Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Dandy (dan-dee) something very good or agreeable.

I had such fond memories of these little puff balls from my childhood.
Just seeing their yellow heads peeking out from the blades of grass would bring a smile to my face.
I'd sing and dance for hours in seemingly endless fields of Dandelions.

I made many wishes...

that were softly blown into the winds with hopes of being fulfilled.

Many halos of yellow blossoms were created to adorn my hair.

I'd searched for the perfect bouquet to
pick and gather... to give my mom.

She would arrange her special delivery of Dandelions in a beautiful vase.

Then one day it all went awry!
I grew up (got old).
Those dainty yellow blossom went from being a precious flower to...

a weed packin' HISTAMINE!!!

There's no "DANDY" left in Dandelion.
No scent of my childhood friend... who I frolicked hours with.

Now...visions of my favored (past) yellow friend are blurred and inflamed!

I can't get away from those air pollutants fast enough.

Allergy season is long and calls for special S.W.A.T= Stop Worst Allergy Time with extreme tactics!
Keep those histamines at bay.

Although it may not be yellow it's defiantly "DANDY."
I do enjoy singing and riding it while I mow down those " Lions."

The good news... I'm not allergic to "Kit-tah's." Which makes her highness very happy.

To be safe against any subversive "lion" attacks...hubby picks sinus friendly blooms...

