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The 1984 white Dodge Ram truck my Daddy owned is now the farm truck. (No picture available, sorry.) It's a bit banged up, but it is long since paid for. It now has earned an Antique tag, and it is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at Penny Sanford Designs
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I call them Glads. If Russell Crowe (The Gladiator) showed up on the doorstep with a bouquet of Gladioli, I'd be MORE than glad. Wait...Let me change that daydream to Maximus showing up on the doorstep in any of his... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at Penny Sanford Designs
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I've been hiding from the news most of the day. I voted. I will call. The only really effective step I can take is to pray. Lord, I'm trusting You to lead us out of this mess that our country... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2013 at Penny Sanford Designs
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1. Get back into the habit of blogging. ~ check 2. Catch up with shipping. ~ in progress 3. Get back into the habit of podcasting (link below). ~check 4. Work on lazy lips and lazy tongue. ~check PennyCast_Sept21c These... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2013 at Penny Sanford Designs
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One of these days, I'm either going to dive into learning all about baking and decorating cakes for my own entertainment, or I will find someone within driving distance to make fun cakes like these Happy Yellow cakes. A small... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2013 at Penny Sanford Designs
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I can greet my 51st birthday with a good bit more enthusiasm than I welcomed my 50th birthday. I'm coming around to being in my 50's, editing myself and my outlook. Every day is a new beginning, and I see... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2013 at Penny Sanford Designs
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Armies of ants follow me all over this house, deploying Seal Team Six Ants to fast rope off of my homemade lye soap seconds before a brutal vinegar death. Charlton Heston would be proud of our tactics! (Movie Naked Jungle) Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2012 at Penny Sanford Designs
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One can build a "stash" of colorful spray paints, can one not? What started out as a "Just bring me all the spray paint cans you can find in any of the farm buildings" has turned into a spray paint... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2012 at Penny Sanford Designs
Watch as Penny demonstrates how she creates the designs of her "Felt Dogs". Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2012 at Penny Sanford Designs
This "tree" with balls of colorful rick rack and ribbon was an idea I had for Christmas 2011 for the Sewing Room. Christmas came and went. Blue January came and went. Valentine's Day came and went. St. Patrick's Day... Now,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2012 at Penny Sanford Designs
Hubby Gordon here. I shot this video of Penny working on the Gamble Plantation brooch. The Gamble Plantation is the only remaining sugar plantation in the state of Florida. It is now part of the Florida State Park system which... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2012 at Penny Sanford Designs
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Ok, I'm hooked on yet another form of Social Networking. Pinterest. It is something of a visual palate cleanser, like a sorbet course cleanses the palate in an elaborate multi-course meal. Here's my Pinterest account. At this moment it shows... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2012 at Penny Sanford Designs
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Have you ever thought about the germs on your trusty, loyal sewing pins? I must have seen too many episodes of "How Clean Is Your House: US" where they do lab tests to prove to people that phones, computer keyboards,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2012 at Penny Sanford Designs
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PennyCast for Nov. 6, 2011: The Eyes of this House. (Click on the link below ("Eyes_Master") and then when the page with the podcast player appears, click the play button to listen to the podcast.) Eyes_master This is a short... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2011 at Penny Sanford Designs
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We started re-glazing the old windows in this family farmhouse late yesterday afternoon. There were two panes in one of the windows in the upstairs-guest-bedr00m-turned-sewing-room that fell to the ground back in the summer, but miraculously they did not break.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2011 at Penny Sanford Designs
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Like generations of women before me, fabric is acanvas for creativity. Sewing is a binder of pain. Disappointments and sadness are captured in the thread and held captive by the fabric and the thread. These may look like pretty yellow... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2011 at Penny Sanford Designs
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My grandmother Ora Belle Dunn Hamer put rick rack on my clothes, the clothes she made for my four first cousins, on aprons, on my doll clothes. One of my first embroidery lessons was putting rick rack on gingham aprons... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2011 at Penny Sanford Designs
Three minutes left in today in which to post this blog post... I'm collecting tiny little glass Christmas Tree Balls. Do you know where these can be purchased? I've several ideas to share with you when I have the little... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at Penny Sanford Designs
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I have no idea why the photographer of this picture called it a "Viking Santa". This looks like a bobbin to me. A decorative bobbin yes. I'd like to make pretty bobbins like this for my stash of laces, maybe... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2011 at Penny Sanford Designs
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So a few days ago I shared my relatively new addiction for winding embroidery floss onto plastic bobbins. Today I want to share some photos of more unique bobbins. In my quest for the best Embroidery Floss Organization System, I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2011 at Penny Sanford Designs
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Sometime this year, I decided it was TIME to get all the embroidery floss in order. We have embroidery floss from at least three generations scattered ALL over this complex of farmhouse, Grandma's house, studio. (To my knowledge there are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2011 at Penny Sanford Designs
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It never fails. I buy 1 yard of fabric...my minimum purchase. Fabric settles into my stash, gets to know its similarly-hued neighbors. Said fabric slowly reveals its charm over a year or so in my stash. Then one day, I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2011 at Penny Sanford Designs
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Well, *fiddlesticks*! I was trying to get in a post before midnight, and I just managed to erase half of my post. Fresh start: We give the five Westies baths in the bathtub every couple of days and sometimes every... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2011 at Penny Sanford Designs