Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Happy Halloween !!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
I Wish it Would Rain!
These are the last of the flowers out of the garden.
I wish I had planted more that I could be enjoying in the house dahlias or something that is still blooming this time of the year. I could maybe plant these kale in the yard when I get tired of them in the house. Our house stays very cool so cut flowers and plants last for a long, long time. Actually they have been known to freeze in the house...don't you love old houses ??
I love the old quilt on the table under the cupboard here. I put clear glass platters under the bowls when I serve food on it so hopefully it doesn't get spilled on. I can and do wash it, but I try and be careful with it because it is fragile. I also have enjoyed the old bed spread under it. When I bought it it was fairly bright pink, which I'm sure your thinking so.... Well I thought it would be even better just a tiny bit lighter shade pink... So I used some bleach in the water when I washed it... Oops!! I was soooo sad I hate orange.. or do I??
Sam had a little friend over today before school. This is Catherine and Sam having lunch. It was your basic orange lunch.. Cheetos, cheesits, and cheese with candy corn for dessert, could that also qualify as a vegetable?? Catherine said she had never had Cheetos, is that really possible?
It has been a hectic week as I get ready for Christmas in Historic Silverton. I had a dozen friends over Thursday night, which in my world means I had to spend several hours doing the house work I had been ignoring... But I have been staying up late working on these toolboxes. I still need to add lace rickrack, glitter and some shading with paint, but I like to do this part and then make a different kind of mess later.
My very sweet friend Lisa http://www.athingforroses.blogspot.com%20brosome/brought me some beautiful vintage wallpaper that I am anxious to use. I have a toolbox already painted that it will go with perfectly...What a coincidence she would know what I would love to use!!!
I have actually been working on this post all week so I guess I will finally get it posted and I'm off to the shop, as far as the rain goes...none in sight it is a beautiful sunny day. ENJOY!!!!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
All I Need To Know...
Sam has his first Parent-Teacher conference this week. I know he has definitely learned something..... He must of learned to make animal friends...He certainly didn't learn that from me. He has always called Cheerios, circles...I hope they don't teach him the real name...He 's in a bi-lingual class, maybe he will start calling them circles in Spanish, now that would be cool.
I guess I should just be glad he is making friends..
I bought the coolest thing ever at Michael's. They are letter stamps that have a magnet on the back. The set came with upper and lower case old fashion typewriter print. Naturally you also have to buy the metal thing that they attach too. That is another set, it comes with a piece where you can have 2 lines and one where you use just 1 line. It also comes with a single letter holder.
I have been wanting to have a stamp made so I could stamp my own business cards. I have a hard time deciding what I want the stamp to say so I haven't done it...Not to mention that I am constantly changing my mind about what I want to use for business cards and price tags. I get bored easy.. Actually I don't get bored I just get another idea and there goes the old one. I have a fascination with letter stamps. I have several sets but I think this is the best ever. I also just bought 2 sets where you attach them to a see through acrylic holder. Well I just got the rubber part, only $1.50 each set.. I bet you can figure out what I did next.. I got a roll of magnetic, sticky tape... This could lead to something ...
Here is a picture of the stamps , it is hard to tell what they look like because they are so small. Of course the original ones are better, because you get several of each letter..
This will be a great thing to keep them in, since it is metal.
My biggest issue is keeping things organized and tidy. I spend tons of time creating ways to keep it organized and then I use something and poof the whole thing is a disaster. On that note I must get busy organizing the shop!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Birthday With the Big Boys!!
As you can imagine that goes over like a lead balloon.
I will admit that the rules have definitely changed in the last 25 years. That's how old Dusty the big brother on the right is.. When they were little they were into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I doubt they would have wanted to wear the outfits in public...I also doubt I would have let them...
Here is a before picture of a wooden box that I picked up for a dollar or maybe free, since it was so gross.. I feel like if I have to do much work on a piece it has to come 'cheap' or really what is the point.. Other than I love to do it. There are other projects I would do for myself if I wasn't trying to make some kind of a profit.. I think it is important to get paid for the time you put in a project..I think 25 cents an hour is more than enough :) It's most likely I do this for the satisfaction and not the profit.
And now for the finished project...
Not my typical choice of colors but I like this wallpaper with the book pages. I'm liking brown more and more especially with pink and aqua...
I think it is interesting that I decorate and pick clothes for my wardrobe the same color... Is it that I want to blend into my rooms?? Or maybe I don't want to clash?? Or most likely I want to look my best where ever I am in the house!
