Tuesday, March 23, 2010

~ This and That ~

It's another pretty day here, and I just got home after lunching with dear high school girlfriends...lots of chatter and a delicious lunch at the Elephant Bar...this is one of my favorite places to eat. Look at this sweet bunny......Jeanie surprised us with ...too cute....I love it Jeanie. It's a candle but I'm not going to burn it...what I do when I get ready to put my decorative candles away I store them in the refrig until next time and then I can enjoy them each year, as MS would say, it's a good thing. I'm so happy. I.......
finished the Chocolate Box and I'm really pleased with it. I did make a few fun changes. Instead of french knots, I used beads and I put my initial in the bottom middle candy. This was my niece Jennifer's idea and I thought how fun...my own special piece of candy. Tomorrow I'm going to Joann's for the cube and all the finishing material and trim. I'm kind of nervous about putting it together but it's suppose to be pretty easy...hope so. Look at the wonderful gift I received in the mail yesterday. I had mentioned in a comment to Jane that I had a small collection of tomato pin cushions and she had these ...
and would I like them.? Yes....I'd love them! Well, they arrived yesterday and they are so sweet....thank you Jane. Stop by and meet Jane...she has a super blog I know you'd enjoy. I have no idea where my love of these little pretties comes from but I adore them. Did you know in the 1800's the tomato was a symbol for prosperity and placed on the mantle. Certain times of the year tomatoes were hard to come by and little balls of red wool were made, and filled with sand or sawdust.....they were the first tomato pin cushions and have evolved into the ones we now enjoy and collect. I think I'll put a little tomato pin cushion on a pretty plate and put it on my hall tree....I like the sentiment and we all wish for prosperity. To read more interesting facts you can go here.
Well, I think I'll take Lily Bean for a walk before her dinner.
Have a nice evening, I plan to stitch and watch The Good Wife....my new favorite TV program....hugs, Linda





25 comments:

Mildred said...

Hi Linda, What a lovely post tonight! That must have been a joy to meet up with old friends and I love that sweet bunny. I can't wait to see your finished cross stitch project. I remember my grandma having those tomato pincushions; how kind to get a few from a fellow blogger! Enjoy your week.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Linda,
That was so nice to receive the pin cushions and your needlepoint is yummy!!!
Warmly,
Deb :)

Heidi said...

Hi Linda! Sorry I don't visit as much as I should. I think of you often. I never knew that about the tomato. How fun! Do you display your collection of pincushions in any special way?

Love your box of chocolates. Taking a finishing class sounds like a fun way to get it done. I will look forward to seeing it.

How can it be almost Easter? It is so early this year that it went too fast from St. Patricks day. Love your bunny candle.

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi

Marjorie said...

Your Chocolate Box is beautiful! You'll have to post a pic of the finished cube and your thoughts on this type of finish. I have wanted to try it myself but I am not a super finisher--I need something easy!

Joy said...

What a pretty cross stitch! And a sweet candle. I do the same thing with my candles. Have a fun week!

Lib said...

What sweet gifts!Love your stitchin'.
hope your wk. is going great!
Blessins',Lib

ATTIC CLUTTER said...

Hi Linda (:)
oh cute a bunny and pincushions(:) Sounds like a fun bar and day you had ..yeah ~~
And thanks so much on my bathroom ~!

(:) hugs, Patty

ATTIC CLUTTER said...

and your darling chocolate box (:) what a cute idea~

Deb said...

Linda - Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment and entering my giveaway. I'm glad that I have found yours now. I think that your Box of Chocolates is so cute and will love to see how you finish it off.

And I'm a lover of those Tomato Pincushions too and am always on the lookout for them. Last week I came across a whole bag of the strawberries - minus the tomatoes - wish that they had been kept all together.

kbbryant said...

Your pin cousion reminded me of my childhood. My mom had a tomato pin cushion....Ijust never knew it was a tomato. I just knew it as the red pin cushion.

Kathy b

kbbryant said...

Your pin cousion reminded me of my childhood. My mom had a tomato pin cushion....Ijust never knew it was a tomato. I just knew it as the red pin cushion.

Kathy b

violetlady said...

My mother had a tomato pincushion and I think I may have also at one time. Really takes me back!

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

There are so many sweetbloggers.The pin cushions are so cute. I love your chocolate box is beautiful!
Blessings,
Ginger

Florence and Mary said...

I've been watching the Good Wife too, its a great show isn't it.

Victoria xx

Denise said...

Hellooooooooooooooo Linda! I have missed you and I guess I need to go and read what you have been up to since I took my blog break! Your chocolate box is WONDERFUL. I just do not have the patience to do that.. so I will just enjoy looking at yours...

Happy Spring girl friend!

Michelle said...

What a sweet bunny candle.. I don't think I could burn him either. More tomato pin cushions are a good thing..

Love your chocolate box, now we have to make our cubes! It's easy.. not to worry!

Nancy said...

Your chocolate looks good enough to eat.
The bunny is very cute and so are the pin cushions. I have an old one. I guess I just take it for granted. LOL.
Hope you have a great weekend.
Nancy

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

That chocolate box is just too cute. I can't wait to see how you finish it!

Michele said...

See what happens when I'm not reading blogs consistently .. all these lovely pictures of flowers and finishes and tomato pin cusions .. I love them all! And thanks for the information about the tomato, I didn't know that :)

so tell me about putting candles in the frig??

Marydon Ford said...

G'day Linda ~ Old friends good times, new memories. Glad you enjoyed.

Love the needlepoint, the 'maters are great.

Have a beautiful Palm Sunday!
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Siobhan said...

That is such a cute little bunny!! I love your stitching, too--great job!

❦TattingChic said...

What a cute display you have! I wonder what happened to my old tomato pincushions from highschool sewing class, LOL! You have the funnest blog posts always! I LOVE the ELEPHANT BAR! I have the funnest memory of going there with some nurse friends from a long time ago...

oh...memories!

Well, thanks so much for stopping by my blog today to join in my blogoversary fun! (((Hugs))) to you! Long time no see, friend!
~TattingChic ♥

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Linda, (nope not septic :) Love your chocolate box and the story of the tomato cushions is fascinating. I never knew their origin. I have one.....have no idea where I got it from but I have had it for at least 40 years. Happy day to you and yours! xo

ATTIC CLUTTER said...

HI Linda..Are you cooking dinner for Easter?
I think I am.. not positive yet>LOL-- depends on what all the kids are doing with the inlaws on the other side~But they will come by forsure sometime Sunday~
hugs,Patty

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Getting together with my high school friends is one of my most-favorite things to do! Glad you enjoyed your time!
:)
~Becca~