Saturday, February 28, 2009

My Furry Grandaughter

My youngest son brought home a rabbit in early June. Of course being an animal lover, I immediately started taking care of her. Clover now resides in our living room. I can't imagine her living in my sons room by herself most of the time. She is a sweetheart, I let her out three times a day. I close off parts of the house and she can run around and kick up her heels, which she does very well. She will jump up on the sofa to be petted. She is just like a dog, she nudges your hand with her nose to keep petting her. I do put the inside cat away, they have played together before, but the cat began to chase her a little too much. Clover will flop on her side when she is very happy with her petting. I must get a picture of that one day. Rabbits can be trained to use a litter box. We have a large plastic container in her cage with cedar shavings in it. She occasionally chews on something she shouldn't but she understands the word "no". She really is a joy to have in the house. She loves... bananas. I read somewhere that they can become addicted to them. Whenever I have a banana I give her a couple of small slices and she loves it. In the summer I grow plants for her. She loves parsley, basil, mint, brocolli, cauliflower, and much more. I know she's looking forward to me getting the garden going in the spring.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I have been enjoying putting items up for sale in my etsy shop. I keep thinking of more places to look and see whats available. I'm hoping this will bring out some creativity in me. When I was young I remember enjoying putting together small items on shelves as decoration. I would collect old fence insulators, paint them, and put small dried flowers in them. I collected bits of bark and other odd things. Once I had a compressed piece of dirt that came from a bulldozer track, wrapped in plastic in my drawer. For some reason that appealed to me. These pictures show two collections of items I put together and put in my etsy shop.

Monday, February 16, 2009

I have always wondered how this lovely coloring book survived without anyone marking in it. How the cover is in such good shape. I know it's old, plus I have had it tucked away for many years. I always wonder, how many people have been in contact with certain items. What stories they could tell. I don' t keep a journal, but I got in the habit many years ago of writing down the things I have done that day. Being an at home mom, I got in the habit when I would get to Friday and wonder, what have I accomplished this week? So, I started writing daily a few things that go on. It does come in handy when you try and remember, when did we do that, or whose house did we visit last Thanksgiving. And I hope my boys will hang on to the many small books I have now, they might not want to read them but maybe my grandchildren will!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Alright, I have to admit, I am a little slow at times, but it took me awhile to realize. I have been collecting vintage items for 20 years or more and just saving them for some reason. I have an old book I bought over 15 years ago at an estate sale, it was a collection by a women ahead of her time. She had taken the book "The Standard Dictionary of Facts" and turned it into a collection of newspaper clippings, hymns and other articles she wanted to save. Pasting the articles in the book. This was from the 1920's. I saw the book and became attached to it for some reason. I bought it and brought it home. It lived in my closet until this past year. I have been seeing all the interesting things people are doing with vintage items. There are some wonderful artists out there. So I thought, instead of having these items tucked away where no one can see them I would bring them out and offer them to someone who will make something beautiful with them.

I purchased this delightful sewing box many years ago at a flea market. It has many wonderful items in it. And there they sit, just waiting for someone to create with them.

So I intend to start selling some of my collection in my etsy shop and collecting more, I love antique shops, estate sales, and yard sales. When I finish a quilt or whatever I'm working on I will add that to the mix. I will post pictures here of the most interesting items I dig up! (That's a whole other story.)