Wednesday, January 30, 2008

WOOD SPOOL Bobbin Candleholder Bowen Hunter Mill Item number: 150102700465

Thx to a blogging friend ... who found this on e-bay:

Bowen Hunter Factory Mill Spools
Vintage WOODEN SPOOL Bobbin Candleholder

Wood Spool. Made by the Hunter Bowen Company in East Corinth, Vermont and sold to textile mills all over the country. This one has the Bowen Hunter name stamped into the end as well as 5 and 58 which may or may not date these to 1958.

The spool is in excellent condition - 12" long and 1 5/8" diameter.
With reminates of the red band still showing around the topside, and perfectly-distressed. the holes are about 1” perfect for holding a standard candle. I have also seen them made into lights with electric candles on top.


Also, from the Corinth Vermont Web site:

Our one substantial village is East Corinth, once home to the Bowen-Hunter mill, which made wooden bobbins for the textile industry.


This really does look like the one I have!! Thx again for your help.


While looking for 'stuff' to create a 2"x2" square for charity , I came accross a couple objects I brought from home -- many years ago. The first picture is of a purse my Mom made for me. I am thinking crochet. Seems it needs a proper button; otherwise, in good shape. I have no idea what year she created the bag. I am thinking it was a year or two before I was married.
The second picture shows flea market finds. Every time I pull out the long one -- with the fibers sticking to it, I have to laugh. When my Dad was still living, we went to a flea market -- somewhere in the middle of nowhere, Indiana. There was junk, trash, and treasure as far as the eye could see. We were with real 'hunters' and 'gatherers' who were so into the tables of .... errr .... stuff. So, Dad & I kinda went our separate way and found this wooden thing. It was our secret joke, b/c, nobody seemed to know what the thing was. Even the guy selling it hadn't a clue. We must have spent a half hour looking at the thing and the guy said we could have it for Five Bucks .... SOLD. We concluded it was a spool of some sort ... Since my Dad passed away, I have memories, not many personal momentos -- but, I did keep our thing : )
Inquiring minds: It has "8 BOWEN 66 HUNTER" or maybe it is supposed to read "8 BOWEN 99 HUNTER" on one end. Since my Dad passed away, a friend looked at it & thought it was a spool for a weaving or spinning machine. Yeah, well, good of an explanation as any ...[The smaller one, with yellow fiber, was purchased at an Antique Mall]

As for the PINK SQUARE, I am still in the thinking it thru process. Which, probably isn't a good thing. It took me about three hours to root thru boxes to find some material [I don't own much] and misc. beads. I have two-three ideas though, one would be a heart with wings ... the other something like "sew special" ... and finally, was thinking of: Made with our hands from our hearts ... or If is is made by hand, it is from the heart ... Yeah, needs a fine tune. Good news is, I did find some stuff & have a few ideas wrapping around my brain. This is totally out of my element of comfort. Usually I am the one stitching from patterns. Coming up with something from my spacious brain is taxing!! And, I swear, if it looks tacky -- nobody will ever see it!! Tasteful vs Tacky ... sigh.

After a very windy night & morning ... the wind has lost its whip & the sun is shining brightly. Would you guess it is seven degrees out there?

50th Birthday of the LEGO Brick

My favorite keychain is a lego person ... bought it several years ago with my children. Thank you LEGO for all the hours of fun you brought the kids : )


Time for bed ...

Honey is a Sweetheart, keeping me company -- near my stitching

Buddy already laying on the bed -- guess it is time to quit!!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Anxious for Spring ...

Alex & DH brought these home with the groceries

Honey wants to know what the big deal is

Honey thinks the flowers have had enough attention

Friday, January 25, 2008

Monica Ferris coming to Illinois 12 April 2008

The Homewood Embroiderer's Guild is pleased to announce an opportunity to meet author Mary "Monica Ferris" Pulver on April 12, at 11:30 A.M. at Trinity Christian College, 6601 W. College Drive, Palos Heights, IL 60463. Mary is the author of more than a dozen books of the "cozy mystery" genre. The main sleuth is the owner of a needlework shop in Excelsior, Minnesota, and each of the books highlights a different needlework skill.
The program will include lunch, a lecture by Mary with opportunity for questions, and a book signing. Tickets are $25.

