observations, ideas and inspiration... from my pennsylvania home, garden, kitchen, and studio

Monday, September 28, 2009

Are you smarter than a third grader??

My happy place...

Lord help me I can't do third grade homework! Normally I am the most patient person in the world but between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. I am some crazed lunatic (as in suffering loss of emotional control). Thank goodness for the Internet....what did our parents do??? I really don't think they were as involved as we have to be but since I've had a child I am slowing losing brain cells and can't remember.

Although all of the above is true, I hate to say it but I am learning new things. For instance tonight Lydia had to write sentences from her vocabulary words. One of the words is "records" as in the best performance in a competition. I want to tell her examples but that will make it easy (it is so tempting) and she needs to make up her own.

Stay with me for a minute I am going somewhere with this. I had her look up the word "records" (again thank you Internet). She noticed a crazy picture from the Guinness Book of World Records. I can't believe I never told her about these? We looked up everything from the fastest time to carve a pumpkin ~ 24.03 seconds, to a boy balancing 16 spoons on his face. We are learning good stuff tonight!!

I thought you all would get a kick out of what she decided upon....

"In the book of world records the smallest teddy bear is 0.17 inches."

Just for the record he is fully jointed with hand sewn eyes, nose and mouth. Can you see him below the coin??

I'm going back to my happy place now.

*Photo copyright Guinness World Records.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Favorite Quote of the Month ~ September

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting–a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I just love Emerson....
Being animal lovers, Lydia and I were so intrigued by this tight knit little family above that we met on vacation. So sweet but so sad it breaks my heart. Although the man was homeless, he told us he didn't want our money and Lydia asked if we could take a picture. After talking with him awhile I got the impression that he had lost faith in people and only trusted his animals. Lydia and I still talk about it to this day. Hopefully those animals will help him trust again by the people he meets.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Good Intentions

I had them...

Back on April 7th I blogged about the "Great Sunflower Project". They send you seeds and you count the number of bees in a half-hour, then email it in for research on why the bees are disappearing. This is one of the few Lemon Queen sunflowers that came up. I don't think they liked my soil. I envisioned large beautiful sunflowers in my veggie garden, I got daisy sized flowers. They are the tiniest sunflowers I've ever seen. I will start counting today if the little bees can find them :)

Today is the update for the Primitive Gatherings....go there and check out the great stuff by great artists. I've listed a primitive little witchy and a few jack-o-lanterns.

It's been a crazy few weeks getting ready for the Country Farmers Fall Gathering this weekend at 1824 Antiques. Keep your fingers crossed for no rain!

I did manage to sneak away last Saturday for the Shaker Woods Antiques in the Woods Festival in Columbiana Ohio. Did anyone else go? It was the perfect day with the feel of fall in the air. The woods smelled so good with vendors cooking over an open kettle.

I found a few treasures and some presents. I particularly love old books especially childrens books. I also collect anything with little rabbits. So happy when I found this...."Timothy Crunchit the Calico Bunny" I haven't read it yet so I don't know why he is the calico bunny but I love the title and the sweet illustrations inside.

It was a good day...a well needed day away.

That's it. I'm headed back to work and....


Friday, September 11, 2009

Remembering 9-11

“Now, we have inscribed a new memory alongside those others. It’s a memory of tragedy and shock, of loss and mourning. But not only of loss and mourning. It’s also a memory of bravery and self-sacrifice, and the love that lays down its life for a friend–even a friend whose name it never knew. “
-George W. Bush

I'll never forget those that lost their lives that morning.....3,000 people! Somehow it brought us together as a country. I hope it doesn't take another horrible day before we have that unity again in this country. May we never forget and always keep this day in our hearts. Sending happy thoughts to you today ~~~ Jenn

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Will the real kitty cat please say "meow"

Ha Ha! I had to share this photo with you. My neighbor just brought over those gorgeous hydrangea's in the background. (I have the best neighbors!) I finished putting them in water and started sweeping up the leaves on the kitchen floor (yes it would be cleaner to go outside but I'm to lazy to walk out there plus I think I have a touch of adult A.D.D. and would probably get distracted!) When I turned around, Hannah was posing for this shot. It's amazing that she sat there long enough for me to get the camera AND take her picture...she is an old lady though.
Have a happy day!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

New Offerings at Early Work Mercantile Today

There's a nip in the air...have you noticed? September is here! I'm looking forward to this upcoming fall season. It seems everyone is in the mood. For my update on Early Work Mercantile I have a few autumn offerings...


an Old Looking Sock Kitty ~ SOLD

and a Primitive Scarecrow.

For more info click here

Happy September!

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