Jun 21, 2018


Hello folks!  Thank you for all the birthday wishes and greetings.  There were 82 entries in all, just as many emails as comments.  After my arthritic fingers typed in all those names, scrambled and numbered, Diane Dotsko was the name matched to the number chosen.  She entered by email so I can notify her directly.  Thanks everyone!  I was surprised at the number of entries, maybe I should make a few more boxes!
I plan to take it easy tomorrow.  The staining is completed, now to put the deck back in order and replant a few flowers that were slightly damaged.   Window interiors need painted but I plan to take a few days to myself.  No more running back and forth for paint samples and painting test boards.  We did have to make several more trips to Sherwin Williams, though.  The original estimate we were told of 13 gallons ended up being 23!!

Thanks again for participating in the offer.  Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Jun 20, 2018

On a roll

Decision!!!  Urban Putty (Sherwin Williams) for the largest room which will have higher wainscot.  Just a little darker than the walls, very neutral, I want the wood to stand out without taking over the room.

The old dining room (very small) will be Bleeker Beige (a Benjamin  Moore color mixed by Sherwin Williams), the color on the top left.

And a little darker Windsor Greige (Sherwin Williams color on the top right) for the parlor trim.  All walls will be the same Sherwin Williams Neutral Ground #7568 but in Behr Marquee.
Neutral, light, still colonial, but could be farmhouse or anything else.
Except for the wall color, all were mixed by Sherwin Williams in satin finish.  I prefer Marquee from Behr but their interpretation of these colors was too yellowish and darker.
Happy dance.
To prove how nuts I am about moulding and color, when Rose was running through the ship screaming for Jack, most people were focused on the rushing water and perilous situation.  I was admiring the moulding and paint on the walls. 
I couldn't wait for another scene in the first class passengers' hallway.
Sam would be able to recreate this look with perfection as would his brother.   Without caulking!
Have a good one.

Jun 19, 2018

Blast from the past

So what could I offer for my birthday giveaway?  I wasn't pleased with the large berry.  Something about it screamed big ass to me.

I didn't like the way the journals refuse to lie flat.  You can't trust paper mache.

 So it will be one of my boxes.

You have your choice of the Mary Antrim 4" tall round,
or the 5" round Bugle Boy.
I think this is my favorite label of the dozens I've done.
Your choice of one box and inside will be the little wood heart box.  The lid pivots on a wooden dowel in the base.  Red velvet bottom.  This is the interior of the 5".  I have no idea why I lined it with script.  The 4" is not.
Both are aged and primitive, waxed and buffed.
Here's the problem.  I am getting comments emailed except for those with AOL or Yahoo email addresses, and anyone Google+.  I wanted to congratulate Karen on her Weight Watcher goal but can't even view her profile because I am not Google+.  So I will need to check this actual page for entries but you can also email me direct to participate.
I will draw a name on Thursday evening at 10 pm.  Please include your initials (especially for anonymous), specify Mary or Bugle in your entry, and check Friday for the winner.  I cannot email 99% of you.
Sorry, USA only.
That's all folks!

Jun 18, 2018


Unexpected tiny flowers on an unknown plant.

A toad looking for relief in the unbearable heat.  I gently hosed him off with cool water.

With thunderstorms looming, the staining is happening.  Depending on weather they will finish tomorrow.

Disassembling and cleaning the pain in the ass outdoor onion lights.  Soon to be on Craig's List as I locate a new style.  Great on a lighter house, not too noticeable on ours.

And Mark used the old windows' cedar trim to make a really nice bench, enough left for another one or small table.  The palm sander did a fine job removing the old finish and smoothing the wood.  Sam was impressed that we had very little waste for removal.

What's happening at your place?


Jun 17, 2018

The berry

Greetings people!  A hot one on tap today.  Mark came down with something last night, not sure what, so I may have someone pick up the birthday cake and stay away from my sister.  Just in case.  The little ones bring in colds and coughs but that's not what this is.  Only question right now .... how big of a chunk should I leave here?  Someone needs to smack me silly to stop this weight gain from continuing.  I did it before, why can't I do it again?  Maybe the house project decisions are keeping me unsettled.  Decades ago, cigarettes were grabbed by a skinny woman during such times.  Then the switch came!
 This photo is from Pinterest (of course) and I did some research to find the designer and release date.  Back in 2010, this was the Strawberry Hill chart released from By The Bay Needleart.  It's not a Santa or a sampler, but that berry caught my eye.  Isn't it adorable?  They also show this scissor fob on their blog, this page. 
While the house is quiet, I plan to step away from figuring wainscot and paint (second guessing already) and pull out a small piece.  Maybe a freebie or maybe a sampler.  I still have several very large charts on my mind but now is not the time.  Will it ever be for me again?
Have a berry nice day!


Jun 16, 2018

Happy Father's Day weekend

to those long gone and still missed every day.  To those here with us to celebrate today. 
Starting today the temps are rising so I will take off the sweatshirt and just sweat.  Making pistachio cake with pistachio icing for Carole's great grandkids' birthday tomorrow. 
Nit is enjoying the warm day.  He has been allowing me to brush him.  Until he decides otherwise and wants blood.  It's a delicate balance.  I really enjoy sitting on the swing when it's hot.  Maybe because the hot flashes aren't as noticeable.  But the chocolate melts so darn fast.
I thought my squawking baby wrens had flown the coop, but yesterday saw a few feathers in the entrance.  One had been pulled half way out, blocking their hole, and mom couldn't feed, they couldn't get out.  Five dead babies inside.  So sad.
I finished one of the boxes with a red velvet pad at the bottom, still haven't decided on the giveaway.  
FB reminded me that I gave away the Fox stitch two years ago for my birthday offer.  I didn't even remember that and I think both of them were let go.  Explains why I can't find them.  Maybe this should be my stitch right now, and I'll keep it for myself.

Sherwin Williams 40% off this weekend forced me to stop the samples (those addictive little jars) and make a decision.  So I did.  Urban Putty won over Bleeker Beige.  That dark taupe on the right is the current color of the trim, this will be a huge change.  Walls will be a little lighter.
 Close enough to the putty I was looking for, different on every wall, green when the sun shines through the LowE windows.  Also made a decision on the wainscot and decided to use wide board, plain, simple edge.  The room is so small and certainly not formal, so the panels and frames I had considered would be out of place.  I decided to also change the doors on the built in cupboards to simple planks, and use black iron strap hinges and bar style latches.   The best news, the house building couple can't decide on a few details which gives Sam some free time ..... for ME!!!  YAY!!  He doesn't get the style at all but will do whatever we want.  I'm hoping that woman is as indecisive as I am and he can stay here for a while.  He's single and throwing in a few meals (he hinted) would be an incentive!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Thanks for visiting.
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