Saturday, October 10, 2009

In the Studio

hutch put into
It looks
kinda orange
here, but it
really is
Like a dark

With the snow outside we decided to do a few things around the house.

It is time to get the back up heater installed, rather reinstalled since it
was in the wrong place (ie, someone did not listen to where I wanted it).
All is good now.

AND........even though the walls are not finished we installed the light over the
stairwell. I love it.

When you are on a pay as you go system, things go a bit slow. BUT, the room is useable
and this is a good thing as quilts are getting quilted with the longarm home. YAAAAA

Thursday, September 17, 2009

New Life for a Hutch

Sometimes furniture gets abused, in this case this cute little hutch was used to store tools and paint in a shop. It is still solid enough to save from the dump. So with a little sanding and painting. Now mind you I do not usually paint wood, but this was a good candidate.

Here are a few pictures after the crackle finish was applied. It needs to set for about a week before putting on the finish coat of clear poly.

the big crack in the top isn't as noticeable and works fine with the aged look.

The hutch top looks great and loved again.

and one of the doors. Once it is coated and knobs are reinstalled, I will post a picture of it all together.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Atop the kitchen cabinets

We have high ceiling in the kitchen and I could not see any reason to waste the space, so I had Kirk add some extra cabinets with glass doors on top of the regular cabinets. Still have a nice space on top for decorations.

This is the setting for Christmas. I was lucky to find garland with lights at our local ACE for $5.00 each (and of course I should have bought more, duh). This picture is dark so please click on it for a better look.

Some close ups. You will see one of my birdhouses (Kirk made them, I painted them). On the right is a pedestal dish my mom gave me, I put some acrylic grapes over the edge. Red cranberry like berries and white lights along the garland.

Note the dishes below.
I will share those with
you soon. They are a

On the other side of the cabinets, a red star, acrylic rain deer, more of the cranberry berries, gold garland. This was taken before I added, red and white stripe, plaid and polka dot bows.

This is the other birdhouse and a ceramic birdhouse that my friend Cathy gave me a few years ago.

Yes, you are seeing a
tin wall. That is the same
material we have on the
outside of the house.
We built the shop
first and then added the
house on the side, so
that wall is the outside
wall to the shop, now the
inside wall for the kitchen,
bathroom and livingroom.

Why spend the money to build another wall. The tin fit perfectly into our cabin plan.
More to come.

Thank you for stopping by.
Until later.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter

May your Easter be blessed with the risen Jesus.

Happy Easter.

Sunday, April 5, 2009


The curtains are done. They are simple curtains with lining, sewn on 3 sides with right sides together, turned right side out and then hemmed.

We installed copper pipe for the curtain rods, with a simple pine holder for the rod.

Copper clips hold the curtains (found them a Lowe's). I need to get some more clips, it is to loose for my liking.

One of the side windows of the bay so you can see the curtain closed. See the header? I am going to add more clips to hold it straighter. You can also see one of the other panels pulled back.

The curtain pulled back. (That is the front porch out side the window).

A block from the quilt I am working on for the bedroom. Called the Log Cabin block. Notice the second fabric from the center, on the orange side, it is the curtain fabric. This quilt will have 70 of these blocks in it, I will show it to you when it is done.

Thank you for visiting, please come again.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Shoppe Additions

Dream pillows on eCrater Shoppe

Hand embroidered with
"Sweet Dreams"
in purple

Lavender dream pillow with hand embroidery, makes a wonderful gift for yourself or a special person on you list.

Place your dream pillow inside you pillow case to help you fall asleep.
Lavender is know for its calming effect. Inside the pillow are lavender buds and soft cotton batting.

Hand embroidered with
in raspberry

I made a pillow for my daughter-in-law and granddaughter, and had to make another for my son ....he said it really does make a difference, he sleeps much better.

So treat yourself or a loved one to sweet dreams with a lavender dream pillow. Perfect for your travel kit, helping to calm you in a strange place.

Note: After awhile you can add lavender EO to your pillow if you want it make it stronger.

Hand embroidered with
"Sweet Dream"
in raspberry.

To visit my eCrater Shoppe see the side bar. Thank you.

Friday, March 27, 2009

eCrater Shoppe

Good Morning All:

After a job scare, I have reopened my shoppe......I am trying eCrater this time instead of Etsy.

The reason being that eCrater doesn't charge to list, nor is there a time limit on your listing. Just a little savings. Please see my side panel to visit my shoppe.

I will be adding new items, so please visit often. All items will be hand crafted by me, today I will be adding some lavender dream pillows that are hand embroidered. This takes alot more time then without the embroidery but I think it is worth it. Jewelry will be coming soon, I am still honing my skills there. I have purses in the works as well. Soaps, too.

Thank you for your support.

Thank you

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


I love this arrangement, of course what is not to love, my darling grandchildren
are the main focus of this wall.
The shelf is one of the treasures I have that my son made for me while he was in
high school. I love adding small shelves under pictures, then using the space to
add other elements like the "I love you" plaque, or other things that relate.

Next up, new curtains for the bedroom..........................................

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Free Issue of The Essential Herbal

Tina over at The Essential Herbal is giving a free download of her great herbal magazine. Read about it below. Be sure to check out her blog as well and leave her a comment if you take advantage of her generosity.

Also note that she is involved with a group of blogger who are doing give aways over the next few weeks, join in the fun and explore some wonderful websites.

Free Issue of The Essential Herbal to Download

Last year at this time we did an issue that was devoted to the need to scale back, plant a garden, reduce, reuse, and recycle. The cover is a collage of posters from the Victory Garden campaigns of the 1940's. The issue is sold out, and now these topics are getting huge coverage. We were just a little too early.
So - we'd like you to download it and enjoy it. The link is:

Share it. Forward the link. Send it to your friends, and post it on the lists and forums you participate in. Post it to your own blog and share it with your readers. Help us spread this issue far and wide!

