Saturday, February 13, 2010

Just a Few More the Livingroom.

Hi everyone! I've been away.......... not by choice.............our PC got sick. Very sick. Nasty virus! And to top it off the DSL modem wouldn't even work .
It almost feels like my arm has been cut off! We got a new modem, but I'm having a hard time getting used to my notebook, but I' glad I have it . :-D
I missed Valentines Day, so Happy late Valentines Day! It may take me awhile to make it over to see you.

This little secretary belonged to the Mr.'s grandfather, the Swed who built our home. From him it was passed down to my FIL who gave it to the Mr. after we were married. It's all nicked up, and broken in places, and it has paint spots on it. It's very heavy, and I can't move it very easily. But I love it.

yikes, I need to move it and clean the rug under it..... This old gate used to be the front gate for the yard. I had to have it in my house. Think of how many times it was swung open allowing loved ones and friends into the yard......

Grandpa's kids used to tell stories about him stacking his Christmas presents up on this desk on Christmas day, and opening one a month until the next Christmas came around.
I love this little cubby. See the "secret drawer"? It used to hold land deeds. The cubby
holds a town painted on canvas, and the black lunch box holds match box cars.

This old Navajo wool rug was a gift from an uncle to my grandmother. I was lucky enough to inherit it. Because of it's age, I wonder if the wool was dyed with natural vegetable dyes.

Oh I love this sweet little rocking chair. The Mr.'s aunt gave this to us. It had belonged to her mother in law, whom we call "Grandma Cure". It's not a very big chair, and used to be green! A dear friend snuck it home once, and striped it off and oiled it, and gave it back to me for my birthday one year!!!! All that had work! It's a beautiful little chair. But it was not at all pretty green!
The Mr.'s chaps, saddle bags and spurs are in the background, and the little suit case next to the love seat holds Christmas stories.

This little child's chair was a gift from my aunt. Our grandsons like to cart it everywhere and sit in it. :-D It's currant residing place is to the right of Grandpa's desk, by the front door.
Just a darling little valentine "Cupid's arrow" that a sweetheart of a friend gifted me with the other day! I love it! Makes my day happier just to think of her kindness!
Well, on to a re-do....LOL This is our "harry potter bedroom", under the stairs! It's not a big room at all. In fact I'm sitting in a chair almost touching the opposite wall! Very small. There used to be a built- in- bed here under the stairs.
The room is no longer going to be a bedroom, but an office. The Mr. has been building bookcases under the stairs. I can hardly wait until they're done! So here's a question for you, if you were me, would you paint these bookcases the color of the trim, or the color of the wall? The wall color will be a lt. creamy something, and the trim may be colonial blue....?
(hows that for being specific?)

I have to show you what came to live in my bedroom for the rest of forever.......This belongs to the Mr. Hopefully it will help him rest better. Seems to be doing just that so far, except for the sore nose....As you can see, I don't have a night stand big enough for it, so it's temporally sitting on a chair by the bed.

I know this post has gone on and on and on, but I have some sneak peeks of the next love I want to post about....
didn't see the cobweb until I posted the picture....the story of my life! LOL

Hopefully I won't be as long in between posts the next time. Our snow is receding, and it has warmed up enough that Mom wants to resume our morning walks. I'm so glad.
Oh Yeah, I read a good book this week. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech.
Enjoy your day.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Oreo Mice...

This post is a re-post  from the 09. Just thought  agin itit would be fun to post it again. ENJOY

I had the funnest day yesterday! My daughter Kim and I got together with a bunch of friends and made valentines candy. I think I may have druuuuuuug her along, but we had a good time. We laughed a lot, made some fun creations, made some mess, ate some sandwiches, cleaned up and went home fully loaded. Loaded down with loot that is.

Here's what you need to make these fun little mice.

1 package Oreos any flavor. Ours were mostly mint.
Pkg of white and Chocolate Almond Bark
1-2 jars Maraschino Cherries with STEMS. Green or Red, doesn't matter.
Hersey's Kisses, unwrapped
Red hots or something small for eyes. (can use frosting or colored chocolate
Sliced Almonds for earsCookie sheets lined with wax paper
Melt the bark in pans in a low oven. (170-200 degrees) Watch it so it doesn't burn. Depending on how many you are making, you will not want to melt all of the bark.

Dip Oreos in the white bark, and lay them on the wax paper to set up. These will be the base for the mice.

While these are setting up, drain the cherries and dump them on a paper towel lined plate. Blot them dry. The bark will not adhere to them if they are wet with the juice.

Sorry for the blurry picture.......OK, now the fun part........... Eating all the cherries and throwing everything else away! Just kidding. I do love the cherries though........

Dip the cherries by their stems in the bark. Be sure to cover them completely. Gently shake them to get as much excess bark off as you can, then set them on the Oreo base, in the center.

