Behind My Red Door

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Life is just a bowl of cherries!

I just love black cherries when they are in season and are dark and firm and oh so sweet. I have to make sure we have some in the house chilling from the moment I notice them in the stores until they go out of season. And if anyone dares to eat the last cherry, they just might find themselves in the grocery store no matter what the hour of the day or night. And just so I don't have to wait a full year for them, at Christmas time my DH always manages to find a source for some rich dark sweet ones and he fills my stocking with them as a very special treat. They cost almost as much as gold bullion at that time of year but he knows how much I love those black cherries!
So when Janet from Winter Willow Primitives emailed me asking a question about "a gathering with a bowl of cherries" that she saw in one of Kathy's Home on the Hill albums, I knew immediately the exact gathering she meant. You see I have coveted those cherries ever since the first time I laid my eyes on them. Thais is the exact gathering that is on the top of Kathy's antique pantry cabinet in the dining room of her Home on the Hill that I got to see in person in March. You can bet I went straight over to that bowl of cherries as soon as it was polite to do so!! They are so cute aren't they??!!!! (I guess I might just be a wee bit impartial !! ) And of course the entire top of the pantry looks wonderful - just like the rest of Kathy and Stephen's home.

Janet was asking me about the coverlet piece because I had given it to Kathy. After chatting back and forth, luckily for me, Janet shared the source for some cherries that are very similar to Kathy's and I ordered them immediately and now I have my very own. They are not exactly like Kathy's but they look pretty real don't you think? I have them in a small trencher on my dough board. I just hope I don't get tempted to pop one in my mouth when I am making my midnight snack run!! You can find these at USI Floral Imports.

To see why Janet was chatting with us about that gathering, you can read part one here!
I love mail too! Especially when it brings a sweet and unexpected and completely heartwarming gift like this needle case from the VERY talented Kaaren from The Painted Quilt. My DH wanted to know why I was crying and all I could do was show him this. Kaaren thought up the entire design herself and made 2 one afternoon. That kind of creativity and talent is a true gift. You can see both of them on her blog.

And lookey here!! She included the most wonderful pair or reproduction Putford scissors and the scissor fob she whipped up as well (see the bee skep on the end of it?? Could it be any cuter!!) and see the little pockets on the left and the removable pincushion on the right? I just adore every detail for the wool appliqued flower on the front to the pinkeep, pockets and pincushion inside!

Last night we went over to my folks house to bring them some homemade quiche and I brought my needlecase to show my mom, and she was so impressed. My mom is a very talented seamstress as well as a quilter and painter like Kaaren, and she could not get over all the details either. THANK YOU again Kaaren for touching my heart with this amazing gift. As I said, you will be the cause of many smiles for years to come!
And I have to show you the note card that Kaaren tucked in. Look at that gorgeous painting on a turned wooden plate that Kaaren did! I hope you can click on the photo to see the details. I did some tole painting in the 80's and nothing I did ever looked as real as this. Sometime when you have a chance, head on over to Kaaren's blog and see all the things she creates and read about her career teaching it too. She is gifted indeed!

I also love June 6th. You see 37 years ago today my mom sent the cute college kid who was the delivery guy at the old fashioned pharmacy where she worked, to pick me up and take me out for the afternoon. His blue eyes, dimples and chiseled physique captured my attention immediately but it was his kind disposition and sweet nature that kept me interested. I was just ending my junior year in high school and he had just finished his sophomore year in college. Now 37 years later, we are middle aged and almost grandparents!! Oh and we are married to each other too!!
So today my sweet guy who still has blue eyes, dimples, and kind disposition, and knowing he has had plenty of time on the links lately, told me we could do whatever I wanted as long as we were home to Brady sit in the late afternoon. So I planned a trip to a few shops I wanted to visit in southeastern MA as well as a few stops he would enjoy including lunch out. Mother Nature gave us wonderful weather and we had a lot of fun. An added bonus was that I got to see a project he worked on for over a year while he worked at GPE. Of course I enjoyed browsing in the shops, but mostly it is the time with DH that counts the most. I love that he enjoys driving trips as much as I do and is such a good sport to take me to places he really couldn't care less about. We pop in our favorite CD's and he sings to me and we enjoy the scenery and life is good. I really didn't care if I came home with nothing but him, and I didn't get a thing at the first two shops and I wouldn't go back to either of them, but I hit the jackpot at our last stop - The Gingham Goose,78 Middleboro Rd, East Freetown, MA 02717. 508-763-4833 (no website) The shop is moving in September so almost everything in the store is 50% off! Woohoo! I almost squealed. Of course things were quite picked over already but I managed to snag some goodies. At those prices, even DH was excited! (Well almost!)
The mustard pillow sham from Family Heirloom Weavers, is already on the daybed with the coordinating blanket right here in my office. The bread board already is at home under my antique fly screen in the picture above with the cherries, and the other two items will find homes soon I am sure. So if any of you live near southeastern MA, head over to the Gingham Goose when you can!


Many of my peeps have asked about the ducks and we have yet to see them again. So on Thursday, we got our driveway sealed and now the front looks much nicer. We still need to change the color of the shutters when we have some time and DH feels like climbing the big ladder and gettng them all down for me.

And I love my followers - all 301 of you. I realize that there are many many other blogs to read so I really do try to keep you in mind when I write my posts. I hope that each time you visit, you find something that amuses you, entertains you, teaches you or touches you somehow.

I promised one of my peeps a post about yellow ware but this one is getting long so next time I am back, I will do that. UNLESS Liliana makes her way into the world before I come back. Then you will have to put up with Grammy bragging!!

Until Next Time - Hugs, Linda