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Wizard of Oz swap


I was so happy to hear from my swap partner, especially since she is from Texas and had to deal in part with Hurricane Ike. She said she had people staying with her who didn’t have power and she would be a little late sending mine along. I said I understand completely.

Anyway, if you haven’t looked on my Flickr, here is what I sent Irma:
 Wizard of Oz Clipboard with Oz swag for Swap

It’s clipboard! The above has a swag with a Dorothy bookmark and a Wicked Witch of the West ‘flight license’. I found the license in a little store in NJ. This is also funny as I live on the west end of a very long road that runs through Chadds Ford to the far end of my town. ; )
 Wizard of Oz Clipboard without the swag

This is without the swag. I used part of a desktop I made for the middle which helped a lot! The paper on the bottom has a texture. So it is tactile too. Some of the art came from an old Oz book-Toto and the tree behind the Tinman. The poppies are from an old flower ID book. My friend sent me an assortment of papers and the green bubbly stuff represents ‘Oz’.  Hope you like it!

Trying to get my crafty mojo back, as my mom’s project took a lot out of me. Did a little last night. I finally took Cos out for a walk too, though the part of the yard he loves (he scratches on the chestnut trees) are bombarding the yard with chestnut burrs. I almost got hit a few times earlier in the day. It looks like we are being invaded by alien pods. ; ) I had to move my pretty coleus and other plants as I am giving some to a lady from Flickr who was interested in some that I had. I can’t seem to overwinter them, so she can have her pick.

Keep my Uncle Don’s wife Mildred in your thoughts. They thought she had pneumonia, but here she aspirated water in her lungs. She’s in the hospital in a fragile state. She’s in her 90s, so it’s scary.

Lazy Day


I truly had one of those days on Saturday that I didn’t feel guilty about. I took my time watching some shows on Bravo that I had missed because of the Democratic Convention. I stitched and frogged some stitching on the sleeping kitty. I wish when designers did the black symbols, that they would make them nice and dark when they print them out. I have been penciling out as I go, still lost my place. When I went to erase, took a lot of the symbol away. Grrrrgh.

I also made a really neat item for a Wizard of Oz swap with a fellow crafty blogger. I had all I wanted to use, plus some and just didn’t sit down to assemble it right away. When I finally did, it took about 15 minutes to get the main area done. As a hint, I am using a collage I made for my desktop and adding to that.

Found a really cute idea on Flickr. I love that site-so many talented photographers and craftspeople. A young lady, Ruby, turned ‘Mini pops’ into a cross stitched project. They are famous little people, say Indiana Jones, that are really tiny. She said she opened a gif file in her paint program to print out the figures and then graphed them.

I tried my hand at it today. Can you guess who these guys are?

They may be a little larger than Ruby’s, but these are the Fab Four from the movie ‘Sergeant Pepper’.

Bri’s dad isn’t doing well on a mega dose of antibiotics. I suggested that if he goes over to his house and doesn’t like what he sees, that he should take him to the ER pronto. Pops says he is weak on his legs and isn’t eating a lot. I think he should be in assisted living until he feels better, but Bri swears that comes out of pocket. Not if the doctor wants him in there, I think the insurance would help. Anyone know? He could maybe get a visiting nurse to help him with his wounds.

If Bri’s dad is ok, we may take a daytrip tomorrow. And if my shoulder is better too. Seems it acts up once in a while. Bri suggested I sit sideways on the massager and it hit an area on my shoulder blade that made it tingle and hurt.

Two answers from my movie meme from a little while ago:
#1 Life and death. Space and time. Fate and chance. Theses are the forces of the universe. Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you a man who has unlocked these mysteries. From the furthest corners of the world where the dark arts still hold sway he returns to us to demonstrate how nature’s laws may be bent. I give you ……. The Illusionist!

#6 A scout has a certain look… Kit Carson, for example. You look like… a muleskinner!
Uh, General I don’t know anything about mules…
Lieutenant, it’s amazing how I can guess the profession of a man just by looking at him! Notice the bandy legs, the powerful arms. This man has spent years with mules. Isn’t that right?
Uh, yes sir!
Hire the muleskinner! –Little Man, Big Man-you must see this movie. : )

I made a desktop collage of this movie a few years ago:

Also did Joy Luck Club and Memoirs of a Geisha:

And of course I couldn’t forget Ferris Bueller’s Day Off:

Guess the Movie!


