Saturday, December 20, 2014

Hellebores from the Snow

Picked them out of the snow in my garden - blooming in December : )

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cabin Plaid Throw and Tray

I had a length of plaid flannel that I backed with a flannel sheet and quilted a snowflake in red thread.  It's the softest, comfiest thing to wrap around your shoulders and curl up on the couch with a good book! 
I thrifted this tray and painted over the rooster with a more cabin inspired bear motif - for the tea that I'll be drinking while I read that good book : )

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cabin Pillows

My first project for the home-to-cabin makeover were a couple pillows.  One of the quickest ways to change a room is pillows, throw blankets, curtains...the "textiles".  Red and white check curtains and plaid table runners are also on my sewing table.  All the supplies are from my fabric stash!
These are all out of the softest flannels from my stash...and how poetic to make the trees out of camouflage!

Saying Good-Bye to Papa Blue

His passing has left us all a little blue.  We miss his song.  We know that he was happy in this home with us till the end - he always came to be near us and sing for us - in the living room or dining room.  Where we were is where he liked to be.  When we adopted him we did not know how old he was, but we named him Papa because he reminded us of a Grand-papa.  Good-bye Blue, we loved having you for a while!
This picture was of Papa Blue's last day - he had become too unsteady to stay on his perch, so he sat on the bottom of his cage with a clean paper towel so he would be comfortable.  He'll have an internment in our pet cemetery in the spring, along side Blackie.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


My Babe has a whole week of vacation at the end of the month.  So, I'm planning a Winter Cabin themed Stay-cation!  I've made red-checked curtains and gathered cabin decor items....I'm going for something like this:
I have a faux fur "polar bear" rug.  I made pine tree applique pillows out of the softest flannels.  I made a plaid throw blanket...The boys are making animal pictures (bears, moose, etc.) to tape over all the existing wall art...
So, hopefully I'll have some before and after cabin decor pictures to show you later : )

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Two Sizes

So, I've actually been on a weight management program since last December.  It was last December that I weighed myself and thought, "30 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight, hum!  Well, It's time to do something about this!"  So, since then I've been counting points and weighing in nearly every week.'s a slow, very hilly descent, but I've gone down two sizes and lost a total of 15 lbs.  That may not seem like much in a whole year, but there's a big difference between loosing 15 lbs, and gaining an average of 3-4 lbs. per year!  This is the first size 12 skirt I've worn in 6 years!
The other thing, that is of great value to me, is being in control of my diet and weight - knowing what to do and reach my goals - I didn't have that before (I never had to diet before having children!)  So, maybe it will take me another year to loose the other 15, but I will get there!  And, I'll be enjoying my new skirt till then.  Purchased HERE

Friday, December 5, 2014

Put a Lid on it!

I finally got one - a silicone lid!  Plastic wrap has never worked well for me, and even though I have many bowls and casserole dishes with lids, there's always sometime that you lack with a pie dish.

(Here my son is demonstrating the great seal that the lid creates.)  And it works great for storing my quiche in the fridge.  I've used it to cover salads and pastas and even an old tupperware bowl that I have no lid for!  I may have to get the next sizes bigger and smaller too : )

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Rocking Chair

A rocking chair in the kitchen.  Just one of those little things that worked out to be better.  I moved the rocking chair out of the living room when the piano came in.  Turns out I really like it in here!  Great for when I have to stay by the canners waiting for them to finish, or till the popovers poof, or when the kids are listening to their radio program while I make dinner.  My parents gave us this rocker as a wedding present long before we built the house.  I like the smooth, deep red, of the cherry wood...and it matches the cherry cabinets perfectly : ) 
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