Monday, December 20, 2010

Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year

Well, we just 3 more shopping days left for shopping each and everything, the food, the presents, and the normal things that make a household run.  I know everyone is probably running around like chickhens with their head cut, and then wrapping and cooking, the unwrapping, cleaning up the mess, eating and playing games, then falling down to sleep after it all over.  Sometimes Christmas is like taking a long vacation, packing and traveling, getting there running doing everything you planned to do  packing again to travel home, unpacking and collasping to rest up from the vacation.  I dont know for sure how the weather is were all you friends live.  For my weather report today it was dry and 77, forcast for tomorrow it is going to be 79 with no rain in sight and a little wind, but then on Wednesday it is going to be cooler with a high of 74 and on Thursday it will be 72 then on Christmas Eve it themperature will drop 20 degrees and it will only be 52 with a very cold night for us and only 49 degrees for us on Christmas Day.  So we are not suffering any ill effects from bad weather only we have been withou moisture for more than 70+ days without rain. 

I do hope everyone that reads this blog has a blessed and happy Christmas and a very prosperous New Year.  Thank you for reading my poor weather report just know I am not unhappy with our weather I havent had to dig out a coat yet just a little sweater or sweathshirt. 

Monday, November 1, 2010

First day of November 2010

Well, I missed blogging totally in September, October, and now I am catching up (I hope).  In September I went to my high school reunion.  I have to admit that I was disappointed the events were great, but everyone started leaving by 9:45-10:00 like old people.  I will admit that we are on the down hill slide as this was our 55th reunion but my goodness find a chair and visit until you fall asleep and then go to your room and go to bed.  There wasn't any music, so no one could complain that the music was to loud on  Saturday night, but after the group picture it seems that everyone thought that it was signal to go home.  I drove to the reunion and I made a journey of over 400 miles to see everyone and I didn't have time to visit with everyone.  However, I have to say that we all or almost all of us looked great even though we are a little long in the tooth.  All in all I had a great time.  I even sold some of my jewelry.  That thrilled me very much, as I had taken it to just show everyone what I was doing.  In October I had a very good month, it seems that last year I made contact with a girl friend from the 2nd grade and 3rd grade in Luxora, Arkansas.We hadn't seen each other in 55 years but she remembered me.  We have been planning to meet all year but due to the health of family members on both sides, we couldnt get it done until the last week in October, and we met in Eastland, Texas and had such fun laughing and talking about when we use to play everyday down at the levee.  So carefree and fun.  We took dancing together and did almost everything together for those 2 years and for all the years in between after the war I dreamed and hoped I would get to see Clementine again.  I am so happy we got together again.  It was like we had never been apart.  Nothing seemed changed we could talk about everything even politics and not get excited because we had opposing views.  We just laughed and decided that all need to go and start over with a new congress on both sides of the isle.  Well fall weather is here on us this morning here in the big O it was cool and only warmed up to 70, going to be cooler tomorrow.  I am adding new jewelry all along besure and check it out.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Getting ready for fun

Summer is quickly winding down.  It was a very fun summer, and very hot after a cool start.  July was a cool month for us here on the northeastern corner of the Chihuahuan Desert but it was pure chaos around here went to Eastland twice this summer and one time I had Princess Penny and Grand Duchess Faith and we stayed a week.  My car got over heated on the trip when we took the girls to camp and I had to buy a new one because of trouble in Saturn Land of Nevermore.  I got a Fusion SEL a four cylinder and it has lots of nice extras.  My dogs are having fun this summer playing and going for some rides.  I have been busy making jewelry and getting ready to go to my high school reunion.  I am making big plans to have some fun. I hope I get to see a lot of  people that I haven't seen before.  Time marches on and we are all getting older. I hope everyone has a good time, but you that is optional it is kind of like attitudes you can choose to have fun or not.  I choose to have fun.  I talked to Linda Sumeral Gruer the other day and I am going to work the registration table for a while Friday afternoon.  I am having fun making the jewelry I have enter some art in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine Artisans Search 2011 some of  Dance with A Dolly series and a pin take a look at my jewelry and see them or go to
and take a look at them.  By now.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Rainy Friday

