Sunday, September 27, 2009

When I Wish For Apple Pie..

Hi diddle dee dee! Three apple pies for me!

My work is done! I spent much of this day grocery shopping, then cooking up a big batch of chili, AND 3 homemade apple pies! I've cleaned up the mess, and the dishes are washed! Now as the clock winds down for our first Magical Disney Sunday, it's time for some fun! Dear Son and I are gonna have some movie -n- snacks time, and we both can't wait to pull the ice cream out of the freezer to serve up with some warm, freshly baked apple pie!

Now that's what I remember when I was a kid. Every Sunday night we would go to my grandparents house. I remember a t.v. line-up of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, then a Walt Disney movie.. and then of course one of Grandpa's detective shows!.. I remember Mannix, Kojak, Columbo, Barnaby Jones, etc.! Grandpa would always get up and walk to the kitchen, and we kids just KNEW he was coming back out with sodas and snacks!.. Happy Memories!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Wish Upon A Star!

Today I'm excited to join Heidi, at Fairy Footprints In The Sand, for this first week of Magical Disney Sunday! When Heidi invited others to participate, right away, I knew I wanted to be a part of this! I love all the Disney movies and fairy tales! What little girl at heart doesn't?! There are so many wonderful Disney movies, stories, and characters, that it is impossible to pick only one favorite!

It was a coincidence, in fact, that right around the time Heidi proposed the idea of this weekly event, that I had just found this picture in a box at the tail end of a church sale. I loved it as soon as I saw it, snapped it out of that box, and claimed it as my own! The lucky thing was that the vendor then told me I could HAVE it!.. No charge!

I love Jiminy Cricket, and the lyrics to "When You Wish Upon A Star" are dear to my heart. Life may not always play out exactly the way you planned, but this beautiful song reminds you that "if your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme". It's a song of hope, even assurance, and it is all the more reason this picture means so much to me!

In the story, Jiminy is appointed as Pinocchio's Official Conscience. It was his job to help and look out for Pinocchio, to teach and guide him to do what was right. It wasn't necessarily an easy job, but whenever Pinocchio needed him, all he had to do was "give a little whistle"... once he learned how to whistle, of course! Can you imagine? It makes me want to wish upon a star for Jiminy Cricket to be MY official conscience!.. "But Jiminy, I really, really, really LOVE that beautiful pair of earrings that are on QVC right now!.. Well, no, I don't NEED them, but.. but.. Oh alright.. FINE! Let's just watch THIS instead!"

Another great song!.. Well, back to my picture.. When I first got it, it was just a piece of paper in an old frame I didn't really like. I set it on some pink tissue paper, glittered it up just a bit, added a couple of sparkly stars, then set it in a nicer looking frame. It now hangs among a growing collection of pictures, near to my stereo and entertainment center. I find myself now calling it my Wall of Fame!

As I got thinking more about the story of Pinocchio, the movie, and the songs, I went to look for the book. Much to my own surprise, it turned out I had THREE Little Golden Books!

I then wondered more about the history and making of the movie, and here is what I found.

Isn't that fascinating? I always LOVE to hear the history, and all the behind-the-scenes makings of a movie!.. Oh, hold on.. My phone's ringing!.. It turns out Dear Daughter wants to go apple picking today! The weather is perfect too!

Well, I couldn't see any reason why Jiminy couldn't come along for the fun, and I'm so glad he did! Just look at one of the beautiful apples he picked today!

Here's a picture of me, up in a tree! I am not terribly fond of heights, but I just HAD to reach for those nicer apples, towards the top!

O.K.. Umm.. Might there be a nice strong handsome fireman around somewhere, to help me get OUT of this tree now?!.. Anyone?.. No?.. (sigh).. Oh, fine. Never mind. I'll just try to get down by myself!

Gosh, I've eaten two apples already! I just hope the witch from Snow White hasn't been hangin' around this orchard! Now that our bushels are picked, and paid for, I guess it's time to head home. It looks like I've got some baking to do! I hope you had fun joining me today! Thank you so much for stopping by! Please be sure to pay Heidi a visit! I'm sure she's looking forward to seeing you!

Friday, September 25, 2009

My Pink Patchwork Afghan

Don't you blink,
For quick as a wink,
"Already?", you think?!
It's time for more Pink!

