When I was a child I lived in St. Joseph, Michigan. At that time Silver Beach Amusement Park was a big attraction to the area. Built in 1891, it remained open until 1971. I was nine years old when the doors closed and I still have some vivid memories of the park. It held an amazing ferris wheel, the mystical (to me) Shadowland Ballroom and various attractions. I was not allowed to go on most of the rides because they were very old at the time and there was some concern about safety.
Recently the famous carousel has been returned to Silver Beach. It is an exact replica of the one that once graced the park. I have seen it once in the building process. Quite an achievement for the city and one that means a lot to many people.
When I think about Silver Beach I remember cotton candy, ice-cream, and how I always wanted a balloon. I recall those creepy attractions like the fortune teller, the fun house with the weird mirrors as well as the sound of the wooden rides creaking. I still recall the smells; tobacco, popcorn, hot dogs and ruffle cut french fries.
I remember thinking that it was a scary place at night with all the crazy lights and the sound of the water hitting the shoreline.
But, oh, how I wish I could be there one more time. To really look at it again and to ride all those rides. It is something, I'm sure, I will never quite experience again.
I have taken a break from quilting this week and have really enjoyed sewing some smaller projects. I made one of these watermelon pincushions from the Summer 2010 Quick Quilts and liked it so much that I made another one. Well, I don't need two and thought I'd have a watermelon themed giveaway!
The winner will receive the pincushion, a yard of watermelon fabric, two watermelon buttons, a pad of watermelon paper, the latest edition of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting with (you guessed it) a watermelon quilt on the cover and the latest edition of Woman's Day which has the most amazing picture of a watermelon cake on it's cover.
Here's the details:
Giveaway starts today Friday, June 4 and will end Wednesday, June 9
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I have had this bread box for a couple of years. Although I love the Morning Glories, it has some pretty rough rust spots in places and is a little too shabby for my kitchen. So I brought out the big guns and went to work.
A few coats later, the addition of some strategically placed wear-and-tear spots, some vintage decals and I have exactly the bread box that I had been envisioning. If you google vintage decals you'll find some really neat sites.
I've got a lot of paint left over. I'm wondering what else I can paint pink today? Have a great Thursday!
Sometimes when I need a jolt of inspiration or I just want to look at pretty things, I go to wedding sites and blogs. Green Wedding Shoes is one of my favorite sites to go to. Here are some pictures I love and want to share with you...
It stormed here yesterday and we got quite a bit of rain. I went out to look at the garden late afternoon and stood amazed by the intensity of the flowers. It seemed like the rain carried a heavy dose of steroids because everything just popped. One of my favorite flowers (I have many) is this little beauty called Love-in-a-mist. Really, could the name be any prettier?
This climbing rose is trying to grow over the house. I find myself standing in front of it and just staring, dumbfounded at it's beauty. I've learned that the less I fuss over the flowers, the better they do.
The foxglove are at their peak. The tallest one stands nearly five feet tall, almost as tall as I am. The colors this year are so intense that they almost don't look real.
This pink rose will bloom all summer. It came in one of those little pink pots from Home Depot two years ago and now it's threatening to take over the garden.
Sweet viola, such cheerful faces greet me every time I go out to water. I do believe that God had a lot of fun making the flowers. I can't even imagine what the Garden of Eden must have looked like.
Baptisma, with it's contrasting green to blue to purple is such a pretty flower to have in the spring. It grows like a shrub and can get quite large. I may never leave the garden today. I might need to do some handstitching outside.
The 2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
The 4th fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war for His divine guidance.
The 5th fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decaur, "Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong."
The 6th fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our hearts that, "We pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all."
The 7th fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is throughout the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.
The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.
The 10th fold is a tribute to the Fathers, for they too have given their sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.
The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews' eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians' eyes, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation's motto, "In God We Trust."
After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.
This information came from Love to Learn Place.com
It was sent in by Russell Maynard of Michigan.
Government schools stopped teaching this in 1955.
The flag is folded 13 times to symbolize the original 13 colonies.
One of my favorite websites and blog are from Anne Sutton at Bunny Hill designs. Anne recently joined the Moda Fabrics family and has shared all about it on her blog. She has also designed a new line of fabric and she has wonderful patterns as well. Currently she has a video on her blog about Moda. It shows how fabric is made. You should see their warehouse, it's a quilter's dream!
The Moda website called United Notions is a great website. It has links to Moda Bake Shop which gives designers an opportunity to showcase free patterns. Moda also offers free patterns like this quilt above. Isn't it sweet?
This Verna bag is also a free pattern on the website. They have all kinds of information from the new quilt books that are coming out to all the goodies you can purchase ready-made for your home.
If you get a chance, check out Bunny Hill Designs and Moda. I'm all for free patterns and inspiration and both sites won't disappoint. Have a fun Saturday!
It's Friday Pretties time again, where did the week go? Stop on over at I Love Pretty Little Things where Joyce has listed the other participants this week. Always a fun time visiting the other blogs. Today, I'm taking you through the garden. It is so pretty right now that I'd like to just stay here in spring time for a few more months.