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Welcome September

There is a change in the air. I notice it in August when quiet evenings resonate with the lack of robins singing their courtly songs. Then as August nears it’s closing curtain, the breezes carry an earthy scent that brings back memories of cooler days, turning leaves, & harvests of all kinds. September is here & I for one am glad of it.

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Just a few reasons why autumn is my favorite time of year!

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I am blessed…I have three wonderful men in my life: a son & 2 grandsons, one 14 & the other 1 month. These 3 create a trio that I love beyond measure. My son is strong & smart, a bit of a jock & recently, he became a first-time dad. For a week I had the privilege of spending time with him, his wife, and month-old son. You see, they do not live next door or the next town over or even the next state over; they live across the US in the mountains of Colorado, his paradise on earth. One evening, I was presented a remarkable gift, one that I will treasure for as long as my memory serves me. The little one was fussy, so his dad scooped him up & danced about the living room floor, rocking him to & fro talking to him. Not to be so easily soothed, the wee babe fussed a bit louder. A few moments later, I heard from the bedroom the strains of a song my dad sang to his kids & then to his grandchildren…I Grew up

Next on the repertoire was “Mairzy dotes & does eat oats & little lambs eat ivy. A kid’ll eat ivy too, wouldn’t you?” My mom sang that song while rocking a baby, while baking cookies, while ironing. It’s one of the songs I associate with her & always smile when I hear it or think of it. Hearing my son sing these treasured tunes was like my mom & dad were right there with us, smiling & nodding their heads to the soft beat.

You can hear True Blue Bill in original form HERE  Listen to The Pied Pipers (1944) sing Mairzy Dotes HERE

We had a wonderful time in Colorado, a road trip that has been added to the annals of fun, fascinating vacations.

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The Flower Gathering Junk Journal kits, 1 & 2, have been removed from the blog after a few months offered for free. You can find the kits on Studio on the Corner Etsy shop.

Not far behind apple picking, cooler days, & falling leaves comes Halloween, a favorite time of of year. It’s been fun working on crazy things to decorate the home & create a haunting of a good time party. You’ve all ready heard about Hecate’s Apothecary tags, but soon you’ll find The Witching Hour Halloween Banner, fun Bone Bags for stowing treats, & more. 0830171610_HDR Before I list digital creations I put them together to see if something needs tweaking & figure out how to write the PDF (directions) that accompanies each listing. The Witching Hour Halloween banner is not quite ready for prime time…yet.

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By printing & putting together the bone bags I discovered that a plain white inside is boring. Why not jazz it up? First I glued a paper to the inside, but then thought why not create a paper for the bags. All you have to do is print the pattern on standard print paper, flip it over & print the bone bag on the other side. Now to make the pattern paper…

There will be more Halloween goodies in the next week…more tags, favor bags for kids, & who knows what else.

That’s it for today! May your September be glorious & filled with the breathings of autumn.

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PS…Did you know that each of the new SotC listings includes a little something extra?

 

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Treasures

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Finding treasures in an old attic was a childhood dream of mine. Both of my grandmothers passed on before I had a chance to know them, so there were no long-kept clothes, hats, or playthings from the past stored in an old trunk in the dusty corner of an attic. Instead, I day dreamed about finding all sorts of wonderful well-loved, time-worn things: old diaries filled with heart secrets, keys that opened rooms with four poster beds & old portraits, big, floppy hats decorated with feathers & birds, old dresses that trailed behind, tiny shoes from an infant of a time gone by, dolls with big blue eyes & cloth bodies, & on it went. This dream began my love of all things old & time-worn.

