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I must admit - this is true!!

You know you're a TRUE Floridian if.... Your Socks are only for bowling....
You never use an umbrella because you know the rain will be over in five

A 'good parking place' has nothing to do with distance from the store, but
everything to do with shade.

Your winter coat is made of denim.

You can tell the difference between fire ant bites and mosquito bites.

You're younger than -50- but some of your friends are over -65-

Anything under 70 degrees is chilly

You've driven through Yee Haw Junction.

You know that no other grocery store can really compare to Publix.

Every other house in your neighborhood had blue roofs in 2004-2005.

You know that anything hurricane under a Category 3 just isn't worth waking
up for

You dread "love bug" season (and you know what "love bugs" are!)

You are on a first name basis with the Hurricane list. They aren't Hurricane
Charley or Hurricane Frances. You know them as just Andrew, Charley, Frances
, Ivan, Jeanne & Wilma......

You know what a "snowbird" is and, more importantly when they'll leave.

You think a six-foot alligator is actually pretty 'average'.

'Down South' really means Key West

Flip-flops are everyday wear. Shoes are for business meetings and church,
but you HAVE worn flip flops to church before! Ties... we don't need no
stinkin' ties!

You have a drawer full of bathing suits, and just one sweatshirt (and it is
on the hanger in the closet)

You get annoyed at the tourists who feed seagulls.

A mountain is any hill 100 feet above sea level (even at DisneyWorld)

You know the four -4- seasons really are: hurricane season, love bug season,
tourist season & Summer

You've actually hosted a hurricane party.

You can pronounce Okeechobee, Kissimmee , Withlacoochee and Micanopy.

You understand why it's better to have a friend with a boat, than have a
boat yourself.

You were 25 when you first met someone who couldn't swim.

You've worn shorts and used the A/C on Christmas and New Years (oh yeah!)

You recognize Miami-Dade as 'Northern Cuba.'

You not only forward this, but you understand every word of it!

Tea Bag Tiles - Pink Blue Green Orange

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BOOK 0027 - Rustic Earthy Journal with Sticks, Wood Carving and Handmade Bead Tassel

I made this one to replace a similar one that I sold earlier but this time I added a small wood carved Gecko to the cover. Luckily I photographed the book before adding the gecko because for some reason I could not get a good shot after it was added. Maybe it had something to do with a change in the light. I did however get a good shot of a very similar gecko and I added that to the cover digitally. There is a slight difference in the pattern on the gecko's back but don't worry, the effect is exactly the same.
This is a lovely journal with an earthy look, decorated with a variety of different kinds of sticks that have been stained then stitched to a fabric covered panel in a vertical pattern and framed with two very thin timber slats on either side. The spine is decorated with twelve strings of hand made beads mixed with black pony beads that form a tassel effect flowing from macrame knotting. The spine cords are also crossed at the back of the spine for added strength and stability. This also add some more interest to the design. Anyone who likes rustic, earthy things would love this journal.

When I list the number of pages in a book, I am referring to one side of each leaf. For example, in a book with numbered pages, Page 17 would be on one side of the leaf or piece of paper, Page 18 on the other side. Therefore, a book with 224 pages would have 112 leaves.

This book has 224 pages.
Cover Size: (22.8cm X 23cm) ( 9" x 8 7/8 inches approx.)
This book is numbered and signed
Design Copyright Jean Hall 2009

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Tea Bag Tiles - In a variety of colors

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Selecting beads for a new journal

This is how I arrange my beads before starting to stitch a journal. It gives me a clear view of how the beads will match the cover design. Sometimes I re-do them five or even six time before I am happy with how they look.

I love making beads and over the last couple of months I have made literally thousands of them and have beads in different stages of completeness. Some still need to be varnished and some are waiting to be adorned with gold thread while some need to be painted before they get put in the varnishing box.

I check each old magazine before I throw it out for pretty pages. As time goes on I am getting more and more selective with which pages to save for making beads. Sometimes I think I was put on this earth to make beads. Whenever I feel I want to relax, I go make beads. ...

