Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Over the Fourth...

It was a good July Fourth weekend here with great weather.  We had a wonderful dinner with the kids and then headed down to the lake to enjoy the sunset.  There just happened to be a sailboat race taking place, which {along with the swimming geese} made the view especially picturesque.

One morning we got up and decided to take a bike ride along the canal towpath.  

I really miss having my own yard and gardens!, but being a renter has given us a little more time for recreation--and Mother Nature can be counted on to make some beautiful wildflower gardens...

I took advantage of some Joann Fabric sales combined with coupons and bought some fabrics for a coverlet and pillows.  It has probably been well over 15 years since I made our current duvet cover out of some Ralph Lauren fabric, which I still love but felt it was time for something new.
I really like this double-faced, diamond quilted cotton, that puffed up so nicely after being washed and dried.

I also made a new dog bed cover, with enough fabric left over for a couple sofa cushions.

Our basement for the new house is still on hold, with a tentative date of July 20.  The inspection hole alternates between being filled with water and being almost empty, depending upon the rains.  According to the local weather, there were only two days in June without rain...we're hoping for a drier July!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

a weekend in June...

It was a perfect weekend--a garden show and dinner overlooking the Niagara River on Saturday, some kayaking and time spent with the kids on Father's Day, and even a little time in between to work on a couple projects. 

It helped us forget, for a while, the fact that we were not able to break ground on the new house, Monday, as planned...the driveway was put in last week, and then the excavator dug a test hole for the basement, which quickly filled up with water {those June showers!!}.  The recommendation is to wait a couple weeks and see if the water table has receded. I have to keep telling myself, patience.....

Last year I started stripping the old upholstery from this Eastlake chair, which had belonged to my aunt.  Last week I carried it up from the basement, deciding to get it finished.  Several layers of fabric and many upholstery tacks later, I am finally down to the padding, much of which will need to be replaced.  It has apparently been recovered several times, and the wood is riddled with so many nail holes that I hope I will be able to successfully attach new fabric.  Hoping this goes well...

I found this little lamp for a few dollars at a yard sale last year.  The covering on the shade was not salvageable, so I have been looking for a replacement.  Nowhere though, have I come up with something just the right size.  Recently I was at an antique shop and saw a shade that someone had wrapped vertically with a narrow strip of fabric, so I figured I could come up with something and just get by with this shade for now.  In a drawer I had some of this vintage, wide cotton tape.  I attached the end with some hot glue and started wrapping, trying to figure out how to make it look somewhat decent.  One continuous length of tape would be the ideal, but since I have four lengths, I am gluing the ends together with some Aleene's OK to Wash-It 4oz glue*.  I hide the join on the inside, and so far it seems to be holding just fine. Halfway there...

Working on any project lately?...I would love to hear about them,


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Monday, June 15, 2015

June showers

The month of June, so far, has been as wet as May was dry.  At least when it's raining I am getting things accomplished that really need to be--like a few more journals to add to the shop.  And, working on the list of projects that I was sure I would get done over the winter, but still haven't. 

There are always a couple small summer knitting projects also.  This is a pattern that I am modifying a little--I need to rip out a few rows and do it a little differently.  If it is a success I will post some pictures when finished.

There is always a dishcloth in progress, as I am in desperate need of some new ones.

With the start date on our house getting very near, we thought we better get going on the bathroom vanities.  One vanity {as yet to be found/built??} will use an antique marble top we found, and the other will be made from this dresser, which we have had for some time.  Saturday we shopped for sinks, came home and started in on it...

I traced out the template and Mike did the cutting...the sink went in perfectly.  Now the more complicated part will be modifying the inside and the drawers to accommodate the plumbing--I'll be sure to get some photos so you can see how Mike makes it all work.

Our pre-cast basement walls are scheduled to be delivered a week from today--weather permitting--so I am hoping and praying that clouds will be rained out by then!

Friday, June 05, 2015

flea market treasure

After a long, cold winter, Memorial Day weekend is a great time to get out 
and hit the yard sales and flea markets.
I was able to stock back up on some vintage fabrics including
this heavy, blue striped ticking and some floral quilting fabrics...

Also found a grain sack with some cows 
that seem to have a slightly startled expression...

I am always happy to find some barkcloth,
which is perfect for making vintage floral and leather shoulder bags.

Large clay pots always come in handy--this one I found, 
has been planted with a cherry tomato.
{Since moving, I am really missing my gardens!!}

I grabbed this old funnel with the idea of making a pendant lamp...no idea at
the time as to where I would use it,
then I had a thought--a potting shed. It would be perfect lighting
for a little potting shed on our new property...it may be some
time though before a potting shed happens, with our house yet to be built.

