Friday, December 31, 2010

'. . . with a fond goodbye!'

That's what Irving Berlin said about 'kissing the old year out'. God has certainly blessed us many ways this year --- too many to even list here. But I sure am looking forward to a new year. Hopefully 2011 will be more normal.

Today was the big year-end auction at the local auction house. Things started at 10:00am this morning and we didn't get home 'til about 4:30pm. It was really fun to see all the old stuff there, and there was certainly lots of stuff! Well, in just seven short hours this year will be over. And guess where I'll be??? In bed! :)
God bless you and Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

'Just like the ones I used to know . . .'

It's finally happened! After more than ten years! We had a white Christmas! In fact, we actually had snow in the middle of the night, so when we woke up yesterday morning the roads were totally covered. They didn't clear off until the afternoon. We had a nice, quiet Christmas together putting up the tree and making cookies and lasagna. A couple of the homemade presents were not finished on time, so we're saving presents until next Sunday.

Today we've had some friends over. Elizabeth and I can't remember a Christmas in Ohio without them, so it's like having family. We always have a Cuban dinner together, and this year we even had a pineapple centerpiece! They stayed basically all day, then we washed up all the dishes etc., so it's getting late.
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Five Special Years with Beatrice

Wow! I can hardly believe it, but we've had Beatrice five years as of today. She's my special girl-cat, who actually picked me. We had gone to the local shelter to get another kitty for Elizabeth since her little cat, Deanna, had just died. We hadn't been there for more than five minutes when this tiny, little black cat came up to rub on my legs. She was a little peanut of a thing (she weighed six pounds at the time and was actually overweight!) and so cute, so I picked her up. She climbed right into the hood of my winter coat and went to sleep. Well, I had to keep her, so she came home that night. She was seven months old and had been at the shelter ever since she was a few weeks old. All of her siblings had found their special homes, but nobody wanted Beatrice because she was black. Poor girly.

After five years, she is very happy, and the queen of the house. She never gets over eight pounds, and she's certainly the smallest cat in the house, but she's the queen of the place and everybody knows it! She has frenetic "frenzies" when she wants love and just rubs all over and can't stop moving. The only thing that calms her down in music be Brenda Lee. :) Beatrice is certainly a special little blessing . . . God knew that I needed her!

Monday, December 20, 2010

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas!

Well, it looks like we might actually have a white Christmas this year. That hasn't happened in, probably, over ten years! We've been white for about three weeks already, and it will hopefully stay another week. This is what the yard was looking like last week while it was snowing. It hasn't snowed for a few days, so the bushes and trees are pretty bare, but the ground is just as white.

With only days left before Christmas, we're trying to get everything finished up (presents and all) and get ready for the big weekend. Not a year, since we moved to Ohio, has gone by that certain friends haven't come over on Christmas weekend for a good old-fashioned Cuban dinner. The grand occasion is going to happen on Sunday, so we're going to get all the good dishes down and pull out the special table cloths. Gramma and Grampa just sent a huge box of plantains and that good stuff, so we're about ready! Got to go . . .

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

If I had $1,000,000 to invest . . .

Mom and I were talking yesterday, and we came up with a brilliant idea! It's just too bad that we haven't got a million or two to invest. Wouldn't it be really cool if somebody bought an old department store, say from the 1950s, and turned it into a consignment antique shop. Of course, not just any old antique shop with booths all over the place. Let people bring in only the nicest of stuff and set your store up exactly like an old department store. Have a clothing department, a shoe department, a toy department, a music department (including records, radios and sheet music) and so on and so on and so on.

Don't let individuals sell whole "booths" of stuff. Rather, let people consign as many (or as few) pieces as are in really nice condition. Tag everything with the consignment number, just to keep things straight, but make it look like a real department store. Don't sell anything past a certain date, and make your store look like that era. Cool thought, anyway . . .

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Timeless Pleasure of Zenda

The Prisoner of Zenda. That is, honestly, one of my favorite novels (including the sequel Rupert of Hentzau)! Not only was it a stage play in the 1890s, but it's been filmed over and over again in the attempt to bring an imaginary Ruritanian world to life. Opinions differ as to which version is best, but if you ever read the book, then you'll realize that, try as they might, Hollywood never captured the beauty and excitement of the book. Take a look at how Rudolf and Flavia have changed (or not) over the years.

