Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Home is Where the Heart Is

I’ve been busy cleaning house this week.Some of my relatives are going to see our new house for the first time. I’m getting ready for my Brother and his wife to visit from Minnesota and also my Dear Auntie Sylvia. She is flying in from California, stopping here in Dallas to see us, and then flying on to New York for a teacher sorority convention. She goes every year wherever the convention is held. That’s when she’s not in Las Vegas. Or Laughlin or taking care of the cutest California bungalow that’s she’s lived in for over 50 years. When she’ not busy organizing church dinners and singing in the choir or cooking and driving around her little town where her husband was Mayor for a while and then a judge until he passed away. She is the most optimistic person I know and makes everyone around her feel good. She’s interested in all that goes on around her and says she’s thanks God each day when she wakes up in the morning. I could go on and on about my Auntie. Oh- but did I mention the fact that she’s 90 years old (or twice 45) as we like to say? Here she is 2 years ago with my Dad(her brother) before he passed away. I can't wait to see her!

I've got houses on my mind. Here's a few I haven't finished-this is the house on Brookhollow Lane-that we moved from a year ago. It's made from recycled wool.
Still gotta add shutters and door knob and a few other details. This was inspired by Sally Mavors work.
This one has been sitting in my basket forever. It's the my first try at applique-probably my last.
Just have to make it into something.
Yes I've got houses on my mind. The collage above are all little houses I have sitting around here. I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend. I know we'll be having a great time together!


  1. The details in your stitching project are just outstanding. Your Aunt sounds like a gem. Have fun catching up with family. Enjoy that cozy home of yours.

  2. Such a great photo of your darling daddy and his Sis! Wishing you lots of good times this summer, in the company of your family.

    Love all of your wee house projects, so adorable. I began a cross stitch last night - I signed up for the Lizzie Kate mystery sampler in three parts - I forgot how slow going it is!

    Happy Tuesday!

  3. I feel the same way about appliqué. Not my cup of tea. Just never can get it to lay right. Love the wool and the your appliqué. Your sweet Auntie will be a treat. Smiles...Renee

  4. What wonderful family time you'll behaving!! Love all your pretty creations!! Have a great week!! xo Heather

  5. Hi Leslie,
    I commented yesterday using my iPad and something was acting up with it and it wouldn't let me edit or add anything WAH! Trying again to see if it's an ongoing problem or a temporary one. :)
    Your Auntie sounds so adorable and lovely. My moms sister, my last Aunt or Uncle on both sides of the family passed away in 2008 and I miss her so much. I'm sure you will give your Auntie lots love and hugs and squeezes while she's there. (My Uncle Jack was also a mayor of his community!)
    Thanks so much for your comment on my recent post - every week I think I won't participate in the meme's anymore and I do. What I post doesn't seem to interest anyone much woe is me. Oh well c'est la vie.
    My good news is a bought a new light so I can finally see to embroider at night yippie!
    Happy week to you and your company!

  6. Leslie, You need to tell your Aunt with the cute bungalow to bring photographs with her! I wanted to tell you my husband chose your comment/number as the winner of my Rocketeer Giveaway. If you e-mail your address to me at elizabeth.andrus@yahoo.com, I will post it to you on Friday. I love your "houses". You have so many talents! Elizabeth

  7. There's no place like home! Just look at those cute little cottages! What a darling mosaic!
    How nice to have guests come for a visit...We have our youngest son and his wife here this evening. They are on their vacation and we have had so much fun with them.
    Thanks for your kind comments and fond friendship,
    Carolynn xo

  8. Hi Leslie!
    ACK! I just reread my comment above and not only is my iPad still doing bizarre things but apparently I'm also doing a miserable job of proofreading these days.
    Yes please, give your dear Auntie a big hug from me too! :)
    You're so sweet, thank you for your good wishes. Hoping to get a chance to try out my new light tonight - the irony is that it's now too BRIGHT! Have to get a lower wattage bulb now, it's like being under a spotlight. Too funny.
    Happy almost weekend!

  9. You are so blessed to have an Aunt like that! I love my Aunties, too. They are such good, kind people. I hope I will be like them when I grow up. Oh wait... I am grown up already.
    I love your appliqued and embroidered cottages. Very sweet, and I bet they bring back lots of lovely memories.

  10. To have an Aunt like her is so wonderful!!!! If you haven't already, really sit down with her and find out about your Dad when he was little, what their family life was like....anything you can think of.....you will be blessed with the info, for sure!!!!! I have one aunt left, my Dad's sister and I can't wait to see her again when I go back to Eau Claire in October....:) Sandy

  11. I love your houses!

    Your aunt sounds like a fantastic person! I hope I have that kind of love of life and energy when I am her age.


  12. Your houses are just darling! Love them all... Your Aunt sounds like a joy to be around! I love people like her, there needs to be more like her!



  13. Hi Leslie! Thanks for for your sweet comments re my S&P's - found in the last box in the house. Bittersweet. Irony of ironies, I begin to wish (of course) that there were more. sniffle sniffle so sad. Now the organizing and perhaps more winnowing down.
    So glad to hear your Auntie was able to give you some info you did not have, yippie! I lost my steam hunting for one side of my husbands family, not being able to get anywhere, a complete dead end. Argh.
    Are your brother and his wife still visiting? Hope you all had a lovely time catching up together.
    Happy Tuesday to you!

  14. Hi Leslie!
    The Quilt Show was great! Within the quilt show, they had a special exhibit of quilts from Texas, I wanted to take photos for you but we weren't allowed to take pics of the special exhibit ones. WAH! Do you go to that enormous show that's in Texas every year? That must be so much fun. I got a few patterns - doggies and xmas, some cottons, some wools - oh and some vintage buttons. And we ran into a former coworker of my husbands so that was a lot of fun.
    From my older than dirt vantage point ;) , there thankfully was nothing much I needed at the Renegade Craft Fair except I got some stuff at Pam Garrison's booth - she is the sweetest and her things are darling. The hubs and I got to talk to her for awhile when it first opened and she was adorable. I also got a few things from another vendor - some goodies bags - I enjoy making the packaging and presentation fun too. Then we went to the Arts District (think downtown artist lofts and art spaces) and to The Pie Hole for lunch.
    Today we see As You Like It and WHEW! I don't have to report to Jury Duty tomorrow - I was worrying about a late night and then having to go report for jury duty. Fingers crossed they find people much better suited to the task than this old cranky, creeking lady who needs frequent bathroom breaks hahhahhahhha!
    Hope you're staying cool! Are you enjoying the Olympics?
    Happy Sunday!