Sunday, August 29, 2010


Blessings, sweet friends, on your new life together!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

On the radio...

Or rather "at the radio," I should say. Spent the afternoon with friends serving up free ice cream floats and sodas at the local public radio station.

They had invited listeners to come by for a tour of their studios and lots of people took them up on the offer. I had heard about it on the radio and then got an invitation from friend Bob to help out.

Mayfield kindly donated the ice cream.

And Maggie the Mayfield cow was on hand for the festivities.

She's quite the landmark and is always a hit with the fans.

And she's also quite photogenic.

But even Maggie can't upstage the great folks at WBHM.

Patrick Dorriety, Earnest Williams, Leslie Hoggatt, Michael Krall,
Andrew Yeager, Bradley George, Tanya Ott, and Mike Morgan.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Radiant Star

I am now three quarters of the way through the Land's End blocks. This is the Radiant Star block, the official name for this variation of the classic feathered star.

While it looks complicated, I got my friend Gail to print out a foundation pattern from EQ6 to the exact size. This helped me avoid the possibility that the templates weren't the right size.

And I like to paper piece, so it worked up relatively quickly. I stuck all the pieces to my portable ironing board with applique pins so they wouldn't blow away with the overhead fan on.

I love the tin I keep my applique pins in.

A few partial seams to put it all together and
I'm really pleased with the final result.

I also like the scrappy nature of the feathers.

Only one more pieced block and two applique blocks to go.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

WLYS 2010

Peggy and I left home at 7:45 a.m. headed north to Gadsden, Alabama. It took us about 50 minutes to get to our exit and then had to follow a few extra markers to the official start of the World's Longest Yard Sale. There was an actual really big sign marking the beginning. I was driving or I would have taken a picture.

The road through Gadsden is two-lane and narrow and also handles local traffic, although I bet not many locals were out unless they were shopping. The route follows the Lookout Mountain Parkway all the way to Chattanooga, Tennessee. This was helpful as there are Parkway signs along the way.

At our first stop, I found this little fella. Anybody know anything about him? He has a mark below his tail. I do love him.

cute little duck figurine = $1.00

An insert in this book giving tips on how to rid your garden of squirrels caught my eye.

I've been looking for some simple spreaders to use with dips and the like. I think these had been hotel or restaurant ware.

gardening tip book = $0.50
trio of cheese spreaders = $0.25

I have been accumulating small shelves and brackets for possible use on the big blue wall. This one has a nice shape.

gold plastic shelf = $1.00

Apparently I started a collection of state souvenir plates on this trip. I believe I am starting with southern states.

The Arkansas plate is the most pristine of the bunch.

The Mississippi plate has something wrong with the glaze, but for the price, I couldn't pass it up. I can always replace it when I find a better one, hopefully at the thrift store. Being a native, I will definitely want to upgrade at some point.

Arkansas plate = $1.00
Mississippi plate = $0.80
Louisiana plate = $3.00
Alabama plate = $3.00

I found it odd that Biloxi showed up on the Louisiana plate.
I believe Biloxi has always been in Mississippi and Ship Island just off the Mississippi coast.

We did learn earlier in the day that any Alabama plate with the motto "The Cotton State" must have been made prior to 1963. That is the year that Texas commandeered the phrase and Alabama became the "Heart of Dixie."

The flaw in this plate seems to be that when the transfers were screen-printed, the colors were printed out of order and the black didn't end up on top as it should have been. I currently live in the "Pittsburgh of the South."

Doesn't matter though.
I think these little quirks add to their charm.

I've seen these from time to time at antique malls and thrift stores.
The price was right on this one. It's now in my fridge with tea in it.

Tang pitcher = $2.00

Another rustic shelf. I had been considering painting the 3-tiered shelf this color. I like the way the green looks against the blue.

lime green shelf = $3.45

I have always loved the look of these shelves. Gwen says these were shop class projects. This one's a bit rough and needs some TLC, but I had to get it.

crescent moon shelf = $10.00

Total spent = $22.15

We made it up to Mentone, Alabama, where folks seemed to be wrapping it up for the day even though there was still daylight. We decided to forge ahead into Georgia just to see what that part of the route had to offer. Not much it seems. So, after awhile, we were just looking for civilization again and the quickest way back to I-59.

Following the directions from the newspaper, we turned onto 189 and spotted this restaurant in the middle of nowhere. Cars filled the parking lot and folks waiting for tables sat outside sipping their BYOB wine. We decided to give it a try.

After a yummy meal, we found a quick route down the mountain to the highway and made it home just before 11:30 p.m. It was a really fun day.

Monday, August 9, 2010

WLYS 2010 - Preface

Neighbor Peggy and I took this past Saturday to venture out on the World's Longest Yard Sale again. But before I give you the rundown on the day, I feel obligated to share a few things that I found earlier this summer.

In May, when I went to St. George Island, Florida, we visited several antique/junk shops in Apalachicola. I picked up this rustic three-tiered shelf for $10.

Sometime I will show you the big blue wall in my guest room. I have no ideas and too many ideas all at the same time for that wall. In the meantime, I seem to pick up anything that I like hoping it will all make sense in the end.

Back in June, on a trip to a local thrift store, I scored this classic souvenir plate for about $1. It's done in 23K gold. Having just had such a relaxing trip to Florida, it was a fabulous find.

I spotted this paint-by-number owl at another thrift store for only $1.98 and he had to come home with me. Some of his numbers still show through the paint. You can see a hint of that blue wall behind him.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Canned goods

The grand total to date is 32 pints. I think I'm done with canning for a while. At least until pears are available.

I've scoured thrift stores for jars and scored a couple of coupons for canning supplies to restock rings and lids.

As much fun as eating the fruits of my labor is, I have had a blast designing new labels. I love them! The greens were hard to photograph. Imagine a little more intensity.

7 pints

5 pints

12 pints

4.5 pints

3.5 pints

The final inventory minus a few pints already given to family and friends.

Now I can get back to my quilting!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Can you guess what I've been up to lately instead of blogging?

or quilting?