Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Blankety Love

No sharin' here. The first to claim holds all rights!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Featherweight Handiwork

I made a couple of quilts with my vintage Singer Featherweight sewing machine. It was was best gift -ever! I love that thing. I'm sending the white-ish one to my mom for her birthday, and I'm sending the other to my nephews. 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Dump

After going through my camera roll, I realized I had quite a few progress pictures of the house. I can assure you, none of the is at all riveting, but I'm gonna post anyway. 
This is what I call the "gang plank," when lowered it spans across the basement stairs and allows access to a pantry. 




Happy New Year and a Few Other Tid-Bits


Welp, the new year started out as it has for the last few years-uneventful. We both like it that way-I guess we're officially fuddy-duddies. 
Dennis has been busy working on the dump. He enlarged a doorway between the kitchen and an adjoining room. It was originally a bedroom, but it seemed very awkward sitting right off the kitchen. We think it would make a fantastic sitting room. Today he finished installing a fantastic marble floor in the bathroom-it's beyond pretty. I'll include some before/after pictures of that. 

The chickens are producing eggs like mad. Even Uggi, who was traumatized after the hawk killed Queenie, has begun laying again. I may not have mentioned that my beloved Queenie was killed. It was a pretty sad and unpleasant event here. The girls can't roam free anymore unless I'm out with them. I can't go through that trauma again. The weather here has been brutally cold (-25 with the wind chill last night), so I've had to be extra vigilant to protect them. I've been applying Vaseline to their combs and waddles a couple times a day, and I installed 2-75 watt shop lights that give off just enough warmth to help them stay warm. I've resisted the urge to add a heat lamp, as they are insanely dangerous. They've proved to be a hardy bunch of hens!

I must mention my most exciting news. Denny gave me a Singer Featherweight for Christmas. To say I'm over the moon is an understatement. I've already busted out a couple of quilts since Christmas. I've been having the absolute best time with that machine. It sews beautifully-better than my Bernina! I'm waiting for 3 Sewaholic patterns to arrive. My next project is to make a Liberty of London shirt. You can be sure I'll be posting that project! 


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Surprise Snow

Sooo, the dickhead forecasters could not have been more off the mark. What was predicted to be a dusting, to maybe 1", turned into 6-ish inches of snow. It might even more than that, but whatever, it's a lot of freaking snow. I only narrowly missed t-boning 4 cars at a busy intersection today, but thanks to my cat like reflexes, and fast thinking, I managed to steer my sliding car onto a side street. Ugh. I worked only a half day today, and made it home in one piece. I thought the chickens would be a bit curious about the white stuff and eager to kick and scratch at it, but nope, they were not interested, nor were they amused. In fact, they were skittish and squwaky with every bit of snow that fell off the tree branches from above the coop. I guess big stuff falling from the sky reminds them of a hawk. Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Just Enough Time To Slam a Few Pictures Up

Welp, I'm back in school. The up-side of that news is, I'm never setting foot in a classroom after this class. I've decided there is no point in trying to complete the paralegal degree when I have no desire to be a paralegal. Reading case law, and writing case briefs and legal memorandums sounded like it would be gobs of fun - said no one ever. I am 6 weeks into my new job and loving every minute of it. Why trade that for a stuffy law office? Speaking of gobs of fun, I gave my notice at my part-time job - adios, suck-ass retail! I hope those days are in my rear view mirror - forever! December 21st I will be FREE! Here are some pictures for your viewing enjoyment, or not.

 Struttin' her stuff. Werk it gurl!
The ladies enjoying some very unseasonably warm weather. 
Thanksgiving delights, even though Thanksgiving was postponed due to shitty weather. 
I have no idea why I put star sprinkles on this cake. I'll have to remember to do this when the 4th of July rolls around. 
Cheers crackers- the fucking bomb!
My 3rd pair of Fiddleheads!!i I never get sick of this pattern- no siree. 
The nose knows. 

At "the dump." Cha-cha makes everything better....

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Pinch Me.

I loved metalsmithing and considered that a dream job, today I can say I'm lucky enough to have found my other dream job...

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Ouch!

I just picked this up from the finisher, no comment on the price to have this finished. I love it though, and I'm pretty sure the recipient will love it as well, which makes it totally worth it.....


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Spoiled Rotten, and Picky

Yesterday I made tuna and noodles for my chickens. I saw a video earlier this week that showed a bunch of chickens devouring tuna and noodles, so I thought I would treat my flock of cluckers. Unfortunately, my chickens have become so picky and spoiled, they only ate the tuna and left the noodles. Brats.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

It Might Not Look Like it, But We're Calling it Progress

Today we pulled the staples out of the floor that had been holding the carpet pad in place. I also yanked out all the carpet tack. Den removed the carpet and pad from the master bedroom, and painted a window sill that he replaced. Progress is slow, but it's fun to see the changes.