Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Another Moda charm quilt that I made last year but just got the binding finished a couple weeks ago.
Care for a candy cane?
The new 'quilting room' really was a good idea. I stippled the skirt last evening around laundry and preparing supper a few minutes at a time and suddenly the project was finished.
Took almost all day today to handsew the binding ;-)
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
My Christmas Tree Skirt from yesterday.
I am not sure what is going on with this piece but it seems to be dragging and not moving around easily on the machine today. It looks jerky! That's OK it is going to be on the floor under a tree and covered with lots of presents! So I wonder why I thought I had to put so much work into it???
Well I am just certain that Danny will be so thrilled to come home today and open the front door and see this!!!! After all my Christmas present from him last year was about a zillion new receptacles upstairs in my sewing room...........
Who cares? I can see the TV from here. I can quilt a few stitches while I am cooking and doing a lot of other close by activities!!
I am happy with my decision. At least it isn't on the dining room table.
Monday, October 26, 2009
This is a great tool for quilting. The Shape-n-cut. I am not really good with rotory cutting because I always seem to not have it lined up perfectly or something. This tool makes it so easy to cut an exact piece.
Love the red with trees!
and the peppermints
This is my favorite tool in my sewing room!!
I have a Bernina as shown in my header but it is no where as good a machine as this $76 Kenmore! I bought it last winter new in the box on ebay. It cost right much more than that in the stores but not $1200 like my Bernina. My Bernina is getting ready to go to the sewing machine Dr because this nurse can't seem to diagnose the problem. I have a battle everytime I sew on it. Either it bunches up threads underneath when I start a seam or when I am stippling a quilt the threads are out of adjustment. I have tried everything I could ever imagine to fix it myself but I give up now. This Kenmore and my other Kenmore which is a cheaper version also new from ebay, without all the bells and whistles, work perfectly everytime I sew on them. This one is lacking one feature that I can live without but I would love to have is the needle down option.
I am using the pinwheel pattern for the skirt. Easy since the turnover pieces are precut triangles and all I have to do is cut the biege fabric in the same size triangles. I have planned for years to make a tree skirt but couldn't decide how I wanted it. I think I have figured it out now!! I have enough pieces left over for a table runner for my dining room table and I am going to purchase one of the coordinating fabrics and make valances for the dining room windows. Either the red trees or one with peppermints, either one will work.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Now onto these hotties!! LOL!!
I recreated this picture of Danny and I in 2005 (good thing I dated it, I have already forgot) in charcoal from a little 3X5 sketch that was done in a token booth at Chuckie Cheese. The kinda booth that as adults you have to squeeze into in order to get all your parts in the picture! We look scared don't we? We were afraid we were not going have ears when the picture was finished!! When it was finished I couldn't believe how it turned out, it was by far our best picture together so I had to recreate it. At first I was going to do it in oils but I wasn't sure if I could pull that one off. Charcoal ended up being very easy. I was so pumped when I finished that I wanted to do everything in charcoal.
My children are scared of this picture because they say that the eyes follow them around the room. I just tell them that their parents always have and always will be watching them!!!!!
The truth is ..... I am self taught and have no idea how to fix the eyes ;-) That's OK I'll just stick to my story.....
See I definately don't look as good as I did as a baby! What do you think?
Friday, October 23, 2009
Happy 55th birthday dearest lover
father of my children
my Knight in Shining Amor
my fishing line baiter
my spider killer
my biggest fan
the one who makes all my dreams come true
the one who loves me.
Enjoy this video of Danny Lane Moran & Co (hehehe the company is me and some other various animals) there are pics of him as a baby with his gorgeous blond curls, playing with his ponies and horses, his prized coon dog Dolly and all her trophies along side Robin our first born, one of his "I want to look like Lyle Lovette" days and the list goes on and on. My first favorite are our wedding shots....he was 21 and I was 14.....2nd favorite is the one of him with the dogs in the wagon!!! Oh yeah check out the one where he was practicing for his bullfighting days!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Now you see we have this semi-maintenance free home....hahaha...that even sounds funny when I write it. We replaced the roof with this great painted metal, added vinyl siding and replaced some of the windows around 4 years ago....took a couple years to get finished.....anyway we could not begin to afford to replace these big huge windows with vinyl. We were quoted around $1000 a piece and we have 7 this size!!! $7000 for windows......he said no!! Paint is cheap in comparison. BUT who is going to get up there and slap some paint on them? Me of course. I did talk him into caulking them first. He did that last evening after some true begging from me to do so in order for me to attempt to get them painted today. Today was another beautiful day and the last one that the dear old weather man promised me for a while and I was scared it would get too cold to be doing any painting and then these wood windows would rot out this winter. So I came around the corner last evening and found my dearest but crazy husband up on the ladder in this contraption. What? I had a real quick flashback to a time that my sister in law did a similar trick with a ladder, paint and a pickup truck but she fell off the ladder and it really hurted she said!!
