Okay, so you probably know I live in Philadelphia (PA).
And what comes with living in Philadelphia is "city birds" Like Pigeons, Sparrows and Starlings. Some call them nuisance birds.
But for some reason this season, I have had feathered visitors I have never had before. BEAUTIFUL, COLORFUL, SINGING ONES!
I woke the other day to see an actual Warbler. I had heard his call in the evergreen in the front of my house and couldn't locate him; until one morning, looking out at my little pond I see an unfamiliar bird splashing around and flitting about. I went to my birding guide and saw it was this sweet li'l bird... the Warbler.
I have had Chickadees lately, lots of Cardinals, a Towhee or two, a family of Cat Birds, but NEVER a Warbler. I'd say they are pretty rare in city livin'. I'm hoping that with the kind of garden I am raising with shelter, food, water... that I am providing a safe haven for all kinds of different species!
I already have a warren full of rabbits. Yes, they chew on my fresh vegetation, but how can you be angry at a cute li'l bunny? LOL
I'm keepin' my eye out and my birding guide handy... I'm hoping for lots more different kinds of birds this summer! They always bring a smile to my face. You can't beat nature!
I'm headed off to have my hair cut... it's long overdue....
Just wanted to wish everyone a happy weekend...
I have a barbeque tomorrow at my cousin's house. That should be fun! Eating, laughing, eating. Yep, right up my alley!
Sunday will be spent with dad. He has Parkinson's so I make that our special day together. :-)
Don't forget, the giveaway ends on the 22nd... Five candy corn ornies will have a new home. So please comment, add me to your sidebar of your blog for a 2nd chance and good luck! I'll notify everyone on my blog on Sunday!
This sweet ole OOAK Raggedy will be on eBay tonight, 5/21 starting at .99¢ too! Pay her a visit if you can!
Good Morning!I'm so excited to be part of my first prim swap! I made these "crock crows" (my own design)for Becky Sedore in return for one of her lovely gameboards!I can't wait to receive it Becky!If you are interested in doing a swap with me, feel free to contact me! It's a fun way to collect different styles of primitives from others!Have a great day everyone!~W
Good Morning... I'm sitting here on this cloudy Sunday morning with my cup of coffee... thinking about all sorts of things... which is not unusual.. if you know me, my mind never turns off. (That's me 'n Daddy in the photo, if you are wondering! 1967... He has always been a huge inspiration to me. )
Morning time gives me a chance to kind of collect my thoughts and prepare for the day ahead. Which is usually busy to say the least. I'm very organized, so all systems must be "go" in my head before I can give my 100% for the day.
I enjoy the peaceful sounds of mornings... the sweet birds chirping away as they greet the new day, the sound of the water trickling in my little pond in my garden, my flowers, gently swaying in the morning breeze, the silence in my house. I treasure these things and need them before the hectic rush. Before I can be creative. They kindof fuel me... fill me up so I can go.
But even before I enjoy these simple things.. I already have thoughts of creating something running through my mind. I go to bed with them and wake up to them...sometimes I dash to my workspace even before I get my coffee.. Mornings are a very creative time for me. I have so many ideas, so little time.
I'm blessed to have the ability to create, yes. But even more so for my enthusiasm for life and interest in everything around me. I notice and appreciate everything. And I also notice that others don't... which is sad to me. I've always wondered if every artist is so open to what's around them? I think so.
I'm so grateful for my awareness, my hunger to experiment and explore and for the people in my life that inspire me to do good deeds, to be a loving mother and a creative artist who can touch people's lives with what she creates!
I have a lot to be thankful for... which is another thing I think about when I wake to a new day.
Thank you, to all who touch my life. My family, my friends, my customers and supporters.. my dog.. yes! even my dog. For I would not be the person I am today without you.
Enjoy your mornings... Stop, listen, look around you... a new day dawns and presents loads of opportunities and adventures! Don't waste a single minute sweatin' the small stuff. Look at the bigger picture! :-)
And now, a relevant quote for today: "I would rather be able to appreciate the things I can not have than to have things I'm not able to appreciate!" ~ Elbert Hubbard.
Blessings my friends!I hope you enjoy your day! I hope you find something new to excite you, to awaken the soul, to inspire you in some way. Life can be wonderful! It's all in the way you look at things! ~W
THE WINNER OF THE ANNIE SHELF SITTER IS.... JODI ALLEN! CONGRATULATIONS! THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED AND FOR YOUR WONDERFUL COMMENTS. DON'T WORRY, MORE GIVEWAYS TO COME! CHECK BACK RIGHT HERE ON SUNDAY NIGHT, 5/16 FOR THE NEXT GIVEAWAY PRIZE! BLESSINGS, ~W
I thought I'd take a moment to share some photos of my son on his Senior Prom.
