Thursday, June 18, 2009


This little pillow reacquainted me with a lovely person I met on ebay some years ago..and then lost last year.

My hobby is homemaking and I love it. Would it make sense then that I love to clean?
I am a "closet" cleaner I guess. I remember I used to deny my love for cleaning. Back in the fifties..everyone wanted to get out of the home and go to work. Not me. I really enjoyed being a homemaker.
I loved to wash and iron..hang beautiful white clothes on the line...(we used to do that you know) and there was such a joy and satisfaction in seeing it all finished and beautiful. I haven't changed. Of course there were bad times when I HAD to work..but being home was what I loved.

Decorating is one of the most rewarding things I do. I love buying things for my home...always have.
Then I discovered ebay and all sorts of things, usually Shabby Chic things..quilts, pillows, dishtowels became available to me. Things that were different. Things handmade and some old and beautiful things and some just second hand. Mostly though I found I was interested in handpainted items, exceptional sewing and crafts.
Things I no longer do and things that someone does much better than myself.

Rebecca of A GATHERING OF THOUGHTS is someone I met on ebay years ago. I loved her work and had lost her for awhile. Then one day I found her in our community of bloggers and was overjoyed.

I have a hand painted lamp by her, pillows and as many things as I could get. Her tiny Christmas tree, cross-stitched onto a beautiful little pillow is my favorite I think.

I fell in love with this lovely little pillow and it is going in our guest room. My favorite room in the house.

Since I found her again..I have been catching up..and added a few of her lovely pillows to my collection. I am also thinking of Christmas! I have daughters and granddaughters that would love one of Rebecca's creations! IF I CAN PART WITH THEM!

Look how beautifully her pillows come packaged. And always with a little gift to make you feel special..

Thank you, Rebecca. Everything is just beautiful. I appreciate your hard work! Your beautiful creations are treasured items in my home.

Love and smiles,

P.S. I just learned yesterday that I am the proud winner of Gloria's giveaway at HAPPY TO BE. Can you hear my feeties doing the HAPPY DANCE??! Move over Snoopy!! Thank you, Gloria!


  1. Hello Dearheart...

    I was just heading to bed and thought I would check my blog real quick...and found your sweet, sweet notes that you left for me! Darlin', you always bless me!!! Thank you so much for all of your sweet compliments!!! Of course, I'm sitting here blushing and my head is so big from all the sweet things that you said! Hehe!

    Well my friend, I just adore all of your pretty new pillows...they really are gorgeous! Your friend Rebecca is such a talented seamstress! You're right, they would make lovely gifts but I would have a hard time parting with them...that sounds bad, doesn't it? Hehe...just being truthful! Are you going to show us what they look like on your bed? I 'd love to see them!

    Yeeehawww!!! I was over at Gloria's earlier and seen that you were the winner of that pretty little soup tureen...I'm green with envy, my friend! Hehe! But I'm so happy for you...that little beauty couldn't have gone to a better home or to a sweeter gal!!! Congratulations Sweetie!!!

    Warmest wishes,

  2. Mona,

    I am posting some pics of flower nests i have available.
    If there is something special you want (like blue eggs?)i can do that for you too.

    Let me know.

    barbara jean

    You can email me with your address so i can figure shipping for you.

  3. Hello Mona,
    I loved your notes, they were so sweet! I really adore those pillows!!! I might have to look for some myself, you always have exactly what I want! It's eery but your taste in things is exactly what I love the most!! You could pick my decor and I would be happy! Congrats on the win and see ya when I get back, hugs, Cindy

  4. Dear Ms. Mona...

    You know...I heard from an eBay buyer not long ago that said "I haven't bought from you in a long time...I bet you forgot me!" NOPE...never have forgotten a single one! Some I know better than others...but I remember them all.

    I remember well the day you came into my life. I remember all your stories and your beautiful face, especially your smile. When I found you here in the Blog World I thought I might faint...You were a JOY to me once and now you are a JOY to me again.

    In these times of financial crisis you can't imagine how much I appreciate your faithful business and support. More than that I LOVE your friendship and all that it means to me. You are a wise, wise woman and I so long to be more like you!

    Thank you for the tip of your hat and for sharing my love of all things beautiful. You honor me and you bless do! YOU DO!

    May the goodness you show to others come back to you 100-fold. I know things haven't always been easy for you and trust me...the feelings you've shared with me about your most *beloved* have inspired me...and others. You make us want to love longer and better...

    Love to you from the deepest part of my heart...