My gosh, where does the time go? Here it is, Saturday, September 26th! Somehow, it feels like the month just flew by in a blur, and I'm left here shaking my head in disbelief that October is just around the corner! It just doesn't seem possible!

Well, Saturday it is, and a PINK one at that! Each and every week, Beverly, from How Sweet The Sound, hosts this grand event known as Pink Saturday! Please do stop to see her and a listing of all the other Pink participants for today! It's always fun to see all the pinks that everyone has come up with! If you like what you see, and you'd like to play along, then just say the word, and Bev will add you to the list! Like the saying goes, "Be there, or be square"!

Oh just kidding, of course! You do what you like, in whatever color that makes you happy!.. But speaking of squares, I finally finished my granny square afghan! It is done with a variety of squares, made not only by myself, but some of which were made by friends from ATCT! Each square is approximately 7", turned 8" with a white border. Donna, from Smooth Fox Original Crochet Patterns, will recognize the heart squares that I made using her pattern!

I did not take the time to measure it, but it does just cover the top surface of a full sized bed. The nights got chilly, as I worked on finishing this; but that's the perfect time to be working on such a project! You keep toasty warm underneath it all the while!

Once all the squares were sewn, I crocheted a scallop edging all around. I really am happy with how it all came together!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Happy Pink Saturday, and have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The World Is A Little Better!

My tribute to Jim Henson

If you haven't read in my posts by now, I will catch you up by saying I have been a loyal Muppets fan since I was a little girl sitting in front of the t.v. set watching Sesame Street. In my younger teens, I remember watching the Muppet Show! I love all the movies. I still watch for Kermit, Miss Piggy, Cookie Monster, and all my favorite Muppet characters in t.v. specials and commercials, in Thanksgiving parades; and the minute I heard that The Green and Red Christmas CD was out, I knew I wanted it as soon as I could possibly get my hands on one! It is one of my favorites! I still even have a few of the albums I listened to when I was just a kid! Does anybody remember listening to these too?

Today I wanted to post about Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets, and one of the most well known puppeteers there ever was, loved and appreciated for his imagination and the magic he created artistically!

James Maury Henson was born on September 24, 1936, in a small town in Mississippi. His parents, an older brother, and he moved to the suburbs of Washington D.C. somewhere around 1946. He first began creating and performing with puppets during his high school years, for a t.v. station, WTOP.

He went on to college, where he first majored in studio arts, but then he went on to take craft and textile courses. He began working for a small t.v. show on WRC-TV. It is here where Henson's most well-known and beloved character, Kermit The Frog, and the name "Muppets" were born!

Jim graduated with a BS degree in Home Economics in 1960! It is while he was in college when he met Jane Nebel, who would assist Jim in his work, and later become his wife, in 1959. Between the years 1960 through 1970, they had 5 children, 2 boys and 3 girls. During much of this time, Jim made films, and worked in the making of t.v. commercials advertising coffee and milk products.. But all the while, he never forgot his dream. He felt his Muppets could entertain a much wider audience than just children. He felt he could entertain an audience of ALL ages!

In 1969, Jim was asked to join the team at the Children's Television Workshop, to work on the public tv show Sesame Street. The show, as everyone knows, is still a success today, and the rest is history! Jim and his co-worker/good friend Frank Oz, with a team of others, went on to make The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, movies, t.v. specials, musical productions, the cartoon the Muppet Babies, etc., etc... The list goes on and on!

Jim is highly credited with his work in the mechanics and techniques of puppetry and special effects. He went on to be an Oscar nominated film director, an Emmy award winning t.v. producer, and the founder of the Jim Henson Company, The Jim Henson Foundation, and Jim Henson's Creature Shop. He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

It was in 1990, while working on a new film, when Jim began experiencing flu-like symptoms. Just about a week later, around May 13th, Jim went to a doctor who prescribed him NOTHING but aspirin, and sent him on his way. Back to New York, still not feeling well, he canceled a recording session he was to attend on May 14th. By 2 a.m. May 15th, Jim was having trouble breathing, and was coughing up blood. He finally decided to go to a doctor 2 hours later! He was admitted into the hospital at 4:58 a.m., but despite quick and aggressive treatment, Jim passed away just over 20 hours since he was admitted.. On May 16th, at 1:21 a.m. Jim died from organ failure due to infection, at the age of 53. Happening so fast as it did, the news was shocking and devastating to family, friends, and fans! Following Jim's wishes, no one was to wear black during the funeral services held, and a Dixieland Jazz band played a final number, "When The Saints Go Marching In".

