Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Since I have everything,( if only I could find it when I need it) on most occasions I buy my own gifts. After-Christmas-sales are so attractive and I usually go in for the forlorn leftover amaryllis bulbs and paperwhites, reduced by half. This is my winter garden. We rearranged the living room to accomodate this table by the window. I am trying out the paperwhites on pebbles for the first time. I may have to move them into a different container if my plan doesn't work out.

A while back I visited my sister at her shop and saw these small easels which were used for displaying something like book...I liked them right away and asked where they came from, so I could get them. No one had the answer, so I gave up. But Brooke found them and then gave them to me for my Christmas gift. Perfect for displaying smaller paintings. And they fold up, so when I start selling paintings again I will ship easels with the work as a set.

When I got to Brooke's yesterday, everyone was ready to go shopping, THE WHOLE FAMILY. So we piled into her car, and I made the mistake of leaving my purse in my car, so I couldn't buy anything...First stop, the Rumdum where I found this great French navy shirt by Liz Claiborne.
This sort of thing is so me. It was a mere $3.88 and so it became my birthday present. Love it! On my way home I stopped for gas at Walmart and found the earrings I have been seeking for ages. Click on my face and see if you can see the tiny rings in my earlobes. I can wear these all the time, without feeling anything.

And then this tiny packet contains five double pointed needles, only 5" long, in size 1.5. Never heard of a pattern that called for size 1.5, but they looked so cute, I had to have them.

At home we ate leftover birthday dinner from my pre-birthday cooking and right after dancing until we were out of breath, the phone rang and it was the famous quilt artist and my former business partner Laura Wasilowski. We had a fun chat with lots of giggles and it was the perfect topper to my day.

Thanks to you all for all the wonderful birthday wishes you sent me. I love you!



  1. I love it the needles you bought are from ChiaoGoo which is the company I am a rep for. Thanks for the nice plug. I am sure you will like the needles. I also love it that there are 5. Also did you not think the price was right? I love the 7" straights that I use for all those mitered squares you have me knitting in my sleep as well as awake.

  2. Anonymous10:30 AM

    Melody, a belated happy birthday!! And I see that you did have one (happy, I mean).

    I am 5 1/2 years ahead of you, but you're ahead of me in knowing how to be retired. I am learning from you. Thank you for your wonderful, inspirational blog.

    Mary G. in Chicago

    PS, today I'm shopping (online) for some of that beautiful yarn!

  3. Anonymous12:26 PM

    We love you too!

    LOVE those easels, I use the wee ones from Ikea, but yours are a bit nicer - can you cajole your sister into sharing where she found them? Or maybe she blogged about it, I'm woefully behind on blog reading (except for certain blogs of awesomeness who get their special folder called "Read First" in my Google reader! Hmm....wonder who's in there?)


  4. Dick Blick also sells mini-easels, though they are just raw wood (which can be painted): http://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-studio-mini-canvas/

  5. Great loot! A belated Happy to you, Melody.

  6. Happy Late Birthday and enjoy those needles!

  7. Hi Melody i just found your blog and jusy stopped by to say Hi
    Kieren x

  8. I have to ask, Melody: Is your watch a Swatch? (I love Swatch).
    :-D - Ellen in MD


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