Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Nonni's Bench- Recovered- Finally

This is one of those projects that I have put off for a couple years.  I received this bench from my Grandmother after she passed away. It was part of a whole bedroom suite that sadly was divided up among people.  My parents have the armoire, someone else has the headboard and I am sure someone else has the dresser.  There was a little table that had a mirror that this little bench sat at.  I do not have that either.

Don't get me wrong.  I am not broken up about it because of my Grandmother.  Its material stuff to me.  I have a mirror from her, this bench and a crocheted bedspread that she made for the twin bed I slept in as a child. I am all set.

Truth be told when I was a child and we would go to her house in Carbondale PA, there was something I wanted her to give me.  I was probably about 8 or 9 at the time.  She, around 75.  She lived in this house set on a hill.  Up at the top of the hill, behind a tree line was a lumber yard.  Beyond the trees you could see planks of wood piled high.  I would have adventures with any kids in the neighborhood I could find to play with me.  We would go up the hill and pretend we were in the woods with African animals all around us.  Or we were Pirates looking for our buried treasures some where.

One time I remember going off by myself and finding my way into the house of one of her neighbors.  They were an older couple who had a piano.  They let me sit and play and applauded my efforts.  They gave me ribbon candy that I thought was the coolest EVER.  I thought that there undivided attention was pretty cool too! I will tell you that my parents upset when I returned to my Grandmothers house made the experience even more indelibly etched in my mind.  They had no idea where I was and were sick with worry.  I felt pretty bad but I also remember feeling very torn because how could something that felt so fun and right be so wrong at the same time. Sigh!

Anyway, what I really longed for at my Grandmothers house was her claw foot bath tub.  I thought it was the coolest.  Many years later, I was saddened to hear, after her house was sold, it was at the curb.  Such a sad demise to a beautiful tub.  Into my teen years I thought about that tub!  Loved it.  My Grandmother lived way past the sale of her house, just in case you were wondering.  She came to live with us for a while.

I was in college then, taking lots of psychology courses but also Social Work, which was my major.  Of course, I thought I was an expert but I definitely saw the dementia/confusion.  One day, she told me that Scorpio, of General Hospital, came over on the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.  Really?  She was about 93 at the time, a little slip of a person.  Old school Italian, broken English and all. She was cute if not for the mean things she would like to say to me over the years I grew up.  For an Italian to forget about Columbus... Thats pretty huge!
The bench is kind of ratty these days.  I knew it was time to spruce it up but there is always something more appealing to do.  But aren't you glad when you get one of those kind of projects done.  The kind you have been sitting on.  Kind of like a Mama Chicken on her baby eggs.

One of my earlier posts is here... all about how to recover a chair cushion.  On this one, I put a whole new pad (foam), with batting in there. I am sure there are a ton of You Tube videos that show you how to do it as well.
I kept the tag on the bottom because I think it is pretty cool.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Patricia's Quilt Show March 2015

These are just a few of the quilts from the show.  Stuff that stood out to me for one reason or another.  There were a lot of beautiful quilts.  There were also a lot of people plus I had my children in tow.  It was a fairly quick walk through.
My friend, Sandy of Quilting For The Rest Of Us, had her Numes in the show too! Why I didnt get a picture of it at the show, I will never know.  Maybe because the hall was very crowded and my kids were pestering me to move farther into the show.  Honestly, I think they were anticipating the free candy at the show.

These pics above and below are done with tiny squares.  It was a huge quilt.  I imagine it took forever.  A lot of work! 

The trunks of the trees were people with their arms raised up.



 I love the house in this quilt.   So sweet!
 I have something going very similar to this.  Nearly done...

These ones above and below are by Tina Somerset.  She taught a class I took recently at Patricia's.  Love them!




Saturday, March 14, 2015

Pi Day


My somewhat Pi contribution to Pi Day.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Little French Twists


I love French Twists.  I loved to do them with my hair when I was younger.  I never thought of doing little twists until today.  Yeah.  I am loving it.  Easy and quick and no screaming child.

These little twists are twisted twice.  If you have never made one before here is how you do it.

Grab hair into a loose pony tail.  Above the band divide hair in half, making a hole.  Take end of pony tail and feed it through the hole.  I fed it through twice to get more of a V.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hand Lotion

My hands are VERY dry.  Cracking at the finger nail corners, white and dry, calloused, sand paper fingers.  My kids and husband have told me at one time or another not to touch them with my fingers because they were like sand paper (true story).  No matter how much lotion I would put on, they would stay exactly like they were all winter long.

Then I started using Vaseline and it changed my hands.  They were miraculously mended.  But alas, I read how bad Vaseline is and stopped using it.  Now, I found this.  All natural, made by me so I know exactly what is in it and it works perfectly.  I wont tell you it is not greasy though.  Because it is, but it works like a charm.

I will tell you this stuff is kind of greasy.  It is not the kind of lotion you put on repeatedly through the day and hope to be able to touch things without leaving a greasy mark.  This is the kind of lotion you rub on your hands before bed. Or before you spend the day in your mittens playing outside in the snow.

Lovely Healing Hand Lotion

1/4  cup almond oil or olive oil
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup beeswax (melted)
1 teaspoon Vitamin Oil
2 tablespoons shea butter
drops of essential oil, such as orange, lavender, rosemary

Melt bees wax in a pan.  Remove from heat and add the remainder of ingredients.  Beat together with a whisk or a mixer. Make sure everything is incorporated before stopping. Let cool a little, beat again. Let cool completely, beat again.  Pour into jars and enjoy!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

February Retreat

 The view out our window above and below.
 This day was foggy- could not see the lake that is just beyond the trees.

I love taking pics of knotty trees.
After some overnight wintry mix, there were these beautiful crystals on the branches.



Almost makes you want to pull up a chair and have tea.
 I did not mess with the color of this photo.  Isn't the blueish tinge beautiful!?!
I have more pics of projects that people did.  I will show you those in the next post.  Here are some hexie quilts.



Not hexies but done the same way hexies, just a different shape.