Month of May Stitched in Memory- Guest Blog

These photos are from May 1987, taken in Kentucky.  Sent by my good friend Joanne. We were so much younger then, we’re older than that now……

And a tribute to Phyllis George who passed May 14th.

Joanne, Phyllis, Ruth

Ruth – you and I reconnected as Army wives in Fort Knox, KY in 1986 after we both moved there from Germany, where we first met.  You taught me the art of smocking and we spent a lot of time together stitching beautiful outfits for our little girls.  Then we decided to make it a “cottage industry” and created our business Handsmocked in Kentucky.  We took special orders and sold our work in the  Kentucky Arts Council In Louisville … where we attracted the attention of Phyllis George (then wife of the Governor of Kentucky!) .

We had such fun and dreams with our little business, and then all of a sudden we were invited to Phyllis George’s home as a vendor for her Kentucky Derby celebration which featured Kentucky based artists!  What an adventure ….
33 years later I still have a lot of memories and a wardrobe of smocked dresses to hand down to some special little girl.  
My memory of Phyllis George was a gracious, giving woman who cared deeply about Kentucky artisans.   (And she wrote us a check for a handsmocked dress for her daughter.)

Joanne was able to go into her boxes of photos which are all labeled and put her hands on these photos.

Joanne even put her hands on our little brochure.  Her sister did the artwork.

Our daughters Laura and Anna at a tea party, sporting our smocking. This photo is in Germany where both girls were born.

A Flowerpot Card in the Mail

Isn’t it fun to receive a happy surprise in your mailbox? My DIL’s mother created this fancy flowerpot card on her Cricut machine. Thanks, Marlene. You slide up the flowers and there’s a message written on the base. She actually made an accompanying easel to hold the card but I took the photo prior to discovering it in the envelope. It was sweet of her to remember me on Mother’s Day. We share four grandchildren.

And the Best Mom figurine? A treasured gift from years ago. ❤️

The items set up just above my kitchen sink.

Such delicate and colorful flowers in the flowerpot

Retro Macrame Pot Hanger Materials

This vintage book of directions for making Macrame Plant Hangers or rather Macrame Pot Hangers and this huge twine were in the donations my friend Donna gave to my art teacher friend Bob.

In the seventies, I never used such a thick rope but instead a thinner white cord and some wooden beads.

Macrame belts were holding up lots of bell bottom jeans when I was in college.

Do you or have you ever done macrame?

Handkerchief Use is an Art

Handkerchief use is an art, but not a lost one, thanks to Lisa Goad who takes handkerchief art to a new level. Custom orders are her specialty.

We found the Maplewoodstock Music Festival in Memorial Park happening on Saturday when we got off at the train station on our way to lunch with longtime friends.

The Hanky Shoppe booth caught my eye, and made me nostalgic for handkerchief users I’ve known and loved in my life. I’ve quite a few hankies in my possession but haven’t been carrying one around with me lately.

Now I have a new beautifully machine embroidered one created by artist and master sewer and plan to add to my collection

Thank you, Lisa.

Here’s Lisa and her husband Matt, whose traditional handkerchief use and second wedding anniversary gift (cotton) of monogrammed handkerchiefs from Lisa inspired the start of The Hanky Shoppe.

An elegant hummingbird embroidered on a brand new cotton lace edged handkerchief.

Upcycled Jean Jackets are popular -different designs Marilyn, Mermaids and Peacocks to name a few

Chippy helps out at The Hanky Shoppe 
Fancy Mermaid zippered purses in a variety of sizes 

The 16th Maplewoodstock Music Festival

Maplewood New Jersey Train Station

The Maplewood Train Station

Today’s Post is #3603 and marks

the start of year eleven of blogging

Interesting Finds at the Handmade Arcade

 

Dear Blog Followers/Readers

Thanks to all who have responded on the positioning of the photos when they view the blog.  It has been beyond annoying and frustrating, especially for those who get the photos sideways. 

Today I spent time rotating and saving and resizing the photos which were shot vertically.  If they are on their side, I hope you will inform me right away so I can go back to the drawing board.  When I look at them they look correct but not for all receiving them.  

I heard from a woman I photographed last week about the auto rotation of photos on various programs.  Here is the link to that information

I knew nothing about Exif Data    

Still working on the solution to proper orientation of photos no matter who views it on ALL devices. 

Now back to our regularly scheduled blog post of the day-   

Handmade Arcade at  Pittsburgh’s David Lawrence Convention Center, Saturday afternoon.

This is Douglas of My Vinyl Resting Place  holding a vinyl record now shaped as a bowl

Deanna of Cleveland Street Glass

When I asked her how she got into this business she said she moved to Cleveland and in just a week her car was broken into.

Mr. Wise co-owner of Second Season packages a pair of Repurposed Redesigned Upcycled mittens made from used sweaters