which I arrange in a beautiful vase.

~~~~You've Got A Message ~~~~

Ribbon & Fabric Bulletin Board with tufted buttons.
(frame is optional)

What You'll Need

  • 2 pieces of cork, each 16 inches square
  • 16-inch square foam core
  • Craft glue
  • 20-inch square quilt batting, 1/2 inch thick
  • 20-inch square cotton fabric
  • Hot-temperature glue gun and glue sticks
  • 6 yards satin or grosgrain ribbon, 1/2 inch wide
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • 15 to 18 matching buttons or coordinating fabric covered buttons)
  • Matching threadand needle

1. Use craft heavy duty glue to attach cork piece to foam, and let dry. Glue second cork piece on top of first; let dry.

2. Place batting over board so 2 inches hangs over on each side. Hot glue batting edges to back of board, making sure it is straight and lies smooth. Put fabric over batting, and secure in same manner as batting.

3. Starting in bottom left corner, stretch piece of ribbon diagonally over board. Let last 2 inches of each ribbon wrap around back of board. Hot glue ends in place. Continue attaching ribbon, moving up board diagonally and spacing each ribbon 4 inches apart. When completed diagonally in 1 direction, attach ribbon in opposite diagonal direction to create a checkerboard effect.

Image of glue gun attaching ribbons to bulletin board.

4. Create the *tuft* by passing the threaded needle with button through at regular intervals over the ribbon intersection. It may be easier to sew the tuft without the button. Then positioning the button over the indentation, hot glue in place. Repeat at all ribbon intersections.

Enjoy a histamine free day.


Feedsack Fantasy said...

Oh, the fun we had with dandelions as children. Blowing the silks everywhere, Mother having a fit!! we are spreading them everywhere. Memories of carefree summer days ...
TTFN ~ Marydon

Kristina P. said...

I seriously thank my lucky stars that I do not have allergies!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

How fabulous that you are able to make fun of something that causes you so much trouble! Cute post. I HEART that pink toile message board so much! Thanks for the directions. Now to find the fabric and the time. laurie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Cute post, and thanks for the instructions on the memo board! I remember well how much fun dandelions were to blow into the wind! I still catch myself blowing some into the wind from time to time while pulling weeds!


Sheila :-)

Anonymous said...

The dandelions are coming constantly into my house--offered to me in grubby fists to "make the house pretty."

rochambeau said...

Hi Sara Sweet,
Thankfully the Kit-tah, her highness is "safe".
Great post.
Glad you know what makes you sneeze!
No more dandy L's for SS!!


Helen said...

I can't even estimate how many lovely dandelion bouquets I presented to my mother and grandmother! Good that none of us had allergies.

I can only imagine how cute you must have been on American Bandstand. The kids who danced in the late 50's were my idols. Pat, Justine, Bob and all those faces I remember but whose names I can't recall.

Judy said...

What a darling post. I so remember how I loved dandelions too!! Wasn't it fun blowing all the little seeds all over so we could have lots more pretty yellow flowers. And now all I do is sneeze when I see one. Thanks for the tutorial too. I've always wanted to make one.

Candy said...

I love to see a gal with heavy machinery and that one's a dandy!
Thanks for the memo board lesson, I need to make a note of that.

Enjoyed it all,

bj said...

O, bless your little heart...allergies are so such bummers..My eyes have been burning, watery and all i want to do is get in bed and close them really tight!!
I, too, have had childhood fun with these little yellow flowers...and with my kids and grands..they loved to blow and make a wish...then...THEY all became allergic, too. :O(

Lisa said...

LOL! We DID love dandelions didn't we? Really cute post. And the bulletin boards are awesome.

Marie Reed said...

This post has just EVERYTHING! Gorgeous images, humour and a tutorial to boot! Achooooo! I'm an allergy girl too! It's miserable! I can just imagine you mowing down the not so dandy anymore lions!

Debbie said...

I don't have allergies but I do have one son that does. Puts a small stop on my bouquets.

Queenie Jeannie said...

Your poor nose! I have allergies too but for me it's tree pollen.

Lovely message boards!!!

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

We have a Lawn coverd in Dandelions.....
They look pretty but are a pest!

Those message boards are great.
I made my first one recently...I would change some things next time but I am happy with it.
I haveyour Cards and bits that came in my Goodies from you on there.

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I love dandelions, and I love those little bulletin boards too! :)

Justine said...

Aw, I used to LOVE blowing the dandelion fluff in the summer! Ah, sweet memories. Luckily I'm not allergic to anything. Unfortunately, dandelions don't grow in FL:o (

Justine :o )

Kathy said...

Oh my, I was reading your post and thinking oh wow how wonderful and what beautiful photos and then wham the allergies kicked in, I don't suffer but have friends who do so I feel for you, love your sense of humour though and those beautiful notice boards, happy weekend, Kathy.

The Bloom Girls said...

I love the tissue roll hat; that's is too funny! I know a few allergy sufferers that would probably resort to wearting such contraption.

I believe God made dandelions just for little kids to be able to create special bouquets for their mamas.

Very cute post.


Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sara...

I just read the sweet note that you left for me about my new pink china...thank you so much for coming by and for the sweet compliments!!! Ohhhh noooo...I'm so sorry that you missed out on getting your blush pink dishes at Easter...how disappointing!!! Oh well, that just means that there are some better ones out there waiting for you, my friend!!! Oh yes, check out ebay...there are so many pretty dishes on there and you can really get some great bargains if you watch!!!

