Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hay Baling

Just a quick note before work to show the hay bales and the tractors in the field. While I drove the John Deere and baled (439 square bales last night before the humidity shifted and we had to stop), Jerry, Ben and Papa, my FIL, picked them up, loaded them on the trailer and off-loaded them in the barn. Tonight, we'll hopefully get at least half as many more and that's half the field. After a few years of drought, we've had rain in abundance.

I've also included a pix of one of the daylilies. They are just about my favorite flower and I'm hoping to add more to my collection this year.

In other notes, Monday was our 24th anniversary. Thank you, Lord for a wonderful husband, good children and a wonderful life which I do not deserve but am thankful for every day.

And one last note, what was our poor Governor, Mark Sanford, thinking? He won't get elected as a dog catcher now. I feel for his wife and boys. But if you can't control your impulses, you deserve what you get, I guess.

Here's to hoping I can get back to Joanna's house soon! Headed down the hill to pick green beans before work! Have a good day.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

House Paint and Summer 'Vacation'

House Paint and 'What We've Been Doing On Our Summer 'Vacation''

Despite our working in our vegetable garden every other day, Joanna and I have managed to prime and paint most of the exterior of her Victoria's Farmhouse and, above, I have managed to stain a few unfinished pieces, a side table with drawers for Joanna's house and a shelf for the circa mid-40's kitchen I want to do. I also ordered a roombox from Jeff Vernon on the Miniatures Only auction site which will be a roombox for one of my SIL's for Christmas. One is British so it will have a UK theme and the other is an accomplished pianist and harpist so it will have a music theme.
Our colors for Joanna's house are Green Tea Leaf and the trim colors will be Heavy Cream and Bordeaux, a deep burgundy red. We made trips to Lowe's for samples and then quarts of paint. I told Joanna that while she and I are not professional house painters, we will have painted it ourselves (except for when Jerry came by during the priming process and took over for a few minutes giving instruction and constructive criticism of our methodism where he deemed necessary). Ben, my 17-year-old, carefully avoids the basement while we are sanding, priming or painting not wishing to be sucked in to the process in even some small way. So, the various drips, unneveness and other little flaws--let's hope they are all little flaws--will distinguish it as our very own amateur mother/daughter venture. And, I promise this pix of Joanna does not indicate coercion on my part making her paint. I don't know why the serious expression. A minute beforehand she was laughing and smiling having nearly poked me in the face with her paint brush.
These two pix show what else has taken up our time during our 'summer vacation.' The squash and cucumbers grow as we watch and stand in one place too long in between rows and you're likely to disappear underneath the umbrella of a squash plant, it's tendrils and limbs having wrapped around your ankles and taken you. Having skipped Sunday, we picked squash twice yesterday. Jerry has been taking most of our crop to work and selling it there. He generally has people lined up waiting his arrival and those who miss out standing with forlorn expressions saying, "I thought we were friends." I just hope their taste for squash continues. We also have Blue Lake green beans coming in but our tomatoes don't seem to have liked all of the rain we've gotten this spring (almost daily downpours during May and early June) so we're not getting many of those. So, anyhoo, I 'mini' in between picking, washing and bagging and work.
Woops! turn head sideways to see the squash plants! LOL!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Houston, We Have Liftoff!!!!

Houston, We Have Liftoff!

Since Santa lugged the heavy box in on Christmas Eve, Joanna's dollhouse has been sitting accusingly in the box nagging me with its calm stare every time I've passed by. Yesterday, we got all the pieces out, labeled all the ones we could identify (?) and I actually glued the foundation framework together--and it seems to be square!!!!!! I know! I can't believe it either! We also stopped by Lowe's to get paint samples to bring home and mull over.

I also managed to get a sewing shadow box completed to try to sell at the Landrum Quilt Show next week. Now, I'm better at creating than pricing so if anyone has a suggestion, I'd love to hear it. Plus the shadow box, the hutch was an unfinished one from Manor House, some of the tidbits were from Paper Mini's and some of the accessories from various companies. The quilt I printed on Printed Treasures by Milliken (which is just down the road from me) and quilted with silk thread. The chair was from a kit by, oh, what's the company that did so many kits???!!! Can't recall.

Sorry for the glare from the glass but couldn't photograph it without it. This last photo is my latest thread painting on silk, roughly 4" x 6" and based on a photo by my friend, Edgar Woodfin, of a river in Tuxedo, North Carolina. This is sort of what I do, I guess in my semi-professional life. I kind of specialize in landscape quilts with thread painting but this is purely painted silk and thread.
Lastly, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! to all who welcomed me back to the world of mini's after my hiatus! Hopefully, I'm back for good now despite the curves life can throw!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Slowly Getting Back to Life in Miniature

Today, for the first time in months, I am back to my blog. I've missed everyone and I will get around to visiting ASAP. The only project I'm able to work on just now is a sewing roombox I hope to sell at an upcoming quilt show next week. The pix above is from featuring a contemporary sewing room by Anne Herzfeld and shown at the Seattle Miniature Show. I'm going to print this out and try to model my basement sewing/mini area on this very layout! And I'll post pix of my little shadow box as soon as the tomato pincushion arrives from Manor House Minis. It is in the mail and Deb graciously wrote to tell me it is on the way!
In case anyone is remotely interested in where I've been? I won't bore you with details but April into May had to be the most bizarre month of our 24-year marriage. We had to repair or replace about $8,500 worth of various car/truck/tractor parts and appliances which were falling apart like a house of cards plus there was a theft from our barn witnessed by a neighbor and a wreck on our property but luckily the elderly couple were not badly injured. But this major financial setback during these already turbulent times sort of put me in an identity crisis tailspin and I responded by frantically working on quilting items I could possibly sell, questioning whether a part-time job is the wisest course to continue on, cleaning out closets and craft areas, etc. To say it put me in a major funk (I won't say depression) is putting it mildly. However, all that said, I KNOW how much worse it could have been. No one was diagnosed with a fatal illness, none of my children harmed, etc., etc. and my husband, as usual, took things with a grain of salt and mapped out a recovery strategy.
We have also planted a huge vegetable garden, have been baling hay, cleaning out closets, revamping various flower beds and plantings around the farm, etc. Time for min's has been nil and none. Nada. And, as stated above, I was too busy sitting on the ash heap rending my clothese and wailing and punishing myself by denying my mini fix.
But! Hope springs eternal! School is finally out for the summer!!!!!!! Jerry bought me another long table and we will soon be getting out Joanna's dollhouse Santa brought and beginning construction. So, I'm back. To those of you who missed me (and thank you Katy for your kind note!) I appreciate it. I have missed you too.