In 1922, Rex Ingram made a spectacular silent film production of the novel. Lewis Stone starred as Rudolf Rassendyll/King Rudolf V with Alice Terry as Princess Flavia and Ramon Novarro as Rupert of Hentzau. I've never seen this version, but it sounds as if they held to the novel better than the later "talkie" versions. Lewis Stone appeared again, in the 1952 film, as the Cardinal.

In 1937, Selznick Pictures built Ruritania in a back lot and tried again. This is considered by most people to be the best of all the Zenda films. I would totally disagree, but it's all a matter of taste. Ronald Colman is Rudolf, and though Madeleine Carroll makes a pretty princess, she doesn't quite capture the beauty and regality of the written Flavia.

Then, in 1952 MGM came back to make an almost scene-for-scene remake of Selznick's version. This time Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr portrayed the royal pair with James Mason as "young" Hentzau. Well, the ages were a bit off, but it's my favorite of all the films. Rudolf's personality is perfectly portrayed, though I would Mel Ferrer looking more like the book's description. It is a true shame that Granger never brought the sequel to the screen. He would have been amazing!

Elizabeth and I have read quite a few books over the years that mention The Prisoner of Zenda. In fact, even Agatha Christie had a special place in her heart for the novel as seen in her mystery Postern of Fate (Tuppence fondly recalling her youth):
"She sighed with enormous pleasure at the remembrance. 'The Prisoner of Zenda'. One's first introduction , really, to the romantic novel. The romance of Princess Flavia. The King of Ruritania. Rudolf Rassendyll, some name like that, whom one dreamt of at night."

If you've read this, then I hope that you enjoyed the book as much as I did. If you haven't read it, well . . . read it.
Qui in hac civitate nuper regnavit
In corde ipsius in aeternum regnat
Flavia Regina

Friday, December 10, 2010

Collecting Roy Rogers Books by Whitman Pub. Co.

Selling on eBay does have a few perks . . . like doing a little shopping on the side with some of the profits! I'm trying to get a collection of those cool Roy Rogers (and other Western stars/subjects) novels that were published in the 1940s and 1950s by Whitman Publishing Company. Generally, the books are in rough shape, having been printed on very acidic paper and having pretty cheap binding.

After plowing through a bunch of auction listings though, I've picked up five that are in pretty beautiful shape. Roy Rogers and the Rimrod Renegades even has the dust jacket! I'm still looking for about four more of them (RR and the Brasada Bandits, RR on the Trail of the Zeros, RR and the Outlaws of Sundown Valley & RR King of the Cowboys), so the search continues!

Winter has finally come, and it's beginning to feel like that white Christmas that I'm always dreaming about. We've had snow for a whole week now and temps are down in the 20Fs (on the good days). We're keeping the wood stove on high!

Selling on eBay has been pretty nice, but we're nearing the end as it's closer to Christmas. I've started working on a great present for Mom, but I still need a good chunk of time on it . . . and the days are ticking down. :) Oh boy!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Happy Winter, Rise and Shine . . .

. . . I love the early morning time. Those are the opening words to our favorite picture books while we were growing up. December already and today marks the first snow of the season, and it wasn't one of those little ice flurries either, but some real honest snow! I just love Winter with snow.

The down side to this means that Christmas is really creeping up here, but we won't think about that. We have to run up to town for some cat food, so we aren't up in the attic this morning. The poor cats have just been having a lot of trouble with food lately. All these fancy formulas are a bit crazy, so we're going back to a food that they ate for years to see if it's better than we thought it was. :) Well, Elizabeth is calling me and she's turned on an opera duet, so that means I better "git"!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cleaning Out the Attic

Because of some concerns having to do with the structure of our house . . . namely, the weight of the book collection being upstairs and the added weight of Christmas decorations in the attic above . . . we're cleaning out the attic. These bins are just the decorations, but we still have the Christmas village, stuffed animals and "hope chest" items (more like "hope attic"!).

In case you don't hear anything else from this blog in the next few days, you'll know that we got stuck up there!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Early Bird Catches the Worm

This year we joined the ranks of all the crazy nuts that wake up before sunrise to "hit the stores" on the day known as Black Friday. I know, you think that we really lost it. Well, actually, we've been crazy for years . . . but not quite this crazy!

The sale that caused all this was Flannel @ $1.29/yd. at JoAnn Fabrics. Ahhhhhh! You all know that wonderful saying, 'the early bird catches the worm', so we were up at 5:00am and at the store by 6:30am. By the time we left at 2:00pm (that did include a lunch break at Panera) we had bought pieces of 94 different flannels!

