Friday, June 27, 2008


Hi there, fellow bloggers! I'm back after a few days off. I can't believe how fast time is flying by this summer. It's already the end of June. The only time I'm glad about that is when I step outside and feel the 90-plus degree heat. While the poor midwest is drowning in water and floods, we need rain badly down here in Tennessee.

Back in May I did a post talking about teaching Mekenzie, my 10 yr old granddaughter, to sew this summer. Here's the update: We're on our way! and here's the proof.
This photo shows Kenzie pinning the pattern and getting ready to cut it out. Going carefully...
Here she is concentrating really hard on sewing the seams of her pj bottoms.

And here is a very pleased and excited Mekenzie wearing her very own pajama pants! She did all of the seams. I helped with the elastic waistband and the hem, but everything else was done by my beautiful granddaughter. We are on our Way, for sure!
Tomorrow it's off to the Weecare knitting circle get-together. I'm doing a white blanket which fits around the baby's carseat. When it's finished, I'll show you the picture. I'll be better now, and stay back on track with my blogging, so comment to me, okay? Luv, Nerm

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Howdy folks. Hope your week is going well. We had a big Father's Day to-do here, but Kitty has the pictures. Sorry. Most of this week, I've been under the weather again, but today I'm doing better.

Now on to the TAG:
Here are the Rules:
Rules are posted at the beginning. At the end of the post, the player tags 6 people and posts their names. Then the player goes to each of the “named” people’s blogs and leaves a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. If you’ve been tagged, you do the same, letting the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer. Your answer, of course, is the answer to the following questions. Here we go!

1. What was I doing 10 years ago: I was working part-time at hubby's business in the accounting office. Kitty was graduating from high school and getting ready to go off to college. I had a precious 5 month old granddaughter.
2. What are 5 things on your to do list today: Laundry, bank, meet with a friend, meet hubby for lunch and get some rest.
3. Snacks I enjoy: Most sweet things (unfortunately) and cheese & crackers
4. Places I've lived: (married) Virginia, Florida, California, Tennessee
5: Things I would do if I were a billionaire: Buy each of my children a home; travel; and give alot to charities like World Vision to help fight hunger & illness in Africa & the Caribbean.

Now, on to the next tagees (is that a word?); Amy of MyRetroHeart; Victoria; Donna Lynn;
Nanette; Daisy; Ediemariesattic

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Well, after mentioning (whining?) that I hadn't had much luck with Goodwill, flea markets, and garage sales, I finally managed to bring home some goodies. Yesterday Mother and I braved the heat to go to several estate sales and garage sales. Actually the weather turned out okay because we had an early afternoon rain and it cooled us right down. My mother loves these things, so it was good for her to get out and have some fun.
Below you will notice several tins and a box FULL of buttons! Oh, be still, my beating heart!
The ones I've gone thru & washed are there on the cookie sheet. The shoe box is full of all sorts of things, including buttons, boy scout patches, sewing supplies, etc. But it is all so dirty and dusty. So I'll be washing them,but who cares with such a treasure trove. Also I got that sweet little white pillow with crochet trim for a mere 50 cents!
Here are some buttons after being washed and sorted. Some are very old, most not so much.
I also snatched up the last vintage apron in the kitchen of one house-it's hard to see here, but it's trimmed in ricrack and the bib is made to be pinned on to the cook's bodice. I remember seeing my own grandmother pin her apron bib to her dress when she cooked.

I also got some vintage Golden books, including one dated 1958. Then I got Morgan (2 yrs) a few pairs of shoes, which look new.

Here's a large World Book Atlas. They were selling the whole set of encyclopedias, but I loved this one. Great for decoupage and papercrafts. It'll last forever. Lots of interesting pages to use. I have such a love for books, a reverence really, it has taken me years to get to the point where I can actually cut one up.
Well, there it is, folks, my excitement for the past days. Happy Father's Day to one and all-hope your day tomorrow is fun and full of love. Nerm

