Tuesday, September 29, 2009

KSGP October Give Away!

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My primitives group, Kindred Sisters Gathering Post (KSGP) has just announced their October Give Away!

This month's Give Away is being offered by Kelly of Mystical Entities ~ A set of wonderfully whimsical and primitive witch bowl fillers, a sweet treat for you this Halloween!

Just sign up to receive the KSGP Mailing List (you will find the blog link in the column to your right under "Favorite Blog Snippets"), and you will be entered into our drawing. If you are already on our mailing list, consider yourself already entered. If you would like an additional entry to WIN, just post the above photo on your blog sidebar, link it back to the KSGP Blog, leave us a comment that you have done so, and we will enter your name a second time. The lucky winner will be chosen on October 15th. You'll receive your primitive witch bowl fillers in plenty of time to add to your Halloween celebration decor!

Til next time,

Mary

Thursday, September 24, 2009

More Favorite Fall things...

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No, not the mums. For some reason, mums don't do too well here in the south. After you've enjoyed them for a lovely seasonal display, you can plant them in the ground. However, the following summer they grow really leggy. I guess cutting them back at an optimum predetermined date might get you a good show the following season, but I've never been able to figure that out.

No, it's the olde blue wooden ice cream bucket I chose to put these in for the front porch. It's a "Maid of Honor" old, hand crank job for making homemade ice cream. I haven't been able to determine the era this is from, although I spotted a few on eBay recently. Love that blue color!

Stay tuned, I have a few more favorites I'd like to show you!

Monday, September 21, 2009

My Favorite Fall Things!

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Good Monday! Hello all. I have been seriously remiss in attending to my blog of late. The days rush by and I find myself wondering what the heck I have been doing with my time. One project I've accomplished was getting the Fall-O-Ween decorations down from the attic and placing them about.

This little dolly is one of my favorites. She's about 3 years old. I found her on eBay long before I even knew the artist, JoAnn from Leafy Hollow Primitives. Later, I ran into Jo-Jo (as I nicknamed her) when I was a member of the eBay group American Folk Art & Primitives Mercantile. The quality of JoAnn's work is impeccable, and I was delighted when I received this doll to find she appeared even more awesome in person.

Oh, I have more favorites. Maybe I'll post some more pictures of my Fall decor in the next few weeks if you'd like.

Mary

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The future hope of America


When I was a young woman, married and hopeful of having a child of my own, I found out that I had problems, though not fully diagnosed at the time, which resulted in my being barren. I can remember growing up, back when women were not expected to attend college, dreaming about having a family of my own. That, unfortunately, was not in God's plan for me. And although I am content with finding the love of my life, albeit 20 years my junior, and deciding that we would not pursue having a family when we married (I was 43 and he was 23 at the time), there are days I feel I have missed something quite special in my life.

When I was 22, married for the first time and attempting to conceive a child, every month that passed without having conceived was so emotionally sad for me. My sister who was 2 years younger, and to whom I was exceptionally close, finally was pregnant with child. She felt so bad for me that when her first child was born, (my god-daughter Sarah), she literally "gave" her to me. I fed her, burped her, bathed her, rocked her, and bought her a birthday present every month. God, I loved that baby. My sister's selfless act, borne of her great love for me and my situation, remains in my heart forever.

Anyway, that special child ~ Sarah ~ now has two children of her own. The children pictured above. The first child, Lillie, was born so premature they didn't think she would even make it. Sarah had gone into a seizure and the child had to be taken. It's nothing short of a miracle how far Sarah and Lillie have come in the past two years. The wee one is Sarah's new baby, Adeline. Let us all do whatever we have to, to safeguard all our children in the days ahead so that they can realize their dreams as the future hope of America.

'Til next time,

Mary

Monday, September 7, 2009

Puppy Love


Our friends came over this weekend for B-B-Que. They finally broke down and bought their daughter a puppy for her birthday about a month ago. The puppy was scared to death of our doggies at first. I'm sure they looked as large as Labradors to this teeny tiny pup! Her name is Jeannie, and she is so lovable!

Hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend with friends and family. Adding my heartfelt thanks to all the military who sacrifice for us!

Til next time,

Mary

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