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Living at the Speed of Life

Good grief, life flies by at lightening speed.  It was just my birthday and y’know what?  Easter, spring, horse shows, Kurt’s birthday, I got a job, I bought Kristen a horse, I got a new job, Kristen got clobbered in an accident and her car was totaled, Easter, my parents visited, and Karra got engaged. And a whole lot of other life in between!

After a couple of frustrating horse shows, I was just fed up with Kristen only ever showing the whatever horses that people brought to IEA. So, I got a job and bought a horse before I even started working! We had our eye on a 4 year old quarter horse at a rescue in Athens and once I got the job, I talked to our trainer and showed him the papers and info on her. We headed off on April 4th with a horse trailer in tow to visit BellaRunEquine.org .  I was feeling really good after Jeff told me he loved her on paper. Reining, cutting and ranch horse blood lines. He watched her moved a bit in the round pen and said yep, we can work with her. And one adoption fee later, we were horse owners.

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AQHA registered Whiteoaks Bonnie a.k.a. Penny. We found a shiny penny and picked her up and took her home!  So in love with this sweetheart.  Jeff promised us in 60 days we wouldn’t recognize her, but in just 2 weeks she had gained weight and started to build some muscle. Kristen is doing an apprenticeship to work off the training fees and I’m paying the monthly board.

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A month later – first time in the saddle. She’s responding to her training so well! We couldn’t be happier with her.

We bought a saddle on Thursday – great price, brand new, but has water damage on one fender and a rusted stirrup. So, we bought new fenders and stirrups. After church today we bought a girth. Saddle (came with bridle and breast collar), new fenders, stirrups and girth – total price? $300!!!!!

(No pictures, they showed the laundry and mess in my living room) 😀

The next day after we brought Penny home, Kristen was hit by a drunk driver – at 5pm in the afternoon! He hit Kristen then a semi then another car. We got a good settlement from the insurance company, but her car was totalled due to the extensive right side damage. Large tears abound. I never cried, but I got that call that stops every parent’s heart – hysterical child on the phone. We have said many, many prayers of thanks that Kristen and Kurt weren’t hurt. Kurt was covered in glass from the shattered window but only had a few nicks on his elbow. His glasses have nicks and gouges in the lenses, but not a scratch on his face.  I got Kristen to the chiropractor right away because she had her final IEA show that weekend!  She was really sore, but it just capped off an overall disappointing season.

Three days after the accident was Kurt’s birthday

Creeper cake anyone?

Hey, cool gaming chair!

Over Memorial Day weekend we had a poop moving party. Joel and Kristen took the walls off the stalls, the roll bar and exhaust off the tractor and turned Kurt loose with the backhoe.

He takes his job very seriously – and he’s quite good with the backhoe.

It was wonderful to go out to the barn and have clean stalls with fresh bedding. That clean out was long, LONG overdue. Of course moving all of that mess stirred up the flies something terrible. I like to think of it as making them readily available to the chickens. 😀

And the last thing rolling off the fingertips tonight are DIMS Day projects!

I can’t remember where I saw the project to take scotch glasses, a candlestick and a relish plate and turn them into a bathroom caddy, but I finally found the candlesticks at a garage sale and was ready to roll. The end result:

It let me put all of my lotions and body sprays into a basket where they are corralled instead of floating freely all over the counter. Anyone else have wandering lotions and body sprays?

The one I’m most proud of is my little ottoman. Again, I can’t remember where I saw the tutorial to take a milk crate, cover it with jute and make a cushioned top.

The supplies

Wrapping and gluing. Gluing and wrapping.

I used 2 and 1/4 of the rolls of jute to cover the entire crate. I did cut foam core to put into the bottom thinking I would make it usable for storage.

It only took 20 minutes to finally find the staple gun Kurt gave me for Christmas :p  Once I found it I got down to upholstery business! I didn’t go with an easily removed cushion because the crate is kind of small and I can’t think of anything I’d put into it anyway.

Hubby got busy and installed a bathroom fan (that we got for $20 at a garage sale – brand new in the box)

It goes great with the new beach theme in my master bathroom. And the new fan doesn’t chirp and chatter like a crazy cockatoo!

Bathroom curtain. I have enough fabric to do my bedroom curtains, too.

We went to IKEA for our 25th anniversary and I got the metal bed I’ve always wanted. Joel even agrees that it’s a great bed – very comfortable!

Hang in there newlyweds – sometimes it takes 25 years for Mr. Wonderful to realize that his wife is right! And speaking of newlyweds – Karra and her Mr. Wonderful got engaged on the big fishing trip to Canada. Her ring is beautiful. She is happy. And I’m going to be a mother-in-law. I love the way he calls me Mom Two. He’s my Son Also.

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm!

 

 

Lot’s of Irons in the Fire

I feel like I’ve been burning the candle at both ends for a good month or more.  March and April were consumed with horse shows and May is going to be full of house cleaning, yard work, graduation party prep and finishing as much school as possible.

