Monday, April 21, 2014

Starting to look like Spring

Been an awfully busy week and again starting into this week – MULCH – 15 yards of it and it’s finally finished.
Doug and I did some of it on Friday, then on Saturday Dan and Jess helped with the rest (and there was a lot left for them to do!)

This here is 10 yards – the other 5 yards were delivered on Saturday when the kids helped.
Mulch 1
The next 3 pictures are what Doug and I got done
Mulch 3
Mulch 4
 Mulch 5

I don’t like the flag stones when they have been newly laid – they have to settle into the mulch – about a week and maybe some rain and they will look like they were there forever, doesn’t take long
House 1
Mulch day 1

We are also rebuilding all the fences – 5 corner sections of 12 ft. each…Doug is cutting and rebuilding and I do all the sanding and painting.
Fence 1

Fence 2 

Today the yard is being thatched and some fertilizer put on – it is in desperate need this season.

I didn’t do much for Spring in the house and won’t do any outside till the mess out there is finished – I put the door decorations up and I remembered I had some really old Mason jars and this green box so I put together something for my entry table in the kitchen.
The filler I used I got at the little shop near me ( Finder’s Keepers in Rochester ), it’s shredded brown paper and it’s really finely shredded and works perfectly for these kinds of things.

Spring flowers in jars 1

Front door
Front door decor 
Kitchen door – these carrots will get put away and something more Spring related as soon as I get the time.
 
Back door decor

Not sure I like any of this – but it’s all going to be taken down when the wall behind the mantle gets done in a few weeks.  So I put some Lavender and Pussy Willows in a basket.

Oh and we decided to wait on the walls in the family room – it’s just the wood over the fireplace that is bad, so that is all that will get done for now.  But I do need to decide on a color for this room.  Any suggestions ( the fireplace will stay red .
Fireplace decor

So our Easter was great at least the family and the food – and the reason we celebrate Easter as well.
BUT….way before anyone got there I was peeling potatoes and carefully putting the down the disposal and I guess it just wasn’t meant to be that the day would go smoothly….THE DRAINS STOPPED UP and water and guck coming up through the sink drains.
So…I didn’t panic, I just said I will  make do as it is a holiday and there’s no way in heck a plumber is being called!
I managed quite well actually.  Had rinse things in the tub after making sure no food particles were on the items.

When it was time to get the meal on we worked like little bees, everyone going in a different direction to drain something or wash something.
Jesse took my huge kettle of potatoes outside to the driveway drain and drained them  there.
I look back and don’t know how we did it without a sink and water ( it was running out under the sink too! ).
In the mean time BRETT fixed everything for us…got us up and running.
Then after dinner I turned the dishwasher on and a few minutes later….water flooding the kitchen floor….more plugs!
He fixed that too!!!  Bless his heart for knowing what to do.

Dinner was wonderful – I kept it simple with Ham, pot roast, mashed potatoes, corn, carrots that were cooked slowly along with the pot roast, Asian salad and 2 pies for dessert.
Each place setting had a Lindt Bunny in a bowl with that same shredded paper.  I don’t do fancy table centerpieces as we need the room for food so it looks quite bare but I’m okay with that.
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Darren and his family don’t join us for Easter as they have her family and that’s okay too.
Miranda and Aidan had fun coloring eggs and having an Easter egg hunt at home.

Big brother helping Miranda spin an egg
Aidan and Miranda coloring eggs 2
Aidan coloring eggs
Miranda with eggs
Aidan with eggs

And taking a break and riding in their little car
Aidan and Miranda in little car

Alexandra and Tylor had someplace else to go for dinner as well but they brought Zayne over for his little basket.
He didn’t get much as he needs nothing at his age.
We put a little swim set and a bunny and Kit Kat bar in his basket.

He’s just so cuddly and loveable and always has a smirk smile and LOVES THE CAMERAGrandpa and Zayne Easter 3
Grandpa Zayne Easter 2104 1 
Us with Zayne Easter 2014 2

Opening his basket things at his mama’s Easter morning
Zayne with easter basket 
Well that’s Zayne overload! Sorry – but he’s just so fun!!!

Mushrooms! 
I do not like them but am fascinated with them for some reason so we bought a mushroom kit to grow our own.
We have had mushrooms blooming daily.  We have purchased these kits before and they are so much fun for $20.  And they will produce for approx. 2 to 3-1/2  months.
Doug has pickled, marinated, sautéed and stuffed them and they’re still coming on.
Mushroom box
Mushrooms growing 1

This was his first picking
Picked Mushrooms 1

I’m through for this post now – maybe a couple weeks from now I will  have something fun to post about because we are going away for a bout a week and a half – getting some back issues taken care of and so we thought as long as we were in the area of having it done we’d take a bit of a vacation out of it…so we’ll be seeing our very dear friends who just moved back at Christmas time from the island of St. Kitts and they settled in Ashville, NC.
Also getting to stop and say hi to Betty Crowe – from
http://bettyjcrowe-throughmybackdoor.blogspot.com/
And from Ashville we’ll be going to Blackwater Falls for a rug hooking retreat – my husband is very sweet and kind to offer to drive me as I can’t do it myself anymore, at least till this issue is taken care of.  Riding hurts but driving is scary as my legs cramp so bad it immobilizes me for just a bit and that’s not good if you are driving on the turnpikes – but all is good just the same.  I can’t ask for more than just that happening to me as there are others out there with so much more going on.
One of them is our pastor….the family has finally had to come to terms that he will not get any better and now hospice has been called in so please SEND OUT PRAYERS TO THE KEUCH FAMILY.

Blessings to you all

Karen

 

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