Monthly Archives: August 2008

Trivia Friday and a Prize

I thought it would be fun to have a Trivia Friday….Pass it On!

Can you guess… you know which of the following statements are TRUE?  Look at the statements below and decide which ones are actually true…guess or maybe you know.  Just for leaving a post will give you a chance to win a prize….and the prize is

      bag that I’ve made! 

I’ll put your names into a basket and the love bunny will draw a name out of a basket on Monday morning at 10:00 a.m….I’ll post the winner on Monday afternoon when I get home along with pictures.  So good luck to everyone for the draw…and have your hand at the trivia.

This page has gone wonky…sorry..small font you can hardly see…and a huge space to the bottom…

 Then I’ll tell you how you did with your answers.

Here then are the questions…and I’m sorry about the itty bitty font size…

 1. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
2. Alfred Hitchcock didn’t have a bellybutton.
3. A pack-a-day smoker will lose approximately 2 teeth every 10 yrs.
4. People do not get sick from cold weather; it’s from being indoors a lot more.
5. When you sneeze, all bodily functions stop even your heart!
6. Only seven ( 7 ) per cent of the population are lefties.
7. 40 people are sent to the hospital for dog bites every minute.
8. Babies are born without knee caps. They don’t appear until they are 2-6 years old.
9. The average person over fifty will have spent 5 years waiting in lines.
10. The toothbrush was invented in 1498.
11. The average housefly lives for one month.
12. 40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year.
13. A coat hanger is 44 inches long when straightened.
14. The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute
15. Your feet are bigger in the afternoon than the rest of the day.
16. Most of us have eaten a spider in our sleep.
17. The REAL reason ostriches stick their head in the sand is to search for water.
18. The only 2 animals that can see behind itself without turning it’s head are the rabbit and the parrot.
19. John Travolta turned down the starring roles in “An Officer and a Gentleman” and “Tootsie”.
20. Michael Jackson owns the rights to the South Carolina State anthem.21. In most television commercials advertising milk, a mixture of white paint and a little thinner is used in place of the milk.

22. Prince Charles and Prince William NEVER travel on the same airplane just in case there is a crash.

23. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle built in 1903 used a tomato can for a carburetor.

24. Most hospitals make money by selling the umbilical cords cut from women who give birth. They are reused in vein transplant surgery.

25. Humphrey Bogart was related to Princess Diana. They were 7th cousins.

26. If coloring weren’t added to Coca-Cola, it would be green.















































































































































And have a lovely weekend……if you are down here…the comments/questions are on top..sorry but I’m having a slight problem here.



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Whats in the Left Hand?

So…can you guess what I’ve been up to the past couple of days???   Ladies, lower your spouts up with your handles and  the tea time race is on!  Thats what these teapot set garden feeders remind me of.      While it was so difficult for me to blog  and even utter very much in the way of comments because I couldn’t type…it was not so difficult for me to drill with my left hand and so I did!  I’ve been happy to have been able to keep thrifting these one cup teapot/teacup sets.  I’ve been surprised how these particular items are constantly replenished at the thrift shop.  It seems they are wayyy more popular wth me than with people who own them.  

My best girlfriend and her hubby are taking a 2 week trip from Canada through the States and then eastern Canada.  They’ll be spending a night or 2 with us this weekend so I thought I would make one for her belated birthday.     So, there’s one for me….. one for my wheelbarrow at Marcs…one for my mother…one for my girlfriend.  I just don’t know which one to give her.  What do you think? 

I wanted to show you my cabinet with the ruby band diamond point set, I found while thrifting recently, which is at the front along with a recent ebay Spode plate “Woodman”.   

A friend gave me the lovely red crystal Christmas tree ornament sitting in the vintage candy dish a few years ago.  I treasure it and it hasn’t made it on the tree yet.

I hope you have a simply lovely day.



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You Know You Are Addicted to the Internet When…


Its true we just don’t know how good we have it until something comes up and we don’t!  For me it has been my hand…my writing hand..the right one!  I haven’t been able to craft, or blog and barely have uttered a comment since Saturday night.  oh my.

On Saturday I woke up with a sore hand?  I didn’t know what I had been up to in my sleep.  I don’t remember it bothering me during the day as I drilled my teapot garden party set (you can see Saturday’s post) and whatever else I did.  At about 11:00 p.m.  the pain started again and my right little finger and side of the hand were soooo tender and sore.  By Sunday it was really swollen and I could not dare touch the area.  On Monday I went to a walk in clinic during my busy morning at work.  I was sent for x-rays but nothing was broken.  I had my hand taped with one of those big popsicle sticks and then I was icing it off and on every 1/2 hour or so.  Now that was fun to do at my desk at work.