I haven’t forgotten the pictures of Kristen’s show vest, but Regionals didn’t go as well as we had hoped.  In fact, it was a disaster.  I’ll get pictures of her in the vest when she does another open show this summer.  And I have this strange feeling I haven’t shared pictures from the first open show she did.  She placed 3rd in a walk/trot pleasure class on one of the horses boarded at the barn we ride at.  Oh, we had fun!  Those pictures are mostly on my phone – and I’m behind the times with learning to get pics off the phone and onto the computer.

I do have some crafty projects that I’m working on:  a fun-filled Tuesday that took me down town to the big city netted three project chairs and a bar stool.  One chair I definitely need help with – it has a pink rubber cord seat.  I loved the back of the chair, so I grabbed it anyway.  Hey, $5 for all 4 of them~~

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Earlier this spring I scored a small hutch on craigslist for the dining/school room  for $25.  It EXACTLY matched the dresser that Kristen got from my Grandma’s house.  However – it was not right for my uses.  So, a little primer and a little paint – and it’s still in progress.

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Now, I’m in the middle of the process with 3 drawers completed, 2 started and the top piece primed:

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The color on the finished drawers is a matte finish Rustoleum spray paint in Burlap.  I love it even more on the drawers than I did the can top!  I used 3 coats of a gloss finish protector and it looks great.  It was after I primed the hutch top in the basement that I realized my paints had to move out to the garage – what a terrible smell!

In the middle of the above project I felt the need to do something that I could finish in a day.  So . . . .  I bought a steel pizza pan at Dollar Tree and spray painted it fire engine red!  I’ve had a set of really cute sewing/crafting magnets stuck to extra curtain rods in the corner of my sewing room FOREVER!  Well, when I finally (a dozen years after buying the fabric) made our dining room curtains a couple of weeks ago (in the middle of a school room make over too), the magnets had no home.  Now they have a very cute home.

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I super glued magnets to the wall of my sewing room (that wall will be knocked out anyway when we put in the stairs to the bonus room – poor sewing room will get moved again) and just slapped the pizza pan/magnet board up there.  Above it are two Valentine’s candy boxes my friend Penny gave me.  You know you’re good friends when you can pass on half eaten boxes of Valentine’s Day candy!!!

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I also really love Snoopy!  Those are attached with two small nails through the bottom part of the box and just slip the top back on.  All of that red is a nice contrast to the black and white in the rest of the little sewing nook.

The other project I have under foot is bar stools for the kitchen – bumble bees of course.

I picked up this red number on my chair score day.

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I had to fix a crack in the top, but wood glue is amazing stuff!  Oh, look, there are the drawers for the hutch.

And here is the bar stool along with a special little number I got from my mother-in-law a week or so ago when we made a quick trip to Michigan to see my father-in-law who had been in the hospital.  The companion stool was the base to Joel’s high chair!

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I filled the holes in the top of the stool with wood putty, primed (actually I primed first and then played with the wood putty).  I’ll sand it and give the top another quick coat of primer and then they’ll be painted black on top and the vertical legs, and yellow on the horizontal bars.  When that is all dry, Kristen will free hand a big bumble bee on each seat!

I wish I could say all of these projects have been on the cheap, but by the time I’ve gotten done buying primer and paint and  gloss spray, well, I still came in cheaper than custom done furniture pieces and the satisfaction of having done it myself is off course, priceless.

And would you believe, I have more projects on the simmer?  My mother-in-law gave me two solid oak end tables that we have sitting back-to-back in the living room to see if we like them as a double-deck coffee table (if not, we’ll put them under the window as a, ..well, ..table).  Anyway, they need refinishing, but I’m not sure if it will be stain or paint.  My MIL nearly died when I said I might paint them!  AND we stopped at Menard’s on the way home from MI for chicken wire for the garden (that ended up going back because once the original fence was pulled out from under all of the compost Kristen piled on it and stood upright, it actually kept the chickens out of the garden – go figure)and while we were wandering around  I found the EXACT color for my kitchen cabinets.  It will require stripping them, but then I’ll redo in a water-based stain from Minwax in onyx.  Done on oak it looks like a weathered gray – very farmhousey.  Which is kind of funny since my farm house is a colonial style on the outside with an open modern floor plan.  But anyway – I bought some stripper and I’m going to try it out on our bathroom cabinet which is the same as the kitchen cabinets (and I have hated both for the entire 15 years since we built the house, but I won’t go there).  If I don’t like the result, I’ll paint the bathroom cabinet and if I love it as much as I think I will – I’ll get new kitchen cabinets for the price of stripper, stain and a whole lot of labor!!!  I’m so excited to be creating and doing that I hardly want to do school – oh, yeah, that’s normal for me!!!

I think I’ll take a nap now –

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You’d think it was Lexi doing all of the work around here!

