Monday, July 17, 2017

Thank you for Having Me For T..........


It was so nice of you to have me over for T... do you have a napkin to wipe my chin....thank you ... 2 lumps if you please and a little bit of cream...  Oh no biscuits for me... I'm trying to get my girlish figure back after having the twins... 


They ARE growing so fast... and are quite the handful.....


Just keeping them clean is a major chore.....


Aren't they adorable??? I don't know how mom keeps track of them... the older they get the more curious they get and the more they stray from mom...
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If your interested...........i have the results back from my DNA test!! And oh my goodness was there ever a surprise!!  Now if you remember i knew from my mom's side of the family that i had German/Swedish/ Dutch and it showed up in the test as 29% so that was no surprise...  And remember that family story i had about a drop or two of Lenni Lenape indian blood... well not a drop.... that was a little sad.. i would have liked that.......  But hands down the biggest surprise was that i'am 33% Italian!!!! I never knew..never had a clue! Momma Mia!!!  I can only guess that that came from my father's side of the family....... The rest of the breakdown goes like this... Europe West 14%  ,  Ireland  10%,  Great Britain 6% and the rest was low confidence 3% and less which was Africa and West Asia........... So wow! Italian ... crazy....Theres a website that came with my results that i need to explore more... but this was a fun experience....There are more tests you can take... to get more indepth info and maybe i will in the future .... This one just gave me my Pie Chart and we went thru Ancestry.com It cost around $100.... Was it worth the  money ? For me it was... I really wanted to know and theres no family around to help me..... It supported what i already knew about myself and some things i didn't ....... 10% Irish!! me!  i KNEW i had to have some luck of the Irish in me... St Patty's Day takes on a whole new meaning now!!! LOL!  Thanks for coming by all my T partiers!! I'll be around to link up with Ms. Elizabeth and visit everyone! Hugs! deb

Monday, July 10, 2017

I Was Just Wondering................


But before we get to that let me tell you that this is a PostCard i just finished in time for its photo shoot for the Tparty post... Isn't it funny how it looks different colors depending on the lighting.. The one above is more true to life..... Again using up my bits and bobs.. The lips are off a body spray bottle.. When i pulled it off .. it was sticky on the wrong side (front) so i sprinkled glitter all over it .. problem solved.. The flowers are a new punch... just loving them.. Used a credit card to make the white lines ... finished off with some splatter and Wink of Stella on the flowers...The bit of orange you see is a decorative paper i made myself by swirling some colors together....


...........you know how you sit over your coffee or tea in the morning and if you have nothing to occupy you (tv, computer, book,phone) your mind can get to wondering...... okay okay.. i was daydreaming over my coffee one morning and i got to wondering...... Do parents still teach their children nursery rhymes ???  I was taught many as a child and i taught many to mine... But you know .. there hasn't been any little children around us for quite some time...and i got to wondering if it was still 'in vogue' ... to teach nursery rhymes... And i thought since us T Party folk are from all around the world .. it might be a nice topic of conversation this T day... Perhaps nursery rhymes are just old fashioned now... maybe only grandparents still teach them to their grandchildren...?? I happen to love them...  One of my favorite and appropriate here for T  would be......
                              
                              I'm a little tea pot 
                               short and stout,
                                             Here is my handle
                               here is my spout
                              When i get all steamed up
                               then i shout! 
                               Just tip me over and 
                                 pour me out.......

I would LOVE to know if nursery rhymes are still a part of your family tradition.... If you have a minute maybe share one that you love.... Won't it be interesting to learn some from different countries...  Or maybe its the same nursery rhyme but you learned it a different way.... anyway... i hope you'll share!    And if your new here and would like to visit with a great group of ladies once a week over T  pop on over to Ms. Elizabeth's and the ever dapper Bleubeard's  and get all the particulars..we'd love to have you join us!! Hugs! deb



Sunday, July 2, 2017

Come Have Some T with Me!!!


Goodmorning all my T people!! Look who came for T this morning! Click on pictures to enlarge........


He'll even share his birdseed with you ..nom ...nom... nom... Just look at that gorgeous tail.....


Its so hot and humid he can hardly stand it....shade! shade! give me shade! 


Look at all the lovely birthday cards i received from my crafty friends! Thank you Eileen, Krisha and Rita! 


I found time for some play and made a PostCard for a neglected swap partner...... I like the quote.. if you can't read it says... 'Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards' It came from a fortune cookie...  :) The header is my cork board on the wall in the craftroom  and all my PostCards received from Krisha and Eileen over the past couple of years!! Wow! You'll find some T reference in there too.... and a couple from Violet!! 


Staining my window sills for the craftroom.... this takes a few days but i got it started....


This is a bookshelf i bought for the house in CA and couldn't find a place for it in this house but i think it holds my craft books and puzzles perfectly...  :)


Its a busy background but maybe you can see the windchime hanging there... getting things in place!!! woohoo... hubby is enclosing these poles with wood and they will have light switches on them..... it takes time......

