Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Blogs of Inspiration

As you know I'm trying to live a better life. In reaction to what seems to be an increasingly mean atmosphere in the media - be it the news broacasts, the reality shows or the talk on radio and TV - by spotlighting the rude, crude, lewd behavior of stars, politicians, celebreties and wanna be famous, I decided that I needed to lead a kinder, more forgiving, by example life. To succeed in my personal crusade, I listen to some blog voices regularly. I've been adding some new ones to my sidebar.

Let me share who and why. There are many bloggers who are chroniclng life and its universalities. I'm partial to the simple voice - direct and kind with a sense of humor about themselves and their world. (For this post I' m not talking about many of the artists that I love and follow who inspire me in a different way.)

Ordinary Courage - Brene Brown has a wonderful voice as she explores courage, shame and life's journey. Thought provoking she inspires me to explore and accept my world. Recently she is talking about vulnerability.

Kellie Rae Roberts - last summer I took an e course from Kellie Rae about how to improve my craft business. It was extraordinary. Chock full of informatio and insight. By chronicling her business and personal life she inspires me to be less fearful of making mistakes and criticism. I'm learning to be more focused in work and play. This year she has added a baby to her family. She is always optimistic as she juggles her creative life and family life.

Susan @ At Magnolias End has a gentle, witty blog that talks about ordinary life. I love the pictures she paints with her words that make me nod with recognition. We're all in this together. She has 2 new projects now that she is embracing - a major remodeling and impending granmotherhood.

Joy, Joy in the Journey was recommended to me by the afore mentioned Susan. Last year this blogger generously shared the journey she and her husband made toward his death. Now she shares her road after. Real and inspiring. She is now embarking on a new phase in her education career. I hope she will continue to keep us posted.

Enjoy meeting these bloggers if you don't know them already. They will make your day sunnier.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Family of Dreams

This AM dog and I were sitting outside planning our day. So I was actually making sure that no stray cats or squirrels were invading his space. I was the one planning. This Memorial Day weekend brings family which makes me soo happy. A tiny bit sad that T & A will be missing. But I get to spend 2 full days with all my grandchildren, 2 children and 2 children-in-laws. I love having a full, chaotic house.

So what was I planning - cleaning and organizing. As you know, I HATE cleaning. Love the results; dislike the process! I find if I divide it up into small increments I can handle doing it - just barely. So I was planning what areas I would clean today while dreaming of living in a house that cleaned itself. Wouldn't that be lovely? Imagine after my husband used the bathroom, a robot would emerge from the closet and scrub the shower, swipe the toilet and mop the floor. Heaven!!!!

Another dream would be for all the family to live together in a compound. Seperate house for each family, but a shared yard. Yes, I enjoy being around my kids and grandkids so much that I dream about living near them. Separate spaces for the privacy that we all need, but a large communal yard where we can share our days, many meals and pets. In laws parents are welcome. The more the merrier. Would we all want to kill each other occasionally? Probably. But to be able to share the day to day activities of my grandchildren would be magical. To talk to my kids daily would be bliss. Ahhh, dreamy.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Final Post on Wilmington Flower Market 2011

I know, I know. This is really late, but I'm almost positive this will be my last words on WFM. (Although the love and fun will linger in my memory for a long time to come.)

This lovelie wore her Annarella Girl skirt, from 2 years ago, to show us. It is one of her favortie things, she reports. In her hand is the new skirt she bought. I hope she wears it to show next year. Love, love, love my returning customers!

I also want to give a shout out to my sister-in-law and her husband, Paulette and Boots. They took such good care of me. Clean laundry. Good meals. P makes the best salads I've ever had. They are chock full of veggies and fruit. Hubs and I have been recreating for a yummy summer meal. I can't thank P & B enough for all they did, and how comfortable and cared for I felt.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Few Pics

Apparently there was a glitch with blogspot this last week. My last posting was eaten. Don't know if it will ever surface.

And on a similar theme, my camera has eaten some of my pics. Here are the few it left me from the Wilmington Flower Market.

Part of my booth. The signs are eyecatching. I can never say THANKS often enough to Sarah Havard, the photographer.

This is other side of the booth with dresses, skirts and onsies. The onsies were so popular I only had 8 left to bring home. Sewing, sewing, sewing so I'll have some to show at Good Water Gallery.

Doesn't she look lovely with her headband. Model Extrordinaire!!!!

Along with the sewing I'm going to start revamping my blog. Lately been cruising the sewing blogs and I'm blow away by the talent, both writing and stitching. (I feel like a one note creator compared to so many others.) I'd like to share some of my finds. So next time you stop by my side bar favorites will have some changes. SOOOON.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Jiggedy Jig

Heading home. Had a great time at the Wilmington Flower Market. Lots of friendly people. Enjoyed greeting past Annarella girls and meeting so many new ones. Can't wait until next year!

The onsies were a huge hit. Leggings were a winner. Everyone was so complimentary. I feel the love.

Now, I'm itching to get back to my sewing room. I have lots of ideas. By the end of this week the remaining dresses and skirts will be back at Good Water Gifts and Art.

First we face a long drive home. Normally our route would take us through Memphis, but because of the flooding we'll go north through St Louis and down through Oklahoma. My heart goes out to all who are effected by the floods. Its been a disasterous spring for too many. On our way up through Virginia we saw an area that was wiped out by a tornado. It was fearful to see so much destruction. I hope all my readers and customers are okay.

Talk to you all when I get home. Keep safe.