Friday, October 19, 2012


A Little quote that I love...


I wanted to use Celtic lettering from the book of Kells Script for my quote, so I researched and ordered a book called "Celtic Art, the methods of construction" 

I enlarged the font I wanted and then with a light box I traced the letters on stock paper and I had very homemade, rough looking stencils.  I wanted it to be a little "off" I wasn't real particular about leveling etc.  I used my left over Venetian Plaster paint to paint on the words.  It bumps up off the wall a little and in person gives it a nice cozy feel.  Just what I was looking for.

For some reason the picture is showing a bluish hazy area around some of the words, which in actuality isn't there.  Hmmm...I need lessons in photography.

I'm happy with it and when the candles are lit, it feels like a storybook---just like I wanted:)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Cool Cucumbers

I purchased a Champion juicer a few months ago to replace my old juicer of another name.  I finally had a moment to read through the booklet and try it out.  We have a lot of cucumbers from the garden and so I wanted to make cucumber juice, so I did.

The color is absolutely beautiful!!!  
It also tasted fabulous....
So... I will be drinking lots of this juice for the next couple of weeks.
Its also very good for you which makes it even better.

And on a side-note....How did I live before without a Champion juicer :) 
 What a difference a good juicer makes.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Green Thumb Gert

Here is the first watermelon we've picked from our garden.  It is huge, 20 1/2 inches long and 32 inches around the middle.  I hope it tastes as good as it looks.  We'll cut into it on Sunday when we have family over for dinner.  We have about 20 more in the garden and about 30 cantaloupes.  The high heat temperatures this year have been great for growing these sun loving fruits.  

I'll pick some cantaloupes this weekend and make some "Cantaloupe Ice".  Yummmmm, and very refreshing.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

My Little Haven~My Little Craft Room

I now have my very own little craft room in the making. I've been slowly transforming the room. It used to be my oldest sons room who is now married and has recently had his own sweet baby. I am contemplating a name for my room...when the right name comes to me I will post it outside the door, either by a hanging sign or painted directly on the wall.
The pictures here are just of one small corner in the room.
My table top spans the length of the room which is about 9' 3". It was actually intended to be a wall panel (cherry wood) for The Conference Center years and years ago. The story that came to me was that it was a leftover and going to be thrown out. It was rescued by a man who worked there and given to a dear friend of mine who kept it housed for years. Her husband finally decided he would not budge its heftiness one more time and by a loving fluke I became the happy recipient.

I had a neighbor friend trim it down to fit the length of the room and also cut it down so it wasn't too deep. He did a beautiful job. Then I turned my attention to the problem of the recessed areas. That was easy, by just putting glass across the length of the top it became a useable surface. It makes it fun because it leaves room for little memento's underneath the glass.

Below you can see a ceramic hand print from when I was in kindergarten and a bracelet that I received as a Christmas Gift when I was 6 years old. The compartment on the bracelet holds a total of 5 dimes. Wow~did I think I was cool or what! :) The chain that you see didn't originate with it, that was long broke and gone. This one is just sitting there until I can get a better one to have attached to the charm.

There are a few more memento's sprinkled down the table top for now, but nothing is in its permanent place yet. The room is still not fully functional but its slowly moving in that direction. YEAH!!! :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Linen Closet turned Cozy Reading Nook

This used to be my linen closet. It is now my little reading nook. It isn't quite finished yet, there is a little more to do. 

I knew just what I wanted it to look like. I have a fetish about knocking holes in the walls, you know, things tucked away in little nooks and crannies. It brings me great satisfaction. Some adjustments still need to be made, like the light, it is way too stark and we have not yet added the stained glass window in the opening that we created through the wall that opens up onto the stair rail side. I also have some paint touch ups to do and the baskets will be different.

For the blue arched area I just took paper and traced around different sized plates and cut it out and traced it on the wall and then painted it (you can't see the ceiling but it is also painted blue). For the pillow I used 3 napkins from the second hand store. The one for the front of the pillow I traced on letters and then filled them in with embroidery stitches, ( the initials stand for Mr. Humpty Dumpty--because it's his picture on the wall). Then I cut two other napkins to make an overlap on the back and I turned under the cut sides and used fabric tape that's washable to connect it all together and then I put in a pillow form. This was the first pillow I have ever made, it was fun.

The hedgehog I bought a year or so ago in a kit at a yarn shop in Seattle, I attempted to knit it but wasn't very successful. So when I went up to my sisters in Washington she told me to bring it with me and she would knit it, and she did--isn't he the cutest thing? The cushion was made by a man who lives down the street from me.

My husband wired in the light, and he also built the bench to sit on. Another neighbor built the wall insert that will hold the stain glass window. The window will actually open all the way up and lay against the stair wall when fully opened. It will have a latch on the outside of the window so it can be locked and not opened by any "little people".

All in all I love it :) I especially like to light the candles on the other wall and sit quietly while  watching the flames flicker.