We have been puttering with a little yard work, cleaning up some dead flowers and leaves in the flower beds, and adding new mulch. Moved two hydrangea bushes and spruced up the yard a bit.
I had a couple rug orders to complete last week, so I didn't get around to any blog reading or posting.
Today started out cold, dark, wet and rainy... it was so dark we needed lights on in the house! I guess a storm front went through and now it is going to finally WARM UP! Tomorrow might get into the SEVENTIES!
I spent the morning sewing on the machine, my old treadle from Paula. I am working a quilt, but it's not coming out exactly right. So I am going to rethink my pattern and the placements of the prints vs solids and make it more pleasing to the eye. So I won't post any pics till it's well underway.
Last night I trekked on over to Hidden Valley Woolen Mill near Valders, WI for our monthly spinners meeting. We all haul along our spinning wheels and sit and yack for a while. Our hostess, Carol, also asked me to come back next week and go over a little loom she bought. I love having such a nice community of spinners here in the country around Chilton to go to...
I have another group of crafty people --- some weavers that meet over in Menasha each month. We discuss weaving and techniques and share ideas and patterns and problems. I never had this many weavers before to mingle with each month when we lived up in Oconto.
Then the gals at Terre Verde Coffee House right here in Chilton have an evening Crafty Night we go to and bring whatever you are working on. Some do scrap books, some knit, some paint, some sew, and I brought a small hand loom to work on after I finished the binding around a little table runner.
Here is a shot of last month:
I am blessed with fibery folks!
Steve and I were driving past a trailer loaded up with junk for the dump by some old buildings downtown... and on top was this lovely white bench! It needs a little spruce up of paint to freshen it up, but it's not bad the way it is. It's PERFECT for the front porch! I wanted a small bench to use as a coffee table or as a spot to set my table loom.. or even extra seating for the grandtots out there.
I sewed the little runner to blend with the pillows and quilt I have out there... along with six coasters to use out there too. We sure enjoy having coffee out there in the mornings... or evenings with a glass of wine after dinner. It's like our second livingroom to use again for spring, summer and fall.
As for stuff around Our Old House.... I decided to do an "upgrade" on my cabinet latches. If you recall, last year I bought these wonderful old cabinets that were rescued from a torn-out butler pantry in Fond du Lac and I restored them myself. We put them in the kitchen here in our 100 year old house and they fit right in!
(we had to cut apart and rearrange a few of the bottom cabinets
so the drawers weren't under the sink and blocking the plumbing and disposal)
I decided to order some nicer ones, that will match the cast iron drawer and bin pulls. I got on line and found exactly what I wanted. Oohhh so pretty and I like the idea of knurled knob to turn instead of that little oval sharp-edged type.
Plus.. they were on sale! From $11.90 each down to $6.90 each. (plus FREE shipping!) Only problem was the photo in the actual ad was bronze, but the wording in the description said black. So I took my chances....
Rut Roh... when the box came, they were all in Bronze, and not Black! (and to top it off, I only got 9 latches and then 2 boxes of some other angle brackets I didn't order .. instead of 11 latches..argghh)
But I wasn't going to let that get me down. I called and straightened out the order to send me two more of the Bronze (because it was the bronze that were on sale, not the black) and they are going to pick up the mis-shipped brackets free of charge and send me the two new latches right away today.
Okay.. the latches were bronze, but I wasn't going to let that stop me----
Out came my handy dandy spray paint!
I even stuck all the screws into a piece of styrofoam to hold them upright..
then I can spray paint the heads to match!
Ahhhh much better!!!!
They click shut with a nice solid sound, and the knobs are very easy to turn.