Jim Henson's memory and impact live on, and will continue to, I'm sure, for generation to generation to generation! Jim Henson once said, "My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here." Well, no doubt.. He's done that! Here's a video that was made in remembrance of Jim. This was one of his favorite songs.

Update: Rumor has it that there MIGHT be a Muppet Halloween special in the making for 2010! I HOPE SO!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Welcome Aboard For Pink Saturday!

Last weekend I looked out my window to find a neighbor across the street was having a yard sale. I have been to her sales before, so I knew I should get over there before all the goodies were gone! Well, I brought home some hand embroidered linens, a few necklaces, etc.. But my favorite find was this!...

It is sheet music for the song "On The Good Ship Lollipop", with Shirley Temple's sweet little face on the cover, encircled in pink! While it is not in perfect condition where you see the tape, the music printed on the pages is perfect, and the overall condition is just fine with me! It is dated in Roman numerals as MCMXXXIV, which is 1934, if I'm not mistaken. This is the same year that the child star first sang this song, in the movie "Bright Eyes".

I wasted no time slapping this into a frame, for both protection and display. Here is Shirley singing what came to be her trademark song...

I hope you enjoyed your visit here today! I had hoped to post my finished afghan today, but just couldn't quite finish it. I am still working on the edging. I hope you'll come by for next Saturday, when I will definitely have photos ready to show you! In the meantime, please do visit our Pink Saturday hostess, Beverly, at How Sweet The Sound. There you'll find a listing of all the Pink Ladies who are participating this week, and I hope you'll visit as many as you can! It's always fun to see what pink surprises everybody has come up! Happy Pink Saturday, and have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Here A Square, There A Square

EVERYWHERE a square-square!.. All over my dining room table! Here are a couple of new granny squares I made recently, as I've been working on one of my afghans. The first square, slightly modified to fit into my own project, is made using the pattern from HERE. It's called "Trip Around The World".

I have to admit a sense of accomplishment on this next one. I really don't like following a chart, when I'm so accustomed to following a pattern with words. But this one looked simple enough for me to give it a try, and I'm pretty happy with how it came out! Thanks to Luna, for sharing this pattern HERE! (This link is her blog, but I'm afraid I have misplaced exactly which page... Not to worry, though. If you don't find this specific pattern, you will certainly find something else you can't wait to try!) I cannot tell you the name of this square, as I cannot read or speak Spanish, and Dear Daughter wasn't around to ASK! I just thought it was pretty, and I think I followed the chart pretty well! It really wasn't so bad! I just may try my hand at a charted table runner or doily sometime soon!

This afghan is really coming along, and is almost done now!.. Just in time to snuggle up in, as the Fall temperatures set in! Honestly, though, I'm also very anxious to get it off my dining room table!

Friday, September 11, 2009

I Remember That Day

..But I believe we are all God's children.. And I believe love will always prevail.. And I pray for peace on Earth.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Gone With The Wind Blogland Ball!

The big day is finally here, and I really am so excited! Nikki, at The Scarlet Rose Garden, is hosting a Gone With The Wind Blogland Ball today! Please be sure to pay her a visit; and while you're there, see her listing of all the other participants who have joined in on the festivities!

As soon as I had first heard about this, I signed right up! Gone With The Wind is my favorite movie, and I have been collecting what memorabilia that I have for.. oh.. at least 20 years or so. I believe the first piece that started it all was the doll I crocheted the white ruffle dress for. Scarlett wears this dress in the opening scene of the movie, where she is on the porch talking to the Tarleton twins. "Fiddle dee dee.. War, war, war! This war talk's spoiling the fun at every party this spring!"

The book you see next to my doll is one of my favorite books. Along with a complete screenplay, it tells much of the history of the making of Gone With The Wind! It is written by Sidney Howard, and it has a copyrite date of 1980, and it is FULL of wonderful photos of everybody as the movie was being made, including still shots, and behind-the-scenes shots!

So, as it turns out, here I am.. a little underdressed for a BALL, wouldn't you agree?! I doubt my blue jeans would even get me anywhere close to the red carpet!.. It seems this little Cinderella's Fairy Godmother either had a GPS tracking device malfunction, or she forgot about our appointment altogether!

