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It is here that I will try to share with you my creations, a bit of my home, my gardens and what inspires me.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

WHAT I HAVE BEEN UP TO

It has been awhile since I have posted.
Much has changed, and unfortunately not all for the better.
Both hubby and I have been dealing with medical issues.

For me, there has been a change that right now affects my vision in my right eye.
I had to have laser surgery the middle of May, (after cataract surgery a few years ago), to remove a film that had developed over my right eye.
Had the same problem with my left eye a few years ago, and the laser surgery on that eye went very well.
Not so this time.
I ended up with what is called posterior vitreous detachment.
In plain English I am dealing with a clear gel-like mass, plus a floater in my eye....like looking thru a shifting white curtain with something black swimming in it.  Yuck.
It has gotten a little better, but I still have problems sewing and doing the things I love.
From what I understand, most of the time it will get better....question is when.
I am trying to live my life normally, but have not had the desire to post, visit blogs, etc. Too much eye strain.
We are also dealing with the fallout of this last horrible winter.
The garden is VERY slowly getting cleaned up.
So much died. It breaks my heart.
Some things will come back, others will not.
A large retaining stonewall partially collapsed. The repair cleaned out the wallet.
I took some pictures over the last month and am sharing them with you....the before and after.
Hopefully we will get back to some normalcy.
Hubby and I would LOVE to forget this last year!

So here are a few pictures........



 
We did not get to see this beautiful view from our living room
this year,
instead this.......

 
We are still cutting out the dead stuff....
carefully.
I see that some things are coming back from
the bottom.
 
 
Last year.....
 
 
...this year.
It will be awhile before I can cut hydrangea's again.
 
 
 
On the right a butterfly bush.
I loved all the butterflies that visited every year.
On the left there is a beautiful clematis...
mostly gone now.
 
 
It draped itself over arbors and fences,
 
 
and had such unusual flowers.
 
 
I spend hours cutting out the dead things very carefully,
and it is slowly coming back.
Lots of plants are gone for good,
no signs of life whatsoever.
 
 
Our big beautiful rose arbor with New Dawn.
My pride and joy.
It was intertwined with a beautiful clematis
that grew all the way up onto our front deck.
 
 
You can see the clematis to the right.
It bloomed together with the rose.
 
 
It was lovely!
 
 
 
This is it this year.
The roses suffered so much too.
Poor hubby is wearing his rose gloves to untangle and cut
the mess.
It is going to take forever to have it pretty again.
 
 
We also lost trellises.
 
 
Besides trellises we lost my beloved birdhouse that
hubby build me once for my birthday.
He is trying to fix it.
 
 
The only things that have been growing and surviving beautifully are the weeds.
It has taken me weeks to catch up, and my bad back does not help.
 
 
But I have planted things like geraniums,
and they are doing great.
I feel there is hope.

 
The one hydrangea that is doing well,
was planted two years ago close
to the house, where it got winter sun.
Just looking at these big heads makes me smile.
 
 
Here and there I tucked in herbs, but because
we have had so much rain lately,
most herbs are not at there prime yet.
I am hoping, since I use a lot in cooking.
Love this golden oregano.

 
And the geraniums on the front deck are
looking great.
So, I am living with hope.
 
 
Hope to use my new carrying basket for flowers or herbs.
It was a birthday gift from hubby,
We got it at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck.
My one outing.
It was wonderful, but all the looking left and right
made me feel dizzy.
Hopefully they will have it again next year
so that I can have a really good time.

 
And speaking of birthdays.....
mine was not celebrated this year.
I am sure I will make up for it next year!
But my girlfriend Debbie spoiled me, amongst other goodies,
with a most beautiful cake that she baked for me.
How sweet was that!!!!!

 
It tasted great !!!!!!
Look at all the work and love she put in for me.
 
And so I am ending this post.
Grateful to have dear, sweet friends,
a family who loves me,
and even with so many health issues going on right now,
I am grateful for what I have.
And being an optimist at heart,
I know this too shall pass.
 
I wish everyone a great summer!
 
God bless,
Evi

Saturday, May 10, 2014

AN APOLOGY!

 
 
Just a note.
As many of you know by now.....
as I went to publish my sale,
my computer locked,
crashed, whatever you might call it.
I set in front of a blank screen,
wondering, what just hit me.
After panicking at first,
I reached out for help, and with  my providers guidance,
I got it going again.
The post is up again in it's entirety.
 
The dolls have found loving new homes.
I am grateful for everyone who hung in there.
You all were troopers.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
 
God bless,
Evi
 

Monday, March 17, 2014

NOT READY FOR PRIME-TIME

 
We are sorry to report that we, and our sisters
are not ready for our debut.
We haven't even grown our whiskers yet,
and are waiting patiently for clothing and all
the goodies our creative mom has promised us.
And waiting is no fun.......
 
