Is this thing on? Well, lots to update as life has progressed (and the kitchen has lurched along) but for today a 2nd birthday party photo dump! We had a party at Frying Pan Farm Park today and it was so cute and fun!
Every year about this time we contemplate getting rid of the pond that we have loved so much. But any time something breaks or its fall, and time to cover it with mesh, we discuss it’s demise. When you are retired, you want less and less maintenance. So we began to peruse Pinterest and found a few pondless waterfalls that we liked. We called Lonnie, our pond guy and he came and drained the pond and took all our fish so they can enjoy some other pond. We were left with a stinky, mucky hole and Rog took over from there.
He moved all the rocks out of the way to get the liners up and clean everything with a pressure washer.
So much work, but he wanted to do this by himself…so I bowed out. Notice he wears ear muffs the whole time, listening to music so he can’t hear me.
There were plants and shrubs to move, electrical wires and water lines to move and most of all the pump. Whew !
He had dirt dropped twice. But I must say , he did such a beautiful job and we love it!
Now we still enjoy the waterfall, the sound of it and all the birds enjoying their daily baths. No maintenance to speak of. Rog is pretty proud of his project and I am amazed at how beautiful it all turned out. Way to go honey. It’s wonderful! He also lit the Japanese maple and the waterfall with new covered out door receptacles. He is even talking Christmas lights.
Oh Clark 🙂
Night pics later.
And here they are….Wow, I finally got a post off.
I finished the flag quilt today. I absolutely love making this quilt. I am so hooked on English Paper Piecing! I am already working on other EPP projects. It is addicting. This flag will fly in my house for the big family fest over every the of July. So I guess I just made an heirloom. I will also be showing it in The Smokey Mountain Quilt Show this month. I will be showing 2 other quilts,” Art In The Park” and “Fiber Mania”. Then my goal is to EPP and finish up UFO’s. My Fox should be on his way home from the Denver show. I was excited to see that they used my “Fox in The Moonlight” in advertising in the Mancuso Denver National Quilt Festival this month. What a surprise. You can see it here.
Here are pics of the other 2 quilts.
I am trying to prepare for teaching EPP in Sept. to our guild. So I am busy making samples. I want to get some other people addicted. That doesn’t sound very nice… but it is, because it’s so fun to do. They will thank me…I hope.
I am so excited to have Mom and Pat and both kids and their spouses and baby O for Thanksgiving. We all won’t be together for Christmas due to Lindsey and Chad moving over the Christmas holiday. So I am doing a Christmas decorated Thanksgiving for the first time in my life. Rog and I can’t wait to have that little grandson of ours in our arms again. Although Lindsey indicated that he doesn’t have much time for cuddling anymore due to his crawling and standing schedule. He is a very busy guy. So when I started to think about what will be needed to meet little O’s demands, I went to the store to investigate grandma toys for him to play with. I had stuff in the cart but actually came home with nothing thinking I should run it buy Lindsey. Out of the blue, a friend in the community called me and said she was busy unpacking and wondered if I needed any baby things. Her youngest grandchild is now 5 and she didn’t want to store them any longer. WHAT?…………I’ll be right over. I scored big time. My studio has been taken over with baby things.
Like I said…baby lottery. I have promised Judy a quilt of her beautiful Labrador Retriever, Toby, in return. She has been wanting one for awhile and I am happy to do it. So come January I will do a post on the quilt.
I was wise when it came to the Christmas decos, due to a busy baby boy crawling around. But I had to do it because Lindsey and Chad probably will not do the decorating this year due to moving. It will not affect his 8 month memories in the future.
I will admit…Christmas decorations look kind of ugly in broad daylight. Anyway…I did most of my decor up high. The tree will be his target and there will be great grandma and grandpa, aunt and uncle and of course the grandparents to watch him. Lindsey and Chad can rest a bit. It’s Grandma time!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Jon and Kenya were married Oct. 26th on a beautiful day under the fall sky.
Friends and immediate family were there to share the day.
It was followed by a lovely brunch and lots of Mimosas.
We all are so happy.
These are my pictures. There will be plenty to share when the photographer’s photos are ready.
Congrats Jon and Kenya. We love you so much.
