Tuesday, July 29, 2014

LAVERN and SHIRLEY

 Meet the latest additions to our animal family.
Lavern and Shirley.
I can't tell them apart so I just say
Hey Girls.


They are Himalayan rabbits.


They were given to us by a nice man 
at my daughters church.


The girls are about 1 year old.
They're pretty big.

We put the dogs up and let them out in our fenced in yard.
They had a good time running around and looking in the chicken run.


Just laying out with the other girls.
And a few roosters.
When it came time to put them back up that was a funny site.
How many people do you think it takes to catch a rabbit?
Well in our case, Six.
Four adults and two kids.

When we finally wore them down
they were put back in their house.
Which the nice man gave us as well.
They seem happy.

We put the house in an area where they could come and go from
their house as they pleased.
I added a ramp hoping they would learn to go up and down.


And being the beautiful and smart rabbits that they are,


 They began using it right away.
I showed them how to use it once.



As you can see
they like to go down

And come back up as they please.
Which was a relief to me.

During the day,
they'll dig a hole


and find some shade.
Happy rabbits!

 You know me and a paint brush,


I had to add some color.
I think they like it.

So that's the introduction of Lavern and Shirley.
Stay tuned for more adventures.


Let me experience Your faithful love in the morning,
for I trust in You.
Reveal to me the way I should go, 
because I long for You.

Psalm 143:8




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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Re-doing a popcorn ceiling

We built our house over 30 yrs. ago on some adjoining land that my parents gave us.
We've made a lot of improvements over the years.
One thing we haven't done was the popcorn ceiling in the dining room.
Which was originally the living room.
We've scraped some of the other rooms and repainted the ceilings,
but in this room I wanted to do something a little different
that would not require scraping. What a mess it makes.
Isn't this attractive?


 Another great view.
Minus the light in the center that had already been removed.

A nice close up for you.
Lovely isn't it!

Here are the building materials.
Beadboard which I painted before hand.
Decorative lattice molding and layered on top of that more decorative molding.
And some edge molding to be used at the stairs.
Here it is in the process of changing.
Already looking better.


Here it is in the process of the nail holes being patched
and the trim being caulked.
It also had to have one more coat of paint.

That made 4 coats of paint on this ceiling.

But I think it was well worth it.
Here it is all finished.
Plus the addition of the new chandelier I bought.

I think it looks FANTASTIC!
Reminds me of an upscale farmhouse look.
And it only took 32 years.


I had some extra molding left over so I decided to
do something with it on the stair wall.
I spaced it the same distance as the wall studs.


Here's a close up of the molding.

I think it adds some interest to a plain wall.
Plus I used up the rest of my molding.



I know my Redeemer lives,
and that in the end He will stand
upon the earth.

Job 19:25

Friday, July 18, 2014

Little Tilly

It was a year ago today that my little Tilly died.
I thought I'd honor her memory with this post
and a few sweet pictures of her.

She was always such a queen.


Here she is at 8 weeks.
She was such a sweet little puppy.

She was always a trusted companion
and such a sweet, sweet dog.
She was a real beauty.
I still miss her so.
To read more about Tilly's life click here.

Rest in Peace my sweetie.

For God, who said,
"Let light shine out of darkness,"
made his light shine in our hearts...

2 Corinthians 4:6

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Things to do with old glass windows (Part 1)

Got some old windows hanging around?
Want to know what to do with them? 
Here are some things I've done with old glass windows.
For part 1, I'll just be showing you the one's I've painted.
As you can tell this is a dove. 
One of my favorite birds to paint.


Of course I have to do a moon
since that's my last name.


I thought this would be great in a coffee cafe.
I don't have a coffee cafe but I love how colorful it is.
It ended up in my daughters dining room.
So colorful, she loves it.


This was the very first window I ever painted.
It used to hang on our garage.
We had a very bad storm and it was blown off.
And broken:(


This hung on the garage also.
It survived the storm.


Here is a snowman that I put up every year at Christmas.
He's so happy.



I love birdhouses.
This hangs at the end of my front porch.

I also love birdnests.
This hangs at the other end of my porch.


This is one I did for a little girls room.


This is one for a little boys room.
The light blue is really prettier then it shows in the picture.


One of my favorite.
The red geraniums.
It hangs on my back porch in the summer.


This Luna Moth I painted for my mom and dad.
They hang it in their gazebo.


And of course I had to paint some chickens.
This hangs out in the chicken run.


Stay tuned for Part 2 of things to do with glass windows.

For God, who said,
"Let light shine out of darkness,"
made his light shine in our hearts...
2 Corinthians 4:6

Monday, June 23, 2014

How to repurpose an old fountain.




Want to know what to do with an old fountain
past its prime. 


Make a succulent garden.
All you do is add some plants and a little art.
I added some extra holes even though it already leaked.


Of course we have to have some hens and chicks.


I don't know what the name of this is but it will come back every year.
It gets tiny little pink flowers on it.
Plus the leaves turn pink in the fall.


A few more succulents.
 And of course you have to add some old cement  birds.
You can tell these have been around for a long time.
They seem to like it there.
They are my shabby chic birds.
 Hello.

And ta-da. Here it is. 
It wintered over last year and did great.
I don't have to water it or do any kind of maintenance
other than pull the occasional weed.


And there you have it. A great way to repurpose 
an old leaky fountain.

This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24