Yesterday morning it was a touch swollen and I kept it wrapped to keep from knocking it and I held my hand up.  You know, by the end of the day when about the 4,329th person asked me about my hand (all the faculty were back)…I said to a co-worker who sits close to me “I’m sick of this hand story…aren’t you”?  We laughed about that.    Anyway last night it felt so much better and today the swelling seems slmost all gone but it feels like I’ll have to take care what I do with it.  So I am FREE now…and I can type and do all those things I couldn’t that were bugging me. 

Thinking about not being able to comment or blog much I wanted to send this to you which was forwarded to me.  Do any of these sound like you?

Your bookmarks takes 15 minutes to scroll from top to bottom.

You step out of your room and realize that your parents have moved and you don’t have a clue when it happened.

All of your friends have an @ in their names.

You’ve already visited all the links at Yahoo and you’re halfway through Excite.

You check your mail. It says “no new messages.” So you check it again.

Your phone bill is delivered in a box.

You wake up at 3 a.m. to go to the bathroom and stop and check your e-mail on the way back to bed.

You forget what year it is.

You begin to wonder how on earth your service provider is allowed to call 200 hours per month “unlimited.”

Hope you have a lovely day.



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One Thousand Marbles

 I came across this and wanted to share with you:


A few weeks ago, I turned the volume up on my radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning talk show. I heard an older sounding chap with a golden voice. He was talking about “a thousand marbles” to someone named “Tom.” I was intrigued and sat down to listen to what he had to say.


“Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you’re busy with your job. I’m sure they pay you well but it’s a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. Too bad you missed your daughter’s dance recital.”


He continued, “Let me tell you something Tom, something that has helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities.” And that’s when he began to explain his theory of a “thousand marbles.”


“You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years.”


“Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900 which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime. Now stick with me Tom, I’m getting to the important part.”


“It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any  detail,” he went on, “and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy.”


“So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round-up 1000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside of a large, clear plastic container right here in my workshop next to the radio. Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away.”


“I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life. There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight.”


“Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out  of the container. I figure if I make it until next Saturday then God has  blessed me with a little extra time to be with my loved ones……


“It was nice to talk to you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your loved  ones, and I hope to meet you again someday. Have a good morning!”


You could have heard a pin drop when he finished. Even the show’s moderator didn’t have anything to say for a few moments. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to do some work that morning, then go to the gym. Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. “C’mon honey,  I’m taking you and the kids to breakfast.”


“What brought this on?” she asked with a smile.


“Oh, nothing special,” I said. ” It has just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids…”


“…Hey, can we stop at a toy store while we’re out? I need to buy some marbles.”


This certainly is thought provoking and helps to put a perspective on things doesn’t it? 

We should remember to count our blessings with every new day,  



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Teapot Set Garden Party Ornament and Sewing Saturday

I have had a really fun day with me today.  It has been a beautiful sunny and hot Saturday and in between working on projects I’ve been out there galavanting  First I have finished the Geisha Girl Bag/Tote which is a possible custom order.  This is the 2nd one I’ve made and I’ve added some medium weight fleece interfacing.  This will help the bag stay upright better and not flop over. 

She is a pretty lady Michael Miller’s Geisha Girl.  

I initially did some beading before I started the sewing.    It hightlights the ornaments in her hair.  It is a pretty bag, I love the fabric and I’m pleased with the way it turned out.

After galavanting outside for a while I decided to tackle Glenda from tootsietime‘s  teapot set garden party ornament.  I posted about her tutorial last night and thought I might like to try it myself.   I gathered up the materials, drill in hand, literally closed my eyes waiting for the teapot to explode into millions of  pieces.  Guess what?  It didn’t.  This was such a fun project I am so going to be making more…drilling more teapots…teacups…  hide your Royal Daulton ladies cuz mama’s got her drill in hand!     Isn’t it adorable?

I’m not sure what I’ll do with this one but its almost too pretty to put outdoors.  I may take it across the lake next weekend and set it into my wheelbarrow of flowers.   I still have to seal the spout to keep the bugs and wasps out. 

The cup is large and I can put birdseed into it.  Don’t you think it would be so cute to have the little birdies sitting on the cup eating?  Thank you Glenda for a new project…have a look at her site and see her lovely flowers. 

Have a lovely evening.   I’m off to babysit Madeline for the evening…


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An Evening of Production

 A few days ago I posted about forgetting my debit card at home when I was thrifting.  It is really impossible especially when you find something you really want and have to leave it behind.  Anyway today I had a 1/2 day vacation and I had to check if the soup tourine might still be there.  I was pretty excited because it was!    Isn’t it pretty?  It will be perfect for serving some hearty soups and stews this winter.  I had also seen 3 white canisters but only one was still there.  That was perfect because it was the smaller one and I wanted it for tea bags  

So they sit together in a new found spot.    I’ll show you the little white pear salt shaker another time.  Its really neat. 

