Thursday, 11 June 2015

Five Things About Me . . .

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(Free Pattern from Craft Passion)

I learned how to knit when I was a Brownie, also how to darn a sock and simple embroidery.   I did not learn how to crochet until I was about 16 years old.  My sister taught me.   I am not sure where she learned how to do it.   I was "hooked" from day one.  (No Pun intended)   I have loved crochet ever since!  I have always loved it more than knitting.  It's just easier.  There are no dropped stitches, the patterns are easy to follow . . .  I'm a lazy crafter and it speaks to my lazy bone.  I used to do a lot of fine thread crochet, following Japanese symbol patterns, using fine crochet cotton to make doilies, dresser runners etc.   I don't have any of it myself.  I gave it all away through the years.  I wish I had at least kept one thing for myself, but alas I did not.   I don't do the fine crochet anymore because my eyes won't allow it.

And that's the first thing about me in a five things about me post for Thursday, June 11th, 2015!

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When I was a child I used to daydream that I was adopted and that one day my real parents . . .  June and Ward Cleaver . . .  would realize their mistake and come back to get me.  In fact I often put myself to sleep nights imagining that scenario in my mind.    They would come and get me and take me to their beautiful home and I would have beautiful clothes and a beautiful bedroom and we would all live happily ever after.  I'm not sure what this says about me or about my childhood.   I think I just longed for some normalcy in a world that was somewhat chaotic and not all that stable.  I wanted to live in a place where  I had always lived and always would live . . .  to have roots . . .  to belong or at least feel like I belonged.  When you are a Military Brat you don't have that stability.   I can't even go back to any of the homes I lived in when I was a child, because most of them have been torn down or sold off and changed.

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I have always loved the style of the 1950's.  The clothing.  The decorating style.   The houses.    If I was a much thinner woman I would be eccentric and dress like they did in the 1950's.  Okay . . .  probably not, but I like to think that I might.   I think it was a very elegant era.    I also love the style of the Jane Austin era . . .  with the little bonnets and empire waists to hide a multitude of sins.  In our encyclopedia when I was a girl, there was a section on fashion through the ages and I just about wore that section out by looking at it so much.  I guess I have always been interested in the human form and how to dress it and it shows in my art.

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(Source Vogue)

I can't wear sunglasses.  I've never been able to wear them without feeling sick to my stomach.  I have a really sensitive inner ear I think, and I always feel like I am going to fall over and all whoozy if I try to wear sun glasses.  They throw my equilibrium off.  I don't know if this is a common thing or if I would get use to it in time . . .  I've just always taken them right off because I don't like feeling nauseated and ill.  Oh yes . . .  there is a part of me that would love to be able to look all mysterious and glamorous in a pair of beautiful shades  . . .  but alas, I cannot do sunglasses.  I also cannot go on rides at amusement parks for the same reason. Heck . . . I experience motion sickness on a swing.  For that reason I would never be able to go on a cruise I don't think . . . afraid to spend all that money and then spend a week or two either wanting to throw up, or being drugged up to the eyeballs.

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I cannot draw a straight line.  No way.  No how, even if the line is already there, I can't trace over it without it ending up all wobbly.   I can draw just about anything else under the sun however.  Also I do all of my artwork flat.  I can't draw on an upright page.   Well, at least I have never tried.   I am not sure if I could so I suppose I shouldn't say that I can't, because I might be able to.  I just don't know!

Funny though that I cannot draw a straight line.

And that's my five things about me for this week!

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I did another little chubster yesterday.   I love doing these chubby little characters.   It's funny how children who are chubby are cute . . .  but adults who are chubby are seen as simply fat.  Nobody wants to pinch my cheeks! haha

A thought to carry with you through today  . . .
If of thy mortal goods thou are bereft,
and from thy slender store two loaves alone
to thee are left,
sell one and with the dole
buy hyacinths to feed the soul.
~Sadie Galiston

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Cooking in the English Kitchen today  . . .  a delicious Banoffee Mess!  Simple and easy to make and very tasty!

