Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Monday, June 27, 2016

~THIRTY FIVE YEARS AND COUNTING~

Jeff and I celebrated our 35th Wedding Anniversary, yesterday,  June 26th!!

Truth be told, it really seems like only yesterday.........till I look at this photo, 

taken on our first anniversary!!!


My, but we were both sooooo young!!!!!

We were both so excited for the future and what life had to offer!! 

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So much has happened in those 35 years........

The gift of two wonderful children, Jeffry and Janelle,

Two faithful pets, Shelby and Chaz, both gone now, but not forgotten!!!!

Living in 9 different states and moving more times than I can count on two hands!!

Serving in the pastorate for over 20 years!

A Master's Degree and Doctorate for Jeff and a PHT degree for me........Putting Hubby Through!

The loss of all 4 parents! We miss them all and are so grateful for all the wonderful memories!!!

The gift of our new son, Austin, Janelle's hubby, 2 beautiful granddaughters, Bella and Sophia, and our granddog, Charlotte!

Surgeries, illness, up's and down's, joy's and pain,  and finally, my stroke last year!!

So much life lived in 35 short years!!!

As we celebrated quietly yesterday, I was filled with such gratitude for a loving and caring husband that has shared this journey with me over these past years!!

He is my soul mate and best friend.......a gift from God, that I am so blessed to live my life with!!!


We are both older now, but so much wiser than the two people we were!!!

My heart is truly full and I am Blessed!

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And now abide faith, hope, love, these three;

But the greatest of these is LOVE! 

 I Corinthians 13:13

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Today begins the next 35 years.....filled with hope and love,
 and hopefully,

 NO MORE MOVING!!!

Wishing you faith for today, hope for tomorrow, and MUCH LOVE, my friends~

Julie

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

~IT'S THE BERRIES UPDATE~

A most happy Tuesday, my friends!!
  Hope it is cooler where you are than it is where I am!!!!

Please be sure to stay cool and hydrated in these very hot temperatures!!!

I finally finished up all my strawberries and will be having an update 

Wednesday, June 22nd, at 8 PM, EST, or 5 PM, PST,
on my PICTURE TRAIL ONLINE SHOPPE!

Here is a little "sneak peek" for you!!



Hope you can stop by for a visit!!

Thanks SO MUCH for all of your support, kind words, and friendship!!!

Wishing you sweet summer days, my friends~

Julie

Friday, June 10, 2016

~HAVIN` A HEAT WAVE~

Things have certainly been heating up here in AZ!!

So far, last week was the hottest with one day registering a sizzling 118 degrees!!!
 Now that is what I call H O T!!!!!
  It was followed by various other triple digit numbers and our AC definitely got a good work out!!!    

Today it is supposed to be only 99 degrees!!!!  Isn't it funny how that seems cooler now, compared to the previous temperatures??  I will certainly take it!!!! 

What is your weather like?  I'm hoping it is a bit cooler for you!!  Summer has certainly come to Arizona!!!

So what does a girl do on such hot days??



Think about.......STRAWBERRIES!!!!



I pulled out some wonderful old velvet drapes in the most gorgeous color and an old army blanket



and made some different shapes and sizes of strawberries!



Some will be make dos using old glass candlesticks!



Some will be Berry Strings, with handmade twisted cord!



Some will be stuffed with sand



 and some with sawdust!!



I love these colors of red and green!



So beautiful and COOL!!!  Temperature wise, that is!!!



I will be making these for an upcoming update soon!

Here is a sneak peek.......








Hope you will be sure to check back soon!!

After making all of these berries, all I need now is some short cake and whipped cream!!!

YUMMMM!!

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I have taken a break from rug hooking,  both due to the heat,  and because my floor frame broke!  I'm still hoping my gluing job will work!  Sadly the thought of holding a lap frame does not appeal to me right now, even with AC!!! If my gluing doesn't work, that means I need to think about a new floor frame as it helps so much when it is hot!!!  



The rug I am planning on hooking is a wonderful antique adaptation from my sweet friend Lori Rippey, called Birds and Clover!!  I have long admired this rug and am will be so excited to hook it! It will be my biggest rug to hook and is also the very first one I drew out on linen!!  I sure hope I got it on the straight of grain!!!  I also still am not totally sure of the colors I am using and am trying to get that settled too!!!  Hopefully, sometime soon I will be picking up my hook again!!!  I truly appreciate all the wonderful rug hookers who continually inspire me with their beautiful work!!!!