Found this on Mindy’s blog and thought it was a fun idea! It took me about 45 minutes to locate the quotes from a lot of my favorite movies, in no particular order. If you know any of them, please leave a guess in the comments. Mine are much easier than Mindy’s IMHO.
1.Pick 15 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions.
5. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.

#1 Life and death. Space and time. Fate and chance. Theses are the forces of the universe. Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you a man who has unlocked these mysteries. From the furthest corners of the world where the dark arts still hold sway he returns to us to demonstrate how nature’s laws may be bent. I give you …….

#2 In 1930, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, in an effort to alleviate the effects of the… Anyone? Anyone?… the Great Depression, passed the… Anyone? Anyone? The tariff bill? The Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act? Which, anyone? Raised or lowered?… raised tariffs, in an effort to collect more revenue for the federal government. Did it work? Anyone? Anyone know the effects? It did not work, and the United States sank deeper into the Great Depression. Today we have a similar debate over this. Anyone know what this is? Class? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone seen this before? The Laffer Curve. Anyone know what this says? It says that at this point on the revenue curve, you will get exactly the same amount of revenue as at this point. This is very controversial. Does anyone know what Vice President Bush called this in 1980? Anyone? Something-d-o-o economics. “Voodoo” economics.

Ferris Bueller’s Day off-guessed by Jennifer

#3 My mother always said my sister, Satsu was like wood. As rooted to the earth as a sakura tree… But she told me I was like water… Water can carve its way through stone. And when trapped, water makes a new path.

Memoirs of a Geisha-guessed by Deborah

#4 All around this house I see the signs. My daughter looks but she does not see. This is a house that will break into pieces. It’s not too late. All my pains, my regrets, I will gather them together. My daughter will hear me calling, even though I’ve said no words. She will climb the stairs to find me. She will be scared because at first her eyes will see nothing. She will feel in her heart this place where she hides her fears. She will know I am waiting like a tiger in the trees, now ready to leap out and cut her spirit loose.

Joy Luck Club-guessed by Cindy

#5 it’s, uh… it’s capped with an elaborate headpiece in the shape of the sun with a crystal in the center. And what you did was, you take the staff to a special room in Tanis, a map room with a miniature of the city all laid out on the floor. And if you put the staff in a certain place at a certain time of day, the sun shone through here and made beam that came down on the floor here… and gave you the exact location of the Well of the Souls.

Raiders of the Lost Ark-guessed by Amy

#6 A scout has a certain look… Kit Carson, for example. You look like… a muleskinner!
Uh, General I don’t know anything about mules…
Lieutenant, it’s amazing how I can guess the profession of a man just by looking at him! Notice the bandy legs, the powerful arms. This man has spent years with mules. Isn’t that right?
Uh, yes sir!
Hire the muleskinner!

#7 Jeesh, all Bolivia can’t look like this.
How do you know? This might be the garden spot of the whole country. People may travel hundreds of miles just to get to this spot where we’re standing now. This might be the Atlantic City, New Jersey of all Bolivia for all you know.
Look, I know a lot more about Bolivia than you know about Atlantic City, New Jersey I can tell you that.
Aha! You do, huh? I was born there, I was born in New Jersey. Was brought up there, so…
You’re from the east? I didn’t know that.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid guessed by Amy

#8 I don’t have the right style for you do I?
No you don’t have the right style.
I’ll change.
No, don’t change. You’re your own girl, you have your own style.
But then I won’t have you. Why can’t I have you?
Because you push too hard, every damn minute. There’s no time to ever relax and enjoy living. Every things too serious to be so serious.
If I push too hard it’s because I want things to be better, I want us to be better, I want you to be better. Sure I make waves you have I mean you have to. And I’ll keep making them till your everything you should be and will be. You’ll never find anyone as good for you as I am, to believe in you as much as I do or to love you as much.

The Way We Were-guessed by Lee

#9 I wanted you. I wanted you desperately but I didn’t think you wanted me.
It seems we’ve been at cross purposes, doesn’t it? But it’s no use now. As long as there was Bonnie, there was a chance that we might be happy. I liked to think that Bonnie was you, a little girl again, before the war, and poverty had done things to you. She was so like you, and I could pet her, and spoil her, as I wanted to spoil you. But when she went, she took everything.

