Monday, April 24, 2017

Old Family Photos - Gallery Wall

My Mother passed away in February.  She had a very full life in her 91 1/2 years and we have been left with wonderful memories.

When my brothers and I cleaned out her apartment, I became the custodian of boxes of photos.  I sorted thru them, making piles for my brothers and discarding many that I didn't know who the people were.   My favourites are all the old family photos, so I decided to do a gallery wall.
Before my Mother married, she was a teacher in a one room school house in rural Ontario.  I love the photos of her classes.   I think they would be from around 1945-49.  I love looking at the clothes the children wore and the serious little faces while they are being photographed.
To my surprise, a lady who was one of the children my Mother had taught, came to the funeral.  She brought me a copy of her class photo.   My Mother is the teacher on the left of the photo.
I put other photos up too .... my maternal Grandparents wedding photo.

A photo of my paternal Great Grandparents, showing my Grandfather home on leave from the war in 1918 and his sister, my Great Aunt Ethleen, when she was a girl.
The  dish you see in the middle of the layout was my Mother's baby dish.  It has kittens in the middle and all around the rim.
Lovely family memories.
I have a feeling this wall will expand over time. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Work Bench

I have completed my new work bench.    Since moving into this house ten years ago, I have been doing all my sawing, sanding, staining, etc on the top of my washer.   It was getting a little sad looking, so I cleaned it up and needed a new spot.

Adding a Shelf
Adding a back so things don't fall off
Adding a ruler to the back
In place in the laundry room
Now on to organizing all my tools

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Proper Tool

I have always been one to make do.  My Father, who I learned all my skills from, never had the proper tool for anything he made, but turned out beautiful work.

I decided to make a work bench for my laundry room.   I started on the base using 2x3s.   I do have a drill, so I drilled for the screws and then started on the 2 1/2 inch screws.   Somewhere between my last project and now, I have lost all the strength in my hands!!  Obviously if I was going to get my project together, I had to have a new plan.

Off to Home Depot .... and I purchased a new drill/driver set.   Welcome to the 21st century!   It is amazing how much easier it is with the proper tool.
12V Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit
Now I am eyeing the tool aisle for other improvements to my sadly lacking tools.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Mid Winter Porch Update

I got rid of the Christmas greenery this week and updated the front porch for more of a 'mid winter' look.   I made a new sign:
I added some firewood and pine cones to my pail, attached the sign to the shutter.   A welcoming, mid-winter update!
  

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Do you have things you keep meaning to do?

I have had this old leaded glass window for years and have been meaning to hang it up and just never got around to it.

I brought the window up to my bedroom weeks ago and it has been leaning against the wall taunting me.  Today I decided to hang it.   My room is very pale green with white accents, and I had some empty white frames hung over my chair in the corner.
Not incredibly inspiring.   So I finally got out my tools, measured, leveled and installed plugs and screws.
Much cozier, and one item off my procrastination list.



Friday, January 6, 2017

Completed "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" Quilt Top

I haven't sewn in ages, but once I got working on this quilt top I was gung ho. 

I finished the top in time to take to my Quilting Guild meeting last night.   Doing a quilt top with letters/words is one of our challenges for this year ... and I am finished way before the June deadline.   ..... Queen of the Quilters!!!    (a variation of  "King of the Lab" from Bones)