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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Ladybug Ladybug

One day Rosemary Dunaway, America's Junior Miss surprised us by walking into our 8th grade Home-Ec class.
She walked right up to my desk. Once I tore my eyes off of this beautiful creature's face and hair, I noticed on her starched white collar, three little ladybug stick pins. "Those...are...so...pretty," I stammered. I felt like a horrid clod in comparison with her loveliness and poise.
She smiled a sincere perfect smile and answered, "Thank you! I love them. I think they're so feminine!" Her shiny brown hair bounced and her sparkling brown eyes looked directly at me.
I couldn't think of anything else "clever" to say. So I studied my desktop and she moved on. Not one of my most suave moments. I've remembered that day all these many years. So today I'm celebrating the Ladybug! Any other ladybug aficionados?  Photos from top: Ladybug Hummingbird Feeder; Silk ladybug scarf; Ladybug pin by Airdelight; Ladybug Garden apron set by Sassafras; Ladybug frame; Ladybug stick pins - like Rosemary's; Ladybug Wallies and America's Junior Miss 1967. BTW, Garden of Daisies is having a Give-Away! Ladybug Creek and Deb, hope you enjoy!




 
 
 
 
 

41 comments:

Beth said...

I love ladybugs! until....they swarm INside your house. Then not so much... =)

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Janean,

I love the way you weave a story around your images. Reading your blog is always something I look forward to.

I love Ladybirds!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

What a sweet story and yes, lady bugs are adorable! But they are all over my house it seems these days. Enjoy your day!

Dianna said...

I really like the ladybugs on the front of the dresser (?) in what I am thinking is a potting shed. I would definitely feel comfortable in that scene. Now...if only I had a potting shed. ~smile~

Julie said...

Oh she was pretty!.... What a neat post. Janean, how do you come up with all of your post subjects? You are always fresh and creative. I never know what will be here when I pop in. It is FUN!!!
I love ladybugs too. They are so bright and cheerful for such a tiny little beetle. I love it when I see a red VW beetle going down the road with Black polka dots painted on it. Too cute.
I have also heard of more than one person who has a terrible fear...a phobia??? of these little bugs...
Never understood why! Maybe because when they get inside they can be a terrifying looking bunch to a child. (similar to all the blackbirds/crows in Alfred Hitchcock's movie "The Birds" Uhh. (It's a wonder somebody didn't do a ladybug horror movie.)
I love the ladybugs most for their busy little tasks to get rid of the aphids on our tomato plants. My kids and I were doing a garden unit for homeschooling one year, and we went to the little hardware and got a package full of ladybugs and let them out in our gardens. (I know, some people are thinking we are crazy right about here....!)
Thanks for an adorable post again.
Enjoyed the photos. Hugs! *ps yes I DID read Scarlett. :-)

Oklahoma Granny said...

Ladybugs are supposed to be lucky too. I just always think I'm lucky to see one. I used to call our daughter "Ladybug" because I was so lucky to have her.

Tennis Girl said...

Nice story, Janean. I have some ladybug stepping stones. Maybe I will post when everything dries up! Hurry up sunshine :)

Kelli said...

I love ladybugs when they aren't invading my home in October! They ARE pretty little creatures. There is just something cheerful about them. :)

Andrea said...

I love ladybugs and your stories always brighten my day.
Hugs, andrea

FILIGREE MOON said...

Hi Janean. Just the sweetest post and images! Made me smile. Martha Stewart has the greatest ladybug punch in her line at Michael's. It punches a silhouette of ladybugs that march across the edge of paper. Thank you for visiting me today - your comment has given my day a bright and sunny start!. ~ Angela

katie said...

I love lady bugs and have many in different forms. Ladybugs are a symbol of good luck in China so I started collected them as we wait for time to get our granddaughter from China.
I know about the swarming ones in the fall, but they aren't a true ladybug but some type of a beetle and are more orange than red. We have those here in the Ozarks as well.

Pondside said...

Oh yes, I'm a ladybug fan too. There's a little shop not to far from here where I can find lots of little ladybug items and I like to use them in springtime decorating.
Junior Miss - well that took me back!!....and I had that same hair style - the flip!

Deb said...

I love your ladybug post...everyone knows how much I love ladybugs...

Betsy said...

What a cute story! And ladybugs are darling, aren't they?

Jenny said...

What a totally neat story. Love the way you told that. And your pictures are neat!