Well my friend, it sounds like you're having allergy problems...I'm so sorry! I suffer from allergies also and it's NO FUN!!! I sure did enjoy all of your pretty photos and even the dandilions were beautiful! I loved your pretty vase full of lilacs...ooohhh so beautiful!!!

Warmest wishes,

Mimi Sue said...

I've had quite a year with allergies too. It's been so bad. Not sure why. Thanks for the tutorial on the message board. Mimi

The Raggedy Girl said...

Thank you for stopping by. Your blog is really darling and I loved your post. While I live with Allergy Man, I am blessedly allergy free.

The Raggedy Girl

Florence said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I love the dandelions and to get the right photo depicting their beauty was awesome. I remember picking the flower when it was ready to go to seed and making a wish that some certain thing would come true, then blowing it into the air and then I would smile. I loved the memo board too.

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Hi Sara,
Thanks for dropping by my blog and for the sweet comment. I love this post, especially the pic of the lady with the toilet paper holder on her head. That could be me! As I scrolled down, I realized you're the one with the incredible sugar cubes! My sister and I were oohing and aahing over them when I first saw them. I'd like to try them at one of my tea parties.Please let me know when you have more tea party ideas. I love all things tea! I'll be following you so I could keep in touch. Have a great Sunday!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Neat post, pretty pictures! Thanks for the instructions for making the bulletin board.


Betzie said...

Great post Sara!!! Loved it!
I used to love to catch the bees on the dandelions in jars!
Thanks for the directions too!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I loved dandelions as a child as well -- I still think that they're very pretty even if they are weeds -- but as I've gotten older, my allergies absolutely kick my butt!

GranthamLynn said...

I loved this post although I didn't get it at first I didn't realize where you were going with it. LOL. I was thinking this woman is crazy....I have had these lovelies in my yard and even wrote a post (not so sweet as yours) last year. I loved this it cracked me up. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for sharing the tutorial also. Your boards are so pretty.
Have a Blessed week with no allergies!

wendy said...

I am soooooo lucky as I have NO allergies. funny how many of us mothers have received "dandelion bouquets" yellow also happens to be my favorite color.
those message boards are so cute, my DIL makes them

Anonymous said...

Hi Sara! I am so happy that you found me and stopped by!!! I was thinking the dandy is underrated as a cute flower and then I continued to read and realized what an enemy it is for some people! Sorry about that!!lol I haven't been hit with sinus allergies (yet)!! Love your message boards too! I made a large one and found the ribbon placement to be the hardest part but you made it easy; thanks for that!!! I hope you'll visit again and I also hope I find some energy to do another post!!lol Have a great week - Sincerely, Jeannette

Anonymous said...

Oh, Sarah! You've made my nose start to itch! LOL
Oh, I love the memo board and would like to make one someday!
No, I haven't heard of that TV show! Sounds kinda sad, doesn't it?
Thanks for popping in to see me and
be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM My friend great post...I remember so many little dandelions flowers that my girls would bring to me with no stems even and want me to put them in water...which I did even used them for a centerpiece once ha ha!! thanks for the information on the message boards...may you have a great day...love the TP picture too funny...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

imfreenow.blogspot.com said...

Bee-yay-yootiful! I don't have allergies either - I thank GOD!

Rue said...

Hi sweet Sara :)

I'm sorry your allergies are acting up, but it does make for a cute and funny post LOL I hope you feel better soon!!


cherry said...

I made wishes too! We get allergies here from the pine trees....cherry

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Enjoyed reading your blog today. What a beautiful blog.

I am still finding my way around blogland....I always love making new friends..I am posting about Disney so hope you will stop by. Commenting automatically puts you in the drawing for the June giveaway.

imfreenow.blogspot.com said...

Sara - your blog is so funny and so full of beautiful photography! Kudos to you!

Justine said...

Hope everything is okay with you, Sara. You've been soooooooooo quiet. You didn't turn into a giant walking nose, did ya?

Justine :o )

Prim Rose Hill ©2008-2020 said...

Oh, what a great post! I suffer from allergies too!
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Unknown said...

What a lovely and funny post! Dandelions remind me of my childhood too. I love how you used the picture of Will when he had allergies in that awesome movie :) Your board tutorial is way cool too!!

Sandy xox

Julie Marie said...

Hello Sara, thanks for visiting my new blog and telling me about yours, it is lovely, I am sure I will be a regular follower. Love your white kitty!

Lori said...

hee hee hee!!! you kill me...that toilet paper roll head contraption!!! i about fell out of my chair laughing...LOL...too funny...i have some allergies too, and they really are not so funny...nice to see you have a sense of humor about the whole thing...thanks for the laughs...

ps: mr hubby enjoyed your post too:)

Colleen said...

I just love your blog! I love the pictures as much as I enjoy reading your observations. I also find as I grow up (get older) that I have more allergies. Thanks for the directions for the memo boards. And thanks again for your blog. If I knew how to post your pic to my blog for the 10 extra entries you can bet I would do it, but I am still learning how to work my blog page, so I will just leave me comment and keep my fingers crossed. :-)

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