My life will be all about staining for the next week ..... the window sills and the boards for the shelves on the wall we are installing over by the work area....I just gotta keep at it and it will get done.. I'm so glad you popped over for T with me and Mr. Red Tail Squirrel...lol I'll be around to visit !! Hugs! deb

Sunday, June 25, 2017

T stands for crafTroom, fawn and a bush......


Hi Everybody!!!!!  The picture in the header serves as my coffee for 'T' !!  The painting was done by my mother in law back in the 80's... i just love it... the play of light and dark just speaks to me... 


Well at the beginning of the week there was alot of THIS!! and trips to the recycle center... But all of this has turned into the below...



Lets take a spin around the Craftroom... As you walk in the room the sink is on your right.. I stained the boards that you see on that little wall and the board that goes across the sink and sprayed the cast iron sink  that oil rubbed bronze... Jinx has already had a bath and he highly approves... I approve because i no longer have to kneel beside a tub to give him a bath.. :)


Lets just take a turn around the room.... 



Above is the door that goes on the closet with the hot water heater.. I'm patching and painting it... Hope to replace it one day with another 6 panel door like the rest of the house but thats down the road....

Continuing on around... thats the exit to outside door...


....and on around......still alot of picking up and putting away...


Hubs has made the window sills and the boards to go on that ledge under the windows...now i need to stain them......uugghh... 


My corkboard is up on the wall ... the TV will soon follow.. 


These are the legs for the island... Look familiar??  They should .. they came out of the old kitchen ... repurpose/reuse... my motto... lol  They will be sanded some and painted that oilrubbed bronze.. 

 Finally we've had a fawn in the yard this week... Its like we see them shortly after birth because they like to give birth in our hollow apparently but then don't bring them around for a month or two.. 


When its hot they go around with their mouths open alot.. The other deer can get rough so momma stays off by herself for awhile..  I know .. i know .. the state of my grass is horrid... But i live in the boonies...not in town and hubs and i decided with everything else going on we were gonna mow once a month this summer... so ya gotta give me until next weekend..lol 


This is one of the twins from last year... i'm pretty sure... they all look alike...lol.. but look! he's getting his first set of nubbies!!! (horns)



And finally  i HAD to show you my bush... This is an Abelia and it is covered in blooms and bees and butterflies and hummingbirds... and it smells heavenly!!! It gets mostly morning sun and is shaded mostly from the hot afternoon sun... The deer have it eaten from the bottom but it continues to thrive.. I just love it.. So if any of those characteristics appeals to you i highly recommend it.. I give it no supplemental water... nor do i mulch it in winter... Just hasn't been time for that.. and it seems to thrive on my neglect... Happy happy T day everyone visiting from Ms Elizabeth's and Bleubeards....So glad to see everyone!!! Hugs! deb

Saturday, June 17, 2017

T stands for SummerTime SummerTime....


Happy T day everybody!!! I looked out my window the other day and what a photo op! A deer, squirrels and if you look close on the bird feeder there are a couple woodpeckers up there... all close enough to each other to fit in one photo.. :)  

 This is what was on the feeder... A red bellied woodpecker feeding its young.. I had never seen that before... so cool...


We are two and two with the watermelons this year... lol  We picked two good ones and two not so good ones...  but the animals are in heaven with the leftovers...lol

 It may not be pretty but the squirrels have been successfully thwarted from getting in the feeder... but that doesn't stop them from occasionally trying... thats a metal pole and they will still try to chew on it.. We had 12 in our yard at once the other day... About another month and they will all disappear...poof... The pinecones will ripen and they will be eating and collecting them up for winter and we will hardly see a squirrel for months... then sometime in the Fall they will pop back in......


This little guy is a chipmunk... he's a recent addition to the menagerie that visit...




A few turtles have been showing up in the yard.. coming up from the lake... not sure what they find so desirable in my yard... i worry about them crossing the road...  Hubby and i had a laugh at the thought of attaching a gps to each one to see where they go...lol

A handful of deer come by to eat when i put food out... shoot they come by anyway HOPING i'll put food out...lol They haven't brought the fawns around yet... They usually don't until they are a few months old... Other deer can be kind of rough so they keep them off to themselves for awhile...


Above is my birthday present from hubby... Ancestry DNA test!! I have been wanting to do this forever!!If your interested i'll post the results... They say 6-8 weeks for the results.. I'm so curious! I've been told on one side of my family is German, Swedish and Dutch and on the other side all i know is the story that we have a drop of Indian blood  Lenni Lenape Delaware Indian... but I know nothing else... Has anyone else done this?? 


 
I do apologize for recycling a tea picture.... I didn't have one handy when i decided to do this post...  But i like this one... i enjoy fiddling with vignettes ... with color and light.. I hope to get back to that one day.. I hope you've had a good week my T people.. I'm so glad to have you visit... Big hugs! deb 

Monday, June 12, 2017

T Stands for a Post of Few Words.....


