Saturday, May 2, 2015

A great start


This weekend is off to a great start.  I hope this is the sign of a trend.  The sun was shining this morning for the first time in a week.  And the first time on a weekend since I can remember.  This morning I posted on facebook it was the kind of day that put the Zippity back in my Doo-Dah!  Lol.  But then I couldn't get that darn song out of my head all day.  

The sunshine and warmer temps just have me so much energy. I got a butt-load of chores done this morning.  First thing I wanted to do was hang clothes on the line.  I haven't been able to until now.  I love having a clothesline.  


I'm just showing you the shadow.  Didn't want to post a pic of my "unmentionables". Lol

Last night was Girls Night Out.  A few of us met for a nice supper and then off to a local theatre production.  We had a great time.  I was feeling a little bold so I decided to wear a pair of funky leggings.  They are all the rage around here.  

Wild legs and high boots.....you know we had fun on our minds.  


Up until last night I've only worn them around the house.  But I guess I felt like being a little cheeky last night.  Lol.  

Yes, its a name tag.  Don't ask ;)


Hope you're all enjoying this beautiful Spring weekend.  

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Update on Spot's progress

A little more has been hooked on Spot.  This was a freebie pattern by Sally Van Nuys.  I admit it's been fun to play with the pile of worms. It doesn't seem to have made a dent in them though.

I've embraced the wonkyness.  The next time I post about Spot, it will be done


I'm not sure what to do with that bottom bar.  I was going to do hit and miss in straight horizontal lines but my worms are all different sizes from 6 to 8.5 and with the lines not being straight I don't think that will work.  Well actually I KNOW it won't work.  

I'm going to put it aside tonight and give it some more thought. I think it needs something a little more subtle to offset the crazy of the rest of it.  I hate to cut more worms...... 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Practicing Part 2 (and a mini rant)

Well, the day started with snow.  It snowed!  Can you believe it? I guess I jinxed it by bragging about my crocuses.   And that was just the beginning.  I'd like to say I'm a little Ray of Sunshine who went through my day burping bubbles and farting rainbows but the truth is by mid morning I wanted to tell anyone who dared look at me to "kiss my arse".  Lol


So that seems like a good introduction for my latest project update. I discovered long ago that some projects are just learning experiences.  I fear poor Spot is destined to just be one of those projects.  I have made rookie mistakes right from the beginning.  


I have learned that hit and miss is more about planning than random.  That's ok, it will prove to be useful in the future.  However, as I worked around the border I discovered it was not even close to straight.  A good lesson is not to quickly draw out a pattern, in a hurry, and in a poorly lit room.  Some of the squares were 2, 3 or even 4 holes off from one end to the other.  Frustrating yes, but a good reminder for the future.  Spot will be wonky and I can live with that (this time)

He won't be a "masterpiece" but I'll love him just the same 


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Practicing


I spent most of the weekend practicing.  I really wanted to name this post "experimentation" but I was scared it might attract some disappointed people who might Google that word!  And if I'm going to disappoint my followers, it's gonna be on purpose.  Lol

Let's talk food.  And I'm sorry for the lack of pictures but I usually think of it too late.  I've been getting bored with my own cooking and I'm still without a full size oven so that limits me. I decided to try to make something different.  I made my first batch of stuffed peppers. 


This one was a keeper.  Simple but very tasty.  But I had some extra filling left over and realized it's basically the same filling as cabbage rolls.  So, with a bit of overconfidence I went out and bought a cabbage and began.....  I think I need LOTS of practice rolling those darn leaves.  No pictures because honestly, they were the ugliest damn things you've ever seen.  I haven't tasted them as they are meant for later in the week, so they "might" taste ok.  But to look at......just sad.  More like "cabbage loosely flapped" than "cabbage rolls"

Undaunted by this failure I continued.  I have NEVER been able to cook edible ribs.  Fall off the bone?  Mine are more like "try to gnaw your way through leather".  But pork ribs were on sale so I succumbed.  I put them in the slow cooker this morning.  This one gets a C+ grade.   Not a total fail but let's just say I'm glad I wasn't depending on them to feed company. 

I think I'll continue this practice theme in my next post related to my latest rug.  I've learned a few hard lessons on that project too 

Hope you all had a lovely weekend.  To end this weekend I'll share what has sprung up in my backyard flower bed.  So pretty.




Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I dare you....


I've been having some fun lately teasing sweet Saundra from Woodland Junction.  She is always hooking something wonderful and she is always willing to answer questions and give tips for all our hooking challenges.  And trust me, I have LOTS of hooking related challenges. 

