Archive | February 2013

Sweet Memories of a Fish Tale

I just found this terrific meme- Flashback Friday where you post a photo of someone or somewhere from the past.   And today I also came upon a great Facebook page: Grew Up in South Florida in the 60s-70s-and 80s.  This was pretty exciting looking over all these photos of familiar places where I grew up.  Last year I started converting some of my old photos and negatives to digital photos.  One of them is a picture from 1956 or ’57  of me, Jimmy (my first husband) on the right in the photo, and his brother Sonny.  We used to love to go fishing in the canals along the Tamiami Trail in my hometown of Miami (I say hometown because I lived in Miami almost my whole childhood and through my 20’s and 30’s, but I was born in New Jersey).  Jimmy was the consummate fisherman.   He knew where, how and when to fish and always came home with a cooler full of fish -and he and I would clean them all, have a fish fry for the relatives or give them away, since he would only eat fresh fish.

Look at those stringers of fish!

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In Memoriam – SparkyRipple 1999-2013

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Sunday morning our dear pet, SparkyRipple, died.  She was fourteen years old,  and being a German Shepherd mix, that is a ripe old age for a dog her size.  But it still doesn’t help ease the grief of losing such a sweet pet.  Now she’s gone to cross over the rainbow bridge where Sushi, her dearest friend, will meet her.

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When Sushi passed away in 2007 Sparky was so forlorn and sad.  In 1999 when I left Arizona to go to Florida to await the birth of my grand-daughter and to help her mom for the first four months I  really missed our two dogs, Armstrong and Mandy.  So as a surprise for my birthday, my daughter gifted me with a pomeranian named Sushi that we had seen the week before and I had absolutely fallen in love with her .

A week or so later I received a call from my husband back in Arizona and he gave me the shocking news that someone had put a dog in our back yard – a German Shepherd mix!  We had never had a big dog for a pet, so I tried to talk him into taking her to the animal shelter but he just couldn’t do it – he really liked this little-puppy-about-to-be-a-big-dog.  In the end, we kept the dog and named her SparkyRipple – Sparky for short.   So he also was given a dog for a birthday present (we have birthdays just five days apart).  I left having two dogs and came home owning four!

When Sushi and I drove back to Arizona we had a wonderful bonding experience.  She enjoyed traveling as much as I did! The first week home Sushi got along with Armstrong and Mandy right away – Mandy was just a little bigger than her and Armstrong, our only male dog, kept to himself.  But Sushi showed a great interest in Sparky from the beginning.   She’d get really excited and want to play with Sparky but was a little afraid of her big size.  Slowly though she would inch closer to Sparky when she was laying down.  Pretty soon Sushi would go all the way up to her and give her a kiss.  They became best of friends, and as I said, Sparky really grieved when she died and the few times that she would come in contact with a little dog she’d become excited and would want to play and have the same type relationship she had with Sushi.  She had this desire until last year when Sunnie came into our lives.  Sunnie is our white and orange cat who was born and raised outside with dogs the first two or three months of her life.  So she had absolutely no fear of Sparky and won her heart right away.  After that, Sparky’s motherly instincts were satisified.

In the beginning of February Sparky started limping on her left front leg and I took her to the vet.  The vet examined her, all her tests were okay; she said Sparky had severe arthritis and put her on an Ansaid med.  It became a little better in a few weeks but then returned and I had a appointment to go back to the vet’s this week.  Her entire left leg became swollen and she definitely wasn’t feeling well Saturday night.  When I awoke at seven Sunday morning I went to the balcony overlooking the family room downstairs to see if she was in her bed, but she wasn’t, so I went downstairs to see where she was laying.  There she was, laying on the tiled dining room floor, the first room I would go into after coming downstairs.  After moving her back onto the carpet in the family room I stayed with her and she passed away about an hour and a half later.

But,

Sparky’s Spirit lives
In me, in Roy and Mandy
She was such a joy!



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Sketching and Sewing on a Sunday Afternoon

Here’s my contribution to Sunday Sketches  This is my grand-daughter and the household cat, Cassie. I used watercolor pencils on watercolor paper.

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And here it is hanging in our guest room.

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I want to share my baby doll with Sunny Simple Sundays. I went through a period a few years ago where I was making doll clothes from remnants or small articles of clothing I picked up at the thrift store or garage sales. I made this little dress for my 1968 Ideal doll (I don’t know her name – if anyone does, let me know). I found an apron with colors that I liked and a pattern that I had for dolls her size. What I did was lay the pattern on the apron in such a way that the hemmed apron was the skirt part of the dress, hence no hemming! There were a few other neat short cuts derived from starting from an article of clothing already made but I don’t remember what they were 🙂 If you are interested in this kind of sewing you might want to check Pillows a-la-Mode and The Renegade Seamstress. They both have some awesome projects and they explain how-to’s very well!


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P.S.  If you will notice some of my photos have a thin white line running through the middle of the picture – I don’t remember dropping my camera but can’t figure what else this can be other than a hairline crack.    Hopefully, I can get it fixed ’cause I really like this camera – a Canon Powershot SD990 IS and definitely don’t like having to retouch all my pixs.

