Monday, August 17, 2009

I'm getting old!

I must warn you as you start reading this post that it's a hodge podge of pictures and viewpoints!
I just love Black eyed susans and cone flowers. My coneflowers are starting to fade - they sure don't last as long as the black eyed susans. I need a little help with this side of the house, I planted hostas and black eyed susans here several years ago. The flowers have taken over and the poor hostas need a transplant - the help I need is DH to volunteer to dig them up and move them for me. I signed up for the Harvest Swap that Char is hosting. As I sat down to work on my items, I noticed that it's getting harder and harder for me to see little things. I went to the store yesterday and bought myself a pair of reading glasses - WOW I can't believe how much they helped me last night. I already wear contacts but I'm afraid bifocals aren't that far off anymore. I'll make do with these over the counter glasses as long as I can.
The above basket is one of my best sellers. It's a chairside basket with feet. Historically feet were used on wool drying baskets to keep the basket off the floor. Once you sheared your sheep, you needed to wash the wool prior to carding and spinning. The bottoms of the baskets would be an "open" bottom - one with holes in it so the water could drain and the air could circulate. This updated version has a closed bottom so that knitting needles, crochet hooks, rug hooks, etc won't fall through the bottom. It's on my 1803 Ohio Farm Baskets Blog if you are interested. ~Ann


  1. I'm right there with ya! I keep moving up in the strength of my over-the-counter glasses. One day, I'm just going to have to break down and go to the eye doctor :>( But they sure do help with stitching!

  2. Beautiful flowers and the basket is wonderful!

  3. I also have a pair of cheap reading glasses. They really help with the small projects such as punch needle. One of these days I should go get my eyes checked.

    I LOVE the baskets!

  4. Love the flowers. That basket i absolutely love. My cheapie readers are actually better than my $300 doctor prescribed ones! You just have to find the right pair!

  5. Meant to add that I'm a contact lens wearer too - and with the lenses in i have a harder time seeing up close than without the contacts in.

  6. WOW - your flowers look great and that basket is gorgeous!!

  7. I love cone flowers and blackeyed susans too! And your basket is so nice! I love that you add a little history with each one.

    Enjoy your week!

  8. Ann, I'm in the same boat since I wear contact lenses and now have to wear reading glasses to really be able to see. I've tried several kinds of bifocal contact lenses, but they can never seem to get them just right for good vision...sigh. Guess we need to start saving our pennies for lasik!

  9. Love the basket! Ask your eye doctor about monovision. My contacts are that, right one for distance, left one for reading. I love it, no glasses and it works great!


  10. Glad to see it isn't just me that can't see these days. I bet I sat for 20 minutes last night trying to thread a needle. I finally gave up and had my daughter do it. I wear contacts as well and I find if I take them out I can see my needle eye but then I can't see anything else I want to do. I've purchased several pairs of readers at the dollar store but my hubby keeps taking them and then I can't find them when I need them! Oh to have good vision!!
    I love your basket. You are so talented.
    Have a great day Ann.

  11. Hey Ann! Thanks for the nice comments you left on my blog. I love reds too, especially cranberry red! I envy your red kitchen!

    The old clock that I made over was actually already red. But I would have painted it red anyway! LOL!

    About the little Shaker-style chair, I have it displayed on top of a cupboard next to a stack of Shaker-style baskets. Very simple, but cute. At least I think so! LOL! There is a pic not too far down if you want to see.

    Enjoy the rest of your week!

  12. I loved your baskets. Your flowers are so beautiful.I like looking at other people's flowers that they grow. I am glad that I stopped by.

  13. Getting old is only in our mind.
    Age never prevented people from doing things:


Thank you for visiting my blog. I'm so happy to "meet" you through blog land. ~Ann