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Happy New Year! 2015

Hey, I got the day right on time!  I hope everyone has had a good celebration.  We’re taking it pretty low key today.  We’ll take down the Christmas decorations and do a good dusting.  I’ll have to wash the white glass collection above the stove – it gets very nasty greasy and dusty in the course of the year (and maybe someday I’ll wash everything twice a year, but this isn’t someday!).  I have a ham to put in the oven later and I’ll make scalloped potatoes and peas.  I even made a breakfast casserole this morning only to discover that someone spilled something greasy in the bottom of the oven and didn’t clean it up – can anyone say “smoke filled house?”

I’m very pleased to say that I have already taken 2 projects completely off of the 2015 sewing/craft list and have 2 more in progress.  Those gray Spiderman sleep pants that I couldn’t do for Karra turned out really cute for Kurt and I still had to put red cuffs on the bottom of them!

I set out to make over a filing cabinet that was collecting dust in the basement and after looking at pictures on pinterest I decided to decorate it a little.  That decision (and running out of primer) turned it into a cost-something project instead of a completely free with what I have make over.  I found a perfect peel and stick laminate on line and went through a lengthy rant against Walmart when I couldn’t get it (I will NOT share said rant because I chose to leave it and the anger behind me in 2014).  Yesterday I set out to find a less expensive (than $5.87) alternative.  $4 in scrapbook paper later, I have two choices and I’m struggling to decide which paper to use.  I also had to buy a protective sealant to put on the finished project, but I’m still very excited.  I also found woven bins to put inside the drawers to make it into a cabinet rather than a filing system.  And those were 50% off ( a two-for-one deal) and they match a basket I have in the living room to keep my knitting & stitching projects in.  I am so excited to share the project with you when it’s done!  And since we’ve exceeded our Excede it will be mid month before I can upload pictures anyway and I figure another week or so to get the cabinet finished.

It is Arctic cold here for a few days, but we might actually see some snow on Sunday.  We’ll see.  I will however welcome the warmer weather on Saturday and the rain that will fill the water troughs for me!

Have a blessed day celebrating today and if you’re a lucky one that has pay TV and can enjoy the Bowl Games, cheer a few for me – ROLL TIDE!!

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm.

The Countdown Heats Up

Well, here we are one week til Christmas!  The projects are very close to being finished.  I know I’ve promised pictures – especially of the Christmas cards – & I will get them posted.  I promise; really, I will.

I’ve been on a hunt for 1/8″ ribbon in coneflower blue.  Ugh, it is hard to find!!  It’s really the only color that will work for this particular (4 year late) project.  I’ve found it in 5/8″ but I really NEED it much narrower.  I was pretty sure that I had ordered it online, but it is no where to be found in the sewing room or even online anymore.  Grrrr.

I’ll be putting together my Mom’s gift today (I can’t remember if she subscribes to my blog so I’d better not say what it is) and I’m really excited about it.  I’ve also been online shopping trying to help my Mom find a winter coat.  She wants a long dress coat preferably a trench coat with a zip out lining.  OMGosh they are impossible to find!!  I’ve looked everywhere I can think of or google to no avail.  I have found a couple of nice stores for plus sized women’s clothes (my Mom, not me), but alas my dear Mum doesn’t shop online 😦

The last project I’ll be working on is a sleeping bag for Kurt’s Build-A-Bear dog, Boe.  Boe sleeps on his pillow with Kurt’s nursery blanket over him.  In the summer when Kurt has the fan on, the blanket will often slip off and Boe’s little puppy bum gets cold; so, a sleeping bag is in order!  John Deere of course to go with my little future farmer’s bedroom.  I hope my younger children never outgrow their love of the stuffed animals.  It just about broke my heart when Karra refused to keep talking to her Webkins.  Chuckles and Rascal were such good friends of ours!  Ah, well, I’ll always have Present around to inspire me.

Kristen has asked me to help her sew a shirt for herself, so after Christmas it will be time to teach my daughter to tackle a grown up, wearable project.  Granted she’s make a couple of things already, but this will be a real go at it.  It’s going to be fun.  I was about 15 the first time I sewed a dress for myself –   and it wasn’t an easy pattern either!  It had edge sewing on the front placket and that was in the days before the edge trim stitch foot!  Oy vey, I thought I’d kill my Grandma before I got that done.  She was such a stickler for perfection!  But, the dress turned out great – I wore it for Easter that year – and I still loved my Grandma.  (The relationship was again strained when she bought a cross-stitch wedding announcement for me to do for my cousin and the the entire bride’s veil was covered in French knots!!!  Oh, how I hated French knots –  but I got so good at them by the end of that project that I really like them now.  I think she had a hidden agenda).

I promise the next time I come back – before Christmas – I will share pictures.  The girls are making Christmas cookies this weekend!  And Saturday is the Blue Jackets/Black Hawks game – we are very excited.

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm.

 

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