I hope you have a lovely Thursday.  The sun is shining gloriously here.  A great day for gardening methinks!  Don't forget . . .

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And I do too!!


  1. Good Morning Marie,

    It has been a grey and wet day in my world. So I went a huge shopping centre and walked its length and back again to the car. Exercise and a little alone time for me.

    I can't draw a straight line either. Let's pretend we are in great company.

    I think most children have some ideals that fill day dreams. Pip wanted to be a Duggar child and she is so nota person ot respond well to chores, noise and a lack of privacy. All I wanted to do was to go to the Chalet School where there were small classes, languages and beautiful scenery and not so much heat. I don't think I have even seen an episode of June Cleaver.

    God bless yo ur day.

  2. Mall walking is great exercise Suzan! And you get to window shop at the same time. They don't do a lot of indoor malls here in the UK! June Cleaver was the mother of Beaver Cleaver in the infamous and much beloved American program, Leave it to Beaver! I have the whole series on DVD and we watch it often! xoxo

  3. Morning Marie from at the moment sunny Box with not quite so much wind so maybe it will actually be as warm as the weather person keep telling me it is...( she obviously does not live in a windy area )
    Like you I can't draw a straight line either but then I can hardly draw anything at all LOL I jut adore these wee chubby children...

    Hope that you manage to get out and do some gardening today, or if not actually "working" relaxing and enjoying it !!
    God Bless and love to Todd and an extra clap for Mitzie xxx

  4. Your cheery little chubsters are delightful. They do brighten my day. Hope your Thursday is a good one !

  5. I am glad that you both enjoy the little chubsters Pam and Sybil! I like my art to make people happy! It's really warm here today Sybil! But not complaining, as I hear it will be changing to colder tomorrow! xoxo

  6. You and I share many things including growing up in a military family. I can see how the instability of moving around changes your outlook. For me it seems to have made me be more open to embracing change if we have to move. I don't think I moved as often as you did and I didn't marry a military man. Now my son is doing the moving around now in the CAF and so far he seems to adapt easily despite the rather rooted beginnings he enjoyed.
    I am really taken by your little children figures this week, reminding me so much of kids of my era.

  7. Your new artwork is soo cute!
    I loved Leave It To Beaver..My Three Sons..etc..

    We grew up with so many of the same things..
    except I never learned crochet:( And wish I had..
    you do so many well.

  8. Marie...same with me...I can't draw a straight line but I can draw and paint, etc. Also I do it flat too and not propped at an angle. Another weird thing is that my hand writing tends to go downhill instead of uphill like most peoples. Enjoyed your 5 things! Love ya! xoxo

  9. Thanks Colleen, my whole life was the Military until my ex and I split up as he was also Military. I think it did help to make me much more adaptable to change. Moving 16 times in 22 years will do that to you. With my dad we only moved four times! My youngest son is also now Military and has only had the one posting so far, with the exception of his courses. I don't think they move people as much these days. Thanks for your lovely comments re my little chubbies. That is what I was hoping. They remind me of my childhood too! xoxo

    Thanks Monique! You and I are a lot alike, no surprise there! It is never too late to learn a new skill! You should try crochet. It's so easy! xoxo

    Thanks Valerie! I am not surprised that we are alike in this also! Love you too! xoxo

  10. Oh my dear girl; I would pinch those cheeks and give you a huge hug. I think you are such a beautiful woman. I loved your five things today. I always learn more about you which is awesome.
    I love the 50's and 60's best. I love the clothes and the music of the era.
    I love music in the 40's too. The tenors in that day were so mellow.
    I love to crochet too. I wish you were here to help me though because I can't follow patterns. I have to just have someone show me how to do it.
    Well, I am sending your way love and hugs dear friend~

  11. Hi LeAnn! I adore the music from the 40's! We listen to it all the time in this house. They just don't make music like that anymore. Although Michael Buble comes close! I love his music! Love and hugs to you too! I wish I lived closer so I could help you with your crochet! xoxo


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