blue ain’t your colour …

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Hello February! You are the best month! How could you not be with your big day on the 14th? February, you are all about hearts. Broken hearts, healing hearts, uncertain hearts, hopeful hearts and hearts just bursting with love! February, you recognize them all!

You celebrate love, February, and what better way to celebrate than with country music? On this beautiful sunny winter’s day, I salute you, not with your many shades of pinks and reds, but with a nod to blue.

So here’s to blue, to country, and to all things twice-loved.

but I know, February, I know …

pretty as it is, blue ain’t your colour!

 

 

 

a stitch in time … or poke the pig (sheep)

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I have an auntie who de-stresses by ‘organizing’ the pins in her pincushion. I’d never heard that one but to each his own. Whatever works. I do have a voodoo doll that a friend brought me back from a visit to New Orleans years ago and I occasionally give it a poke. Helps. Sometimes. 😉 Sometimes I just say ‘frig it’. You can try and try and try with some people but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what you do, you’re still gonna do it wrong. If I poke the pig, which I guess I do, it’s not intentional, so I try not to worry about it too much. It’s not on me. It’s on the pig.

Speaking of pigs, The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve year cycle and we will soon be exiting the Year of the Pig. I’ve had a lovely start to this new calendar year, pig or no pig. Quite busy with a zillion projects underway at once. The pincushion is one such project. All hand stitched. Not sure I would call it twice-loved exactly as the fabrics are all new, but it is certainly something I envision being used for a long, long time. I have a pincushion my mom made years and years ago. Definitely twice-loved. Still use it. Pincushions are not something you replace often. This one is so cute though, I just might bring it into service!

Barn Board

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Twice-loved Antiques and Curiosities is indeed a slow process when you work full time, actively grandparent – is that even a thing? – and run a household alone. I am beginning to think I have too many ‘before’ pictures and not a lot of ‘afters’ but I am sure it will take shape – eventually.

I am still insulating my shed/shop/place to collect.

A couple weeks ago, on the way home from a shopping trip to the nearest ‘city center’, we passed by friends who were taking down an old barn on a piece of land they had just purchased.

I’d been envisioning a barn wall on one side of the shed so we stopped and dragged the salvaged wood to the side of the road for pick up later.

It’s in the back yard now, waiting for me to remove all the nails. Hopefully tomorrow. Absolutely has to be done before the snow flies.

Too many plans! Too little time!

I have noticed lately that I envision something and boom! it falls into my existence like wow! A good thing right? … just a bit of a chore keeping up with it all! Can good luck be stressful? That’s a bit odd, isn’t it …  

Perhaps I have my fingers in too many pies? There’s probably a diagnosis for that but if so, I will happily attach the letters to my name. It’s all good.

Back to my twice-loved barn board.

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…. not one to waste the scraps …

 

 

 

just because flowers

Yesterday I received flowers … just because.

At first I had no idea who they could be from, but in trying to figure it out I came up with quite a few ‘it might have been Jane’ and ‘it might have been Joe’.

That’s a good thing I think. Feeling that there are bunches of people who might give you flowers –  just because.

so … thank you … for making me feel special.

Twice loved.

 

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Down the Rabbit Hole, the journey begins …

I have always enjoyed the creative process. Matters not a whit if I am any good at it. Taking something random and manipulating it to create something that is pleasing to the eye has always brought me an intense satisfaction. I wish I was ‘artistic’. I am not. But I do believe I have a good eye and I see things differently.

I have always been ‘crafty’ – as I said in an earlier post, I have an old soul covered in glitter and glue; but more than that, I believe I also have an appreciation for and an ability to see a beauty not easily apparent, and that is the beauty of a good story. I believe all things have a story. And the older the object, the richer the story. Much like the little yellow corn pot …

I love to take old objects, old furniture, restore them and give them new life, a new home, and perhaps another chapter.

But …. my own home looks more cluttered than loved. I need a space: ‘A Room of One’s Own’, as Virginia so very nicely put it!

And while #1 son was home last week, he and Kayla began the process of creating a space for me. They worked together like Chip and Joanna on my shed, my little ‘Fixer Upper’, which I, with a love for all things Alice, would like to call Down the Rabbit Hole. It’s a bit of a mouthful though, and perhaps Twice-loved Antiques and Curiosities is a more apt description.

Here is where I will work on and display my projects. Find them new homes.

Yesterday, I began insulating … today the job continues.

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Juniper, birch, and a little bit of ‘vir’

Roy says juniper is a cowardly wood. I didn’t quite get the terminology. It has a mind of its own, he says. It twists and turns and can’t be trusted to do what you want it to do. Not sure why you would call that cowardly. I think I like the idea of wood that has a mind of its own, that can’t be bent to the will of some external force, to someone else’s idea of what is right and proper.  A bit of a romantic notion there I suspect, as I am actually quite glad my table top – newly constructed of juniper – has decided to keep the shape we put it in! The table skirt is birch and the crossbars are made of what the locals call ‘vir’. Fir to the rest of you! It’s a beautiful table, made especially for the bar chairs that were rescued, restored, and recycled in this lovely kitchen set. Perfect with the fall scene Mom painted for me years ago!

Twice loved!

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Chatter Chair

Found this dynamic duo at two separate yard sales and a sad looking couple they were indeed but with a little TLC and a few coats of Artminds Succulent chalk paint from Michaels, voila! I couldn’t be more pleased! And they’re heading for their new home in just a couple days. Front foyer chatter chair and telephone table. Love rescuing this stuff and bringing it home but equally fond of letting it go.

I would say there’s been more than one conversation shared while perched on this little stool.  Succulent, juicy conversation too, I’ll bet!

Chatter chair – twice-loved!

 

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