Tuesday, June 29, 2010
run, run, flap, flap, ooomph
Monday, June 28, 2010
Pick yourself up...
The back half of the barn is for livestock. The front half is for the summer kitchen and the miscellaneous stuff like feed. The top no longer stores hay but is one big storage area.
We had gotten the baseboards to finish off the sunshine room when we got the parts for the well. Josh's Dad cut them for us. We used 2 different kinds to get what we needed. They are ready for painting and nailing into place. I'm glad I never took out anymore baseboards. They were old 8 inch fir on plaster walls. They splinter and are kinda expensive to replace. Live and learn!
Now Josh and I need to have a meeting of the minds to see what we want to do while the Grand Farmer is off at work. It is back in the barn for us tonight. I wonder if he'd like to put pink patches together?
Friday, June 25, 2010
No Go Mo Jo
We are an hour from the city and actually we are higher than their highest building so flooding isn't an issue. There is a huge ditch running in front of our property but flooding from it is very unlikely even though it is a major drain for the neighbouring municipality and the local river is a mile away.
Our sump pump is actually keeping up with the water that finds its way into our very old and needy basement. Last night I hydro-planed thru all the grass. I definitely can tell where the low spots are and we are making plans to level some of that and carry the water further away from the basement. Some of these new trees should help suck up some of this water as well. Mucking in all the trees was messy work, though. The trees should reduce some of this wind but the mosquitoes reminded us to still allow some wind thru the yard. The coop is well protected and the mosquitoes luv to hide out there so painting it is NOT an option at the moment even were it to stop raining!
But last night the well stopped working. Water, water everywhere... except in the taps! So we bucketed some up from the bridge and hopefully my farmer can get it fixed before the day is out.
Now my vacuum still works and hopefully I can finish up in the playroom. I'd like to play but the job is half done. I'm thinking I need to work with some pink. Blue and green aren't turning my crank at the moment! 8^)
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Today it was rainy and windy and very windy! This tree is the focal point of the front yard, lovely weeping branches for shade and privacy but every time it is VERY windy, I lose more tree! argghhh
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The conglomeration of decorating items had me diddling with paint chips first thing in the morning. I found the colours I had in mind for the wooden stuff in the kids section of all the various paint sample cards I've collected. Hmm. The veranda is mostly used in the heat of summer. Golden yellows will not make me think of a day at the beach! So, golden yellows will not play a large part in the basic wooden pieces but the 10 coordinating colours on the sample can give oodles of variety thru all the seasons. I'm still thinking but I'm almost sure the door will be eggplant! 8) Poor hubby is rolling his eyes and hoping for another aha moment. lol We'll see!
- Block of the Month - Last one I'm thinking and it is so cute. My favorite. I did up the intensity/contrast a bit but I was afraid it would be too light for the previous blocks. I was right. I just may have to make more of these for another small quilt as I do have more theme fabric. I could hang this in the veranda as well, I suppose. I will be trying various layouts for the 9 blocks. I started pressing some of the seams open and liked that much better but some of those early blocks are a bit smaller so I'll need sashing. I tried a couple of options. ???
- Technique of the month was great fun. I bought some Neoart water-soluble wax pastels. You can draw on fabrics, spray with water and then watch the fun. I don't think I can easily find silk so I found some white cotton velvet at a discount store. It looked pretty rough but washed up beautifully. I want to experiment with using it in my fibre art projects. I luv texture. So this has lots of possibilities. I luv the 3-D effect that happened when the water started moving the colour.
After the initial spraying I decided to add some streaks of the lighter green to blur the white.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Scattering or Gathering
Friday, June 11, 2010
I removed everything. I swept and then I got the garden hose, broom and mop. I didn't look so good when it was done but the veranda did. It is amazing what can be done with some water and scrubbing.
I studied the various photos and notes in the veranda file and I began to gather my options.
The colours will be brighter than the pastels in the house as pastels would wash out in the sun. I can also paint some things. I have kept the above magazine page for a long time. I'd forgotten about the birdhouses but I have some that were to be in my rainbow garden with bird houses for rent 'cheep'. My farmer nixed my expansion plans so they are up for repurposing. I found them and evicted the spiders. I even have a small shelf that kinda matches the quilt rack I'd planned to also use. I've seen wooden letters at Michael's but I'm not sure if I've room for any frames though. 8) So far so good!
