Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The NEST...and the Saga goes on....


This what is a studio begins to look like when you are moving.  My house is completely packed and at this point in time, nearly everything I own is at the new house.  So....time to begin on my NEST.
I have just begun....(those bags hold lots of fabric.)


As you can see it's a mess....only to be a larger mess before the weekend is over.    I have a very good feeling about the move, but realized yesterday that my cute new house will not begin to hold as much as I thought.  It was shocking.  The odd thing is....it didn't worry me at all.  I must have reached a whole different level of consciousness or something.  My only thought was...well, I'll just be creative and work it all out....no worries, and if needed more will find a new home.  It's all OK.  So, few words are needed concerning these photos...just some of the things being moved around and packed these days.  Where will I put my beloved green chalkboard?  Well, as it turns out, I decided to place it in my garage on the wall in front of my car.
That way, I can write inspiring quotes, things to do, reminder lists, and whatever else I imagine I want to write there. When I get in my car, there right in front of my eyes will be a reminder of what I need and where and when to get it.  Or, maybe just a cheerful thought.  And, it will greet me as I drive back into the garage...I thought it was a neat idea.  You?


Today, while over at the new place doing a few necessary things (just about everything is stacked in the garage and the living room, with several exceptions, such as beds and such)...I took a very good look around so as to imagine what I could do with all my stuff.   I have a lot ready for Habitat for Humanity.....they will pick it up tomorrow or Friday...in a truck, which is what they will need.  Since I had mistakenly thought more would 'go' in the small bedrooms, one of which I was intending to use as a small studio (not going to work at all), giving things away has become an even more important thing to do.  I'm ok with it...just have to decide what goes and what stays.  This will take a while.
Those two rooms have lovely closets.  I am the only person in the house....so, there are two bedroom closets waiting to be filled and organized with studio stuff. That will help.  There are two very large closets in the Master bedroom.....I'm not a fashion person, obviously, so need very little in the way of clothes storage...so, the largest closet being almost the size of a room...lots of organizing and arranging of my studio goodies in there will certainly help.    And, there are two closets here and there...aside from the linen closet, where more stuff can be organized.  I will set up my desk and sewing table in the Master Bedroom...roomy and able to be arranged in a pleasing way to sew in...I am quite sure.  And, being in this different 'level' of consciousness, or whatever you want to call the state I am in right now...I am thinking it will all work out just fine.  And, the really oddest thing....I don't seem to care as long as I can work somewhere and like the 'feel' of the place.  And, this I do!  (Can't wait to show you the pantry!  As you may remember, I have a rather large one here...but the new one is going to be just fabulous!!!  I'm almost more excited about it than the whole rest of the house.)

Daughter/Realtor Kelly, fixed up my little front porch for me and also the back patio.....they are so cute!
So...really, what could I possible have to be fussy about...it's going to be just great.  AND, I will be purging lots of unnecessary stuff....I figure it's almost like losing weight.  Oh....that should be this easy!

This morning I had a long talk with AT&T.  Seems they like to put a kink in things....so I'm posting now because I may not be able to until after August 1st.  Yes, I said, August 1st!!!  It couldn't possibly be that late in the year, could it???  Anyway, I will think of you and will plan on posting something about my new home asap.

I hope you all are well.....stay cool...til then, pat♥

By the way.....as for the name of my blog and studio..."the old navy man" gave my workspace that name years ago.  Wherever I live, wherever, whenever and however I work,  it will always be in a place called "Bird Nest on the Ground."

Thursday, July 10, 2014

THIS KITCHEN IS CLOSED......As The Saga Continues!


This kitchen is now closed!  Well, for the most part.  Still available...just enough food to keep me going for a bit.  We were supposed to close yesterday...but a kink....as there sometimes is.  Nothing serious though, so still going forward.  Almost through with the house...attacking the Nest later.  As I got all my mixer 'stuff' together I felt I needed to say a word about them....that little hand mixer (GE) was a wedding present, making it 48 years old.  It still works.  Imagine!  The Kitchen Aid, which I call "Architecture for the Kitchen," was a gift from my mother several years ago.  There's something interesting about the old with the new.  Worthy of noticing, I think.


 This is for fun.....I had this cute doll out on the porch of the Nest.  She got rather dirty sitting out there day after day, so I brought her in to spruce her up a bit before packing her away.  Seems they don't make clothes removable on dolls any more....so her clothes were glued on in strategic spots.  I managed to get them off and put them to soak and plopped her down on the sofa..as you see her.  Seems to me she is saying "What have you done?  Where are my clothes?"  In a rather agitated way.
Or, as my mother would say....she was being "prissy," which you shouldn't be, I was told.