Law in Trinidad

Law in Trinidad
An incident took place recently - a young girl was raped by a man posing as
a plain clothes officer; he asked her to come to the police station when she
and her male friend didn't have a driver's license to show. He sent the boy
off to get his license and asked the girl to accompany him to the police
station. He took her instead to an isolated area where the horrendous crime
was committed.

The law which most are not aware of, clearly states that between 6 pm and 6
am, a woman has the right to REFUSE to go to the Police Station, even if an
arrest warrant has been issued against her. It is a procedural issue that a
woman can be arrested between 6 pm and 6am, ONLY if she is arrested by a
woman officer and taken to an ALL WOMEN police station. If she is arrested
by a male officer, it has to be proven that a woman officer was on duty at
the time of arrest.

Please forward this to as many girls you know. Also to guys.... as this can
help them protect their wives, sisters and mothers.
It is good for us to know our rights. To what extent it becomes of use
remains to be seen in any situation. But as they say, Knowledge is Power.

I did not know this and I am sure lots of us don't. Please be informed.

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BOOK 0012 - Wool Longstitch Large Square Journal w/14 Strings of Beads

Hand Stitched Journal sewn on cords.
The front cover of this journal is decorated with a hand stitched panel of wool long-stitch embroidery. The colors are mostly greens, tans and neutral shades of brown and cream with a blue sky and white clouds. The picture is that of a country cottage with a timber fence. The end wall of the cottage is covered with a gorgeous climbing vine with bright orange flowers. The spine cords that hold the book together are crossed at the spine to make the book more sturdy and the book is further decorated with a tassel of beaded macrame knotting with 14 strings of beads as shown in the photos. I have also show a picture of the beads before stringing.
The method of binding used for this book which is very strong and sturdy, also allows it to open flat for writing, pasting or sketching just like it does with coptic binding.

This book has 224 pages.
Cover Size: (22.8cm X 23cm) ( 9" x 8 7/8 inches approx.)
This book is numbered and signed

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In George Washington's days, there were no
cameras. One's image was either sculpted or
painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed
him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back
while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices
charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted,
but by how many limbs were to be painted.
Arms and legs are 'limbs,' therefore painting them
would cost the buyer more. Hence the expression, 'Okay,
but it'll cost you an arm and a leg.'
(Artists know hands and arms are more difficult to
As incredible as it sounds, men and women took
baths only twice a year (May and October) Women kept their hair covered,
while men shaved their heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs.
Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool. They couldn't wash t he
wigs, so to clean them they would carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in
the shell, and bake it for 30 minutes. The heat
would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term 'big
wig.' Today we often use the term 'here comes the
Big Wig' because someone appears to be or is powerful
and wealthy.

In the late
1700's, many houses consisted of a large room with only
one chair. Commonly, a long wide board folded down from the wall, and was
used for dining. The 'head of the
household' always sat in the chair while everyone else
ate sitting on the floor. Occasionally a guest, who was
usually a man, would be invited to sit in this chair during
a meal. To sit in the chair meant you were important and in
charge. They called the one sitting in the chair the
'chair man.' Today in business, we use the
expression or title 'Chairman' or 'Chairman of
the Board..'
Personal hygiene left much room for improvement. As a result, many women
and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee's
wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they were
speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman's face
she WA s told, 'mind your own bee's wax..'
Should the woman smile, the wax would crack, hence the term 'crack a
smile'. In addition, when they sat
too close to the fire, the wax would melt . . . Therefore,
the expression 'losing face.'
Ladies wore corsets, which would
lace up in the front. A proper and dignified woman, as in
'straight laced'. . Wore a tightly tied
Common entertainment included playing cards. However, there was a tax
levied when purchasing playing cards but only applicable to the 'Ace of
Spades.' To avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead.
Yet, since most games require 52 cards, these people were thought to be
stupid or dumb because they weren't 'playing with a full deck.'