For information, please e-mail

The url for directions to Trinity: LINK HERE.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Minou & Honey



Minou & Honey keeping an eye on each other ... until this fossil came into the room with a camera!!!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

I better hurry & get there before it is gone ...

Peanuts at Bat: The Art and Life of Charles M. Schulz
November 8, 2007 – January 27, 2008
Admission: Adults – $3, Kids – $1;
Free to South Shore Arts members!

The Center For
Visual And
Performing Arts
1040 Ridge Road
Munster, IN


Link to article HERE

Saturday, January 19, 2008

It is three degrees outside ....

Nikki & Honey

Curse of the Golden Flower

What an interesting movie. DH, Alex & I went out last night ... never mind the snow flurries and near-zero temperatures. Brrr. So cold.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

New Tee

Alex pulls on his new Drama Club shirt

And ... the back

Nicholas & Alexander have been laughing all night at American Idol and some web site with a blender ... a guy who blends all sorts of stuff ... I watched one episode when the guy blends up his camera & tries to return it to the store. sigh.
Their Favourite -- We all are Brothers

My favourite ... b/c he sang a Queen song. Not half bad.

Bluestem Beads

Visited "The Most Amazing Shop" ... yeah, that is on the business card!!! I wanted something different for my blue blouse. This blue blouse changes colors -- it is the fabric. It is a combination of blue and red/pink. I swear. So, I found this awesome pink flower thingie -- and two strands of reddish beads & one strand of yellowish beads. And ... somehow, I'm going to combine the three strands with this pink flower. Wish me luck.

Bluestem Beads
300 Lincoln St.
Porter, IN 46304

A few years back, I made this amulet

Perhaps I could use the darker red beads and space the lighter color ones -- similar to what I did with the amulet. Hmmm. Might be interesting.

Lubeznik Center for the Arts

Cat Couple by Sultan Rogers, carved & painted wood

Viewed the Contemporary American Folk Art exhibit this afternoon. Awesome!!! Link to Folk Art on display in gallery. WEB SITE HERE with address, hours, map, etc.

34Butch Kid Mertz-I Am a Square Head I Am, painted wood
My favorite one in the gallery!!!

Lubeznik Center for the Arts
101 W. 2nd St.
Michigan City, IN 46360

Cinnamon Roll Gang

While visiting the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, I found a collection of dolls in the gift shop. They were very interesting. Quite unique. Thought you might like to check out the Cinnamon Roll Gang web site.
Marcel deJure

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

No! No! Nikki!!!!

I bought two new pillows and two new pillowcases. Washed them & tossed them on the bed

Nikki thinks they are HIS pillows

I've chased him away three times since yesterday -- and he continues to curl up between the wall and the pillow


Honey guarding the back door!!!

Photo by Alex

Monday, January 07, 2008

holiday pics taken by Tori

Tree decorated by Tori, Tree skirt made by my Mom

Honey & NIkki under the tree

Nikki joins Raggedy Ann under the tree


Thursday, January 03, 2008

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

It is 11:15 p.m.

Do you know where your pets are?????

Last Saturday, our Honey went missing. DH & I went on a hunt, calling her name & searching hi & lo. While she was outside, on cat business, I was worried sick. Around 10:30 p.m., she was found & eventually came back inside. sigh. She needs to learn some manners & perhaps needs a curfew!!!

On my nightstand ...

Amy Bloom: Away link here
Arthur Lee Herman: Waiting for the Fall

Janet Fitch: White Oleander
Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Love in the Time of Cholera
Michael Ondaatje: The English Patient

Ed Butchart: the Red suit diaries
Gift from MIL, LINK HERE
Jennifer Crusie: Faking It, Tori's book