Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Crafty Bekka

As you know..I have a problem with Saturdays.   I wake up ready to tackle...the day,  the house,  my kids,  the yard,  any and all house projects on our ever growing list other 5/6's...well...don't. 

I am learning how to deal with this without driving everyone crazy..including myself. 

So here is what I decided to do THIS Sat., Sun., and today..DON'T LAUGH!!!

NOO,  I didn't make this,  well...I did because I ripped it off an've  been married almost 19 years and I think it was a wedding gift...that  OLD, and dusty, and faded, and...nasty lamp shade.   And made

THIS!!  Yes,  I know, we are all in shock.  And I can't get this pic to turn around so turn the computer or your head.  Sorry.  Here's another view.

Can't seem to get this to turn either.  Here is another one I worked on.

  It has some wrinkles I am not happy with BUT...please people,  in the grand scheme of things...I CRAFTED AND LIKE IT... mostly.  But seriously,  I crafted.  I don't think most of you know how absolutely amazing this is.  And last, but not least,  to totally shock my tiny world,  here is the last project I (almost) finished.

I took this ugly seat with some snacks ready for someone  (Again,  I can't figure out why these pics won't turn.  I am sorry.  Hope you stick around for the after.) and it turn out like this. 

I am definitely not good at putting colors together, as in,  I would not have chose white for the chair and then the brownish with red for the material.  I LOVE the material.  I paid $20 for the chair at GW,  and $3 for 2 kings size pillow shams.  They worked great.  I still have to glue a small strip on the arms but it is ready to sit in.  In fact, one of my girls,  it went into their room, which my wonderfully talented and wonderful mom and sister rearranged a couple of months ago, slept in the chair last night.  I did move her cause I could just hear the crying about a crick in the neck the next morning. 

I would like to take a class to help me with the next projects;  but I have to say,  this has been one of the first crafty things that I enjoyed the process AND the results. 

Stay tuned for a word from our sponser...I mean for more projects which I WISH had a sponser. 

thanks for reading,


Monday, November 14, 2011

The tale of Flopsy Bunny

We woke up early,  wind blowing,  chickens cackling, the just two of us.  Most mornings it is ...just the two of us.  The quiet,  the time to think,  the snuggling...

This morning we were drinking our tea and  looked out the window.

 There she was.  The sweetest, fuzziest, brown bunny.  Of course her name became Flopsy.  We watched a minute.   Then the little kid in us wanted to go outside to see it.  The adult in us said she will run away the minute we open the door. 

But she stayed.  Then big, smart, careful brother woke.  "Let's go sit outside and watch her."  Joy, joy, joy!!

Flopsy stayed,  brother stayed.  Sister got cold.  Mommy watched to see what would happen with all three. 

Yeah!!  Big brother kept her warm.  They moved a little closer.  Flopsy just stared and stayed and wiggled her nose.  Humans have such a smell!!  They moved closer.  What would Flopsy do?

  She stayed!!!!  Those humans must have been awfully quiet and good.  A discussion soon followed.

 "Let's catch her and keep her.  She could have babies and we could have lot's of bunnies to play with.  Maybe we could collect their poop and sell it for fertilizer.  Then we could start a breeding program here on the ranch and begin to sell  pure bred, domesticated wild bunnies.  We could make millions"

"No,  if we move again she will run away.  Don't move,  just be still.  Maybe I could set a trap and catch her.  Then I could skin her and eat her meat and sell her hide.  That will be the beginning of my fur enterprise out here in the backwoods.  We'll never have to go to town again.  I will clothe you all in fur and feed you rabbit meat.  I heard it helps in weight loss.  Mom will like that."

Then a fight broke out  (no pics, please!!!!) .  Words were spoken, tears were shed,  the peace of the morning shattered into a million pieces,  and we all had to get ready for church. 

But I tell you,  it was fun to watch,  both for me and the kids.  And what a way to begin..hmmm...a Sunday,  watching a sweet animal the Lord of all creation made,  that He sustains, and allowed us to see. 

Enjoy your day and be sure to praise your Creator, the one who sustains you,

thanks for reading,


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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Where's October?

I am trying to figure out where October went.  I dressed up the mantle,  put out some pumpkins,  fixed soup,  began drinking hot tea again.  I was prepared to sit on my porch swing and listen to the north wind make wind chimes of my leaves,  watch the birds come back to the bird feeder,  take long walks through somebodies woods, and have hot cocoa with Scottish shortbread. 

But now I am seeing frost on the brown grass,  the wind is busting through here knocking over plants and shutters,  and I am  fighting a cold.  So where did October go ...or did November steal the 10th month? 

Here is what (I think) we did in October.

One of our chickens laid the smallest egg we have ever seen.  Then we fried it up.  I must say it was a tasty bite.  

Our Charlotte Mason monthly group began a 6 week co-op.  We study all the "Extras" such as poetry, composer study,  folk song, Shakespeare, and others.  Here the older group made masks to perform the play Much Ado About Nothing.  Actually,  my oldest made both of these, but my third girl made her own,  looked just like her, and then left it outside for the rain to destroy.   Urg.  But I was proud of her.

My oldest two began year around swimming.  It is so  much fun to watch them.  This was a covered pool and I just loved the way the sky looked through the open shutters. 

We are pretty careful about what our kids watch and when.  They just have these brains that take in the pictures and then keep them forever.  So we make them wait to watch Lord of the Rings until they have read it (around age 12).  See the excitement!!  He loved it.  His sister did a dinner theme with " 'a brace of coneys' and 'tators'.  The cookies were supposed to be leaf shaped.  HMMM.

I attempted to make pajama pants using a sheet from Goodwill.  I am still attempting.  Gotta get that oldest on the machine for me.  I did learn that I can sew up an inseam.  Kind of surprised myself.  I'll let you know if these get finished.

My sister had a shower for her FIRST boy...after 4 girls.  It was so much fun and the ladies did such a great job.  AND,  that baby is the second cutest boy ever.  What fun to have a baby to play with again. 

 Our church performs a martyr's trail each year at a camp.  Our kids participate and then show it at the church.  I cred through most of them.  We have such an easy life here in America.  We had better be serving and giving with all our might. 

My mom had her bi monthly tea party,  and this time the boys were invited!!  They were such gentlemen,  and I think had better manners than the girls.  Miss Leslie Wolfe spoke and it was wonderful.  Ponder this,  how do we know God is good?  And it can't be because of what good things he does for us.  It must be because of who he is.

A shout out to my eldest,  AGAIN.  Goodness,  we would have no creativity around here if it weren't for her.  She made the peacock costume for Little Bit,  and found all the parts for her Mary Poppins and Bert the Chimney Sweep.  The Colonial girl outfit was $1 from a garage sale.  Yeah!!

So there was October.  I should probably send this to a scrap book company cause I haven't scrapped in years.  And this is the closest thing to it.

Most of you are probably wondering where the blogging has gone.  I don't know.  I have fluctuated between trying to type,  being totally talked to nonstop and not being able to think (such as right now I have one standing next to me talking non stop....oh please stop!!) and thinking I am on the computer too much.  We'll see who wins.

thanks for reading,