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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Where I Blog

I found a very fun party, it's all about "Where I Blog", be sure to go over and see where other wonderful bloggers blog from.  It's all happening at Centsational Girl.

So this is where I blog from.  At the front of my little house off of the living room is a sweet little sun room and I have chosen it to be my computer room.  So that is where I read all of your lovely blogs from and put together my fabulous(?) posts.  I love it because it has windows on two sides and is very bright all day long.

It's through those doors...

to the right is the foot stool that I recently recovered in burlap and made a new little burlap and ruffles pillow for the little chair.   I recovered it using an old chenille bedspread.

And this is where it all happens!  I must have removed my laptop for the photos...oh well.

As we go around the room this is where we end.  My keyboard is in there as well, so if I'm not blogging I'm playing on it.

Hope your week is going great!


Friday, August 27, 2010

Oh, Summer!

"A summer's sun is worth the having."

- French Proverb


Mountains in Montana

Feeding the chipmunks,
Going higher and higher and still higher!

We felt like we were on the top of the world at 11,000 feet!
Flying kites.

Enjoying the ocean with family at Deception Pass.

Grand-kiddos at the ocean.

We will be home soon, then I will be posting regularly!

Until then, I hope you are enjoying what is left of the summer and finding joy in each day!


Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Tutorial: How I Make A Sign

Not too long ago I made a sign something like this, only in different dimensions and one of my readers asked if I would do a tutorial.
I made another sign, the one below, earlier this week and I thought I would show you how I did it.  I am not an expert at this or anything of the sort.  I did it this way and it works, that is all I can claim.

Last Winter we tore our kitchen apart in order to re-do it and I ended up with lots of wood.  So this is made out of reclaimed wood.  I think this particular piece used to be a part of one of the baseboards in the kitchen.  Perfect size for what I needed.
I cut my piece of wood to fit the space that I am making this sign for, I think it is about 30" long by about 8" wide.

Then I gave it two coats of white paint, just a white Behr paint.  Be sure to let it dry well in between coats. 

When it was completely dry, I laid the letters that I had on top of it and just drew around them with a pencil, being careful to align them perfectly.

I bought these cardboard letters at a garage sale last year for about a dollar.

I got this drawing off of the Internet, not sure where, I drew it onto a clear plastic sleeve.  You can either put the plastic sleeve, (this one is for paper inserts) right on your monitor screen and draw it right on that or sometimes I draw it freehand.  After putting carbon paper under it, I positioned it on my board and drew, pressing hard, over the lines.  The carbon did a good job of reproducing the image.

At this point you can draw around each letter with a black sharpie, or you can just begin to paint the letter with black paint.  If your hand is quite steady, I find that just painting it by hand is much easier.  But when I first started, the sharpie was an asset.

I use black craft paint and as you can see, I used a wide end brush, it made the job go much faster.

When I got to the drawing of the hand, I used a fine point paint brush.  It made the job easier.

Once it is completely dry, you can take a sanding block to the whole sign and sand the life out of it,  depending, of course, on how distressed you want it to look.  I like for a sign to look aged, but still be readable.

To make the edges look black, I put a tiny bit of the craft paint on a piece of paper towel and go very lightly over the sanded edges.  Quickly wipe off what you don't like, using water to take off excess paint works, too, if you do it right away.

So there you have it, a distressed book sign.  I made this one for my daughter, she loved the one I made for myself and asked for one, how could I say no?  They are quick and easy to make.  If you have any questions, I will try to answer them, but remember, I am a novice, too.  I usually see something I like and go about figuring out how it is done. 

Hope your day is summery still, it is very stormy and mildly cool where I am.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Today I'm joining Watery Wednesday and Outdoor Wednesday, be sure to check them out for more great outdoor photos from around the world.  It's the inexpensive way to travel.

This weekend we had the pleasure of traveling to Souris, Manitoba.  And what is so great about Souris, you may well ask. about Canada's longest swinging bridge!  It was 582 feet long!  It was fun to cross, I felt a bit tipsy going over it, because it never stopped swaying!

The Souris River

At the Museum they had this old caboose.

We saw a 500 year old Oak Tree.

We climbed a tower and got a birds eye view of the little town of Souris.

It's a very old town, as you can see.  Isn't it sweet, though?

A far away view of the Suspension Bridge from the tower.

Canada Geese.
Sunday was a very HOT day, so we didn't spend anymore time outside then we had to.

I hope you enjoyed another trek through Manitoba.

Wishing you a very happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Crafting A New Apron

Hello again, I'm so glad that you have dropped by!

I am joining Blue Cricket Design today for Show and Tell. 
Today I made an apron for my little three year old grandson.  I haven't seen him for six months, so I had to call my daughter for his measurements.  After all that, I sure hope it fits him.  I just have to show you a photo of him wearing the apron that I made for his sister earlier this year.

