Friday, April 4, 2014

What to post about???

Oh my friends, I just must be living a pretty boring life right now because I can not think of one thing to post about – seriously – nothing new is happening, nothing new has been purchased.

I’m hoping to change that in the next few weeks though.
We’re going to be re-doing our family room and den.  No structural changes but the paneling is coming down and drywall going up, new carpeting as well.  There are beautiful hardwood floors under the carpet but the room is very ‘cool’ in the winter so we really need the carpet. The only other possibility to have wood floors is to re-route the heat ducts but I seriously doubt that will do it – there are 3 outside walls and we get lots of wind from one direction especially.
This picture is from the week we moved into our house in 1979…lots of dark wood.
Familyroom1979
And 2014…waiting for new changes!
Family Room 2014
Hey…the leather sofa is for sale….$1000 to the first one…less than a year old!!!

Oh and we are having our screen room sofa cushions recovered (by Debbie, the same lady who did our sofa), they get a lot of use and have taken on an old look.
Here’s the fabric we purchased.
SR sofa fabric 1 
The store only had enough for the 6 sofa cushions so the 2 chairs will be done either in a Teal solid or a combination stripe.  We have had one of the chairs stripe for 6 years now and I’m really tired of looking at it so hopefully we can find a solid.

I still need to get my mood into the Spring mode but this weather doesn’t say Spring should be here…but I did get my Red Tulips out this past weekend. They are the only sign of Spring around her.
Red Tulips

I found some plastic eggs at Wal-Mart last week and made a simple little Primitive egg carton.
Here’s the steps I did – The eggs sell for $1.98 per carton.
Eggs in carton 1

Grungy Eggs in Egg Cartons....easy to do too!
Paper Egg Cartons  (I used the ones Wal-Mart)
Plastic Eggs or any kind of faux eggs (I used the ones Wal-Mart)
Walmart eggs
Black Acrylic Paint/Tan paint
Instant Coffee (get the cheapest one you can find at Wal-Mart of Dollar store)
Cinnamon (get mine at the Dollar store)
Ground Cloves (cheapest you can get)
Mod Podge
Rusty wire
Paper Grass or something like that - straw works too
Glue gun
1. Cut your cartons either in half (6 egg holes) or in 3rds (4 egg holes)
2. Mix coffee crystals with very hot water...I use a lot of crystals so it is really dark
3. Paint the cartons with the coffee mixture - be careful though as they will tear easily the wetter the get
4. Put on baking pan and put in 280 degree oven for approx. 10-12 minutes to dry. Remove from oven and air dry the rest of the way - but they will most likely be very dry by now.
5. Paint eggs with either color - I did both - let dry
6. Brush eggs with Mod Podge and roll in Cinnamon and Cloves mixture - you can add a few coffee crystals if you like for a bumpier effect. You don't need to cover the eggs completely - just for your desired look. Let dry
7. Put a dab of glue in the bottom of the egg cup, add grass/paper strips, put a dab of glue on the bottom of the egg, set in grass - press a little to adhere.
8. Attach a handle of wire by poking it into the ends of the carton (on each side), give a twist to secure

I’ll add some photos here of my steps
(I had these eggs from other projects - the Tan eggs are from a different project and the paint cracked but it won’t matter because I’m grunging them)
Eggs 2
The ones I painted Black
Eggs 6
Grassy filler for the cups
Eggs 3
Eggs 4
Eggs 5 
And the finished product!
Eggs in carton 1 
Hope you enjoy making them!

Have a fantastic weekend everyone

Karen

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Just a short post

Now if you believed that heading then you haven’t been following me! lol

Noting I do is small or short or minimal – but I keep working on it daily.  I’ve tried to slow down, do less and ‘say less’. Well that last one may be a stretch!!

But I did want to check in and post about the new items I finally received.  I have been waiting for them so I could the upstairs bedroom settled….with spreads that is.  So I did some rearranging.
You are probably getting very bored with the ‘bedroom saga’ but it’s all that’s happening here lately. Slowly it is getting done.

Our bedspread went upstairs on the first guest room (it’s Flax with Red stripes) and in the order that arrived were two pillow shams with a red border and buttons on the ends.
(the bed looks lumpy because it has a down comforter under the spread)

 Guest bed 2 

The spread that was on this bed went on the white iron bed and the bolster covers that we had on our bed are now on there.
And the spread that was on here is now folded at the bottom.  I’m liking the neutral look.  We need to put the blanket crane on the one solid wall and this room will be done. Very simple and plain.

Guest bedroom 3

And the new spread is on our bed.  It’s a king size so I didn’t need any pillow shams or bolsters – by turning the bedspread the opposite way from how it was to go I was able to have it come up over the pillows, just like I wanted it!
It’s Black and Flax.
 
New bedspread

 New bedspread 1

From Family Heirloom Weavers  I also ordered a set of  their new sheets/pillow cases and blanket for summer when the Down comforter comes off.  I had to order a flat one for the bottom because they don’t make a fitted one…this is going to be a challenge…lol
And the top one and the cases have an adorable little ruffle!
Sheet set 1

And I was so surprises when I looked at the cases – they have little ties to keep them on!!!  How neat is that?Sheets 1

This blanket is sooooo soft, it’s kind of a open weave – and I love the plaid on the border.
Blanket 1

Blanket 2

And….3 Table Squares
Americana table square

  Table square

Angst table square

So that was my Family Heirloom Weavers shopping ‘treat’.

