Saturday, June 30, 2012
Isn't this too cute!!!!???? I love it and she gives great directions. I have no intention of painting mine at the moment but it would apply to any appliance you might have. I'm thinking my built-in oven and refrigerator! Plus, I started following her because she also had a post on how to do faux granite countertops on your existing countertops. They did her Mother's which were white and they turned out fantastic! And for wear and tear in both projects....not a problem so far!
Of course, I did nothing so creative today....I ordered dog meds, special flours and flax meal to start making healthy treats for them. I made bread dough....
I did laundry..........
I did catch up on reading some blogs hopefully and it does inspire me but I want to get to my place in Hanover so I don't have to be concerned with "buyers" and can "do my own thing" like polka dot appliances! LOL! My next place will be my last if I can sell this one otherwise this house might be my last! LOL!
I reread my one and only Tasha Tudor book...........
She had the life! And such a beautiful farm. I would not go barefoot though or wear dresses and I'm not sure I'd do the wood stove cooking or the kerosene lamps. But the gardens and canning and sitting by the fire during a snowstorm with my girls curled up beside me....oh yeah!
I might go make some peanut butter cookies now.....my sweet tooth is aching for something. I hope you enjoyed your Saturday and that it was everything you hoped it would be!
Friday, June 29, 2012
I finished sanding the bench and the lid pieces...........
I managed to do a little cleaning and organizing last night after supper..........
This table is a little rickety. That's what you get when you only pay $12.00! LOL! It needs cross braces on the legs and if I'm going to do that then I might as well add a shelf underneath too and of course it also needs a paint job. Dresser scarves and table runners hide a multitude of sins for the time being.
There's me in my pink and green hydrangea pj's! Ha! Ha! The mirror I found in a restaurant that sold a few antiques and it cost me $25.00 but I love it! That sucker is heavy too, let me tell you!
Below are some new candles I ordered and they're called Aunt Sadies candles. They come in the neatest fragrances and the same fragrance can be bought with different decoration on the outside so you can sort of mix and match. I got them off the internet Aunt Sadies has a store locator. I can't remember where I got mine. They are made in Vermont and smell delicious! They even have an iced tea and a beer one! LOL!
They had me with the fresh cut grass. The green chenile is going in my bathroom, the Yankee Doodle is red apple and will go on the kitchen table for my 4th of July vignette, the grass one will go in my bedroom and the lake one probably on the mantle. These are my summer candles along with the McCall's candles I bought. The next order will be for Fall flavors later on.
Well, I've had my bath, my jammies are on and I am going to go nestle in my bed and watch either Monk or Little House on the Prairie if I don't fall asleep first. That heat really takes a lot out of you! Tomorrow I'm staying in again except for watering early on. Take care everyone and I hope you had a great Friday!
Thursday, June 28, 2012
I had some calls today and a visitor so I didn't get much done at all. I was going to sand my bench but by the time I got off the phone it had gone from 79 to 98 and was still going up so I bailed and stayed inside. I fixed syrup for my humming birds and made some of my homemade laundry detergent.
I also worked a little on my applique. See the missing pins in the right upper corner? That's been stitched now. I do a blanket stitch throughout and then some embroidery stitches for vines and such after all the wool is stitched down.
I hope you stayed fire free, flood free and cool and safe where ever you may be and I hope you had some joy today! It's out there! Go get yourself some!
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The crockpot and the detergent worked like a charm on the old hardware! Finally an easy way to do something with stuff I had on hand.
This is before.........
This is after........
I also got my applique all pinned in place for stitching on my next block. Those little white headed pins are special applique pins. They're tiny and short and are great for pinning everything in place. Some people use needle felting machines or spray on adhesive or glue sticks. I prefer this method.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I decided with the heat and all going on here and everywhere that I would have to get up early in the morning and get right outside if I wanted to get any projects done this summer. Yesterday was 107 but mornings are in the 70's early so that's what I did. I threw on my clothes and went outside. I didn't even brush my teeth!
There was an old saying about doing your "big rocks" first in the day because you will always find time to do the "little rocks" later. It was based on a glass jar where you put in your big rocks, then you can fit smaller pebbles in and after that you can pour sand in to fill the jar completely. I'd been doing the little rocks in the morning....my daily tasks only to realize that by the time I got them done it was too hot out for me to want to go out and get started. So, I went out and worked until noon and acclimated myself as it warmed up and by the time I came inside it was in the high 80's but I had gotten my BIG ROCKS done! Yippee! Thus the lateness of this post. Here's what else I got done outside. Oh, and I also weeded and put down more rubber mulch but didn't take a picture of that.
This bench with a lift up seat and storage has been with me for years. I got it at an auction (really cheap...you'll see why!) and tried several times to strip the paint off of it but it has at least 8 colors that I counted and I've decided to sand it and paint it.
I did get my small rocks done too after I came in and I can't say I'm not tuckered out because I am but what a great feeling to get going on some projects that have been on the back burner WAY TOO LONG!
I am going through items like that bench and if I'm going to keep them then I need to make then usable and attractive or out they go!
I hope you had an enjoyable and satisfying day too and don't forget..........big rocks first! LOL!
Monday, June 25, 2012
I was able to hang an entire load of clothes on this baby! I was amazed! Whoever invented these was a genius and I know I paid very little for it...like less than $10.00 while the new ones go for $70-$100 I think.
I went to Wal-mart yesterday and would you believe they carry Bison meat now! I bought a pound of ground Bison to see if I would like it. I had it years ago and I remember it tasting almost sweet. It is very healthy for you as opposed to beef and this has no antibiotics or hormones or additives of any kind. I'll let you know what I think after I make something with it.
Remember the other day when I said the only thing that could make that "coffee" cake any better would be some coffee ice cream? Well........Ta Da!!!!!
Oh baby, oh baby! Yes.....it was delicious! I may need to go on a diet after I finish this cake...who am I kidding....I need a diet NOW! LOL! It is one of the true joys of life though to have these extraordinarily delicious foods. I just can't have them all the time.
See this paint chip below?
I know, it's hard to see the color really well. Think Granny Smith Apple green.
Now...........see this door?
Stay tuned for further developments!
Have a wonderful Monday and stay cool.....it was 97 here yesterday or more. Thank you Lord for my AC!