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Sunday, June 30, 2013

NaBloPoMo (dare ya to say that 3 times really fast!)

Since I really want to make a go at this blogging thing, I am signing up for Blogher.com's NaBloPoMo for the month of July. Which means, I have to do a post every day. The theme is called Connect and I think that is rather apt for me as I would love to gain some steady readers who don't think I am too boring or weird :) You should check them out! NaBloPoMo

My Sewing Basket

I have always loved sewing baskets....and traditional picnic baskets. I was very surprised a few months ago when I was shopping at Joann's Fabric with my mom and older sister. We were walking by the sewing baskets as they were on sale and my mom stopped and said "Choose one!". 

I was absolutely shocked as no one had mentioned anything about getting a sewing basket. When you live in the same household and do most of your shopping together, one usually knows what is on the shopping list.

When I questioned them about it, they said it was a surprise early birthday gift - you wouldn't think something as simple as a sewing basket would mean so much to a person, but it really does to me. It represents a loving home, full of care, family and friends. I cannot think of a time when visiting maternal grandmother or her sisters when they didn't have their sewing basket out somewhere, where prying eyes and fingers could peek and seek out those little treasures to be found inside. Yes, we had one at home too but wasn't used that much (my mom loves to sew but didn't have the time to as she would have liked).

Back to my box - after looking at several, with my mom and sister wanting me to get a larger one, I chose this (all pictures are of a model I found online):
















It is the St. Jane Pastel Pansy Straw Sewing Basket by the Dritz Corporation. I just love the colors in the material! 

Here is the back so you can see the handle - doesn't the weaving of the fabric through the basket make you want to go on a picnic?


















And last, but not least, here is the inside: 


























Mine doesn't have much in it at the moment, but it will be added to lovingly and slowly and properly as it should be.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Americana Stitching

Every time at this year, I get rather nostalgic....small town parades - cute little dachshunds dressed up in costumes, simple fireworks and sparklers, wonderful farmers market where you know some of the people selling their goods, old-timey cars and horses prancing down the street....the gazebo / bandstand with summer concerts with Barbershop Quartettes....even the required duck pond full of ornery ducks :) Idealistic? Perhaps - but it's small things like this that makes me appreciate it even more....

I've always wanted to have a section of stitching on a wall that would showcase an Americana theme....each design either represents something specific or evokes a special memory for me  - something I could leave out year-around....haven't gotten to it yet (don't have the room right now) but I've decided to make a post showing some models of designs I like that I might consider to include (means a lot of stitching to do in the future!). The designs may change or be added to - but I think this is enough for now :)

Take Me Out To The Ballgame - LHN

The Mercantile - LHN

The Farmer's Daughter - LHN

Mississippi Riverboat - LHN

Stars & Stripes - CCN

State Fair - LHN

The Apple Orchard - CCN

Home Sweet Home - CCN

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Bloglovin Link

Supposed to put this in a blog post. Whatever.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Oh, bugger it....

Over the past few weeks, I've been sitting here looking at all the blogs I'm signed up to follow - some 170+ I think - looking for ideas and inspirations - and I've also been reading various posts at 123Stitch - so many people seem so organized or are getting organized with their supplies, etc.

Me, I start off with good intentions but haven't followed up on getting on with some projects to help me organize my stash better - life keeps happening - but I shouldn't use that for an excuse. Shouldn't have excuses about it, period. (yeah right, fat chance that'll never happen again!)

For instance, ages ago I bought 5 yards of unbleached muslin to place my projects in to help protect them - I also have a large under-the-bed plastic box to put them in - I know plastic is a no-no but it's all I can afford right now - have I even touched the darn thing since I got it home & put it into my closet? Nope. Cept to dust it off occasionally.

I also have 2 of those scrapbook paper plastic boxes I have the vast majority of my floss in - but they are a mess - desperately needs to be straightened up. Not to mention I have a couple of tote bags hanging up in my same closet full of projects.

I also have 2-3 bags by my bed of current projects.


This all does not include the patterns, books, magazines & some kits and a few WIPs I have in a bookcase, on 2 closet shelves, scattered in a few storage bins, and a large comforter plastic zip cover thingy.

Oh - and I also have a zip-loc bag full of smalls I have completed. And a few tubes of Monaco laying in another basket.

I should really be ashamed of myself.













Yet, when I think of organizing everything, I feel like this....
I seriously need help. This doesn't even include my knitting stuff.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Here we go!












Welcome to my little corner of the world. I hope you will enjoy this adventure with me. I do not have a true destination in mind. Instead, like most things in life, I will meander down life's lanes, pausing here and there....sometimes only for a moment, other times, I will linger. It just depends on what captures my attention and fascination.

I have been asked the significance of my blog name and header image. I have a fascination of the sea....I also love to read. I have a dictionary by my bed called The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea. It has 688 pages, 2600 entries of items. I read it on the odd occasion I can't sleep (I just finished with the Hs after having the book 3 years - whoo hoo!).

I came across the phrase "flowers of the wind" - an old expression for the engraving of the wind-rose on the earliest charts and maps - and I fell in love with it. Yet if I do a search online, other sources claim it is supposed to be flower of the winds - flowers of the wind is also supposed to be a fairy / faerie charm used for protection by blowing dandelions around onself or some such nonsense :) 

I chose the name Flowers Of The Wind as it brings a sense of timelessness and joy and expression to mind. The banner / header image is one I just chose as random...plus it has a rather comfy chair for me to sit in whilst I either entertain you or bore you :)

I think that is it for now. Hope you have a wonderful day and like most other bloggers, comments are most welcomed, as is your companionship & friendship!

Laura

Post script: I am not sure how to get the "Comment" thingy to have a decent link to click on for posting comments so if anyone has any ideas, maybe you can figure it out & post a comment with directions? :)