Some antlers we found,
always displayed up high, safe from pups who think they would 
make perfect chewing material.

And, this little blue-green plant stand.  The paint is in rough condition, so I just
sanded it down and cleaned it up 
until I can decide whether it needs repainting???

Hope your weekend is a good one,


Monday, June 01, 2015

Announcing the giveaway winner{s}!!

Thank you all for entering for a chance to win the latest issue of Where Women Create! And, thank you as well for all the super nice comments, which are very encouraging and much appreciated.

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The winner is:   jderouin55    
Congratulations!!  Please send me an email with your mailing address so I can get your magazine issue sent right out.

Getting caught up in the giveaway spirit, I also decided to choose a runner-up to win a vintage book cover journal...that winner is Josephine's Girl.  Please send me an email with your mailing address, and I will be happy to send this journal on its way to you.

Thank you again everyone!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Where Women Create Magazine Giveway

My sincerest apologies for not being back here the end of last week with a giveaway, as promised.  I kept meaning to fit it in, but instead I got carried away working on journals, launching a new shop website, mowing and trimming trees, shrubs, and blackberries on our property, and enjoying a Memorial Day picnic and flea market.  It was a great weekend, but now that life has settled back to normal I am happy to announce the giveway ~ an issue of the latest Where Women Create magazine.  Jo Packham, Creator & Editor-in-Chief, has kindly sent me a copy to give to one of you.  

It is an honor for me to be included in this May/June/July issue.  Jo Packham, besides a creative genius, is an absolute pleasure to work with, going out of her way to be kind and helpful.   The current issue features the work spaces of Bethany Kramer, Anne Freund, Beckah Krahula, Betz White and more.  As always, it is full of inspiring photographs and stories.

If you would like to enter to win a copy, please leave your comment below.    

  • This is open to all readers, even if you are outside the US.
  • Only one comment accepted per person
  • Comments will be accepted until end of day Sunday, May 31, 2015
  • Winner will be chosen by random drawing and announced on Monday, June 1, 2015

Thank you dear readers and customers for all your support,


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

'our building adventure' update

Building our new home should begin in a few weeks--we are just waiting for the basement people to give us the date they plan to dig and install the pre-cast walls--and I can't wait to get going!

Meanwhile, we have been gathering some materials.  Above, a before picture of a marble vanity top for the powder room.  It was sitting outside an antique shop for probably quite some time.  An internet search offered information on cleaning old marble, and it seems to be working.  I still have to apply a poultice on a couple stubborn stains.  Another center hole will be drilled for the faucet, but that is a job for the professionals!  I have not yet found the perfect base for the vanity, but if need be, we will probably build something...

A couple weeks ago, we found these American soapstone countertops and slab sink at a salvage warehouse.  The soapstone is marked Alberene Soapstone, a company formed in the late 1800's and located in central Virginia.  These countertops and sink were reclaimed from a university and, though they look rough, with a gentle sanding and cleaning I know that they will look beautiful in our new kitchen!

Here is a link to an identical soapstone sink so you can see the potential :)

Now, I have a great announcement...there is a giveaway coming up and a sneak peek into Where Women Create's latest issue.  So, please stop back later this week for a chance to win,  

Monday, May 04, 2015

making a rental a home...

It's hard to believe it's already been 7 months since we sold our home and farm and moved into a rental.  Reader Melissa inquired about the kitchen here, so today is the tour.  
The parsonage we are renting was built around the 1930's--though much of the house is original, the kitchen was updated at some point.  The appliances were all included and there is a lot of cupboard space.
Though many of our things are still packed up in storage, I did bring some of my favorites, like my ironstone and vintage silver, to make it seem more like home.

There is a sunroom adjoining the kitchen, which receives lots of light from the wall of windows and skylights.  My plants love it in there...as does Fluffy, who always manages to find the most comfortable spot for a nap...

The chimney cupboard holds all my cookbooks, the bread board hanging was made by my late father-in-law, and the two copper pots were recently found at a yard sale for a few dollars...

The chalk board was a flea market find, and I rely on it for keeping my shopping list.  My father-in-law found the butcher block long ago beside the road; it was cleaned up and eventually passed on to us...

Through the archway is the dining room, and the door on the right leads upstairs...

So there you have it! Though I can't wait to get our new house built, I am so thankful for this temporary home.

 Our building plans are moving along and we hope to have a starting date very soon.  Weekends now are busy spent looking for some unique materials, and I am having a lot of fun poking around the salvage store warehouse.  
I do hope you'll stop back as I document our adventure,



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