Seems like yesterday that he was in diapers. That I would read him bedtime stories. That I would bandage his knee with a bandaid.... When I'd bath him and dress him and he'd want to "hang around" with me. :-)
Suddenly I feel old. Well... "older".. LOL and realize that he will soon be on his own. Hopefully, with a good woman who will love him and care for him, just like I did all these years. That is my greatest wish. That and his good health.
Being a ma is the toughest job in the world, but absolutely the most rewarding. I've loved every minute of it so far and I'm sure the best is yet to come!
What's that saying? "Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." ~ Elizabeth Stone
Nothing could be more true!
Blessings to all of you... enjoy the simple things! ~W
Was out in the garden today, looking at the beautiful flowers that are coming to life!
I watched the birds at the feeder and in the bath and the squirrels, wreaking havoc and making mischief...
A gorgeous male American Robin was in the process of making a nest, collecting mud and sticks and stuffing his beak! He paid me no mind as he busily went about his task for the day!
I spotted a few ladybugs too! Great news for gardeners as they love to eat our pesky bugs like aphids!
My butterfly bushes are getting ready to bud and my tomato plants actually have set their little yellow flowers! I've planted Beefsteak tomatoes this year.. Does anyone else love tomato sandwiches on white bread w/ mayo? Yum!
I have a project to complete in the garden.... this time, an olde wooden and wrought iron bench that is in need of a staining. I may try to crackle paint it, I'm not sure yet.
So for now, I leave you with some beautiful photos of the flowers I am growing! Nature is astounding, isn't it?
"FLOWERS".... on of life's simple pleasures! Blessings~W
Good morning! At least the sun is shining today... a welcome sight from the rain and dreariness we've had here for the past several days. Once again I'll be working on new ideas for my fall primitives and will try and list something on eBay a bit later on. I am so inspired to create at this time of the year! Knowing that fall leaves and pumpkins are really just around the corner gives me an extra spark! On another note, my giveaway will be ending tomorrow at midnight. Those who have commented on my Facebook group page will be eligible to win the shelf sitter Annie. I'll draw at random one name from a hat and notify you by FB email and here on the blog! Good luck! And now, a little quote for the day.. “Use what talents you possess! The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” - Henry van Dyke Live Simply my friends! Cherish each moment of every day! ♥~W
I thought I'd take this time to share some of the things that make me smile! I hope you will share your special things too!
The first photo is the love of my life... my son. He just turned 18. He is the kindest, gentlest, most loving human being and he makes my heart burst with joy. He is my inspiration, my heart, my life. :-) All I've done in the past 18 years has been for him and I wouldn't change a thing.
The second photo is my sweet li'l doggy, Buddy. He's 8 and he's half Shepherd, half Shar-pei. His kisses and his loyalty can't be beat. Whenever I'm down he puts a smile on my face.
And a little list of some other things that give me joy include:
Watching the birds at the feeder/bath. I get such joy from this. I love when they splash around with their feathers fluffed out!
Kittens and Cats. I'm a big cat lover! I just lost both of my cats within the past year. One was 19! I miss them so much. I definitely see more cats in my future.
My family. I have a very large extended family. I've lost count but there are probably about 75 of us?! My immediate family includes 1 brother.
My work. If I couldn't create I don't know what I'd do. I'd crumble up and die. I must be busy creating at all times. These hands were meant for it! Sometimes it's hard to shut off my brain.. there is so much I want to accomplish.
My eBay customers and followers on Facebook. Wow, you are all awesome! I wouldn't be here doing what I'm doing without all of you. You inspire me to be better each day.. to be more creative and you make my heart smile with all of your lovely words and encouragement! I really love all of you!
My garden.... Oh how I love to dig my hands into dirt! Especially for the first time of the season! I love raising little seeds into beautiful flowers.
Here's a good one! When I was a little girl, a box of Crayola crayons made me so happy! I still love the smell of a fresh box today! My crayons were like gold to me!
and nature... the simplicity, the beauty, the wonder of it all... It astounds me each and every day.
Other things that make me happy are: A simple cup of coffee, a hug, a kind word, doing good deeds for others and yes.... Archie Bunker. All in the Family has to be my favorite t.v. show of all time.
So... you know a little more about me now. Share what makes you happy! I'd love to read it!
Hello! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit me! My name is Wendy and I am a self-representing folk artist who loves to re-create antique dolls, Raggedies and pieces of the past. I have been creating ever since I could hold a pencil and crayon and work with all mediums.
I am the owner of PRIMITIVES FROM THE ATTIC and you can find my work on eBay! Most of my auctions start at .99¢! I also run a group page on Facebook.. please come and join us!