Tuesday, April 15, 2014

~*Bait Shop Activity... so far*~

Hello Dear Friends!

As I've mentioned earlier, I have a part time job with the bait shop at the beautiful Lake Wabaunsee.  This lake is about 10 minutes from our house.  I have not spent much time there yet, but I am just in awe at the natural beauty.  I'm looking forward to a great summer at the lake!

I work at the bait shop Monday and Tuesday mornings.  Later I may fill in a few extra hours, but I do still have my other part time job with the consignment shop in Council Grove.

So far, the lake has not been too busy.  It is still early in the season... and it has been very cold.  We had snow the other morning!  ICK!!!  No more until next Winter PLEASE!

To fill my time... I have been hooking!

Here are my finishes from this week...


Thank you to all who gave me suggestions for the bunny rug!  It is now finished... and I think it has been claimed by a new home.  *SMILES*  Remember, the pattern for this rug was generously given by Lori Brechlin of NotForgotten Farm.  It is a freebie pattern she gifted a few years ago.  I had to change it a little because of my hooking trials... but hopefully she will approve of my finish.  Thank you, Lori!

 Here are a few more photos... with and without the camera flash.

My washboard is finished now too!  It was a fun & quick project.  I kept the design and hooking simple.  Around the edge I hooked a little red and blue for color.  The letters are a light gold.  The background a brown mix.  I'm thinking I will keep this one to display in our laundry room with my collection of other old washboards.  We moved here in October... and I have yet to do any painting or decorating.  Hmmmm... maybe I'll start in the laundry room?
 

 More photos with and without the flash.

When I arrived at the lake this morning, it was a chilly 27 degrees.  The fog rising from the lake was soothing and gentle.  I was mesmerized by it...

 In the lower picture, you can see a couple of friendly geese...
I hope to keep sharing more projects, finishes, and beautiful lake views with you!
 
Wishing you all warm smiles! 
Betty

Friday, April 11, 2014

~*Rabbit Hookin'... frustration*~

Hello Dear Friends!

This rug is designed just beautifully by a most awesome designer!  You all know her very well ~ I'm sure!  Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm gave this sweet design a few years ago as a freebie.  I loved it then and I love it now!  Thank you so very much, Lori!

However, I have been struggling hooking it.  You may remember a few months ago when I posted the rug and how I had reverse hooked every part of it.  Well, last weekend my SIL Robin and I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Judy Cripps and the Rustic Rug Hookers for a local hooking, grouping in Topeka.  With the encouragement from the other hookers there, I changed the face a bit... the eyes and nose/brow lines... to a more simpler form ~ one that I, a very untrained hooker, could handle better with my big, fat strips.  (They are a 9 cut.)  I hooked the day away... and then took the rug with me to the bait-shop (my second part time job... where I don't actually 'work' very much... I can craft there!) and hooked some more.  Well... until I ran out of the background wool... that I purchased from Judy on Saturday.

Here is what I have so far...
 The strips of wool at the top of the photo will be used to 'fill in' the gap.  Yes, they are a different color, but hopefully they will look like a 'prim patch' and be okay.
 I'm not sure about the lines in the ears.  The color of wool is a bit too yellow.  Maybe I'll change it.  I'm also thinking that the whiskers need more work.  What do you think?

Once I am finished with the bunny... or maybe I'll set it aside  for awhile... this is another project I'm excited to work on.  I found this old washboard at a thrift store the other day for $3.  Someone has painted a barn scene on it.  I hate to destroy someone's artwork... but I want to make this 'mine'.  I would like to update it and make it more prim too!
 Here is the back.  It has been patched with an old piece of floor trim.  The label marking is faint, but you can still see some of it.

 The top measures 10 3/4 by 4 1/2 inches.  I have a scrap of linen just the right size... and an idea!  I'll keep you posted.

On another note... here are my sweet babies girls!  They are growing so fast, I can almost see them get bigger just watching them!  And I love them so much!!!
 They all pretty much look the same.  The smallest girl is sitting at the back of the lower picture.  I call her Mona... or Mini Mona.  The one strutting her stuff in front is the most friendly to me.  (At least I think she is the same, overly friendly one when I'm around.)  I think I'll call her Ophelia.  Why these names?  I have no idea.  They just popped into my crazy brain!
Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty

Monday, April 7, 2014

~*I'm Working*~

Hello dear Friends! Once again... I'm posting weeks apart. I'm still working on finding my groove and a regular routine. Just when I think it is all figured out... another wrench is thrown into the mix. This time... it is another part time job. I now have two part time jobs. Three days a week I drive to Council Grove to work at ReRun Consingments... where Robin and I have our antique/junque/craft/whatever booth... and now two mornings ~ EARLY MORNINGS... 6AM! ~ I work at the bait shop at Lake Wabaunsee. Yup... I am working at a bait shop. I sell the fishing licenses for the private lake... and worms, minnows, and crawdads! Now, did any of you see that happening?


