Friday, April 30, 2010

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

aged to perfection

Ornate scrolling gives this vintage metal box a baroque style to compliment a rich decor.

On top, a medallion centerpiece with a textured background is surrounded by heavy border. The tiny metal elements on the top overhang the lid and add interest to the design.

A well-fitted and rather heavy lid is attached with a hidden hinge. Red felted interior for the bottom of the box. A scrollwork border surrounds the sides.

Available for only $18.00 from Edge of the Wildwood!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

wordless wednesday

Monday, April 26, 2010

huggable primitive

Please share my delight for these lovable handmade cloth dolls:

meet Chico the Chihuahua and all his friends

(click on any photo for a quick link)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

if it aint broke

...then don't fix it.

The small town where I live has long adopted the image of a broken wagon wheel as it's symbol. In 1797 Nolensville was founded when the Nolen family of settlers was stranded after a mishap with their rig. When the wheel broke, they realized they were in a good spot for a homestead. Plentiful water, game and lands to farm.

some locals feel that a busted up wagon wheel gives off the wrong message. What will people think when they see an old wheel with a cracked spoke? Will they see a repair that was never made? Or will they see what the Nolens saw... a sweet spot to live.

I for one, hope the community continues to display the old wheel.
But, like everything, if someone is willing to pay enough money, then they can have the icon whatever they would like.

What are we gonna do with all these old wagon wheels....

Saturday, April 24, 2010

it's Caturday

Monday, April 19, 2010

American Hardwoods: Cherry

Known to live for 250 years, the Black Mountain Cherry is a pioneer species that establishes itself in sunny open fields. Also called 'Black Cherry' or 'Rum Cherry' the broken twigs give off an aromatic almond scent and the fruit ripens from green to red to black.

The very thick, broken, dark bark of the Black Cherry sometimes looks like burnt potato chips! For the first 10 years of life the bark closely resembles Birch: thin and striped. The leaves of a Black Cherry are long, shiny with a serrated margin.

The fruit can be used for making jam, cherry pies and flavoring liqueurs; it's also a popular flavoring for sodas and used in many ice creams. The black cherry is commonly used instead of sweet cherries (Prunus avium) in order to achieve a sharper taste.

The timber is valuable, perhaps the premier cabinetry timber of the U.S., traded as "cherry". It is known for its strong red color and high price.

In Danish folklore, a good crop of cherries was insured by having the first ripe fruit eaten by a woman shortly after her first child was born.

Return to Edge of the Wildwood next week when we look over Cottonwood. It's all part of our American Hardwoods series, covering 20 species of trees.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Neti pot or nutty pot?

Occasionally you may come across someone that is nutty about Neti pots. Nasal passage irrigation can relive sinus congestion, and millions of Americans will swear by their Neti. The enthusiast may go into a step by step demonstration without provokation; and perhaps you'll pick up a few tips:)

It's odd and sometimes awkward to use a Neti pot. Fill a small container with water. Add a little salt. Lean over a sink and pour it into one nostril. The saline water flushes through your other nostril. It's the special design of the Neti pot that makes it easy.

So, you might feel silly at first but your sinus will feel great!

Don't have a Neti pot? You can accomplish a nasal flush by snorting the salt water from your palm.

Does a Neti pot really work? on WebMD

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Young @ Heart

A fantastic film that I recommend to all music lovers!

Friday, April 16, 2010

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

the last of the whistle

December 1942

"Maytag Joe" came over as usual last night, or rather I should say this morning (3 A.M.) dropping 20 bombs as usual. They bomb by navigation on these cloudy nights. We didn't pick him up and he was practically up on us before we could get out of the tent into our fox-holes, which incidentally had about a foot of mud in them.

God sure has been with this company and we consider ourselves extremely lucky. It's no fun to hear the bombs when they're over your fox-hole, but as long as they whistle over, it's okay. It's when you don't hear the last of the whistle is when it's coming into your hole.

About a half mile from here, just inside of this palm-tree clearing, right on the edge of the airport there's a zigzag fox-hole which has a little green cross on it. 8 Marines were blown to bits when a bomb made a direct hit. Poor fellows. They never had a chance. They probably didn't know what hit them.

This is Harry's War Diary

Their muddy fox-holes are the best protection they have from constant shelling. Harry tells us how the troops listen to the whistle to determine if the bomb is headed for their fox-hole.