Early politicians
required feedback from the public to determine what the
people considered important. Since there were no telephones, TV's or
radios, the politicians sent their assistants to local taverns, pubs, and
bars. They were told to 'go sip some ale' and listen to people's
conversations and political concerns.. Many assistants were dispatched at
different times. 'You go sip
here' and 'You go sip there.' The two words
'go sip' were eventually combined when referring to
the local opinion and, thus we have the term
At local taverns, pubs, and bars, people drank from pint and quart-sized
A bar maid's job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep the drinks
coming. She had to pay close attention
and remember who was drinking in 'pints' and who was
drinking in 'quarts,' hence the term 'minding
your'P's and Q's '
One more and betting you didn't know this!
In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters carried
iron cannons. Those cannons fired round iron cannon balls. It was necessary
to keep a good supply near the cannon. However, how to prevent them from
rolling about the deck? The best storage method devised was a square-based
pyramid with one ball on top, resting on four resting on nine, which rested
on sixteen.. Thus, a
supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to
the cannon. There was only one to prevent the bottom layer from sliding or
rolling from under the others. The solution was a metal
plate called a 'Monkey' with 16 round indentations.
However, if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly
rust to it.
The solution to the rusting problem was to make 'Brass
Monkeys.' Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts
much more and much faster than iron when chilled.
Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations
would shrink so much that the iron cannonballs would come right off the
monkey. Thus, it was quite literally, 'Cold enough to freeze the balls off
a brass
monkey.' (All this time, you thought that was an
improper expression, didn't you.)

Fw: Whatever happened to the 7 Von Trapp Children?

40 Yrs Later: The 7 Children In 'The Sound of Music' (2005)
'The Sound of Music' won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1965 and is one of the most popular musicals ever produced.

Remember the 7 children of the Von Trapp family?

They were having a reunion after 40 years
and all were looking healthy and amazingly well...


It wouldn't be funny if it weren't so true... Julie Andrews turned 69 and to commemorate her 69th birthday on October 1, actress/vocalist Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall for the benefit of the AARP. One of the musical numbers she performed was "My Favourite Things" from the legendary movie "The Sound Of Music."

Here are the actual lyrics she used:

Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favourite things.
Cadillac's and cataracts, and hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favourite things..
When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favourite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.
Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favourite things.
Back pains, confused brains, and no need for sinnin',
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',
And we won't mention our short, shrunken frames,
When we remember our favourite things.
When the joints ache, When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.

Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the crowd that lasted over four minutes and repeated encores. Please share Ms. Andrews' clever wit and humour with others who would appreciate it.

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BOOK 0026 - Red Oriental Slender Stab Bound Handmade Journal with 14 Strings of Beads

The first picture above/left shows the back of the book with crossed stitching.
Click the thumbnails to see full size.

This journal is stab bound using soft mustard colored handmade paper and has 14 strings of beads, some of them handmade. They are mixed with black pony beads. Some of the handmade beads are also wrapped with gold threads and they are all protected with three coats of varnish. The string knotting or stitching cords are crossed at the back of the book as shown in on of the photos

The paper is fairly thick and has a lovely velvety feel to it. Pale mustard color. The paper is also smooth on one side and textured at the back so you may want to write on one side only.

The Chinese silk cover fabric is red with woven in oriental motifs in gold and green. The motifs are mostly of flowers and peacock feathers. I specially love the beads on this journal because they are just gorgeous and a perfect match for the cover fabric.

The book is made up of 66 sheets of handmade paper counting one side of each page.
Cover Size: 4 3/4" x 10 1/2" or 12cm x 27cm
This book is numbered and signed
Design Copyright Jean Hall 2009

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BOOK-0025 - Oriental Stab Bound Journal w/Handmade Paper / Silk Fabric Covers

Slender journal, stab bound featuring handmade paper and 10 strings of handmade and pony beads flowing from the spine. The handmade beads are also wrapped with gold threads and are protected with three coats of varnish The tie or stitching cords are criss-crossed at the back of the book as shown in one of the photos. The paper is fairly thick and has a lovely velvety feel to it and is a pale mustard color. The silk cover fabric is shot woven and turns from pale gold to olive to a sort of maroon color depending on how the light hits it.

The book is made up of 36 sheets of handmade paper
Cover Size: 4 3/4" x 10 1/2" or 12cm x 27cm
This book is numbered and signed
Design Copyright Jean Hall 2009

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