Wednesday, July 1, 2015

introducing new additions to the family

IMG_3748 To those that don’t know me too well might think that this blog title means there’s going to be tiny little feet running around our house soon, and you’d be half right … and those that do know me will know that this means that those tiny little feet are actually paws!
A dear friend ours came home from trip to Texas to find the little kitten (of about 9 months) she left in the care of her husband and 3 sons was prego! I’m not saying her husband is to blame, in his defense those 3 sons are a handful!! She let me know that if we were ready to be kitty parents again we had first pick of the litter… well, as it turns out I might have been the hold up all this time for us to jump into pet parent-hood. Mike has all for it! So I told her that we would claim 2 of the little bundles when they made their appearance… then we waited for them to be born…

April 19th around 5 in the evening I got the first text that the little ones were on the way! Our friend is an experienced animal person so she handled the birthing much better than I could (or would!) I’ll ask her to write about the event for you guys later… she’s a busy lady… remember I mentioned the 3 sons…

She sent pictures and the ooh’s and awwwe’s started… over the next few days and weeks sheIMG_3763 and  I would talk and I’d get updates of the litters progress. There were 5 in the litter, 3 brown tabbies, 1 gray tabby and 1 orange tabby. 3 boys and 2 girls (my friend figured this our in record time… I would have had to wait for more ‘evidence’!) In the pictures she would send, I noticed that the orange and grey ones stuck close together… when I visited them the two of them seemed to be buddies… so we couldn’t separate them… SO, we took the orange and grey tabbies!

So… we needed names now… we had already been tossing ideas around we settled on either Maverick & Goose or Ponch & Jon. So I posted on FB or two finalist and asked for feedback. A few of our Navy friends pick the Top Gun reference … But cop friends won out… it’s Ponch & Jon from the 80’s TV show CHiPS! Orange tabby is now known as Jon and Gray tabby as Ponch!

IMG_3794 IMG_3796They came to live with us at 5weeks old (long story and one day  I’ll share it) and promptly took over the house! They are now going on 12 weeks old and haven’t slowed down at all. They have 2 speeds… wide open and fast asleep! It has been challenging having two tiny kittens around again… you have to watch were you step… for fear of either stepping on a kitty or a kitty toy! And the all night races through the entire house is something I’m looking forward to ending (SOON!) We are enjoying the little tiny meows and the tiny wet nose kisses… and the milestones… like jumping up to the couch… instead of clawing to the top!

So for now here’s a few pictures to catch you guys up to speed on the new littles at our house… not to worry… more to come!











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Monday, April 27, 2015

New Life comes with New Threads

While home visiting the family in the flat lands of Southwest Georgia over Thanksgiving, I acquired a little piece of family history. You see my Great Aunt has recently decided to throw caution to the wind and leave single living behind her and move into a retirement community. She paired down her belongings and now resides in a cute little apartment… complete with wifi and Skype! She enjoys the trips and events the community has for them there and seems to be making new friends!

Photo Nov 28, 12 23 16 PMAs for the piece of family history… I brought back a little rocker that I remember being in my Great-grandmothers house when I was little. My sister said that Aunt B didn’t have room for it and my sister couldn’t bear the thought of it being thrown away… so she brought it to her house… it was sitting in the middle of her living room and in bad need of a new covering and I offered to take it off my sisters hands and give it a home in my guest room. So we loaded it in the back of the truck and headed north. 

It took some time to get to work on the chair, with Christmas then New Years, then fabric selection/purchase, then snow, then schedule changes, then … you get the idea… I had some
prep-work to do on the chair prior to the re-covering project. I cleaned the years of grime and dirt off and used some scratch cover on the wood parts. it looked great just after a good cleaning!

Well then I was ready for my friend (who is an EXPERT furniture re-finisher) to come over and help with the project … In full disclosure, she did 90% of the work… I watched and used the staple gun! She removed the old pink striped material and showed me how to use it as a pattern to cut the new fabric. We cut the notches the same as the old fabric to make sure ours would fit the same. It went very quickly, the top corners where the only ones that caused trouble. But she got them to lay down nicely and we finished in no time!

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Mom says that this little rocker is over 100 years old, my Great-grandmother got it when she got married in 1911. I’m glad that my sister hung on to this piece of our history! It looks great in our guest room and with it’s new threads, will be around for many years to come!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Winter/Spring 2015 Update

Photo Apr 07, 8 49 16 AM Things have been super busy around here since my last post. We have had snow, and thunder storms, and LOTS of rain. I’ve gotten the garden plants bought, but not in the ground… (see the comment about the rain!) I’ve made lots of cool things in the craft room and acquired a new (to me) table to refinish for our dinning room… more to come about that later…

A post from my blog reached a huge (for me) milestone… The Christmas gift I made for my sister reached over 200 pins on Pinterest! I am blown away at the number of folks that have pinned my post as inspiration! You can see the original post here

I really enjoy my time on Pinterest and love getting ideas from all over the world for everything from gardening to card lay-outs and sweet recipes to try; and am excited when a total stranger pins something of mine, not just a pin I re-pinned… but something that I MADE!

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Now, on to the crafting update!

One snowy Friday afternoon, I broke out the sewing machine and proceeded to whip up a few coffee cup cozies. You can tell from the photo that I made more than a few! But, in my defense, they cut out and went together so easily… I couldn’t help myself… so I made a set for the house and a set for the office… and after posting a picture of my afternoon adventure, I had a few request from friends… so I made a few more for them!

Now, I am far from a seamstress… I need LOTS of practice, but I think they turned out pretty well! As you can guess… this was a Pinterest find, here’s my inspiration!


Photo Mar 27, 7 17 19 PMI’ve made a new wreath, with plans for another one in the next week or two… I was commissioned to make props for an officers retirement party photo booth (super cute… I had a lot of fun making them!) and have laid out the design for our Mother’s Day 2015 cards… the light has hardly been off in the craft room lately!

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Took another painting class with my friends…

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stay tuned for more exciting updates, there are some really cool projects just over the horizon!