Monday, February 3, 2014

How About Orange!

I came across this post on one of my favorite blogs "How About Orange" (click here for link).

What do you think about my twin heads, are they not beautiful?



I was at a beauty salon having a hair cut. I noticed the hair on some of the practice heads (used by students to learn their cutting skills) were quite short. My first thought was how expensive it must be to have to keep buying new wigs for teaching purposes. So... I had to ask. Come to find out, the heads are made from rubber and when the hair gets too short to work on the heads get tossed. My second thought was "I want one". I didn't know why I wanted one--I just did.

Here are some reasons why one might want a head (or two).

1. Owing to more people buying homes in our neck of the woods, the deer are liking our veggies more every year. Fencing what we can, scattering hair, soap, and spraying helps. Oh my why not dress up my garden with a couple of scarecrows?

2. As a passenger in our car?

3. I am about to make my first bucket hat. Perfect!

4. Seated somewhere in our home (I love it)?

More to come (I have to check back with "How About Orange" for more craziness).

Huh, been since September 2012 since I last posted. If you click on the headings in my blog you will find I still have not learned a thing since then.

Monday, September 23, 2013

A disaster no more!

This week we took a ride in the tractor down our hedgerow to pick apples from our one old apple tree. I picked dozens of really small apples and spent the day peeling apples and making some okay applesauce. Our son-in-law recently planted two apple trees and this year got quite a yield of apples. Off we went to pick more apples from his trees. I made more applesauce and mixed with the applesauce I made with the apples from our tree. And, I baked a five pound apple pie mixing the apples from the three trees. YUMMY!

Apples from the apple tree in our son-in-law's front yard:

Apples from our Tim Horton's Apple Man Buddy:

I didn't think to take pictures from our tree. You can see the apples from our son-in-law's other tree in the video I posted on August 18th.

Not a disaster after all...

We so love our bell peppers but our garden was a disaster this year. Eight pepper plants yielded just four jalapeno and 2 green bell peppers. Out of six tomato plants we picked just two red tomatoes. We do have around three dozen beautiful green tomatoes, which I will brown bag to ripen. Our neighbor just dropped off three dozen beautiful large bell peppers, weighing a whopping 13 pounds. For the first time, I will try canning peppers. We did harvest around a dozen zucchinis from one plant and our corn was wonderful. We froze four dozen ears of corn and shared another four dozen with our daughter for her to freeze. And, we ate lots and lots ourselves. We usually get lots of butternut squash and sell it out by the road. This year we have quite of few, but these will be for sharing with others.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

My Apple Pie Man!

video
I am mainly posting this video to thank the moderator, Considerate Guy, for taking the time to answer questions I posted on the Windows Movie Maker forum concerning sound effects. You can find the link here: http://www.windowsmoviemakers.net/Forums/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=258660

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

What Worked For Me

The hardware on my antique chest was in bad need of cleaning. After going online and trying three different solutions, this is what worked for me:

A mixture of baking soda and lemon juice.  I used about one half box of baking soda and added lemon juice until the mix was about the texture of honey. I made enough to cover all my hardware and soaked overnight. The next day I just rinsed, washed in soapy water, using a sponge, and rinsed again. Easy--no toothbrush, no scrubbing .

What didn't work as well:

1. Soaking in coke overnight.

2. Soaking in a mixture of flour, white cider, and salt overnight. I made more of the above-mentioned lemon juice/baking soda mixture (enough to completely cover all the handles).

This as a picture of mixture #2 above:













They came out pretty good!













Sanding done:













Now I am off to Google for some advice on choice of stain...



Sunday, July 14, 2013

Behind Schedule!

Oh golly! I do love the Internet. BUT...in seeing a link on "How To Convert VHS Tapes to DVD", I had to purchase a screen capture device. Spent a couple of months converting my tapes to my computer. I am in process of restoring this old chest and catching up with our gardening. I know--excuses, excuses!



Saturday, March 23, 2013

Under Construction!

Hopefully, I will figure out how to better organize my tabs. In my lifetime!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Another Garage Sale Goodie

One just can't pass up a chair priced at only one dollar. I sanded and painted this rusty metal chair for our grand girls (in case Mom ever has a need for them to sit for a bit). How silly, right???

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Catalpa Tree Continued...

