; Your Passion resurrect you. May Goodness inspire your Deepest Desires. Through all that you Reach For, May your arms Never Tire.” ― D. Simone
I ADMIT TO BEING SHOCKED ABOUT THIS BUT IT MAKES SENSE.
Ten Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime: This is USA oriented, but Canada & the rest will not be far behind. Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come.
1. The Post Office Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.
2. The Check Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with checks by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.
3. The Newspaper The younger generation simply doesn't read the newspaper. They certainly don't subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.
4. The Book You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can't wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you're holding a gadget instead of a book.
5. The Land Line Telephone Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don't need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they've always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes.
6. Music This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It's the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is "catalogue items," meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with. Older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, "Appetite for Self-Destruction" by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, "Before the Music Dies."
Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they're playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it. It's time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.
8. The "Things" That You Own Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in "the cloud." Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest "cloud services." That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider. In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That's the good news. But, will you actually own any of this "stuff" or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big "Poof?" Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.
9. Joined Handwriting (Most schools no longer teaches cursive) Already gone in some schools who no longer teach "joined handwriting" because nearly everything is done now on computers or keyboards of some type (pun not intended)
10. Privacy If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That's gone. It's been gone for a long time anyway.. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, "They" know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits.. "They" will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again.
All we will have left that can't be changed are "Memories".