Living on the North Easter edge of the Chihuahuan Desert rain is a rare occurance and today is one of those rare occurances, but rain is a good thing, the day is cool and lovely.  You know life is good when you can appreciate a little bad weather or maybe it is really true that I was born when the earth was cooling.  According to the newspapers and tv all fireworks displays, the parade and all 4th of July festivities have been cancelled, well so much for that, part of the child hiding in this Old Model '37 Body, I cant even get the muse musing on how to come up with an alternative, maybe next weekend.  The Queen and the Queen Mother took the Grand Duchess to Church Camp in Big Sandy, Texas alllllllllllllllllll the way across Texas to just 80 miles west of the Louisanna State Line.  We went first to Queens's Castle in Eastland, and stayed the night.  Then on down the trail again for another 4 hours to Big Sandy.   The Grand Duchess had to check in by 3:00 p.m. and boy was she excited.  We got her there and checked in and looked over the camp and "store" and left money in her account.  The dormitories were big buildings with open screened windows around all four sides, no air conditioners in sight.  I would tell you it was hot, but the flies and other flying insects could only soar about 4 inches off the ground, the air was so thick.  Big Sandy is in the Piney Woods of Texas.  The town is about a blink in size, blink and when you have open your eyes you missed your turn for I-20.  The Queen and Queen Mother left her for a week of uninterrupted pleasure for the camper and the the Queen and I.  For the first day of freedom, the Queen, and I wandered around the castle (Eastland) in pj's and read, and napped, the next day we waited on the plummer and then went to Weatherford, a 2 blinker town and looked around at little stores on the square.  I indulged my whimsey and went to the bead store (of course) and on down the street to where the Queen has made friends with the people that own the store.  Then on to the Tesky's Western store in the 2 blinker town, and boy did we find a sale, they had two racks with 95% off of the merchandise can you believe it.  The Queen spent $200 and saved $1200.  An example I bought a dress for $7.80 the original price was $159.95.  Now why I did now buy the other one I dont know, it was to small, but my thinking cap was askew and I didnt thing about the material in the dress being used another way for all sorts of ideas.  Of course I have kicked myself several times, and now try not to think about the stupid thing I did of not picking up stuff for the materials to be used.   Before the ten days were up, I felt like we were gypsies running up and down the highway from 2 blinkers to cities like Ft. Worth.  As the time grew less and less, I began to pack my treasures and trash and stash of goodies and found that I had a car full.  We treked back to camp to pick up the two girls and came back to the castle, to clean it up and close up for a couple of weeks.  Then back to our own 2 1/2 blinker, well  maybe 3 blinker because we do have Michaels,  Hobby Lobby , Lowes and Home Depot here. The trip was really a fun time by all I hope.  We had some mishaps, but nothing we couldnt fix I hope. 

I have added some hair jewelry that I make for the Grand Duchess' birthday, that was this week and I hope that she enjoys it and I hope that each and everyone of the readers, followers enjoy looking at it.  Come back from time to time and see what I do sometime when I am not putting on all my jewelry, and full skirts and running up and down the highway in the caravan.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hot Summer Days

Well it is hot today, nearly 100 degrees, but the last few day it has been hotter than this.  I love spring and summer.  I love the few flowers that I have in my containers are blooming.  In the evenings here in the desert it is very nice outside on the patio.  I have been doing a lot of ATCs some have been published here on my blog and some have not as of yet.  I have gotten a couple or three new stamps for my metal work and lots of new ideas.  Been off my feed a little since Mother's Day and now I am getting back on track.  My steampunkers mother and grandmother and I are planning a trip to take the Grand Duchess to church camp for a week and we are going to stay at the house on the golf course near the lake.  Planning on taking the dogs but at this time I am not sure.  When we come back I am going to make some more jewelry.  While we are there going to practice some zentangling.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

My blog teacher

Here is a picture of my friend and blog teacher Valerie.  She is on an art retreat and these are her journal pages that she created.  Her smile covers her head to toe and make her eyes sparkle like diamonds.  With a smile like that she could charm a rich man out of his riches.  I take my hat off to her for all the help she has been to me in learning how to set up my blog and for the great art work  of my banner.  I say thank you now Valerie from the bottom of my heart.  A true friend indeed.

