Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My Almost Dead Family, Paulette Stewart, Jenny Bean Update and a thrifty find

I have to tell you that I almost killed my entire family when I came downstairs last Tuesday. If you read my previous post you will know that the last thing I said to them before heading to bed on that Friday was do the dishes and wipe off the counters. Can you believe that when I came down I found that not only had the dishes not been done the entire time I was sick but the counters were never wiped off either! I know I raised the kids to do their chores and when I tell them specifically to do something I expect it done. Somehow, now that they are grown they feel that it is no longer necessary. I'm not sure how that happened but I made damn sure everyone in the house knew I wasn't happy. I must have made my point because everyone, including Dan has been very good about cleaning up this past week. They better not slip back into their old ways either or they may wind up dead anyway!

Last Friday Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers came to the shop to discuss our retreat. For those that might not know, she is designing a special chart for our retreat and will be also be attending the retreat for part of the day, most likely the Saturday. This was the first time I had met her in person and I must say she is delightful! I'm sure many of you have seen her soon to be released chart called "The Flood". Paulette brought her model with her to show us and I have to say she has outdone herself with this one. It.Is.Stunning!!! And I am not a Noah's Ark fan! The picture doesn't do it justice but I swiped it from her facebook anyway. 

She also brought Hare's Autumn and Hare's Winter. Both are adorable and must haves for this Hare's fan!

I promised to share my thrifting treasures with you in my last post. If you have been a long time reader of my blog you might remember this post about thrifting with my husband and you also might remember that thrifting with my husband is something of an adventure. He makes up stories about every item he picks up, and let me tell you, he picks up everything. I warned Connie about this before Dan joined us so she wouldn't be taken by surprise. To my surprise, Miss Connie jumped right on the band wagon and started making up her own stories! I was outnumbered for sure! Thankfully I was able to talk to the two of them out of the leather water flask that supposedly came from Morrocco, the railroad spike that was the very first spike used in the transcontinental railroad, the pottery that was from Pompeii, and a Peruvian something that had been dug up by the Indians in the Andes mountains. So what did we come home with?

The first item is a silver teapot that according to Dan if you rub it a genie will appear and grant you 3 wishes. I've rubbed the dang thing off and on since Saturday and so far, no genie. But that's okay cuz I really like it, genie or no genie! 

And here she is with all her tarnished friends:

I'll share another of my finds in my next post.

I haven't done a ton of stitching since recovering and nothing while I was sick but I did finish filling in that middle part of Jenny Bean and I have another of the houses done. I changed the colors of the house as you can see. I sure hope when I get this finished that I like it! What do you think? 

I need to mention that Cranberry Samplings is having a wonderful giveaway to celebrate her 300th follower! Quite the impressive feat! Congratulations! Head on over there if you haven't already!

That's it for today folks. Thanks for the get well wishes on my last post, I am feeling better every day.

Take care till next time!



devonaz said...

I have a 19 year old daughter doing the exact same thing,,told her to put dishes away while I went out and had some me time..when I got home she not only didnt put them away,,she made more dirty dishes,,and all she said was oh I forgot..mama was not happy at all..I love Paulette,,and her beautiful patterns,,what fun the retreat will be..and I love your thrift find..looks so pretty on your table..well I hope you have a good week,,and hope we dont kill our children in the process...huggs..

Michele said...

Way to lay down the law to your family! ;) I am so jealous you get to go to a retreat with Paulette Stewart! I am requesting lots of pictures!

Vonna said...

I understand the trials of a family not listening to your missives...happens sometimes here too, then the law is laid and order prevails...for a time at least.
Paula's sampler is simply gorgeous and on my list of must haves. Here personality shines throughout her blog and I bet she's a gem in real life!

Cari said...

Love this post, always kids. Love your tarnished finds. They are beautiful. And a retreat with Paulette Stewart...WAY COOL! Thanks for sharing. And, your Jenny Bean is go girl!! Hugs

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

OMG! I HATE when I come down in the morning and the boys have made a mess and not cleaned it up. Drives me to a seriously high level of bitchdom not often seen in this hemisphere.

Your silver treasure is lovely and Jenny Bean looks AWESOME. Love it!

Tommye said...

Love your Jenny Bean. Great job.

dixiesamplardesigns said...

I'm with you, Julie...they seem to lose their minds when they turn 18!! LOL!

Love the progress on Jenny Bean! And aren't Paulette's designs the most gorgeous things!!

Happy Stitchin'

MommyDearest said...

Now that my dirty little secret is out(thanks JuGee!) everyone will know that I am a story teller, maker up of all things entertaining and in the same wagon as Dan(he still is the lead driver though!) It was a fun time and you got some great things! Thanks for the invite and hopefully after this last incident you will still invite me along next time...if not I am sure I could get Dan to talk some sense(?) into you!! LOL!
See you Saturday!

RuthB said...

Give 'em hell ... and then give it to them again. Sheesh.

Congrats on lovely stitching and thrifting.

Deb said...

One of my biggest gripes is the amount of mess that everyone leaves in the kitchen. Do we not have a dishwasher? Does everything have to be lying around! Makes me nuts!!

Love your stitching - it's really pretty and love your antique find too.

Rachel S said...

I am sorry about the dish situation. I assume, because it happens here, that it's a matter of priorities. Though how someone walks by dirty dishes that stink and doesn't think they need washed is beyond my sphere of conceptualization.

I love her new releases. SO cute and "the Flood" is gorgeous. Those are going to go on my wish list.

Love the teapot. I wish our thrift stores were that good.

BrendaS said...

Love your Jenny Bean progress. Looks like you are in the home stretch:)))

Lucky you to have a retreat with Paulette Stewart. I just love her designs and her blog is such a treat to read.

Hope you have a good weekend.

Sherry said...

I hate when my grown boys and DH just can't (or won't) do what I ask! The requests are so simple yet they just can't seem to wrap their minds around it! Hope they do better for you now!

Siobhan said...

My kids are 16 and 20 and I'm still yelling about cleaning the kitchen. I wouldn't mind ifthey had a ton of other chores, but no. Last night my daughter went into the kitchen & baked a cake from scratch for her friend. She reminded us as she went upstairs to bed that it was her brother's night to do the kitchen. We didn't pay attention because he'd already done the dishes. When we were heading up to bed shortly after DD, we realized why she reminded us. She'd left all of her baking dishes--mixing bowl caked in chocolate, measuring spoons, chocolate smears on the counter--for her brother to clean. She was NOT happy when she was told to get out of bed and clean the kitchen!! LOL Ah, kids.

Lovely progress on your JB! I'm so jealous that you're having a retreat with Paulette doing a project for the attendees--I'm sure it'll be amazing!

Patty C. said...

Paulette's Sampler is perfect - Just beautiful.
I hope things have settled in your home - I have 4 children myself - It can be a lot to keep up with !!
Hang in there :)