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18 February 2011

On my mind ...

This is a Friday photo feature that anyone with a blog can join. It opens the door to us sharing our lives through these photos and gives us all a new way to discover each other, and maybe form new friendships. Your photo should show something at home that you're thinking about TODAY. If you're in another country you should join in when you read this, even if it's still Thursday.

To take part, all you have to do is post a photo, write a short caption explaining it, and link it back to here. Write a new post, don't link to an older one. When your photo is published, come back and add a comment below, with a link to your blog photo. Please visit all the blogs that appeal to you and leave a comment. If you are wondering why no one has commented on your On my mind post, maybe it's because you haven't commented on anyone else's. Slow down, take the time to cruise around and enjoy your cyber visits.



I washed and ironed the kitchen curtains last week and it's been on my mind since then that soon I'll have more time to do some hand sewing, or what our grandmas called "Fancywork".  I made these curtains about 18 months ago.  They're off white cotton, hand stitched with two tea cups in red embroidery thread over my pencil drawing.  They cost less than five dollars but each morning, as I pull them back to greet the day, they remind me of the simple beauty of handmade linens.

54 comments:

  1. What's on my mind today?  Fresh goat milk ... or more specifically ... the lack of fresh goat milk!

    http://100mdiet.blogspot.com/

    Cheers,
    Peskychicken

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  2. Dear Rhonda I love your "Fancywork" it is a nice pattern. I would love to see them in my kitchen.They were worth the time and money.Very nice job.
    On my mind today is- Thinking of Green.
    www.ravenhush.blogspot.com

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  3. Beautiful fancywork! Did you create the pattern?

    On my mind is "frugal love" http://theprofessorswife.blogspot.com/2011/02/frugal-love.html

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  4. I love your blog but I just found it and wasn't aware of this Friday feature. I wish I'd known when I posted my pics of the sky this morning as part of my "Thankful Thursday" post, since that has been on my mind quite a bit lately. We just moved from Detroit to NC and I cannot get over the sunrises and sunsets here. Anywho...I will definetely be back next week to participate. You have a wonderful blog and I look forward to visiting often in the future.
    Blessings to you and yours :)

    ~jennifer

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  5. I did some kitchen towels as Christmas presents with an embroidery pattern this past year. They reminded me of the kitchen towels we had growing up made of old flour sacks. Very nice!

    And this is on my mind...

    http://ccyyo.blogspot.com/

    Happy weekend all.

    Claudia

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  6. On my mind this week is my desire to Make My House A Home and to simplify it.
    http://www.stayathomemummy.co.uk/2011/02/on-my-mind-making-our-house-a-home/
    I can't wait to have the time and space to do creative crafts and 'fancywork' x

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  7. Your curtains are really pretty, & I can just imagine how light and breezy the would look blowing at an open window. I love looking at fancywork even if I don't embroider myself..

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  8. Lovely Curtains Rhonda.

    On my mind is DIY Wedding Prep.

    http://journeybeyondtoday.blogspot.com/2011/02/on-my-mind_18.html

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  9. Hello,

    It's in Holland thursday and I read it's in Australia friday on the same moment. Or not?

    With social media you never know in 2011.

    Greetings,

    Pleun

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  10. Hello Rhonda
    I remember you talking about your stitcheries and downloaded some of the patterns you provided - the redwork really looks nice in kitchen setting. Look forward to whatever else you do next
    Take care
    Cathy

    Oh yes - my post for today can be found at:-

    http://stillwaters-cathy.blogspot.com/2011/02/on-my-mind_18.html

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  11. Since I'm in the UK, it's still Thursday - and a wintery Thursday at that. I've been thinking about the future growing season - and how to make best use of our garden space - and about keeping warm...

    http://www.thereallygoodlife.com/2262/on-my-mind-unusual-spaces-seeds-no-kindling/

    Love your "fancywork" - not heard that term before! Very pretty.

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  12. Beautiful embroidery.
    I am thinking about redecorating the bathroom. Come see.
    http://heritagefarmgirl.blogspot.com/2011/02/on-my-mind_17.html

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  13. Oh, your curtains are lovely, Rhonda. I love the red work detail. Red is my favorite color :) :) Plus, teacups :) :) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

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  14. On my mind today? Engagement ring shopping!!

    http://canwedoityepwecan.blogspot.com

    Cheers,
    Mel.

