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March 18, 2018

RANDOM CHITCHAT AND A TAIL TALE

Peter Cotton's tail, or the Tail of Peter Rabbit?  No matter which tail tale you side with, "somebunny" lost one, and now I have it.... my little decorative springtime specimen.
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©Linda Nelson 2018
For this post, I find myself in the mood for some random chitchat, sharing a bit of much-to-do-about-nothing, chewing the cud....  I hope you don't mind that I'm inclined to verbally and visually unwind.

This past week presented me with a number of random tasks/errands to tackle, one of which required me to park my vehicle right next to our town's hospital thrift shop.  How convenient.  And, the shop was having a storewide 1/2 price clearance sale.  Sweet!

Well, I couldn't resist snatching up this little needlepoint tapestry.  Now, I did have to "freshen" it up a bit and swap out it's musty "scented" broken frame for one I had on hand, but it was worth the wee bit of effort.
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©Linda Nelson 2018
I also managed to mount the deer head I brought back from Italy.  The "mounting board" is from an old, broken sewing cabinet.  I think they pair together nicely, don't you?
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My seventeen year-old developed a little quirk about a year ago, and it has had an effect on my kitchen decor.  I'm serious!  I know, I know...... how could the two issues be related?  Well, about four years ago, I invested in the "lady with the blue dress on" from an artist who's work I admire, and thought that wall the perfect spot to show her off.  All was fine...... until I had new windows installed last year.  By the way, my seventeen year-old is sitting in the bottom of this photo.
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Anyway, the doorknob on the right side of the photo leads to my basement; I kept it open the duration of the window installment construction so he could seek shelter from all the loud noises and burly strangers making the noise.  Since then, he has insisted on wanting the basement door open all the time.  Thank goodness he sleeps most of the day, so it's only a few hours here and there that my view of the lady is obstructed by the door.  This past week, I came up with a solution that grants me an arty view, regardless.
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©Linda Nelson 2018
I painted the basement facing side of the door, made an over-the-door hanger from a piece of aluminum flashing I had on hand, and hung one of my other cherished pieces on the hanger.  Instant art gallery!

The following photos are of some other little visual pleasures that currently adorn my kitchen/dining area. 
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I love this little corner of the kitchen counter, which is just to the left of my sink.  I always make sure it looks pretty so that washing dishes isn't so "painful".
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A client of mine passed this apothecary cabinet on to me, one of my favorite pieces.  I keep the doors off, though; too impractical for daily use.
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I used to have a pet rooster.  His name was Captain Hook.  I love chickens.
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The enamel pan serves as my "fruit bowl".  I have since restocked; grocery shopping was on the errands list.
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©Linda Nelson 2018
This scale belonged to my grandmother.  And, it's not just a prop; I actually use it to calculate the weight for when shipping my greeting card orders.
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©Linda Nelson 2018
And, that's my verbal and visual random chitchat for today.  Thanks for stopping by!

March 14, 2018

A LITTLE PILLOW TALK

No, not that kind of pillow talk!  I'm talking, little pillow talk.  Literally.

A few years ago, I whipped up a few miniature pillowcase prototypes.  I had done the calculating to sew them to scale and used some not-so-pretty fabric for my trial run.  And then, I packed up my ugly little creations and put them away.

During yesterday's slushy snowfall, those little pillowcases came to the surface of my thoughts, and I was motivated to make them again.  Only this time, I wanted to make pretty ones.
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Their finished size measures 4.75" x 7", a "mini me" version of a standard size pillowcase.  Aren't they sweet?  They're sweet smelling too!  There's a little surprise hidden inside each pillowcase - a little lavender pillow sachet, the lavender harvested last season from two plants I have growing in my garden, and which yielded me about four cups of dried buds.
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Now, I'll let you in on a little secret - there's another surprise hidden inside.....
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The pillowcases are reversible!
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©Linda Nelson 2018
Well, I hope you enjoyed joining me in a little (scented) pillow talk.
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©Linda Nelson 2018

March 11, 2018

THRIFT SHOP RESCUE

In my previous post, I shared with you my thrift shop score for a child related craft idea that had been brewing in my head.   Well, the child related theme continues in this post.

What I also picked up at the thrift shop was this delightful little art piece that I'm assuming was done by an adolescent(poster paint on colored paper) female - a "Picasso-ita".  How sad that someone gave this treasure up.  I immediately fell in love with it, and not because I though it was "cute"; I simply thought it was good.  Period.  Which.... brings me to getting up on my little soapbox.
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©Linda Nelson 2018
Parents, please don't tape your children's artwork to the refrigerator like you would a grocery list or parent/teacher conference reminder notification.  Instead, encourage your child to accept that not every single art piece they produce is exceptional.  For the ones that are, get them framed and mount them in prominent places throughout your home.  Yes, incorporate them among "pricey" pieces.  As for the others, purchase an artist's portfolio for storing all their "exercises" in and suggest to your child that they periodically look back at those pieces to analyze in what way their art has evolved.

The little thrift shop find now hangs in my dining room.  Pictured below, are two pieces my daughter made back in grade school many, many years ago.  I love them, and they are a part of the "permanent collection" that hangs throughout my home.

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Furthermore, framed originals make lovely gifts for giving to grandparents, other relatives and teachers, too.  Okay, I'm stepping down off my soapbox now.

March 8, 2018

A THRIFTY NOR' "EASTER"

Hey there!  Just before our area was gifted with a windy, slushy mess yesterday, I scrambled to get some errands done.  On my list was visiting a new-to-me little thrift shop, and a mission to find a very particular something.  I scored!

So, pay attention moms with little tots; this one's for you!

My vision was toddler size clothing that could be turned into Easter egg hunt gathering bags.

Ta-da!
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©Linda Nelson 2018

Aren't they adorable?  And, after the egg gathering activities are over, these fashionable little vessels can hold socks, mittens, trinkets or any little clutch of goodies. 

For the dress, I simply turned it inside out, sewed the bottom shut, then turned it back to right side out.  With a few machine stitches, I reinforced the straps to handle the weight of anything stashed inside.
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©Linda Nelson 2018
The process was basically the same for the overalls, though I did cut off the leg/crotch snaps and reduce the length of the legs.
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©Linda Nelson 2018
You can even take it a step further and adorn them with bows, colorful buttons, appliques, etc....

Now, go raid your kid's wardrobe and get creative!