This photo is what precipitated the idea of making him an apron.  (Please excuse Bethy's hair, this must have been taken early in the morning, because her mommy takes very good care of her lovely golden tresses.)  But the funny thing is that she is wearing the apron that I made for her when she was three and he is wearing the one I made her.  As you can see they both love to help in the kitchen.

Here is a close up of the one I made today.  I made it out of a tea towel, but I put a pocket on it from a pair of my hubby's old jeans.  I wanted something unique, and it is that, I think.  The "N" is for Nathan.  He is such a sweetie and I hope he likes his new apron.

Thanks for coming by, I hope your weather is beautiful.  It was 101 degrees on our patio yesterday, I LOVED it, but I was also thanking God for central air.  It's only 92 deg. today.  What has your weather been doing?


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Lamp Makovers

Welcome to another Style Feature Saturday, hosted by Perfectly Imperfect.

Several years ago I bought a set of three matching lamps that were a funny greenish color.  As seen below.


I intended to paint them the with the very popular ORB paint, but after much searching, I was not able to find it.  I did find a dark brown called Espresso, I painted them with that, but they were just too brown for my liking.  I took them outside again and just bare gave them a whiff of black spray paint.  It gave them a bit of depth and I am liking them much better now.  Oh, and I found a different shade for the tall lamp and have purchased one shade for one of the others and I love it, so I shall go back to Walmart and get another one of those.  

What do you think, is it better?
I hope you are all enjoying a beautiful, sunny weekend!


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Mmmm...Double Fudge Cookies

While in Kenora this weekend, I tasted some very yummy cookies that the Pastor's wife had made and she was kind enough to give me the recipe.  Now if you need something sweet and chocolaty in a hurry, this recipe is for you!

I gave them the name of Double Fudge Cookies, because they are made from Betty Crocker's Super Moist Chocolate Fudge cake mix and they have dark chocolate chips in them.  Now does that sound YUMMY or what?!

Cookies and milk, anyone?

Here's the recipe:

1 chocolate fudge cake mix
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup pecans

Combine all ingredients at low speed until thoroughly moistened. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Cool two minutes; remove from pans. 
  Makes 3 dozen.
Cut baking time if you want them really moist in the middle.

Enjoy with a glass of milk!

Go HERE for more cake mix cookies.



Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Traveling Manitoba and Southwestern Ontario

Welcome!  Once again we have been out and about...but this time not just in Manitoba, but also in a little bit of South-Western Ontario.  You will not believe the lovely places that we have seen.  Come along with me as we explore a dam that was built in 1909 and then a lovely little city built on the rocky shores of Lake of the Woods.

I am joining Outdoor Wednesday, thanks to Susan over at A Southern Daydreamer. 

Manitoba has over 100,000 lakes within it's borders, everywhere you travel you see lakes.

We saw these darling little fawns by the side of the road, in a populated area.  They are not the least bit afraid of humans.  Their mama is close to the old Pinawa Dam.

The Pinawa Dam, built in 1909 on the Winnipeg River.  It is no longer in use, it was replaced by the Seven Sisters Dam, which is also built on the Winnipeg River in another area.  This area is a part of the Canadian Shield which consists of rocks, rocks and more rocks.


This swinging bridge is also in the Pinawa area.

Now to the gorgeous little city of Kenora, Ontario. 

Here I am pretending to drive the Boise Cascade tugboat out onto the Lake of the Woods, can you see the  bridge in the background, I've just passed under that...yes, I'm just pretending, but I would really love to drive a tug someday!  Drive, is that the right terminology?  As I mentioned earlier, Kenora is in a hilly area on the very shores of the Lake of the Woods.

This little fellow made an appearance while we were waiting for the Goodwill Geyser to show itself.  You will see it in photos below, it is out in the lake several meters from shore.  There is a trail that follows the lake shore for several kilometers, as you can see below.

It was nearly dark by the time that we left.  I couldn't bear to leave, it is such a lovely little city.

That's me standing there, I am trying to take in all of the beauty.  Below, you see the Goodwill Geyser, it was built by the Rotary Club.

The MS Kenora coming to shore after touring the lake for several hours.  
Unfortunately, we did not have our camera with us when we toured the lake with our friends on their boat.  We were out for most of the day and didn't get any pictures.  The only thing I can compare the Lake of the Woods to, is the trip across the Juan De Fuca  to Vancouver Island.  I felt like I was looking at islands in that area.  Their beauty is beyond description.  We are still on the Canadian Shield here and the islands all consist of craggy rocks and trees...just gorgeous!

I hope you enjoyed all of my photos today, I know it was a lot to take in.  
Have a beautiful week!