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  15. BUTTERFLY's and a Birthday....
    http://lifeforus.blogspot.com/2011/02/on-my-mind-time-once-more.html

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  16. There is just something about Fancy work that does make your heart smile. Lovely pattern Rhonda. On my mind this week is Hairpin Crochet and a shawl I'm making for my Mum.

    http://calidore.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/this-is-on-my-mind-8/

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  17. Hi Rhonda! Hope all is well, I love your fancywork! Here is what is On My Mind:
    Thinking of SPRING!!
    http://cocoweinerdog.blogspot.com/2011/02/on-my-mind-that-would-be-spring.html

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  18. Very nice redwork, Rhonda!
    Doing something for someone 'because I can' is on my mind today.
    http://robsews.blogspot.com/

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  19. Rogue tomatoes - that's what's on my mind!
    http://ourweefarm.blogspot.com/2011/02/rogue-tomato.html
    what a bonus!

    The curtains are lovely
    x

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  20. Those curtains are beautiful, they must give your much joy each morning and evening as your open and close them.

    On my mind today is yesterday's baking day..

    http://provincialhomemaker.blogspot.com/2011/02/on-my-mind-baking-day.html

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  21. Oh, those curtains are so sweet! You truly are multi-talented, RJ. wow!

    On my mind: Missing the moos already
    http://bettermebetterworld.blogspot.com/

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  22. Rhonda...your curtains are adorable! It is on my list to make new ones for my kitchen. However, I plan on being in the midst of a house move (hopefully within the year!) and I'm planning on an entirely new color scheme. My new curtains will reflect the new motif!

    It is still 'Thrifty Thursday' here in Michigan, so a trip (actually 2) to the Goodwill is on my mind! I scored some great deals (no pics as my camera and computer are not talking to each other at the moment).

    Also, I decided today was a grand day to destash my kitchen! So I'll have a lovely load to take to the Goodwill tomorrow, and nifty organized cabinets with lots more space instead of clutter!

    http://grapjewelry.blogspot.com/2011/02/thifty-thursday.html

    blessings,

    ~Dana

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  23. On my mind Gray water:)
    http://we-make-it-work.blogspot.com/

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  24. Excellent fancy work! I am just working on some myself. I suppose I could have made THAT my On My Mind, but didn't.
    http://bld-in-mt.blogspot.com/2011/02/on-my-mind_17.html

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  25. Love your curtains, redwork really appeals to me.

    On my mind today (will be posted in about 6 hours):
    http://letthismindbeinyou.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/on-my-mind-february-18-2011/

    Thanks for letting me join in!

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  26. Pretty redwork.

    On my mind today is painting my office. I have one wall done and I'm dreaming of how it will look when it's all finished with buttery yellow walls.

    http://www.awakeatheart.com/2011/02/on-my-mind-my-office/

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  27. Rhonda, your embroidery is gorgeous. Such a great, 'kitcheny' design.
    This week I was horrified to see an ad on TV for an chemical air-freshener that automatically sprays when someone walks into the room. I figured a reed diffuser was a much better way to go.
    http://livingalittlegreener.blogspot.com/2011/02/tangerine-on-my-mind.html
    Happy weekend.

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  28. This is on my mind most days..finding ways to recycle,reduce,reuse! I love recycling I love this quote
    "One mans rubbish is another mans treasure ! Here is a photo on my blogmaking a clock from anothers rubbish !http://simpleliving-sherrie.blogspot.com/2011/01/make-your-own-clock-from-recycing.html
    Sherrie from Simpleliving

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  29. Rhonda that embroidery design is beautiful...clever you!
    On my mind today is friendships and an old recipe that I used to makhttp://thenextstage-maria.blogspot.com/2011/02/on-my-mindfriendships-left-overs-and.htmle in the 1970s!

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  30. On my mind today is a lovely crop of peaches grown from a seedling of a tree I reluctantly had to cut down.
    http://five-minutes-of-fame.blogspot.com/2011/02/on-my-mind.html
    I enjoyed Calidore's oh so fine work and also love the stitchery.

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  31. Hello Rhonda

    Pretty curtains.

    On my mind today was peaches!

    http://cabbagetreefarm.blogspot.com/2011/02/peaches-to-die-for.html

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  32. Your post reminded me of an old joke I had on my mind this morning after my Mother-in-Law said my Better Half was ironing her trousers - I remarked that I hoped she'd taken them off first. Which then reminded me of the joke...
    A woman went to the doctor's. WOMAN: "Doctor, I think I've broken my arm."
    DOCTOR: "How did that happen?"
    WOMAN: "It was while I was ironing the curtains."
    DOCTOR: "???????"
    WOMAN: "I'd left the window open"...

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  33. I love your 'fancywork' Rhonda, teacups are one of my favourites. "Fancywork" is a term my Nana also used.