My dad was quite handy with tools & carpentry type projects. He could fix things up & do what needed to be done. We had a bit of a plumbing project & he had to dig outside to find the problem & put it to rights. I stood outside along with a couple of my siblings watching him dig when he came across a dirty dark green bottle. He rubbed the dirt off with his rough hands & then asked if anyone wanted it. I spoke right up & he handed it to me. Scrubbed & shined, it looked like an emerald jewel in the shape of a hexagon. The little bottle sits on my window sill waiting to become a vase for small flowers or catching the rays in a sparkle of shine. Collecting old bottles became a childhood interest that continues to this day. Milk bottles, medicine bottles, canning jars with bales or zinc lids sit in cupboards, the pie safe, on window sills, & in use. Pens, pencils, old buttons, spools of thread & what have you are corralled within the confine of bottles & jars.  Seeing them every day gives me a sense of comfort & satisfaction.

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One day there was an auction across the street. An old trunk just like the one in the picture caught my eye. Oh how I wanted that trunk! My dad bid on it & the trunk became mine. It became my hope chest. It went where I did until a few years ago when it was tucked into a shed & became irreparable. More than one tear fell as the decision was made to let it go.  It was a treasure for so many reasons, but sometimes we have to make room for new ones.

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While I have an affinity for history, vintage & downright old things there are new & wonderful treasures that steal our hearts.

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My son & daughter-in-law are the joyful parents. In a few weeks I’ll travel across the US so I can cradle that little bundle of joy in my arms…I cannot wait!

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I promised to let you know when the Flower Gathering Junk Journal kit would be leaving the blog & heading to SotC Etsy shop. For anyone who wants to have this bundle of good stuff you have through August to download the 2 kits. The junk journal bundle will be listed on Etsy September 1st, 2017.

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You can still get the 2 kits for free until September 1.

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Halloween is coming & with it all manner of ephemera fun to use in Halloween projects. This year’s theme is Shakespeare’s Macbeth! So be wary….for something wicked this way comes….

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Hecate’s Apothecary tags will be listed in Studio on the Corner Etsy shop, soon. The tags are inspired by the 3 witches boiling up a spell for Macbeth that includes ingredients like: fillet of a fenny snake, wool of bat, slips of yew, poisoned entrails & so much more! The pantry of those three witches was filled to the brim!

That’s it for today. I’ll be off late next week to meet that new grandson. A week long visit that I’m so looking forward to. Until next time, have a wonderful end of summer!

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Friday Ramblings

Good Morning… I’m at sixes & sevens this am. Actually, I’ve been a good share of this week. Do you have weeks where you feel disordered, not sure which direction to head? I’m still working on a tutorial for putting together a junk journal & adding text in Adobe Reader. Then there’s the Boom! Party Accessories Kit that need to be listed NOW! If I don’t get that listing posted on Etsy, I’ll miss the Fourth entirely! How embarrassing. Summers are crazy like that when my space is not my own for 8 hours a day.

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img55 A fun illustration with a Fourth of July poem began in a book called Children of Our Town that was published in 1902. When I lived on Cape Cod, July 4th meant parades with children waving flags as they walked or riding bikes decorated in red, white, & blue. This was the parade of my childhood in nw Ohio, too. Somewhere along the line, we lost that charming tradition, but it’s good to know it survives somewhere in the US.  BTW… you are welcome to the illustration above.  It’s just too cute to keep to myself.

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Yes, I will have the Boom! Party Accessories listed in my Etsy shop before midnight! I am determined to get it done….

There’s some fun stuff to create a cohesive Fourth of July celebration in the kit like:

  1. Water bottle Labels
  2. Table Tents
  3. Napkin Rings
  4. Candy Wrappers with a small topper
  5. Firecracker Covers to create silly firecrackers for your tablescape
  6. A PDF with all the directions to create the items plus some ideas for pulling it all together.

Don’t forget that the Boom! Party Accessories kit goes right along with the Boom! Banner & Invitation.  What? It’s too late to send off an invitation? Be spontaneous & go ahead, plan a last minute Fourth of July soiree with a vintage theme. In a few hours you’ll have invitations sent & all the trimmings that make parties something special.

Boom! Invitations HERE

Boom! Banner HERE

Kinda short today, but if you’re in the US I know you’re busy getting ready for the upcoming holiday! Have a happy & safe Fourth of July!

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