Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sounds of Spring









































Our chicks arrived about three weeks ago. They were so much cuter, now their feathers are coming in and they look awkward. We tried to recreate the picture of my husband holding the chick as a boy…

…one of my Araucana/Americanas had a doubled under foot. Putting surgical tape on it for about two days worked wonders. 

So… we have: Araucanas, Buff Orpingtons, Cuckoo Marans, several Cochin types, they have the feathered legs, and three Top Hats. 

This winter has lasted and lasted so it really helps to have these little ones reminding me of spring!


Monday, February 10, 2014

Your A Good Man….

…Charlie Brown!

Dresses for Lucy Van Pelt and Sally Brown. What fun - we really loved the play!







Lucy's dress may have been my favorite…



…maybe because of all the polka dots I had to paint on Sally's dress :)

Like all projects, I stressed out about it at first, and then, started enjoying it. In the end, I would do it again, so rewarding!




Saturday, February 8, 2014

"Hunter" Blanket

Hi! Just popping in to share a knitting project with you. Like most gifted knits, I waited to share until it was received - and then forgot to share!

This was slow - I just wasn't in my usual cold weather knitting mood, and then I was embarrassed at how long it was taking, I almost didn't send it but I'm glad I did! I hope to see my little nephew this spring…


























Thursday, February 6, 2014

Waterlogue

I've had so much fun with my new Waterlogue app! It's amazing what technology can do. Learning to draw/paint/sketch has been one of my dreams for "someday". But in the meantime, I'm having way too much fun with this!












This one is my favorite.
























Okay, one more…








Saturday, January 18, 2014

Oh Craigslist!

It's a love/hate relationship. A few days ago I saw a beautiful chesterfield sofa on Craigslist for $200. If it was as good as it looked in the picture it was worth way more than that, maybe closer to $2000. The posting was 16 hours old but I went ahead and e-mailed and left a phone message. For the rest of the day I checked my e-mail like, every ten minutes. I finally called again and reached a very nice old gentleman who was selling because of an upcoming move to a retirement home. He gave my number to his neighbor who was handling the sale for him. And, yes, he had received a lot of interest. I pretty much gave up at that point, I mean, for that price I'm pretty sure the first person who came took it.
I checked off and on the next day and finally the post was removed. So I didn't get it. :(  This has happened so many times, and then I see beautiful furniture all the time that I don't need… it's hard to get the timing right!


Here are a few favorites that I don't need but love:



French Provencial Twin Beds 2 sets for $225

        




Oak Dresser $95

                                                    


Pair of Vintage Wingbacks $65

        


Maple Dresser  $95

                                                     


20 Church Pews 71/2 ft. long and 9ft. long $100 and $125 each.


        


Mahogany Bed $285 

        


And then I'm doubting myself, maybe I do need the french beds, one for my daughter and I could sell the other…. and the wing chairs have really good lines…

This drives my husband crazy, by the way, but I can't help it, I love old furniture!











Friday, January 3, 2014

Don't cry over spilled milk...


…make that hot chocolate.




Steaming hot chocolate is made, I made it with milk on the stove, put a large marshmallow on top just how they like it. They rush out to the kitchen, so excited and she knocks hers over. Hot chocolate is running across and down the island, all over the floor. We wipe it up, I go to get a mop, then he spills his on the other side of the island. I over-react this time, "Why did you do that?!!!" I use all three of his given names. I realize as soon as I say it but it's too late, as he goes for a towel, he has that crumpled look on his face, trying not to cry. "I'm sorry Mom!"

 I'm the one who is in need of forgiveness. I tell them I'm so sorry for speaking loudly and then she's crying too, "I'm so sorry I spilled it, Mom." 

Later after they finished the next batch we talked about forgivness, about mercy and how God forgives us over and over. 

I want my children to see that I mess up, that I need God in my life. As a young parent, I didn't think I should ask for forgivness from my children when I was in the wrong, I thought it would weaken my authority. I was so so wrong. These children are little people who need our respect, and they need an example of how to forgive and ask for forgivness. They need to see God's grace shining through us. Holding them to a standard of perfection is just so unfair. I know I will mess up again, lose my temper, but I want to be quick to see it and not to leave a hurt in their little hearts.


"Grace
is when you get the good things you don't deserve.

Mercy
is when you're spared from the bad things you do deserve.

God
is generous with both."






Monday, December 30, 2013

Winter Blooms





My paperwhites just bloomed…





…And I received two bouquets of flowers, one being hydrangeas.













So I'm flower rich right now…


A reminder that spring and summer are happening somewhere out there in our big world. 


I'm thankful for the creation of flowers, thankful to have a God who wants me to see and appreciate beauty, I think for me, beauty heals something inside, makes me turn to God in gratitude…puts things in perspective maybe.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Garlic Rocker

I found this little tool at a little shop in Florida. Just rock it back and forth over a garlic clove, minces easily and the clean up is simple. I think that's why I like it, so simple. And as your rinsing it, the stainless steel removes the garlic smell from your hands.











Just thought I'd share a good find with you all, go HERE to buy one. 


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Cozy Evenings


Thank you God, for sending your son to this cold, dark world to show us the way to you. Help us to see our brokeness, to invite you in and be filled with your light.


"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it." John 1:5


"She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." Matthew 1:21





Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Right Now

We are two days in to the holiday and I've enjoyed the slow mornings so much already! The children maybe not so much, I had them help me do a marathon house cleaning yesterday and then last night my little guy came down with a fever :(


I have a few projects to show you, one being this buffet that I painted.
I can't seem to find the before picture but you can imagine, dark, speckled brown finish with lots of dings.



I put my hot chocolate tray on it. This is always a favorite in cold weather!


We are gifted every year with a large poinsettia and this year I decided to stop fighting the red and just go with it. I'm really liking the pops of red for now even though it's not something I want to live with long term.




I found this toast holder? at Goodwill. I like to put old photos or cards in it.





I had fun making this Anthropologie knock-off wreath with my daughter's help. I like it, though it does sort of look like shaggy carpet. :)



I copied this fireplace scene from Pinterest. I can't seem to link to it. Every winter I wish for a real wood fire, this is my make-believe one!






I am re-upholstering my yellow chair. I love the pop of yellow sunshine it brings and will miss that but it was getting too shabby with a hole in the cushion and some stains. 

Our local U-fab store just moved a bunch of their velvets downstairs to the discounted section and I was excited to find a lovely brown velvet for $10 a yard! (They have some really nice browns, grays and beiges for those of you who are local.)

This will be interesting as I've never worked with velvet or a channel back chair before.


The children had fun constructing these reindeer cookies - what would we do without Pinterest inspiration?





See you later...