Sep 20, 2012

For whom the bells toll

WHAT?  Does Blogger not understand there are women in various phases of menopause and PMS?  Are they crazy?   No choice any more, we have to accept the new format.  It's really not too different except for drop down menus and of course, I can't find my dashboard.  I posted a question in Google groups and received a reply that I need to go to www.blogger.com/home to see my dashboard and reader lists.  There is supposed to be a blue button on all format pages to click which takes you back to dashboard, but I don't have one.  So going to the home page and signing in, staying signed in, will take you there.  I saved it to Favorites and moved it to the #1 position so I can click readily.  I'm sure we'll get used to it and when the kinks are worked out, it will be running smoothly.  Until then, I hate it.
I've been visiting the doc getting ready for my EVLA (burn your varicose veins with a laser and catheter) in office surgery which is next Tuesday and then again two weeks later.  I got mapped today and although it's just a wavy thick blue line from ankle to crotch, I feel funky.  My first rub off tattoo at 61.  And my only. 
 I'm also working on a few boxes, one of which is the Mary Antrim that recently sold for over a million.  I did this on 3 sizes of round boxes. It's only the top portion and it's been in public domain for a while.  I wish I could do antique samplers on the boxes but I've asked sites that feature them and was told no every time.  They didn't stitch them and if a pattern is not charted for sale, I don't understand the problem.  Anyway, I'm still working on Mary when I can and thought about changing the blue again.  It's too light, and I'm too fussy about some things and too lax about other aspects of stitching.  Still want to talk about that but not today. 
This post is for ................ another little giveaway. 

I was at Hobby Lobby and Michaels today after my appointment and realized that rusty jingle bells are not easy to find.  So would you like some?  Don't know if you have access to any but thought it would be a nice offer for Christmas ornaments.  Now these are not painted rust, they are real rust!  I wipe them and then slide on to a very tight string line and spray them with a clear matte finish.  There are several sizes. 6 of 25mm, 45 of 18mm, 50 of 12mm, and 25 of 9mm.   So what do you think?  Interested?  If so, leave a comment on this post only and I will announce when the entries will end in a few days.  With the blogger changes, I'll give it at least a week. 
 Did you notice the miniature corn?  I've had it for years and wish I could find more.  They are so sweet and I just love the red strawberry corn.   I should probably check online.

For Joyce, sorry I can't answer your email since you are no-reply so I'll post it here.  I use Google's Picasa to do a collage for headers. Click on Help, How to, Edit and Create, Slideshows and Collages.  It will explain what to do.  Lots of options for sizes and layouts and you can preview it all first before saving.  It took me a while to get the hang of it and since it's been a while, I forgot most of it.
That's all I have.

Don't forget - tell me in the comments if you would like to be included in the bells offer.
Hope your weekend starts well and ends fabulous. 
Welcome to new followers and thank you all again for taking the time to visit!
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45 comments:

Barb said...

Blogger drove both me and my tech help(husband) crazy last night. We were trying to get rid of my summer header. I thought it might just have to be there forever!! I had to leave the room . He is more patient and worked it out (we hope). My favorite market usually had the little corn but not yet.

Sweet Sue said...

Hiya! Hoping your coming doc appts go well with little discomfort. I too was HL/Michaels/etc, no rusty bells, zip, zilch. Where pray tell did you unearth them? Have never been successful w/the rust them at home method...

susanc said...

Gosh, I haven't blogged in a bit and haven't even seen the new layout. Now I'm worried!

I have never seen rusty bells before! They sound wonderful for some prim Christmas decorations! Thank you for the chance to win some!

Have a good weekend and I hope your VV treatment goes well next Tuesday and that it is not too uncomfortable.

Carole said...

Oh, I would love to won some bells! But, your box is wonderful,,,,,hope your surgery goes well and that you can flake out on a sofa, stitch and be waited on hand and foot
(leg, too)!

cucki said...

i hope your surgery goes well..
sending you warm hugs.
the box is so cute..i love it so much..
aww super cute giveaway..please count me in..thank you.

Becky K in OK said...

