Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I got the ReStore chairs sanded, primed, and painted. I made new seats because the old ones were splitting and padded and covered them. This is where I got before Thanksgiving dinner, so at least we had chairs to sit on, even if they weren't in their fabulously complete state. I've started the distressing and putting polyurethane on them, and it's going pretty well, if slowly.
I've also been working on a companion hat for me out of the same plum cashmere wool blend yarn so we can have mommy-daughter hats without being creepy matchy. I've got my ribbed and cabled version about 80% complete, but it's looking like I'm not going to eek it out without some additional yarn. Guess I'll need to have a scarflett with the rest of another skein! (If I can find the same yarn since this was purchased on a vacation to the Oregon coast last year - it's a Debbie Bliss yarn, but still - cross your fingers!)
So, that's what I've been up to lately in a nutshell.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
I think this is one of those projects that I liked better in theory than I am in practice. It's just not getting the wow factor I was looking for - I think it needs more dimension, or some jute or ribbon to give it more texture. Anyways, here's what I did:
I Mod Podge'd holiday scrapbook paper to a bunch of mini-clothespins, and lightly sanded the edges. Then I strung up some 18-gauge wire to the garland hooks over our mantle. Then I just attached the cards and announcements we've received so far this season (plus the Christmas cards I made with my Mom), using the embellished clothespins. Instant card garland!
What do you think - needs something more?
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Mom and Dad were planning on coming over to go grocery shopping for our Thanksgiving meal anyways, so we just planned that Dad would wheel Arden around while Mom and I shopped. She was in a remarkably good mood, and no more loose poops. She fell asleep on my Dad for a bit, ate lunch, and then took a three-hour nap while Mom and I baked and prepped to our heart's content. The blue mask is because he's allergic to the dogs, cats, and the air in general of our 90+ year-old home.
After she woke, we went to a local nursery to look at all their beautiful Christmas decorations and take pictures with Arden - a little tradition we began last year. After Dave got home from work, Arden opened her present from Grandma & Grandpa - a Little People Farm that she LOVED!
Here's what's going to be on our Thanksgiving table tomorrow:
- Turkey gravy
- Pompano - Dave's Thanksgiving fish
- Praline sweet potatoes - recipe from Southern Living
- Mashed potatoes
- Stuffing (Stove Top - we're so not purists around here! It's easier and we all like it pretty much as well as homemade.)
- Broccoli cauliflower casserole
- Pumpkin pie bars
- Apple pie
What's on your Thanksgiving table?
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Some of my favorites:
Mom and I have already agreed that we would send each other the snowflakes one so we would end up with one of our favorites if we send them all out. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Dave was surprised that I didn't take Arden to put handprints in the cement, but they guys were working it until it was cured enough to walk on. I know that my Dad spent enough time trying to keep people from writing in wet cement to have tried it. Dad would suggest to homeowners that they find a penny with the year on it and put it in a corner of the cement.
The siding should be in next week and the garage door sometime the following week. We have the same electricians who re-wired our house last year lined up. They left some tails of wire when they did the re-wire with the planned garage reconstruction in mind.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Blog Party Spotlight!~A Jennuine Life
Daylight Savings Time, ugh!!! I hate changing our clocks, it is the final sign that winter is coming. It almost always follows the leaves changing colors and the first frost. And yes we have had these occur already here in Northwest Indiana. It also means less time to spend outside in the daylight accomplishing honey-do chores, however it gives me more time to spend finding new blogs to enjoy.
While doing just that I was looking at some of the articles shared last week and settled in with a hot mug of coffee and started to explore some new blogs.
I was really struck by the simple pleasure that I found while surfing around todays’ Blog Party Spotlight.
Click on picture to visit
Jenn over here at A Jennuine Life (nice play on words) shares some cooking, decorating, sewing and repurposing ideas. She also shares with her readers her life with her family which includes alot of her daughter Arden, very cute. When you have a chance grab yourself your own drink (coffee, tea …) and spend some time with Jenn and her family.
I subscribe to It's a Blog Party on Google Reader, and I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw my blog title pop up! To say I'm humbled and excited is an absolute understatement! I've been doing this for a few months now, and it's so motivating being part of this great community!
I finished my knitting project - "Upside-down Daisy" pattern found in Itty Bitty Hats by Susan B. Anderson. It's probably been about a year since I last knitted anything, so I was a little bit rusty. I'm not sure if I did something wonky or if it's just that I was knitting in the round that the whole thing's a tad slanty. Regardless, I think it turned out cute and Arden has already been putting it to good use today, though the weather here in Michigan is surprisingly warm and she probably doesn't really need a hat.
I'll be linking up to some of the parties in my Linky Party Directory.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Nope, I didn't mis-title the post - the cans are for the pumpkin bread! This recipe bakes right in metal coffee cans. My husband saved a bunch of the cans from all-nighters during early grad school thinking he'd hammer them flat and put them on a table for a "coffee table". He's got his own creative ideas, though it's been about eight years since he defended his dissertation. Maybe when the garage/"man cave" is completed he can add that to his project list.
Laser likes to help me in the kitchen, as evidenced by the flour on his nose.
You end up with these giant-muffin shaped loafs of yummy pumpkin bread! The only bad thing about it making four or five loaves is that my husband thinks that means he gets bread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
- 2 C pumpkin
- 3 ¼ C sugar
- 1 C vegetable oil
- 4 eggs
- 2/3 C water
- 3 ½ C flour
- 2 t baking soda
- 1 ½ t salt
- ½ t baking powder
- 2 t pumpkin pie spice
- 2 C chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Grease 4 16 oz., or 5 10 oz. metal coffee cans.
- Mix all ingredients together, add nuts.
- Fill cans 1/2 full.
- Bake at 350° F for one hour.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Whatever you call it, I just did it! Thanks to your brave confessions I just mustered the courage to pull my car into some stranger's driveway, inspect a find and then load it into my car. I feel a little bit of a shopper's high, but without the guilty post-purchase letdown! I can't wait to show my hubby what I found for FREE! I cannot believe someone would throw away something in such good shape, and solid wood construction. It doesn't even need much repair.
If I can ever get the #$^%^* chairs I got from ReStore done (don't get me started on trunkated nap times and hubby with "pirorities") I'm going to give my little curbside gem a new life.
Monday, November 1, 2010
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