Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Polka Dots and Moonbeams

Gathering Fall

Rumbling thunder on a gloomy day, warm muggy and sticky……
with very little time for getting the camera out and shooting away……

I’m currently reading a good book: Fannie Flagg’s
"Standing in the Rainbow".  She is also the author of
“Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café”
and we all remember just how good and
wonderful that book and movie was is.

"Standing in the Rainbow" is a novel which depicts small town living beginning in the late 40’s and moving forward. Wow what memories it has spurred, even though I was not living during the 40’s and early 50’s; things had not changed much on into the 60’s when I grew up. Fannie’s broad sense of humor adds such a delight that keeps you wanting more and more. I have already found myself looking to see what else she has written so I can get my hands *or should I say my eyes on them* and stick my nose into them for more good reading. Fannie is from good old Alabama….
maybe that’s why she is such a great author…good roots!

More good reading that I have completed: the Beverly Lewis Series~ The Courtship of Nellie Fisher; book 1~ The Parting, book 2~The Forbidden and book 3~The Longing…….

 In this series of Amish community life writings, Lewis draws on her own mother’s Plain family heritage in the Pennsylvania Dutch country. There is Amish history, traditions, new beliefs, modern changes, romance and cultural details wrapped into each book as the story continues from one to the other. A very enlightening read. 

Still busy working on my crafts for the upcoming bazaar………………….

 Sneak peek …..A little monkey business.  Aren’t they just the cutest, funny looking sock monkeys? Sock it to me baby!
I think these are kin to the smurfs!  So fun to make!

Got out my Cricut Expressions machine….Oh boy…what fun to cut and create! *after wasting a few pieces of good paper….ugh!*  I really do need to watch the instructional CD but I hate doing that….so I’ll probably waste some more pretty papers!

 Paint, paint, paint, and more paint. Every good crafter should have an ample supply of paint in many colors. Thank goodness for Wal-Mart’s marked down rejected paints…when you repurpose a junk piece you need lots of different colors. People actual go in Wal-Mart and have a color custom mixed and then stand there and have the gall to say…."I’ve changed my mind…I don’t like that color any more!"   Well good for me! Because WM, out of the goodness of their heart will mark it down half price….works for me! I also have this friend that can never decide what color to paint a room in her house, so she buys the samples of every color (big generous amount in a sample if you ask me) and when she makes her BIG decision, she gives me all the samples! Hooray for her indecisive shelf! Oh…her name is Becky…my bestest! She is simply the best!

This is the makings of something really nice stay tuned in to see the final result!
Well I’m off to paint, clean, make the bed, bend some wire, cut some Christmas greens- artificial of course; tie some bows, plan supper, and put on a load of wash!

Leaving you with this:

~Polka Dots and Moonbeams~
Now in a cottage, built of lilacs and laughter
I know the meaning, of the words: "ever after"
And I'll always see polka dots and moonbeams
When I kiss my pug-nosed dream.

PS…I read at night in bed before going to sleep....zzzzzzzz!


holly said...

OMG those sock monkeys make me laugh hard! i love them and also love the welcome tray...might have to buy it!

Char said...

loving all the projects!!!! the sock monkeys are just adorable

Anonymous said...

Facebook comment from my uncle:
Tom Pope
Fannie Flagg is a funny lady. She made the Irondale Cafe & fried green tomatoes pretty famous. I met her many many years ago when she was active in the Town & Gown Theatre in Birmingham. This guy I worked with at that time was also involved with Town & Gown Theatre and was really good friends with her.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I love everything that Fannie Flagg writes. Your uncle is right... Fannie's great aunt owned the cafe before our family bought it from her.
It's a small world!

Christina said...

i so need to pick up a few of these books. i loved friend green tomatoes.
i love it here, i feel at home.