Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Chairs are done ... porch sitting time! A-n-d ....... Surprise!!

I finally put the redwood chairs back together.  I had to cut several of the old bolts to get them apart, which meant I had to go to Lowe's to pick up some replacement.  Sigh, the more things I learn to do around the place, the more I love hardware and tool stores ... they're as much fun as a fabric store for me now.  And if you knew how many bins of fabric I had, you'd know that was saying something!

I love the hardware section - all those pretty bins filled with shiny stuff just waiting to finish off a project.  My husband sometimes compares me to a crow ... 'Oooooh, shiny'.   Anyway, I picked up 16 shiny new carriage bolts, 32 washers and a small package of nuts.  I love that I could buy just the number of bolts and washers I needed - not like the old hotdog/bun situation.  But I digress.

The chairs feel so sturdy now, and make me feel very happy!

Here are all the disclaimers, lol - please excuse the cell phone picture, I was too lazy to pull out the 'good' camera.  And it's not staged because it's the only clean section of my back porch, I don't know how to stage things.  You're lucky I used the leaf blower to blow 6 12 24 months worth of cobwebs and dirt off the concrete.

I only finished one cushion but wanted to show off the chairs.  The pillow is a down insert from Ikea ($6.99! whoa, Nellie, that's a good price, and it is comfy!)  I winged it making the cover - it has a zipper in the back and ruffles on 3 sides.  Wider ruffles would look better, but I'm not gonna change them now.    

Now on to the 'Surprise' portion of today's program ...

One of the reasons we like living on acreage is that we love our critters.  We have 3 mutt dogs, 2 roosters, 9 hens, 2 barn cats, and 2 horses. 

Here are my two horse buddies (once again, sorry for poor cell pics).  They are so friendly, and love to follow us around.

Boone - 11 year old gelding - he's just an old ranch horse, but such a pleasure to ride!

Lightning - a 3 year old Pinto mare

Last week I was at a work conference in Dallas, and my 20 year old son was taking care of all the critters for me.  He called me a week ago Monday and the conversation went like this:

Z:  Mom, there's something I need to tell you
(this is *not* a good sign)

Me:  Ok

Z:  It's about the horses
(my heart sinks, stomach roils)

Me:  O ... k ....

Z:  There's 3 of them now

Me:  ...
(thinking, huh?)

Z:  And one of them is a lot smaller than the other 2.

Me: ...
(stunned silence)

May I introduce the newest addition to our little menagerie - no official name yet, we're thinking "Surprise" or "Lightning Strikes" ...

We did *not* know Lightning was pregnant.  My brother in law brought both horses to live with us last Thanksgiving.  We knew she had been bred, but the vet said it hadn't taken. 

Surprise   :-)   

Praise the Lord that nothing went wrong with the birth.  Poor Lightning had no mare care (just regular feed and water), and no vet during or after the birth.  But both mama and little guy (yep, he's a little colt) seem to be doing fine. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Big Burn pile sendoff and Mom's Patio Chairs

I have so many furniture, sewing, yard, decluttering, and decorating projects in progress, sigh.   

At the top of my list was a HUGE brush pile to get burned. 

I have been clearing cedar and underbrush from my oak trees for 2 years - this field was full!  I wish I had a picture of it from just a few weeks ago.  The pile stretched 50 yards down the field, 15-20 feet across, and 4-5 feet high.  And now it's all gone, yay!!  There is still the trash from the previous owners, but that will be gone this week.

One job down, but more to clear ... I have so many beautiful live oak trees hidden in almost impenetrable underbrush.  These pictures are just to the right of the field above ... the leaning oaks remind me of the wind battered trees at the coast, I love how sculptural they are. 

My son named the tree below "the sitting tree".  It appears to be healthy and sturdy, it just grew sideways. 

I have also done a little furniture work.  When my mom downsized several years ago, I took her vintage redwood patio chairs.  Time and the elements have taken their toll, but are in very good condition for their age. 

I started priming the first chair and realized it would be a crummy paint job if I didn't take them apart and do it properly.  Here's the first one primed (before taking apart) ...

The chairs are held together with 8 bolts, so I started taking them apart.  Unfortunately some of the bolts were extremely hard to remove (important tip - do not paint over bolts you might want to remove ... ). I spent almost two hours on the first chair, and only got 7 of the bolts removed.  I didn't do much better on the second chair.


Then I remembered I had this little baby:


About 5 minutes later (it would have been faster, but I had to find the metal cutting blade) ... I had a bunch of these:

The savings in time and aggravation is WELL worth having to buy new bolts, nuts and washers.