Monday, April 26, 2010

My Two Steampunkers

These lovely steampunkers are my granddaughter and my great granddaughter.  The one in the red is Princess Penelope, and the one in the blue is Grand Duchess Faith. Grand Duchess Faith is in the seventh grade and Priny Penny is in the third grade.  These two lovely ladies, are the light in my life.  We have such fun together finding out trivia about eyelash mites, and dead skin cells and other interesting stuff.  We have such fun crafting stuff witches bottles for our potions, schrinky dinks, and atc cards.  Sometimes we even work on our journals.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010

Well, here we are again, and Lady Raindrop (Rainy) is telling me it is to windy to go out today it will mess up her hair.  I am not sure it matters to her at all whether mine is messed up .  She and Lord John (Alfalfa) were going to see Sir Charles (Scruffy) to find out more about his new invention the automated tunnel.  It seems he has invented a macine that you can walk through on one end and come clean and groomed beautifully on the other end.  Well they told me they want to see it work before they get to interested.  They want all the particulars before they have a try.  Lady Raindrop is the most particular after all she is a lady.  However, Lord John is pretty snobby also, as his line is full of champions and he considers himself to the finest in his line.  Master Forrest (Buckwheat) doesn't have any interest he just wants to play and nap.  He had a hard night, the thunderstorms, and wind bothered him and he didnt sleep well.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday April 20, 2010

Well, I want to thank everyone for coming by to read my stuff and stopping to see my blooming collections of art and jewelry.  I especially want to tell all of you followers thanks for following the ramblings of mine.  I try to think of something funny to say, and it come out like a stuffed shirt in writing but now if I was talking it would be a different story, as my mouth works faster than my fingers do and when I am typing ( maybe I just need a keyboarding course they dont call it typing anymore) I catch myself before I have said the wrong thing or used bad grammer or some dumb thing.  Well thanks again for following me down the trail and I will do my best to keep it as entertaining as the old fingers will let me.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sunday April 18, 2010

Well, it is nearly over for this month golly how the time slips away.  Have you ever gone to the mail box not expecting anything but bills, it seem like that is all I ever get sometimes a few ATCs or something else that I have traded for.  Well yesterday, there was this little bundle in my mail box, and I was suprised when I saw the return address it was from Sandy Popa.  I was excited to see what it was I thought she had sent me some trading cards or something.  Well, I started unwrapping, unwrapping, and unwrapping, and there low and behold were wonderful little jewelry parts, little rhinestones, charms, bits of chain, some tiny sterling beads and charms, and a chocker style sterling necklace, I cant list all of the items here.  She also added a note that said it was a RAK (for those not in the know that is a Random Act of Kindness).  Well only one other time have I been surprised like this was about 4 or 5 years ago, it was late at night when I went to get the mail and out side my door was the large grocery sack full of interesting beads and parts of jewelry in an (old) mustard jar, and a really old Alka Selzer bottle the tall one that the tablets fit in and small glass pill bottles filled with beads, and I have never found out who left it on my door step but I am glad they did.  But Sandy was sweeter and let me know who gave the RAK and I cant imagine doing something like this for someone you dont even know more than through the email such thoughtfullness from a friend.  It made my day you can not believe how happy it made me.  If you check out the jewelry, you will find I have added two more items.  One a Mary Engelbriet (spelling) beaded band watch, and my new bracelet I have been working on for a week.  I hope all enjoy.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday 16, 2010