See, you can tell she is not happy with this turn of events by the look on her face.  I think she is rather disgusted with the whole thing.  But, I know she will be feeling better with clean clothes and a brand new place to live.  (Yes, I do have an on-going dialogue with inanimate objects around my house.  Yes, I do talk to them, and sometimes they talk to me.  I also talk to myself.  I get the best answers to my questions when I do that.  Just saying.)


Then, there are the bird houses.  They will have a lovely home on my new patio.  I think they will like it there.  And, it won't be long til they find out.  It's getting down to the nitty-gritty part of moving....I am trying to be patient with lots left to do, but progress is being made.  I'll post at least one more time before I have to unplug my lovely computer for the move.   There may be a little time lapse, as I don't know how long it will take to get everything back up and running.  Perhaps not as long as I am imagining.  Anyway....I'll plan on at least one more post before the unplugging.  Meantime, you all take care. 

Until then, pat ♥

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Always find something pretty! (as the Saga continues....)


Hope you all are having a wonderful 4th of July weekend.  I've been packing....seems for months now, but you know it hasn't been that long, of course.  I'm sorting through stuff as I pack....not all of the million tons of stuff here can go with me.  It's a chore.  I am comforted, however, by the fact that after I move, all that sorting will be over and the 'playing house' will begin as I find each item a new home.  I have a feeling I will be getting rid of even more stuff after I move and find there is no room for some of my things, but the preliminary 'sort' is going well....it's just taking a long time.  And, I had forgotten to remember that I'm not as young as I used to be, so it's going slower than I'd like.  I find that annoying.  In my younger days, I would already have this job done!

As you have heard me say the last couple of years...the old navy man and I tried to find at least one thing a day to laugh about.  Some days it was fairly easy and some days we struggled with that, but usually we did find a few silly things to give us a laugh.  When he got too sick to try, well, I tried to find something myself...he would try to grin and that would help us both.  So, now, I am doing my best to continue with that policy.  Finding something to make me laugh...no matter how small a laugh...still counts with me.  And, now, it is a bit easier, although sometimes accompanied with a few tears.  It's ok.  One of the things I have tried to do since a child is find something pretty to enjoy at some point during the day.  (I think that is why I began to sew.)  How can you be blue if there is something pretty to see?  (And create!)  So, today looking at those sad looking brown boxes....I brought in this Stargazer Lily growing in a galvanized tub in my backyard.  It's been in the kitchen for the last few days...and today I thought a photo of it amongst the boxes would cheer me up.  It did.

You can probably imagine, having seen my 'hoard' around the house and in the Nest, that there are many boxes...and you would be right.  But, I know there will be relief coming soon......and then, I will concentrate on seeing those pretty things each day, finding that one good laugh a day, and discovering things I can show you from my new home.  Yes.  Something pretty, at least one good laugh a day, some creativity....sounds like the making of a different, but lovely future to me.  Hope you are well and I'll try to post again asap.  

Until then, pat ♥ 


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Saga Continues


So, the Saga Continues along, slowly it seems, but moving in the right direction anyway.  You know, you just can't get 'good help" anymore!  (I'm saying that to be funny.)  This hardworking, sweaty and tired little person is my daughter, Kelly.  It just so happens that she is my realtor!  And, saying my patio needed pressure washing, she took it upon herself to come over in the heat the last two days to clean my patio and deck.  Did I say awful heat?  Now, I happen to know she has done this very thing for others recently.  Far and above what a realtor should be doing, if you ask me.  But, then, maybe I did accidentally raise her right...or maybe I just got lucky...either way...she is a delightful person and quite good at helping folks.  I told her I was going to post these photos on my blog.  She was too hot and tired to protest.  So, I'm showing you this...to joke around with her AND also to let you  (and her) know that I appreciate her beyond belief!


 She doesn't normally have this silly face.....what she was doing was smiling while trying to tell me at the same time NOT to post these photos.  Well, how could I not...she's adorable!


As long as I've known her, and that is from her stay in the womb until now.....she has always made the best of every situation...and that is what she's doing here...knowing full well that I AM going to publish these photos.   Bless her!


I'm showing you this photo to prove I might write on any surface at any time, so I couldn't resist trying my hand at writing with the pressure washer.  She did the hard work, I was having fun!

 

While Kelly was hard at work outdoors, most of the time I was in packing tons of stuff, fretting over every little thing.  As I do.  Then, I went out to get my mail and found a little cartoon there, sent by my sister.  It made me laugh.  It's me and my son ALL OVER!!!  So, I laughed a good bit and decided I would post it on my blog also.  There we are.....as the moving saga continues....still trying to have a laugh or two.

I will try to post again before the move, if possible.  Otherwise, expect something ASAP!  I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July...be safe, have fun!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!!!

