Apr 13, 2012

Stella's quirky wooden people

Greetings!  What a gorgeous day today.  I received my order from Hannah's Pinkeep and I'm a happy girl.   I've been waiting for an order from another shop of two sampler charts for a while and I'm not happy about that.  Hannah's was quick!! 
I just love this Nash design and I'm anxious to start this or a few other smalls BUT Lucy is no where near complete.  At least I'm into the alphabet and only have one more wonky border to do.   I must have been menobraining again when I placed this order online.  I got a 5 yard skein of Uniform Blue, and then obviously changed my mind and ordered the 10 yard, but never deleted the 5.  That's OK.  Harry Tyler's Lion will use up the floss so it's a good thing I have both. 
I mentioned prior post about having Mom on my mind and thought I would show you the quirky items she treasured.  I have no idea how they became hers. They are all hand carved and painted and have been around for as long as I can remember.  The first is the key rack.
Then there's the wine cork and the gentleman greets you when you pull the cord.
But this guy is my absolute favorite!  The toothpick holder.
I also played around trying to make grummy/grungy candles.  I took the time and searched the web for instructions but most all involved melting wax and mixing with spices to coat the candles.  Didn't have any, so I just put them in a 150 degree oven for several minutes and then rolled them in the cinnamon, cloves, and coffee.  I did this several times and kept checking the candles for softness.  Didn't want to melt them, just soften enough for the spices to embed.   I continued adding spice until I was satisfied with coverage and then used the flame from a lighter to burn it more.
 
So there you have it.  Not much else going on since I am still working on the plan for the contractor.  I went to a vein center for an ultrasound before my sclerotherapy injections for varicose veins.  I've been getting the treatment for over 30 years and it's time again before they get bad.  It seems the new procedure of inserting the wire and laser up to the groin and zapping the entire vein is the latest.  I didn't think it was necessary but they are really pushing this new procedure.  Not sure if I will insist on only the injections or go for the zapping in the fall, followed by injections.  I can see how it would prevent future treatments but at 60, do I care?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  I will be stitching Lucy as much as possible and using up another tablet of graph paper. 
Stay safe, and thank you for visiting!

21 comments:

Jenny said...

Love the wooden treasures your mom collected! They are too cool, yet really sweet too.

Margaret said...

Ewww, that new treatment for your varicose veins sounds awful! Shudder shudder. Good luck whatever you decide!

Love the little wooden things your mom collected. So cool! I can see your mom was an interesting person for sure. Love the new stash too. lol about your menobrain. I know that feeling. Ugh. And I'm not even sure I've started menopause. lol!

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

Marly--I finally figured out why I wasn't getting your posts on my reader--however...I don't want to explain my stupidity!!:) So, Hi!! Love your mom's little treasures--I'm sure they bring a smile to your face when you see them. A friend of mine had the laser type treatment--sounds icky, but she is very happy with the results. Enjoy your weekend--Jan

Linda said...

I think the little wooden people are just adorable. How nice that you have them.

Linda

Deb said...

I love those quirky wooden people that your mom liked. They are so unusual and cool. It's good that you have them.

I laugh when you mention your menobrain. It's always good to know that there are others out there than can't seem to get through the day in a straight line like me!

Betsy's Basket Blog said...

I have the same funny cork guy. My husband and I bought him on our honeymoon while we were in Bavaria Germany. The toothpick holder is my favorite in your collection!!

Betsy's Basket Blog said...

I have the same funny cork guy. My husband and I bought him on our honeymoon while we were in Bavaria Germany. The toothpick holder is my favorite in your collection!!

samplerlover said...

Love your new stash. Looking forward to seeing it made up.

That is funny with your wooden pieces. I was watching a English show yesterday where 2 antique dealers go around to antique shops buying things. They start out with 200 pounds and try to make a profit with everything they buy. Yesterday they were in Wales and one of them bought the man and lady tooth pick holders. He made a profit on them. Can't remember how much they were as he bought them with a couple of other pieces. = Sandra.

Lanie said...

Hi Marly, your toothpick guy made me laugh. My dad always has a toothpick and we are always on the lookout for fun toothpick holders to buy for him. Your little guy is the best I've seen!

Shirlee said...

How wonderful to have some things that your mom treasured so much. They are really neat! I'm sorry you are having to deal with varicose veins. They can be quite painful. I think you did a great job on the candles ... creative as always : ) I love the Nash design ... don't think I have that one : )

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Wow, I remember a carved wooden woman's head that was some kind of stopper, that my mom had. Must have been a sixties thing??
I really like your way of grubbying candles, much simpler and effective.
After my sampler, I'm going to be working on smalls.
Hugs To You,
Susan

Charlene ♥ SC said...

I love to see posts with shops that provide fast service and accurate orders. I don't typically 'announce' those who are slow or have things listed on their site, but don't have them in reality. Maybe I'm just pi$$y, but come on... how hard can it be to say "out of stock"? Hum... maybe this should be a post instead of a rant on your comment! Sorry! Anyway - look forward to your finish! Love the wooden people, too.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Good luck with the VV treatment.

Your mom's collection is charming. All the odd fellows are so cute!

Great job on the grubby candles.

TheCrankyCrow said...

Your mum sounds like she was a colorful character indeed. Love her "odd folk" collection.... And I really like how your candle turned out.....You're tempting me (see, they don't let me play with paint or melted wax here) - but, yikes, I can't even soften butter properly in the micro without making puddles....I wonder what would happen if I tried a candle??? Good luck with the varicose vein treatment decision....I fear that's in my not-too-distant future as well. Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin (PS - I'm a huge SN aficionado - LOVE your new chart!!)

Chris said...

I love the new stash.
Those little guys are so cute. It is so nice to have somethings from your Mom.
The candles look great.
I hope the vein procedure goes well.

Bertie said...

Lovely collection from your mother, unusual!
Good luck with the treatment, amazing what they can do!
Have a good Sunday:))

Sherry said...

Good luck on your vein treatment. That would be a hard decision for me to make. Love the new Stacy Nash. What cute little wooden people and the toothpick holder is hilarious! Great idea for the candles too!

Penny said...

I love your mom's collection of little wooden people. Love the candles too - not something I would have thought of doing. Yikes, the varicose vein treatment sounds painful!

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

oh beautiful pictures

bisous de FRANCE

Solstitches said...

Those little wooden people are so cute :)
Love that Stacy Nash design. I have it in my stash also.
Margaret

Courtney said...

that candle idea is AMAZING!! I bet they'll smell wonderful if you burn them, too!!

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