Wednesday, May 11, 2016

in the new workroom







We have been in this new house just over three months now--we have accomplished a lot, but there is still so much more to be done.  We still need to finish the kitchen {the soapstone sink and counters should be installed soon!}, I need to finish painting the kitchen cabinets, all the trim in the house needs to be installed and painted, and the powder room needs its sink installed.  Meanwhile something needs to be done with the yard, and I am so hoping to get the frames in place for our raised beds which moved with us--I cannot wait to get gardening again!  Last week we planted out 30 trees and 30 shrubs around the property.  They are very small, but I am hoping they will grow quickly.
My workroom is finally organized, for the most part.  I could barely walk through due to all the stuff that would end up here as we worked on other rooms.  Now I can sew.  And, my good husband saw an ad for a vintage Singer 201 and bought it for me.  My old 101-4 was running very sluggish, and so the 201 is handling the leather sewing so much better.  I have been working on some bags for a special commission and hope later this summer to actually get some made for the shop
I am dreaming of making another quilt, whenever I can squeeze it in. I found some quilting books at the library sale and am thinking maybe I will try the flying geese pattern...
Deb

Monday, April 25, 2016

Nature notes...

We are sincerely hoping to have seen the last of the snow.  Walking daily through the fields and woods with my trusty companion, little signs of Spring are beginning to appear, like lots of birdsong, spring peepers, mayapples, and...

Trout Lily or Dog's-tooth violet...These just started to bloom in the narrow strip of woods at the west edge of our property.  The ground in the woods is carpeted with the beautiful mottled leaves.  Naturalist, James Burroughs, named it Trout Lily as it is a member of the Lily Family and comes into bloom at the start of trout season. Their appearance is an encouraging sign that Spring has arrived here.



The dandelion is another one of the first flowers to make an appearance here.  According to An introduction to nature: Birds, wild flowers, trees "It is found in all inhabited regions of the earth.  ...but, because it is so widespread and so abundant, its beauty is overlooked."  




Leaves on the underbrush are starting to open.



One of several rock piles that are bound to be found along the edges of farmers' fields.

This strip of woods was once the edge of a cow pasture, and many of the trees were used to support the barbed wire fencing.  This interesting, rotted trunk was the corner of the pasture, and I can still tell where the fencing was once attached...

Along the ground, some of the barbed wire still remains...

I can hardly wait until the trees have their leaves!

Deb

Thursday, February 25, 2016

slowly making progress...


It's been a whirlwind two months since the last post.  January 31st was our last day at the parsonage, and we were moving things over to the new house right to the bitter end.  We still have belongings in two different storage units ~ lots of purging yet to be done.
There is so much finish work yet to be done in our new little house.  We have been working on the pantry so that we would have somewhere other than the bathroom sink to do dishes...


This pantry is one of my favorite parts of the house.  We are downsizing and have an eat-in kitchen, no dining room.  The pantry will hold much of our food storage and supplies, and it will help me to keep the kitchen/dining area uncluttered.  I am happy we chose to go with the large drawers--I am loving them so much already.
We still have to decide on what we are doing on the wall behind the sink, which will probably include some shelving.  All the trim work is yet to be done, and the free door I refinished will go on the laundry room closet.
As you can see, no big farmhouse sink.  After receiving, in pieces, the one we ordered, it was decided to go with a Zuhne stainless steel drop-in sink instead.  It's roomy and deep--perfect for hiding a stack of dirty dishes if necessary...



I did get curtains made for the bedroom and hung them on bamboo poles from the garden center.  We still need a door, closet doors, and trim.  


The kitchen won't be finished until after we get the living room done.  Mike will be installing a hearth and the Jotul gas stove, laying the oak flooring, and finishing the trim work in there and will then move to the kitchen to install the soapstone countertops and sink.
Below is a view from the kitchen to a small entry hall and the pantry.  Eventually the hallway will get a tile floor...


My next goal is to get the kitchen cabinets all painted...

Thanks for stopping,

Deb

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