The only reason I wanted to work there was for the opportunity to meet the friendly people around the area of our new home.  So far, it is working.  I've meet a handful of happy smiles and am looking forward to spending the summer at the lake too.  When school is out, my son can tag along with me and swim at the beach.  He will surely enjoy that!  The job started at the first of April and will run through the summer until September.

So far at the shop, we have not been busy.  It has still been a bit chilly outside... and folks are still working. Many of the lake residents have their cabins as vacation homes only.  They will soon be leaving their winter homes and making residence at the lake.  Until then... it is a little slow.  

The really good part about that... I get to craft at work!!!  I took my hooking today...

This morning was a little cloudy and area farmers have been burning the fields.  One fire got out of control today... causing the local fire fighters to scramble together for assistance...


I'll take more pictures there this summer to share... and will continue to craft and share that too!  I promise!

My mornings before work are calm.  I'm now a coffee drinker.  I like to sit in this old chair... and am always surrounded by my little girls...
The chickens are growing, but I don't have an updated picture to share.  The chicken coop is coming along.  Hopefully it will be finished when the little ladies are ready to go outside.  

I hope you are all enjoying the beginning of Spring... and are crafting lots of beautiful things!

Wishing you warm smiles...

Betty


Monday, March 17, 2014

~*Where Have I Been?*~

Getting my Farm~Girl on!

We lived in the 'country' at our old home, but our new home is much more remote... and much more 'country'.  Now we are finding ourselves soaking up more of the Country Life!  And we are enjoying every minute of it!

This past Saturday, we made a visit to the farm store and purchased some pullets.  I have always wanted to raise chickens and gather eggs.  We have a small building by our boat house that was used formerly as a garden shed... and, after cleaning it out this past weekend... it seems it was once a Chicken Coop.  I swept up lots of broken egg shells when cleaning.  We have plans to use it again as a Chicken Coop... once these little girls are big enough to go outside.

Feeding, washing, and just watching these baby chicks is enough to warm any one's heart!  Trinity, and myself too, are just dazzled by them!  I told my husband that I already want to go get more!  Of course, he told me to slow down and raise what I have first.  I'm thinking... he isn't with my all the times I am in town... I may just swing by the store and adopt a few more when he isn't around.  *WINK WINK*
 Having more acreage, and more chores on our list, also means we will most likely need a tractor.  Tony has a friend at work that was wanting to sell one... so, we brought it home.  Tony has a new 'toy' to help him with his chores.  He told me that he has always wanted a tractor!  I guess we are both getting things we have always wanted!  <3
 We are still finding things of 'beauty' around the home and yard.  As the seasons change, I am sure there will be more and more.  Seeing this gaggle of geese land on the pond just outside the backdoor was a true delight!
 Finding time to craft has been slim.  With chores around the home ~ garden prep, chicken coop cleaning, other yard work, house cleaning... and the list goes on ~ finding time for any crafting is slim.  Hopefully once Spring is in full swing, I will find more time & energy.  I am already feeling a renewed spirit and creative vibe!  

Browsing Facebook the other day, I saw a sweet wind-chime made of flower pots and a watering can.  I thought to myself, "I think I need one of those!"  I do have a collection of galvanized watering cans... but I also had this old, copper, lid-less teapot!  So... today I made one!  I gathered some flower pots from my shed, and found an old rope in the barn... and wallah!  Tony helped me hang it from the post off our back-porch.  Isn't it cute?
 I am still trying to get things made for our booth at ReRun Consignments.  Last weekend, I finished this little, vanity re-do.  The weekend prior, I stripped all the warped veneer off the top & sides of it... oh, that was a struggle.  

This isn't a great picture.  The paint isn't so 'pink'... the lighting was bad.  

The actual color is more of a taupe.  The knobs were stolen off another future, furniture re~do piece and placed on the drawers.  The stool was a freebie from a recent auction purchase.  (They threw it in with what I really wanted to buy at the time.)  I recovered the seat and painted it to match the vanity.  Perfect together!
 Here is the top of the vanity... it looks good & old!  I made sure some of the white from the first coat of paint popped through.
 The Lenexa hook-in was just a few weeks ago.  I was unable to go this year because Trinity had a basketball tournament.  (Being a Mom has to come first!)  His team came in 2nd for the season... but had a GREAT time working/playing together.  His former school was the 1st place team... so he was happy for his old friends too!

