Friday, August 31, 2012

Here I come! Leaving today from Bradley International - flying to Montreal - then non-stop to Paris! Arriving at Charles D. Airport at 8:30 tomorrow morning...Saturday, Sept 1, 2012. This will be my journal. I'm staying in an apartment in the Marais neighborhood with my friend Carole from Chicago. My little red suitcase is bulging with 5 pairs of shoes, 6 tops, 4 pants including jeans, all comfortable. The weather is suppose to be in the 70's with no rain. How lucky can I get? I expect to visit the largest flea market Vanves on Sunday morning. Pere La Chaise Cemetery, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Decorative Arts at the Louvre, drink lots of coffee at outdoor cafes, draw something, eat a baguette, have a little wine. And walk through every flea market I can find looking for antique buttons, linens, ribbons, trims, you know, girly things. Now all I have to do is polish up my French (not!)

Friday, July 20, 2012

July is hot! My studio is air conditioned! Therefore, I stay in my studio and create things. This was a fun project. It took a lot longer than I had hoped but creativity sometimes doesn't come quickly. I collect old handmade lace. So this pin cushion is covered with it. The antique card of buttons is a sweet embellishment, all mother of pearl with a little hand carving. I've made it with the intention of selling it. Wouldn't it be fun to have it hanging by your sewing area! Some of the lace came from a lovely woman on Cape Cod. Hope you like it!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

Look Who's Coming To Dinner!

It's Buddy!  He's arriving next Thursday at Bradley Airport.

Don't you just love the wrinkle above his back leg. And he may have the longest tongue on the planet.
But there's no doubt about it....he's a beauty. We were told that he is mellow and a sweet spirit.
Bring him on!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The squirrel that got away!

See the squirrel. He/she may be the one that chewed through my screen in the kitchen last fall. I had a box of nutter butter cookies right under the window. When I came into the kitchen -- there he/she was...on my counter top. There were cookies in the sink; bottles were broken on the floor. We both got very scared and he managed to get out of the screen - the way he came in. But he came back 2 more times -- eating through the newly repaired screen.

He stays outside now. I think he learned his lesson. Did it ever occur to you that a wild animal would chew through a screen to get inside your house?  Beware! Don't leave cookies under the windows! It's just too tempting for them.

What a little snow can do!

I have to consider this the "first" snowfall of the winter season in New England. The one in October 2011 doesn't count. Thick, sticky, white, wonderful snow. Maybe about a foot or so. But the clean up begins. Thank goodness we have a little powerhouse of a snow machine. It's small but very powerful. And when the sound of the engine stops...I know it's time to put my packages in the car and get to the post office. That should be around noon.

Monday, February 20, 2012

It's been awhile!

A lot has happened since last August. Friends and family are dying. My closest friend, Thelma, lived 80 plus years. We played mah jongg since the early 80's. How lucky I was to travel with her to so many places. We spent 3 weeks traveling to London, Bath, then on to Barcelona, Madrid, Oviedo (where she was an exchange student while at the University of Illinois), Santander (sp?) in the mid 80's. What fun we had. A true adventure. Then several years ago we went to Italy. Another "big" adventure, this time with my sister-in-law, her daughter Lauren. We stopped in Florence to meet up with Lauren's friend, Liv. An amazing country!

Then my husband's brother Lawrence died of complications during a hip replacement. Also in his 80's.

And then our dear, dear companion, Boomer, not quite 10 years old, died after a long illness. That was four weeks ago. It is still hard to talk about him. He was full of personality, was my husband's companion from day one.

And now we are looking for a dalmatian puppy! And the litter has been born. The spots are coming out. And in a few weeks, we will pick him out. This litter is from the same gene pool as Boomer. We only hope that we get a dog as wonderful as he was. And here is one sweet mother with her 10 puppies. Oh My! 7 females and 3 males. We've taken to it's a no-brainer.

Still no snow and it's February 20, 2012

While in Chicago the first week in January, I met up with my friend Lois, of 40 some odd years, and we had a wonderful breakfast together. Her son, Jeffrey, joined us and what fun it was. Great company. After breakfast, we scurried around Andersonville section of Chicago and went to multiple antique shops and resale shops. The best was in Evanston. Wonderful stuff and a great staff. Secret Treasures Antiques & Collectibles, 605 Dempster, Evanston, IL 60201.  Call for their hours 847-866-6889. I found a sweet little gold filled charm bracelet and it was a pleasure giving it to Lois.

So what does this have to do with snow? Well, after I left Chicago, two days later, they had a big snow storm. And I missed it. And New England has been snow free since October 2011. We had a few mornings of ground cover but it was so warm that it melted almost immediately.

I'm so looking forward to her visit in May when we will descend on Brimfield. Yea!