Monday, May 31, 2010

Relaxing for Memorial Day

My Mom gave this pattern to me yesterday so that I could try a few of these and I sort of went on a roll with them this morning.  The top is a snap top and you use a cut up carpenter's rule in the casing. 
I decorated a few with some things laying around my sewing room .

My mother-in-law needs a baby gift so I started this for her and put the I Spy quilt on the back burner for awhile. 

I did get up early enough for an early morning run.  I have been running now for almost a month and have logged close to 40 miles this month.  Some mornings it is really hard to get up and go and some mornings..well I just don't.  Sometimes I think I am way too old to be doing this and there should be a top 5 list of why I shouldn't be doing this.
1. When your knees hurt too bad to get up the stairs to go to bed at night. maybe you shouldn't be running. 
2.  When you realize that as you run, your arms are flapping like butterfly wings...maybe you are too old to run.
3.  When you are running craft projects through your head as you are panting up the next hill...maybe you are too old to run.
4.  You realize that the high-tech stop watch that you dear husband bought for you is way too high tech for you and you are trying to get the kitchen timer on a lanyard instead...maybe, just maybe you should stay in the recliner.
And number 5...
When you have to arrange your boobs in your first ever sports bra so that the nipples are close to the same might be too old to run (or maybe I just need to stick to baggy t-shirts)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Photos of a Party?

It always happens like this, I take my camera, I take a picture and then people start to arrive and I forget to take any more pictures.  Thank goodness the girls remember and will give me some, hopefully.  It was a great party, the weather was perfect and everything tasted yummy.  A perfect summer evening.  This morning, bright and early, I painted this board for all the kids to have a "photo" moment.  They loved it and they all posed in it to get their picture taken. 

Tomorrow is a completely FREE day!  Woohoo!  I can't wait!  

I hope that you are all enjoying your holiday weekend! 

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Caterpillers, Graduation and more yard work.

Kendall will be one year old tomorrow, how fast that year has gone.  Shelby is having a theme party...a big party.  I got the bright idea for these little guys.

They started like this  and what a mess they, well actually I made.

Little balls of Oreo's and cream cheese.  Easy enough.

And then I had all of these.  Fun, sticky, and they don't taste bad.

And on Thursday, Tyler graduated from preschool.  How adorable they all were.

The graduating class. They sang, they did rhymes and I decided that our little Tyler really has the makings of a TV Evangelist.  What drama he portrays and how he liked that microphone AND the applause.  To our surprise, at the end, he grabbed the microphone and performed a solo, impromptu rendition of the ABC's.  I am sure that I was not the only one that started to sweat when he grabbed it.  You never know what is going to come out of his little mouth sometimes.

What a great holiday weekend so far.  Day off yesterday and the boys and I ran errands after lunch at the playground with Gracelyn and Shawnee.  We had a great evening out last night with some wonderful music, then a whole day of working in the yard today and using up the rest of the mulch.  Tomorrow is Kendall's party and then REST of Monday.  I hope that all of you are having a great holiday weekend. 

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Yard work on overdrive!

This week so far can be summed up in Yard Work on Overdrive.  Nothing much was accomplished last year and one year without mulching seems to make the next year even harder. These stones are scattered throughout my landscaping.  More than anything they are a reminder every year of how they appeared.  Shelby never had a decent vehicle when she was younger, she had lots of vehicle due to her driving record, but never a nice vehicle.  She had this old lady looking Buick, bought because it had a  little more room around her and given her tendency to hit things, it looked much safer than some of the tin cans that she had driven.  She pulled in one day with the entire trunk full of these stones.  Let me just say that the Buick was riding a little low in the back.  She had found a place that was going out of business and was giving these away.  She then proceeded to drive from house to house and give them away to anyone that would take them, emptying her trunk, laughing all the way. 
This is how the week started, with a load of mulch that John thought was way too much.
And this is where we were last night when I finished.  As you can see, the area in front of the mulch still needs a lot of attention.

And some finished areas.
And of course some flowers.  Love that spirea.
These are Aunt Savila's lilies.  Almost everyone on my Mom's side of the family has them somewhere in their yard.  My Aunt Savila had them in her yard in Kittanning, took them to Youngstown and planted them there and then little by little we all have starts from that original plant, scattered all over the country now.
And doesn't this just look like you are going into a secret garden.  Actually it leads out front and to a busy road, but I love the look of it, anyway.

Thanks for going on my tour.  Hopefully you are having a great week, wherever you are and enjoying some sunshine!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Rainy Saturday and the paint brushes are flying

Thank-you, thank-you, THANK-YOU to Laurie at Buttons and Lace for her generous donation of fabric for the I SPY quilt.  I so appreciated it all!  and every bit of it will go to good use! 

This is in the new Quick and Easy Painting Magazine.
And this just popped into my head for the canteen, sort of woodsy, don't you think?
And this is one of the ten or so
items that I antiqued today.  What a mess that makes of my hands and of course, I could not find any gloves.

Fabrics I found the other day for the I Spy quilt!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

What I have been working on this week.

This is on my sewing room floor.Finally managed to get Kendall's handprint, although her baby finger looks a little crooked.

This morning's project, changed the colors from Quick and Easy.
Finished this bowl yesterdayTea stained these runners.Sorry for the blur, these are finished other than varnish and antiquing.I am not really liking the new way to make posts, think that I'll go back to the old way.  Too much for my brain, I guess.

Monday, May 17, 2010


Still trying to use all that fabric up that it seems I was cutting half the winter.
Not sure, but I think I want to coffee stain this, what do you think? And another top for the ladies at the church.
I woke up too late to run this morning and am not happy with myself. I am going to have to start setting an alarm again. The horses hit the horse track at 6:30 so you have to be off of it by then and I won't run around here once traffic gets moving. I like to be off the streets by 6:30. Nothing attractive about it when I am at the end of the run. So off to paint or sew or something creative until it is time to go to work.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Around the yard

I managed to spend a few hours working in the yard yesterday. What therapy, what mind cleansing, and wow is there a lot more to be done. It was hard to find a stopping place, but the smell of the grilling chicken sucked me in and made me stop.
Anyone know what this plant is? I have TONS of it. It is growing everywhere and I am yanking tons of it out to make room for some annuals. Pretty, but very invasive! A little patch of phlox left.
Love this tree!

Lots more yellow and purple than I realized I had.

I know it's a weed, but still a pretty flower!

Anyone else think that the iris are having a bad year? Mine are.

Flower on the chives, aren't they pretty?

And two years ago, I convince my husband to rip out the ugly shrubs that were in this space for at least a hundred years. Last year it looked sparse, but this year they are really filling in. Hubby's comment yesterday. "I kept telling you that we should rip out those shrubs!"

The other side. I have some impatiens tucked in around these, they will look pretty when they fill in.

Love this little area, but it never got any attention last year. It really needed cleaned out.

And you have to love the rhododendrons! Wish that they bloomed all summer!

And more purple petunias waiting to be planted. Maybe this week.

Thanks for going along on the tour. Lots more to do, but it is sure nice to see progress.
Have a great Sunday!