My Love for Alice in Wonderland

I am embarrassed to say that I have never read the book, or at least I don’t remember reading it.  I did read a lot growing up, so maybe I read it.  But I love the movies, the old and the new.  I love the vintage illustrations from the different, old versions of the book.  The clothes in the most recent movie version?!  Be still my heart!!  Can anyone say “most beautiful blue dress ever?” As you might remember, I have made several Alice brooches in the past. I think they turned out great, and they did sell well. One lady even bought one for her daughter’s wedding because the wedding was Alice in Wonderland themed! Can you just imagine?  I sometimes forget the many versions of the Alice brooch. I have to remind myself. Does anyone remember my blue vintage suitcase full of Alice ornaments that decorated a tall pink Alice in Wonderland Christmas tree?  And then there was my own version of the Alice blue dress.  It is time for me to start on paper Christmas tags for the shop. Of course, some of them should be Alice tags. I have to make a batch of brooches. Of course, some of them should be Alice brooches.  I think I need to make some pieces of clothing in honor of Alice!  So here is to more Alice!

photo from ScreenCrave.com
photo from ScreenCrave.com
Photo from Pinterest
Photo from Pinterest
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Alice in Wonderland brooch
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Shower of cards by John Tenniel
Shower of cards by John Tenniel
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham

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Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Drink Me by John Tenniel
Drink Me by John Tenniel
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham

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Alice in Wonderland Christmas ornaments
Alice in Wonderland Christmas ornaments
by Gwynedd M. Hudson
by Gwynedd M. Hudson
by Arthur Rackham
by Arthur Rackham

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Enjoy This Day!

Stuff in the Shop and a Bird and a Poppy

My Dear Friends,

I wanted to pop in yesterday and say hello, but the day rushed away from me!  I have been doing so much lately, preparing for a guest post on another site, putting things in the shop, working on more sewing.  I love it!  It has been gray and rainy here.  While that always makes me feel a bit blue, I have tried to use the time wisely by getting INSIDE work done!

I did get the chance in between rain showers to catch a really lovely picture of one of the poppies in bloom in a little garden plot in the backyard.  Isn’t she lovely!

I also promised a few days back that I’d share some information about another eastern bird.  This is the rufous-sided towhee, or the eastern towhee.   We saw this particular bird the day that we were at the Sandhills Community College garden.  It’s a bird that one might glance at and think, “Why does that robin look so different?”  Well, it’s because it’s not a robin.  The bright reddish patch fools our eyes.  This bird has red eyes in the area of North Carolina but has white eyes farther south on the Atlantic coast and in Florida.  They are cute little birds!

Now, I will share a few items that went into the shop this week:

And more going in over the next 24 hours.

I better run.  So much to do!  I am also working on the plant marker tutorial, just so you know I have not forgotten.  It’s spread out on the desk even now!

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Continued Busy-ness

From The Tame Little Garden

I think I’m gonna be okay.

The Tame Little Garden is my office.  It’s where I spend the majority of my days.  The huge windows let in bright light.  I watch people walking by with their dogs or talking on their phones.  There’s something very soothing about it.  I have one very large pot that I’m still looking at, wondering what to put in it?  Could I have a miniature lemon tree inside in bright light?  What type of indoor plant would you recommend?  I want something that will get no taller than about 4 feet and it cannot be huge in circumference.

You have your homework.

Last night I began listing more pins.

I thought it only appropriate to give this lovely girl a brooch pin.  Don’t you agree?  I wonder what her name was.  Let’s name her!

Here’s a rose pin dressed in pink…

Or how about a rose pin dressed in blue?

Or slightly different…

I am still moving and tying up loose ends.  I took a large antique armoir to a consignment store this morning.  Whew!  So glad that’s done!  Yes I am.  I also took a large antique frame with a print that I love, but alas no room for it here.

Thanks so much for your continued encouragement.  I need to do some blog visiting, and soon the time will be available for me to do that again like I want to.  I do visit, but there’s not been much time for commenting.  I wake up early, move stuff, donate stuff, sell stuff, shuttle kids around, clean up, wash clothes, shuttle kids around, work 8 hours (how do I stuff that into the day!), do more unpacking, sorting, work on pins, have quiet time, read, bed at midnight, and then it starts all over again!

Still, in the midst of it all, I am so thankful for peace.

Enjoy this day!

Lynn

Cultivating Happiness

It is true, dear readers, that happiness must be cultivated.  It’s not a thing to be taken lightly nor something that we should assume just “comes naturally” for some people.  Happiness is our version of the memories that we have.  Happiness is finding joy in not only what we love to do but what we must do.  I speak as an authority, but really I’m a product still in the works when it comes to, as they say, “taking joy.”  Still, I like to think I’ve climbed at least a few rungs on the ladder.

Let’s take a peek at The Little Wild Garden on this winter morning.

I used to think I’d settle down with land.  Or at least a few acres?  Or an acre, even?  No.  I have a postage stamp yard.  During the first few years of my marriage I looked beyond my own fence (I really don’t even have a fence) and pined away for something bigger and better and prettier.  Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s okay to dream.  But we are where we are and we’ve got what we’ve got, and as I like to say, there’s one great equalizer:  We all only have today.  I am thankful that at some point I grabbed contentment by the tail, at least in the area of my own yard, and turned my yard into the most that I can make out of it.

I now say, dear little yard, you have become The Little Wild Garden.  You have creatures and herbs and birds singing.  You are all I could want and more.  Many of us may be waiting for the day when we have more (insert word of choice here), but for now maybe we can find a way to love what we have.

So there you’ve had it.  My speech for the day.  Could it be that it’s Monday and I have to work six hours this afternoon, and I am holding on with all my might to contentment’s tail?  I am looking for joy in duty, realizing that there’s a certain nobility that comes from doing what one must do.   Besides, I can dream up more brooch pins and dolls while I type away.

Late in the evenings, when the house gets quiet as a mouse, I work on my pins.  I put classical music on and get lost in cutting and twisting wire, poring over beads and looking through images.

My goal is to have 10 new things in the shop by Wednesday morning.  I have also finally learned how to get giclees printed from my mixed media collages and paintings, so hopefully I will be able to offer them in the shop soon too.  Fun, fun.

Well, it’s time to take the shopping basket and head to the local grocery.  I am thinking a large pan of roasted-in-the-oven vegetables for supper.  Potatoes, carrots, squash, onions, rutabaga–did I spell that right?, and maybe some brussel sprouts.  With olive oil, salt and spices, should go well with venison and brown rice.  (Thanks, mom, for the ideas on eating more vegetables.)

Enjoy this day!

Lynn