 
 
.....and gets mighty cold.....
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
I have been having back problems again on and off
since the beginning of January,
which has developed into full-blown sciatica.
In Germany it is called "Hexenschuss",
translated.........shot by a witch.
Actually it is more like lightening striking.
It is as nasty as it sounds,
and goes right down my "sewing machine pedal" leg.
So, all my babies have to wait a bit longer.
 
As I am grabbing my new best friend, my heating pad,
I am heading for bed.
Not the right way to start Spring.
 
I hope you have a far better and wonderful
beginning of Spring!
 
God bless,
Evi

Monday, February 17, 2014

SNOWED~IN VALENTINE'S DAY LUNCHEON

 
Finally!
After planning and planning,
waylaid by constant snowstorms,
we celebrated our Valentine's day luncheon.
This year my friends Laura (from 52Flea),
Paula, Kathleen, Carole Maynard (Maynard Greenhouse),
and a new friend,
sweet, petite Tovah Martin joined
me for this special occasion.
We missed our dear friend Debbie, who had other plans.
 
Oh, did we have fun!

 
Tovah visited for the first time, and I am looking 
forward to seeing each other in the future.
If the name rings a bell, we'll get to that later....
 

 
The table looked pretty in it's finery.
Tulips always make me happy,
a sign of things to come.

 
The table settings were simple...
the colors subdued.....

 
I do not have much talent when it comes to making things
from paper, and my writing is not very pretty.
(My friend Debbie writes like calligraphy)
Wish I could!
But I found this little birdie project on Country Living's
website with instructions.
I just added things to make them more personal.

 
My contribution were homemade cookies.
The gals always arrive laden with gifts, as you will see.

 
Lunch consisted of Cream of Asparagus Soup with
 sautéed shitake mushrooms,
Baked Salmon with Brown sugar and mustard crust,
red potatoes with creme fraiche and chives,
and Ina Garden's Corn and Avocado Salad.
 
Desert was an apple cake and a fruity chocolate Torte.
Unfortunately I did not get to take pictures,
but I saw the girls photographing.
Maybe they will have pictures on their blogs.

 
When my friends come, they come bearing gifts.
There is no way of stopping them.
They are the most giving friends,
and I don't mean only gifts.
They are there for each other and for me
whatever is going on.
Their love and caring, our sharing is to me
the biggest gift anyone could give!!!!!
I love them all with my whole heart.
And this is what Valentine's Day is all about.
 
The beautiful basket above was made by my friend
Carole Maynard.
I am in absolute awe.
There are more than 40 pieces of paper interlocking
to make this creation.
How does she do this?!
I love it!

 
 
 

 
 
Some of us had not exchanged Christmas gifts yet either.
So there was quite a flurry of activity.
Many beautiful and thoughtful gifts were exchanged.

 
Laura knows how much I love rabbits.
Yes, this pretty pillow cover from Pottery Barn will
soon find a special place in our home.
Ah, signs of spring.....

 
and Paula followed suit by giving me this
pretty Rabbit's Foot Fern,
gussied up in a beautiful container.
 
Kathleen made sure our tootsies stayed warm
with Valentine's socks packaged in a pretty heart box.

 
Oh, and if this was not enough joy,
Tovah gave me one of her absolutely beautiful books.
Tovah is an author of more than a dozen inspiring books
on gardening. She writes for many magazines, teaches,
and many of you will remember her as a garden editor
for Victoria magazine.
 

 
When I went to bed last night, I took the book with me.
I started to read and could not stop. It is not just giving you pictures of house plants and important information,
oh no, there is a story with every plant.
The are loved, and they have personalities.
I chuckled at the story of the asparagus fern.
This is definitely not just a plant book!
And there is Einstein, her cat.
Being a cat lover, I would love to see a whole book
on Einstein and his life with this lovely, creative woman.
I feel truly blessed to have her join us and making a new friend.
 
 
And with the winter woes, we all needed
a happy occasion.
Some of my friends made it up the driveway,
others had to walk.
This winter has not been kind to us here in the
Northeast.
Snow was flying fast and furious.
Wait for the same scene coming up.

 
The snow is over two feet deep with
many higher snow drifts.
Here it is now up to the railing.
There is furniture under all this white stuff....
hard to believe.
We are trying to get it off the roof.
This load scares me to death. So many roofs are
collapsing. We have a leak on the chimney cap membrane.
Something to be fixed after this mess.
 The bitter cold cracked it, and the crows
are helping themselves by pecking at the rubber.
What next !!!!
 

 
On the front deck there are big window boxes
under the snow.
You can guess where they are?
 

 
My deer is frozen into the snow and ice.
The real ones have a hard time walking through the snow
and finding food.

