>another item in treasury west on etsy

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This is so much fun for me to see my items showcased on treasury west. Mine is the item on the bottom left. The baby onesie with satin tulips.

>School Play


My oldest daughter played Martha Washington in the school play last week. I think she did great she memorized her part all on her own. You know the scary thing about these photos is I just realized how tall my oldest daughter is getting. She is almost up to my chin and is up to her Pai’s neck. Make her stop growing; I am not ready for this!Here she is doing her mono-logue. She is pretending to read a letter from George Washington, but the paper is actually blank; this is all memorized. Not a very good video, but the idea is there for family who are far away from us.


>Floral work

>Friday’s floral work:

casket piece for a man

easel for man's funeral

funeral for picture table



>BBC meme on books

>So apparently, the BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Instructions (if you want to play): Look at the list and put an ‘X’ after those you have read once. Enter a number for the number of times you read something. (Make sure you delete my X’s!) When you’ve finished put your total at the bottom.

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen, (only watched in movie form, haven’t read, yet)
  2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien, parts of it (watched the movies a few times)
  3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling, X yep, twice (and watched tons of times in movie form)
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee, X yep, a few times; too many to remember (watched the movie, too)
  6. The Bible, yep
  7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte, parts of it
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell, X yep, a few times
  9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
  10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens, X yep, a few times (watched a few versions of it in movie form)
  11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott, X a few times (and watched movie of it a few times)
  12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller, parts of it
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare, X yep, a lot of times
  15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
  16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien, X yep, (watched the movie too)
  17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
  18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger, part of it
  19. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell, (nope, but watched the movie tons of times)
  22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald, (nope, saw the movie)
  23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy, (parts of it)
  25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams, X (a few times)
  26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck, X (a few times; it is about the part of California where I grew up. I knew all the places they talked about in the book and watched the movie)
  29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll, X (a few times, and the movie tons of times)
  30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame, X yep, (the movie tons of times)
  31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens, X yep (the movie a few times)
  33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis, X yep, (re-reading right now) (watched both British and American versions of most of these books, too)
  34. Emma – Jane Austen
  35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis, X yep, a few times and watched the movies, too (this is stupid, it is part of no. 33!)
  37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hossein
  38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden, (nope, but saw the movie)
  40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne, X (yep, have an old edition of it)(and have a ton of Disney movies on it, too)
  41. Animal Farm – George Orwell, X Yep, a few times
  42. The Da Vinci Code
  43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  44. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
  45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery, X Yep, a few times (and the movies, too, over a doz times)
  47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding, X Yep (the movie a few of times)
  50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  52. Dune – Frank Herbert, X yep (and saw the movie)
  53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zifon
  57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens, X yep
  58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
  60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck, X yep
  62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas, parts of it
  66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
  69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville, X yep
  71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens, X yep
  72. Dracula – Bram Stoker, X yep (love vampire stories; read it, watched it) (the movies tons of times)
  73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett, X yep
  74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
  75. Ulysses – James Joyce
  76. The Inferno – Dante, X yes, a few times
  77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
  78. Germinal – Emile Zola
  79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  80. Possession – AS Byatt
  81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens, X yep (and own about 7 versions of it in movie form)
  82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker, no but watched it three times
  84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White, X yep, a few times (and watched it tons of times)
  88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
  89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, X yep
  90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
  91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery, X yep
  93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  94. Watership Down – Richard Adams, X yep, a few times and watched the movie a few times, too
  95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
  97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas, X yep, and watched many a movie based on it
  98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare, X yep, a few times (the movie a few times)
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factoy – Roald Dahl, X yep (and have both versions of it in movie form )
  100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo, X yep, love the movies, too

You will discover that I like reading books a few times and then I like to compare them to their movie counter parts just to see someone else’s point of view on a story; it is interesting to me.
My tallies are
read: 34
read parts of only: 6
read all or part of and watched in movie form: 23
only seen in movie form:5

So, I guess I have read more than I have watched. they didn’t want to know the movie part; I was just curious.

Currently I am reading the Cronicals of Narnia and the Ink Heart series, all three books. I want to read them all before I watch the movie (Inkheart) because the movie looks to be parts of book 1 and 2 so far, and I am curious about that.

>When times are hard

In the current times this is a good saying, “Come what may, and love it.”

>Just Create

If you are wondering why I haven’t posted much about crafts and things of that sort lately, I messed up a few fingers on my right hand a few weeks ago horsing around with my oldest daughter. Her shoelace got tangled around some fingers on my right hand, and they have been tingling ever since, making it kind of hurt to do things with my hands. So I saved my hands for work and have been reading a lot lately; will get back into the swing of things soon because my hand isn’t tingling nearly as much.

>Just a warm fuzzy


>Substitute teaching & back roads

>I get to teach one of the one of three 1st Grade classes at my kids’ school today. Just happens to be one of the two without my daughter in it, probably a good thing.

Yesterday on Presidents’ Day my husband wanted to go on some back roads just to see what we could see on the old snow covered trails. We saw quiet a few pretty sights.

My oldest daughter likes horses and wanted a picture of this one with its winter coat.

presidents road trip

My second daughter is born near the 4th of July and likes all things patriotic and she found this flag and wanted a picture of it.

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The last daughter likes deer (well, we all do) and wanted a picture of these mule deer.

presidents road trippresidents road trip

Also in honor of Presidents’ Day, I also am working on a patriotic jacket for a baby. I will put it in the store when done. It would be cute to wear to a 4th of July event or some other patriotic event or holiday.

start of another baby jacket

>Happy President’s Day


>Valentines and work

>Valentines for the little girls, paper dolls from one of my grandmother’s favorite artists.
What work looked like on Monday (not all the photos came out well).
What the customer sees:

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What the florist sees:
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What work looked like Friday morning (once again, not all photos came out well): we had three times this amount of flowers.

What the florist sees: by the way this is only one of two coolers. I didn’t take pictures of the other as we had to walk outside in the snow to get to it, and I was already cold enough just from going in and out of this cooler, let alone going to the delivery cooler where all the arrangements for delivery for Saturday had been stored. These are just Friday morning arrangements, will call, and some of the loose flowers; more had been stored in the delivery cooler. We had over 7,150 roses in this cooler.

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