Posts Tagged ‘everyday’

A Change In Scenery

August 3rd, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Yesterday we packed up the car and drove to the ocean for the day for a much-needed change of scenery.

Sometimes I forget that the REAL salty, sandy, shell laden shore is only a couple of hours away. I get stuck in the groove of  the norm, the patterns of home and forget I can find new adventures close to home. I can get caught up wishing I could travel to far off places, imagining a life of grand travel. Oh Europe, Oh Tropics, Oh Asia!

But for now, when I need a change of scenery -

I will try to remind myself that you CAN adventure close to home.

One hour and fifty-seven minutes to the beach!

I am so happy to have salty beach hair, I don’t think I will wash it all week!




Asking a 1,800 Pound Bull Pretty Please

August 2nd, 2011 by zoe 1 Comment

This is Thor. He weighs about 1,800 pounds, loves grass and flowers.  He comes to visit sometimes and hangs outs out with the girls, eating, pooping and procreating.

When his Dad comes to get him, he just doesn’t want to go home, he is still having fun playing with his friends. He stomps his feet a bit, then he gets distracted by the tall grass, flowers and toys in the yard. He thinks he would rather go back and play with his friends, he doesn’t want to listen to Dad.

His Dad knows, you just cant push him around, you gotta get him to think getting in the car was HIS idea. Maybe you let him play a little longer, pay him no mind. Next you bribe him with a tasty treat. “Come on Thor it’s time to go home – if you get into the car, all by yourself, I will give you a gobble of grain”.  Then as a last resort you invite his friends to have the tasty treat in the trailer instead  — because if his friends want it, that will REALLY make HIM want it.

If you are an 1,800 pound bull you certainly DON’T share your treats!

These are the girls – they love grain too.

Watching the big bull dilly dally and protest I started thinking -

getting an 1,800 pound bull into the trailer is kind of like herding children into the car!

Painting Furniture Fever!

July 16th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

I have had painting furniture on the brain. Just dreaming of all the furniture in my house I could paint gets my little hamster wheels spinning. I have been wanting to create little nook for writing in my bedroom, now that it has a door, I can actually imagine getting some work done in the house. Ha Ha!

In my mind, the perfect desk would be somewhat structurally interesting on the green wall, in my mind it would be brightly painted. A little perusing on Craigslist turned up this somewhat barfy desk that was just waiting to be painted turquoise.

I roughed it up with 220 grit paper and primed it. I then lightly sanded it again with 320 grit paper and finished it off with two coats of Rust-oleum satin spray paint in Lagoon. It took one can of primer and two cans of color to do this small desk. And now …. here is my new writing space!

The little print on the desk usually lives in the boy’s room but I kind of like it here. It’s a page from an antique English reading primer that I bought at the world-famous Brimfield Antique show years before I had children, or chickens or cows. At the time it just spoke to me and I had to buy it. I still love it after all these years.

If you ever get the chance to go to Brimfield wear comfortable shoes, a sun hat and prepare to be overwhelmed!

Now, if only I could hop in car and head over there tomorrow to hunt for the perfect chair!


A New Baby on the Farm

July 6th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

So excited to announce that yesterday, while no one was paying any attention, there was a new baby born here at our house! Suddenly, there she was skipping around in the field.

She is a beautiful little black heifer and already appears to be a champion nurser.

We are thinking of naming her Dahlia.

Welcome to the farm Dahlia!

Bedroom Doors & Whitewashed Brick

July 2nd, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Long ago this was a living room, then we shifted everything around – again and again. The children took over the main bedroom in our house and

what once a living room became our bedroom. The room was very long and had no door. For years we lived with no door. We also lived with no window trim, siding, and many other things but that is a story for another day!  With no bedroom door there was no such thing as “sleeping in”. Not that parents of young children ever really get to “sleep in”, but, there are those special holidays like your birthday when you might get to sleep until 8! Without a door the squawking from children could be heard from every corner of the house. I  thought I might come unraveled, sometimes I need a bit of calm.  A bit of space helps me to put on my Mom face and begin each day anew.