We're planning a bunch of baby quilts. They're great to have around in case of baby showers and/or unexpected gifts, and we only have one left in our stash from the quilt project. We also got quite a bit of flannel to make assorted nursery things for ourselves, as there were some prints we just couldn't pass up. In the end, all the day's purchases filled four medium-sized Rubbermaid Roughneck bins! Now it's on to Christmas secrets . . .

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Samwise vs. Tricky Woo: Any Similarities?

"Tricky Woo". He's that fantastic dog character in the All Creatures Great and Small stories by James Herriot. He is an overweight, buff-colored Pekingese. His owner, Mrs. Pumphrey, is an elderly widow lady who spends much of her vast fortune on sweet, little Tricky. Tricky is never allowed to eat plain old dog food --- he eats dinners fit for royalty and always snacks on chocolate and bonbons. For his daily exercise Tricky mounts a large velvet pillow and is carried around by the gardener.

Elizabeth seems to see similarities between Tricky Woo and my cat, Samwise. Is that fair? Okay, so Sammy is 17lbs. and buff-colored, but he's not overweight, just a big-framed fellow. Okay, so he's sleepy for twenty hours a day and tired for the other four, but he gets up for his afternoon stretch and snack. He even walks himself to the food bowl! Okay, so he isn't the brightest tool in the shed and he eats anything on the floor that fits in his mouth --- but he never eats "people food". Okay, so I have spent a portion of our not-so-vast wealth on special toys that are only for Sammy, but he loves lying on my bed, on the five inches of memory foam and the down comforter, while you wiggle toys over his head for him to bat at with his paw.

Alright, so he's spoiled rotten, but he is the best cat in the world --- in my opinion. He waits to be the first cat allowed in our room every morning, and he's always the last one out at night. He stays in for some extra "lovin's", and is very vocal if he doesn't get enough! All in all, I don't see any resemblance between Samwise and Tricky, but . . .

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Selling on eBay is . . . Fun??

It's that time of year when we're facing the idea that we're going to be closed up all Winter and Spring in the house with all the "stuff" that's around the place. So, the natural answer is to go through it and get rid of some of this excess stuff, right? That's exactly what we've been doing for the past two weeks. A lot of the stuff is just going out to the thrift store, but some of it has been going on eBay . . . you know, those old ship models that've been hanging around that nobody wants to put together, not to mention that we've decided to weed through the books and clean out the attic!

Yesterday was a big day. Mom and I spent a long time sorting through stuff, listing on eBay, packing up and taking pictures. Of course, the cats thought they would help too! They all voted this some very hard work, as shown by these pictures. Aren't they great helpers?!

At least Beatrice fell asleep on the job (right in the middle of calculating the shipping weight of a package on our very technologically-advanced baby scale), but the rest all had the nerve to get in their beds and baskets! They're cute company though, you gotta admit.
If you want to check out our eBay stuff just CLICK HERE.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fall Pictures

Fall is here . . . and going quickly. Here are some pictures of what the yard looks like this week. It's not a very colorful year this time. The leaves are just kind of drying up and turning brown before they reach their full color.

You can see Dad's wood pile in the back yard there. He's got about half or a bit more put in the woodshed. He's having to build another extension to the shed, and that's almost finished. I'll post pictures of that once it's up!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Needle-Felted Project: Hawaiian Surfer Doll

This is the latest needle-felted wool doll. It is a Hawaiian Surfer gnome. He is 7" tall, weighs 2 oz. and took 20 hours to complete. He was made for Alex, so he has a home in Florida! His surfboard was made by Dad (out of wood) and painted by Elizabeth.

It took a while to find a display case for him, but we finally found one that is made for model cars. It fit him like a glove! Dad got a little piece of driftwood and glued it onto the case. The surfboard is then glued to that and the doll's feet slide under the wood.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

We're Back . . .

This post has been a while in coming, but we've barely been home since we got back. I am finally uploading a bunch of the pictures that we took, so here they are: Click Here for the Album

Here are a few pictures (just because I can't resist posting them)! First off, here is a picture of what we had for breakfast every day . . . pastelitos! That is the word for Cuban pastries, and the best are the ones that are long and thin (in the picture): they are filled with cheese. Coated in sugar, so they're not our dentist's idea of good food, but you've never lived if you haven't had one. ;) The square-shaped ones along the back, with the red filling, are guava-filled!

