Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A few projects.....

 I've been doing some Spring cleaning and organizing the past couple weeks...I know...hard to contain your excitement about cleaning and organizing!
 As I've said before...I have a small home...and my sewing/den has to be very functional...its a big room...25 x 14...but I use about 75% for sewing and other crafts...so while reading some posts on a Facebook quilting site...I got this idea of how to use my ironing board as an ironing surface and storage as one. We bought the shelving unit at Ikea...it was the exact height and width of my ironing board. Don cut the legs off my ironing board and attached it to the top of the unit using tiny auto clamps...great...don't you think!! It's really sturdy now too! I saw lots of people who used boards for their ironing surface, but because I make totes, doll clothes and a variety of other things...I need that small curve that my board already has...plus...it was a lot cheaper to make!!
 Here's something else...Don works at Bass Pro Shop since he retired...part time...one of the perks is the deep discount they give their employees...so he got these boxes in the fishing department...$2 each...
 They are perfect for my rolls of floss. I had them loose in a different storage box...but these work much better! There are even more sections you can add...but this way works for me...now I just need a couple more! He got 3...which holds all my floss for now....but I can always use more colors....
 I also wanted to show you the map Don made me...it was a surprise...my wonderful next door neighbor helped him by keeping it at their house and adding more and more glue to the map to make it nice and solid...then Don made a frame for it and mounted it....
 It's for all my Etsy sales...clever man! Red are all the doll carriers...blue are tote, diaper and zipper bags...yellow are the wood products that Don makes...
He and my neighbor added most of the pins by going on Google maps and locating all the towns I sold things in ...now I just look up the town as I go along and stick in a pin...its fun to see all the places at a glance that we have sold to! Don decided to just put one of every color in each city...otherwise it would be too hard to see...so I will stick to his plan...I love that he thinks of wonderful things like this for me...he is so thoughtful and kind!!

In other news...we got a text from our daughter in law...a baby picture...the baby is growing so fast...August will be here so soon and I have much to do before then! I have been buying lots of books...this little baby will have a fun library before you know it!

We have been getting some much needed rain...in fact...it's raining as I type! Not a whole lot...but anything helps this year! I love the rain, but I wonder if I love it because it's rare...or that I just love rain...something to ponder!

Until next time....enjoy your day!!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring has sprung!!

 Yes...Spring is full swing in my neck of the woods...daffodils are popping up all over!
 I like these...unusual...
 Question: A daffodil is a narcissus...but are all narcissus daffodils? These look like daffodils in some ways.... 
 Tiny and cute...these only bloom for a while in Spring...
 A blossom on the peach tree we planted last Spring...much darker pink than on our other peach tree...


 English daisies...can't have enough of them!
 I love orange...these are wonderful!
 A new geranium I put in a pot... 
 Hostas are starting to pop up! Love these lime green ones!
 The bamboo is starting to bloom...yet it still has plenty of winter berries for the birds!
 I love Coral Bells too...they are filling out nicely...I need more of these this year!
 Don made a few more bird houses...I love the rustic look of these...he added a hinged back door so we can clean them out every year...smart man!
 The paint is peeling off this guy...he's really old...but I love him!
 Speaking of paint...I had a can of turquoise spray paint and I started spraying a few things...these were very rusty and yucky...sorry...forgot the before pictures....
 We got this for a couple dollars at the flea market...it will be a great side table under the apple tree next to a rusty chair...that will stay rusty...need to put on a couple more coats of paint...
 Meet Matilda...that's Don's name for her...he shortened her and we are going to use her over some pepper plants...I think she'll be great holding up a bush or two...
 This bunny was pink when I got it...an ugly pink too...painted him white...then changed my mind...I think I like this color better...he's finished and sitting in the window now!
Been busy making doll carriers...here's a stack I finished today!

I was on Spring break last week from school...went to a small quilt show and lunch with my sister, Debbie. We had fun and found lots to buy even though it was a small show! I gardened most of the week...it felt great out in the sun day after day! Now we are supposed to get more rain...starting tomorrow...it has cooled off...its pretty dreary out now...I hope we get the rain...we need it!! I am working on my final for Desktop Publisher Level 1...I think I will be able to start Level 2 on Monday...my final is a 16 page booklet on everything I learned in Printshop, Publisher and Adobe Photoshop so far...I like this class a lot...keyboarding...not so much! I'm slow...I think my speed will never get past 30 wpm! I am working on more doll carriers today...I hope to add a few to my Etsy shop soon!

Until next time...enjoy your day!!!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

65 years ago...