Good Morning my Tea People and everyone who pops in for a visit... I want to catch you up but things are crazy busy... working on the details of the craftroom finish and hubby still helping the neighbor and sister in laws hot water heater needing replacing and ... and... lol   BUT theres been time for art... and coffee... so life can't be bad... right??!!!  :) 



.........and i ask you.....Is there anything sweeter than a shoebox full of love in the mail...??? From a dear friend for my birthday coming soon.... 


.......trying to keep this short and sweet this week but i thought you might like a peek.... Look at all that wonderful counter space!!! 



And oh my goodness... is that some shelves in place???? And thats where the sink will go... an access panel will go where you see that hole.... 


Another view... the baseboard is in place... you can barely see it... that long wall there is where the shelving units will go... 

And here we are to what i'am currently working on.... We should have been better at covering up the floor as we worked... So instead i'am sitting on my butt , scooting across the floor scraping and sanding off .. mud, paint etc... Its a little tedious, and i know the floor will just get messed up from what ever i 'am working on but i wanted to start out with it looking nice at least... lol So , you know what i'm doing... what have you been up to??? Hugs! deb

Sunday, June 4, 2017

T Stands for new kiTchen.......


GoodMorning my Tea People and GoodMorning to everyone who pops in for a visit........Before i reveal the new kitchen you can go Here and see what the kitchen looked like Before.....


We ordered these thru Lowe's and no we were not paid to say that.. But after going to both the big orange box and Lowe's we settled on Lowe's . We were very fortunate to find John in the kitchen cabinet department... It seemed to us that several employees at both big box stores seemed to lose interest in helping us when they realized we weren't purchasing 'top of the line' cabinets( maybe that was a misconception ) ... But John helped us wonderfully... He had tons of patience with two people who had never had a new kitchen installed before... He patiently helped us figure out what we could afford and designed our kitchen on the computer...All very friendly and professional and it didn't hurt that every time i saw him he reminded me of Dobby the House Elf from Harry Potter.... i have never seen a person look more like an animated character before in my life... I so wish it would have been appropriate to show you a picture of him.......And as i said the review of Lowe's is not compensated in anyway and my opinion is my own..........


Ta Daaaaaa!!!! 




I still have lots to do.... Lots of unpacking... kitchen items i haven't seen in how long?  More than a year... i may have missed a few items but honestly i may cull a few things as i put them away.... If i haven't used it in forever its going away... 


Now theres still some details to be done... We were short two filler plates and some scribe or trim and we get to the end of the install and realize we are a door short...we call the company (KraftMaid)and learn 'oh its on back order'.... would have been nice for someone to point that out for us beforehand... but anyway.. it all worked out and infact the door just arrived by UPS yesterday... so all good... 



Lowe's did not do the install for us........ Their install was just beyond what we could afford....You know through out this whole house remodel the cost of labor really struck us the most... Thank goodness we were able to do most things ourselves or we never could have afforded it... Some companies we looked at to rewire the house wanted $20,000 plus to do it.... and the cost of supplies is only like $500... AND if you remember all the sheetrock was out of the walls ... they had easy access to everything... and they still wanted that much... Anyway we are getting away from the kitchen.. We found , at our neighbor's recommendation, a wonderful guy to install our cabinets at a reasonable price and we were so happy with his work we were able to tip him...and we hope to have him back to do more around the house... If you look at the above pic you can tell we forgot to leave a place for the trash can.... now what do i do with it???  And we will get an over the range microwave but for now this will work... 

 Since Lowe's didn't do the install we measured the kitchen ourselves..... um...yeah...... We were this much off.... But don't fret... I'm trying not to fret...I have a beautiful idea to take care of this but it requires the use of my craftroom.... Still working on the primer on the walls.. but hey at least we're painting... I worked on that while hubby helped the kitchen install guy... You know.. alot of times you don't need someone to install something FOR you .... you need someone who knows what they are doing to install it WITH you.... Hubs said he learned alot and he thinks maybe we could have installed it ourselves but instead of 2 days it might have taken us 6 weeks...lol :)



So this morning the install is behind us.... the unpacking and figuring out where to put everything is ahead of me .... The grass is green... the deer are fat and happy...the birds are singing in my little corner of the world... and my heart goes out to the people of London.....the atrocities happening there could very easily happen where i call home..... its becoming a very scary world indeed... 

Ms. Elizabeth we are drinking with the hummingbirds this morning.  They have a new feeder.........And if you look close in some of the photos you will see cups and water bottles lying around galore...lol Big Hugs to you all . Stay safe and i'll be around to visit! Happy happy T day! deb

Pssst.... if anyone knows the name of the flower in the header.. i'd love to know... I took that photo in CA . Isn't it just gorgeous???