Sand Dollars and Sea Horses


I finally found a piece of tan velvet mat board to put these on.

In 1961 we went on a trip to Florida. We collected sand dollars and Mama got  couple of dried sea horses. I remember she made a purse with glued on sea shells. She used it in the summer for years. I found these in her china cabinet and remembered them. The scrap of newspaper was dated 1961. If she had them for over 50 years I was going to do something with them. I had a shadow box frames and they all fit. Now to find the right background for them. I will hot glued them down. And it will be ready to hang.DSCN2757


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An Idea from Pat Results in Her a New Quilt

My good friend,  Pat, one day about 2 weeks ago, sent me a picture of a bird machine embroidered/thread painted on some flowers. She said it would be a good pattern for wood burning. Well, I was sitting by the sewing machine and saw some off white scraps so I just put a little top together and them drew with my sewing machine. I quilted it and then I used some old lace Marty send me. She told me if I didn’t like it give it to Pat. So, I decided to use it as the binding on the quilt. The whole thing didn’t take two hours. Easy, quick and Pat gets a new quilted wall hanging with Marty’s lace.DSCN2761


This is the quilt Pat sent me to look at.

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W.N.S. March 15 – Beef Stroganoff

W.N. S. -I looked up beef stroganoff on the web. To make it from scratch was almost the same as from the box of Hamburger Helper. I voted for the box. The box has 2 packages of spices and 2 packages of noodles. So, I got 2 boxes, 5 pounds of ground chuck, another big package of noodles.  With that much beef I had 3 skillets going. Then, I had to start water for the other noodles. When I added water, milk, spices and dry noodles to each frying pan, I realized I didn’t have anything that big to put it all in except the big crock pot. After the noodles were cooked and the three frying pans were ready, I dumped it all into the crock pot. Added more milk and stirred. Everybody said it was good. I loved it! I had corn on the cob, green peas, candied carrots, deviled eggs, double chocolate brownies, and pound cake with blueberries for dessert. Had plenty leftover to share. I set the table for Easter and it looked so springy. This week I had Blake, Cindy, Maggie, Will, Ruth Ellen, Jim, Michelle, Debbie, Ben, Uncle Stewart, Aunt Martha,  and Mama Zoe. Fun was had by all.


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G-Maw Mary’s Sit and Sew – March 15

We had sit and sew at G-Maw Mary’s yesterday. It was kay, Margaret, Fannie, Mary P., Mary L., and Wanda. We all brought stuff to work on. I had been up until 4:00 the night before, so I just cut some paper snowflakes. Fannie was putting strips together, Margaret hemmed a dress for a niece, Kay, Mary P.,  and Mary L. was working on their challenge blocks, and Wanda was binding a quilt. We had a great time. Joan came by to say Hi and we missed Deanna. She had to work. A good Wednesday.

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Spring Flowers Bring Cold Weather

Our weather in Arkansas changes so fast. We really haven’t had a bad winter. But, this hot, cold, back and forth, sunny then cloudy days are weird. Through all this my flowers have been blooming everywhere. No matter what, I enjoy watching things bud out and bloom in my yard.

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Framing Collectibles and Mama’s Memories

When we had Mama’s estate sell and divided things, I ended up with several things  and jewelry that I wanted to frame. I love the Victorian shadow boxes with various old items in them. I have made 3 big ones that hang in my kitchen. I have been collecting frames and matte board for years. So I had everything right here at home to do all these. I had had all this stuff spread out on the big table in the sunroom for months. I made one with antiques I had collected. Then several from things and jewelry I had gotten from Mama’s estate. I got the energy to start one afternoon and I didn’t go to bed until I finished it. It was 4:00 in the morning and I was exhausted the next day, but after all these months they were done.



An assortment of things I have been collecting to make another Victorian Shadowbox. The crocheted pin cushion with thimble holder made on a turkey bone was a gift from Pat Eaton. The skull button, deer button, and the flower metal button came from Debbie from her trip to Germany.


This is an ivory bead necklace with a  carved large piece from Marilyn’s House of Gifts I gave Mama in the late 1970’s.


This silver heart bracelet is from the late 1930’s. It was Mama’s in high school. It was like a charm bracelet. The hearts were sold at a  dime store or variety store, not a jewelry store. You would buy and swap hearts with family and friends. each one is a different pattern. There were plain on the back. The Victorian 3-D card was one I found at a sale.


This is a sterling sliver belt buckle that was my grandfather, Papaw. I have had it for years and I had another one I framed for by brother this Christmas. This one has “J.C.G.” hand-engraved for his name, James Carl Campbell. I was named after him. My name is: James Campbell Gatling.


This bracelet is Mama’s original charm bracelet. I has their 25th and 50th anniversary charms with the dates one the back. their 4 boys, Mark, Jim, Lance, and Craig, with their birthdays on the back. Their first grandchild, Blake, and their wedding announcement on the rectangle one. They are all hand-engraved.


Out of all the jewelry that we sorted out of Mama’s estate these were the two pieces I really wanted. The top bar pin was my Grandmother Bessie Mae Williams Gatling. The heart cameo was a gift to Mama from her friend that was an antique collector, Mrs. Swaby.


These three blue delft pins are hand-painted. They are usually tourist things from Holland. The top one was Mama’s. The middle one Debbie brought me from her trip to Germany. The bottom one I found at a sale for $3.50.


The pin was Mama’s Eisenburge rhinestone pin from the 1940. I have had it for years. The charm bracelet is a new one I made up of Mama’s charms and new charms to represent Mama’s hobbies and life.


This is a shadowbox of some of Mama’s jewelry old and new from her childhood through her later trips abroad. Included is things from Italy, Holland, Mexico, Denmark, and Russia. The poodle pin I gave her fro her miniature poodle, Beau. The picture of mama is on white glass and has been colored tinted. The two embroidery pieces are from her two minks.

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Arkansas Quilters Guild Meeting – March 2017 – Part 3

Shannon Young was our speaker for the March meeting of 2017. She is a AQG guild member and has held many offices. Her program was hilarious! The thing I couldn’t get over was she makes quilts, but doesn’t bind them. She says it takes too much time and she doesn’t want to waste her time on that. Sooooooooo funny!


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