Well, I am wearing one thing that fits the style of the times. Throughout the movie you see Scarlett and other women wearing what is called a snood. A funny name for a hairpiece, I think, but this fashion accessory was very common in those days.

Since I crochet, it seemed fitting that I could easily make one to show-and-tell today. It was very quick and easy to make. I used a size G hook and some sportweight yarn, and finished it in an evening! You can find one pattern HERE. There's another one HERE.. But THIS PATTERN is the one I used, and like best!

Great balls of fire! Why, Mammy would surely tell me!.. I've got no more manners than a fieldhand! Please do come in, and make yourself comfortable! Would you like a piece of my homemade "Peachtree Street Gingerbread Cake"? I made this from a recipe in the cookbook you see below! I was THRILLED when I found this! It is in good condition, but has no date. The first page of the booklet say DOES, however, say it is "A Gift with your purchase of Pebeco Toothpaste". Anybody out there in Blogland ever hear of THIS kind of toothpaste before?

Well, anyways, this little 48-page booklet has recipes for "Gerald O'Hara Ham Steak", "Mammy's Shrimp Cakes", "Melanie's Sweet Potato Pie", and many more! The frosting recipe I used for this cake is also in this book. It is the first time I have ever made frosting like this! It was made in a double boiler, and whipped up with an electric mixer for a good 8 minutes while it was still hot! It not only tastes delicious, but I must say, even though my photo does not show it, it's the prettiest frosting I've ever made! It has a beautiful glossy shine to it that you'll never find in those plastic containers on the store shelves! Other recipes I still want to try from this little book are "Southern Sour Cream Cookies", "Aunt Pitty Pat's Coconut Pudding", and "Twelve Oaks Plum Pudding"!

Now, while we are talking books, here are the others in my collection.. Here are my 3 copies of Gone With The Wind, by Margaret Mitchell. The oldest one in this photo, is the one at the right. It has a copyrite date of 1938.

Here's one that just looks like a book!.. but then you open it up to find it's a secret hiding place for small treasure or valuables of any kinds. I got this at a Ben Franklin Craft Store.

I don't put anything in it, but in the photo you see I have a packet of Scarlett O'Hara Morning Glory Seeds! I didn't have any success growing them this year, but would like to try again next year!

Here are a set of 4 TV Guides, which featured Gone With The Wind, during the week of December 23rd-29th, 2000. My brother gave me these!

Here I have two calendars. The front orange-colored one is from 1996, and the dark teal colored one in back is for the year 1997.

Next, you see the biographies. The hard-cover for Clark Gable's has a copyrite date of 1976, while the paperback has a copyrite date of 1978. The author is Lyn Tornabene. The biography of Vivien Leigh, in paperback, is written by Anne Edwards, and has a copyrite date of 1978.

I have a copy of Scarlett, in paperback. It is written by Alexandra Ripley, and it has a copyrite date of 1992. I keep an eye out for the hard cover at yard sales and church sales.

Is anyone wondering where the musical entertainment is today? Well, you could go to my right side bar and play my Gone With The Wind selections there. But for the moment, you may want to put it on pause. As Gone With The Wind is so well known and loved everywhere, is it any wonder that so many pay tribute, or even imitate it in doing so? Yesterday, I posted Carol Burnett's comical version of the movie. Well, those who know me well, know I also collect Muppet memorabilia, and I came across this little video for those of us who are still young enough at heart to appreciate this one! Actually, do you remember this one from when you were young?

Oh, I see you've finished your cake already! Would you like a drink? Perhaps you would like a "Scarlet O'Hara"?.. or maybe a "Rhett Butler"?.. or how about some "Scarlett O'Hara Punch"? Just click the highlighted names, and you can learn how to make them! Of course, if you're not in the mood for an alcoholic beverage, than perhaps you'd like some fresh hot coffee!

While you're sipping on the beverage of your choice, here's a little something I found fascinating! I used to LOVE to draw when I was a young girl, so I liked seeing this from beginning to end! You may find the music is nice here, so you might want to put the side bar music on pause.

Call me biased, but I think I'm lucky to have an original portrait far MORE beautiful of Vivien Leigh as Scarlett! Here is the one my brother drew, matted, and framed just for me! I LOVE this picture, and I LOVE my brother for making this for me!

