Saturday, August 18, 2018

Lil Bella Pumpkin Pie

Thank you all for visiting with me today!
I appreciate each and every one of you.
I always say I have friends all over the world.

Today after I do my grocery shopping,
my day will be spent re-arranging the
living room a bit to fit in my newest piece
of furniture. I have decided which piece will be sold.

Then I will be working on another item
which I drew out to come to life.

Last Sunday I finished up
Lil Bella 

Isn't she a sweet pumpkin pie.

Made from onasburg, fabric
and a bit of wool.

I made just three for the show.

The countdown begins.
Holly, Michigan
September 8th.
This is a great primitive show.
Hope to see you there.

Well of to the store.
Bob is waiting for his blueberry bagel. ;-)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

What's This

Good morning all!
Do you know what this is?

If you thought this was a
 tic ~ tac ~ toe

This is the rare item I purchased
on the antique yard trail.

Now most of you have heard of the nursery rhyme

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on her tuffet.
Eating her curds and whey.

However do you know what curds and whey are?
Curds and whey are when milk starts to curdle.
Adding vinegar to milk speeds up the process.
Why would you want to do this Janice?

Once you have you curds and whey,
you can make 

This object is a cheese ladder.

~ Back Side ~

Now you might ask.
What the heck is a cheese ladder.
This much used beauty was used to make cheese.

You start with a bowl.

Add the cheese ladder on top.
The next step would be to add cheesecloth
on top of the cheese ladder.
Then you would add the curds or whey.
The cheesecloth was there so that the
curds or whey would drain into the bowl.

Once the curds or whey were drained,
the final step would be to lay the cheese ladder
up as such, place the drained curds or whey
over the ladder to dry (age) the cheese.
Can you believe this was how cheese 
was made in earlier times?

Most cheese ladders look like mini ladders,
so this was a treat to find one the shape of this,
and with this patina.

Now although I will never make cheese with this,
I am sure the grands will want to play


Have you heard of cheese ladders?

Today is a vacation day from work.
Bob and I are headed off shortly to a few estate sales.
Then we are picking up the grands and my mom,
and headed to the island 
for our annual lunch outing.

Cheese ladder Blessings To All!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

My Reward(s)

After some storms came in overnight,
we still have some humid weather.
I will be staying in today.
Not because of the humidity,
but I threw my knee out last night.
Never did this feel such an idiot.
Why you ask?
Because I did it getting up from using the toilet.
What an idiot I am. LOL
I walked it off last night, but this morning
making the did it again.
What gives?

There are times throughout the year
where I reward myself.
Which in English means
 I purchase things for myself.  :-)
Bob never minds.
He is the best!
Last month was one of those times. 

I have a wish list,
and the purchase of these antique blocks
checks one off my list.

I plan on using these for Christmas this year.
Wait until you see what I do.

There was also a bunny block!
WOOHOO for me.

I also purchased another bonnet.
This one in blue.

Then there was this coverlet piece.
It will be featured in my next CupboardScape.

I love the designs on this old beauty!

This past weekend was the antique trail
for our neck of the woods.
It starts in the town just South of us,
and ends around the Thumb of Michigan.
It is 3 day event with
200 miles for the treasure hunter.
My mom and I have done it for the last 10 years.
We were fortunate to do it once again.
I only drive two of the three days each year.

Friday ~Day 1
 We started our antique hunt promptly
at 9:00 am which the event starts each day.
We ended up at my mom's house at 4:15 pm.
The event ends daily at 5:00 pm.
Normally just driving to my mom's from
my house takes 1  1/2 hours.
I found some small Christmas goodies for myself.
Not much to resell for the store.
Chocolate cookies from the Amish.
Also bought some veggies from them.
Both mom and I met many friends along the way.
Also had 2 doe and a fawn run out in front of us.
So glad they were far enough ahead...
that neither I nor the camper going the other way
hit them.

Saturday ~ Day 2
Mom and I went to breakfast at the local diner.
Then we went to the Post Office 
to pick up her mail...then we were off.
This is where I scored big time.
An awesome cabinet for the house,
more prims for the house.
Items for the store too!
We ended our journey at Port Hope.
98 1/2 miles.
I never do the last 100 miles as it is more
farmland than sales.
Drove back to my mom's.
Grabbed our stuff and went back to my house.
Pulled into the driveway around 3:00 pm.

I am over the moon at the goodies I was
able to purchase for both home and store.
Some will also be going to the prim show
at Holly, MI.