    On my mind this week is an old sewing machine. http://sewingtheseedsofchange.blogspot.com/2011/02/on-my-mind_18.html

    Cheers Lisa

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  34. On my mind today is humanity

    http://thebokflock.blogspot.com/2011/02/humanity.html

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  35. Your curtains sound great, Rhonda. Do you have a photo of them "on"?

    On my mind today (among other things), family and friends.
    http://marmota-b.blogspot.com/2011/02/on-my-mind-today-family-and-friends.html

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  36. I've really been enjoying this feature, and have gotten my own photo up this week.

    What's on my mind is our first in ground garden at this home...
    http://eyeofthestorm.yolasite.com/blog.php

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  37. This has given me the idea to make some table napkins and move toward eliminating paper ones! I can use the fancy stitches on my sewing machine that I don't know how to use.

    I have no single photo this week, but I have a updated winemaking post if anyone is interested...

    http://mary-nagud.blogspot.com/2011/02/ahhhh-wine-is-fine.html

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  38. I love these curtains. I've never tried my hand at redwork, but would love to. Perhaps I might work a bit into a quilt somehow!

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  39. Thanks so much for this opportunity Rhonda!
    On my mind?

    Stitching :)

    http://heritageacreshomestead.blogspot.com/

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  40. Dear Rhonda,

    I don't have a blogspot, but on my mind are the two aprons I'll make today for my neighbor and her daughter (my "adopted" granddaughter). The fabric has lots of horses and there'll be cowgirlish fringe since they have several horses. Great way to spend the afternoon...stitching for my good friends.

    I love your curtains; so cheerful. They make me think of the time almost 46 years ago when I stitched puppies and kittens on curtains in anticipation of the birth of my first child, a son. I still have those curtains packed away. Thanks for jogging my memory of them.

    Good luck on your progress with finalizing everything for the book. I can't wait until you're back posting next week.

    Diane in North Carolina

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  41. On my mind today? Do we owe it to the original owners/designers of a house to keep their vision intact, or do we owe it to ourselves to make our mark? Making one's house one's own - especially the kitchen! http://hillcountryliving.blogspot.com/2011/02/on-my-mind-making-house-your-own.html

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  42. On my mind today--happy my daughter passed her Learner's License. Quite a slow start to the day for me reading a book while waiting for her to finish. But, much better than sitting in rush hour early morning school-and-work traffic, for sure.

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  43. I thought I'd join this enjoyable post. It's fun to see what others are doing in their daily lives.

    Knitting is on mind today...a new doll pattern:

    http://ravenhillcottage.blogspot.com/2011/02/on-my-mind.html

    Sandra

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  44. It's so lovely to be greeted by beauty every day. I love your curtains. I'm embroidering something for my mom's birthday...I hope I make it on time!

    Here is what is on my mind:
    http://recipesforapracticallife.blogspot.com/

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  45. On my mind...
    http://ale-ligeradeequipaje.blogspot.com/

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  46. At the last minute I decided to participate this week. What's been on my mind is decidedly less homey and positive than most, but that's the way it is sometimes.

    http://loveknowledgezeal.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/the-aftermath-of-the-junk-food-weekend/

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  47. I used to embroider, another hobby that I haven't pursued of late.
    On my mind-- teacups that bring back happy memories.
    http://vergenceranges.blogspot.com/2011/02/on-my-mind-teacups.html

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  48. Cute curtains!

    On my mind... goats.

    http://mainefarmgirl.blogspot.com/2011/02/on-my-mind-wk4.html

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  49. That is really lovely!

    I don't know if it is too late to join in. If it is not, I have had lemons on the brain . . .

    http://mindeephotographee.typepad.com/photographee_by_mindee/2011/02/on-.html

    Have a great week :)

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  50. Dear m'm on seeing your post on my mind, i thought how laborious, inspiring, intelligent you are, i love your way of living your life, you are lively person i ever heard in my vicinity..love you and respect you a lot!

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  51. On my mind today...two fresh, juicy, sweet pineapples.

    http://theserendipitycafe.blogspot.com/

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  52. Glorious sunflowers and a bit of musing on my mind today.

    http://lotsgained.blogspot.com/

    Cath

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  53. Rhonda I hope your trip is going well. On my mind Feb 24. Not Alone. B

    http://ravenhush.blogspot.com/2011/02/not-alone.html

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  54. I've decided to write and "On My Mind" post while Rhonda is busily working on her final touches on her book. So come visit if you will. http://lifeforus.blogspot.com/2011/02/on-my-mind.html

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