My Folly/Thursday Doors

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 This week for my Thursday Doors, you’ll see the interior view of The Folly Theatre in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The handsome man you see here took me for a special evening out to celebrate our 30th anniversary. Weekend10a

I’m particularly fond of the earliest part of the evening as it was before ‘The Drink’.

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We had exclusive box seats. The one I circled is directly opposite ours. So Stage view was amazing!

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I do remember most everything. Especially meeting Brother Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives after the show. But to the person who slipped that something extra in my drink, just know that this ol’ girl didn’t fall off a turnip truck. I ended up with a nice policeman escorting me to the door with sincere interest in how I ended up in that condition. Your day will come.

For other Thursday Door entries, click here and find Norm’s blue link button at the bottom of his post.

Stored Up/ Sunday Sampler

In my boxes and multitude of photo albums, I have quite a few gems. Sharing my wedding picture takes it back 30 years as of last Monday. We had recently lost my father to cancer 6 months prior, so the event took on a bittersweet spirit. At least in my mind. Mother took the bull by the horn so to speak to insure I had a beautiful wedding day. With a simple budget, we managed to pull it off. I understood the sacrifice this was to her and I am deeply grateful. And this year she joined FaceBook. Thanks to my aunt’s generous gift to her of a laptop, my mother can finally read my blogs first-hand, my sister’s posts, and those of all her grandchildren, and keep up with the huge family we come from. There are a ton of us!

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So Happy Mothers Day and have a wonderful day!

As a mother, I have been blessed with two beautiful daughters. So now it’s my turn to turn the table this Mother’s Day 2017.

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Sunday Sampler is a weekly challenge to showcase handmade items. This week I’ve chosen to reuse an old photo that I plan to have framed. Old photos of real moments in my life are the most cherished. Take hold of those stored up photos and Create!

Italian Villa-Style/ Thursday Doors

Returning this week to Thursday Doors with a share from Lawrence, Kansas. This is the historical home of Samuel A. Riggs. Built in Italian Villa style popular in the East during the time. It shares company with a very small number that survived the raid of Quantrill and his raiders in 1863. It was under construction at the time and had not been occupied. The brick walls stood the test of the fire and the owner repaired it and was able to move into it a year later in 1864. It was their residence for the next 50 years. Moving to Michigan in later years, they still retained ownership until 1931.  In its history it was also a hospital during WWI and has only been sold once, still owned by the widow of KU Professor, Austin Turney. For more interesting reading on the history of this beautiful home, check out kshs.org. So much to tell. If only these doors could talk!

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The next time we drive by here, I’ll hopefully get a good picture of the view down the road this home is on. There is a perfect view of Frazier Hall on the KU campus and it really appears very striking in the distance. Traffic just was not letting this happen on this particular day unfortunately.

“Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy forefathers have set.”

— Proverbs 22:28

Yarn Calculating/ Sunday Sampler

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Lotus Blossom is the name of this variegated cotton yarn I used for another one of those cotton crocheted washcloths. I don’t know how many colors of lotus flowers there are, but I think this is a pretty combination of colors.

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I am disappointed that there wasn’t enough for 2 entire washcloths. But thankfully the white edging is making it complete without having to make a trip to buy more. How is it they don’t always put the same amount in each skein? I’ve made so-o-o many of these, I joke that if I went blind, I’d be able to make these better than reading braille. File_008

The yellow had a couple more ounces on the skein so I was able to make a trio.

Could be a great time to calculate whether I should buy bigger versus smaller skeins. But then an artist can never have enough paint, right?!

Decipher This

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File_000 (5) While digging through the button stash, these popped out at me. They are vintage and real wooden buttons. There’s also a note ‘written to self’ along one side.

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I can read “Cabinet Making WK for ????”

I wonder if you can decipher it? I enlarged the pic so you can see it better as well as the grain in the buttons. Now what can I use them for??

I Say Love, It Is a Flower/Sunday Sampler

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With so many colors to choose from, the possibilities are pretty endless for the project mother brought by this week.

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Here is the framed view of her table runner she’d like me to add a crocheted border to. I only have to decide on the thread size and color and the pattern choice. No pressure. I’ll probably stick with white though. Be on the lookout for it in completed form in a future Sunday Sampler.

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And speaking of thread color, I’m lovin’ this cotton thread the hubby was unswayable about in his preference on the shelf. I’m so glad he influenced my purchase.

I invite you to link here with your handmade creations. I’d love to see what you’ve made!

She Said Yes!/ WPC

Jubilant

Jubilant, adjective: showing great joy, satisfaction, or triumph; rejoicing; exultant.Evette & Zach

I’m lucky to have a sister who loves taking photos and was ready at a moments notice when the fiance-to-be said, “I’m doing this today.”

Our family is absolutely ‘Jubilant’ for this couple!

Photo Credit: Barbi, my sister 🙂

Play on color: The proud Aunt, Me.

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A Stitch in Time Saves 9/Sunday Sampler

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This Sunday Sampler on a Monday, is how I spent the later half of my evening, and why this post is a few hours late. I would have been cross-eyed had I tried to post this last night. File_004.jpeg

A pile of bibs I’m trying to save. I have to believe that saying ‘A stitch in time saves nine’.

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Using snaps

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Removing some useless velcro. It has worn out beyond hope.

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Well we’ve managed to save 5, not quite 9 ……..yet.

From a Couple Years Back/WPC

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  • Replaced my old laptop.
  • Installed Word (time comsuming when they don’t let you buy a disk anymore)
  • Opened yet another email. I now have ???. Probably some floating around in cyberspace that are long forgotten.
  • And bookmarked sites again. Going to have to try to relocate those A to Z blogs I visited and promised to Revisit this coming year.

So are the woes of a computer that goes berserk.

And I Still had to use the old dinosaur desktop-with-a-tower, slow-as-molasses computer to find these pictures.

There were Matching-Pajama Christmases, Proud High School moments and the    Busting-Your-Rear-Ends to Help Mom at craft shows.

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I hope you’ll click the link here to view more Faces of the Weekly Photo Challenge.

 

Not a Space Blanket/Sunday Sampler

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Nope. It’s not a space blanket.

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It’s the Mother’s Day surprise from my daughter. We’d been to our town’s new Hobby Lobby recently and I’d pointed to the metal contraption you see here and said in passing that I could use one of those. It is a pair of pliers for plastic snaps. The ones in the store didn’t have the rainbow of colorful snaps you see here included. They were separate. Her economics degree came in handy since she found this All-in-one set with an awl and all those snaps.

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And I just happened to have a bib hanging around that needed a fastener. This will be so much quicker that sewing on Velcro or a sew-on snap. Thank you Rachel!

Happy Mother’s Day!