The table area is in front of the front room window which has sheer cafe curtains. There will be no curtains in the veranda. The quilt, place mats/table cloth, and maybe a cushion or two will be the only soft materials. Privacy isn't an issue but wind and water are. The light in the veranda is a light bulb on a pull chain. I was given an overhead hanging light that is too big for inside. I plan to hang it over the table. One day I may even get it wired! lol The 3 chairs have somewhat the same style. I'm not sure I'd paint the table but possibly the chairs. The blanket box has weathered metal corners but it needs paint. The small shelf and quilt rack can be painted. The 5 birdhouses I found need refreshing.
Then I begin to gather the things that currently appeal for interpreting this seasons look. I'll even make little piles for the various rooms, sometimes in the rooms. Continuity is maintained by identify or assigning recurring items. Every room must have 2-3 of the 4 main items in various amounts. Summer has certain colours, flowers, white lace, tea things, glass, 'cute' ornaments, bunnies, quilts, all with an old timey feel.
Summer's colour pallet is pastels, pink, blue, yellow, green. I like lots of white as well. Flowers! I'm not a floral fabric lover but that is definitely a summer theme. I have my grandmother's doilies but I tend to use them in winter and find the white Battenburg lace more summery. Flowers need vases so I use lots of glass as it keeps things light. I'd luv to have more of the pink depression glass, especially the cranberry so I'm always looking for that. Summer tea parties; I have my mum's teacups and her glass cream and sugar set. But it also has to be fun so there are things like bunnies. And of course quilts.
Flowers are a good example of carrying the theme thru the house. The gate leads up to the front door where a container of flowers awaits. Potted plants are on the veranda window sills. The entrance table would have a vase and perhaps a bunny holding a basket of flowers. The front dining room is all about flowers, real, porcelain, fabrics, pictures, etc. All the stops are out. But the sitting room which adjoins and looks out to the bush is a resting place, maybe only a subtle picture or fabric pillow. The bathroom again has a small amount in the shower curtain fabrics. The kitchen is likely a glass canning jar with a loose bunch of cut flowers, some patterning on the dishes and some place mats. The upstairs hallway has minimal light so fabrics, pictures or an ornament do the trick. Our room has a vase but a more faded fabric style and the pictures are more pastoral. The guest room has some embroidered doilies, a botanical print and its easy to set a fresh vase should I have guests. My farmer doesn't want rose petals on his papers so hopefully the calender page has a sunflower in his office. The main picture in my playroom has a few flowers; no spilled water, thank you.
I have a designated shelf for seasonal projects in my playroom. So projects that can be added to summer are stacked on the appropriate shelf. It also helps me keep track that I'm adding a good variety of colour and styles. Hopefully it keeps me from starting something I really don't need when another would serve better use of my time.
My next post will put these principals to work. The ugly old cupboard stopped on its way to the barn and stayed in the veranda over winter. I managed to get it back on its journey so I'll post the 'vision', the before and the possibles. Not the best one to start with but if it works for one situation, it works for all. I hope!
Triple F is working. The focusin the house is summer decor, the overview is set and I'll fiddle with a room each week and get it finished. I'm still keeping the Sunshine room as the major makeover so it is running parallel and is still moving along. My goal is to have it ready for the summer photo.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
One step forward, two back!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
You Are Welcome
I luv my veranda. It is where strangers are met and given directions/assistance. It is where friends are welcomed and drawn in.
It is much harder to lay out the welcoming path here in blog land. If you have found the gate and are on the path to my front door, please come up the steps and into my veranda. You are very welcome!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
The Process of Puttering
The south side faces an arrangement of garden boxes in a formal layout, four outside boxes and an inner square. I've wanted to put a pergola type structure here and have a Kiwi vine but if I put the windows on this sidethat may make the inside too shady. The shed is particle board that has been very well weathered. The shed was drug over with the tractor from its place beside the big barn, It had been a small work shed for oil, tractor parts, tires, cultivator shovels, etc. before I coveted it. These wood sheets are 4' X 8' so I'm thinking the shed is 8' X 12' with a cathedral ceiling! 8^)
I don't think the door survived the move. The shed is double walled and that is why it probably hasn't fallen over. I want double doors opening out.
The skylight needs to go though. Hubby says a truss or two needs replacing but new sheets of particle board and some shingles will fix it up just fine.