My hubby had other ideas than me sewing this weekend…

Saturday my hubby asked me if I could help him stain his shed… it sounds like it should go fast, with two of us working, it’d be a snap right? He’s always just used Thompson’s Water Seal on it, but after 15 years it was starting to look pretty weathered. He decided we’d stain it this year… a Redwood color. First it had to be brushed off with a stiff brush to get the black spots and grime off it. We didn’t want to wash it because then it would have to dry.

If you click on any pictures they will enlarge.

Once we got going on the east side, it went pretty quickly, but the front was a pain…all the extra pieces of wood to make it “decorative” really got in the way and slowed us down. The side took over an hour BUT the front took almost 3 and 1/2 hours. I know… I know… and my shoulder knows too! We stopped after the front, as it was getting dark…Hallelujah!

Remember when my hubby trimmed our Mulberry tree and I was sure he pruned it back too far? This was it on April 19th, and here it is today! He does know what he’s doing… It grows back every year… just like he says it will!

We can’t get over how pretty the color is… it changed dramatically in looks!

SO… Sunday morning he woke up with another idea…however it didn’t involve work… it was a fun day. After church we left and went back to Cape Girardeau, MO, to the SEMO Fair. (South East Missouri) He had gotten a brochure somewhere and there was supposed to be chickens and rabbits dressed up in costumes and he thought I’d like to see them. Well, we raced as fast as we could, (obeying the speed limits, mind you…) and made it to the fairgrounds, only to discover you had to walk a REALLY LONG way around to the 4-H tent… I spotted a shuttle bus and saw other people walking toward it, so I called to my hubby, “Hurry and we can catch a ride down to the grounds.” My hubby can’t walk quite as fast as I can, so I beat him to the bus…Just as I was about there, the doors shut, but I was standing there at the door and the guy opened them up. I climbed aboard, and the guy goes…”Yeeessss?” I said, “Isn’t this a shuttle bus taking people to the fairgrounds?” Everyone on board laughed… He said it was a federal bus… We don’t know exactly what it was, or who was on it, but we’re guessing it was a “correctional” facility with workers on board…maybe they had to pick up trash at the fairgrounds…we’ll never know. My face may have been red as I backed off the bus, but my hubby’s was probably redder as he gathered his wife off the bus. He kidded me all day long and all the way home…

We huffed and puffed and made it to the tent just in time to see the winner announced… It turns out it was just for the kids in 4-H, and there weren’t that many participants. The chicken winner was a cowboy “get up” and the rabbit just had a hat and a a blanket on… Maybe it was a sombrero.. I’m not sure. Anyway, here were the winners…

There was also a winner announced called “Chicken Noodle Soup.” It wasn’t exactly a dressed up chicken.. but a little boy with a chefs hat on and 2 banty hens in a pot with some veggies on top… The little boy must have only been 4 or 5 and was standing on a milk crate…

They had a rooster crowing contest and a corn shucking contest and next door were a few animals… I took just a few shots… I thought this was a beautiful rooster and the rabbit caught George’s eye…

We went to the Arena and looked at the 4-H competition and saw the ribbons they won…

This quilt won Best of Show and Grand Champion (I think).

The things the kids made were displayed on a wall, sort of mixed up like… I’ve never seen a fair done quite like this…

This sweet little cake reminded me of one I did…

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(You can see that post HERE.)

…and look at all the red and blue ribbons on the canned goods!

My hubby kind of snickered and said, “I think someone’s mom helped with this one…”

The 4-H judges were still working on the entries for the sewing and needle crafts and it was going to be another hour before they were done, so we decided we’d have to move on.

As we were walking around, the smell was unbelievable… there were more vendors selling things here than I had EVER seen before at ANY fair… It was like this, row after row after row for as far down as you could see… We didn’t get a thing! :o)

Next we came to the tractors.. and my hubby was intrigued with the vintage ones…Have you ever seen so many red tractors in a row?

My hubby was trying to find the one they had on the farm when he was growing up…

In the middle of all the vintage tractors, they had a “People’s Choice” contest for the best riding mower! Seriously? I have no idea how many there were…. but LOTS!