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Oh yes! Ladybugs in the garden are a most welcome sight! Ladybugs in the house...not so much! But...I try to be very careful with them and scoop them up and shoo them out!

ain't for city gals said...

I'm loving that lady bug hummingbird feeder...don't lady bugs mean good luck?

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Love all the sweet sweet ladybugs! Cute post! Off to read some of your past posts.... Have a wonderful day. Saskia
xo

fairfieldhouse said...

Lady Bugs and old houses -- they are everywhere! But thank goodness because they are truly a friend to our gardens. I like the gardening apron!

Deborah

Loui said...

J~..
Love ladybugs!!
love your post..
always fun and interesting!!
photos..super!!
warm hugs..
laughing smiles..
Loui♥

Joanne Kennedy said...

Lady bugs are so cute. I remember as a kid we would always say a little chant something like "Lady bug, lady bug, fly away home. Your house in on fire and your children all alone." Now that I think about it, it sure isn't a very nice chant. LOL

Hugs,
Joanne

Darlene said...

I love ladybugs! They truly are the CUTEST little bug around!!♥

It's me said...

Nice little ladybug.......so pretty so peaceful...............lovely !!

Hugs Ria

Parsley said...

I have enjoyed reading through your blog so much and will be back often. Blessings.

GardenofDaisies said...

Look at that flipped hair! :-)
My neighbor's little girl has lots of ladybugs in her room. (not real ones, decorations.)

SueWis said...

I don't really have ladybug items in my home, but I love ladybugs, too cute. And, the swarming kind are not the nice ladybugs, they are asian lady beetles that were not indigenous to the US until they were introduced to control the aphid population. They have no natural predator here (probably because they stink)so they have become a major pest.

Julie Harward said...

She is a cutie...love the lady bugs they are so cute and so good for our gardens too! Cute story too, guess we have all felt like that a one time or the other! Come say hi :D

summersundays-jw said...

Thanks for checking out my blog. Leola's is located in Ozark in a strip center behind Lamberts (Home of throwed rolls). I discovered your blog & have loved reading it. My sister built her house about 10 yrs. ago in the country & every spring she gets ladybugs in her upstairs. My g'kids love it & we think it's suppose to be good luck. I love ladybugs. Jan

Lisa said...

I really love Lady bugs! I got push pins from Wal-Mart and have them on a board! They are fun!
Hugs, Lisa

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

I take nature photos and one of my favorite subjects is lady bugs. I bought several books on insects and was surprised to find out how many varieties there are of lady bugs!

They are fun to watch outside, but not inside! My oldest son had an infestation of them last fall that looked like something from an Alfred Hitchcock movie!

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

We love lady bugs here and consider them lucky! My mom always had us wish on them and after she passed, it seem we would see them much more often! My children consider it a "sign" from grandma!
I love your ladybug images!
~Nancy

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Janean,
Great story, she was a beauty, and I have those kind of moments all the time! Love that ladybug gardening set. Can you tell I'm ready for SPring so I can hit the garden?
A bientôt

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How cool is that? I love ladybugs and have a cute ladybug book in my doll room! ♥

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

such ac great post. I too adore lady bigs. I think i like most bugs actually , Have you seen Harlequin bugs? they have great colours too.

Rita said...

Oh what a memory that will be for you all your life. And the ladybug will always have a meaning for you. When we moved into our home, our shed had a nest of ladybugs. There were hundreds of them.

Lily Robinson said...

I used to love them... Now they just remind me of those other beetles that are everywhere! I saw one in my bathroom today while I was in the shower. They don't take time off for winter!

Emma said...

Wow Janean, that is so spooky!
I brought some ladybird buttons today from Hobby craft.
I saw them and thought they would love great on a little flowery bag I am making.
Em x

Just Breathe said...

That was fun. Nice pictures. I am a huge Ladybug fan!

voiceofpendergrass said...

Well, she's beautiful! I wouldn't know what to say either had that happened to me.

And, I love ladybugs! If fact, there's a ladybug quilt pattern in a book I have that would be so fun to do and this post has inspired me to dig it out. It's a small table top quilt.

Happy ladybugs!

Kevin and Angie said...

Ladybugs are absolutely wonderful. These items you have found are great!

If you get a chance check out our website dedicated to everything about them.

everything-ladybug.com

Marla said...

What a fun memory!