Last Friday I had an apt. so as long as we were out we stopped in Columbus, WI at a couple antique shops – NOTHING!!!
We were so disappointed – the huge one that is 3 stories had nothing but ‘glass ware’ – 3 huge floors and it was huge!  You could look up and down isles and see the same thing…and you could get lost…room after room jutting off of another room!  I think mostly flea market treasures but expensive treasures at that.  I would not go again…but it was a beautiful day to be out on a day it DIDN’T SNOW.

But on the way home we stopped in Lodi at Cottage House Primitives   http://www.cottagehouseprimitives.com/.
I always love going there because Carol has so many wonderful Primitive treasures but I especially went in for some wool.  I not only got wool but she let me cut some for my rug hooking project. Oh and I bought a new hook as well.

Wool from Lodi

The strips are the same as the whole piece – should work up nicely as a background.Stripe wool and hook

Now I really tried to keep this short – but going in to this post I had my doubts – but if you are still here, then all is well.

Our Alexandra has so much fun with her little Zayne…they were out shopping and she was trying Fedora’s on him.

Zayne in hat 

…and then all bundled up for a stroller ride!
Zayne in stroller

It’s almost the weekend…hope you all have fun plans!

Thanks for visiting

Karen

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Second befroom done!

Seems of late I have nothing but bits and blurbs to share with you.
When I go to post something I don’t settle on just one thing – I scatter LOL.

I do have another bedroom re-do though. 
We did the 2nd guest room upstairs.  We liked the paint scheme with bedroom one so we kept it.  Nice to keep things the same or very similar, especially if one is thinking of selling.  Now we are NOT selling but we figured we’d get things back to the way they should be in those upstairs bedrooms in case we had to sell we wouldn’t be scrambling to do it then.

Our son/ dil had our old iron bed that we have had since the mid 70’s.  We paid $2.00 for it at an auction.  It was painted a horrible shiny brass color – really awful looking.  I knew right away it was going to get painted white.  And it did. Doug used several cans of white spray paint on it.  We used it for a few years when we first got it.  Then while the boys were still home here, Darren had it for his bed.  When he moved to his own apt. he took it with him.  From there it went to Dan and Jamie’s for Alexandra’s room.  She left and I asked for it back for our spare room.  It has certainly made the rounds in our family and now it has come full circle!!

All last week Doug and I painted and Thursday the carpet was installed and Friday the mattress’s were delivered.  It’s a full size bed so we didn’t have mattress’s for it (Alex had them but she took them with her when she left Dan’s), so we had to buy new.

Remember when I posted pictures of the room as it was being used for my works area and Doug’s work space?

 Craft room 2

 Craft room 3

Anyway – those are the BEFORE  pictures.
I took this picture when the old recliner was put in there from the other bedroom, waiting for someone to take it…it was claimed by Dan/Jamie. 
 
Craft room 1

So here’s the AFTER
I’m looking for a Family Heirloom Weavers bedspread but they don’t offer much right now except plain or stripe.
The one I WANT only comes in Queen. Not sure why a Queen only.
I’m seriously thinking of buying it anyway and cutting it to fit and then using what fabric is left for pillows maybe.
Its’ called the ‘Curious Apprentice’.
curiousapprenticecoverlet

… before the carpet was installed and the doors put back on….

Same carpet as the other bedroom.
upstairs carpet
Guest Room Two 1

 Guest Room Two 2

2nd guest room 1

The bedcover that is on there is a twin bedspread – which would be
great in a full or queen but they don’t make it anymore either.
I need something long enough to cover up the blanket that’s hanging down.
DIL Jamie is going to make a bed skirt for it and the other bed.
2nd Bedroom 2

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Just look at these Strawberries!
This is the 2nd container we purchased in the last couple weeks and they have been the best by far even for the summer ones.  So sweet and soooo Red.  It made the best Strawberry Shortcake.

 Strawberries 2

Do you remember the long Penny Rug I’m trying to make for myself?
I first had the pennies laying on a long runner piece of woven cotton –I started stitching the pennies on but it just didn’t set off the pennies. So I took them all off and put them on a piece of Army blanket – I like it much better now.

The older one…
runner 3

New one on Army blanket wool
New runner 2

New runner 
Most of the pennies are stitched and now I’m anxious to get them put on the runner!

Got myself a nice new Dutch Oven.  I’ve seen 5 qt. but never a 6.5 qt.
We got it at Sam’s Club.  Our son has been wanting one so we got him one for his birthday and after seeing it I knew I needed one!
Years ago I had a really expensive one – it was a Le Creuset – I would never buy one for the price they are asking these days.
I got my original one from buying a stove – they were giving that and a set of pans with it!!!

