Sunday, February 21, 2010

For Kathy

I really shouldn't be at the computer but I stole a few minutes to check some blogs tonight. Kathy over at Beautiful Mini Blessings is making a cat house (for kitties, not the other kind) and made some cute toys mice.

I dug through the blog archive and pulled this picture for her in hopes that the picture makes more sense than my attempt at describing it in her comment section.I'm exhausted and will return sometime later in the week... Probably after my mother has gone back home.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Moving Day

...please check back in a few days.

See you soon! :-)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Bunny Sez...

Mom's busy packing still and Dad hasn't bought her flowers because she asked for paint, primer, and the necessaries to start painting the new house.

So here's a pictures of some yummy lookin' roses that he bought for her some time ago.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Picture Teasers

There will be more pictures as things are updated and whatnot, but here are a few that I took this evening on our final walk-through.

Front of the house. There are more trees in front and once the snow melts I know there are garden beds.
The kitchen that needs some work.
Built-in book cases in the living room. They also need some love.
FH and Awesome Realtor* looking out the living room window onto the deck.
Little D* and Hummingbird* went with us to the closing. Here is Hummingbird in front of the family room window that looks out onto the sun porch. You can also see the retro fire place that we're going to replace with a wood burning stove.
The family room also has a bar.
View of the back of the house from the yard. There are lots of deer in the area. One had even bedded down in the yard. FH is hoping to fix that problem. There will be more pictures as specific projects/rooms have work done on them.

*As always, names are changed to protect anonymity...especially for the kids.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


"Really, I'm helping."
"Do we have to bring him when we move?"

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Wicker Tea Trolly - It's All Casey's Fault

Ok so maybe it's not completely Casey's fault, but her recent posts of wicker projects and books made me really wish I hadn't already packed the one wicker piece that I've made. And then while I was packing I saw the box it was packed in and realized it was incredibly easy to get to. I didn't even need a box cutter or anything...

So without further ado, here's my wicker tea trolly.This was a class at the St. Louis show many years ago. We also did a bowl of nuts and some other goodies, but they are packed in a different place. The instructor was fantastic and we all had a really good time.

If I recall correctly, this was done with a fine waxed linen cord. The wheels really turn and the holes for the wire supports were already drilled.

I also picked up the same 1:12 wicker furniture book that Casey has in her post from today. I haven't tried anything in there yet, but I plan to in the (hopefully) near future. It's already packed as well and very hard to get to, so if you're curious about the book in question, follow the link to Casey's post.

I'm going to finish my snack, try to shake off this cold, and get back to work. Ten days is going to go by awfully fast.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Colors of the Rainbow

I've been playing with color palettes for the new house and have gotten two decisions made and am working on a third. I have to apologize about the quality of them pictures. The camera isn't doing the colors justice.

First is our bedroom.The walls will be the peachy-brown color, trim will be the corresponding "not-quite white" color above it. Then I will be using one of the two purples to paint an abstract boarder around the room. The boarder will be about the same height as you would put a chair rail. I thought about painting it higher up but I want to put crown moulding in there at some point and don't want to have to repaint. I'm also in the market for a dark brown comforter for the bed.

Second is my sewing room/the guest room.
I'm keeping this one a bit simpler... just the two top colors. Like our room, I'm pondering a painted border around the room. This time it would be in the same color as the trim and I would probably use a stencil for a hand quilting design for the border.

This brings me to the upstairs bath. It's not what I really want to do decor wise, but I'm going to be using what I have on had because I already own it. Eventually I will replace the flowers with something more south western to match the rest of the public areas of the upstairs. But for now I'm using what I have and paint isn't as expensive as replacing linens, rugs, etc.

I'm currently torn color-wise because several of the colors in the palettes we like go well with the current linens.
You should recognize this one... it's the same color as the trim for the guest room.Starting at the green and moving to the right (ignore the blue), all three of these would work well.
I think I may have to ponder this one for a while. It may even come down to me going to the new house after we close and seeing what the colors will look like in the space. That's what I have to do with the choices for the kitchen and living room. Those two rooms open into each other, so the colors have to flow together. I need to see what our choices look like against the cabinets, but we're leaning towards shades of terra cotta/orange with other colors that remind me of home.

Eventually the only white walls will be in the furnace room and possibly the laundry room. I am sick and tired of white walls. Heck they might even get painted with warmer neutrals just to get rid of the white. ;-)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Refries with a Twist... Literally

Not my normal modus operandi, but I didn't think about soaking beans two days ago. Usually I use dried beans, soak them overnight, boil them with spices, cool them overnight, and the refry them. But this worked well in a pinch and has some different flavor.

1 can pinto beans
1 can black beans
one half of a sweet onion, minced
2 stalks of green onion, slice thin
1 Tblsp minced garlic
2-3 tsps bacon fat
1 tsp lime zest
black pepper to taste

Melt bacon fat in deep skillet (non stick or cast iron is best) and add the onions and garlic.
Once the onions start to become transparent add the lime zest and some black pepper.
Dump the beans into the skillet and wait for the liquid to start bubbling.
Use a potato masher and start crushing the beans. Stir often to make sure you get all the beans crushed.
Cook uncovered on low until desired thickness is reached. Remember that once the beans start to cool they will thicken up even more.

Normally I use more sweet onion; once when I boil the beans the second day and again when I refry them the third day. I wanted to use up the available onions in the fridge today.

Canned beans are cooked with a good deal of salt and I cooked the onions in bacon fat, therefore I didn't add any additional salt. Some folks dislike refried beans because they are too salty. Homemade refries do not have nearly as much salt as the pre-canned types and have a more nutty flavor.

The lime zest added a nice bit of "zing" to the regular flavors. It's not something I would want all the time, but it was quite nice.

Friday, February 5, 2010


A brief welcome and hello to my new followers! I hope you can forgive me for the lack of posts currently. Moving is never easy. I promise to make it up to everyone once we're settled, or at least once everything is off the truck and in the new garage. ;-)