Friday, January 27, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
You can't have a bad time on a weekend get away if you pack red luggage.
This bon-bon of a figurine looks good enough to eat!
I sold out of these playing cards within a week (12 at a time),
but you may use this photo if you like
(sorry, it's low resolution, so won't print super crisp, but hey, it's free!
And so darned cute!)
Maybe a beautiful book will dispell your blues?
Aha! The sun is making a brave showing through the clouds.
I'm off for a tea refill and photographing more red things (in the cheery sunlight) for my shop.
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Thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Saturday, January 7, 2012
When I visited with them, they were living in the basement of their Amish modular log cabin, bought as a kit and they had done the construction themselves, with the help of family and friends.
I was/am in awe.
I got a tour of their former barn apartment (now Robin's wood shop and general storage), the upper floors of their cabin home (studded in and waiting for wiring, some limited plumbing, plank flooring, a few windows and dry wall).
They are doing all of the construction debt-free, using Craig's list for builders' surplus (like the energy effecient windows throughout) and salvaged materials (wood flooring from houses slated for demolition).
I am in awe.
Their footprint is about 680 square feet and is all they will pay taxes on (according to the county they live in).
The upper floors are property tax free.
The upper floors will have spiral stair case and ship's ladder access so precious space is not wasted on grand staircases. The house is adorable inside!
Like a luxury treehouse.
Speaking of luxury...
Their water trough is painted with their own patron saint (attached to the inside of the clean out door).
Thursday, January 5, 2012
It just wouldn't do to stick this kind of art piece in a commercially made gift bag, so I hand painted a heavy duty lunch sack with gesso.
It took less time than rummaging for an approprate gift bag and made a bigger hit.
My sister-in-law got teary when she saw the bottle and flipped through the booklet of scriptures.
"Those who sow in tears will reap in joy."
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Inside the basket were 7, yes 7(!) teacups and saucers (I have 6 pictured) and additonally, she also gave me this wonderful teacup stand. She owns a flea market so doesn't have to look far for the perfect gifts. I had exclaimed over these cups before (they were so reasonabley priced!) but buying for myself is rarely a priority, so I just admired them and let them sit for someone else to buy, little knowing that I would get them for Christmas! The hamper basket and stand were the frosting on an already rich gift. Yum!
So come on over for tea at my house! I'm equipped with cups for a crowd!
Footnote: The art stuff happening in the background of the photo is my oldest daughter customizing a paint box she bought with Chritsmas money. Our dining room table always has something going on! Paint water and beverages share the same space so we have to be careful where we dip a brush! :)
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Happy New Year to you!