Monday, October 31, 2022

October 31 ~

I know I show the same Halloween decorations every year, and here they are once again 😁

My mom painted the black cat.  The eyes used to flash red, but the battery is long dead . . . and I never think to replace it.  The two plastic items are vintage.

The scarecrow and pumpkin to the right are two of my favorite pieces my mom painted.  The large ceramic pumpkin . . . well, I guess it would be considered vintage.  I have had it for as long as I can remember.  I guess that makes me vintage, too 😏

A sweet mohair bear I purchased on one of the monthly selling sites a few years ago.

Black feather tree.

Tobacco stick tree decked out for Halloween.

These are new.  I bought 3 of these fun little skellies on Amazon.  For the price they are great, but if you drop one on the floor . . . beware 😝  They don't bounce well.

Dining room cupboard.  All the papier mache jacks on the middle shelf are vintage except for the smallest one.  Funny story.  Neither of my boys have any use for anything antique/vintage.  Occasionally I will try to impress upon them that some of my items have value.  So last year I tell my younger son that the mache jacks are worth $$$.  His response?  So those go on the fifty cent table instead of the ten cent table?  KIDS!!!

Vintage noisemakers.

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Saturday, October 29, 2022

Whirlwind Trip ~


We are back from our quick little get-away to the Colonial Williamsburg area.  We left early Monday morning and arrived home Thursday night about 10pm.  1100 miles in four days.  WHEW!

Around Colonial Williamsburg ~

The majority of the homes in Colonial Williamsburg are privately occupied, either by employees or donors to the foundation, and not open to the public.

The Capitol building, a reconstruction.

A few of the tradespeople demonstrating . . . 

A man of words & not of deeds
Is like a garden full of weeds.

DSO got to fire a musket.  He was a happy camper.

Heading to the Yorktown Battlefield.

The gravestones were mostly from the Civil War, not the Revolutionary War.  Most people believe that coins on gravestones represent the military service of the person buried there.

On to Yorktown Battlefield . . . 

Trophies of War . . . 

"Surrendered by the capitulation of Yorktown, Oct. 19, 1781."

Our final touristy destination, was Jamestown, the site of the first permanent English colony, established in 1607.

Pocahontas ~

Captain John Smith ~

With a couple stops, the travel time to Williamsburg was 9-10 hours.  I hooked most of the way there, but only a few hours on the way home.  I did make some progress on Fierce Lion.  I love his funkiness 😁

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Sunday, October 23, 2022

Graduated ~

Woo hoo!  On Friday I graduated from my "boot" to an ankle brace.  I was very good about wearing the boot until this past week . . . then wore it sporadically.  It was just so much easier to walk and felt so much better "sans boot".  Yesterday I actually got 10k steps in for the first time in six weeks and this morning went for a walk.  We are finally having a few gorgeous days on Ohio's north coast.  Here is a view of Lake Erie taken this morning.

Progress is being made on Fierce Lion.  I know the eyes need work . . . and I am sure it is the absolute last thing I will do on the rug.  

I found this guy on my driveway this morning.  Woolly bear caterpillars - also called woolly worms (who knew?) - have a reputation for being able to forecast the coming winter weather.  If their rusty band is wide, then it will be a mild winter.  The more black there is, the more severe the winter.  I do hope his prediction of a mild winter is true.

Early tomorrow DSO and I are heading to Colonial Williamsburg for a quick little get-away.  (And you know I haven't yet started to pack!) It has been 3+ decades since my last visit.  I will hook my way to Virginia and back.  Thankfully he is very tolerant of wool dust 😁

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Friday, October 21, 2022

Cracked Crock ~

Yesterday, Molly and I made a spur of the moment trip to one of the best antique malls around.  It was her first time antiquing.  She was my enabler for the day 😁.

This is my cracked crock collection.  (It was very hard to get a picture.  Sorry for the shadows.  It is on top of a cupboard in the dining room and the table is in the way.)

I found this wonderful 3 gallon crock to add to it.  Here she is in all her glory.  Isn't she a beauty?  The little wooden box was purchased to add a punch needle or cross stitch top.  Maybe I will get around to that in my next lifetime.

I find it most unusual that the cobalt decoration is on both the front and back of the crock and on both its "ears" (aka handles).  There is a crack running the length of the crock but it makes a wonderful display piece and I would not pay the price if it was perfect.  We're all cracked a bit, aren't we?

This is a very upscale shop with true antiques.  I must say I think this is the most expensive piece I have ever run across in an antique shop.

I have actually been trying to clean the built in cupboard above my desktop computer.  You know you haven't cleaned in quite a while when you find calendars from 2012.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Today I am back to the orthopedic doctor for x-rays.  Hopefully my very expensive boot ($291) will be a thing of the past.  

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Monday, October 17, 2022

Fierce Lion ~

I think a more apropos name for this rug would be Funky Lion 😁  His mouth reminds me of the batman symbol . . . lol.  He just makes me smile.  The body is done but I do need to outline the eyes with a beauty line to make them stand out.  I normally struggle to hand cut a very narrow strip, but am heading to hook for a bit tomorrow and I will use their #3 or #4 blade.

A miserable, cold, windy day here on Ohio's north coast.  We had a few snow "pellets" come down.  I am so not ready for high temps only in the 40's.  Not sure if I am allowed to call it this, but where is our Indian Summer?

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