Thursday, July 16, 2015

Work on the hutches

I pulled out all my Michaels' Hutches and started to look for items to fill them so as to give me an idea on what colour to paint each one.  I prefer the natural wood look myself but I have been watching all these home improvement shows and they always paint over natural wood.  
 So now I have tried to pull out different colours of paint to see which will go best for the theme of the hutch. I only hope the colours I choose will be appealing to others.
They are now painted or stained and are waiting for a coat of shellac.  The one for the workshop is going to be left in the rough stage.
 They are now all shellacked and ready to be filled.  Now I have to start creating all the small stuff.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Talented People in our Church

We have already started projects for our Christmas Bazaar or "Holly Berry Tea".  There are many talented people who can knit, crochet, bake, etc. However I have tried, those talents have passed me by. A knitter or a baker, I will never be. So I tried to look elsewhere to see what talent I have that could be of use.  We have no miniaturists in Wasaga Beach so no one would be interested in doll house stuff.  But then I started to think of miniature items that might be of interest. Maybe some people might like to have a miniature hutch.  I do have some unfinished hutches that I could make up.
Here are the unfinished hutches. The one on the left is filled with books for a library to try it out and see how it would look.
Below are two hutches that I made a long time ago for the dollhouse just to give an example of a finished project.  One was for the nursery and one was for a boys room.  I also did one for the bathroom, sewing room and hallway.

 I thought that I would make one for each room of a house including one for a gardener and one for the garage to suit a man's taste. What do you think?  Would they be of interest and would they sell?  I have never sold any of my work before.  What about colours?  What colours do you think would be most popular.  I usually prefer a golden oak stain for my furniture, but I know people today prefer colour over the "wood look".  Wood cabinets are out and painted furniture is in.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

My June Garden

I do love working in the garden.  It gives me so much pleasure and relaxation even if it can be work.  Most of my perennials are well on their way although they are still small and of course have not come into flower yet.  I have planted a lot of annuals to fill in the spaces and give colour until the perennials bloom. The columbine is a spring flower and it is giving nice colour right now.
This is the view of my garden from the deck.  It is hard to see the detail as the plants are small yet. It looks better in person than it does in a picture.

This is the view of the other end of the garden.  This is my husband's area and he loves ponds and landscaping.  He does not like to bother with flowers.  He prefers bushes, fountains and ferns.
As far as my quilt goes, I did finish it before the gardening season started and this picture does not do it justice.  I now have to do another one as we have twin beds but I will work on that once summer is over and I can't be out in the garden.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Spring - I love it!

This weather has been so great and I have been able to spend a lot of time in my garden.  I was so pleased to see the tulips, daffodils and hyacinths that I planted last fall come into bloom. The perennials are all coming up as well so I should have a good crop of flowers this year. I also enlarged my garden this year and added more soil. So now I can go and get some more perennials and also some annuals to fill in the spaces.
 Brandy is also now ready for spring and she has been clipped and now looks much slimmer and younger.  She still looks like a pup when she is groomed even though she is six years old.

 Rusty also likes the spring and he tries to get out as much as he can.  He is an indoor cat but we sometimes let him out with us as long as we can keep an eye on him. He is a great mouser and birder and we do not want him to go after the birds. I love to hear the birds singing and I do not want him to chase them away. But he does love to explore the garden and will not go far from us.
I love being in my garden and can't wait till the 24th of May to go and buy some more plants.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Quilt backing is tied on

I now have all the ties done to attach the backing of the quilt.  The next step is to cut the binding strips and sew all the edges together.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Out in the garden

This weather has been perfect and I have been able to get a lot of work done in the garden.  All the fall leaves have been raked up and all the winter doggy doo picked up and disposed of. The yard is looking much better. Brandy is much happier now that she can run around the yard and even our cat Rusty loves to explore outside.

As well as cleaning up the yard, I have also marked out the expansion of the garden for this year.  I only expand it a little each year as the plants multiply. I will need a lot of new soil for the new part as well as topping up the existing garden.

Then I took a closer look at my garden and was quite pleased to see the tulips, daffodils and hyacinths that I planted in the fall are all coming up.  Also there are a lot of new shoots on most of the perennials that I planted last year.

Spring is finally here!!  I know we can still expect some nasty weather but this past week has been wonderful. It is so nice to be out in the garden again.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Border and binding for the quilt

I now have the dark blue material for the border and the lighter blue to use for the binding.  I now need to cut the material into strips.  Looooong strips.  LOL  (Help Sylvia!)

I also bought three balls of wool to use to tie the quilt together.  I am not sure how I am going to do that right now. I will see how it looks once I am at that stage.

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