Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tuesday's Treasures

Just one little towel to show this week:

Isn't the applique just wonderful? Someone put lots of time into this one.
What treasures have you found recently?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tuesday's Treasures

The fun of shopping at thrift stores is that you never know what treasures you'll find. Here are my latest gems.

This item on Amazon is listed as $5.96.

These books are great fun with children. I enjoy the challenge too!

Alphabet books are some of very favorites - I have lots!

Jan Brett is an exquisite artist and storyteller. 

Eloise Wilkin is my all time favorite illustrator.

Another great illustrator and storyteller - Tomie dePaola.
And who can resist a story about a quilt?

Can't have too many books about the Nativity.

Do you know Veronica? She's a delightful French hippo!

I miss my own Grandpa Joe and so wish my children could have known him.
The children's books ranged from $.35 to $.75; quite a savings from buying new. I have a huge library of children's books that we used in our homeschooling. I can't resist adding more as I anticipate sharing with grandchildren.

What treasures have you found lately?

Monday, September 5, 2016

Work in Progress Here

We're replacing an ancient and crumbling roof this week:

Stripping off the old layer.

One side almost done.

Meanwhile on the other side. Man in the tank top is our very own Dandylion earning some extra money on his day off.

Layer of new felt already on!
We had a brief shower this morning and wondered if work would have to stop. Prayers were answered as the storm moved on and the sun came out.

Monday, August 29, 2016

What's Happening Now

Well, Dandylion, our youngest graduated from high school in May, turned 18 in June and left for college in August. He's in a pre-nursing program as well as the Marching Band. So far he is enjoying himself. But he'd better get a job quick, and apply for some more scholarships or he'll be able to enjoy only one semester of this adventure.

I recently had a delicious vegetarian meal: fresh beets and beet greens, brown rice and Ratatouille, or as we called it Eggplant Stew. We never knew we were eating a French dish, but come to find out that's (about) what it is. I don't use any zucchini in it because I don't like the bitter taste of zucchini. This batch has eggplant (or aubergine), fresh and canned tomatoes, celery, onion, and bell peppers, I think I used red, orange and yellow. It tasted so, so good to me.

Next up for redecorating is the bedroom that Dandylion vacated.
View from hallway door into the room

Windows to the southeast

Double closets (notice the not matching doorknobs)

Inside wall - with leftover desk, the one I got at Salvation Army for $1.95

Detail of old, ugly heater vent cover and dirt, also the weird electrical outlet with (missing) night light

Gorgeous hardwood floors

And the only plain wall in the room.
The color, a pale robin's egg blue, isn't bad, just faded and very dirty. I've chosen a lovely warm tan for the wall as a neutral so I can put up all of TopDad's plaques and artwork from his time in the Marines. So this is my next big project, beginning in September.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Clock Cozy

You've heard of a tea cozy, yes? Today I made a clock cozy.

Last year Noble helped me find a new alarm clock that has lovely sounds to wake up to. My favorite is bird song. The downside has been that the light is so bright it interfered with falling and staying asleep. I covered it with a hand towel for a long time. Today I made a lovely little cozy for my clock and it looks pretty nice, if I do say so myself.

I made it out of a shirt I picked up at a thrift store, simply because I liked the roses print, and a piece of black double knit fabric that came in a bag of assorted scraps I bought because there was one piece that I liked. My stash waxes and wanes as I add to it and use it up.