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???

June 2, 2012

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

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. Many a summer days were spent moving trees, rocks, and bucketing just about anything over 25 lbs. Our favorite saying is "Nothing Runs Like a Deere"!

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!

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!

February 20, 2012

A-mazing Video by UK Based Joseph Pelling

Talk about creative--check out Joseph Pelling's clever illustrations, animation and writing!

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.

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".

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!

February 5, 2012

UFO Finished

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.

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).

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".

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).

 Being as I watch Shark Tank on TV, I had to have this spice rack to go inside my jelly cupboard.

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.