It seems like most people I can think of have the same 'style' for home and wardrobe... If you are classic, conservative, artsy, funky or whatever... I usually have an idea what some one's house will look like before I actually see it. Sometimes I am waaay off. Some women take into account what their spouse would prefer, it actually never occurs to me that Dave would have an opinion about the house... My theory on this is don't ask!! I'm sure they will tell you if they hate it. People always ask what my family thinks of the pink and ruffles the rather romantic feminine style. I answer simply, I don't think they have noticed...
Friday, October 12, 2007
Getting Ready !!
Already Friday night and another week flies by...
Lots of busy days but until today nothing I would want a picture of...
Today was state wide inservice for our schools. Sam was out of school as was, my sister Toni a teacher and my niece Emily.
This property has been in my brother-in-law's family for many years. It was once a campground where families would come from the city and play in the Pudding River, dance in the dance hall , buy treats in the little store and generally have a great time. Our family has had many good times out here on the Colvin's Pudding River Ranch !!
Today was the Canby High School Homecoming Dance, here is Miss Em
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Quilts and Other Treasures
From Rickreal where the Polk County Fair Grounds are, we headed to the Collectors Mkt at the Marion County Fairgrounds. It has been a few years since I had been to that show and it has gotten a lot smaller. But naturally I found things I 'had to have'. I love this little pink phone to go on my key chain.. I think someone I knew had this when I was a teenager.. On the back it says...
At noon we met Isabel and Jean and went to a quilt show and cottage tour in Salem.
I ran into a friend of mine at the Quilt Show. Maureen is a member of the quilt group that was putting on the show and tour of cottages. The money that they were raising was being donated to HANS...Help Autism Now Society.. Maureen made the pinhead dolls in the picture..Here is a shot of Maureen, Isabel and Jean in front of the quilts.
Maureen made the pinhead dolls in the picture..
I like almost all quilts but I love old quilts, with old patterns and old fabric. Of course I like them to be in good shape,but I also really love quilts that have been washed and worn and show use. Naturally I prefer them to be pastel and have little postage size pieces and hand quilted..
I believe in using my old things, so I really like to use old quilts for table cloths. I like to put a vintage table cloth over the top of the quilt and then sometimes a doily on top of that. When we are going to eat at the table with an old covering I usually use a 'machine' quilted place mat on top, if it is just 'everyday.' I don't like to change the table every day so that way I just have to wash the place mats. It seems like the harder we try to be careful the bigger mess we make... I really hate to eat on a table without a tablecloth...kinda strange I know, only thing worse would be vinyl (don't tell my mom I said that) naturally I wouldn't refuse a meal regardless of the table covering.
I have several others that are also my favorites, just depends on the one I'm looking at that moment. Not to mention that my favorite things change from time to time. I prefer to think of myself as constantly evolving, as opposed to fickle...
There was a time, not so long ago... that I would say 'uck' if you said orange. Now I keep seeing it in my house...I particularly like it with pink and green..A few years ago I would have and did in fact look all over for white pumpkins to decorate with. Now you can see I have orange ones...
Of course they need to be on a pink cake plate to really appreciate their beauty...
One of the life's lessons that I have had trouble with over the years is... never say never.. It applies to many things, actually most things.. I could take that a step further and that is, don't even think it...
If you do... it will come back to haunt you one day, and if you forget that you said it..someone will remind you!!
Is that an orange tablecloth under those flowers??
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Taking Time for Fall Fun!!
This is a picture of me happy as can BEE!!!
Yes, I did indeed get all the names on a new spreadsheet, and tomorrow Dusty will come help me get them on labels. Seriously it would be faster to write them out using my best penmanship. However, I can't believe how much better this program is than the $20 one I bought for my 'vintage' computer... Of course I couldn't figure out how to make it work on my own, but if someone puts my fingers on the right keys...well there is just no stopping me!!
I know what your thinking, why doesn't she just take a class and learn to use a computer??? Well... now that I have HP the wonder laptop I think maybe we might take an obedience class. Especially because HP came with Vista, which is new enough that none of my helpers are familiar with it...How funny would it be if I was helping them out someday on the computer???
When I saw that I would get finished with the mailing list before my dead line, (I tried to finish last night but my eyes started going crazy about 1:30 am so I had to give up and go to bed)..
I decided that Sam needed a trip to the Pumpkin Patch.. There is a really cool one near us, Bauman Farms. This is not the Pumpkin Patch that I took the big boys to 20 or so years ago... Oh my goodness this is practically Disneyland.. They have hayrides, zipslides, haymazes and that is just the beginning. They also have pumpkins for sale.. go figure?? I love the flowers and the way they pay attention to details. I bought a few apples, some corn, pumpkins for the house and some orange pansies.. I'm thinking a new table centerpiece is on the way!!