Thursday, June 12, 2008


Yesterday Kitty and I went to beautiful downtown Franklin, TN, and met up with Victoria Lynn, her daughter Rachel and Donna Lynn. I was so excited about it I forgot my camera which is a shame because these are some cute ladies. You can see them for yourself on their respective blogs: sweet victoria antiques and blushing rose antiques. They had been shopping all day and were in a cute antique/gift shop which I didn't know existed! And I live here! Duh.
We stood there and talked up a storm for at least 30 minutes. They had other stops to make like Home Depot, grocery and less fun things, so we had to cut it short. Can't wait to sit and visit with Victoria and Rachel longer.
I am so glad I got to meet Donna Lynn-sure wish I could have had a longer visit with her. She's seems one neat lady!
I'll get some pictures of them on here sooner or later. Promise! Nerm

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


I know this blog was started to share my love of family and crafting. But... I took my two sweet granddaughters to see the movie Kung Fu Panda today. I just have to comment. (preach, maybe)
They had been here spending the night and just for fun, I decided to take them to the movies before meeting their mom to send them home. We were in a rush and I didn't bother to check the rating. It was a cartoon with animals, so what's to worry, right? About midway thru this movie, I thought, "wow, all they are doing is fighting". Madison (6 yrs) said, "This is a long movie" meaning she was bored. And I have to say, I agreed with her.
This movie has scary cartoon tiger-like figures, constant violence and a panda who is fat, out of shape and talks about emotional eating. I'm sure the creators hoped we would be inspired to overcome our shortcomings and accomplish great things, but all I noticed was the fighting and name calling.
All of this has reminded me how precious the innocence and vulnerability of our children is. How much is marketed to them in the name of entertainment? This has been a wake-up call for me to take nothing for granted and be vigilant.
Okay, okay, I'm off the soapbox now. I'm just saying... Nerm

Monday, June 9, 2008


Hi everyone-sorry I'm been out of touch the last few days. Life happens ya know. Seems I'm busy a lot, but I'm not sure doing what! ha.

Here's one thing which happened over the weekend. Kitty's honey, Tom, had a birthday party. I think Kitty has said he's from an Italian family, so she ordered a cannoli cake. It was so, so good. Very light and filled with creme. Yum. Doesn't it make your mouth water? My contribution to the crafty scene has been decorating a pair of flip-flops. I found this flip-flop glue which says it will adhere anything. I layered yo-yo's fabric flowers, and buttons. Not terribly original, but fun and cute.

Here they are...

Our weather has been so hot-over 90 degrees for over a week now. And it's only the first of June. Yikes. Other places have floods and storms. Strange stuff.

Well, friends, be good and please stay cool. Luv, Nerm

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Yippee! I got my package from today! It was full of fun stuff-lots of trims and ribbons. Can you see the little pink roses on that middle piece? Click on the photo for an upclose look. And tags in pink and white with ribbon. What fun. Thanks, Nancy!

You may have noticed our new banner up at the top. These are my new colors for the family/ bonus room. It has been coral/blue/beach-y for longer than I care to say. Hubby dear loves it and would keep it that way for a bit longer. Fortunately for me, he pretty much lets me do anything I want when it comes to decorating. The sweetie even lived with a pink bedroom for several years! Now one word of warning: don't expect to see photos of the new room for a WHILE. There are other things which need doing first. But I wanted to publicly commit so I'd be more motivated! ha ha.
Luv, Nerm

Monday, June 2, 2008


At Nerm's house, we certainly believe in family get-togethers! We had one on Monday, Memorial Day, and then turned right around and had another on Saturday! This one was to visit with relatives we don't see often and it just fell right to get everyone together. Hubby smoked two pork butts and it was yummy. He's as good as any bar-b-que restaurant. Lots of other goodies filled out the meal. Of course, the desserts were the best: two cheesecakes, a fruit tart, pie, etc. Let's just say no one went home hungry.
Here's a shot of Kitty with Morgan.

My kitchen was packed-you can't even see half of it. It's always the place to be!

Here's Morgan again. All the "big" kids were outside running wide open most of the evening.

Some of the guys having a serious talk on the back patio. The handsome one in pink is Kitty's hubby, Tommy.

Next weekend will be Tommy's birthday, so I guess that calls for another party. We may have this one at Kitty's house tho'. Nerm is a little tired! ha, ha.
I love having my family around. Wish we had a big house and some of them could live here just like the Waltons. As long as I could go to my room and get away once in a while-ha, ha. Hope to have some sewing to show you soon. Luv, Nerm

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