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Monday, October 15, 2018

Quilting Season Begins :)

My little quilting helper . . .
well maybe not a helper,
but he's good company :)

Hey, I finally had time to visit
the Art Barn and start quilting.

I was so needing to get my hands 
wrapped around some fabric. 

That I made my first quilt of the season
in three days :)

The pillow shams are two that I 
purchased at Goodwill a couple
of years ago.

I used a layer cake for the center.
I used toile for the boarder. 
And this paisley for the binding.
This printed fabric . . . I have had forever.  
It finally came in handy 
and was the perfect match 
for the back of my quilt.
 That's it a very easy quilt . . .

and a good choice for kicking off
my quilting season.

I didn't make it for the bed . . .
just put it there for the purpose of
taking photos.
Now, it sits resting on the quilt rack,
ready to offer warmth to a cold soul on a chilly evening. 

I hope your day is a sweet one,
that all your troubles are few
and your blessing overflowing :)

Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Little Things Matter

I believe that the difference between  . . .
A House & A Home
are the little details, collections, mementos
and favorite objects that we  scatter about us.

The things that tell our story . . .
handmade quilts, pillows, and afghans. 
A headboard created from left over 
pickets from our fence. 

A 43 year old sea shell windchime,
purchased on our honeymoon.
(A weekend in Seattle)

A antique clothes hanger,
a gift from a dear friend.
And a small collection of 
vintage hand embroidered pillowcases. 

Shelves of old photographs 
and little things that mean nothing
to anyone but me :)

An old garden rake repurposed.

A necklace given to me by our daughter
and a cowgirl boot corsage,
a fun craft made one afternoon
with a dear friend.

  I love hats, especially cowboy hats.
This is my favorite, a crush-able Stetson 
with a chin strap.
You can sit on it or roll it up in 
a suitcase and it springs back into shape :)

 This little glass piano jewelry box
belonged to my husband's grandmother.

These little hearts were a sewing craft . . .
one of those you do just for fun :)

Another heart and a yard sale chair
that I distressed and gave a shabby feel.

Yep, it's the little things.

They tell our story and they make
our homes unique and personal.
Things that mean nothing to anyone else,
but bring back happy moments in time
to us.

That's my post for today,
thanks for visiting.
I hope you enjoyed yourself.

Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)  

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Outhouse Project

 Let's talk Outhouses,
you know those little buildings
out behind the house where you 
get relief while holding your nose, LOL

 But before that . . .

I've been saving more seed.

They will be a nice way to 
save money next Spring.

Bringing in the last of the tomatoes
to enjoy.  
You just do not get that amazing taste
from store bought tomatoes.

 Our weather has been beautiful . . .
chilly mornings and evenings with warm
and pleasant afternoons.

This is our home, built in 1905.
(this photo is Spring a couple of years ago)
The point that I want to make is . . .

When our house was built 
it most definitely did not have
indoor plumbing.
(this photo is also from another year
our leaves are not down yet this year)

 It most certainly had one of these
in the backyard.

Steve and I spent Friday & Saturday
afternoon building this.

Here's the door sitting on the worktable.

It had to have a moon, right?

We put it out back by our compost bins
in the area we call our meadow. 
The neighbors may be getting a bit nervous
seeing it so close to the fence . . .
but no worry, it's not a working privy,
but instead it will be used to store 
our garden tools. 

I just think it adds a cute touch
to our little country home :)

The best part is that it did not cost
us a penny . . . the boards were from 
a fence we took out this Spring.
They have been leaning up against the 
well-house and needing a purpose in life.
The pyramid  blocks were left here from the
former owner of the house. 
The hinges were bought for some project
years ago that we never did.

Not one penny . . . that's a bargain!!! 

Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)