Monday, May 21, 2012

100 followers... thanks! WINNERS



And the winners are...



Karen said...
I will surprise you and pick the glass pieces!
Cheryl said...
Congratulations on 100 followers. I am sure many more read your delightful blog! If I am lucky enough to win, the magazine please. I have a huge stash that could benefit from it.

Thanks, ladies!
I will contact you for a snail mail address.

...Karen


...so how about a give-away.

Since my followers are varied,
you may have your choice of the following.

I will put your "name in the hat" for both,
if you are interested in both.
Just tell me in your comment.

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For my dish-lovin' - thrifty shopper followers,
here is an open sugar and creamer by the 
Indiana Glass Company,  pattern number 1008.
This pattern is known to collectors as Willow
and also Oleander and Magnolia (WOM).

"Willow" by Indiana Glass

Additional information  HERE.

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And for my quilty - fabric stash-lovin' followers,
this new magazine.
Good ideas here for taming those scraps...
and some cute projects, too.

Sooooo....
no jumping through hoops,
simply leave a comment telling me which one
you'd like to have.  That's it!

Good Luck!

I will draw the lucky winners on
Friday evening, May 25th.

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...Karen


Blogger's Quilt Festival 2012

Having always loved stained glass windows,
especially those of Louis Comfort Tiffany,
here is my interpretation of one.
And being a birder,
I had to add the cranes.

This is my entry in the Blogger's Quilt Festival 2012.
Quilt #562
Voting has begun.

"Tribute to Tiffany"
(26"x29" wall hanging)

View all the entries HERE.
Lots of beautiful quilts for inspiration.

Nominations made HERE 
through Friday, May 25th.

Thank you, Amy's Creative Side,
for hosting this wonderful blog hop.

  • May 18 – 21 Festival begins! 
  • May 22- 25 Nominations are made
  • May 26 – 30 Vote for your favorites
  • June 1 – Winners announced

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Thank you for stopping by.
...Karen

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Dresden meets Nippon...

When anyone visiting my home asks about
a particular furniture piece or set of dishes or glassware, 
I oftentimes say,
"It is a family treasure or heirloom... just not MY family."
However, not in this case.


Twenty plus years ago,
I was given the choice between a few tea sets
that belonged to a first cousin of my MIL Carolyn.
Bernice had passed away and her things
were being given to family members
by Edna, another first cousin.

Knowing the tea set would eventually
be given to my daughter,
I let her choose the one she liked.
And yes, at three years old,
she chose this one.


Edna put this note in the teapot for me...
That is all I know about this tea set.
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The "plates" on the table are the Dresden Plate blocks
I have been working on since Tuesday's post.
 
Applique is slow... well, for me, anyway.
And I am using silk thread...
It's like sewing with a spiderweb.
(I prefer the look of hand applique vs. machine.)
There will be nine blocks in all
that measure about 14-inches to which
I will add sashing and then borders.
 
 I think these fabrics complement the tea set nicely.
This quilt will go in our living room
where the tea set sits on the shelf of
 an oak Victorian Buffet.

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Edna, who gave me the set,
did not know if there ever was a top for the sugar.
I think there must have been one
as the teapot lid fits.
But appearance-wise, the tea pot lid looks 
too tall on the sugar.
It also has a tiny air / steam vent.

We shall never know...

This is the only mark on the set.



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Thank you for visiting today.
...Karen

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

New plates...

Dresden, that is.
These are on my sewing table today.

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Have a great Tuesday...
Karen

Monday, May 14, 2012

Biscornu...

...made by my DD, Kate, 
for me for Mother's Day.
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A biscornu may sound like a fancy treat,
but it is actually a fancy eight-sided pincushion.

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The hummingbirds are here for the summer.
We got our feeders up late this year 
but the hummers still found us.
This feeder is blown glass...
a gift from my sister.

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The bird feeders had just been filled when
I spotted this little guy just cramming his cheeks.
It was fun to watch.
My DH says they are "rats with good PR."


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That's it for today...
looks like the heavens are about to open.
Thunder and lightning and rain... oh, my!

Until next time...
Karen



Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day...

Have a wonderful day!





 These photos were taken at our
Parks & Recreation Municipal Rose Garden...

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...Karen