 
And this weird crater is our version of mount Vesuvius.
Actually this is a tree stump way under there.
Interesting!

 
Remember where the snow was in the picture before.
This was after the storm, oh, and we will get
another 4 to 6 inches tomorrow.

 
So, with this in mind, I will be heading for my bed early
with Tovah's book and dreams of plants and spring.
All my plants are at hubbies office for the winter.
Our home gets too dry and warm.
He takes good care of them, but I
cannot wait to get reacquainted.
 
I think by now most of the country is yearning for spring.
Happy dreams!
 
God bless,
Evi

Sunday, January 19, 2014

A TRIP IN SEARCH OF .........

 
During the holiday season, hubby and I
took a trip to Pennsylvania,
in search of something that I have been looking for
 for good five years.
The beautiful, embroidered, fine antique wool fabric,
 I use on many of my creations.
 
It is VERY, VERY hard to find and can be quite pricey.
 
 
It was TIME to hit the road.
After we had exhausted all the other areas around us
(and yes, I have been on E-bay too many times),
we thought of Adamstown, in P.A.
It claims (and I swear it probably is) to be the
Antique Capital of the country.
 
We allowed for a three day journey, and I believe we
went to every antique store or mall in the vicinity.
First we went to Renninger's in Kutztown.
Lots of fun !!!!!
 
After that off to the Zionsville Antique Mall.
I literally and figuratively got lost in that
wonderful mall.
I spend hours finding great things,
alas, not what my heart desired most.
No matter, it was just the first day....
 
By the time I got through it all, it was 9:00 PM,
and time to leave.
 
We stayed in nearby Readding.
The next morning we had a big breakfast to make sure
we had the strength for all the antiquing to come.
And since it was right across from the Marriott,
we went to McDonald's.
Well, I have NEVER been so surprised!
It was not your average décor, oh no.
It was done really interesting,
starting with neat clocks all over the walls......
 

 
.....all the light fixtures were unusual......
 

 
I loved the art pottery.
Every piece I could have taken home.

 
Searching for the "little girls room",
was another surprise.
Stars everywhere !!!!1

 
Even in the Ladies Room,
topiaries to boot.
 
Nothing like this in our area, or anywhere else I have been.
Anybody out there have anything like this?
Just one other interesting experience while traveling.
 
But the search for the elusive fabric was still on.
 
We ended up in Adamstown.
You really need time to see it all.
We went from place to place, and nothing.....
I was about to give up....
AND THERE IT WAS !!!
 
After I had nearly done all of the last mall, I came upon
two booth filled with the most charming
antique dolls clothing,
 and everything to do with antique dolls.
 
Other antique items were mixed in as well,
 and after some looking, in a corner, on a rack,
tightly pushed together,
there they were.
Seven skirts ( this used to be under ware).
I could not believe it!!!!
And I must confess,
tears came involuntarily.
I was that happy.
 
While checking out, the lady behind the counter told
me that the owner of the booth had another location
in Adamstown.
 
We scooted over there (almost closing time)
and here we found this charming little village.
It brought back memories of Germany.
 
 
 
It is off the road a bit, and we would not have found it easily.
We met the owner of the shop, a charming lady,
who informed me that she had more of the woolen skirts, etc.
I should come back the next day.
 
And that we did!
But first a little stroll through this cute village setting....
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
Loved all the wrought iron work.
 

 
Hubby and I felt at home.
I think he wanted to move there.
 

 
We went to have lunch at the Black Angus,
which is right across through the arch.
There is a restaurant, not fancy, but with great food.
You can actually see them bake breads and
other goodies.
Of course we brought 5 different breads home with us.
Delicious !!!!
They also sell cheese.

 
Outside there were pretty murals.
 

 
And so, strengthened, we went back to my favorite shop
 
Plum Pudding Antiques Etc.
 
 
 
Janet Diefendorf, the owner,
greeted us warmly, and she was not kidding....
she had lots more wonderful clothing,
all with embroidery, lace, tucks etc.
She had been up late the night before washing
 and ironing it all.
How sweet is that!
While I got to choose from all the goodies
she had hung carefully on racks in the garage,
the hubbies were talking.
I felt like a kid in a candy shop.
Nothing like this has ever happened before.
I bought much, much more.
 
JACKPOT !!!!!
 
Janet, thank you so very, very much !

 
It will make its way into my new creations.
(All the dolls you see on this blog are spoken for)
 
So many of you love these fabrics,
and now I can make new things again.
 
 
Here are some of them....
They take my breath away....
To think people actually wore these pretty things under clothing.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
I hope you enjoyed coming along.....
I am inspired, and am working on the next "babies".
 
I'll let you know when...
 
Meanwhile,
I wish you happy winter month.
Stay healthy and warm.
 
God bless,
Evi