I’ve found a lovely blog called tootsietime that belongs to  Glenda  from Alberta, Canada.  She has a beautiful garden and she gives a great tutorial for making a garden ornament out of a teacup and teapot.  I loved it.  So I also found this tea set (its the teapot that sits on a large cup) and I found the saucer separately .  I hope it won’t break when I try to drill into them.   

Tomorrow the love bunny is going to Las Vegas to meet his son who lives in Hawaii.  It will be a guy’s weekend that will last until Wednesday.  I’m home this weekend therefore and will watch my granddaughter on Saturday evening.  The rest of the time so far is my own so I’ll see what I can catch up on.  Today I’m sewing my geisha bag….I have a lap quilt to finish up…and all kinds of things I want to start to do, including Glenda’s garden tea party project.  I hope by the end of the weekend I’ll be able to show you some of my fruits of labour.  I will be disappointed with me if I don’t. 

Have a lovely evening…I’m off to sew.  Judi


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Another Fitz & Floyd Salt & Pepper Set

I am sharing another Fitz and Floyd salt and pepper shaker set I adore.  One of them is a bunny and I love bunnies.  It isn’t the right season for this set but here it is anyway.  I had admired it for some time in the stores and a few years ago while the love bunny and I were in Houston right after Christmas I found it for a steal on clearance! 

Today I took a drive during lunch to do a little thrifting.  What was I thinking…not very much apparently because I didn’t realize I didn’t have my debit card with me.  At least not the one that has money in it.  I was really annoyed when I found a perfect sized white soup touraine.  I have wanted one so badly and there it was.  I had it in my hand along with a pretty Poppy china plate when it hit me that I had no money and couldn’t buy it.  They will only accept cash or the RIGHT debit card so with much regret I left them there.  I might make a bunny jaunt over there again tomorrow at lunch and see if it might still be there..*crossing my fingers*.  Now the bad thing about going there right away tomorrow is that there was also a 3 piece white cannister set I admired.  Today I was able to walk away from it but if its there tomorrow?  who knows…

Do you collect Fitz and Floyd pieces?   Is there something that you absolutely love to collect in F&F or something else?


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Geisha Girl Fabric and Bunny Plate

My Noah’s Arc baby’s quilt was featured on a treasury.  That made me smile. 

I’ve been busy at work getting ready for the semester start-up and my routine at home seems to be different to what I’ve had fun with this summer.   I haven’t been crafting for a little while.  Tonight I’m working on a bag similar to the one I made in the spring from this gorgeous Geisha Girl fabric by Michael Miller.  I’ve beaded the fabric and now I’m ready to begin the actual cutting and sewing.  Fun. 

I also wanted to share another picture with you.  When my granddaughter, Madeline comes for dinner she eats from this special china, a bunny plate and bowl and I have a bunny placemat for her also.  Did I tell you today that I love bunnies…collecting bunnies but not the real kind.  Actually when I was allergy tested once although thankfully I am fine with cats and dogs, it was determined that I am very allergic to rabbits.   I also collect Fitz & Floyd and these bunny salt and pepper shakers are one of my first pieces.


 Cute aren’t they?  Tomorrow I’ll share another cute Fitz and Floyd set.

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Summer of Flowers

This week Friday’s drive over the Burlington Skyway was a long and slow one.  A normally all the way up and all the way down took about 35 minutes because of road construction.  I flicked a picture as I sat there.

These are pretty flowers that belong to a neighbour’s yard a couple of cottages down.  Next year I would like to add a beautiful hydrangea to the flower bed I set up at Marc’s this summer.

Her rudenbackea are big and bold…..

She paints in watercolour and often pictures of her gardens.  She painted a lovely floral mural on the wall by her front door.

This summer there are more little spiders than usually and in no time at all they spin a web..everywhere…over and over again.  The sun shone through this one.


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Ruby Band Diamond Point

Today I drove one of the ladies from work home.  I was so close to a thrift shop…I had to go in.  I found this beautiful 2 piece set with the little plastic spoon.  They were taped together and between the pieces was a slip of paper with careful washing instructions.   It also identified the pieces were made by the Indiana Glass Company.  I searched online and learned the pattern is a Ruby Band Diamond Point pattern.   It is in excellent like new condition and I’m loving them so much  I think I will be searching for more pieces.  


I think the top piece will probably serve up some delicious cranberry sauce, or chutney or my zucchini cucumber pickle relish.  Yum.  The bottom could be for pickles, or butter or would be lovely as a candy dish.  What a lucky day and buy for only $5.00.   I found some other treasures but I’ll share them another time.


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