This photo shows more graves and markers.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

can't find a trace

December 1942

It is rumored around here that we might go home next month, or March at the latest. I sure hope it's true. We of the Americal Division was the first to come over and see action. We also have been over here longer than the Rainbow Division of the last war. I hear that we are going back to re-organize because the Americal Div. is all shot up. I know we of the 51st are pretty well worked to death.

As I sit here, looking at Henderson Airfield, planes are going and coming. They're bombing the hell out of something. I hear that at the New Georgian Island and Bouganville we have around 5 airports here now, including a few fighter strips. They claim there will be around 700 airplanes here pretty soon. If we can get enough flying fortresses, dive bombers, etc. we can blow Bouganville to heck. We have caused lots of damage to their concrete runways now.

Dec. 21, 1942

Came off K.P. today and worked with Jim Wahl in the afternoon. His cousin from the mortar platoon gave him a Japanese bike - which is an American make! It poured down rain this afternoon while we were in the area working. We heard today, when I came in, that 7 men were killed a few miles from here when some land mines exploded (which they had first dug up). They were headed here to give the mines to us. We can't find a trace of the men or the truck.


At this point, Harry is definately feeling like his contribution to this battle has been made. He watches the take offs and landings and has to think that somewhere our planes are making an impact. Harry is finally able to post a date and mentions Jim Wahl's name, which is a return to his original writing style.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

some never to return

December 1942

They finally got Washing Machine Joe. He hung around here one morning too long. A couple of P38's went up and shot him down, however another W.M. Joe started coming over last night around 9:30 P.M. They trained all 7 searchlights on him and he flew directly over us. They couldn't hit him with the 90MM because he was too high. You could see the shells bursting in air all around him. He finally dumped his load on the beach & got the heck out of here. It was getting too warm for him.

We now have around 200 planes on the island (so I hear) including a bunch of flying fortresses. I've seen enough action already. I'm ready to get out of here & so is everyone else. The first night we landed we went to the front line, which is 6 miles from here. But nothing happened, which I am thankful. We're supposed to be non-combatant troops (Oh! yeah). Every day troops pass here going to the front. Some never to return. Around 300 native headhunters passed here yesterday, armed with Jap rifles, knives, etc. They hate the Japs for raping their wives.

We have stopped the Japs from landing 3 times since I've been here. I hear that the Atlantic Fleet is over here now. The 25th Division came in yesterday (Dec ??) and I hear the 23rd is in Tulagi & that the 43rd is on it's way. The 25th is from Hawaii and they are crack jungle fighters.


This is Harry's War Diary

They really strive to understand their role. Headhunters? Jungle fighters? Well, Harry has seen enough action for his taste and still sees himself as a non-combatant.

The" Dec (??) " is a real indicator that Harry has lost track of what day it is. In previous diary entries he keeps a sharp track of the time of day and likes to list the events in a particular order. His propensity to mark time is put on the back burner during these months on Guadalcanal.

If you look closely at the photo of a field, you'll see the crosses that mark the graves of the fallen Americans. There are also a few soldiers visiting in the cemetery in the background.

Monday, April 12, 2010

American Hardwoods: Birch

Birch trees have spiritual importance in religion and folklore: Gaelic, Scottish, Irish, and English folksongs and ballads usually associated with death, fairies, or returning from the dead. Birch trees are considered a pioneer species because they rapidly colonize open ground following a disturbance or fire. The common name birch is derived from an old Germanic root, birka - meaning "to shine".

The bark of all birches is characteristically marked with long, horizontial lenticels that often seperates into thin, papery plates. In ancient Russia the bark pieces were commonly used as note paper, and for decoratives purposes. They even made footwear from the birch bark!

But how does it sound? Well, actually birch is graced with a "natural EQ" that makes it one of the most sought after materials in speaker cabinets. The natural resonace that peaks in the high and low frequencies, are the hardest for a speaker to produce. Birch wood can even out that tone and compensate for the missing frequency.

Native Americans of the Northeastern Forests made wide use of the outer bark of white (or paper) birch for canoe construction and wigwam coverings. Long before the arrival of Europeans and even before the development of ceramic vessels 3000 years ago, bark containers were used to collect, store, cook and consume food or other products. Birch bark was also used to make hunting and fishing gear; musical instruments, decorative fans, and even children's sleds and other toys.

Be sure to visit Edge of the Wildwood again when we feature Cherry...

