Friday, April 30, 2010

They Have Arrived

Hubby took me for a drive the other day and we picked up two of these beautiful azalea bushes to add to the rock beds. Just waiting for one of the boys to get home and plant them. Another plant has started to bloom this week also. Such beautiful blue flowers. Just waiting for a butterfly to land. One of our ducks has flew into the flower garden and is taking a walk threw the yard. Last week I took a photo of Ollie walking on the rocks. She could balance her self well even carring her little family within. When Hubby came back from the barn today he brought news that Ollie's kittens had arrived. Under her were four little kittens when I moved her.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

New Doll - Andy

She is much like the Emma doll posted as For Keeps Or Not. Her name is Andy and her bonnet is alot longer. It took some time finding an old feather tick pillow case. I was asked if I could do another doll like Emma and here she is. So I was wondering what you think of her? She has been signed dated & numbered. Andy is doll #10 in my jointed doll collection. Her arms and legs are attached with buttons and can be moved. She is a 21" rag stuffed coffee stained muslin doll.She is heavy like the old tyme feel. Her clothing is prim and coffee stained. Included is her little coffee stained dolly wrapped in a coffee stained tattered blanket.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Kitchen Closet Door Covered Part 2

Well the crosspieces were cut and painted. But there were paw prints in the paint. I guess you can see how that happened not once but twice. That's how I got this photo. Finally they were dry and nailed to the door. That door knob just really sucked. Hubby said you just wanted the door to look old and that door knob don't look right. Yes I want it to look like an old farm house and like I don't already know how bad the door knob looks. We found a new door knob but no hinge buckles. It reminds me of the kitchen door to my grandparents house. My grandmother wanted to update it but grandpap always said no. Well he did make it after all. They are gone but the door is still there for now. Of course I just had to hang a doll from a nail. She holds plastic walmart bags for hubbies lunches. I told hubby when he moves the furnace to the basement I would like another door and shelves built inside the hole for a pantry. Someday. Of course he just rolled his eyes. He knows it will never end.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Kitchen Closet Door Covered Part 1

I wanted the door to look more prim and blend in with the beadboard on the walls. I seen an idea in Country Sampler Home Tour Edition and I just had to have mine that way. So Hubby picked up a pack of pine planks. They were cut & painted then glued to the door. So this is what it looks like now. I still have plans for more. Like some black hinges and door knob. Need some crosspieces cut and screwed in place.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Kitchen Entrance Part 2 & Doll faces

I said I wanted a change and here it is. I liked the color paint Andys Primitive Farmhouse painted her hoosier cabinet. The color I got ended up looking lighter. The garbage can cabinet was white, brown, black and now tan. With it being lighter than I planed I decided to wipe it down with walnut stain and I liked it much better. So did one of my sons (before the satin he said it looked like puke he likes it now). So the shelf got some stain to. The shelf was stained and painted barn red when I bought it at a friends yard sale. I then painted it black and now tan. My friend might want it back. So everything was put in its place. The closet door and floor need updated soon. I hope very soon! I have plans for this tall chimney cabinet later. The dolls have not been forgotten. I have stitched their faces and next the staining process will come.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Kitchen Entrance

This is the entrance to the homestead kitchen. I have been wanting a change. I believe it is about to happen. I had a chair by the door for Hubby to remove his boots after taking care of the outside animals. However the chair just became a catch all for coats, hats, dog treat bags and tools. I did remove all that before the photo shoot. It was just too bad. I figured the chair must go. Quick switch a roo. Moved the chair and garbage can cabinet. I really liked the garbage can cabinet and shelf where I keep crocks of sweet potatoes, white potatoes and onions painted black but the black paint is so hard to keep clean. Dust just seems to cling to black. Dust and I just cant get along. The paint will be coming out soon. Decided the chair will have to go altogether.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Surprise Surprise More Rocks

Boy was I ever surprised and happy when Hubby and our boys said they would get rocks for the garden today. This is what they brought home for me. Hubby thinks this will be plenty to finish out the rock beds. I say I will need more. He dose not know the vision I have in my head. I mentioned redoing the door to the kitchen closet today. I got an idea out of the Country Sampler Home Edition magazine to recover it. He told me I needed to stop looking at magazines. If he only knew of ideas I have gotten from the blogs I follow.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Shopping Trip And Garden Talk

Got to get out today. Hubby stopped at a yard sale and I got this great crock. Picked up some fabric remnants. Finished up a doll bonnet. Got a Magnolia tree to add to the garden. With my sons wonderful muscles it is already planted. Most of the blooms came off while traveling home. Some paint for an upcoming project and batteries for the garden lights. My grandmother gave me an off spring of her lilac bush many years ago. As I have said before life happens and the goats ate in to the ground at one time. This is the first time it has ever bloomed. This garden has been a gift from God for me. God has blessed me with many off spring plants from family or friends. I LOVE things with a story behind them. The garden has been in the making since 1995 and my sons have started another extention to it this year. Were on the look out for rocks! Some of those even have a story behind them.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Another day In The Garden

Thought I would share a few photos of the blooms in the rock beds with you today. I did not have the heart to pluck this yellow weed from the base of the old oak tree. It just looked so bright and happy. If it had been in the yard I would not have thought twice about plucking it. On the table today were doll legs and bonetts. There was such a beautiful sunset tonight. Have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Creating In The Garden

I am creating another doll today in the gazebo. She will be a remake of the Emma doll. You can get a look at her and the other finished doll at my picture trail album. Just click on my picture trail online photo album button to the right in my sidebar. The sounds of the birds chattering and the pond fountain are relaxing. The green leaves are opening on the weeping fountain trees. More flowers are sproting up from the soil. The goldfish are very active. The cats are out and about in the garden. It is such a beautiful day in the garden!

Monday, April 12, 2010

New Look For The Stove

I have called this my stove the Cinderella stove since I got it. I spend so much time cleaning it after cooking on it. I never get to go to the ball either. Life happens and there is a nick out of the glaze and a scratch on the top. So I got a primitive dough board with side handles made to cover the top. I would like to hide the frig in a cabinet next. Lots of flowers are poping up in the rock garden and the fish are swimming around the garden pond. Smaller dolls are on the creating table in the gazebo at this time.

Friday, April 9, 2010

New Do At The Homestead

I got these wonderful wood pieces from Firecrackerkid. The Rolling pin/Dough Bowl Keep and Primitive Farmhouse Dough Bowl Rack are beautiful and well made. Had them hung today. I like the new look much better above the piano. I will have to shop for more bowls soon! I just love these pieces.