Archive for January, 2008

Something New On My Homepage

Friday, January 4th, 2008

There is something new for you on my homepage. It’s called On This Day. Check it out. Scroll down and you will see it, sick on the right of your screen, at the bottom.
Happy day.

Today In Honey Brook

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Bill and I went to Honey Brook again today, here we went yesterday too. We have to really hussle and get my mother’s house done, we’re hoping by Spring, to have a sign on it. Instead of going one day a week, we have decided to go two days a week. We still have so much to do! Today I painted the living room. It was a very bright blue, but after putting on two coats of primer yesterday, today it was ready to be painted a soft beige. It looks so nice and it makes the room look bigger too. There is a really pretty fireplace and mantle in there too. It has shelves and cupboards built on each side. It also has gorgeous black marble around the fireplace opening. I want to make the house look cheery and bright, and I think the colors I am choosing are helping to give the house a pretty and inviting look. Bill did lots of replacing of mouldings today. What a difference that makes! All of the woodwork was stained a maple color, but we decided to paint all the woodwork white, and it really makes a nice difference. You know how I love showing you new photos, so here are a few more for you to enjoy.

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I know, they are just stairs, but I like them.

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I love this doll and horse!

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Happy day!

Do You Know What A Makedo Is?

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

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I know I have talked about these a few months back, healing but someone commented on my blog today, decease and asked what a makedo is. In the 18th and 19th century, when things were hard to come by, anything broken or worn, was saved for other uses, they “made do”, with what they had, and that’s how we got the name makedo. The photo above, are antique makedos, made from broken oil lamp bases, and old fabric scraps, put together to make pincushions. Makedos have become very collectable to many people, including myself, I just love them. The photo below, is a picture of my collection. On the top shelf, on the left, is a pincushion made as a gift to me, from my dear friend Christine Crocker. In the back is one made by another dear friend, Pamela Overmier, and was a Christmas present a few years ago. The doube one, is also new, made by Stacey Nash. The knitted striped one is an early one, when I say early that means 18th or 19th century, and is for sale in my store It is Amish. I love it, and don’t mind that it has not yet sold, it’s quite comfortable right where it is, but it IS for sale. The strawberry one, probably the best one I own, and is very old and very desirable because it is a strawberry. On the shelf below, on the right, are two early ones, and were the first ones I purchased. They are still my favorites. The one looks like it was made with leftover curtain material. I love the fringe! The large one in the foreground was also made by Christine.

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Here is a closer look at my early makedos. The first one is the Amish one for sale in my store.

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This is a picture of a makedo chair. I have been wanting to make one for a couple of years now. I have an old chair that will be perfect. Maybe this will be the year I do it. A makedo chair would be made from an old chair base, and a new chair top, using discarded pieces and old fabric.

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Almost forgot this beauty. This one belongs to my friend, Denise.

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That’s it. Hope you enjoyed, and now you know what a makedo is. Now you can go and make your own! If you do, be sure to let me know.
Happy day.