We got to meet Leilani, and that was so great! We had a really good time with Patty and Alex, and spent most of Sunday with them. We also had time to go over and see their new apartment (which includes Leilani's adorable nursery!). These are two pictures of Leilani while Mom and Elizabeth were holding her:

Okay, okay. She was awake some of the time, but I didn't really take pictures of her that way, so here are a couple that Patty and Alex took. Now you can really appreciate her cuteness!

Well, now that you've seen the really important stuff, you can go ahead and take a look at the album. We were able to visit with some of the extended family, and we even got to see Leilani baptized! I've had another gnome finished for a while, but, as it was a present for Alex, I didn't want to post pictures. Those will be coming soon, so check back!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Getting Ready to Leave!

Only two more days 'til we are in Florida! Wow, I can hardly believe that the time is actually here. We've been really busy this week getting ready, and getting things to take to assorted family members. Here are just some pictures of things that we've been doing, but I'll post pictures of the finished products later.

We're making a blanket for Leilani, which is all cotton flannel and will be long strips made into a ragtime quilt. We're also making a bunch of Rum Balls (or Bourbon, Kahlua, Chambord, Brandy and more!) to take down. We've got little tins and Elizabeth is going to wrap each ball in foil and put them in candy cups to make it look like a box of chocolates. Pictures to come!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Happy Birthday, Samwise!

. . . "For he's a jolly good fellow, for he's a jolly good fellow, for he's a jolly good fellow, that nobody can deny!"

Another year has come and gone, and Samwise, Frodo and Aramintie are another year older. They all turned four today! Wow . . . and to think that they're the babies around here. Seems like just yesterday that they were born in the dining room.

I tried to get a birthday picture of Sammy, but he just wasn't very interested. This is the most awake one that I got! He's a very sleepy fellow, in fact, he sleeps about twenty hours a day and is sleepy for the other four. Just kidding . . . sort of.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Counting down to Florida . . .

Only a week and a half from now and we'll all be in Miami! We're leaving next Saturday and returning on the following Wednesday, and we'll be staying with Dad's parents. The coolest part of it all though? Leilani is going to baptized that Sunday while we're there! Wow. How cool is that?! We're already trying to get things ready that we want to take down with us, and it looks like we're going to need several suitcases.

This past Saturday we went to another Fiber Show. This one was down in the Southern half of the state, in a place called "Yellow Springs". We still managed to come home with a big bag of wool! It seems that good old woolly sheep are "out" and llamas and alpacas are "in". Silly me, I still prefer to felt wool, so it's a bit harder to find stuff sometimes. I'll take some pictures of the colors that we bought. Mom and Elizabeth want me to felt some dolls that they can try to market and sell, so they've decided it should be an international collection. Christmas is approaching though, so I think that I'll probably have to start working on some secrets . . .

Goodbye, Little Joe.

This past weekend was pretty sad around here. We had to put one of our little kitties, Little Joe, to sleep. He had been failing for a while, but was still a very happy little bloke. Then, two weeks ago, on the advice of a vet, we had all of his teeth pulled. This would, supposedly, make him into his old self. Well, the surgery turned out to be a bad job, and poor Little Joe was left about sixteen dry sockets, and half of his jawbone exposed. There was nothing to be done for him, so Dad took him in to a vet on Saturday to go to sleep. He's joined the other kitties in the cemetery behind the shed. He and Aline were special pals, so now they're together. We are sad, but it was the best thing for Little Joe. Poor little fellow.

We would have had Little Joe for five years come December 22. He and Beatrice came to our house after we adopted them from the local shelter on the same day as one of our other little kitties, Deanna, went to sleep.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Introducing Mrs. Hood

Well, I have finally gotten around to posting pictures of another needle-felted wool gnome. She's actually been finished for about a month and a half, so I guess I'm just running behind. She is wife to Mr. Hood and mother to Pip (see their picture in a previous entry). There will also be a crawling toddler with her, but he's not been made yet! We actually ran into a friend of ours who had just had a baby, and that inspired me to make Mrs. Hood pregnant. :)

I finished another needle-felted doll last night (he's not a gnome, really). This time it is a Hawaiian Surfer. He only took twenty hours, which makes him the fastest one yet! Elizabeth is painting his surfboard now, so we'll have pictures of him later. The Tomato Show starts on Wednesday, so he's going to be entered. We're saving the gnome diorama for next year, as there are still a couple to make.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Resistance of Robin Hood and Rick

This past weekend, in honor of Mom and Dad's 25th wedding anniversary (which is coming up in a couple weeks), we took a trip up to Cleveland to see two classic films on the big screen: Casablanca (1942) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). We drove up on Saturday afternoon, stayed the night at a hotel, and came back on Sunday evening.