So of course I wanted this painting to be done today so I had no choice but to hike my clutzy self right on up there and git-r-done. I did git-r-done too. Right before dark tonight. LOL!!!! Two really good coats of paint and a lot of scraping, they will possibly be cleaned tomorrow weather permiting. Not via Gator and ladder though. I have one of those really cool brushes that goes on the waterhose that holds soap that I have used before and it does a good job. It is also telescopeing so it will reach and I can keep my little ole feet safely on the ground.
I came in the house tonight not to this serene setting but to a kitchen full of dirty dishes. This however is what it looks like right now. AAAWWWWHHHHH! I love that feeling!! If you click to enlarge you will see white paint splatters were I have cleaned so many brushes this year in my sink but it does wear off eventually!! How do you like my new/vintage enamelware dish pan? Well it's actually a jelly pot but I discovered a while back that it also makes for a great dishpan. It accomodates my large pots and pans with ease.
(I made the red dishcloth this week, 2 of them while winding down at night watching a little TV) That's called multi-tasking ;-)
Now that I can rest easily knowing that my windows may not crumble down around me this winter.....well I/we have one more window to go, upstairs in my sewing room, I/we can stand on the 1st floor roof to do that one. More ER stories come to mind.......when a patient came in and started their story with..."Well I was on the ladder........" we did not need to hear anymore!!!!
Anyway I can get to my sewing room and utilize this new fabric that came today. I told you testerday that I just placed an order with http://www.greenfairyquilts.com/ on Tuesday and it arrived today, Thursday. She is in Utah and I am in Va.......I wasn't really good with geography but I thought they were on opposite ends of the US are they not? Was that lightening fast shipping or what? I really have the wheels a turning now about what to do with these treasures!!!!!
Thank you Lord for keeping me safe today up on that ladder!
Now there are some rich thick hot bubbles calling my name! Hum, that could be hot cocoa or a bubble bath. I think I'll have both!!
Goodnight my friends! God Bless!
I have to add here..........You see those incredibly large "Spoon and Fork like Marie's from Everybody loves Raymond" spoon and fork? My 6 year old grandaughter, Emma asked me the other day why I had those hanging up there? I gave her many different answers and she never seemed to be satisfied with my answer. I take it she doesn't like them ;0(
I think they are kinda kitchy!! LOL!!!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
V & Co is hosting a giveaway for Kati's Cupcake's and I am deadly in love with her fabrics and patterns already.......10 minutes into the relationship too. It truely was love at first sight.
So go on over and check out both of these great blogs and see if you can win. If you guys win you have to make me something out of one of the 7 patterns that you win. OK???? So it's a deal then. Good Luck!!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
She is such a super duper fabulous person that one would have to know to understand where I am coming from with that praise. She is a true "Proverbs 31 Virtuous Woman". She is a great mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, Daisy Girl Scout leader extraordinar!! Most of all she is a precious daughter of Jesus!! She has been such a blessing to us!!
Yes I am sure that you are all wondering what is going on in her life that she needs encouragement for, right? Well ya see............she is on a diet!!!!! No she isn't calling it a diet but a life style change. Well yes that's the right attitude Leslie, but your family will still call it a diet!!! Your children and dearest spouse will want to choke you before it's over and your friends, mother, sister and the rest of your family will be sooooooooooo jealous of you when you reach your goal. I mean after all you already have everything else that any girl could want!!!!!!!!!
So my dearest blogland friends please hop on over to Leslie's new blog and watch her progress and cheer her on! I mean if all of you girls are watching how could she fail? Well if she truely takes after me ...........I sure do wish her luck in that department!!!!! So go on over there now before she gets that bag of Oreos!! Hurry!!! She belongs to me......hurry!!!!
ps. Leslie~I love you and this is done out of tough love for you!!!!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I posted about this Kentucky Butter Cake a couple weeks ago. When I posted about it we hadn't tasted it yet. Well after we tasted our lives haven't been the same around here ;0) Danny says it's the best cake he has ever tasted. Today I was in the mood for chocolate and he of course wanted "his" cake. I did a little research online and decided that this recipe could infact be made into a marbled cake with chocolate anyway!! I was right. I made the batter according to the recipe, divided the batter in half, added 1/4 cup cocoa powder to one half of the batter, alternated layers in the bundt pan, ran a knife thru the batter to partially swirl it and wallaaa a wonderful marbled kentucky butter cake!!!!!!!!!! Yes he really did like it this way too. We were both happy as usual. Well let's just say it's truely better than baked Zote!!!