Happy Spring!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

A day of sewing

I don't have any decorating tid bits to share but thought you'd like to see Miss Mew's sewing adventures.

She was helping me sew the curtains for the bedroom (which I will share next time). the bobbin full?

I don't think you have this threaded right Mom, let me help goes this way right?......
oops the thread came out.

Yep, the lights looks like it is working just fine.

Oh how I love this rotary cutter, especially this little pillow you have on it.

Come on now, lets play.

I am not sure that the ruler is right, are you sure that is an inch.

What is under here, oh my...........Mom, did you see the dust bunnies under here?

This is what happens to a kitten after a very busy days work of sewing.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Bear Den Shower Curtain

Right off the "Man Cave" (Kirk shop), is the "Bear Den" I found this fabric to make
a shower curtain. It is perfect.

I used 6 yards
first cutting into
2 - 3 yd pieces, then
cutting one of the pieces
in half length wise to
make a 22" wide X
3 yd piece. I then sewed
one on each side of the full
piece. Hemmed the top
and bottom and put
in gourmets. WaLa...
a shower curtain.

It adds to the "Bear Den" effect. Oh by the way, you can see the foot of the little black bear, right there on the right. LOL. I will have to get a picture of him next time.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Decorating a lamp shade

I thought I would share with you my latest decorating project. I have been wanting to have one of those fancy decorated lamp shades. They are a bit expensive so I thought I would try doing my own. Here is my shade, the light shines though it nicely and I have had it for a couple years now.

First thing I did was go online looking for free graphics of animals, be sure to put in the image option when doing this.



another deer



Now on the trees, these came from the graphics from my card program,
then I printed them off in color book mode.

Next, I
cut them
out, and
then colored
them in with
a magic

All colored
in and ready for
the shade.

Here I just used tape to attach the cut outs. I will get some
spray adhesive when I go to town, but for now I just have
them taped. Isn't it cool?

Enjoy making a project of your own, let your imagination help you
decide your design. Perhaps some leaves, birds, flowers...............

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Happy Accident

We are in the process of rearranging things after enlarging our house, so I put some things on a cabinet and ended up with a cute arrangement.

Below are 3 candle holders my FIL made for me. Generally these are made from birch, but these are from cottonwood. They dress up for holiday's with simple bows wrapped around them.
Look in your yard or the surrounding countryside for downed branches that could be made into these rustic accessories for just a little time.

I thought I would share some of the things i have around the house that denote this decorating style. As I am looking around I am wondering if I should not say my style is country rustic, instead of rustic country..................hummmmmm.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

About decorating

Just what is rustic decorating? Lodge, cabin, or country for that matter. I did several searches looking for other blogs, hoping someone else was documenting their home, all I found were businesses selling items for this style of decor.

So just what is Rustic, Lodge, cabin, country.........RLC for short.

RLC, is about nature. Just as a beach decor incorporates the colors, plants and creatures found at the beach, and in southwestern you will find all kinds of things that showcase that area, in RLC you will find things from the mountains and the open plains, farms and ranches.

Lets think about things and colors you will find in the mountains.

Lions, tigers and bears (oh my), deer, elk, moose, duck, geese, birds of all kinds, fish, coyotes, eagles, buzzards, and the list goes on. Then there are trees of all kinds, pines, birch, all depending on what part of the country/planet you live in dictates what kind of trees are in your mountains and countryside.

Colors, what colors do you find in the mountains.....brown in the form of trees and dirt, green trees and grasses, the blue of the sky, then there are blacks, creams, tans, pinks and greens of rocks (and more), and what about wild flowers, that is a long list.

What about on the plains, or a farm or ranch. What critters are there? What natural colors do you find? If we look to nature for our color combination we can't go wrong, God is the Master artist, nothing he puts together is ugly, not if you really, really look at it.

Now you may ask why I include country with rustic, it is because they seem to blend into each other at their borders at least, just think of the Pondarosa (from the TV show Bonanza). What a beautiful example of rustic country.

Here is a question for you......What color to go with wood? According to nature?
Green? Trees are green, but wait, some trees change colors in fall, perhaps you can find good accents for your wood tones in fall leaf colors.

Maybe you don't like greens all that much, what about the colors surrounding a creek, or red clay bluffs, or........I think you get the idea. Look to nature for your color scheme.

So there you've got it, my style a combination of rustic (which includes the lodge and cabin) and country. Rustic Country. You will find even at that, that I believe in "mixin it up". I find sticking strictly to one style is very boring (that's just me), so you will find in my Rustic Country, elements from even other styles such as lace, stained glass, stitchery, many different woods, glass collections, doll collections, even some industrial elements, and more. I don't like things to match, I do like them to play together nicely, no shouting allowed, everyone using their inside voices. I also like the interplay of the mascline of the rustic, with the femine of counrty and a bit of Victorian thrown in there to boot.

So where to start?

Until later, blessings

Monday, January 12, 2009

Welcome to my Tin Shack

Welcome to my new blog. I have been looking for blogs about rustic, lodge, cabin, country decorating. I have not found one as yet, and am hoping others will find me.

This is my Tin Shack. It is sided with metal siding and has a metal roof all in silver. When the telephone guy came up to install our phone, we were in Ca. bring another load of our stuff up. Our friend was watching things and our contact person and the guy said to Terry...."They want a phone in this tin shack".

Our little house as seen here is 800 sq feet, we are in the process of adding 900 sq feet, more.
You can see all the building process and more on my Wyoming blog here.

I would like to explore rustic decorating, with lodge, country, cabin, including laces, stained glass and more.

I hope you will join me.