On Saturday night we saw Rick (aka Humphrey Bogart) resist the Nazis in the classic American style. [Rick pulls out gun and says "Put that phone down. I said put it down."] Then, on Sunday afternoon we saw Robin Hood (aka Errol Flynn) resist treacherous Prince John in the classic British style. Wow! Of all the old films that we've seen on the big screen The Adventures of Robin Hood had to be the most impressive. It was beautiful, and so enthralling.

(Click on images to enlarge them.)

We ate dinner at a little Italian restaurant on Saturday and had some of the best food ever. Elizabeth and I shared a pizza that was topped in garlic oil, mozzarella cheese, parmesan, pesto and Brie. Absolutely scrumptious! The next day we went to The Cheesecake Factory for lunch. The white pizza and Tiramisu cheesecake is something not to be missed.

Here are some pictures of the weekend. First is one of Elizabeth and me on the way to see Robin Hood. Next is Mom and Dad at dinner on Saturday, and then Playhouse Square on Sunday.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

It's Leilani! She's here!

Here is the exciting news: we've got a new cousin! Our cousin just had her first baby, who is also the first great-grandchild on Dad's side of the family. Leilani arrived safely yesterday afternoon, she weighed 7lbs. 9oz., was 19in. long and she's so cute. Lord willing, we'll get to meet her at the beginning of October. Wow. We've already got the airplane tickets!

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Psalm 127:3

Saturday, July 31, 2010

It's the end of July already?!

Wow! Where has the time gone?! It's just flying away this Summer. Well, this has been a busy week, so I hardly know where to begin.

Mom and the two of us went "chair" shopping on Wednesday. Elizabeth and Dad really needed some new chairs up in the Library/TV Room as theirs were really worn out. There aren't a ton of furniture stores around here, but we found three of them and literally sat in every chair they had. I never thought that sitting was such hard work! ;)

The next day found me up in the Library cleaning the place out from top to bottom. Boy, was that a job. I was moving furniture and vacuuming all the deep, dark corners. Yesterday the new furniture was delivered, and it's perfect! I'll have to take a picture of it, but Dad got a new chair (a fancy recliner type) and Elizabeth and I ended up with a red, leather loveseat in our corner.

Here is a picture of our hops plant. It is growing up one of the clothesline poles out in the backyard, and all the little blossoms have started to pop out in the last week. Isn't it beautiful?! I am dying to see how it smells, but the blossoms are not big enough yet. This plant is a form of research for our WWII novel, as the characters live on a hops farm. I've read about the hops plant, but it's a lot more amazing in real life! More coming, and there is going to be some exciting news!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

When people speak of great men . . .

"When people speak of great men, they think of men like Napoleon - men of violence. Rarely do they think of peaceful men, but contrast the reception they will receive when they return home from their battles. Napoleon will arrive in pomp and in power, a man who's achieved the very summit of earthly ambition, and yet his dreams will be haunted by the oppressions of war. William Wilberforce, however, will return to his family and lay his head on his pillow and remember: the slave trade is no more."

That is a quote from the film Amazing Grace (2007). In the film the speech is delivered by Charles Fox MP, though is was, in real life, actually given by Samuel Romilly. The message is the same, though. We watched that film last night, and it really made me think of this Bible verse:

As for the saints who are in the earth, they are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight. Psalm 16:3

It is so easy to make "heroes" out of people in this world, and too often it is easy to make heroes out of people who don't deserve to be a hero. This verse is always something that I try to keep in mind, though, sadly, I don't always succeed. Wilberforce was an amazing man who did everything for God's glory, and yet more people do know Napoleon. How many other times does that happen, when the wrong man gets remembered. Yet, God gives us a promise in Proverbs that says "The memory of the righteous is blessed, but the name of the wicked will rot."