    Huggers of the best kind are squeezing you tight...can you feel them? Thank you friend.

    Love, Rebecca

  5. Just catching up some on my reading. You have such an eye for beauty. I imagine it's impossible to wipe the smile off your face 24/7 being surrounded by all that beauty! Do you have a guest room?

  6. First, congrats on winning the giveaway! Second, you're not the only one that likes to clean and I'm not a closet cleaner... show me a dirty house and I'm there and I even do windows. For me, it's relaxing.

  7. I was brought up by a woman who did not care for housekeeping, and I never enjoyed it myself. However, as I get older, the thought of staying home and baking bread and keeping the house and just taking care of things is becoming more and more appealing.

    I mentioned that to my husband recently and he looked at me like I'd lost my mind. I can't explain it myself, except that perhaps I'm getting into retirement mode early.

    Jan from the Sushi Bar

  8. The pillows are just lovely. I do agree, there is such joy in loving your home. I miss those sheets, fresh off the clothes line. Nothing smelled so sweet as freshly laundered linens.

    Thank you for sharing.


  9. Oh those pillows are beautiful! I would have a hard time giving those away too! And there's no dryer sheet in the world that has the wonderful smell of clean sheets that have been hung out to dry! Ahhhhh! (although my backyard has too many trees - I used to try and they just became "target practice" for the birds!) :(

  10. Just beautiful. I would have a very hard time parting with any of these.

  11. The pillows are really lovely! I would have a hard time giving them away myself. Congrats on your win, btw!

  12. GM my friend...Girl I just met Rebecca and I love her...she gets my day started every time she does a post...girl her work is as beautiful as her heart...Love those pillows and I think I would just keep them and let the kids fight over them when I'm gone ha ha!!
    Now Mona...Len is suppose to get me a box today so I can ship your tureen..girl I am so glad you won it...I just know it's going to a good home...remember me as you use it and how much I love ya...Thanks for coming by and seeing my silly cloche's I do...Girl I use to love to clean house but will tell you as I get older it is harder on me to keep it like I use to...My daughters always make remarks to me about how it use to be...but I never hear them offer to help me move things can't any more...ha ha!! Hope you have a fun yard saleing day tomorrow..I am going out collecting more Reindeer you want any of that girl...I will put some in your box if you do...let me know...Love ya sis...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  13. What a beautiful pillow. I will have to check this nice lady out.
    Congratulations on your win at Gloria's.
    Have a great day!
    xo bj

  14. Hi Mona, what a precious post. I have always enjoyed being a homemaker. I worked outside the home as an interior designer for a number of years but my heart was never in it. I am the happiest when I am at is such a blessing to me!

    The pillows are gorgeous. Rebecca is an incredibly talented lady.

    I love the way you look at life, Mona. You are a treasure!

    Hugs, Barb

  15. Hi Mona,

    You know I don't mind cleaning either, I love a fresh clean home. I also love any thing handmade. The pillows are just delightful very pretty. I great post.
    Enjoy your day,

  16. I´m anything but a home mekar. I hate dekorating and cleaning :-) :-) I only do it when forced to :-)
    Have a great midsummers eve!

  17. Hi sweetie, these are beautiful. What a treasure to renew a friendship. Thanks so much for swinging by. Hope your day is a good one. hugs ~lynne~

  18. Mona they are beautiful and elegant creations! I certainly can see why your adore them and her work.
    By the way would you like another
    "daughter"? LOL! You are exactly my Moms age. HeHe!

    Have a blessed and wonderful weekend my friend.
    ~Melissa ;)

  19. Mona..The pillowas are the sweetest glad you found Rebecca again! I have been putting off finishing a pillow with a beautiful rose transfer in the center...this was just the inspiration I needed! Enjoy your treasures, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  20. Yay congrats on your winning the giveaway can't wait to see the goodies. Those are sweet pillows :) What a nice thing to have! I am obviously no where near being married or a homemaker yet but I think it's what I want to do also! I don't just enjoy decorating my home I like making it homey LOL. I love looking at how you make your house homey too :)

    All the best!!!

  21. Talented indeed is our Rebecca from A Gathering Place. What a lovely array of beautiful things from a beautiful (inside and outside) woman.

  22. HI Dear Mona! Oh, how sweet to have found Rebecca again! I've been getting to know her and she's as pretty inside as she is on the outside! Love her pretty things she makes!
    I'll have to tell you, I'm a little sad! But I'll get over it! I'm thrilled you won Gloria's give away. Oh, my that tureen was wonderful!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)


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