Until then, pat ♥

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Celebrating Our 48th Wedding Anniversary


 Today marks the 48th Anniversary of our wedding.  Here we are in this photo....it was taken in 1965 out on my in-laws' farm, in Clifton, Texas.  I can't remember who took the photo, but I remember it being taken.  It was a windy day....and here we are standing there, happy as can be, looking forward to the future.  There are no wedding photos (it's a long story), but this one will do for me...the first photo of the two of us that I know of.  It's not the best photo...kind of blurry and too dark, but I can still see us as we stood there out on the Texas prairie. That tall, 'fresh out of the navy' man and me.  Just happy to be together.


    Two kids, really, back then.  Doing their best.
 

Happy 48th Anniversary, my Old Navy Man and thank you, as I treasure all those memories......

Until next time, pat ♥

Monday, June 23, 2014

Two Books for People Like Me and "The Great Eaton Moving Saga Begins"


                                                                               "The Great Eaton Moving Saga" has begun!  I have been packing for what seems like weeks at this point, with so much more to go. (It hasn't been that long!!) I am reminded daily that I am somewhat of a hoarder.  It's a fact of life and I don't think much will change, even with the move to a great little home...and with no studio.  So, along with packing, I am trying to decide what can go somewhere else to live and what can go with me.   Here are two of my favorite books...about collecting and collectors.  They are very inspiring to me and I hope you will look them up and see if they would do the same for you. (And, they are going with me, of course!)
"a perfectly kept house is the sign of a misspent life" and "NEVER STOP TO THINK...DO I HAVE A PLACE FOR THIS?"  Both by Mary Randolph Carter.  (I got them at amazon.com.)  Needless to say, they are not helping me decide what to edit from my possessions, but I find them comforting in that they introduce me to folks who are "like me." 


Rather than show you pages in these books, I have decided to show you part of what I am dealing with here....LOTS of stuff!  Most of this is already packed and ready to go...with only some of it going to storage or to a new owner.  I may end up with more of it going away if I get to the new home and 'something' has to give!  I'm going to let you guess where all this stuff was in this house...or else I'll be posting all day.  Just suffice it to say, it's a lot of packing!!!


No way am I leaving this fabulous little gas heater...retrieved from my son-in-law's family store which closed a few years ago.  I do love it so!  And, oh gosh, I may never get all the books I have stuffed here and there over to the new place...but you know - I will try!


Dishes....well, some of them will go somewhere....but not my favorites! 
 

Family photos....real family and adopted family from the flea market.  These will go with me.


This antique washstand is one of my most loved things.  The old navy man bought it for me a couple years after we got married.  It HAS to go with ME! 


Loaded with old things.......old ashtrays full of glass buttons, photos...more real and adopted family, including me as a child.  Lots of quilts in the house...all going with me, OF COURSE!


This vintage print belonged to my mother-in-law.  It always reminds me of her.  It's been one I admired for a long time.


Here's the glass buttons in glass ashtrays....a card from sweet Vicki, other vintage things on a tray with a newspaper under glass.  Now, do you think I would not want to keep these?


These old suitcases are filled with REAL family photos and papers.  And, on top, old thread bobbins, a photograph album I made myself....staying with me!


Old quilts and linens stacked under this cart I use for a nightstand....books, all...yes, going with me!


This is most, but not all, of my vintage clothing collection, including many children's garments.  A few pieces from my daughter and mother-in-law are tucked in there, but the rest are quite old.   I don't own that many pieces of clothing in my own wardrobe, so figure these will go in one of the two closets in the master bedroom of my new home.  Fingers crossed.


Yes, I also have collected a pretty good amount of baby shoes.  Including the ones my children wore.  Now, why, I can't tell you....just know that it's difficult for me to turn them down when they show up in my life.  I was fortunate enough to find the child's shoe form and also the baby one...I had never seen one that small....well, you know...it had to come home with me!


 A better look!


Artwork in my front bathroom....will go in one of the bathrooms at the new place.  Work by Sharon Tomlinson, Lisa Klaus, Kelly Rae Roberts and ME!  (Click to see up close!)


A little cabinet from friend, Jim.  Also some TINY buttons....adorable, and an old hanky with an "E" monogram.  

 

See....LOVE!!!  Packed and ready to go!


My mantle in the living room....will take it down and right over to the new place and put it right back up.  Part of my collection of old clocks.....and little chests of drawers.  One can never have too many!


The butterflies are real, I bought them at an estate sale, along with the little butterfly book.  They belonged to a local doctor's family....I think they are special, as you can see.  The little girl with butterfly wings, made for me by a special friend, Gaby, in Germany, see her work here.