Space to be alone and be mellow =  a happy mother.

It’s no secret formula, just a known fact!

So, we once again shifted and lived in construction, and spent long hours painting while the little ones slept.  And wrangled ourselves a sliding pocket door, even managing to partition off part of that long room for a study. The bedroom got brighter colors but the brick fireplace felt too dominating and dark.  After reading up on painting brick, I got a little nervous, the experts say – DONT DO IT. I learned brick needs to BREATH (of course!).  So, I was determined to use a traditional lime paint and began reading up on make my own lime paint.  Then it dawned on me, traditional lime paint has the same ingredients of my favorite Old Fashioned Milk Paint.

Enough said, here is my milk paint whitewashed brick fireplace!  The color I used was Light Cream. It was messy to get in all the nooks and crannies of the brick mortar but the paint is so easy to use and has no toxins making the project really quite painless.

I made the framed chalkboard some years back by painting a piece of thin plywood with chalkboard paint and slipping it into an old gold frame. I am hunting for a vintage fancy mirror for the mantle but in the meantime I think I will just broadcast some ever-changing inspirational words. I seem to need those, these days!

And there, in the hall, my lovely (in reality hardly ever closed) sliding bedroom door!

So in the spirit of my words of the week – time to roll up my sleeves and get to the project of today!




Kids Swimwear Tutorial

June 30th, 2011 by zoe 4 Comments

Yesterday the boys went to the lake, I stayed home and sewed them up some new swim trunks. They are a tad picky about their swimwear. They don’t like baggy traditional trunks and instead prefer little Euro style shorts.  Mini Boden sells some that are crazy cute but I just couldn’t afford to buy them. Years ago, when I was a young thing, I  sewed all my own bikini’s – I had dreams of starting my own swimwear empire in California!  Ha Ha!

Recently some friends were ogling the cute girl’s swimsuit tutorial over at No Big Dill and I thought, hey, I can just sew up some boy trunks myself!  I’m not afraid of spandex!! So I traced out a  pattern and here are the new pirate trunks for my little mates.  98% of the boys clothes are hand-me-downs so it’s really rare to see them dressed in matching outfits – kind of adorable, no?

Matching the stripes, I cut 2 front and 2 back pieces for each pair of shorts. Next I stitched and serged the bum and crotch seams.

Then I added a little applique, stitched & serged the sides seams and inside crotch seam. I serged the raw edges of  the top waistband and the legs holes. Next I hemmed the legs with a zig-zag stitch.

I cut a strip for the waistband to measure about 2″  inches narrower than the finished shorts.  The waistband for a 4-5T measured about 181/2″ long by about 2 1/2″ wide, I folded it in half and stitched the ends together leaving a gap to pull elastic through.

I folded the waistband over to make a casing for the elastic and serged it around the bottom edge, pinned it to the shorts – stretching the waistband slightly while pinning to evenly disperse the waistband taper, and then stitched the waistband in place (ensuring my elastic hole faced to the inside).  Next I ran my 1″ elastic through the waistband hole and sewed the ends together. Lastly, I hand stitched the elastic hole in the waistband closed.

The striped fabric was purchased at a local fabric store but if you head on over to Katy’s blog No Big Dill you can find some links to find swimwear spandex fabric online.

The black waistband fabric was recycled from one of my workout shirts, it had a couple of funny seams but they aren’t noticeable in the finished shorts. If you are using a really thin fabric you might want to line the shorts, this stuff was really thick and just didn’t need it.

Next time I think I will choose a dark color spandex, the lake is kind of dirty this year and um… my boys are kind of dirty too!

Let me know if you have any questions, it’s a pretty basic pattern so I didn’t want to over word it  – I could also post up a pattern for the shorts (size 4-5T) if anyone is interested just let me know!

Now off to the lake!