Thursday, May 24, 2012

For the Love of Fla.


Oh My Goodness! Doesn't every craft room need a little bit of Florida? The answer is "yes" if you love this peninsula shaped state as much as I do.


I have loved the State of Florida since I was old enough to hang over the backseat of my family's car and play "Name that State" with my father as we drove to and from church each Sunday morning.


"What state has alligators?", "FLORIDA", "Which state grows oranges?", "FLORIDA"! On would go the game until my father could not stand another moment of my brother and I arguing over who had yelled, "I know!" first.


My brother and I were obsessed with eating oranges in our childhood, I know, because of this game and our fascination with such a place where our favorite fruit could possibly grow in your own back yard and be picked anytime you were so moved to do so.


When I was dating my soon to be husband, I was thrilled to pieces that my parents let me vacation with him to the Sunshine State. Although our destination was to the newly opened Disney World, I cared more about glimpsing my first orange tree.


Upon crossing the official state line, we stopped at a Visitor's Welcoming Center. It was love at first sight to be greeted by the most adorable orange bird offering us a taste of Florida's orange juice in tiny little paper cups.


Relatives and friends who know that my husband has traveled the world, will ask me where it is that I would like to visit. I always smile and answer just as enthusiastically as I have all of my life, "FLORIDA"!


25 comments:

Perfectly Printed said...

Very cute!! I often think about attempting one of your patterns, but I don't do "small" sewing very well:)

chris

Tammy's in Love said...

Cute as a bug! I can't wait to see who the rest of the characters at this party will be!

Tammy

kittykill said...

I just love the little glimpses into your life that make you such a wonderful person!

Kim K. said...

Such a sweet tale. Miss Josie would gladly love to join you in FL. We've taken her 2 times in the 4 years that she's been home from China. Every trip has been to Disney World and her idea for a flamingo-themed bday party in a few weeks is because of FL. Cheers to the "sunshine state"!!

My Vintage Mending said...

I remember the very same image of an orange welcome sign. Your bird is wonderful. Hmmm...must be the color. I dread the heat and often find myself running inside to find safety in the cooler air to breath. But the idea of picking fresh juice for a cup of breakfast yum...love your beautiful pin cushion...my heart skips a beat...smiles...Renee

Debby said...

OH that little orange made me laugh. How stinkin' cute. Love your pin cushion with the blue birds and the alligators. So cute. I can picture you and yur brother in the back seat. It's going to feel like Florida here for awhile. Wish we would get their afternoon showers that come with the heat.
Happy Boliday

Tammy's Vintage Finds said...

I am also a lover of Florida. Sanibel Island is my favorite Florida destination. I love the beaches, shells, and the laid back attitude. I remember those little juice cups too. I think I've been to Florida around a dozen times and I never get tired of it.

bluemuf said...

I so love the little orange bird. It makes me happy.

Hugs Karen

vintage grey said...

Soo cute!! Makes me want to eat a juicy, sweet orange!! Thanks for sharing the pattern!! You work amazes me!! Have a great night! xo Heather

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How precious sweet E! And thanks for sharing the pattern. We retired a few years ago and moved to Florida...we love it!

annemarie said...

Mr. Orange is precious and I so love that pincushion. Did you make the pincushion - love it.

Paula Clare said...

Oh dearest E!
You make my heart go pitter patter with your tales of glorious Florida! The hubs and I are praying for a vacation there soon. We so love St. Pete beach and the gulfcoast...I remember my first trip to Florida...an orange tree at the airport. I was mesmerized...(I was 35 at the time) and then later saw orange groves and just swooned! I know the little Welcome Stand you speak of...and we stop there every trip! I don't recall the little orange bird, but my how I would have to have a picture of he and I sipping orange juice together! What a delightful party! Count me in! I'll be the one wearing the Flamingo hat and palm tree glasses!

Amy Jo said...

This post made my day! I live in Florida (Born and raised) I love this wonderful state. We have talked of moving and even did once. But Florida is truly my very favorite state! I may try my hand at this little bird...

Blessings,
Amy Jo

Therese Ceceme said...

So Cute! I have a Florida Orange Bird Bank from the 80s I absolutely love.

Ina said...

He is adorable!! Disney World? You lucky girl! ;p

Lesa said...

I live in Florida and understand your feelings entirely! I love your Florida character and hope I can do it justice when I try to make it. Thanks so much for your pattern posting and your kind words for a place I love so much.

Yarni Gras! said...

I lived in Florida until getting married. I used to love traveling because we would get orange juice in a plastic orange at rest stops. Seeing your post made me remember that...hadn't thought of it in years!

rgcarr said...

I am a native Floridian who loves it too. I live in Tn but go home about 5 times a year. I remember the bird well. When I was 5 the mermaids at Weeki Watchee taught me how to swim. I love it there.

Jane said...

Well, as a native Floridian I think I'd better try making one of your oh-so-cute little Florida Orange Birds! Thanks for sharing the pattern and instructions!

Joanne said...

Disney is my favorite place in the whole world! Yes, I am a big kid! I love your little orange bird...very cute
Blessings, Joanne

Julie said...

Such a cute orange bird. Thank you for the pattern & instructions.

I have a special fondness for oranges, since I grew up in an area that used to be covered in orange groves (alas, they're all gone now).

Lorraine said...

What an absolutely sweet bird! Thanks for the great tips along with your wonderful recollections.

Allie said...

I'll never forget my first glimpse of Florida - I got out of the car and HUGGED a palm tree! To me the most magical word in the world is FLORIDA. How I love that state - and being from Michigan, I would dearly love to be a snowbird!

The Shop Around the Corner said...

Awh...our little orange bird. Almost made me cry to see his darling face. We've lived in Florida for over 40 years, so I know that cute face all too well. He's all throughout our state, even at Disney stands.
LOVE!!!

Marcia (Yes, I'm stalking your page. hee-hee)

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