Wednesday, September 29, 2010

O Christmas Tree for Rednesday

(Please visit Sue at It's A Very Cherry World for more Rednesday fun!)

Happy Rednesday!

This Rednesday I'm sharing a Christmas Tree display case and some
miniature Christmas decorations that my mom gave me many years ago.

This one is at the very top - a copy of a Norman Rockwell figurine
and a snowman plate - this is the best pic I could get. ARGH!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The full reveal

(My friend Lori and I had a swap, you can read about it here.)

Lori has received her cards now, so I can post some pictures of them ...

I generally use vintage images for my cards but I couldn't find anything this time - lots of cute cards but none that I felt inspired by. ACK! I was at such a loss and then I stumbled upon some baby bib cards and then some baby onesies cards - still not inspired, I couldn't think of a way for me to embellish them that was interesting to me. And then I stumbled upon baby animal stuffies and saw an elephant and that was it. Eureka!

I used this darling pattern from The Shishi Girl, since I can't draw to save my life. So all the credit goes to Ku, for her darling pattern. Thank you Ku!

This is the inside verse for the card - I found the following poem
online from Martin Fraquhar Tupper:

A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure,
a messenger of peace and love,
a resting place for innocence on earth,
a link between angels and men.
~ Martin Fraquhar Tupper

I'm all about the presentation and the whole enchilada.
Anal could be my middle name. Finding the perfect
thing is the joy of it for me.

(card backs)

I cut out mini versions of the darling elephant and made stickers.
I glued them to the back of the cards and signed and dated them.

(packaged for mailing)

I found an adorable dingbat font online and made stickers for the
cellophane envelopes I packaged the cards in.

After all of this, I needed more pachyderm fun! Which reminded me of these two best friends - dear Tara and Bella. Enjoy!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Book Blog Love for Banned Book Week

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend! Saturday night we saw a play, written and directed by Tim Robbins, "Break the Whip" - so good! It was so unusual and fascinating, it was so exciting to witness - done in the Commedia dell'arte style, with the actors in masks. The actors had to sing and dance and speak three languages. Oh and there was this wonderful narration done with shadow puppetry. I know it sounds like a terrific mess but it was mesmerizing.

On Sunday, we saw the documentary "Waiting for Superman". ARGH! As the wife of an educator, I am so very very very tired of all the blame being heaped upon teachers! When did the drum beat of "most teachers stink" begin?! My husband talks education all day every day to me, is constantly looking for ways to engage his students and when I am in the company of his coworkers, they do the same. They are deeply interested and committed to their students and education in general.

So I don't buy it. I don't buy that most teachers are ineffective and failing. Certainly there must be teachers that are poor and I imagine, yes, even awful, but their number is small. I think what is happening is a wish for someone to blame and a wish for a quick fix.


Okay, climbing down from one soap box and up onto another teehee!

I love books, how about you? I can remember getting my first library card when I was little. OH! How I looked forward to the day I could have my own! You had to be able to sign your name on the form to get one and I kept practicing and practicing. When the day finally came, I was beyond thrilled when I was presented with my library card.

This week is Banned Books Week, sponsored by the American Library Association.

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

September 25−October 2, 2010

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings. Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections. Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.

In recognition of Banned Books Week and in celebration of books and my love of reading, here are some book blogs for my fellow bookaholics out there. (A list of the most challenged books for 2000-2009 follows below.)

Bloomsbury Bell
Book Tryst
Books Please
Books to the ceiling
For the love of books
Geranium Cat's Bookshelf
Hannah Stoneham's Book Blog
I Prefer Reading
Julie's Bookshelf
Miss Lemon's Mysteries
Mystery Writing is Murder
Nineteenth Century Dust Jackets
Past is Present
Shelf Elf
Stuck in a Book
The Endless Bookshelf
The Fine Books Blog
The Ibooknet Blog
The Persephone Post
Vintage Reads

The following are the most often contested books per the ALA. I'm sure most of us have read some of these titles.

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1 Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2 Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3 The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
4 And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
5 Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
6 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
7 Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
8 His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
9 TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Myracle, Lauren
10 The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
11 Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
12 It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
13 Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
14 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
15 The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
16 Forever, by Judy Blume
17 The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
18 Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
19 Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
20 King and King, by Linda de Haan
21 To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
22 Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
23 The Giver, by Lois Lowry
24 In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
25 Killing Mr. Griffen, by Lois Duncan
26 Beloved, by Toni Morrison
27 My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier
28 Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
29 The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney
30 We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
31 What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
32 Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
33 Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
34 The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
35 Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison
36 Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
37 It’s So Amazing, by Robie Harris
38 Arming America, by Michael Bellasiles
39 Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
40 Life is Funny, by E.R. Frank
41 Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
42 The Fighting Ground, by Avi
43 Blubber, by Judy Blume
44 Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
45 Crazy Lady, by Jane Leslie Conly
46 Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
47 The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, by George Beard
48 Rainbow Boys, by Alex Sanchez
49 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
50 The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
51 Daughters of Eve, by Lois Duncan
52 The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson
53 You Hear Me?, by Betsy Franco
54 The Facts Speak for Themselves, by Brock Cole
55 Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green
56 When Dad Killed Mom, by Julius Lester
57 Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klause
58 Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going
59 Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
60 Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
61 Draw Me A Star, by Eric Carle
62 The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
63 The Terrorist, by Caroline B. Cooney
64 Mick Harte Was Here, by Barbara Park
65 The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
66 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor
67 A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
68 Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
69 Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
70 Harris and Me, by Gary Paulsen
71 Junie B. Jones (series), by Barbara Park
72 Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
73 What’s Happening to My Body Book, by Lynda Madaras
74 The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
75 Anastasia (series), by Lois Lowry
76 A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
77 Crazy: A Novel, by Benjamin Lebert
78 The Joy of Gay Sex, by Dr. Charles Silverstein
79 The Upstairs Room, by Johanna Reiss
80 A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
81 Black Boy, by Richard Wright
82 Deal With It!, by Esther Drill
83 Detour for Emmy, by Marilyn Reynolds
84 So Far From the Bamboo Grove, by Yoko Watkins
85 Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher
86 Cut, by Patricia McCormick
87 Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
88 The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
89 Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissenger
90 A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle
91 Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Graighead George
92 The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
93 Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
94 Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
95 Shade’s Children, by Garth Nix
96 Grendel, by John Gardner
97 The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
98 I Saw Esau, by Iona Opte
99 Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
100 America: A Novel, by Frank, E.R.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Thank you Lori & Day of the Dead Crafts

