Saturday, September 27, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Autumn Cleaning

The living room got a thorough cleaning a couple weekends ago.  I prefer to do my deep cleaning by room.  So, instead of "spring cleaning" the whole house, I may do the dining room in the winter, the office in the summer, etc.  As long as they get done once a year.
It's a good time to rearrange, organize, cull out clutter, and get every nook and cranny clean. 
For the living room this was my list:
Vacuum - ceiling, walls, floors, furniture
Dust - fan, lights, lamps, bookcases, pictures, electronics
Wash  - house plants, baseboards, tables, windows
Mop - floors
Take out rug and beat it (My Babe tackled this task)
Take down curtains - wash, dry, iron, hang
Since we took the rug out to beat it, and everything was moved for mopping and dusting anyway, everything got rearranged going back in.  Everyone seems to like it - it's still the favorite hang out spot : )  Blue got moved to the living room too.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Napkin Ring Snails

A friend brought me a gift from her travels out west - a snail made out of a fork!  I thought it would make a perfect napkin ring.  I've collected an assortment of cloth napkins at yard sales and thrift stores so that we don't have to use paper napkins.  But, they fall off the table, or get mixed up with who's is who's between meals.  So, I tried my hand at making a couple snail napkin rings.
This is the one my friend got for me.  It took me a bit to figure out the best way to shape the forks.  I had to use a vice to bend the forks into shape.  After a couple trials and errors I got a system worked out.
I got better by the 3rd try...I want to make a few more so that everyone in the family will have one : )

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Purple Asters

A wild aster I dug up out back of the house and planted by my kitchen door - brings me such joy this time of year!

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Stick for Papa

Papa Blue loves this stick I stuck in my big plant.  He picks at it with his bill and does bird acrobats around it.  He can watch everything going on from his perch there...such a happy Papa!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Homemade Bags

We have travel games that needed bags for safe keeping and to be handy to grab when there's a long car ride.  So, I whipped up a couple drawstring bags with fabric out of the scrap cupboard.  Colorful and fun and easy to store : )

Monday, September 15, 2014

Best Breakfast - Ever

Toasted croissant, ham, egg, and cheese.  Coffee with caramel creamer.  So Good!

Thursday, September 11, 2014


When I was 9 I saved up enough money to buy a 'real' doll.  I'd never played with baby dolls much, but I had wanted a porcelain doll for a long time.  I found a doll with thick brown hair like me.  Not too fancy, with a rose on her dress, so I called her RoseAnna.
 Over the years I'd collected many things for her and now my son finds little doll sized things for her.  The 'chest of drawers' was the most recent acquisition.

It fits all her clothes, her tea set, parasol, toys, etc.   The Bible is about 1 inch tall and is actually the entire New Testament!  She had mini buttons and pins, small scissors that open and close, a little rocking horse and wooden chicken, hair clips, a small purse with actual coins, candle stick, small pencil and paper for letter writing, snow shoes...

These are her three outfits: the original rose dress, and the two that my Mom made for me.  She also has flannel pajamas and a hand-knit snow suit with tiny little hand-knit mittens and hat.

She is 24 years old now.  My first quilting and knitting projects were the quilt and blankets that my Grandmother Hazel helped me make for her.  Her pillow is made out of milkweed down (the silky stuff on the top of the seeds) I'd collected the pods, opened them and let the seeds dry - it's wonderfully soft! 

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