Oh, I would love some rusty bells. If you happen to run across rusty safety pins, let me know.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win some rusty jingle bells! Please enter me in the drawing. kelley secrest

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Marly, darn blogger, driving me batty to, why why. Love rusty bells, would love to win them, could you please enter me. The box is wonderful, love it. Blessings Francine.

Joanie said...

Hey Marly!
Would love to win those rusty bells. Please enter my name.
Also, I love your boxes. They are most wonderful.
Good luck on your surgery...I wish you a very speedy recovery!

Maggee said...

Look forward to new boxes! Missed out last offerings... I did not notice a change in my blog, but I do remember reading about their options and making sure mine stayed the same!!! Would love to be entered to win some rusty bells. Last year, I tried unsuccessfully to find some. Year before that, tried to rust some pins--again, with no success. We have no Hobby Lobby here, don't know why! Hope the EVLA goes smoothly. Big Hugs!

Vickie said...

Marly I prayed for you and your procedure next Tuesday.♥

Margaret said...

Sorry blogger is causing you trouble. I think it causes everyone trouble now and then. Or more. lol! Good luck with the varicose vein thing -- ew. Doesn't sound like much fun. Love the new box though. Gorgeous! And the rusty bells. Sure, count me in. :D

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love your new box. Best of luck with your varicose vein procedure.

Penny said...

Good luck with your procedure...hope all goes well.
Would love to win some rusty bells, so please throw my name in the hat.
The farm market near here has always had those little strawberry corn cobs, so I will check this weekend. I'll get you some if they have them....
Happy Weekend!

dixiesamplar said...

I have been trying to find a nice assortment of rusted accessories for a few years now, so your offering definitely caught my eye! I would love a chance to win...thanks for the generous offer.

I love the box; the sampler you used is gorgeous!

I feel your frustration with Blogger; it can be a real pip to work in at times :o(

Terry said...

Marly - I love it when you post pictures of your house - love your front door & steps. Your new box is beautiful - good luck with your surgery next week - have a great week-end.

Patty C. said...

Always love the boxes! So nice of you to offer the bells - i'm sure they add a nice touch to finishing ornaments!

Good luck with your surgery & with blogger ;)

Véronique Victorien said...

je vous souhaite une bonne santée, courage pour l'opération.

votre boite est vraiment belle.

j'ai brodé la poire et je brode l'un de vos sampler, merci pour ces créations

amicalement
Véronique,

lindeelou said...

Good Luck on your surgery...hope you feel better soon. Have a hard time finding bells in my area that are rusty... Please enter me...

Carol in MN said...

Oh Marly, the box with the antique sampler are absolutely "the best". Good luck next week with your vein treatment. Enjoy fall and the weekend too.

Shirlee said...

I agree with you about using the photos of the old samplers & also about the new Blogger. Love the little corn & yes, please do throw my name into the hat for some jingles : )

pj said...

Marly, you are so correct that rusty bells are hard to find. I looked for them all last Christmas season and never did find them. I would love to win some and can see that if you purchase different sizes you get too many ... right? Thanks for sharing! And best of luck with your procedure on Tues...prayers for you. pj in iowa

quiltygirl1 said...

I totally can not find those bells either so thank you for this chance to have some rusty bells.

Loraine said...

Oh wow! I love rusty bells, and I don't think I've ever been able to find them in my neck of the woods. Count me in.
Good luck on your surgery. You cracked me up with that tattoo comment. The kids will think you are hip, which I think you are!
Your boxes are fabulous too.
Have a great one.

Lanie said...

Hi Marly, please count me in for the rusty bells. As always, thank you for your generousity! Love your new boxes. Did I ready your post correctly? ... that sampler has not been charted? Hope someone jumps on that ... it looks lovely.
Best wishes with your surgery ... hope all goes well and you have a speedy (yet relaxing!) recovery.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Did you find them at either? If so, tell me which and what department. If not, please enter me in the drawing. I've tried to do some 'rusting'in the past of tiny safety pins, but without a lot of luck.

Be well.

Anne said...

Yucky blog problems! So irritating! I hope your EVLA goes well. Sounds painful! Um, that Mary Antrim sampler went for over a million??! Holy crap! Love your boxes and I would loooove to have a chance for some rusty, MArly made bells :D They would look great on my PPS Coffee Christmas tree! Hugs!!

