Thursday, February 10, 2011


Finally found this darling little jingle bell flamingo--he was a Christmas present and ornament for dear hubby several years ago.

Don't remember all the circumstances, but years ago hubby and I were having a discussion about those plastic pink flamingoes people put in their yards. His opinion was that except for Florida, they're tacky. Not sure why FL gets a pass and maybe other states don't, but anyway...he doesn't like the little sweeties in the yard. We live in WA, so that's a far pace from FL. Then he made sure I understood that he'd know we were over if he ever came home to find a flock of plastic flamingoes in the yard. That sounded like an ultimatum and not something I deal with well, so from then on he's gotten flamingoes for birthdays/Christmas/anniversaries. They're always given with much love. The weather vane one I copied from an actual vane in a catalog years ago. Unfortunately, his delicate neck got broken and hasn't gotten put back together. I put some of that clear plastic tape on it and then tied an ascot around so could take a picture. I used a knitting needle stuck in a wooden disk for the stand and he had it in his office for years.

For several years he's also been giving me the little pinkies, so we have alot of fun with them. Our grandkiddos love playing with the playable ones. Our daughter made an adorable one for her dad, plus gave him the one to hang his glasses on, and my friend gave me one, so it's fun that it's spread a bit. The wall hanging was made several years ago and has lots of embellishments. It's one I designed and I had to add the little ladybug--actually try to remember to add ladybugs in some fashion to everything that goes out from me to my family.

I love making Randy flamingoes, and flamingo fabric. So bright and fun. One I can't seem to find is a cute one I made on my embroidery machine and has a bell in it. We have a rug, there's a dvd with a flamingo theme, a wall hanging with lots of bling, a tiny weather vane, a couple puppets. Randy has flamingo bermudas and a denim shirt with flamingoes on the pocket.

.The long-legged stuffed flamingo is from several years ago; it has been painted a bit to give it an antique look. The little floofy pen is one my friend, Shirley, gave me several months ago after she took a trip to FL--it lights up when you write. Love it!

Randy gave me the huge hand puppet (think that's from a trip he made to Florida, but my memory is so terrible) The big one has hand strings inside that allow the head to go forward and backward and to nod. He says I bought the little one--do not remember doing that, but there again... Whatever, they are a super hit with all the grandchildren. It's a big thing to get to play with them at gramma's house. The big puppet is my all time favorite that he's given me, but I also love the totally silly pen that's over a foot tall with crazy hair. I also have a darling thing that is a "bracelet" for a candle jar that he gave me and a neon flamingo that we keep in the little bathroom.

This has been a fun thing for us to share. The tiny ornament with the lei is one I made for him for Christmas this year--had forgotten to make one in all the craziness of getting ready. At dear daughter's home she gave me some pink fabric and the yarn for the legs. I made the lei similarly to how we used to make crepe paper ones when I was a young girl. My sweet grandaughter gave me the beads for its eyes. Couldn't find the weather vane one--he's wooden and his neck snapped a few years ago, so he resides in a protective tin until he gets fixed someday. He sits on a little wooden disk and is supported by a knitting needle that wasn't needed for that anymore.
Hope you enjoy our little pinky friends. We've had lots of fun giving and getting them over the years!


Dielle said...

I can't remember why, but I was just telling someone about you guys and all the flamingoes. I knew there were a bunch, but seeing all the pictures really shows how much you've taken this to heart!

Anonymous said...

This is very fun. I had forgotten just how many of these crazy but very cool birds have crossed into our lives...and still none in the front yard thank goodness. Love you. Randy