Sunday, January 18, 2009

So much to learn


I am happy to say that I have started on another adventure. I joined a yahoo group to learn how to make graphics using psp. It has been a lot of fun right now, but it has totally consumed me. I am sure to become a psp addict. But I hopefully will learn a lot to create some pretties to share with you. I am also hoping to be able to make some gorgeous headers for my blog.
I am also in the process of making valentines. I want to start making an altered book as well. I can't seem to find enough hours in the day to do all I wish to accomplish. I don't understand how anyone can say they are bored. I don't think I have ever been bored a day in my life.
It has been a snowy weekend here in MA and the perfect thing to do on a snow day is to make a hot batch of beef stew. Oh it was so good, I also made hot corn muffins to go with it. My family was in their glory.
I wish I had the time to join in on pink Saturday as I love that a lot, but it will be a little before I have time to reach all the pink Saturday bloggers....
until next time...stay warm
Hugs,
Ellen

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Winter Blues

My my time sure is flying even though we are having one of the worst January's ever. The cold arctic air is going to hit us on Friday. We have had about 18 inches over our average snow so far. And I'm afraid we are not done yet. Not by a long shot. I was sitting in the window watching a father/son team sledding down my neighbors hill. I'm sure he would be embarrassed if he knew I was watching. Such a great dad.


I came across this website that I created this book photo of my Mom...I sure do think of her all the time and miss her so much. She was three years old in this picture. I still have the dress that she is wearing in this photograph. It is quite paper thin.
I am dreaming of the spring bulbs that are under the snow, just waiting to greet us with their beauty.
Until next time..
hugs,
Ellen

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Pink Saturday


I am happy to be part of Pink Saturday this week. I am sure if you visit Beverly, you will find a list with pink Saturday participants. There will be lots of gorgeous pinks to fill not just your Saturday but the whole week.
Good morning, Happy New Year and the first pink Saturday of the new year.
This week I am proud to show you my flower pot. I had joined a pot swap on a list that I am on. The flower pot was painted by a friend from Texas. Judy did a wonderful job, and I was so happy yo be the recipient of this treasure. It sits on a round table in my bedroom. This pot is about 8 years old. I will cherish this forever.

The detail in the lace trim is done just perfect.
Now I must go visit Beverly, and see what beautiful pinks are there.
Kindredly,
Ellen

Beaded ornaments

My 50th Birthday banner my sister made for my surprise party

Hedda Hopper


Birth:

May 2, 1890
Death:

Feb. 1, 1966
Actress, Journalist. Despite a 23 year career that encompassed over 120 motion picture appearances and chorus girl roles on Broadway to motion pictures, she is best remembered for her newspaper column and radio show that focused exclusively on Hollywood gossip, a subject she was able to tell more about to her audience due to her Hollywood insider status. Born Elda Furry in Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania, she left school to act on Broadway. In 1913 she married marquee star William DeWolfe, a man who was 32 years her senior. They had one son, and divorced in 1922, but she kept his name for the rest of her life (and changed her name to Hedda on the advice of a numerologist). In 1931 she began “The Hedda Hopper Show”, which initially ran as a 15 minute gossip show mostly devoted to Hollywood marriages and divorces. Enormously popular, it ran until 1951, and on the strength of its popularity she started the “Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood” column in the Los Angeles Times in 1938. She steadily gained a reputation for exposing tidbits about the lives of Hollywood figures, and created a character of herself in her own right, especially in regard to her vast collection of sometimes outrageous hats, and a long standing feud with rival gossip columnist Louella Parsons. With the advent of television’s popularity in the late 1940s and early 1950s, he radio show waned, but she herself became a staple of television programs and game shows, being a frequent panelist on “What’s My Line?’, and appear on shows like “I Love Lucy”, “The Colgate Variety Hour” and “The Beverly Hillbillies”. In 1960 she received the Journalistic Merit award, and published her autobiography “The Whole Truth and Nothing But!”, which recapped her over 20 years or being an Hollywood insider. She died in Los Angeles of double pneumonia in 1966, working right up until her passing. As a Hollywood icon, she created a number of friends and enemies; she gave harsh advice to actress Ida Lupino, which helped her gain recognizable part, but was despised by actress Joan Bennett, who once sent her a skunk. In 1985 a movie about the feud between her and Parsons was released as “Malice in Wonderland”, which Jane Alexander as Hedda Hopper and Elizabeth Taylor as Louella Parsons