Some of the stems come broken as you can see, but they work anyway. Working quickly, add a kiss for the head, and then add almonds for the ears. Try to find two almonds almost the same size for each

You need to work quickly as the bark sets up very fast. Now, the eyes. Use red hots, or what ever you choose. Just chocolate glue them in place and WA La, you have Mice! Drop each one in a cupcake paper and they are ready to go. Be sure you only single layer these as you transport them from here to there, because those little ears break

Hope this makes sense. They are pretty self explanatory.

These WERE lots of fun to make.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Oooooo! Loves! and Thank you!

Thank you all for your tender remarks on my last post. Payton was born yesterday. There was a knot in his umbilical cord right next to his navel. My heart hurts for his family. Thank you all for your prayers and kindnesses in their behalf. Our hearts were further saddened by the passing of a dear neighbor in our area. She has struggled with cancer for the last 2 years, and yesterday, on her birthday she lost the battle. Once again I'm so grateful for my Testimony and knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
It's the month of "LOVE" and with that in mind I decided that this month, I would share some of my loves with you.
I'll start with my bed. The Mr. made our bed. (you are about to see a sight that not many eyes have seen....and it's plenty scary!)
This is underneath my bed. I wanted it built so I could store things under it. AND there certainly is stuff stored under it! LOL There are two cubbies on each side of the bed. I don't have a box springs, just a good mattress. It was tooooo tall as it was, even with a stool on my side, I didn't want the extra height. The bed skirt has to fit on the frame, and not the mattress itself. (poor unpainted bed)

My daughter and I started the headboard, and the Mr. was kind enough to finish it. See that door? I love old doors! I love this headboard!!! I know it's not my "usual" style, but I care not. I love this bed. We are going to be moving our bedroom upstairs when we are done with the remodel, and we are going to have to cut the headboard down. Can you believe it? It's too tall for the walls up there! #2 daughter said she would gladly take it off my hands.....
......NOT even! I know some guys who could help her build her own though.... :-)

So...What do you think of our headboard?

I fell in love with this quilt the minute I first saw it, but didn't get it for almost 2 years.

And after I got the quilt, I didn't put it on my bed right away because I didn't have a bed skirt. I looked everywhere to find one that I liked enough, and just couldn't find that elusive item.
The next best thing was to make one. One day I was in the TS, and there it was, the bed skirt of my dreams. Except it was too short for my bed. I lucked out and found another one I could live with, and sewed them together.

Here it is on the bed frame. (the unpainted bed frame) and then below, with the quilt over it. I love it!

BTW....the quilt pattern is the RED FEATHERED QUILT and is from the victorian Heart Company Inc.

What do you "LOVE" at your home?
You should share you "LOVES" with us!

Carpe diem.......Seize The Day

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Yesterday our dear friend's daughter lost her unborn baby boy. Little Payton would have been born in just 6 weeks time. Our hearts are saddened today, but we find comfort in knowing and understanding that through the Gospel Of Jesus Christ, Families can be together forever.

Do you know who you are, little child of mine,
So precious and dear to me?
Do you know you are a part of a great design
That is vast as eternity? …
Do you know you’re a child of God?
Do you sometimes review how He took your hand and placed it within my own, saying here is a Child from angel land not a gift but a precious loan.
Do you know where you’re going, child of mine?
Are your eyes on the road ahead?
Do the spires of his castle gleam and shine
Where the sun grows golden red? … You will make it, my child, I know.
(Ora Pate Stewart, “To a Child”.)

Monday, February 1, 2010

A Little Heart

Happy Feburary Ladies!
We had our Primitive ornie swap last Thursday, and I took an old colander full of Valentine gifts as a door prize. One of those gifts was this little doorknob hanger. Sorry the picture isn't very clear. I coffee stained it, baked it, and stuffed it with sawdust and pinned the hanger fabric on with some rusted safety pins. This was a random use of several free cross stitch charts . I liked it in the end, and am making another one for one of my daughters.

This was done on C C Canvas , but I am learning how to use linen. I desperately NEED the light from Joann's with the magnifier on it! LOL

If you have any interest in any of these charts, this is where they came from. I used the "Love" and the large key, and the bottom heart under this same key, from a freebie chart by The Stitcherhood .

The top key with the heart is from Bettys newest Valentine freebie, the bluebirds and tiny heart below the word love are from the "beholden" freebie. I used the same heart up between the birds and just used back stitching for the ribbon the birds are holding. The middle left key is from the "oh Sweet Valentine" chart. You can see all of Bettys free charts here primitivebettys .
I can't remember where the bottom left heart came from, but it is the outline of a heart so you could do that with any of the other patterns. The "my" was just backstitched free hand. I reversed the left middle key and the bottom key so that they faced in towards the Love.

Thanks Betty and Maria bunches and bunches for the charts you share with us. :-) I enjoy them

Carpe diem.......Seize The Day