Saturday, October 24, 2015

Imaginary Ancestors

Evelyn Cameron ~ the Photographer
Every time I wear this dress I get the same comment - Little House on the Prairie.
I stitched up this schmatte with black and white gingham fabric and Kwik Sew pattern 3065 from the discount bin at FabricLand.
It's a dress just for knockin' around the house and going to the grocery store. Breezy. Cool. It covers a multitude of sins. I added pockets of course.

All this talk of Prairies reminds me of my Ancestors.
I used my 10 day free trial on and found out that my great grandfather Henry James Snow left Cornwall, England in the late 1800's. His family had lived in the same region of Cornwall for centuries (if your name is Snow and you live in Cornwall, well, Hey Cousin!)  Henry James left. Who knows why. He made his way to Liverpool then on over to Canada and continued west to the Montana Territories where he married the Canadian born Frances who gave birth to my grandpa Ernest in 1887 and a few years later his brother Louis. I cannot even imagine doing something so brave.
 My idea of hardship is getting assigned a middle seat on the airplane. 
There are no photos of my great grandparents as far as I know.  So I like to thumb through Photographing Montana by Donna M. Lucey and pretend that these are my ancestors.
This book tells the honest story of settlers in the Old West. The author Donna Lucey found the photographs and diaries of settler Evelyn Cameron in a rattlesnake infested basement of an old house in eastern Montana in the 1970's. 
Sheep herder family 1905

Class Photo 1907
Young girls at a July picnic in 1913. Oh those hats!
Cowboys have Always been Cute
Jetta Grey with tame wolf cubs
Taming a suburban cockapoo in 2015
Because I can't tell the front from the back of this dress I embroidered a little daisy on the back. Lakshme approved.
If you like true tales of strong and brave settlers I can also recommend:
And two beautiful films made in the 1970's:
 Heartland, the absolutely heartbreaking story of a young widow in Wyoming
and the gorgeous Days of Heaven starring a very dishy young Richard Gere.
Both movies were filmed in Montana in the United States and Alberta in Canada. This was pretty darn easy for the filmmakers since so much of the landscape around there has not changed much since the early 1900's.
I believe that this post qualifies me to become one of Bag and a Beret's
That Melanie is such an Advanced Reader that she needs TWO pairs of glasses!!
You should also check out the very Hot Val.
I'm also headed to the reunion at Patti's Visible Monday. See you there!
And I'm joyfully taking my embroidered daisy over to Anne's 52-pick-me-up Sunflower/Joy.

Sunday, October 4, 2015


Ahhh... October in Southern California. Warm during the day and cool at night. Most of the tourists have returned to their leaf strewn inland homes. The beach and the streets and the taco shops are ours once again.
While the rest of the world is enjoying pumpkin spice this and that and boots and sweaters, we're still wearing tee shirts and flip flops and eating guacamole.
bonus points if you can spot my canine taste tester
It was a perfect Fall day today. I discovered some frozen Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies in the back of the freezer, which is almost as good as finding a forgotten $20 bill in the pocket of your jeans. So I brewed up some Detox tea to hopefully counteract the sugar. Yeah..right...
I was reading through the blogs like you do and I noticed that Anne's prompt for this week's
 52 Pick-Me-Up is Carrot / Perseverance.
Heck. I can do that. In fact I am actually doing that right now. It was meant to be. That Anne is not only talented but she is psychic. 
 Check out these crazy carrots! So beautiful. 
And I'm wearing a carrot colored dress with my face on it! 
So. Perseverance.
As you know (because I blather on about it endlessly. blah blah blah) I have had my share of health issues. Even though I have had more than one Debbie Downer of a doctor tell me that I need to suck it up and just accept my current situation, je refuse d'accepter!
 Oh Hell No!!!
I am sticking with my recovery plan, which of course includes frozen Thin Mints. And one day very soon I will be jumping around doing Cartwheels.
YES I WILL. So There!!
Carrots and Perseverance. 
carrot colored Mexican or Guatemalan dress, I'm not sure which ~ rock street vintage via Etsy
colored glass bead necklace ~ I've had it for so long I don't remember where I got it
black flip flops ~ Reef
Join me as I make a psychic connection at Anne's 52-Pick-Me-Up.
And I'm bringing the carrots to Patti's Visible Monday.
See you There!
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