"...it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all..."~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Valentine.......

.........greetings.....here is a primitive Valentine box that I just finished up....I hand stitched the sampler top and then covered the rest of the box with a reproduction civil war print....stained and distressed to look very old and worn......have a wonderful day...smiles, Linda





Friday, January 16, 2015

...I don't know why.....

.....no decorating, hooking or stitching today...just wanted to share a memory......I was never a fan of school....I was average, didn't really enjoy it........I got along with everyone and had a small group of close friends.....I went to several schools, but 2 of them still bring back some wonderful memories.....one was a Lutheran school, with a big beautiful church and fairly new classrooms....I enjoyed devotion hour everyday, and memorizing Bible verses, and a library that you had to go up a flight of stairs, into a world of magic !! there I would frequently check out the book "The Courage of Sarah Noble"....I still remember that, I actually purchased a copy of that book last year from Amazon....... I went there K-4 th grade..........then we moved to Indiana, and I found myself going to a really old school...it was a K-6th grade..big old windows..had to climb 3 flights of stairs to go to class....the library was the best, a very small room, with wall to wall books, kinda dark and of course old....we always had a real Christmas tree in our classroom....and the cooks always made the best lunches..oh also...the restrooms were in the basement and had NO doors on them, that was a shocker !!! but something about that big old brick building just tugged at my heart, still does.......another thing I forgot to mention is, when we got off the bus, there was a really small little store across from the school, "Fred's"...and he had all the candy a kid could want...there I would buy bubble gum and taffy......can't do that anymore......after I left that school, it was on to bigger and bigger schools, with lockers, changing classrooms....ugh.....I think I didn't want to grow up!!!!  or maybe it was the big old buildings, the church, the quaintness and small school size.....not sure, I just know I love those two schools.... till next time....smiles, Linda
 the photo above is Zion Lutheran School and the two below are McCalla School.....


Monday, January 12, 2015

.......horse rug........

.....just finished this.......if any questions or interested, send me a message, thank you
till next time...smiles, Linda

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

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......just wanted to share a couple of antique handmade items....the yo yo runner and doily.......someone put a lot of work into these items......I bought them at a sale, probably saved them from being thrown away.......I think they are just beautiful.......wish I knew who made them, to say, "they are beautiful"......smiles, linda

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

......where's Linda ??????

......I can't believe how long it has been since I have posted on here........sorry.......Christmas has came and went, and it was wonderful.........my tree is down, house is back to "normal", and I have been enjoying just nesting..........I have organized and cleaned my storage room, decluttered a bit, cleaned some more, finished a rug hooking project, and getting ready to start another project..........I love the quietness of this time of year..no big holidays.......too early to get out in the yard to work (although I have been tempted)......and I have been riding my exercise  bike more often (for my health), and I feel better for doing it......and, rug hooking, or hand work for that matter, is so rewarding.......it is hard to explain the satisfaction of working on a project......be it cross stitch or rug hooking for me.......from beginning to end........sitting in your favorite spot, with a hot cup of tea or coffee, candle burning, and it is cold and deary outside......and in the comfort and warmth of my little house, I am content.......I have all I need.......till next time.....smiles, linda




Sunday, December 7, 2014

.....a few of my favorite things.....

....these are just a few things that mean a lot to me.........and they all are memories of my mom....
 this is mom's Advent calendar, about 75 years old, from Germany....
 the granny square afghan she made.......
 mom's Christmas Nut Horn cookie recipe, (I mounted it on an antique board to save it)
 boxes of puzzles and blocks........
my set of Little House books, received from mom and dad when I was about 8 years old...I always treasure any book (no Kindle for me) but these especially..........wonderful memories.....till next time.....smiles, Linda