This one is just like it…cast iron with porcelain finish – no brainer there….and it cost $200 less!
dutch oven 2

This is the Le Creuset for $235.00 – Mine was $49.00
Le Crueset

Hope all is well with all my friends
We are in for a cold one this week – but if we hang in there Spring will arrive, it always does!

I put some items on my selling blog
http://kmprimitives.blogspot.com/
Some items have sold already – go on over and see what I have.

Karen

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Been a long spell!

I thought I’d never get back on the
internet – or I should say my computer!
I’ve had problems with it for some time and
finally took it in to be fixed over 2 weeks ago. 
The tech talked me into having Windows 7 installed
instead of my Windows XP…I took him for his word.
I hate it!!!   I had many problems with my ‘creative’ programs
working with it – couldn’t get on half the time.
Lots of things that frustrated me.  I wanted my
XP back but he assured me it would be okay.
So anyway – to shorten this up – I finally got my
programs on and also Windows Live Writer so
I can make a post – which is long over due.
I haven’t been on the blogs because I had
problems and my I-Pad is frustrating to work
with and I can’t do a post from there.

But I’m here now!!!
And I want to share more updates of the sofa.
I’m thinking it’s going to be done soon, at least I hope so,
but heaven knows where it’s going! lol
Sofa 4 front and side

Sofa 3 front and side

Sofa sideview

Sofa wing view

Well I’m sure you are all as frustrated with
this weather as I am – it snows almost daily.
Last week we were in Pennsylvania and on
Monday they  got dumped on…what a snow fall.
It was really quite pretty though if you didn’t need to be out
driving in it – but, we were there on a mission so out we went.
Monday…snowed all day while we were at the show,
Tuesday was just plain snow so we went to downtown market
and then out to Roots market and then hit a
few shops…some were closed, mainly because some of
the owners were at the wholesale show up in Oaks and
they stayed overnight there not wanting to drive in the
snow and I must say for being from Wisconsin,
we are used to the white stuff but it really did come down
hard and lots of it so I can see why they didn’t want to chance an accident.
Then Wednesday it was an ice storm…did that stop us???
Nope, we waited till around noon and then headed out.
It was our last full day so we didn’t want to stay inside.

This tree was so full of ice it was laying on top of our car –
we didn’t think to get a picture of it at the time. 
Doug moved the car in case the branches broke.

Car and tree in ice

snow ice schmitts

While out shopping we were watching as the ice was melting
and I thought this tree at Olde Mill House Shoppes was just beautiful
with the limbs all glistening and little icicles on all the branches

Ice on tree

And this old Willow…not sure why it looks greenish
gray  but I think it’s because the leaves are still on it.

Willow tree ice
But first – I must tell you that on the way out we stopped at
my friends house for supper before stopping for the night.
Linda is such a sweet person.  She had the table all
set so nice with her beautiful ‘Temp-tations’ dishes and had a gift
for myself and Doug’s cousin Judy who went with us.
I put in my request for Linda’s wonderful Vegetable Beef
soup and she came through!  Along with it we had Pepperoni bread,
fruit, cheese and great homemade Chocolate Chip
cookies and Oatmeal Raisin along with some…….
Karen and Linda 

Lindas dishes
Linda gave us gifts too…Doug got some Chocolate covered
pretzels and I got a very nice ‘Bennington Pottery’ spoon plate
and wooden spoon along with some Chocolate bars.

Gifts from Linda

Our last night in PA with family
Dinner with Schmitts

Some special purchases
This wonderful aged Blue double basket…it called to me!
Blue tierd basket 1

Another bonnet – this is a very aged Blue print
Bonnet 2 

One place we love to go is to the Centerville Bulk Food store.
Prices per lb. are far less than in the stores.
It’s mainly for Amish but as of the last couple years we English have found it.
I stock up on all my dry goods each visit.
dry goods

I got these Paddle boards and I’m going to put  either some
Punch Needle designs or hooked designs on them and sell
them at a show I’m doing at Christmas here in town.
They are rather large in size.  7” w. x 14” h.  And one is 9” w.  x 14” h.
Paddle boards 1

And THESE BEAUTIES!!
A new ASL Pewter design this year – Berry spoons and a pickle/olive poker
Love those spoons.
Pewter ware

I’m going to be making a bed skirt for the guest
bed so I got the Red check I’ve been looking for 
Red check fabric

Or this Red Ticking fabric…
Red stripe fabric

I have a few other things that I bought at wholesale.
I need to get them priced and added to my selling page.

I have to brag about my daughter in-law Jamie right now.
She is very much into throwing clay and making beautiful pottery.
She has given me several pieces and I
always buy a piece or two from her as gifts.
Before we left for PA she brought over all she had left in her supply
and I found some pieces as gifts and some for myself.
I’ve been taken lately with aged Aqua or Teal and she had some
pieces that jumped right into my hands….lol
Aren’t they great!!!  I may have her make a few
more of the plates…I love the weave pattern.
 
Blue dishes 1
Blue dishes
Blue crock
 Blue bowl

Thanks for staying with me this long – I could have had a shorter
post but it has been almost a month and I had lots to share.
Watch for the items to appear on my selling blog –
they aren’t anything special but there will be a few things.

Karen