So....when she recently confessed a fear of attempting to hook a beer mug, naturally I jumped all over it.   I had 2 motivations.  First she is funny and I do so enjoy and little twisty back and forth from time to time.  But more importantly, I have NO IDEA how to hook glass, so once she figures it out, she will share.  And how great would it be if I could hook a glass of red wine!!

I'm happy to report she is facing her fear and has started her beer mug.  (Yes, just talking about it makes me thirsty).  Go check it out, she's off to a great start.  So in the spirit of friends facing their fears together I will now share my progress in my first attempt at a hit and miss border.


Sorry for the dark photo but it was night by the time I took this picture.  Darn day job interferes with hooking. Lol.  Plus I figured the poor lighting might hide some of the wonkyness.  It's far from perfect but it's using up some of the leftover worms that collect and it has me hooking again after a long break. 

Ok Saundra, challenge accepted!  :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Unwinding

Kimmie had a hard day today.  Some days you should just stay in bed.  Time to hide and unwind


Good Night!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

I've got the Sunday Night Blues


The weekends just go by far too quickly don't they. I spent most of the day house cleaning or also known as "all the chores I ignored all week".  

I applied another coat of clear wax to the top of the new TV stand.  It will probably be ok to put stuff on top of it by Tuesday night.  I think I could get addicted to this new painted project mode.  I visited my Mom's best friend this morning and I found myself looking at all the wooden furniture in her house and imagining what I could do with it.  Lol

With creativity still coursing through my system I thought it was time to pick up the hooking frame again.  I'm so intimidated by the hit and miss sections of this rug.  I know I'm over-thinking it.  I decided to sort some of the worms in my bag.  Not sure if I thought this might actually help or was just another procrastination technique....


Of course, by the time I finished that it had seriously reduced my hooking time.  Here I go.......


Oh, and another gourmet meal tonight.  That's code for a lazy Sunday supper



Saturday, April 18, 2015

A makeover project

I found this old wooden dresser at a junk store last summer.  I knew eventually I would figure out what to do with it.  


Don't you just love the yellow plastic handles?  Lol. I've been dying to try the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on a project so now is the time.  I got a can of paint and some clear and dark wax.  I watched a few tutorials on YouTube but I probably should have watched a few more. :)  it's not as easy as it sounds 


Here I go.  This is after the first coat.  You really need to rush and just slap it on because it dries incredibly fast.  And supposedly you are supposed to have brush strokes going every which way.  Quite different than regular painting so it takes getting used to but after you get going it's fun to paint like a child. 


A close up after the first coat.  I want this piece to look a little old and weathered.  After the 2nd coat was applied you add a coat of clear wax and let it set overnight.  This morning was time to add the dark wax.  This step was terrifying.   Look at the color of the wax......


But everything I read said "don't fear the dark wax - just do it".   So I did It.  Now I know I need more practice with the dark wax.  My technique isn't too great but I'm hoping tomorrow after I buff it and apply another coat of clear, it will look OK.

Not sure if you can see the weathering with the dark wax just applied 


Found some new hardware and this is almost ready to be my new TV stand.  I'm not loving the handles but selection was limited and they are easy to change later.


And for those of you who kept reading to the end, here's a little treat.   This is a pic of Scout today - 5 days old


Awwwwww, I'm in love


Friday, April 17, 2015

I spy with my little eye

Something that is green


Something is sprouting up in my front flower beds.  Since I wasn't living here last Spring I'm not sure what it is but I think it's crocuses.  I guess it will be a nice surprise.  As I was walking around the house surveying the winter damage I guess I should clean all the dead leaves from these beds.  Ugh, garden work.  

I also need to address this broken front rail......plow damage.


Before all the snow melted I was kind of hoping maybe I could straighten it up, slap on a little duct tape , and paint over it.  (I'm not kidding, I actually considered it). Lol.  But I guess I will have to suck it up and go to the building supply store and buy new railing materials.  I tried to ignore the peeling paint around all the windows but that will be another spring job.   Ahh the joys of home ownership.  

I'm working on an inside project this weekend.  I'll share it next time.  

Happy weekend all

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Announcing......


I'm thrilled to announce a new addition.  My new puppy was born today!!


In about 3 months a new furry bundle of joy will take up residence with me.  I'm so excited!  When I got the email I felt like running out on the sidewalk handing out milk bones!  Lol

"Scout's" first baby photo.  That little black blob in the middle, nestled against Momma , only a few minutes old.


I can't wait for that tiny little bundle to grow and fill my house with love.