For those who would like to start checking off the old shopping list… I have greatly reduced most prices in my Etsy shop. I have decided to stick to selling Tennessee items because that is what is the most popular. Share the good news with your kids and friends and help me get my shop cleaned up. There are lots of goodies that won’t break the bank by any means. Each item will come in it’s own box for gift giving so you don’t even need to hunt down a box. Thanks to all who have bought so much…like Cheryl. It’s been fun making so many different things, but I”m a busy Grandma now and I want to keep my shop easy…not to mention profitable. So Tennessee it is! Good Ol Rocky Top!
Here is my link to PeeGee Jewelry
Most of you know I am an art quilter. I paint, collage and thread paint my quilts. I’ve never been much of a traditional quilter. But let me tell you…English paper piecing is addictive!! I picked up these little paper kits free at many quilt shows and thought oh that’s nice. Then I watched a demo at the Paper Pieces booth at one of the AQS shows and was hooked. My mother is addicted too. It’s nice to share addictions with those you love. 🙂 I’m not going to show you a detailed class on how to do this, but if you are looking for a total portable way to quilt on vacation or visiting the kids, go to their site and you will learn lots. They sell every kind of paper to create these little marvels. It’s kind of a light weight card stock that you baste your fabric around them, press and starch, and then hand stitch together. Check it out or go to your local quilt shop and they will give you a lesson.
I keep a little kit together of everything you see above plus threads in neutrals, needles and my fabric choices. Easy peasy.
Us quilters create things that we think, OK, what am I going to do with this now. I put together these English paper pieced fussy cut flowers and stopped myself to get a plan. I love denim jackets. I have bought 2 at resale shops that are my go to jackets come cooler weather. I love to wear vintage brooches on them and I am always surprised at the compliments I get when I wear them. Soooo, I decided to embellish the back of a jacket.
Everyone raves about Best Press. It leaves no residue and smells great. I spray and press each basted flower. The next part is removing the basting and removing the paper pieces. They are reusable. You don’t baste through the paper, just the fabric.
Now for pinning the flowers on the back of my jacket. I had some doilies that I had picked up at a yard sale, so I added those too.
Simply pin your collage to the back of the jacket. I sewed inside the center of each middle hexagon. Then I sewed the outer edge of the flower. Then I used straight and zig zag stitches to sew the doilies down.
And here is the completed jacket. I am so happy with it. I plan to embellish a few more. I’ll do something different with the others.
Whew, I’m finally recovered from one of the best times in a while. Seventeen of us were together here in Tennessee for the 4th of July. Everyone of our immediate family was here except my brother Steve and his fiance, Bridgett. We’ll see them next month at their wedding. We had both guest rooms filled, my mom had guests and my sister, Jody and Ed and their four kids stayed at a local hotel. There were no rentals available this year in Tellico Village. We’ll get on that earlier next time.
I really wanted this family gathering to go slick without me exhausted…ending in a company coma. I listened to Lindsey’s advice and assigned each family a night of providing dinner in whatever way they wanted. I highly recommend this option. It worked out wonderfully. I kept up on dishes, ran the dishwasher frequently and kept lunch stuff out everyday with the help of my sister, Jody. I did use the ever popular red solo cups and heavy paper plates as much as possible. We had leftovers everyday from the previous dinner which made lunches easy. Lots of salads of course. I also made some nasty good desserts so we always had something sweet. My sister-in-law, Kathy and brother, David provided a big candy bowl throughout the whole visit. We had drinks in a huge cooler in the mudroom and iced tea kept in the fridge. No one went hungry. Ed and Jody did burgers the first night with corn on the cob.
Roger spent months planning for this visit. We were both very excited. We purchased an outdoor movie screen, projector and sound system. He even came home from our neighborhood yard sale with a Karaoke machine…which I wasn’t too excited about, but it was fun! People started arriving Wednesday, then Thursday and finally Lindsey and Chad and baby Oliver on Friday afternoon. Wednesday night was “Despicable Me” and was our trial streamed movie.
Finally Lindsey and Chad and Oliver arrived. Great grandma and grandpa couldn’t wait to see him for the first time.
We did so much that I”m going to stop talking and just let the pics tell the story.
I forgot to mention…2 grand dogs. Thats Alivia and Andy with Ollie and Anna. You can’t see Anna there…but she is. Ollie is an old girl and thinks 7 month old Anna is a pain. She put her in her place a few times. Ollie preferred to stay here.