He could hardly believe it, but he found the tractor like they used to have… and he had to tell me ALL about it.. how they hooked a belt up to that big thing on the side and used it for grinding hay and for a saw…(I think…my stomach was growling and my mind was thinking of food…)

It was getting pretty hot walking around, so we decided to leave the fairgrounds and see what else we could see… There is a neat Antique store downtown called Annie Laurie’s and we started there…We just looked but didn’t buy anything.

We went to a few places downtown and looked around…YEP…that’s my hubby…he found the “tool section” in this store…

I wandered around and saw some vintage wedding dresses…hanging up high…

…and I found a booth with lots of old catalogs and magazines and a few paper dolls, so Betsy and I visited for a while!

It was getting later in the evening and I finally said, “I’m ready to eat…” so we found a nice place and had a quiet dinner, and then headed home. My hubby said he just wanted to “extend” our time from the other day when we came… I was glad he suggested it. We had a wonderful day…

It wasn’t about sewing or dolls, but I hope you enjoyed it…Monday morning we are going to try and get those 2 other sides of the shed whipped… Oh Boy!!!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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FINALLY…a post about those HATS!!!

It has taken me forever to get this post written. It wasn’t because it was hard to write, I just couldn’t seem to find the time… I thought I better do everything I could today to make sure I was talking about something “dolly” related… especially those hats!

So here’s the deal in a nutshell. I LOVE making these little straw hats for the dolls. There’s something fun about going round and round until you get to the top of the hat and then it’s especially fun to pull out the paper roses and flowers and see what looks best on them. Well, combine that with all my fabrics and you have a match made in heaven… well, almost!

I decided it might be fun for the ladies who sew, to be able to buy the hat and then have a piece of fabric already matched up with the colors of the hat and flowers. So, this idea was born… I’d make the hats and decorate them and then offer a few different choices of fabric for the winner to choose from. They buy the hat and the fabric and then they can make the dress for whatever doll they want. I’m offering 1/3 of a yard of fabric for the hats…(in some cases only a fat quarter) They work for the 13″ Effner Little Darlings, Ellowyne, and 10″ Patsy Tonner and friends. So they are sort of Hat/fabric kits in a way.

Now, not everyone sews, so I decided if they only wanted the hat, and not the fabric, I would send them back $3.00 in their box.

This is sort of a kick starter for me to see if it works this way… I guess we’ll find out! I took new pictures outside today of the hats on the fabrics to try and get the colors as close as possible to what they really are…

Here they all are at a glance… it’s like a little hat shop, isn’t it?

If you have any suggestions or think of anything I may have left out, let me know. My listings are scheduled to go on Ebay just past 8:30 Thursday evening…(Central Time)

I hope you’ll check them out. I’ll list them over at the right side bar when they become active listings on Ebay.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Surprise, surprise! No hats again, but some “trip” pics…

First of all, thank you so much for your kind anniversary wishes and the compliments on our new flooring. We really are loving it. My hubby told me this morning, he was too tired last night to enjoy it, but this morning, he said he just went in the living room early and sat on the couch and looked at it and thanked the Lord for blessing us. They say “good things come to those who wait…” They did…and we did!

My hubby decided to wake me up and ask me if I’d like to go to Cape Girardeau, Missouri… Are you kidding…say “no” to a trip? So I was out of bed fast as The Flash…(well, not really…I was pretty tired and still sore from all that scooting around on the floor…), but I managed to get dressed reasonably fast.

I asked if we could stop at that RM COCO place where I went once before and got that fabric by the pound? I wanted to see if I could find something to line my curtains with. We went and I found a few things. They have expanded their store and it’s a sewer’s delight… here are a few pictures and the $1.00 I spent on a few pieces of fabric. I did find some fabric for my lining, but it was $2.00 a yard… and I forgot to show you…It’s just a sheer like lining… so nothing special to see…

This is a fun room to dig around it. You can find just about anything you like for making pillows…

I spent $1.00 and got this… 4 panels for pillows, a pieced of smocked-like brown silk, a piece of pink raw silk and a Christmas fabric in red and gold.