Gone with the Wind guessed by Jennifer

#10 Ring around the rosie, a pocket full of spears! Thought you were pretty foxy, didn’t you? Well! The last to go will see the first three go before her! And your mangy little dog, too!

The Wizard of Oz-guessed by Jennifer

#11 Were you scared in Vietnam?
Yes. Well, I-I don’t know. Sometimes it would stop raining long enough for the stars to come out… and then it was nice. It was like just before the sun goes to bed down on the bayou. There was always a million sparkles on the water… like that mountain lake. It was so clear, Jenny, it looked like there were two skies one on top of the other. And then in the desert, when the sun comes up, I couldn’t tell where heaven stopped and the earth began. It’s so beautiful.

Forrest Gump-guessed by Jennifer

#12 Well, yes, ma’am, I do… I mean, I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s gonna happen or, who I’m gonna meet, where I’m gonna wind up. Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it. You don’t know what hand you’re gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you… to make each day count.

Titanic-guessed by Lee

#13 I always knew you were alive, I knew it. Everybody said that I had to let you go. I love you. You’re the love of my life.
I love you too, Kelly. More than you’ll ever know.

Castaway-guessed by Lee

#14 Are you suggesting that I killed my wife? Are you saying that I crushed her skull and that I shot her? How dare you! When I came home, there was a man in my house. I fought with this man. He had a mechanical arm. You find this man. You find this man.

The Fugitive-guessed by Jennifer

#15 For God’s sake, Chris! The whole world is watching. We can’t let him die in front of a live audience!
He was born in front of a live audience.

The Truman Show-guessed by Amy


One was about a man over 100 telling his life story.

One was about magic.

The Dark Knight


Sean wanted to see The Dark Knight for a few weeks now. Seems most of his pals had seen it and raved about it (young 20s raving about a movie isn’t going to be a movie a late 40s is necessarily going to want to see). I was kinda hoping Brian would step up and go with him, but good ol’ ma with her bad back sat for 2 1/2 hours of gravelly voices, things exploding and moving too fast and watching Heath Ledger give the performance of his short lifetime. He probably had to dig really deep to pull out the scariness of The Joker. He scared me good! Christian Bale is a great Batman, but this really was Heath’s movie.

I could not believe a couple had their two little girls, I’d say 3 and 2 to see that movie! They walked around a lot, but it was way too graphic and loud for them. The scariest movie Sean saw as a 3 yr old was ‘The Little Mermaid’.

We ate at a Red Robin restaurant which was good. Sean said the burgers rivaled Ruby’s Diner. I had some fried shrimp and fries which were good.

I am still suffering off and on with my right back shoulder blade area. Certain seating bothers me more, and the computer chair is one of them. I have a little pillow behind me. I also broke down and took an Advil which tends to be rough on my tummy.

So that was my day.

Bri’s worked his tail off in the yard over the last few days. Yesterday he trimmed the forsythia and today he cut the grass and did a little weed whacking until the cord ran out. Not sure how to wind it back on as I never did on this newer one before. It looks nice out there.

Hopefully I’ll get the art table set up this week.

Take me out to the ballgame!


Brian and Sean went to their first ever Phillies game together at the Citizen’s Bank Park. I watched from home as usually events like that aren’t my cup of tea. I have been to a few Phillies games, a long, long time ago. They were interesting, I will say that, but it was after they had won the World Series back in 1981 or so. I really knew the players well, and a few lived in my hometown at the time (Mike Schimdt and Tug McGraw).

The game yesterday was against the Atlanta Braves and the Phillies won 10-9. The Phillies scored 7 runs in the 5th with a homerun hit by Greg Dobbs, the pitch hitter. Needless, to say, they were happy about that.

They brought me home a little Phillies bear with crooked eyes with the pitcher Hamels name on the back-ahhh.

Here are a few of Sean’s snaps:

Inside Citizen’s Bank Park

Bri giving the thumb’s up outside the park

Opps-forgot to save Sean’s photo!


On the home front, I laid low still doing some cleaning and sorting. The dust really gets to me. Bri showed me the filter from the heater he replaced and it was filthy. I think it should be changed every few months instead of waiting for 3 months. The dust has been especially bad this year for some reason, maybe it was the filter!