One of the two Catalpa trees I started from seed continues to thrive. The second tree wasn't so lucky. As promised in an earlier post, here is an update. Run your cursor over my tree; hasn't she grown?

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Still working as of 32,000 days and I don't mean the tractor...

Uuummmmm, the tractor was a gift from the kids. I don't remember whether it was a Christmas gift or his birthday gift--it was many many years ago. One more thing to check out. And, most summer days were spent moving trees, rocks, and bucketing just about anything over 25 lbs. Our favorite saying is "Nothing Runs Like a Deere"!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

There Ought To Be Diplomas for Bloggers

I feel like a senior just starting third grade--blogger has upgraded once again. I am already liking what I see, but now I must try and advance to the next level! Will I ever graduate? What I really want to do is show off my latest project. I, for one, can never have enough cupboards. I didn't like my canned goods being above my kitchen counter; I needed the space for my glassware and such. I dragged out an old metal cabinet from our furnace room and gave it a face lift. Today I spent my morning organizing and reorganizing every cupboard in the house!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Little Silly Dolls

My first time making Silly Dolls.
I found the pattern on Flicker (JacqueLynn's photostream), along with lots of other stuff she shares. I tried to add a Click Thru to link you to it, but it is not working--YET!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Warning: Blogs may be hazardous to your health!

I saw this WARNING over at Alanna's blog (Click here for link). Ever notice how you can feel saturated and paralyzed after reading too many awesom-e creative type blogs (also known at Pinterest fatigue!)?

Which led me to Joseph Pelling. Talk about creative--check out the clever illustrations, animation and writing!


Which leads me to checking out blog lists from both of the above sites...

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I LOVE The Pampered Chef Potato/Apple Peeler, Corer, Slicer

Saturday, February 18, 2012

This Was Supposed To Be My Toy!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Some More Redwork

I love to embroider tea towels. I do these when riding in the car. Daytime I try other projects--needlepunch, curtains, pillowcases and such. Evenings I cross stitch while watching TV. If time permits, I squeeze in some housework.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

One Of My Favorite Things To Do

I am not a great driver but a great back seat driver (everyone has to be great at something). This seems to be an annoyance to most people, maybe because I am constantly screaming "watch out". I knew I had to find a hobby to take my mind off the road--when a passenger in a car. I taught myself how to embroider and now have a stash of redwork. I have no idea what to do with them, but problem solved! I think the following images probably came from a blog "Redwork In Germany".


Friday, February 10, 2012

What Works For Me

I am relatively new to needle punch; keeping fabric tight was a major problem for me. My solution:


Another problem is buying balls of 3-strand pearl cotton floss in store, rather than online, and single quantities. I will have to think on this a bit, I am working my brain to the bone as I type!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

UFO Finished and Ready to Store

Quilters have tagged a unique meaning onto the term UFO. They're not objects flying around in the sky (unless we toss them around because they're so ugly). A UFO is an Unfinished Object--the remnants of those quilts we start to make but never seem to finish. I started thinking SPRING and pulled this little guy out of my stash, gave him some legs and a tree limb to perch on and Ta Ta--my needlepunch finished! Off it goes, into the whatever drawer.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

OK, So Now I Love Mailboxes

Rather than purchase yet another mailbox, I found this one while dismantling our barn and gave it a once over...



















Two more barn finds...This one holds my table paper napkins:














This one for garden gloves:













And a work in progress--my one dollar garage sale find. It is gigantic. I sanded it to the bare metal and have since given it a primer coat. I am trying to figure out what to use it for before I give it the final paint job. Maybe a table doubling as a storage container? Umm, what would I store in it? It is 24" high, 15 inches in depth, 10 inches wide. Any suggestlons would be really, really, appreciated:


One cannot have too many mailboxes (lol).

Friday, January 13, 2012

For the Hats and Mittens

I picked up what looked like a bin for potatoes at a yard sale for one dollar. I painted it and use it for storing our hats and mittens. This summer it will hold our work/garden gloves.

Front View

Inside Cover

Outside Cover

Left Side

Right Side

Found a Use for Cardboard Barrel



First, I drink way too much pop. But, having said that, I finally came across a solution for storing my empties. What was an old cardboard barrel is now my "Bottle Drop".

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Jelly Cupboard Makeover



This is one of my favorite kitchen pieces, but I had to give it a facelift--the paint was constantly peeling off (probably lead paint).