Close-ups of mantle.


Other side.


Not attractive, really, but in my kitchen.  I like things 'at hand.'  That little green glass measuring cup has a crack in it....but caring friend, Susan, gave it to me, from Dr. Bob's family.  Something I love!
I keep all my measuring spoons in it.


 A piece of art from friend, Jim, painted long ago, a very fun piece of art.  Some of the old navy man's vintage bottles...he went out and scrounged around to find them....two vintage children's cups, a wine bottle from Texas from my sister, and roses, (not real).  Packed and going.

So, you can see lots will be going....but lots will go somewhere else too.  As I said, I don't like packing...but just think how much fun UNPACKING will be!

I'll be keeping you posted as the moving saga continues.
Until then, pat ♥


Sunday, June 15, 2014

More Blue and News


Just wanted to post a little something today along with my news.  First the little something...more blue.  The cup and the platter are badly worn...but not too shabby for me.  I love that they were well loved.  More beads, another pendent, a big vintage pin, and a crocheted doily of sorts.   Notice the big glass heart paperweight.  It's not blue, but appears blue depending on the light.  The Heartfelt Sympathy box I kept just because of the tiny blue flowers...reminds me of the Bluetts I seem to not get enough of this year.

  

A sweet bird....and of all things....a button card made by my friend, Jim, with his own photo, of course.  There is a very tiny blue glass button on it.  Unique, as he is.

  

Here is that well loved platter...so sweet and a better shot of the glass heart.  Lovely.


A close-up of the cup, actually, it might be a bowl, as it has no handle.  VERY loved.  I think I paid a quarter for it.  Thought it would look great with blue buttons in it.  But, since I seem to choose white buttons, or mother of pearl ones...it has failed to be filled.  Well, there is always tomorrow!


Inside.


The pendant.  Quite lovely.

  

Another photo of the platter, cup and heart, along with a sweet beaded necklace.

And, now for the "news."  As you know, this year has been kind of difficult.  Finding my way these days has been tough, but I keep trying to figure out the right things to do.  So, here is the news, followed by my story about it all.....I'm moving!

Here's the story: About four years ago, the old navy man and I went to look at a patio home.  He was already pretty ill and taking care of two acres in the city limits is a lot of work.  He had COPD, so breathing was tough and getting worse...grass, dust and so forth aggravated everything.  So...we went to look at this patio home.  I absolutely thought it was perfect...he hated it.  Of course, even though he was ill, he really didn't want to give up his little piece of land.  So, we didn't.   And, that was fine.  Several days after we had looked at the place, he said..."you know...someday that would be a perfect place for you."  

Well, there aren't a lot of these kinds of places in my town.  In fact, hardly any, so they sell very fast when one becomes available.  I figured I'd never be able to get one...so gave up thinking about it.
A couple of weeks ago, my daughter...who just happens to be a realtor, called to tell me that a three bedroom was up for sale...was I interested?  We went to see it.  And, as before, I loved it.  So, I guess 'someday' is here because I bought it!  We close on July 9th.  

I know, I know.  I said I would wait a year to decide what to do....but guess what....I really don't like dealing with this two acres....so I plan on enjoying that kind of thing to be done for me.  There is, of course, a fenced in patio that runs the length of the house...with a nice flower bed that I can play around with....I do like a few flowers.  But, the yard, well, that job will go to guys who do that for a living.  

Yes, I know what you are thinking....what about Bird Nest on The Ground and my porch?  Well, my little backyard studio will belong to someone else and that is ok with me.  I used it all I could while I was here and I can pass it along now.  (I guess you could also call it "previously loved, the same for the porch!)  The street I'm moving to looks like a park and there is a small front porch.  Big enough for a couple of chairs...one for me, one for a friend.  It will be ok. Without the old navy man here, it isn't the same anyway.  Needless to say, however, I am going to have to be creative about where to work.  There will be many posts, I am quite sure, about me solving that little issue...probably coming up in the Fall.  

And, another yes....I will have to let some things go.  But, not anything that is important to me.  So, not to worry.  I am feeling good about it.   By the way....wherever I find to be my studio, no matter where it is....it will always be called the Bird Nest on The Ground, as that name was given 'my space' by the old navy man!

I'm not sure I will be posting much...maybe a word or two here and there,  until I get moved.  I said I hate packing....but once everything gets in the new place...I DO love unpacking and putting away, that always reminds me of Christmas!
Please be patient and hang in there with me.  Enjoy the summer!!!

Until next time, pat ♥

The Bird Nest on the Ground Studio

The Bird Nest on the Ground Studio
Right in My Backyard

A Bit of Heaven

A Bit of Heaven
An original designed wall quilt with my vision of heaven on earth.