A while ago my blogging friend Lori, of Run Lori Run, asked if I would make her some baby cards for some expecting friends of hers. Wow! I nearly got the vapors. So very sweet and flattering. Thank you Lori!

Lori suggested a swap and I received mine yesterday. WAHOO! I love it so! (Alas, poor Lori has me at the other end and I am a slow poke, as slow as molasses and it will be Tuesday before she receives her cards. ACK!)

Lori asked what would I like her to make for me, a runner or a dolly? I told her to make me whatever she would enjoy making but perhaps something spooky for the season would be fun. Well ...

Lori and I share a love of the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and the most charming Day of the Dead runner arrived yesterday! Thank you so very much Lori, I love it so much and I will treasure it.

Have fun making some of your own DOTD crafts with these fun ideas!

Make Calaveras pendants from Buzzville

Make papier mache Calaveras from Amaco

Make some sugar skull cookies from Meridian Ariel

Make a Day of the Dead card from Fave Crafts

Make T'anta Wawas, the Andean equivalent of Pan de Muerto,
from Cut Out and Keep

Make a Day of the Dead Shrine from Crafty Chica,
at Craftzine

Make your own Day of the Dead collage from Susan Beal for CraftStylish

Friday, September 24, 2010

An apple a day

I love Fall and I love apples!

Make an apple card from BHG.

Make this sweet apple embroidered card from Make and Takes.

Oh yum! Make this delicious roasted apple and onion soup from Nina's Kitchen.

Make some charming apple kitchen towels, etc. with these applique and embroidery patterns at Tip Nut.

Make darling quilled apples from Inna's Creations

Make Praline Apple Bread from Southern Living.

Make this apple appliqued piece from Craftapalooza.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Holiday Blog Love

Not only are holiday crafts turning up on blogs but holiday blogs are appearing too, enjoy!

A Swap For All Seasons

Decorando o Natal

Enter With a Christmas Heart

Keeping the Christmas spirit alive 365

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas

tinsel and company

Vintage Tinsel

Whispering Christmas Dreams

Yuletide Seasonings

I had perhaps, too much fun at the bookstore yesterday. Oh gosh, I love holiday magazines, they make me all smiley! Happy Monday to everyone!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sunbonnet Sue for CC on Vintage Thingie Thursday

(Please visit Suzanne at Colorado Lady for more Vintage Thingie Thursday fun!)

This weeks Vintage Thingie Thursday is in tribute to a much beloved blogger and VTT participant, CC, who passed away on Sunday, September 5th, 2010.

I am a relative newcomer to Vintage Thingie Thursday but I immediately felt drawn to CC because she loved Sunbonnet Sue and quilting as much as my dear mother did. (You may read CC's family post on her blog here.)

My mother and I both loved dollhouses, miniatures and quilting and we loved to go to Miniature Shows and Quilt shows together.

This VTT, I am sharing a miniature Sunbonnet Sue quilt (and shams!) that my mother made for her dollhouse bed in the early 70's. I don't have a dollhouse bed to show it off and try as I might, I couldn't get a good picture WAH!

In remembrance of CC, I'm posting this Sunbonnet Sue love and sending out wishes for comfort and peace to her family.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sailing, sailing on Rednesday

(Please visit Sue at It's A Very Cherry World for more Rednesday fun!)

Sailing, sailing over the bounding main
Where many a stormy wind shall blow
'Ere Jack comes home again

Oh, sailing, sailing over the bounding main
Where many a stormy wind shall blow
'Ere Jack comes home again

"Sailing, Sailing" (also known by its first line "Sailing, sailing, over the bounding main") is a children's song and sea chantey, about sailing on the ocean. It was written in 1880 by Godfrey Marks, a pseudonym of British organist and composer James Frederick Swift (1847–1931). (from wikipedia)

What feels like a lifetime ago now (oh the time is flying!), for a brief time ... I used to collect Artist Teddy Bears. This adorable little girl named Wilhamenia, is a limited edition teddy from artist Lenore DeMent. She came dressed up in her sailor gear and accompanied by this most darling of RED sea going vessels. Happiest of Rednesday's to everyone!