Carrying this same topic into life, Elizabeth and I are always struggling to make sure that the people we "admire" (I won't say heroes, because I don't really have "heroes" in the sense of the word. We've known too many famous people, and known that they are just that --- people.). We have scrapbooks for autographs (not to mention that we collect autographed books as well) of movie stars, or any other people we feel inclined to have an autograph from. Some people we may like in one show, and others we may like in lots of shows. Then there are some that Elizabeth likes, but I don't (nothing personal), so I just don't have them in my scrapbook. We're always trying to make sure that the people in our scrapbooks are worth having in there.

This week we were really thrilled to receive a personal reply and autographed photos from Ciaran Hinds (he played Capt. Wentworth in the 1995 film of Jane Austen's Persuasion). What was even more thrilling for us was to find out that he's a Christian! Wow. He definitely got a special spot in my scrapbook already!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Dill Pickles and 'All About Eve'?!

Well, we've seen both in the last week. We got to see another classic film down at The Ohio Theater in Columbus. This time it was All About Eve starring Bette Davis, George Sanders and Gary Merrill. Well, okay, Anne Baxter was in it too, but she played Eve, so you aren't supposed to like her. :)

The quality of this reel was great, and it was impressive on the big screen. Wow! Most of the audience had not seen the film yet, so it was fun to hear people's reactions. George Sanders actually got a round of applause when he finally told Eve off.

We've been busy this week, as we got some of the first fresh produce of the season --- including blueberries! We went to a local produce auction (mostly Amish) and got green beans, cucumbers and tomatoes. We've already made three gallons of pickles and will probably do up one more tomorrow. Mom and Elizabeth made some fresh salsa too, and that was sure nice.

I'm working on another little felted gnome. This time it is another girl, so she is wearing "mary jane" shoes. At the moment she consists of two legs, connected to two feet, which are loosely connected at the hips. Poor thing. She looks quite pathetic --- but she's on her way to feeling better!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

America: Why I Love Her

You ask me why I love her? Well, give me time, and I'll explain...
Have you seen a Kansas sunset or an Arizona rain?
Have you drifted on a bayou down Louisiana way?
Have you watched the cold fog drifting over San Francisco Bay?

Have you heard a Bobwhite calling in the Carolina pines?
Or heard the bellow of a diesel in the Appalachia mines?
Does the call of Niagara thrill you when you hear her waters roar?
Do you look with awe and wonder at a Massachusetts shore...
Where men who braved a hard new world, first stepped on Plymouth Rock?
And do you think of them when you stroll along a New York City dock?

Have you seen a snowflake drifting in the Rockies...way up high?
Have you seen the sun come blazing down from a bright Nevada sky?
Do you hail to the Columbia as she rushes to the sea...
Or bow your head at our struggle to be free?

Have you seen the mighty Tetons? ...Have you watched an eagle soar?
Have you seen the Mississippi roll along Missouri's shore?
Have you felt a chill at Michigan, when on a winters day,
Her waters rage along the shore in a thunderous display?
Does the word "Aloha"... make you warm?
Do you stare in disbelief When you see the surf come roaring in at Waimea reef?

From Alaska's gold to the Everglades...from the Rio Grande to Maine...
My heart cries out... my pulse runs fast at the might of her domain.
You ask me why I love her?... I've a million reasons why.
My beautiful America... beneath Gods' wide, wide sky.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Celebrity Autographs and New Gnomes

We've been sending off for some more autographs lately . . . and getting a few back in the mail! This has been lots of fun for us. Digging up addresses for some of the actors we like has proven quite a challenge. This week we got autographs from Joan Fontaine (Rebecca, Damsel in Distress) and Jane Powell (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers). We even sent some sheet music, and they both signed that as well! So cool.

Another exciting thing is that I finished two more felted gnomes!! That makes seven of them that are completed . . . only nine more to go. These two are going to appear in the Spring section of the diorama. They are a father and son (mother and baby sibling coming soon), so I tried to give them a family resemblance.

The Father's name is "Mr. Hood". He is 6-3/4 inches tall and weighs almost two ounces on the nose. It took 23-1/2 hours to complete him. He's also the first of the felted gnomes to have individually sculpted fingers.

Pip is five inches tall and weighs one ounce. He took about 24 hours to complete. He's the first gnome to have all ten fingers individually sculpted! He also stands up really well. CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PICTURES OF THEM.

I started another gnome. She will be "Mrs. Hood" and dressed all in shades of pink. More later.