Having already showed you one of my dolls, here is another, from the Barbie Hollywood Legends Collection!

As stated inside the box, "In velvet and satin and feathers and fringe, Barbie charms Atlanta and Rhett Butler in her gown made from the drapes of Tara." The box is dated 1994.

While once away on vacation, I came across this in a gift shop, and my heart was absolutely aflutter! There, I saw this booklet of Clark Gable paper dolls, by Tom Tierney. It has a copyrite date of 1986. I was slightly disappointed there wasn't one with Vivien Leigh paper dolls, but still I walked out of that shop as happy as if I had just won the million dollar lottery!

Now I am a collector of many things, I admit, but I do not collect stamps in particular as a hobby. However, if I happen to be in the post office, and I see a set of collectible stamps that relate to something else I DO collect, then I'll buy them! So, when I saw these stamps with Hattie McDaniel on them, waiting in line THAT day was torture! I wanted those stamps, and I wanted them NOW! I LOVE Mammy in this movie! She has me smiling the minute I see her hanging out that second story window, hollering at Scarlett to invite the Tarleton boys to supper, and to get her shawl on while the night air is settin' in! Here is a video of Hattie McDaniel receiving her Oscar for best supporting actress! She was the FIRST black performer to win an Academy Award! No matter how many times I watch this, I can't keep from crying right along with her!

Well , I'm having fun today, and I hope you are too! I had more things to show, but just couldn't fit it all in! Maybe I can show them another time. Thank you so much for stopping by! I can't wait to see everybody else at the ball today! I hope maybe you'll be my guest, and come along!

You know?.. It's funny how only weeks before this movie was finished being made, the rumors all over Hollywood were that it was doomed to be nothing more than a big disaster. On December 15th, 1939, Gone With The Wind premiered in Atlanta, and has ever since been considered by many as the greatest motion picture ever made! Is it any wonder what I'll be doing after I'm "back home from the ball"? "Oh Rhett, What shall I do? Where shall I go?" Well, frankly, my dear friends, I think I'll just head into my living room, pop this into the DVD player, settle in with my crochet projects.. Maybe I'll have some popcorn, or another piece of that cake! Enjoy your extended holiday weekend! "Tomorrow is another day!" I'll see you then!

Have you met Miss Starlett?

Tomorrow is the big day!.. The Gone With The Wind Blogland Ball will be hosted by Nikki, at The Scarlett Rose Garden, and celebrated by many! I hope that you will stop by to visit Nikki, myself, and the others who are participating in this event.

If you are a Gone With The Wind fan like I am, I thought it would be fun to show these next two videos today, to share some laughs on this holiday weekend, and to get us in to mood for the festivities tomorrow!

This comical parody was performed on The Carol Burnett Show. Here is Part One, where Carol plays Miss Starlett... (Caution, you may need to adjust your volume)

Funny right? Doesn't Vickie Lawrence play "Sissie" pretty well?! Harvey Korman, rest his soul, was wonderful too.. And I've always LOVED Tim Conway! Do you recognize who's playing Melody? If you liked Part One, then here is Part Two! Enjoy, and Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I'm John

With all the buzz about the new digitally remastered Beatles albums to be released on September 9th, and reading some of the latest news, I just came across this quiz. Which of The Beatles are you most like? John, Paul, Ringo, or George? Answer just nine questions to find out who you probably have most in common with.

According to this website's calculations, I am most like John Lennon. Here's what they said:

"You value the creative and artistic, and you have a great sense of humor. Though you're a born leader who says what's on your mind, you also have your doubts and insecurities. You're practically inseparable from your loved ones and will often choose family over friends. Just dial back the revolutionary bit just a little, and you'll get all the love you need."

Well, some of it's accurate, while some of it is a bit of a stretch... I'm definitely creative and artistic. My sense of humor is ok I guess. I will ALWAYS choose family over friends, unless in cases of emergencies of any kind of course! I would NOT necessarily say I'm a born leader..

Anyways, just for fun, try it! Are you a Beatles fan? What's your favorite Beatles song(s)? I don't know if I can pick out only one favorite... NOPE, I can't! The favorite songs that come to mind the quickest are "Hey Jude", "Let it Be", "Twist and Shout", and "I Saw Her Standing There".