Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Vintage Wooden Crates

I had a friend from out of province visit for a week recently.

I'm always looking for new places to take her and had seen a place on-line that was interesting to me.  She loves vintage ... so we made a trip.
They had rooms of boxes.   I was so carried away with the choices I forgot to take pictures in the back rooms where the boxes were piled a couple deep and to the rafters.
I really wanted this one as I just retired from IBM after a 38 year career.   But it was price prohibitive. 
I did find one to bring home.   I put a coat of varathane on it, and sanded it out.    Gorgeous!
I'm using it to store some quilt books. You can see the logo on the top and on the end when you enter the room.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Let there be light!

I never liked the shades on the light above the sink in the master bedroom.
I was at Michael's today.   I couldn't find what I went for, but I found these shades that look like mason jars and they were on sale.  I thought they would work, so that brought replacing the shades to the top of my to do list.
The hole in the lid didn't fit over the electrical piece that holds the light bulb, so I had to press the metal back a bit to accommodate. 
 and now they are installed. 
It is amazing the difference in the amount of light with a clear shade.
One more 'to do' done :)

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Those wascaly wabbits!!!

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We had a very cold winter.   In the spring I noticed that the rabbits had eaten a lot of my garden, and I've been working to bring it back.

I put in a lovely, lush Purple Sandcherry bush one day and the next morning this is what I was greeted by.   Not just the leaves, but branches gone too.   They eat everything in sight.  My Rubeckia is now 3 inches tall, instead of 24 inches.   They even eat things they aren't supposed to ... day lilies and coneflowers.
 Today it appears more creatures have joined the buffet.   This is usually about 36 inches high with pretty purple flowers, ... but this morning it is about 8 inches high and all the flowers are gone.  Because of the height I don't think it is the rabbits.
I have tried everything.   My latest is blood meal.   I seems to work but has to be re-applied after you water or it rains.

I have at the hairdressers yesterday and she says human hair works.   Work it in just under the top of the ground so it doesn't blow away.   Apparently rabbits don't like the smell of humans.

She gave me a bag of hair (GROSS I know) and I am on my way out to work it in.   Obviously I'll try anything :)

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Happy Canada Day!!

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Never more proud to be a Canadian :)

Monday, June 18, 2018

Summer Linen Table Runner

My sister-in-law was out for the weekend.  We always get so much done while she is here.  We put together a garden shed (which I will show you in another post).  Bought a new BBQ, and did our usual shop circut.

Our favourite fabric store had everything on 50%.  I bought enough linen kitchen towelling to make a runner for my dining room table.
I hemmed it this morning while a torential rainstorm went through.
and found something more summery for the centrepiece

Friday, June 8, 2018

That first morning cup of tea in the garden

First thing ... feed the cat.   Then take my first cup of tea into the back garden.   That is how I start my day.

I had a lot of damage from the harsh winter we had,  mostly from rabbits.  They ate shrubs and plants  to the ground and continue to eat anything new I put in the ground.    It is a fight between me and the rabbits!

But ... the garden is coming along.
Not too much colour yet ... but lots of promise :)   and pots to keep me going til the garden blooms.