Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Summer blogging... anyone out there? 

I'm looking forward to fall.  I know, I know, but there are SOOO many kids here and they all need to go places and I'm just ready to take advantage of the money I pay in property taxes and send the lot of them off to bother other people. 

I am working on a project that I'm not ready to share with anyone yet.  Don't you hate that?  I mean why mention it at all.  Well, the thing is, is that it's pretty big and if I say anything now, then the whole excitement will be gone and I'll quit and I don't want to do soon I will tell you.  Other then that, this is what I've done this summer.

I made a skirt from an old curtain.  It is a skirtain.  Yes that's copyrighted, don't even think about stealing it.  Unless you say please, and then ok, go ahead.  I would have modeled it, but I don't feel like combing my hair. 

Then I made this cuff, because my bees all died last winter and I miss them.  (Sorry Kelly, I killed your bees)  I guess it was a pretty rough year for old Apis Mellifera (see how smart I am? or Google is...whatever) and even some professional beekeepers lost their entire colonies.  I'll order more this winter and try again next spring.  IN THE MEANTIME, here is my memorial for my darling Bea and also for the other Bea.

Did you know that you can print right on fabric?  I'd do a tutorial, but since I can't take the fabric away from you and sigh dramatically because you're obviously doing it wrong, I'm just not very good at them.  Pretty much all I did was take some thin muslin and glue it to a piece of card stock with one of the kid's glue sticks, smooth it down and run it through the printer.  I don't know if it will stand up to water, but it looks cool for now.  The bee is embroidered, the latin name is what I printed.  I should teach classes. 

Then I babysat my favorite basset hound, Ruby.  It was hard work. 

Haley tried out for the High School Football Cheerleading squad and Ruby helped her practice.  Well she helped her at the end of the practice, that counts you know.  Did I mention how hard it is to care for basset hounds?

Jake has tried to eat us.  Really.  He's turned into kind of a jerk. 

I castrated this goat.  Newsworthy?  Well he is about ten weeks old and has/had (will shortly no longer have) balls the size of a small planet...what?  Too much?  Sorry. 

The fun just never ends.  So, I'm gonna go work on my big secret project now and I sure do hope everyone is having a (big castrated goat) BALL this summer!  (Again, sorry)

Smiles from the farm,

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


I have a lot of sewing patterns.  Enough that they need their own place to be that isn't a cardboard box or plastic tote.  They need their own pretty little home. 

This dresser came from...wait for it...gasp...the auction.  I think I bought it for $17.00 along with a set of dining room chairs, drying racks, a 50's tin dollhouse and miscellaneous other treasures.  I tried to strip it, but it wasn't a great quality piece and looked pretty crappy afterwards. 

So I painted the drawers black and added some script to mimic vintage Singer sewing machine decoration.  The dresser didn't have any knobs, so I used old wooden spools. 

It worked out pretty well.  Except for the fact that I wasn't able to fit all the ding dong patterns into the four drawers. 

I need more storage...or less patterns. 

More storage, definitely more storage...

Smiles from the farm,