My good friend, Ginger, and my sweet SIL, Robin... didn't forget about me though.  They meet up to spend the day together at the show... and still brought me some gifts home!

How sweet they are!

These treasures are from Ginger... some of her great needlepunch yarn, a cute sheep, and a darling, wool pouch...
 You can see the cute sheep better on the shelf in the dining room...
 And these treasures are from Robin... some dip mix, a Bath & Body soap, a cute key charm, a wool tree on a spool, a wool flower pin, and a lovely crochet scarf she made...
Thank you, ladies!  You are the best!!!

Before the night winds down... I have another furniture project to finish in the garage... and baby chicks to tend to. 

Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

~*Mother Son Re~Do Project*~

Hello Dear Friends!

Last weekend we had the joy of attending a local auction.  Oh... they are always SO MUCH FUN!!!  We won several items and enjoyed spending the day together... my husband, son, and I. 

My husband was wanting (and very much needing) a log splitter.  He won the bid for one Saturday and has already used it to cut bundles of firewood.  He wanted a garden tractor that was there too, but the winning bid for it was more than he wanted to go.  So... back to another auction later to try for another.

I found a few small vintage dishes, and some re~do furniture that I hope to paint up by next weekend... (wish me luck with the clock working to my advantage there!)

My son wanted an old, kinda ugly landscape picture that was in the living room of this home... but, the winning bid for it was more than I told him I would go.  However, he also wanted a bed for his room.  He has only had a mattress set on a metal frame.  Having a headboard & foot-board is much more 'home' looking.  Well... he wanted this one...
 The bed is simple, plain, and probably right out of the 1950s or 1960s... but it only cost us $1!!!!
One brush is mine and one is his... we worked on it together with paint already on hand.  It was fun to spend some quality time together with the kiddo... and work on something just for him!  Something he really wanted and was into!
Once we finished... we didn't waist any time moving it into his room.  We already had the bed coverings and pillows.  My Mom bought these for him when he was only 2 years old.  He has kept them and loved them over the years.  Oh... and we have to have the Minecraft poster over the bed!  Well... I guess it was either that or try again to win another ugly landscape picture as I mentioned earlier in the post.  Ha Ha

What matters most... he loves his room and his space.  I'm sure tonight when he comes home from school, he will fill up the shelves on the headboard with more of his treasures and make it even more 'his' bed.

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My pinkeep that was listed on Ebay didn't sell.  This morning... I did move it over to Etsy if you are interested.

I'm still working to get back in the swing of things... punching, hooking, stitching, painting... and whatever else I can do to keep me out of trouble.  :-)

Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty

Sunday, February 16, 2014

~*LISTED!*~

Hello Dear Friends!

Hold on to your hats!  You won't believe your eyes!  

I have listed on Ebay and Etsy!!!  Yes, it is true!  Please Go Check it out!!!


~*Cat & Mouse*~ Pinkeep is on Ebay CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LISTING!

~*Bluebird*~ Pinkeep is on Etsy  CLICK HERE TO VISIT MY ETSY SHOPPE!
 ~*Bloom*~ Project Pocket Book is on Etsy
 ~*Sheep*~ Pinkeep is on Etsy
 and a few other wares can also be found in my Etsy shoppe!

It feels so good to be back in the swing of things... and I'm hoping/praying this is just a new beginning!  You all know I love to create and share!  

I hope you can pop over to see the finished wares that I have listed.  Thank you for letting me share with you!

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I do hope you all had a loving & blessed Valentine's Day.  Tony gave me a beautiful azalea plant, a box of chocolates, and a heartfelt card.  Then, to my surprise... bought this amazing, antique cupboard on a whim when we visited one of my favorite antique shops... that is sadly, closing its doors next weekend.  We carefully brought it home yesterday and heaved it from the truck into the living room... then I spent the evening loading it with all my white dishes.  Some of my white dishes are Ironstone... some are not... but I love my collection and I love our new cupboard... and you all know I love my dear, sweet Tony!
 I didn't leave the store with only one new piece of furniture yesterday though.  I also nabbed this little pine desk.  It is well used, worn, and primitive... but it will soon be put in my sewing/craft room/studio to hold my sewing machine.  Isn't is just the sweetest little thing?
I love the lines!
It is Sunday evening... and time to fix the family supper... but afterwards... I think I'll grab my Cameo Needlepunch... and punch the night away!

Wishing you warm smiles...

Betty