On this day...65 years ago...my awesome husband was born...and I want to wish him the happiest of birthdays!!! He isn't perfect...but he's perfect for me! He is a wonderful  husband...father...father-in-law...and soon to be Grandpa! I know he will excel at that...kids are always drawn to him. He enjoys life to its fullest...and never seems to be down in the dumps...always there to cheer me up...make me smile...and take care of us all! He is the fixer of all things broken...a great cook...the best barbecue master...the lifter of all things heavy...the jokester in class...the great advice giver...what can I say...an all round great guy. He starts Medicare today and says that's the good thing about getting old...cheaper insurance! 

Happy Birthday Don!!!

Until next time...enjoy your day!!!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Yippee!! It's finally raining!!

 We finally got a good storm passing through...its been raining really hard...and steady too...
 Getting quite a bit of water in the yard...I love it!! Everything will be so clean and pretty now...and some much needed water...don't know how much this will help the drought...but at least its watering everything!
 Since I couldn't garden outside...I worked on some succulent containers for the flea market at the college on Sunday....

 This is part of a tea set Don and I found at the Salvation Army...there were a few tiny chips...so it makes a fun container for succulents...I added some fun little guys in there too...
 Here's the tea pot...that's where the chips were...on the lid...I just fell in love with it when I spotted it though...I wasn't sure I wanted to  re-sell it...but I can't keep everything!
 I love adding little friends in my containers....
 I found this guy, too, when I was out thrifting...he's an Otagiri Sugar Bowl...
 Isn't he adorable! I think he will stay here...he may too cute to sell...
 I got all of these too...

Eight pieces for just under $25! These are definitely staying...or perhaps my boys will want a piece or two...there's a 7 and 10 inch skillet too...which I won't use as skillets...but they're shallow enough for corn bread or brownies...and much prettier than plain old glass Pyrex...I love the simple Cornflower design...I have a few of these pieces already...and a percolator too in this design...my parents had this design when I was young...my Dad was the main cook in the house and I remember him using the skillets on the range...he had a clip on handle for them...I wonder if they still make those handles...I'll have to research...
I have been making a few mats for the flea market too...some Spring items...here's a wool mat I am in the process of finishing...
It may rain all weekend long...which is good...it will put a damper on sales at the flea market...even though a lot of vendors are inside in the parking structure...that's where we will be...but I have to think of my area and how badly we need the water...but I'll be there...rain or shine...
Until next time...enjoy your day!!!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Some gardening before the rain comes...

 Today it was a lot colder...rain is supposed to arrive tonight...Yippee!! It has been a while...and we need it so badly...after class this morning...I gardened...I had to...I mean...that's what I do...
 Some people rearrange their furniture...I rearrange my yard...this time of year there are plants popping up all over the place...I don't always remember where I plant the bulbs...
 Heck...I don't always remember where I parked my Car! So I move things around...clean up and trim...just about everyday...if I can...oh and I can!
 Lots happening the in yard right now...this is where I gardened today...the back flower bed...
 These guys are popping up everywhere...I added a huge bagful in October...narcissus...yes...daffodils are narcissus...there are lots of different ones...
 Lots of freesia in bloom too...I need to plant more of these bulbs this Fall...they smell heavenly!
 Of course I love Stock Flowers...actually...I don't think I've met  a flower I don't like!
 The Primrose is doing well...
 And just look at these...I knew you were going to ask...I can't remember...I bought the plant last Summer at Armstrong Nursery...it a succulent..it died back over the Winter and all of a sudden..its back with a pretty bloom...tons of buds on it too!
 My Birch trees are greening up very early...
 I "rescued" a bunch of plants from Lowes for 50 cents each...here's one...Iceland Poppy...love them too! A couple days at my house and it's happy as can be!
 I have lots of company when I garden too...
 This one looks a little mad at me...hey...I can't help it if your friends ate all the food...OK...I'll fill it up again...
 I met this gal up at my brother-in-law's house...she was just wandering around the yard...
 It's hard to tell from my pictures...but she was a BIG girl...about 8-12 inches tall...
Isn't she a cutie! We gave her a bit of seed..she hung around all afternoon...not afraid at all...she's a Northern Bobwhite...a member of the quail family....and quite content to hang out with us all day.

Rain is supposed to be heading our way tonight...I hope so! We might even get a few days of rain...that would be wonderful...cooler too...it's been in the 70's...now back to the low 60's...that's chilly for us! But I love that kind of weather!!

Until next time...enjoy your day!!!