If I keep making him his favorite cake maybe he will buy me one of these
Samsung Dualview TL220 cameras. What do you think? Yes? or No?
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
See I was drying some grated Zote laundry soap bar on a pan that just happened to be sitting in my oven. You know a dry out of the way place for it to just sit and dry out so I could make my homemade powdered laundry detergent with it.
If anyone knows me they would be able to tell you that I always check my oven for anything that is not supposed to be there before I turn it on. One time when Robin was small she baked a pair of rubber sole shoes in the woodcookstove oven and also a slew of crayons in the same oven at a different time. It was not until I caught a whiff of burnt rubber that I found either of these little prizes!!!!
Oh No not today no way did I bother to check the oven. Turned it on to preheat to make BBQ chicken for supper, found out the chicken wasn't quite thawed so it took a great deal of time to finish that process all the while baking to a crisp a broiler pan full of Zote. Did you know it smells burnt when infact it has lost it's pink coloring and has turned white and puffed up like popcorn? Let me tell ya though it doesn't even begin to smell like popcorn. Even the disgusting smell of burnt popcorn is better than this!!!!!!! At least it is a warm pretty day so I can air the house out good!!!!! Not sure if it will make good laundry powder now or not ;-)
I hope your supper tonight is better than ours!!!!
Monday, October 12, 2009
What I am getting at here is our closest Joanne Fabrics store in Christiansburg Va. I have had to bite my tongue in there for several years now because of one employee. If she waited on me I would leave in such a bad mood. She had eye rolling down to a science, she perfected the huff and puff and her shrugging of her shoulders was second to none. I would see her at the matierial cutting counter and shop around longer to try to get another clerk to wait on me. Heaven help me if I had to ask her a question. I was huffed at, shrugged at, eyes were rolled my way and she would probably spit at me if she thought she could do so legally. NOT KIDDING!!!!!! What would I do..............I would keep going back for more abuse.
Then it seemed that one by one all of the employees learned all of her tricks. Now this chic was probably in her mid 20's......OK so it was her age. Even though my girls didn't go thru the "terrible twenty's"....... The other ladies for the most part are middle age.....ya know when people frown and pout all the time they look older than they really are. They have at least lived long enough to learn how to deal with people. Well I guess that's how some folks "deal with people" by stomping on them, cutting right thru them ignoring them etc etc etc.................
I went in one evening a few months ago and there were 2 new employees at the cutting counter........smiling and laughing and asking out of genuine concern if I found everything I was looking for....you know the nice kinda people. These 2 were probably 18 years old. I told them how happy I was to see a smiling face and that they were the only 2 employees that I had ever witnessed with a smile and I felt that the rest of the staff was unapproachable. I had to go back in for something else the next evening and Lo and Behold 2 of the "Old Bitty's" were behind the counter.......oblivious to the fact that you don't complain about customers in front of other customers and they were talking back and forth about the complaints of them being rude to customers a couple days before that. Well I didn't complain formally but I wish I would have. Someone else felt the same way as me huh?
Today the same 2 that were discussing the complaints brought forth about them were standing on either side of me today talking OVER me about even more complaints about them. What??? How long can this go on? I have walked by these 2 employees standing at the front door on the street smoking and they won't even smile at you while you are outside in their cloud of smoke. Of course neither of them even looked down at me today and asked if I needed assistance.
I had a terrible experience today (that I won't even go into now) and I have vowed to NEVER step a foot back in this particular Joanne Fabrics store again. I feel it would be hazardous to my health to do so. I get so worked up just trying to buy fabrics and crafty items that I will have a stroke. I always thought this hobby was calming!!! Now I would understand if I went in with a lot of questions but I have sewn all my life and I don't require a lot of assistance other than cutting my fabric. I do have a choice where my money is spent and I refuse to write these girls paychecks anymore!!!
That's all I have to say about that!
Update: After posting this I went to Joannefabrics.com and found a way to submit a complaint about my store experience. I copied this post and sent it to them. We'll see if it is even acknowledged!!!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
This little itty bitty pair of Black Rosecomb Bantams came from Amish country! Now just guess what my dear husband decided that they should be named..............
"Carrie and Big"
from Sex & the City...........................
OMG TOO FUNNY!!!!!
Yep he came up with this all on his own too!!! Of course he loves the show and the movie as good as I do. I just thought he would want to name her Samantha ;0)
I have a feeling their names weren't the same when they lived in the Amish community!!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Yes they are also out of rough cut pine boards!!! That's OK if they actually work I wouldn't care what they are made out of. My hens are all apparently eating eggs. I have caught a many of them with egg on their face and I have heard that this will stop them. They can't eat what they can't catch right? The egg is supposed to 'rollaway' from the hen as soon as she gets up, and hopefully before she can turn around and grab it.
