Of course this is the rug that Morris loves to move. He not only has to drag it the length of the kitchen, he has to get it around a corner and through a doorway.. He tugs and pulls, and grunts and groans until he succeeds in doing it..
And when he finally gets it in the living room he usually collapses... It is indeed a big undertaking for a small dog and it takes him about 20 minutes to it.
I've lots of pictures of Morris and the big runner but it was quite by accident that I caught both him after moving the rug and Molly starting to panic.... You know she is thinking "Oh no...not again. That *#@%^ Morris."
If you have a way of coping with your endowment that is comfortable.... PLEASE email me brand and style number. As of now I'm ordering this one from the Sunday paper supplement. The ad is wrinkled because I threw it away but smoothed it out and decided I'll try anything at this point in time. Of course we all know if it is an ad it must be true....it's in print after all.. But it does say "no hooks, no underwire, no shoulder pain, no rolling, no chafing, no back fat, no saggy bust and no straps to adjust." And on a positive note it says "super lift, super support. super comfort, seamless cups and gorgeous style." Now would they lie????? Waiting to hear from somebody in case they would....
1 c. sugar
1c. sour cream
1 beaten egg
3 T. flour
1 tsp cinnamon
Mix well and put in tart shell... You can artfully arrange plums (apples or pears) or just dice them and put on top of filling.... I top with a little stuesel mix and a few sliced almonds. Bake 40 min. at 400. I also like to add 1/4 tsp. Chinese 5 spice along with the cinnamon... I should mention that this recipe is from a marvelous little cookbook I purchased years and year ago entitled.... "Recipes from the heirs and relatives Nikolaus Schwartz and Anna Steyer."
Here they are...all ten over the last eight months. Each one had a different objective and different materials and techniques I wanted to try... The whole project was an experiment and, all in all, I'm happy with them. But some were more successful than others. I tried to pick a favorite but could only narrow it down to two.
I'm sure as you look through the blocks you will notice the different approaches to delve into my stash of Christmas trims..and I hope you have a favorite... I love them all and learned from every one...
I came home and immediately ordered a tunnel from Amazon and today on the way home from mother I'm stopping at the lumber store and getting plywood to build the ramp.. (It's hard to believe I am actually buying lumber) Most of the other stuff I can build with things on hand...
And of course Morris is a natural champion!!!
Corgis are a herding breed and Morris takes this seriously. He is continually gathering things throughout the house and brings them to a pile the living room and guards them.. After a while he'll wander through the house again to find something else to add to his treasures and guard again for a while... then repeat.
I deliberately chose a rather congested photo of his "stuff" and even added a few things to it... Now I am making motifs around the photo of some of his favorites......ball, hammer, various toys, food bowl, leashes etc... for a "find them in the photo" exercise.
I am particularly pleased with the ribbon treatment around the photo...In Wichita Candace Kling had a display of such folded ribbons and I loved them but hadn't tried them yet. I saw such a treatment on a pillow at Cathy's home and tried it on this block. The grosgrain was really too heavy but I loved the bright yellow with white polka dots so forged ahead anyway... Cathy even had a book of folded ribbon treatments which I found online and ordered so you will see them frequently.
Well look at it now.
We must have moved each stone at least 6 times until we ended up with a very sturdy stone structure...
I had built two little gates the Friday before I left town.... I do have antique door knobs to use as finials but haven't polished them yet.
I was also able to incorporate some more iron into the back wall which made the stone sections shorter and more stable. The top piece of iron is from an old balcony railing and if you guessed all day, you would not think the bottom section is from an old cast iron crib. I use the head of the crib for a gate on my veggie garden and the foot will be a trellis for a clematis... The lavender hedge took a severe beating during the whole process but it will recoop in a year or two....
The flowers on this variety of clematis are insubstantial but the seed heads are the best!!!! Don't you love it... The dogs and I walked in the woods this morning and fall was in the air....
I know that it doesn't look like I accomplished that much at the retreat but I did work on this block a lot... You can see compared to the photo before I left... I did the large leaves on felt and then appliqued them on...these were very time consuming. I also did the outlining of the berries and added detail and gave my bird a beak.....plus some beading. Now there are just the glass leaves, his feet and some fine details.
I'm anxious to give my little bird legs and feet now as I loved them on the Wm Morris bird.. I hope to have it done by Friday. Of course I got a royal and loving welcome from Morris when I got home but also my chickens started laying eggs while I was gone. My favorite food in all the world are eggs still warm from the nest... Since they are just starting the eggs are small and a little irregular but absolutely delicious just the same..
Obviously this one was taken early morning as I hadn't even brushed my hair... So I popped this old girl into photoshop for a makeover..
Oh well, in my dreams.... Love ya Leigha!!!!
In 2001 my rose garden was featured in Better Homes and Gardens and the photographer fell in love with all the benches and asked if they could come back and do another feature just on the benches....which they did in 2003.
The object was to build this fence with things on hand and I certainly have...Of course the 4x4s were salvaged from all the things we disassembled this summer. And the black base is my "super tip" of the day" .. One of the things I've always watched for in antique and thrift stores are mismatched orphan leaves from dining room tables. There are often piles of them in old stores and they are real wood and dirt cheap... Most often pine with a veneer of some sort but I have scored some really fine pieces of wood also.. But if you're going to paint it, who cares... I have used these orphan table leaves to build all kinds of things... especially shelves. Today they are the black bases for my finials..
I did buy the wood caps... one of the two purchases I've made.
I didn't have enough for the new gate posts but as luck is on my side with this project, I found 5 more antique brass door knobs in the barn that will be perfect for the gate posts.... I will start on the gates Friday...
Now we begin something I never dreamt we'd get to this year... my front garden...which is a disaster. When the main garden was in it's heyday and was open to the public, I had nothing planted here near the house for security reasons.. When I started this small bed by the door I surrounded it with a precious 2' picket fence... which the UPS and snow plows destroyed TWICE. Then I surrounded it with a 2' wire fence to keep the rabbits out but it too has been mangled..
Luckily I have this pile of wood left from things we dismantled this summer.. Most of it I'll cut up for fire wood but there's plenty to choose from to build a fence. We've already pulled all the 4x4s from the pile.
I should add I'm not the easiest woman for a man to work for... when I want something done it's not open for discussion.... Not only do I want it done..... I want it done my way...
Remember the soutache jewelry from the other day... Well I have a huge hug and thank you for Jocelyne Ausseil who found this fantastic tuto...
Pigtails and Quilts is having a "Crazy Quilts are Quilts Too" celebrating crazy quilting and I'm pleased to be participatin...
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Margreet's blocks arrived today and they are such warm forest colors.. I haven't read her booklet yet so not sure if she had a prefe...