Monday, April 14, 2014

A Happy and Brighter Dining Room

 I wanted to brighten up my dining room 
for spring and summer.
After a while I get really tired of the dark leather look.
So I decided to make a colorful cover that snaps at the bottom.
This makes them easy to put on and remove.
I went to my favorite fabric store, 1502
and found some happy colorful outdoor fabric.
Here's the room before.

Another view.


Here I am.
Brighten me up!


Here's the after.
Much better.
Much brighter.


Much happier!


Don't I look fantastic?


Happy Spring!

Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord, 
the Lord, is the Rock eternal.
Isaiah 26:4

Friday, April 11, 2014

R.I.P. my PENNY

Today is a sad day.
I went out to the chickens this morning to open the coop door.
Everyone came out as usual, running and hiding from Slippers
(he likes to jump all the girls in the morning if you know what I mean).
Out of the corner of my eye I noticed something on the coop floor
and it was Penny. She was dead.
She seemed fine yesterday. She even laid her beautiful egg.
When I checked on them last night she was on the roost trying to sleep.
Everything looked fine.
If anyone has any ideas on her cause of death please let me know. 
She was only 9 months old.

Isn't she beautiful.


Rest In Peace my beautiful bird.

To everything there is a Season, and a time
to every purpose under the heaven.
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Chicks at 3 weeks old.

Well the girls are three weeks old.
My how time flies.
Here's the group shot of Nugget, Dolly and Sunflower.


This is Nugget.
With Cocoa in the background.


Another one of Nugget.


Here's Dolly.


Where is everybody?


This is Sunflower.


Isn't she beautiful!
She's a talker.


How great is the love the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called children of God...
1 John 3:1

Friday, March 21, 2014

Bouffant hatches some eggs!

Well about 5 weeks ago, Bouffant decided she wanted to be a mama.
So she went broody.
I tried for a week to change her mind, but that wasn't happening.
So I decided to let nature take over. 


She wasn't sitting on any eggs. She was just sitting. 
So I added a collection from everyone under her.
I didn't think she would mind.
I actually added more eggs than there are in the picture.


So for three weeks she sat and she sat.
She was such a good mom to be.
Then finally on day 21 the hatching started.
Here's a picture of one of the first.


Although she had nine eggs under her only three hatched.
Here they are at one day old.


Meet "Sunflower".
You can still see her egg tooth.
She's one day old in this picture.


Here she is at one week old.
She's starting to get some tail feathers.
Isn't she cute.


Going by the shells that were hatched
Sunflower's mama is Sadie.


Her daddy is Biscuit.


This is Dolly.
She's one day old here.


Here she is at one week old.
Look how she's grown.


Her mama is Copper.


And her daddy is Slippers.


Our third little chick is Nugget.
She's one day old in this picture.


Here she is at one week old.
If you notice they all have feathers on their feet.
Both dad's are Bantams which have feathered feet.


Once again Sadie is the mom.


And once again Biscuit is the papa.


It's kinda sad that none of Bouffant's eggs hatched.
She tried so hard.
I'm sure that this won't be the last time that Bouffant goes broody.
We'll just have to wait and see.
You might have notice that I'm calling them all girls.
That's wishful thinking because I won't know for sure until about
nine or ten weeks when somebody might crow.
Let's just hope they all turn out to be girls.

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
Ephesians 4:7



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Spring around the house.

Thought I'd share a few spring ideas I have around my house.
This is a hutch my father made me years ago.
It originally had glass doors which I removed quite a while back.
And until recently it was all wood finished.
Wood, wood, wood. I don't know about you, but I get tired of so much wood.
 So I decided to add a little color to the back.
I removed everything I'd had previously and replaced it with
less things and more seasonal items.


These are rabbit plates that I got at Goodwill years ago for a song.
And the rabbits I got at Hobby Lobby many years ago.
As you can tell I keep things for a long time.


A close up of Miss Rabbit.


This vase was one I bought long ago and gave to my mom for Easter.
Not long ago she gave it back to me.
I always loved that vase.


Here's a little set-up I put on a small table
that I'd bought at a thrift store and did a crackle finish on.
I love birds.


This is my spring mantel.
I told you I loved birds!

A close up.


This is an Easter wreath I made about 30 years ago.
I got some grapevine from the woods and made a
couple of circles to form a ring.
Then I made a bunch of bunnies and eggs from scrapes
of material and different trims.
I then attached them to the wreath and added Easter grass in between.
I have to say I think it's held up quite well over the years.


Here's a little close up.


Hope you enjoyed a little spring time from my house.
Happy Spring everyone!


See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come...
Song of Songs 2:11,12

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Angels for your garden.

Well, here's another creation with the never ending pickets.
Garden Angels!


I tried to add a few different styles.


Here's one with a flower.


On some of them I put closed eyes.


This one has a flower and closed eyes.


This one is just plain.


But they all have one thing in common.
They all have a halo.


The halo's and flowers are made of recycled electrical wire.
Isn't she pretty?
You can stick her in a container.


Or put her in the ground.


She looks lovely with a green background behind her.


The Lord look with favor on you
and give you peace.
Numbers 6:26

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Turquoise Piano Island

Well we all know it was bound to happen.
Anyone who knows me, knows I love to paint things.
A lot of times more then once.
So after living with my piano island over a year I 
decided to go from white to turquoise.
The tile in my backsplash has different shades of turquoise, blues and greens.
And there's turquoise throughout my house.


To begin with I painted it turquoise. It wasn't exactly what I wanted.
I lived with it a few days then I dry brushed over it with my bright green
that I use on a lot of things.
I lived with that for a few days also. Once again that wasn't what I wanted either.
So I repainted over it again with turquoise.
 But this time I finally knew what I wanted to do.
I dry brushed over it with black and it was exactly the look I wanted.
I have other pieces of furniture dry brushed with black so I don't
know why it took me so long to decide for this piece.


Here's a close up of the effect.


Here's where Cocoa has her meals.
She seems to like the color change.
She told me so!



Here's a refresher of the white island.
Which I loved.
I just wanted a change and paint is the easiest way to do that.
Who knows, next year it might become white again.
Or possibly another color.


One more look.
Hope you like the change.


Search for the Lord and for His strength;
seek His face always.
Psalm 105:4