Monday, August 16, 2021

Wishing for Fall

I know it's not right to wish time away but I sure would
love Fall to be here - I'm so over Summer!!!
I've not gone outside much when the temps get above 75 with humidity.
The last couple days though have been just gorgeous!!!

I've also been working hard on products for our
upcoming October 2nd show.
I feel I've gotten a lot done and then I look
at my list of 'to-do's' and I panic!!!

Last week Doug started cutting up the blocks of bees wax
I purchased from a friend.
He cut up 20lbs of it and his hand was cramped all night!!!

Now I need to start making some silicone molds and start pouring.

I made up a little collage of
some of the products we'll be offering at our show.
This is just the tip of the items - it's going to be
an even bigger show this year!!!

We'll be offering two 'Chair and a Half' chairs this year.
(Also known as a Grandmas Chair)
They are done in a black and gold (caramel) check.
They are basically new chairs...they were show samples
at the order writing show we went to in February.

Last Saturday one of our neighbors daughters got married
and we were invited - there's a little story to this one...they had a venue and were all set but 3 weeks ago (well, 4 weeks now) they went there to double check things and saw that it was all dug up around the venue and diggers there. They asked what was happening
and were told they probably should get a new venue!!!  WHAT???
Yep....never got a phone call, email or text letting them know about this
so they scrambled and had it at their home.
They got permission to close off the street and had the reception in the street and their yard.
Fortunately we are the only driveway (besides them) on this street so we were okay with it.
It really turned out beautiful in the end and the 
great part was it was right outside our house so we 
didn't have to travel far for it.








As we get older we find ourselves being
'that generation'.
You know, the last of your generation.
Well I was the one that always got our family reunions together
but I really got tired of it - no one wanted to help so our last
one was in 2005.
I have a cousin living in an assisted living home
so now and then Doug and I go visit here and I got to thinking
that time is really running out for all of us - there are only 8 of us (besides our spouses of course) living now.
So I got us all together for lunch last Thursday and we 
had the best time!!!
I like that it was a small group so we could all talk to one another.





Well I hope I didn't bore you with this long post!
Karen

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Such a busy summer

 I've been keeping myself busy making products for our upcoming show October 2nd
and trying to keep cool.
The weather has been great BUT when it gets hot it really is HOT!!!
 And I don't like summer - I may have mentioned that at some point
(many times) over the years.

Anyway - summer has been filled with lots of things
and one was our new great-granddaughter.
Kira Haze Julin born June 7th, her big brother turned 8 on the 16th.
Then on the 20th we went to our grandson Aidan's 13th birthday,
on July 3rd his sister Miranda turned 9 so that was another gathering 😄
Are we tired....yep!!!
And in between other things cropped up....family get togethers, lunches
and just general things, you know like cleaning, cooking, groceries!

KIRA - 2 days

KIRA - 4 weeks

ZAYNE - 8 years


MIRANDA - 9 years


Like I said - in between all of these things I've been creating for the show
Here's just a few items



I had such fun making these
PUMPKIN SPROUTS
I put one set on a long board and then separated a set to have 3 on a board
They just make me smile!!!




A few Punch Needle




Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karen

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

A SHORT BUT SWEET POST

 I'm not sure how many of you follow my FB page but I posted this last week - 
it was such a heartwarming experience for me and my husband.

There was a Nuthatch that had a nest in one of our trees....30 ft. up!!!  Well it was a SMALL hole in fact - she had 5 babies and they didn't fit in that tiny hole so they fell out as soon as they started to wiggle about. One died, one had sores on its head and it died the next day -
3 survived. It was such a long way down to fall.
Here's their short story.

The first two stayed huddled at the base of the tree but now and then
tried to climb the tree only to fall back down.
We were so afraid of neighbors cats that roam so we built a little fenced in area for them
out of some birch logs - it worked and kept them corralled.
Mama always seemed to find them and fed them all day long!!


Then there were three!!!
We could pick them up and cuddle them and they were just fine with that -
never shied away from us at all. They were so very trusting.

This was their little corral for about 5 days
Every now and then one would find the trunk and try to climb and they just trembled,
only to fall back down.
Now we knew the weather was going to change.
We had several days in the high 80s but bad weather was coming.

And it did....the cold weather hit overnight!!!
We went from 85 degrees to a low of 39 and rain...we knew these little things would not make it with such extreme cold so we took plastic and wrapped it around the logs and at night
Doug put hand warmers in around the area they huddled in.
When we went to check on them now and then they would just look at us - I hope they knew we were trying our best!


They trusted us so much - they liked being held and I'd cup my hands around them and they would huddle in and close their eyes!!

Then one day they were GONE...one by one they left....until this happened....
One of them, not sure which because all three let us pick them up and cuddle....we hadn't seen any for a day and a half...I was outside moving plants around for the sun and came back in, went back out same door to do something else and when I started to come back in guess who was right at the door prancing around and chirping? Yep....she came back for a visit and she let me pick her up and we chatted awhile before I put her in the mulch...then she went up the tree - ....bye bye again! She just melted my heart!

Hope you enjoyed this heartwarming story of
Mother Nature at her best!!!
Blessings to all
Karen

Sunday, May 9, 2021

HAPPY MAY EVERYONE!

I think I'm finally getting my blog posts to happen
more often now - at least it's feeling that way!
Not a lot has happened since my last post and maybe
that's a good thing, not sure these days.

Last month Doug and I took a weekend trip to Ohio to the
 Simple Goods show and Earlier Times show. 
Plus we went to Ginny Curry's open house as well as Linda Millers open house.
It has been a few years since we have gone and it didn't disappoint.  So many wonderful antique dealers and hand mades at all of the places.
Plus we got to see a few FB friends - along with a few treasures.
.Doug and I with Vicki and Mike Zellner (Two of the sweetest people ever)

With Tina Nikkila 

With Sandi Wise

With Nikki Dull

We met up with these wonderful ladies on Thursday before the shows
Debbie Crowe Jenkins, Lynn Erbesti, Nina Meacham, Me
Betty Crowe, Gayle Pope Ferguson.

And a few items we found


I just love this quilt has a diagonal hand stitched quilt pattern

This cupboard is quite large from what it looks here.
It's actually made from an old crate.
We're hoping to put it in the kitchen next to our
upper cabinet where there's wall space

This garland is made from dried leaves of some kind - they are almost round in shape
They remind me of a miniature lily pad shape.

I couldn't pass up this awesome Uncle Sam at Ginny Curry's

This grapevine wreath is quite large and where you see the 
Forsythia it's built out like a little shelf that will hold
things so you can change them out for the seasons

This Bee Skep was from Ginny Curry's as well
It's vinyl and painted so it will stand up in the elements quite well

Found these 5 quilt squares at Simple Goods
I think I'll make some pillows out of them.
The picture is not doing the color justice!
They are like a creamy yellow with a bluish/gray design

This sweet wool bunny was from Earlier Times
as are the next two photos


I love that this picture is wood and wool!!

Doug and I have been busy making
Bee Skeps this week.
I have orders for 7 of them and after that we'll 
make more for our October show.
For some reason each one turns out different
than the one before it - you would think by coiling the Sisal
around in a circle when you are using a definite size
base they'd come out the same....NOT!!!
I do the gluing while Doug guides the rope - it's more of 
a feeling kind of process getting the shape.

Our granddaughter got the nursery ready for
our next great-grandbaby
Kira is due to arrive on June 7th!

Big brother Zayne is so anxious for her to arrive

That's it for this post
Thanks for stopping by
Karen