My dearest husband made these for me. I designed them and then of course he "tweaked" the design to his liking, sorta like our houses and barns and other buildings he has built me over the years ;-) I think they are kinda cute. I love the copper roof. I have always wanted a copper roof on something with a cupola!!!! Maybe my barn? Probably my next nest boxes if the hens will actually lay in them!!! I have probably scared them away from ever laying an egg again!!!
I can't get enough barn stars in my life.......
This is a vintage embroidery thread box that I got at a yardsale many years ago. I haven't really done anything with it til now......
I thought it would be a great place to store pens, scissors twine etc in the feed room.
I hope they can't reach this til at least Winter
Love me some white pumpkins.........my Goodwill ladderback chair
I got this idea from my dad.......a paint bucket hanging feeder for my laying mash.. .......I made it all by myself back in the spring :0}
Now here is the ruler of the roost.........meet Becky. She is my only white guinea and she is sooooooo the boss. I knew it from the start. She is just like me.......nosy, noisy, loud mouthed, pushy, needy, selfish, a pig, beautiful, annoying, a real mother hen, faithful to her brood and her friends, a fraidy cat at times, scared of bears, scared of spiders I am sure, messy, mean, ugly......oh no I already said beautiful so scratch that, ........etc. etc. etc............. She really watches over this farm. If you don't believe me just come for a visit!!!!!
Update: Saturday 11:29 AM They work!!! 2 eggs in one box and they rolled to the front uncracked!!!!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Yes today was just one of those days. No I did not have 5 loads of laundry on the line, sure wish that woulda happened but it didn't. I ended up in the garden but for different reasons than in the spring. Are you sitting down for this one??????? Well here goes.......I CLEANED OUT MY CHICKEN COOP! NO I DIDN'T JUST CLEAN IT OUT I CLEANED IT OUT!!!! It has not been cleaned that good in for ever and just barely cleaned at all for several years. It had gotton so bad that it would just wear me out working a little while on it. I always felt that the job was getting bigger instead of smaller as I went.
It took me at least 5 sessions with it today followed by Coke breaks and 2 small naps but ya know I got it done!!!! This coming after 3 days of incredible back pain. I had overdone it on the treadmill on Monday and again on Tuesday. Yesterday it was all I could do to drive to the grocery store and get my groceries unloaded when I got home. I was better today but the shoveling really got to me and I would have to take a break and prop the feet up to rest the back. Just the sweeping of the incredible amount of cobwebs was in itself a feat. I could have opened for business with "The Haunted Coop".
Speak of haunted......I can't believe that my chickens actually went back in their coop tonight. I also did some decorating. It really makes these ole bitty's mad when someone else comes in changes things around on them. They did in fact go up on their own tonight. I guess they liked it or else they were just too nosy. I know they weren't tired because they warbled around under the blueberry bushes in the shade all day long and watched me doing all the work. They would catch me on one of my breaks and go in the coop and poop in the floor just to show me!!!!!
So I ended up in the garden with the incredible massive amount of chicken poop......boy will it make good veggies next year!!! We have awesome garden soil from the 8 years of chicken and goat poop that we put on it each year. This year we were ever so close to being completely organic. I think the only thing we had to spray was a fungicide for the tomato blight. That is a good feeling too. This was by far our best garden too!!!!! Took me a long time to get Mr I love fertilizer out of a bag to get on the same page as me but he is happy too.
Then I dug about 1/2 bushel of potatoes....we still have one more row to go....maybe tomorrow?? I couldn't even tell you how many that makes us yielding out of about 10 lbs of left over potatoes from our garden last year. Now that's living off the land!!!!
So anyway I have a lot of new buzz coming down in the coop and I hope to have it all finallized and pictures tomorrow night. It's looking good no matter what the ole bitty's are saying behind my back!!!!
I am off to to soak these sore muscles in nice long hot bath now. I will probably fall asleep and wake up in the tub sometime tomorrow!!! Oh yeah tomorrow is to be beautiful again ;0) Oh my aching back.........
Monday, October 5, 2009
I about had the big heart attack due to excitement when I saw the UPS truck pull in my driveway the day he delivered these. You know the day that you could hug his neck but you know better because he still has to deliver to your house again in the future!!!
We have some lifelong friends who have a shrimp farm 1 1/2 hours away from us that we visited on Saturday. They were draining their ponds to harvest the shrimp that day. You can read about them here. Here you see a couple of their hands in the ponds watching to make sure that none of the shrimp get stuck in the mud.
The shrimp were taken from the drain pipe placed in baskets and rinsed well in clean water and then they are immerssed in ice water for about 1 minute to freeze kill them. What a way to go!!! Ouch!!