Here’s a bulb plant that I am waiting to bloom, it’s some kind of crocosmia. I thought it was suppose to be orange, but these look red.

And look at this cute Leopard frog who lives in the pond. There seems to be a few of them here:

The zinnias are having a bad year, but here’s a lime one grown from a saved seed from last year:

I’m still waiting on my brother to give me the thumb’s up for getting my air in the van repaired. It’s quite uncomfortable to drive in it and my two vent windows won’t open either. I may have to take it somewhere, but I trust my brother with my van the most.

I may be starting a new sewing project this week using my recent cross stitch finish as the center design. I’ll keep you posted. I picked up an old cross stitch project (says 1988 on the package-but I think I started it a few years past that), it’s pretty-a swan surrounded by waterlilies.

Sean and I watched the movie ‘Across the Universe’, based on the music of the Beatles. It was pretty creative, a little long and it reminded me of ‘Tommy’. It’s nice when you can sing along to a movie, plus all the actors had great voices.

We signed up to get a portrait taken for the church directory today. It’s a free 8 x 10 and we get the free directory. It will be nice because you see people every week and don’t know there names.

Can you hum them all?


Here is a partial list of the American Film Institute’s top 100 movie songs.

1. “Over the Rainbow,” “The Wizard of Oz,” 1939
2. “As Time Goes by,” “Casablanca,” 1942
3. “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” 1952
4. “Moon River,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” 1961
5. “White Christmas,” “Holiday Inn,” 1942
6. “Mrs. Robinson,” “The Graduate,” 1967
7. “When You Wish Upon a Star,” “Pinocchio,” 1940
8. “The Way We Were,” “The Way We Were,” 1973
9. “Stayin’ Alive,” “Saturday Night Fever,” 1977
10. “The Sound of Music,” “The Sound of Music,” 1965
11. “The Man That Got Away,” “A Star Is Born,” 1954
12. “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” 1953
13. “People,” “Funny Girl,” 1968
14. “My Heart Will Go On,” “Titanic,” 1997
15. “Cheek to Cheek,” “Top Hat,” 1935
16. “Evergreen (Love Theme From ‘A Star Is Born’),” “A Star Is Born,” 1976
17. “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “My Fair Lady,” 1964
18. “Cabaret,” “Cabaret,” 1972
19. “Some Day My Prince Will Come,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” 1937
20. “Somewhere,” “West Side Story,” 1961

PS..I ♥ You…pass the tissues


Sean was nice enough to rent me a movie (he got it free anyway!), so I watched it last night. He had seen it with his gal pal when she visited PSU earlier this year. Hilary Swank is such a good actress (she has 2 Oscars), and every time she started to cry, I needed a tissue! That was meat for the two men here. They couldn’t believe I was getting choked up. I was already kind of down from Father’s Day since I never celebrated it my entire life, and knowing it was really never going to happen again (because my father passed away in Feb, well that didn’t help). And it didn’t help that Gerard Butler, the lead actor ,looked like my late father a little.

Hilary wore lots of hats, and if you didn’t know it, I am a ‘hat person’ as I have a big head. I don’t wear them as much as I should.

I almost missed the third episode of ‘The Mole’ as the movie ended after 10. I’m interested in it as there are (were) three guys from a 35 mile radius from where we live, the closest is from West Grove, a few towns away. Bobby, from Philly, just got ‘eliminated’ last night.

I’m trying to finish up some craft projects that are laying around. I finished an Altered tin swap for a lady in Iowa. I wrote her a note and she said she wasn’t affected by the flooding, but her neighbor was. Then I stained a cigar box that I bought to glue my Amish children and apple tree cross stitched design on. I think I’ll make it into a scissor box because Vonna from ‘The Twister Stitcher’ inspired me! I didn’t do much cleaning, but doing the above motivates me to do more!

My poor mom wasn’t well yesterday-in pain and laid up in bed. She forgot she had hung out clothes a few days before as her dryer is on the fritz. She was using muscles she hadn’t used for a while. I hope she can get that repaired. She’s a constant worry to me. Her car is fixed, but the transmission is going, as are the shocks. Looks like my brother is trying to locate another used vehicle for her.