Know your hardwoods! Simply click on the 'hardwood' tag on the bottom of this post to view all of the features in the Edge of the Wildwood "American Hardwoods" Series.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

long term parking hazard

epic fail pictures
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Saturday, April 10, 2010

We get our buttercups and daffodils mixed up

But we throw a good festival! Today, my small hometown is hosting it's BUTTERCUP FESTIVAL...The historic downtown is filled with booths and tables for crafts, food and music.

The whole town comes out and every nook is decorated with daffodil bunches. It's like this, we know the difference between buttercups and daffodils, we just like to keep folks wonderin'

If you make it out, be sure to tour the historic Homeplace Bed & Breakfast. It'll be the one between the boutique and the festival grounds with all the old people on the porch.

And you might want to also visit the Feed Mill with it's Amish goods and coffee bar. Where they feed good folks, and few old goats!

Here's an idea for ya...wear some yellow! Become someone's little buttercup. Or daffodil.

Enjoy your stay, and plan to be in Nolensville all day.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Location, Location, Location

The 3 most important things when sending postcards: location-location-location!

Like this giant postcard from Daytona Beach circa 1940. Buy it now for $5 with FREE shipping.

How you likin' Texas these days? Or how about Arizona? You don't have to take these long trips to get 16 various state postcards in this collection for $7.50 with FREE shipping.

Are you going to Disneyland?! Get this vintage Mickey Mouse watch and get there on time:) Only $52 and $8 to ship

*Happy Trails!*

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Mama said

Well, it's obvious where I get my penchant for old expressions---My Mama!

She's in a for penny, in for a pound....

if there's more than one way to skin a cat....

she's can do it 5 ways to Sunday....

When I asked Mama to give me a quick list (she LOVES to make lists) of a few of her favorite, my email was suddenly full of page after page of old expressions.

Come to find out, she searched online and found the best ....crazy like a fox!

I love to incorporate old sayings in my crafts, and most of it comes from Mallie. Thank you Mama, and can you send me a recipe for homemade oatmeal cookies, please? :)

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

American Hardwoods: Basswood

From German folklore, the "tree of lovers" is a symbolic and hallowed lime tree (known in the US as Basswood) and was believed by the ancients to hold sacred powers that could unearth the truth. In rural Germany, public trials and court appearances were frequently held sub tilia (Under the lime-tree).

A medieval love poem by W. von der Volgelweide ( 1170-1230) begins with a reference to the lime tree:

Under the lime tree

on the open field

where we two had our bed

you still can see lovely both

broken flowers and grass

on the edge of the woods in a vale


sweetly sang the nightingale

In Europe, lime trees have been known to live for centuries, with a coppice in Gloucestershire that has been estimated at 2,000 years old. A well known lime lives in the courtyard of the Imperial Castle at Nuremburg, looking ancient and infirm. Tradition says was planted by the Empress Cunigune (wife of Henry II of Germany) and 900 years later was sending forth 'thrifty' leaves on it's two or three remaining branches.

Basswood are large, deciduous trees that reach 70 - 100 feet tall, with oblique-cordate leaves in a bountiful, dense head of foliage. The leaves of Basswood are heart-shaped and asymmetric and the tiny fruit (looks like peas) hang attached to a ribbon-like, greenish bract. The nectar-producing flowers make Basswoods important honey plants for beekeepers, producing a ver y pale but richly flavored monofloral honey.

The limeflowers, leaves, wood and charcoal are used in medicine for treatment of colds, coughs, fever, infections, inflammation, high blood pressure, headache/migraine, and sedative. The plant contains tannins that can act as an astringent and active ingredients used as antioxidants, voliatle oils.

The International World War Peace Tree is a basswood on the southwestern edge of Darmstadt, Indiana - serving as a reminder of Germany's armistice with the United States. Brought to the US in 1912 as a seedling by Joseph Freudenburg (prior to World War I) and finally planted in 1918 at his sister-in-laws property when the armistice was signed.

Basswood is prefered species in my craft, woodburning. It's softness and bright tone lends itself for contrast, sharpness and for delicate shading.

Our next installment of American Hardwoods is Birch. Please visit Edge of the Wildwood to learn all about wood, and to share your thoughts on the AH series:)

Monday, April 05, 2010

12 Tips from HandmadeSpark

tip #10 The Tupperware Party! Interesting concept:)

Sunday, April 04, 2010

He is risen

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