Sunday, September 23, 2012

Happenings in My World

Junk Bonanza --continued. 
So you probably are wondering what I bought at the Junk Bonanza.  Answer:  Not too much.  I did buy some Annie Sloan paint.  Now if anyone follows any decorating blogs like I do you will know all about this paint.  So much blogging has been done and there has been very little if any criticism about it.  They were selling it there and I knew that so I planned on getting some.  This summer I went to Savage to get some.  There are very few dealers here in the Twin Cities.  It is for painting furniture.  I just opened a can two days ago and am in the process of painting a chest.  Love the way it goes on.  So very easy and very little prep work.  Not sure if I love the results.  Of course I am not done.  I will post about this project when completed.  At least I have good intentions of posting about it. 
 This is the other thing I bought.  It is a knife handle.  The blade was cut off.  There is a little suction cup so you can hang it.  You can put water in it to keep a stem alive.  I really like it.  But the best part is this is Mom's silverware.  They had all kinds to choose from but when I saw this I knew that was it. 
 Here is her set.  All of the pieces are not there.  They must have gotten lost over the years.  I remember playing in the sand with the spoons and I bet that is where some of them stayed. 
 I love the way Mom has documented things.  In the silverware chest this note was in there.  It says: "Liz Reed's lst set of silverware.  Purchased from Stanley Co. about 1951
 Friday, Sept. 21, 2012--Mahtomedi's Homecoming parade.  Krissy, Gemma, Suzette and I decided to decorate the Patty Wagon. It soon became the "Zephyr Mobile." We had fun doing it.  The theme was "Old Zephyrs Still Have It."  I hope my friend Nancy Veenis gets on this blog to see that Gregory is still alive and well (much to my husband's dismay) and was on duty for the parade. And he did a good job of it too.  There is somewhat of a story behind this guy.  Nancy bought him during the summer at a garage sale and had him in my classroom that fall.  She named him Gregory.  He sat on top of the file cabinets and at the beginning of each quarter he would hold a welcome sign for my students.  He was in about ten of Centennial's homecoming parades.  I would pull him in a wagon behind me.  Then one year he got kidnapped.  Yep--there was a ransom note on my desk.  He was gone.  Ransom was chocolate chip cookies placed by the bike racks.  He was returned after a few days.  Still not quite sure who did it and how on earth did they hide him?  He is so big.  Time for me to retire.  I really did not want to get rid of him.  But I didn;t really want him either.  He would be hard to store.  .  Nancy put him out at the senior all night party with a note saying he needed a good home.  Nobody wanted him.  I could not let him go into the dumpster.  So he came home with me and he guarded the garage for awhile.  Now he is on guard duty in the shed.  A few arguments have happened because of him.  I am not ready to get rid of him yet.  And see what a good job he did at homecoming.
 I donned my poodle skirt, saddle shoes and borrowed Jennifer's letter jacket. 
 Gemma was a Homecoming Queen Wannabe.  She had on an old formal, a tiara, large gold earring and a white wrap.  She is such a good sport.  I have to say we were a big hit all along the parade route.  Lots of people taking pictures. Nothing but good and fun comments were heard.  I was amazed at the number of people that turned out for this parade. It was so much fun.
At the end we were directed off the parade route to go into the high school parking lot.  Zephyr Mobile quit running.  Oh! Oh!  Checked the gas tank.  Suzette says "Looks pretty empty to me."  We ran out of gas.  Thank God for cell phones.  Called Pudge but he could not get to us right away because streets were blocked and traffic was bad.  Not to worry.  We had fun sitting there because we got to see the parade as everything had to go by us.
Here we are still waiting.  Pudge came and got some gas into the tank.  It started right up and we proceeded to go to my house for wine and conversation.  Pudge had made a big pot of chili that day so we dined on that.  I wish I would have taken pictures of the table that I set. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Missing In Action

Well many of you have probably been wondering about my blog and why there has been no activity. 

Excuses are as follows:
-Now it has been so long that I do not even know where to go with this or what to focus on because my life certainly has not been at a standstill. 
-By the time I get through doing everything else on this computer I am brain dead and have a hard time once I am tired. 
-Been busy
-Many times I just simply give all of this way too much thought.  I need to quit just thinking about it and go for it.

I think I am going to start with recent and then hope I can carry through and go to the past with my pictures and thoughts.  So now that I am walking through this in my thoughts I need to go to my pictures.  OK--here goes!!Oh yes!!!

Last Thursday (Sept. 13, 2012)  Diane, Laurel, Krissy (high school friends) and I went to Shakopee to an event called Junk Bonanza.  If any of you read any decorating blogs on computer you would know all about this.  So many of them talked this up and I wanted to go.  It is right up my alley.  They take junk, thrift store finds, and dumpster diving acquires and make cool things.  Oh yes!!  This could make anyone excited in my opinion. 

 My goofy friends posing.  Diane, Krissy and Laurel.
 Lots of fall flowers and decorations.  There was so much to see.  It was crowded.  But it didn't matter.  We were all excited and amazed at some of the things we saw. 
 I liked this worn out broom with the witches hat and a raven.  It had a "For Rent" sign on it.  Now I could do something like this. 
 This was really neat.  In the foreground---circles of wool strips wrapped and bound with a measuring tape and a small button.  Oh!!  These are really cute pin cushions.  Wrong.  They are erasers for a chalk board.  I have to say that chalk boards were really the thing.  Saw all kinds of them made from anything you could imagine.  I really liked many of them that I had seen.  The little jars in the back were not anything unusual.  In fact I have some of these exact same little vases.  The intriguing thing was that they made stopppers for them out of buttons.  Hard to see the detail from this picture but they were so darn cute.  Now who doesn't have cute buttons in their sewing box? 
I accidentally got this same picture in again.  Tried to delete but did not work.  I hate to goof around with it too much because chances are I would lose the whole thing.  I am speaking from experience.  Thought:  I think I need a new camera.  Not liking the pictures.  They are not very clear and lacks color and detail.  Of course, I am sure it is not the one taking the picture. 

Well as long as I am on a roll I am going to try some more pictures.  Here's hoping for the best. 

Nope.  It is not going to work.  Don't ask.  I am worried that I am going to lose this so I am going to post and hope I can keep my motivation to write on this blog again.