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On a final note, we recently added someone to our family!!


Please meet Charlotte, a 4 year old American Staffordshire Terrier!

She is my daughter and son in law's new fur baby from the shelter here in Phoenix, and is THE SWEETEST girl!!!!  She loves belly rubs and loves to give doggy kisses!!!!

She adores Austin and Janelle and we are all so happy they found her and gave her a forever home!!!



She's a very special Grand Dog and Jeff and I have really grown to love her already!!

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Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my last post about baskets!!!  It seems that many of us love them and enjoy having them and using them!!!! 



I actually used a basket in this post that I did not share in my previous post that is holding my fabrics!  It is a wonderful old splint gathering basket, both useful AND beautiful!!!  They really are wonderful to collect!!!

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and visit with me today!!!  I truly appreciate each and every comment you take the time to leave!!!!  They are so uplifting and encouraging!!! 

Wishing you a day filled with cooling thoughts and puppy kisses, my friends~ 

Julie


Monday, May 16, 2016

~B is for BASKET~

Happy Monday, dear friends!
I hope this is the start to a wonderful week!!!

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I don't know about you, but I LOVE BASKETS!!  I have been collecting them for a while and especially love the antique ones!!  They seem to have such a story to tell!  


This basket was no doubt used for gathering, but now holds lots of balls of crochet thread!  I don't actually crochet, but do use it in many of my creations as it stains beautifully!!




I also LOVE chairs and the basket sits on a sweet old black ladder back with woven seat!!  




Large splint picnic basket tucked under an old bench!  It holds lots of my "I'm going to finish that" things!  I love the size and the handles!!




This is a tobacco gathering basket and is quite large!  I was so excited that we had a wall big enough for it to live!!




Here is another picnic basket that lives on a ledge in my bedroom with some crocks!  I am so happy that this house has these great ledges for display!!




This basket is not actually old, but I needed a larger size to balance the other one and it was perfect!   On the right you can see a small Nantucket basket holding some old spindles too!!




I have a special place in my heart for old mending baskets and these three are a bit worn, but I love how they look stacked together!!  Notice the middle one with the checked pattern!  So wonderful!!! 





I have another wonderful ledge that passes between my kitchen and my living room and it is home to some very large baskets!  This is the view from the kitchen!!





Wonderful splint basket for gathering, still in really great shape!





Love the patina on this very large buttocks basket!





My newest and tallest basket!  It was owned by a collector for many years and is so unique! 
 Does anyone know what it might have been used for? 





 It is 20 inches tall with the handle!  A real beauty!





Another wonderful basket with two carved wooden handles and a raised center on the bottom! 
 Love the patina on this one, too!! 






Another large buttocks basket that might be newer, but it goes so well with all the other large ones!!





Below this ledge is a very long black peg rack that hold some of my other smaller baskets, including this apple basket!






Another buttocks basket, perhaps used to gather farm fresh eggs?





Old corn dryer used for holding lots of tiny baskets and another small woven basket on the right!






Basket with a swing handle!






Small buttocks basket hanging over my beautiful rug hooked by dear friend Lori Rippey!!





Another small gathering basket!





Tiny basket with swinging handle!





Very dark buttocks basket!  Love the patina on this one!!







Another gathering basket!






Baskets, baskets, everywhere!!!


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I hope you have enjoyed viewing my collection and have been inspired to perhaps start your own, or rethink how you are using yours already!!! 
 I would love to hear about your collection if you have one!!

Thank you so much for coming by for a visit today!  Your kind words always make me smile!!



Wishing you a Basket full of Blessings today, my friends~

Julie  

Monday, May 2, 2016

~MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS~

Hello, my friends!  A most Happy Monday to you!!  I fully intended to write this post much earlier, but as they say, "Better late, than never!"

I have been a bit absent from Blog land of late, due to the fact that my daughter Janelle and her hubby Austin have actually moved to Arizona, and are living here with us for a short while!!!   It certainly has changed things a bit around here, but Jeff and I are enjoying our time together with them and we take turns cooking meals, watching movies and going on outings! It has been so much fun and has reminded me just how much I love having a daughter!!  My SIL is pretty special too!!!!

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With Mother's Day just around the corner, I wanted to have a small update in honor of Mothers and Daughters!  I hope you will join me Tuesday, May 3rd at 8:00 PM, EST on my Picture Trail to view my new album, MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS!


Here is a little sneak peek for you!

Wishing you special moments and memories, my friends~

Julie