Thursday, March 25, 2010

My attempt at antique reproduction, Finished Last night

I finished it up last night, now I just have to iron it and get the back side edges turned under and sewed up

Original and reproduction side by side. of course mine is bigger, how do I always do that? I swear, the more space I have the bigger I write, draw, paint, fill up with junk, fill closets, etc Any how, based on the larger sizes of our generation, maybe it's not so bad an idea to have a larger space to plant your butt

This is the front.... where your butt goes

The back side (this is the side I work on)

A comparison of the original and mine

This is the right side, so far what I have done today

This is the back side so far what I have done

This chair pad is OLD, not sure how old but it's starting to fall apart. Too many butts have sat on it over the years! My friend June had our land trust over the other day for a meeting, she lives in a really old house and I was telling her I can make stuff like this with punch rug so she asked me if I could try and make her 2 of these

This is the back side which is not so faded as the front so the colors and pattern are easier to see

I traced the pattern on tracing paper with pencil and then went over it with a dark marker so it would be easier for me to see when I had to trace the pattern onto burlap

So here I got it onto the burlap, now I have to get some yarn that will match the colors the best I can and start punching

I had some extra time on my hands so I colored in the pattern so I didn't have to keep dragging the original around with me, I am afraid it's so frail it will just shred if I keep touching it, although it get sit on a lot!

So here is my pattern and the original side by side
I'll get my yarn this weekend and start working on it. I know it won't look old and I told June that which she understood. I could try to tea stain it, I'll see how it comes out first.

Sunday, March 21, 2010


Sorry for the blur but this is the first bluebird I have seen in my yard, I have been trying to attract them for a few years with meal worms and houses they like so maybe it finally worked! I'm going to get some meal worms this week!

They won!!

Here's my happy boy, They won the entire tournament yesterday, there were games from 8 am to 2 pm. The entire team did a great job and were SO happy, I am proud of them all.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring is definately in the air

This is the mother of new colt born about 3 weeks ago

She was trying to lay down and roll around but her little man wouldn't leave her be

This was so funny! I could have watched them all day!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Martha Stewart Show

This is riding on the train, we left the house at 6:45 and boarded in Hartford, I was a bit surprised that a round trip cost $85. But worth it,not having to drive in the city

When we got off in Penn Station, it was flooded with St. Patricks Day fans, I wasn't able to get a picture of the crowds, but imagine a million more of these girls running around screaming, etc!!

One of the many NYC store windows, this one was just plain weird so I am sharing!

On the set, we had front row, well not floor front row but next section, way over in the corner, it was actually nice not to have any one in front of us (leg room) The girl in the green scarf gets everyone organized

They said it can be chilly in there. NOT, we were kind of warm and no wonder, look at all the lights!!

We were right in front of her studio greenhouse!! Wow, I would love to have one of these
The view is not real by the way, a poster behind the faux windows

And here is the main part of where she does the show, There were 6 video camera and Lots and lots of crew, people to move cords, cue sheet flippers, cue sheet holders, makeup artists etc.

Going home.... We ate twice, once when we got there and once on the way home, both great places with Irish specials, I am not Irish so I went with a ceasar salad and BLT and a nice blue moon beer

The train ride home gave us a spectacular skyline with the sun setting in the back ground, I wish you could have seen in person it was really beautiful

My parting gifts!! Algae bath salts, a book on being green and I caught a box of bags from a warm up guy that gets the audience geared up and ready to go! At the end of the day, I got home at 10:30 and I have blisters on my pinky toes, but as we all know
It's a good thing!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A place for important papers

I made this today to hang over my toilet in the upstairs bathroom, we just had it repainted and fixed up a bit so I thought I would make something new for it. Not too sure on a color yet, the walls are a white color but sort of grey tint, I got a beige shower curtain with a faint strip of blue, and blue and beige curtains. Any suggestions? I know , the floor is pink, that is on the way out when our pockets recover from all the painting we have done lately, not just the bath, the hallway and the ceilings. I'll put up pictures soon on that part later...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Purple Finch

I put up a finch feeder, late in the season because my old feeder broke, but I have a lot of yellow finches, this is the first I had a purple one that I have seen. Nyer or Thistle seed is SO expensive, so when the squirrels wreck the feeder for finches I get pretty angry

Go away already!

This is a field I pass on my way home from work

This is a smaller field on my street

This is my street

this is my yard and my crazy neighbors house, but do you see all the SNOW?!?!?

Saturday, March 6, 2010

My Dad

Facebook is so popular these days and so much fun to talk to people you would not see otherwise because they have moved away, etc. This picture is my Dad on the left, Eileen Mele in the middle and her brother Fritz Sindland on the right.
My Dad's parents and these kids parents were good friends. The kids of these folks are all friends and we talk on Facebook a lot and exchange pictures. This is from Ronnie Mele, Eileen's eldest son, I had never seen it before and I gave a copy of it to Fritz's wife last night. Sadly, my Dad and Eileen are no longer with us but Fritz is, I hope he was happy to get a copy of this picture last night.

Friday, March 5, 2010

This is how I am greeted coming home from work

What took you so long??

We have been waiting FOREVER!

Hurry Hurry open the door and let us in!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Cleaning up my old desk I found an old picture

This is Angela, Wendy and me, 20 years ago!!! I still work with Wendy, this was at my sister Barb's baby shower for her twins who were born April 1990

Is winter almost over or what??

These 2 pictures are of my yard this morning

This is on my way to work about 10 miles from my house, No Snow!!!

here is my office, we have grass!!

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