Monday, May 30, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
It reminds me of- "same song, second verse; a little bit louder and a little bit worse!".
The grass had its first haircut. That is a train heading east in the background.
Too many trips away from home and one was a doctor's visit with very good friends that knocked us all for a serious loop. I'm thinking I need to make a quilt- green and blue. A bit blurry, but that may be my eyes.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The grandkiddies helped me weed flower beds in the sunny morning. After naps all round ;^) we went back out to a very cold north wind. BRRRR!
Yesterday I grabbed a friend and we took the kids back and hit the bargain stores. I must say having a definite direction for my wardrobe eliminates a lot of looking. The kiddies and I hit the pet store while she hit a few more 'boutiques'! I must write about all my clothing organization one day.
The wind has been too windy for those last section of dandelions and I'm about to panic if I see any fluff starting. So the rooster took my mind off it by handing me a pitchfork for the other chicken coop in his barn. Nasty smelling stuff chicken manure. But that is off his list.
Today I am going to be circling the yard to see if I can't get the grass down to an acceptable height. My mind will be circling as well as I fuss about all I'm wanting/needing to do.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Sweet Pea is our Border Collie and was to guard the opening.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
I saw a couple of gold finches and I'm hoping the dandelion seeds they are looking for will only be found in the fields and not in the yard. Garden beds are very hard from all the pounding rain so they'll need some more work but dandelions should be scarce.
I have a plan for the veranda and it'll probably take a part 2 and even a part 3. I think haste would have made waste. I'd wanted to do several colours of paint for the tables, chairs, etc. but I'm thinking shades of green will be best.
So I put a piece of black netting over it all and free motioned around the edge. That's it. I won't be finishing this one and I'm kinda annoyed because I thought having prefused pieces a good idea and now I have some. :P Maybe they are okay for stitching the edges but not all over and through multi layers.
Friday, May 20, 2011
I made my small runner inspired by light barked trees against a sky.
Not quite what I envisioned but a great try; I learned a thing or three, and I really do like it. :)
That's why it isn't quite finished because I want to hand stitch the binding.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Hmm, this rug is telling me that the room is now calling for some colour punch.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I've been pondering the veranda. I needed something to inspire the decor for it. While cruising various blogs I read that a floor cloth (rug) can cozy up an outdoor space. So I had my eyes open while I was out and about and yahoo! ...
Now this doesn't look like much but it 'spoke' to me.
The veranda is an outside room with screens, not glass. The floor is just as you see it, worn rust coloured paint with some 'oops' from various projects that weren't to be done in the house. That Rooster of mine!!! It is our main entrance and I need to find ways to welcome visitors and discourage my farmer from using it as a storage/work room.
This great deal came with a 5' x 7' rug, a long runner, 20" x 54" and this small mat 18" x 30". All for the great price of $38 which included the taxes. There are a lot of colours in the stripes and dark is probably more practical. So now I have a place to start.
I went to the thrift shop and got a few good things including 2 pillows, and an aqua pail.
I also got a few articles of clothing as I'm also cruising blogland for style inspiration. I am NOT ready for any big reveal in that particular department.
BUT...This rolling cart was going to fit in the car with all my other stuff somehow. Mixed media supplies get ready to be rolled! YES!!!
Monday, May 16, 2011
A stroll around the yard is showing some promising things. The bulbs are not in huge amounts but spread evenly about. Some daffodils under the shrubs on the north side that I see from the sitting room would be a great addition next spring. I've made a note on September's calender page. I've been leaving the perennials alone so hopefully they'll respond with some nice full groupings which means less open ground for those dandy yellow flowers!
I did some severe pruning of unwanted wild shrubs last fall so I'll follow through on their discouragement. The 'good' shrubs all have slow release fertilizer ready to bring them forth strongly.
I will need to pace myself so that means alternating weed days with play days. But the yard is my focus for this week.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
5) My DD's quilt top has been smoothed and repinned. I do have all the pieces and extra fabrics in a basket so I can begin to sort out where I am. I also need to establish a perfect seam allowance that matches the old one. I need 2 more rows and I can't quite remember what the next colour combos are.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
The bookcases will be extended to the ceiling with a (fake) fire place in between. A slipper chair would be a good find.
I will put the toile paper (thrift shop find) inside the book cases and cover lots of books with tan butcher paper covers. I want it calm in here.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
And it does look like I'll be having a cup of Timmy's some time this morning! With rain on the forecast from Saturday night to Thursday, a girly day with friends seemed a good use of some down time.
So yard/garden isn't happening as the focus for the official start of my spring work projects but I do want get started on the new weed crop before it begins to look like a jungle out there.
Veranda is up for the spring deco project. I haven't any real idea of what that will look like but perhaps I'll get some urban inspiration.
My daughter's wedding quilt won't be done in a week but it'll stay on the list until I do get it done.
I want to keep a balance with at least one day for sewing and one day for mixed media art. I'm thinking of working through a book on thread techniques and I'll get back to AB 101.
Looks like a date with the grand kiddies for Friday and hopefully we can be outside for most of the weekend.
So my game plan has changed a bit. I'd hoped to keep up the momentum from a successful last week. Here is hoping! In the mean time... good morning, Timmy!!!