Simple Pleasure said...

Marly
I am sending blessings your way for the upcoming surgery. My cousin recently completed the procedure...very pleased with the results and her only "complaint" was having to wear the "pressure stockings".
Thank you for offering the rusty jingle bells...having trouble finding them and not successful with rusting my own!
Busy Hands...Happy Heart
Patricia

Shaunterria Owens said...

Best wishes for you in re your upcoming surgery, I hope everything goes smoothly. Thank you for sharing the info about the Mary Antrim sampler - I am going to disclose that fact with my family so they don't throw any of my completed pieces away after I pass on. They could end up on Antique Roadshow :)

--shaunterria
ca11i0pe.blogspot.com

Judy said...

The round box is lovely. You do such a nice job on them. I keep reading about trouble with blogger..so am a bit intimidated to get started!

Thanks for a chance for some rusty bells! And especially for the way you spray the matte finish on them. Will try that sometime.

All the best with the surgery.

Judy heartland stitcher

Judy said...

Forgot to tell you...we always have festivals in my area...usually see indian corn..want me to get some for you?

Judy heartland stitcher

PegC said...

Yes, enter me in the bells drawing please -- had to get that in before I put the AMEN to your "where did my dashboard go". Am coping and saving your directions which came just in time as not much hair left...busy pulling it out in frustration over the changes. arrrrrrrgh.

roodbeen765@hetnet.nl said...

Hello Marly,

I want to wish you all the best for your surgery next week!

In the Netherlands I can't find rusty bells, please will you enter me for a chance? Thank you very much for your kindness.

Have a nice sunday.

Greetings from the Netherlands,

Jans

Joy said...

Your boxes are wonderful! Hope all goes well at the doctor's.

Pamela said...

Good luck with your upcoming surgery!

Love the new box. It is beautiful!

Please enter me for a chance at the rusty bells! they are so hard to find.

Thanks for sharing!

Pam

Kaisievic said...

Please count me in for the rusty bells and good luck with the surgery. You will be fine, I am sure.

Mouse said...

ooooo rusty bells :) we don't get them over here.... haven't tried to do them myself either sooo would love one or two to come my way :)
fingers and paws are crossed for your op (again) love mouse xxxxx

TheCrankyCrow said...

Ooooo...ick. varicose veins.... I'm ignoring mine for now. :o Wishing you well on Tuesday, and will say some extra prayers.....

Wow....that's an amazing sampler. I've not seen that one before. Over a million, hey? Likely I WON'T ever see it either. I'm not getting the fact that you can't use the antique samplers on your boxes?? Is it their photo of the sampler that they're saying is protected???

Yes, please, throw my name in the jingle hat for a shot at the rusty bells. I use them on my punch pieces and such and they're not to be had in Nod. I have ordered online a time or two, but usually the size I'm looking for is "back ordered." Thanks much for the opportunity! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

cindy said...

oh, i would love some of the rusty jingle bells! i don't get out much, so i usually have to order everything online, so would be very, very happy to get these in the mail! thanks, cindy

Kristy said...

Loving the rusty jingle bells...I haven't been able to find them either. I even had my daughter on the hunt to no avail. Now I want some of the red strawberry corn too. Those are adorable.
soardkg@fuse.net

Cathy from Kentucky said...

OH please enter me I looked forever last Christmas with no luck. BTW Love the boxes. Beautiful!!

Carol said...

I'd love to enter the giveaway for the jingle bells, Marly--the small ones would come in very handy for my ornaments :)

The new blogger format was a shock--think it will take me a while to get adjusted. Why can't they just keep things the same for our "older, more mature" brains?!!!

wranglerkate said...

Hope you continue to feel better! Thanks for your wonderful giveaway. Please add me to the drawing for these. Kate (kcarr@schwabe.com)

Suzanne said...

My LNS has the rusty bells, but I have always been scared to use them in case they leave some residue on my stitching.

Love the corn!

Anonymous said...

Question...
if you don't own the sampler, how are you getting photos to print of the antique samplers? If you are making copies of someone elses photos, that is a copyright violation....just a FYI, don't want you to get in trouble.

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