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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Show and Tell Friday: A Collection of Antique Pocket Watches

Here it is Friday again and time for another "Show & Tell" hosted by our lovely Cindy at
My Romantic Home.
My hubby has been collecting vintage pocket watches for years and here is just a small portion of his collection.....he found these lovely burlwood cases to hold and display some of his watches....he put one on his Christmas list for the last two years.
I think this is a terrific way to display his watches and still keep the dust off of them and they are space saving as well.
Take a hop over to My Romantic Home and see all the other participants in "Show & Tell" Friday.

Have an enjoyable weekend and thanks in advance for your comments!With the lid open

A close up of some of the watches

With the lid openAnother close up

The boxes stack nicely on top of each other.....great for space saving.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Mosaic Monday: Kensington Palace

A few years back, hubby and I were in London and we visited Kensington Palace.
These are some photos of the palace grounds.
We then went to "High Tea" at The Orangery located on the palace grounds.....fabulous pastries!
Pop on over to Mary's place...Little Red House and see many other interesting participants in Mosaic Monday.
Thanks for your comments.....I love to hear from you.

I couldn't resist a photo of these wonderful scones.
Of, course we indulged in eating a few!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Show & Tell Friday: A Garden Pest

Well, here it is again Friday and time for another "Show & Tell" hosted by our lovely Cindy over at My Romantic Home.
Show and Tell Friday is all about things around our homes and gardens and this creature is certainly around in my garden.
He and his buddies have managed to destroy several of our tomato plants.....hubby won't use any chemicals on the tomatoes because, of course, we eat the tomatoes and he is into gardening organically if possible. These worms don't know anything about organic gardening so they flourish undisturbed.
Hubby's best defense is picking them off with his hands.........ugh!!!!
He showed me this guy and suggested I take photos as it would be an interesting post for my blog....I'll let you be the judge on that one.
Now you can hop on over to My Romantic Home to see the other wonderful participants....that is AFTER you leave a comment! (Please)
Have an enjoyable weekend.

This is his first it was difficult to decide which was the head and which was the end.
You can also see his eye in this photo.

Aren't the colors and the pattern on this worm fabulously interesting?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Mosaic Monday: Pieces of Fall

These are some photos of Fall decorations that I have in my home.....Chari over at
Happy to Design was kind enough to give me help in making this type of mosaic and I love making them.....hope you enjoy them also.
Please pop over to Mary at Little Red House to see the rest of the Mosaic Monday participants.
Click on any of the photos to enlarge.

Thank you for visiting me.....have a wonderful week .
Your comments make me smile!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Show & Tell Friday: Vintage Bottles & Sea Shells

A few months back, we went to a wholesale gift show and found a woman selling these lovely antique bottles to which she had soldered various sea shells. I had never seen anything like it before and instantly wanted a few for myself.
I purchased the two small bottles pictured below.
Sometime later we went to an antiques flea market and found this fabulous antique bottle with the star fish....the seller said she made all the items in her booth and this was an old French
I, of course had to make that purchase and here is how I'm displaying them at this time.
Please visit Cindy at My Romantic Home to see many more participants in Show and Tell Friday.
Have an enjoyable weekend......your comments are always appreciated.

This is the way I'm displaying them now.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wow! I've been Tagged (or shall we say "mooned")

Well, yesterday I was tagged (mooned) by Anni over at Hootin Anni's because she thought my name was so POEtic for the Halloween season. Thanks a lot, Anni!!!
I'm sending it on to my fellow Esty team member, (Cottage Style Street Team) Deb over at
Starry Night Impressions because she's a fellow Californian.
Take a look at her lovely shop and give her a thumbs up on being such a good sport!
Scroll down for the spooktacular image!
The only rule I can see for this "mooning" is that the recipient can not send it back to the tagger.
Okay, Deb, consider yourself mooned!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Mosaic Monday: Of Sunrises & Timepieces

A few days ago I saw the sun slanting through our bedroom shutters and thought I would run out and see if I could get a good photo.
This is the result......
Mary over at Little Red House is hosting Mosaic Monday.....please visit her to see all the other wonderful mosaics!
Your comments make me smile!

These are some of my favorite timekeepers.....the vintage pocket watches in the lower right hand corner have all been serviced and are running well.....they are or will be for sale.
The vintage watches in the upper left hand corner do not run and most can't be repaired but I love them just for their vintage appeal.
The clocks are in my collection at home.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Show & Tell Friday: Heritage Album

My thanks to Cindy at My Romantic Home for hosting Show and Tell Friday.....please visit all the participants in this event.

This is an old photo album that was given to me by my late mother-in-law that had belonged to her Grandmother Campbell.
I wasn't into family genealogy then as I am now, but loved the old album and all the history behind it. Since that time, family genealogy has become very important and almost an obsession. I've been able to trace many of my hubby's family members back to the original settlers in the on the Mayflower and another a year later in 1621; and many more from the late 1620's on.

As you can see, this album went through a lot, including a fire and water damage.
This is the inscription in the album.....check the date, Feb. 1906.
This Lizzie would be my hubby's maternal grandfather's half sister.

These are some of the photos that are in the book.
I don't know who they are except there are a few who resemble recently living family members that we know....I guess I'm in for a lot of research.
Thanks for visiting me and as always, your comments are greatly appreciated!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Carmel Apples & Apple Butter

After a disappointing trip to a flea market last weekend, hubby and I ended up in an area named "Glen Oak" in the local San Bernardino mountains.
It's an apple orchard area that we had visited many years ago and thought it might be fun to go see what was happening there.
It is about 4,000 ft. in altitude, so it was much chillier than at home and were we surprised! The area was loaded with people and they had hay rides, tractor pull rides and horse drawn wagon was a Harvest festival of sorts.
You could pick your own pumpkins and apples and they had mouth-watering pies and all sorts of goodies baking.
We only ended up with freshly made apple butter and a couple of carmel apples that were supposed to have nuts on them.......but they ran out of nuts!
I think we'll return soon and I'll bring a warmer jacket and the camera!

Thanks for visiting me and comments are appreciated.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Mosaic Monday: This and That

This first mosaic are photos from my computer's free image selection and I thought they were so beautiful and representative of all the seasons.

There are many other wonderful mosaics for you to see over at Little Red House, hosted by our leader, Mary.

Your comments make me smile!

These are some of the phalaenopsis (moth or butterfly) orchids that I raise.....they bloomed this spring and summer.
Some of these spikes last as long as 4 months and usually have 8 to 12 flowers on each spike!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Show and Tell Friday.....Tarnished Silver

I'm joining Cindy at My Romantic Home for "Show and Tell" Friday.

These are a pair of candle sticks that belonged to my Mother and that we recently found while my hubby was cleaning out the garage. I knew that I had them but hadn't seen them in many a long year.
This garage clean up started when I commented to hubby that he should maybe get his garage cleaned up after not being able to find some of my Fall decorations that I had CLEARLY marked on the box.

Now, I'm all for a bit of a tarnish or patina on silver but I feel this is a bit too much.....what do you think? I would love your comments.
Also, how do I clean some of the tarnish without making them totally shiny and new looking?
Any suggestions would be welcome.

Please visit our fearless leader Cindy to see much more "Show and Tell".

As you can see, there is a LOT of tarnish on these pieces.

The top of the candelabra unscrews so that it can be used as a single candlestick.