By the time I got the chairs apart, it was dark, and a cold front came through, so the painting won't take place until this weekend. 

My plan is to paint them white, and make new cushions.  I have pinned a few inspiration photos, these are my two favorites:  White cushions   and   Colorful cushions.

Until next time .....

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Finally a 2nd Project!

I am obviously *not* a 'professional' blogger - it's been 9 months since my last post, haha.  I spend a LOT of time online looking at blogs though, and I *think* about things I could post, just never quite get around to it.  Today I think I found a "round tuit" and decided to post. 

I have been collecting auction stuff for a year and a half (the barn is only part of the picture - I have a shed and storage room with many other future projects!).   Don't ask me what I intend to do with all this stuff - I don't have a shop, my house is already pretty full, I just can't let things get thrown away ...  I'm afraid I am a future subject of "Hoarders".

This little cart was a freebie from an auction- no one wanted it so I said "I'll take it home and save it from the dump." 

These pictures are after I cleaned it up - it was covered with who knows how many years of grease and dirt, and came with free mud dauber nests :-) 

I sanded her down using my palm sander until all the rust was gone and painted her with my favorite red - Krylon Cherry Red in gloss.  I am not good at the whole staging thing, so decided to let Mother Nature provide the stage (meaning, here's a gratuitous shot of a few of the bluebonnets in my back yard, lol). 

She is destined for my porch.  I hope to get the porch cleaned up one of these days so I can show photos of it.  My house is currently a kind of tan/khaki color with maroon trim.  My dream is to paint it a buttery yellow, with white trim, and a turquoise door.  I love the combination of turquoise, red, and yellow - colors that just make me happy!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

*Some* of my junk and a small project

I have been collecting junk good stuff from auctions, thrift shops, and CL since I moved back to Texas last August.

I have some of my finds stored in a barn behind my house ...
and lots more stuffed elsewhere....
 ... including inside my house waiting to be redone and staged properly ...

A few pics for your viewing pleasure ...


I plan hope to get some work done and show some finished products
.... someday ....

And now (insert drumroll) my first actual project post ...


A friend asked me to cover an old footstool she found ...
The original piece had in *interesting* vintage fabric and was also a foot warmer ... it had an old heating pad under the top.

Here she is all finished - alas, no more foot warmer, I was afraid the old wire might lead to a fire - entirely the wrong kind or warming!  

I used my handy dandy Quick Pleaters for the first time - they made the little ruffle so easy!

I can't decide if I should clean my sewing/craft room so I'm more motivated to be in it, or work on some furniture.  
Hopefully I make up my mind and get something done :-)

'Til next time ... Patty

Sunday, February 27, 2011

I will be posting more soon  - life as a teacher is always, always busy ... ugh!  If I'm not working on school related things, there is a mountain of school related work waiting for me.

I do have projects almost ready to post - lots and lots of awesome finds from auctions ... some in the process of being made over, hopefully in a good way :-)

I did have time for a little fun and I'm proud to share the results: says I'm a Cool Nerd God.  Click to take the Nerd Test, get nerdy images and jokes, and write on the nerd forum!

I've always considered myself a nerd, so here is web-based proof, lol.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Moved East

Wow, more than 3 years since I started this blog and posted my first time. I had tons of house pictures to post, but doggone blogger gave me so many fits that I quit trying! With so many life changes lately, it's time to give it a try again.

The Arizona house was completed and turned out beautiful! I'll find some of the umpteen pictures I took ... digital cameras are fantastic - now I can lose track of 1000's of pictures in the same time it used to take to just lose dozens :-)

Big changes for the Sunset B household - I accepted a teaching job in Texas, so I've back home to God's country. It's been a dream of mine to live in the Texas hill country, and I'm so blessed to have that dream come true. All silver linings come with a few clouds - JMB is still living in Arizona since his job is there. I am calling that place the "Sunset B West" and the new house-t0-be "Sunset B East".

We are just completing the purchase of a home between Wimberley and Blanco on 7.5 acres, and I can't wait to get started on furnishing and decorating it. Fortunately I have been haunting home blogs for the past year, so I have loads and loads of ideas and inspiration. Unfortunately, it's about 10 houses worth of ideas so I'll have to wade through them.

Which brings me to a question - I like so many different styles and colors, how do I begin to decide what to do????? I suppose I'll just jump in the deep end and hope I don't drown :-)

Here is the outside of the Sunset B East, and the driveway ... I can't wait to decorate my front gate too!