Other times were spent at the beach, the lake on the pontoon… in shifts of course. Oliver was well suited up for his first lake excursion.
Last but not least. the whole family.
I’m going back to bed now. Toodles.
We are very excited about the engagement of Jon and Kenya. Jon is our son and Lindsey’s brother. No wedding plans as of yet, but ideas are getting tossed around. We are so happy and love our new future daughter in law.
Jon and Kenya have bought a house and have been looking for some ideas to decorate. Boy they know how Linds and I love to do that. They bought a 3 year old house. So that makes it so much easier to get started. Kenya wanted to step out of her box of neutrals and add some pops of color. She and Jon like modern yet zen too. Sooooo here we go. Rog and I spent a weekend helping them paint and showing both Jon and Kenya how to do the job. Even Rog painted. (It’s not his forte’) He did a really good job too.
I just had to take this photo. Kenya is a neat freak and I’ve never seen anyone vacuum out the dishwasher. But everything was sparking when she got through.
A sunny yellow was applied to 2 focus walls and a very pale grey to all the rest of the walls throughout the down stairs and the master bedroom. They used the cobalt as 2 focus walls in the master. The house is full of bright white trim throughout. The colors looked so fresh. Their couch is charcoal and they plan to use a black and brushed nickel kitchen set. I don’t have pics of the place done and decorated yet, but after we left, they went to work getting the whole place decorated. It looks cozy and very zen. Rog and Jon did get the flat screen on the wall. It’s a man thing. I swear they would have done that first if we would have let them.
Then after the decorating… they added this.
Isn’t she a cutie? She is a beagle baby and spoiled. They are working very hard at puppy training. They are making good progress and we love her. Jon was raised with a Beagle, so I’m not surprised they ended up with one. She was a rescue pup. She is a lucky girl to be in such a loving family.
Then we had the big house additions and overhaul. Walls were removed from the right of the front counter. Can lighting instead of track. I always wanted a tile back splash and white cabinets in this house, but we waited 2 years after we put in the new granite and white granite sink in and all new appliances. I had this wallpaper from a previous home, so I added it to brighten things up. My cabinets are a white wash solid oak. The color was a very pinkish grey. So after discovering Annie Sloan paint, I decided to redo the cabinets. One thing I swore I would never do again after painting the cabinets in a house many years ago in oil base enamel. What a job that was. Annie Sloan needs no prep except a clean surface. You use a clear or dark wax when finished. So I started with Annie Sloan Pure White.
Again…what a mess. I think the worse room to tear up is the kitchen. I completed these two banks of cabinets to see how I liked it. Plus, I am trying to do things at a little slower pace. I have to remember, I’m retired. I have the time. I actually did do a practice board and it looked pretty good.
The completed look was nice. You can sort of compare the original cabinets on the right to the new one. But… I hated them. If anything, it should have been a light grey rather than brown detail, but I wanted pure white. I went back to my Annie Sloan store and told the owner my plight. She was surprised it darkened that much, but the wax can does tell you that it will. Polyurethane will also darken the chalk paint. So she advised I use this product that she carries called ” Artisan Enhancements” by Aloha Coatings. I bought the Clear Topcoat Sealer. So back to square one. But no problem. The wax had cured almost a month and she said the chalk paint would go on without any prep once again. That is the big reason I love this paint so much.
I used two thin coats of sealer on the completed paint and the finish is wonderful with a soft luster. I am very happy with the cabinets now. Even with the restart, I went through 3 quarts very slightly thinned Pure White. The paint can be very thick and they tell you that you can add a little water if needed. It goes on like butter. I used 1 1/4 cans of the top coat. Love this stuff and my new cabinets.
Isn’t she pretty. It was kind of a dark day when I shot this. But it really is a pure white. The back splash is a white grey marble. I used a brushed nickel hardware.
That white spot above the cabinets is the new socket for the lighting we had done above the cabinets. I will get that painted yellow soon. My yellow isn’t really that bright in real life. It’s a happy color.
So happy…and happy its done. By the way all the products are water and soap clean up. Can’t beat that. Also low VOC. You can check out Annie Sloan paint here. Check around for a store in your area. The owners have to go through intense classes to carry the products.
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