Then right down the road is a quilt shop that’s one of my favorites… The Golden Needle. I just hit the clearance table and found these few things… they’ll make some pretty little dresses… (they’re just fat quarters ~ 18″ x 22″ )

I also found 2 remnants that had a little more on them…

WE had a nice lunch at an Italian Restaurant and then went next door to a fun antique shop… we always start in the Bargain Basement… my hubby found a tool table right away…

You never know what you’ll find down there…

…and we both found a treasure. George found an antique planer… and wanted to fix it up… I forgot to take a picture of his… I found a spinning wheel that I’ll use as a prop for Felicity maybe… It had a light bulb and a cord attached but my hubby already took that off for me. I haven’t cleaned it up at all, but think it’ll be cute. I’m not sure how big a spinning wheel was supposed to be…Is that the right size, anyone?
Maybe if she was sitting down?

We went across the street to another antique shop and wandered around in there. I found 2 chairs in the half price room… $35.00 each… but I decided to pass…although they were very comfortable. They would have made a great project… but I talked myself out of them BECAUSE I HAVE TOO MANY PROJECTS TO FINISH ALREADY!

My hubby found this white lace piece for me…it’ll make 2 sweet collars for dresses…

We went to a few other places and then we started dragging… our 10 days of prepping the floor and then putting it down was catching up with us. We decided we were too tired to shop anymore. So we just enjoyed the ride home listening to music in the car…

So that was my Anniversary day… not too exciting for you, but wonderful for me!

I’ll try to see about rounding up those hats for a post… :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Can you stand one more “floor and home” post?

I never dreamed it would take us 10 hours to get the section we had left in the kitchen finished, but it did! It was more complicated and time consuming than we anticipated. There were all those pieces to cut under the cabinets and with “not perfectly” straight floors, everything had to have a template made. We only had 9 planks left and we were determined to make them work…and there was no room for any mistakes. There was the back door that we had to cut around and then down the hallway, where a register was. Then we had to put some kind of threshold to hold the planks in place since they weren’t butted up against any wall.

Back in the living room, we decided to take the flooring all the way across the threshold going into my sewing room because the door is open most of the time and it really would look much neater if it was the plank flooring. We had a scrap that fit perfectly, but my threshold was crooked compared to the width of the plank, so my hubby straightened it up with his sawzall. Then there was sawdust everywhere because he had to plane it down, and then sand it… and then glue the planks in just over my threshold.

It’s really nice now and looks so finished off from the way it looked before. I forgot to take a before picture.

Anyway, long story short… the plank going into my sewing room was the last one we had to use. We ended up with 4 and a half planks left and really would have liked to have had a few more, but it’s okay…

So here are a few pictures that I quickly snapped when we had the table cleared off (haven’t seen it like this for about 2 weeks!)

I thought this was such a nice picture showing the kitchen area finished…until I realized all my dirty dishes were in the sink… oops! (just keeping it real!) ..and yes…those ARE spackling splotches on the drywall in my kitchen. I’m going to paint it soon…now that my floor looks so pretty in my kitchen… (There are a few pieces of blue tape you might see on the floors. We marked a few spots we wanted to check under the planks because they were sticking up just a teeny bit. It might be another nail head or a piece of dirt under there.)

When you turn to the left at my sink, there is a hallway that goes to the back part of our house. We stopped the planks just past the door that goes up to the attic. I caught Reuben in the hallway. He’s afraid to walk over the threshold… I mean “seriously” afraid…He wouldn’t even cross over it for a treat that was laid on the kitchen floor!

Well, I guess you’re realizing by now there are “no hats” in today’s post. There just wasn’t any time to work on that part of the post… I’m so sorry. But now that my house is looking pretty good… there should be time for sewing in the near future! Thank you so much for hanging in there with me these last 10 days or so…

Tuesday is my 36th Anniversary and my hubby said we were going out, so this red kneed, sore all over, tired as all get out, blogger, is pulling the plug on this post…she needs some beauty rest!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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