Wednesday, March 13, 2019

 I have not written on this blog in a long while! I am getting ready to do some interesting things to my home though, so I thought I'd get this up and running again. I'm starting by showing you some cute little stockings I made for this last Christmas. It was so much fun to see and hear the excitement when the kids (and adults) saw them as they came in. They loved them!

 If you are a fan of Sesame Street you will recognize the Yip Yips. These can be used for stockings, or for hanging up to store little socks or blocks or any other small items. I made them to use as stockings and then sent them home with the kids to use as they please.

They are made with Bernat Blanket yarn they crochet up quickly. I made nine of these in a week and a half! They are easy to do while watching Christmas specials on TV. The pattern is free on Ravelry and you can see it here: Yip Yip Stockings

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Dining Room Window Curtains

 I've been trying to figure out whether I wanted to put dining room window curtains up. If there was a lot of greenery out there, I probably wouldn't, but instead it's the white of my very nice neighbor's house. I thank God for my wonderful neighbors! I decided to put up some curtains on the bottom half of the window and let those triple pane upper sashes show off.
This is the first project for my new sewing machine. So far so good! I used the same fabric that I used for curtains in the kitchen, which is actually some Ikea curtains that I've been cutting up and remaking to fit my windows. I love the print because it somehow seems to fit in my craftsman house...has an imperfect hand printed look to it, even though is, of course, mass produced for a big chain.  They are just hung on little tension rods from Walmart.
Lately, I've been mulling over whether to keep this blog. I like having it as a diary of my homes, and a way to share, but I also do much of that on Facebook these days. I dropped of the face of the blogging world when my computer broke and it took so long to buy a new one. Some things are just not easy to do from a phone, and blogging is one of them.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Wooden and easy.

 Until this winter, I'd not been home enough during the day to realize how the glare from these windows would be strong enough to even wash out the TV. I love the old  windows though, and don't want to cover them too much.
 These are some cheap wooden blinds I'd had in a room at the shop. With the move at the shop, I took them down and brought them home. They are the perfect width for these windows! woot! Pretty much free blinds! I did shorten them a bit so they wouldn't be so heavy.
One down, one to go. I think it's going to work! You can see it cuts the glare quite a bit, and when they are up, the pretty old windows are still showing off.
 All done! I think it looks pretty good and solves the problem just fine!

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Recycled Christmas Tree...feed the birds!

 This year, I hated to throw my Christmas tree on the curb just yet, so instead I stood it on the back deck. My yard has no shrubs yet....and I think that is why I don't have many birds. They don't have any cover. Then I decided it looked pretty bare, so I collected some pine cones, and spread them with peanut butter and pressed birdseed into it. Just like we made in grade school!
 These were messy and fun to make.
 I tied them on to the branches with bits of ribbon. It looked great! Next thing I knew, it looked like this:
And the culprit is the squirrels of course. So I tied it off to the railings. That seems to have worked so more falling trees.

 The squirrels are really enjoying it. I've had a few birds, and I hope they tell their friends.
The temperature dropped way down, and I went out and got a heated birdbath at the local Big R farm store. It's super cold now, below 0 and it is still keeping the water open. I also moved the bird feeder with the squirrel guard up to the railing.  Seems to be a great way to enjoy the Christmas tree a little longer!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bathroom Shower Doors Removed

There are so many things I want to do to this tiny bathroom, but most will have to wait because it's just not in the budget right now. I've been frustrated with not being able to get these shower doors really sparkling clean, so I decided to just take them out. I did this at the old house too. It's easier to launder a shower curtain than keep shower doors looking good. Today I took the screw gun to the frame, and hauled it to the curb.
Now I've got a clean shower curtain and liner. I don't know that this shower curtain will make the cut, but it looks fine for now. That old track for the shower doors was sealed with caulk, but there was still a lot of water and yucky mess under the track. I'm glad it's gone. Someday I'd like to put a tub/shower in, and tile the tub/shower walls. I'd like to tile the floor too.

I'd love to put in a sink like this one:
I like the shape and the fact that it has a towel bar right there where you need it. Cool floor too. 
I like the wall color in this one. Kind of a beach glass, or water color.

When I was antiquing last week I bought this great mirror to go over the sink (when I get it replaced). I love it and it's tall. That artwork will hang over the towel bar opposite the sink.
I guess I need to go work on putting the towel bars in, because when  I threw out the shower doors, the towel bars went with them!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Garden Path

So I think the little path leading to the door under the deck is pretty much done. I bought some paver sand and actually used a level to try and get it pretty flat with a slight slant out to the yard. It's not as slanted as it looks here. I'm thinking the sand might settle when it rains and it may take some tweaking, to get it just right, but for now it looks pretty good. The pavers are still dirty, but my spigot on that side of the house is broken, so no water except what I carry until I get it fixed.

Salvaged path, trellis, edging in the garden.

I'm trying to spend my money on shrubs and perennials, so I couldn't see spending 29+ dollars each on trellises. So I went to my aunt and uncle's farm and scavenged around. This was a looong ladder, and my uncle cut it in half for me. Just propped them where I have some morning glories planted. It might need some chicken wire for the plants to climb, but I can still add that.

The bottle tree needs a few more bottles. I guess I'll have to sacrifice for the cause and drink some wine selected by bottle color! The iron pieces are parts of a farm tool (rake?) that I bought at a garage sale. I've got some cosmos planted in there and these should help keep them upright when it rains.

My friend Warren colored the pic up for me, showing what the ladders would look like if they were stained to match the deck, with and without the rungs painted colors. I really like the one with colorful rungs, but I also love the old weathered look they have now. Looking at these pics, I can see how much simpler it looks with the ladders matching the deck color.  I wish I could change the deck railing from sunbursts to straight as well, and I will one of these days. I think the sunburst is a bit too contemporary for my bungalow, plus the gaps are too wide to be safe with little children.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Backyard to Garden (someday)

The front of my house is nicely landscaped (came to me that way!) but the back is a blank canvas. It has a very nice deck, for which I'm so thankful, since that would be an expensive place to start if it  hadn't come with one! The deck is like 3 little rooms stepping down to the back yard. Other than that there were no shrubs or trees or flowers.

Last year, I stained and sealed the deck, and planted this cherry tree. Or rather Jeff planted it...he did all the hard part, and since he planted gazillions of trees at his old house, he really knows what he is doing!

Here is how it ended up last summer. It was pleasant to sit out there, but the yard was still as blank as could be. 

 Behind the tallest part of the deck, I've been working on digging up a flower bed. There is a little door that accesses under the deck, and I laid stepping stones I found behind the garage (free! wooohooo!). I edged it with some bricks Jeff found in his yard. Tonight I'll scrub up those stepping stones and level them out with some sand.

This house is more a more casual style than the last one, and I think it lends itself to my penchant for recycling things. 

This is the yard at the old house. As you can see, I like to have some color! So hopefully soon I will have some here too. I will if I can keep the darn squirrels from digging the plants out of the pots. I had to replant the marigolds they tossed out this morning. Maybe they don't like marigolds?!