Well, it is Friday night and the boys are howling, but I gave them a long card ride today, even though they had to sit in the car when I went the store.  They have really been rough housing since we got home.  Rainy enters in some and then just sits and barks at them.  It sounds like a kennel here sometimes.  I have been working on a mixed metal handmade charm bracelet,( maybe I should say married metals but I am not sure metals can marry) but fingers got tired of wrapping wire loops.  You know that your days are numbered when even your fingers get tired.  Tomorrow I am going to get my hair cut, so the bride of Frankenstein goes back to hiding out again.  My hair looked so bad today I had to creep up on myself when I brushed my teeth and washed my face this morning and after much screaming I called the hair Dr. and she said she could give me the magic potion one more time.   Well I joined a couple or three ATC's groups so out come the watercolors, and drawing pencils.  Well now my eyelids are needing to be checked for leaks, so I had get after this job.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Several people have ask why I named my blog Blossom's Bloomers, well another story goes here.  But I will make it short.  My great great Aunt wanted to name me Blossom, but my mother said no, so before my daughter was born she suggested Blossom again and I said no.  Well it seemed a good place to put the name Blossom and Aunt Net was a flower lover so Blossom's Bloomers was created.  It is a garden of fun things she would like, she loved jewelry, and she was an accomplished artist, I have three of her watercolors and one pastel hanging in my house.  All treasured pieces of the family and history of the time.  I am working on a charm bracelet right now and it is going slowly but because each piece of metal must be filed.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday afternoon, and I have been talking hard and mean to Alfalfa and Buckwheat trying to make them behave, they are fighting over whose turn it is to play on the computer and Rainy just stands there and watches unless she thinks it gets to rough an then she adds her 2 barks.  The youngs pups just dont listen to the old gals in the room.  I am going to work on a bracelet I have been working for a few weeks not and I am planning some time for drawing I hope, I am like to plan in my mind before I sit down to paper and pencil, pen or brush.  I have some jewelry to get off in the mail so I am going to the PO and send it.  I think everyone was tired of the weather report from West Tx but it is lovely here today for all of you northerners that are still in some cold and bad weather.  When I get all the in and outs of this blogging down and making slide shows down I will post the pictures of the Charms I made for the charm making club I am in.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Sunday April 4, 2010

Well it has been a long and hard week it seems for every step I took I went back 7 working on this blog.  But my friend Valerie Brindcheck helped me all along the way and rescued me 9 million times.  She did the art work for my banner and I thank her from the bottom of my heart for all her help with this blog.

Now I have a quick story to tell.  You will notice that the name Lady Faith is use a lot in this blog.  Well for anyone that has known me for more than 50 years they know the story.  My daddy named me and being a southern gentleman, he named in the fashion at the time with a double first name and when I was christened I was given the name Barbara.  Well I used Lady Faith until the beginning of the 4th grade and I changed it to Barbara because I was tired of being teased about my first name.  Well to shorten the story I have begun to like as I grew older.  So that is the story.  It has been a wonderful day here just like a normal spring in West Texas uppers 80's and breezy.  I hope this next week will go well for all of us.  Live life like you mean it, laugh like you mean it and last but certainly not least love like you mean it.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wednesday March 31, 2010

The day is absolutely beautiful and more like early summer, it could  a preview of summer.  It could be hot this summer as we are in an El NiƱo year.  Well this morning, I have been busy working on this blog and I think that I may have angered the Blob Gods by bragging yesterday.  Today the stuff I learned may have set me back 7 steps not just the two for the one I went forward.  But if someone can make a big mistake on the computer, well I am the someone.  But it is a learning experiece.  I have my slideshow added with my jewelry in and will soon add some of my atcs and other stuff.  If I can get it all down.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tuesday March30, 2010

Lots of wind today however, very warm and spring like here.  I have been working hard on my blog.  Now I have two of the same slideshow for my jewelry and I dont know how to get rid of one of them but I guess I am going to learn.  I have a friend Valerie and she wears the genius crown......... I hope she can help with this but I have faith.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday March 29, 2010

I dont want to hear the old wives tale  "You can't teach an old dog new tricks".  Well I have this to say about that you sure can if you can read and try and if you first dont succeed try try again.  I got some of my jewelry posted in a slide show.  I am so proud of myself with this accomplishment.  I learned something new today and tomorrow is another day wonder what I can learn tomorrow.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday Afternoon, March 28, 2019

Well, I am here trying to figure how how to create this blog and I believe that when Alice fell down the rabbit hole, she wasnt anymore lost than I am.  It is late afternoon here and the day has been so spring like 70 degrees and a little wind.  This tells me the secret that spring is on the way.  We have an Old Wives Tale here that says when the Mesquite bushes bud out winter is over.  But with Easter so early this year we will have another cold front blow in.  I will be posting some of my jewelry and atcs as soon as I learn how.