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A Great Easter Craft Project

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These beautiful flowers are quite easy to make.  Unfortunately, when I took these pictures the lady who cut and sewed the strips wasn’t present and I didn’t have any samples of strip material to show you,  so I’m not positive of exact dimensions of strip, so I will use approximate measurements.

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Cut 2″ strips of fabric about 12-inches long (for bigger flowers cut deeper and longer strips – experiment!)  Fold in half right-side-out and stitch raw edges together using either a straight stitch or a serger.  After stitching, use scissors to clip fabric about every  1/4″.  So now you have a strip of fabric with little cuts from one end to the other.  Clip the fabric as close to the stitching as possible without cutting through it.

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For the stems we used kabab sticks and covered them with green floral tape.  Some of the floral tape didn’t have much “stickiness” to it so we had to glue the beginning and the end of the tape with a hot glue gun.  Just put a dab of glue on the starting end, start winding at the top of the stick (flat end) and continue winding the tape around the stick, stretching slightly as you wind down to the end.  Then put another dab of glue on end of tape and press firmly.

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When glue is dry on taped stick,  take one end of fabric, put a dab of glue on it, place on blunt end of stick and start winding around and around.  As you go,  place a dab or strip of glue on fabric.  Some of us used hot glue and some used Elmer’s glue – that’s what I used and it worked fine.   You should be able to feel and see the top of the stick as you wind around it.  Put a dab of glue at the end of fabric strip and you are done!  Flower will look a little tight so fluff out the strips (petals) to your liking.


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Blissful and Domestic

SHS – Love and Kisses

It’s never too late for love and kisses! And with Valentine’s Day just over, it wasn’t hard to find some shots for Scavenger Hunt Sunday. The prompts this Sunday are: Candy, Pink or Red, Love, Kisses, and Smile.

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IMG_5229-001 I found this box of candy pre-Christmas and just had to buy it – because I’ve never seen such a big box of candy before!  So it was sort of a gag gift from me to dear hubby.

The pix below is the box and card he gave me for Valentine’s Day (turned into a digital sketch).

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Pink or Red

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A touch of red anybody?

Love and Kisses

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Smile

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I’m getting ready to sell a bunch of Pez candy dispensers on eBay – and what better smile than Woodstocks! (1234sunsign)




♥♥♥Happy Valentine’s Day!♥♥♥

I’d like to wish all my blogger friends a Happy Valentine’s Day – and hope you have spent some special ♥♥ time with your significant other(s).

DH gave me a box of chocolates – just when I thought, oh boy, now that the Holidays and chocolates are all gone I can lose some weight -ha! And I wouldn’t think of hurting his feelings by returning it (good excuse to keep it, eh?)
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Love is in the air
Candy and flowers abound
Sweet lovers hold hands

Roses are red
Violets are blue
What a wonderful gift
God has given to you

 

 
My blogging time has been limited here lately – I just had my second cataract surgery Tuesday – and I can see out of both eyes now. How wonderful! But my husband got a call from the doctor Monday just a few hours before I was ready to leave to go out of town for surgery. His potassium level is too high. He has diabetes and a few other medical problems and now it looks like his failing kidneys are not working to remove the extra potassium his body doesn’t need. So we had to go to hospital to get his blood checked again. It was still out of range so now he’s had to drink a solution that binds up the excess potassium. I’m working on a diet to cut down on his potassium intake (I love a challenge!)

The body is weak
But the spirit grows stronger
With struggle comes love


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Orange You Glad It’s Friday! Let’s Have a Paint Party!

I’ve sold quite a few Zazzle.com products with my pomeranian, Sushi, on them. She was my heart of hearts. She’s been gone about five years now but she lives on and is becoming popular around the world with her picture on magnets, keychains and the like.  Thank you Sushi! And for more splashes of orange go to Orange You Glad It’s Friday

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For Paint Party Friday and Creative Every Day I have a fast sketch I did a few months ago and a WIP. My refrigerator was driving me crazy with so much junk stuck on the doors so I took everything off and organized and rearranged some of what was there before – and it looks pretty good! One of things I had was a magnetic strip of a bone, heart, and paw. So I took each piece out of the magnetic strip and had this great stencil of a bone, heart and paw! I’m not sure how to proceed from here. Normally, I’d just use some watercolor or acrylic paint but made the mistake of buying an art journal that doesn’t have thick pages and too much paint or water and the pages ripple terribly! So I’ll probably use stamps and tissue.  Are there any suggestions as to a glue that is least likely to ripple the pages?
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Pink and Orange Today

I think a touch of orange cat will suffice for Orange You Glad It’s Friday – check it out for more touches of orange! Sunny just kills me the way she sprawls out on top of the furniture.

I’m sharing with Paint Party Friday and Pink Saturday since I’ve finished my pink butterfly key rack; and have included the finished version and the pix from last week before it was grouted. Which do you like best? I think probably because there was enough paint detail on the before-grout version, I could have done without the grout.

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