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Our LaPotta Chair

It's been so long since my last post I wasn't even sure what my sign in name was. Thankfully, it came up automatically. My DH had to have his kidney removed December 2011--he had a tumor and there was a 90% chance it was cancer. He decided he had to go straight ahead and was prepared for whatever. Since we have no bathroom downstairs, it was my desire to get in touch with the Lions Club for a thunder mug. Nope! The old guy didn't want a used one (nor to purchase a new one). "wouldn't need it, he could stay upstairs and convalesce if need be".


Now, to make a short story long--there is more. In an earlier post I think I wrote about my garage sale chairs, both before and after. Didn't I find another of the exact same chairs in November. I had the seat ready to reupholster to match the other four chairs, but decided it would make a great diy temporary LaPotta chair. You know who said he would never sit on it, but had to be involved in it's creation.

It turned out the tumor was benign, he was only in the hospital four days. Doesn't have to go for a check up for one year, with no further treatments. And, was up and down stairs same day he came home. He says maybe we should keep the LaPotta and rent it out--that's not going to happen (lol). Thank you God and Dr. Rashid!

This makes for a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Odd Color Bathtub...

I am in a stew as to what color to paint the bathroom. I can't believe it, but Google says I am one of a gazillion with a lavender tub. Sooooo, this week I am off to Home Depot to look at paint brochures and sample chips!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Garage Sale Find

I was tired of using fold up card table chairs around my kitchen table--I reupholstered the cushions.

BEFORE (Scroll your mouse over image for update)


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My First Needle Punch

Surfing the Internet, I came across yet something else I had to try--needle punch. I embroidered the words "Get Well" and framed this little guy and sent him off.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The New Crewel by Katherine Shaughnessy

I picked this book up from the public library and love the patterns. I didn't have any yarn so I worked them with DMC embroidery floss. I needed to learn how to resize images I post--and to add captions, centered above each image.

Hip Squares



Love Loops



Ruby Shoots


White on White Sampler

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Our Cutie Patootie Update...




Last summer he wandered into traffic; enough said!

Cutie Patootie the II (pictured below)ran under our car whilst we were pulling into our garage, Christmas week. OMG, heartsick! We decided NO MORE Cutie Patooties for us.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Promises, Promises, Promises.....

I promised to blog a little each day. Well--that didn't happen!


I guess I will have to start somewhere, so here is a look at my latest project. I was waiting because I need to post some pictures and somewhere I had come across a great tip on how to insert pictures so that picture sizes would all be uniform.

I am working on a large cross stitch project and I am having trouble with the symbols. The capital I and small L both show as l and l. One color is just a bit darker than the other. So far I have just been skipping over them until I could check around to see what others would do. I am on about the 5th page of a 70 page project and will have to go back and fill in the blanks before I go any farther.

I like the colored pen idea I received in answer to my post regarding this problem--over at StitchersHeaven. Click here!

Well, I did it--I blogged once more. BUT, as far as blogging goes, I have forgotten most of what I learned...

Friday, September 17, 2010

Do I Not Have The Best Little Brother!

I got a call this evening from my brother--my computer is dead, but that he could still get at my files. He is copying my whole drive over to another drive, but first he is copying just my most important folders over to ensure I don't lose my work. Received a second call shortly after. He found a mother board or drive or something like that on Craig's List for $45 and would I be interested. OMG, yes! He is picking it up at 10 pm tonight.

Did I mention he has lots of old lady sisters? He doesn't know it yet, but sis #4 thinks her laptop is dead.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

It's Just Me

I had made arrangements to drop my computer off at my brother's place of work--he would take it to his house to work on (my hard drive may have been damaged during last thunder storm). I thought I knew where he worked--NOT. Of course, I forgot my cell phone. Twelve miles back home. Finally got to drop the computer off two days later. Computer was fine--how did I know the bottom electrical socket was on a switch!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Working Outside

Weather here has been cool in the mornings, but lots of sun. Good weather to dig potatoes and clear flower beds. Lots more rocks were carted down to Rock Heaven. I have been taking video pictures and I think I know how to create a video in my blog now. My desktop computer is down for a bit owing to a lightening strike. Tomorrow it goes to the city for my little brother to repair. I sooooooo hope it didn't fry the insides or said pictures are no more.