Look forward to showing you what I purchased.
One item is very rare.

Not looking forward to removing a cabinet
from our house...
but in order to put the new one must leave.
It's a good one though....

Reward Blessings To All!


Wednesday, August 8, 2018


Can it be Wednesday already?
Where is this week going?

I don't often show all of the benches
that are scattered throughout our house.
So today I wanted to show you a few.

Before I do, I would like to share 
some fond memories as a child with some benches.

Gramma H always had a bench by the back door
for us to put our shoes on and underneath.
Especially our boots in the Winter.

Benches were in the barns of both grandparents.
They were used to place the full milk cans
off the floor.

Benches were found in the garage at my 
own parents house and in the basement.
where dad had his tools.

Gramma B had a bucket bench in the kitchen
which had pails of water in it.
(they did not have indoor plumbing)

Grandpa H used a bench to prop his feet up
after a long hard day of farming,
when he sat in his favorite green velvet chair. 

Now these are my benches.
All purchased throughout the years.

This is my blue one in the kitchen.

The egg crate underneath came from
my gramma B's farm.

This is my bucket bench,
also in the kitchen.
I was told that this bench came out of the  oldest
barn in Allen Park, MI that was torn down.
(not entirely sure this story is true though)

The wood bench here is in the living room.
A gathering buttocks basket rests on top.

This little bench is usually in our spare bedroom.
With my mom staying with us,
 I moved it to our back room.

Another bucket bench.
This one in our hall.
I like 2 gallon crocks because they are easy
to move around...but have bigger ones too.

Lastly this bucket bench is in our bedroom.
Once again you will see
 two gallon jugs and a crock.

I have a few more benches around,
but will save for another time.

Do you have any fond memories of benches?

Well off to work.
Hope everyone enjoys their day!

Wood Bench Blessings To All!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Pie Pumpkins

I cannot believe it is August already.
Taking my mom to therapy 3 days a week,
working on goodies for the prim show
which is next month, and work...
I have not been able to enjoy the dock yet.
On weekends I usually take
 my bag and work on things
while watching the boats and freighters go by.
Not this year so far...not even a vacation yet.
However still working on items.

Today I wanted to show you my pie pumpkins.
Fabric on top and wool on the bottom.

The stems can be bended any way you want.
Trade secret on how I do this is.

I just love the shape of these.

Gramma B would use pie pumpkins to make
pumpkin pie.
I can smell them coming out of the oven as I type.

Now of course I was not satisfied with making
just white ones, so I also made black.

Again using fabric and wool.

I like both colors and have one more color to finish.
Can you guess what color that might be?
I am also going to make myself some...
and will make some even smaller to mix in.

Yesterday was hubby Bob's birthday.
Our worker surprised him with this cake
her sister decorated and balloons.
I love how they used goldfish crackers
to use as party balloons!
I also had a cake waiting for him at home...
but forgot to take a picture of it.
He doesn't want me to say this...
but Happy 55th birthday sweetie!!!

Hope everyone enjoys their half of the weekend.
What did you do on this 1st weekend of August?

Pie Pumpkin Blessings To All!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Queen Of The Lakes


On Monday I noticed on the freighter website...
yes there is a freighter website,
where you can track the location of all 
the freighters in the lakes, rivers and canals.
So on Monday I realized the
Queen of the Lakes would be arriving
in the town I work at lunchtime.

I parked my car almost directly 
under the bridges that span over to
our friends in Canada. 

Sarnia, Ontario Canada 
proudly waving their flag and ours.

While we do the same on our side in
Port Huron, Michigan

Now I forgot that the train comes in/out
once a day to send supplies to the paper mill.
Here it comes.
My car mirror at lower right.
Can you see how close it is?

Rolling by only 10 feet from me.
About the same on the river side.

Here she comes!
Coming from Lake Huron into the 
St. Clair River.

The Paul R Tregurtha.

At 1013 feet,
she is the longest freighter that sails the 
Great Lakes.

As she is going under the bridges.

See how close she gets to the bottom of the bridges.
When empty its even closer.

So close that in heavy winds,
the freighters must anchor in the lake
or in the river
as it is very difficult to maneuver under.

Also because the water gushes in from the lake into
a smaller river mouth...
the rapids are horrible in the middle of the river.
Therefore the freighters must hug the U.S.
side of the river.
They are unable to hug the Canadian side
because of the angle they come in from.
One other fact.
The river is at is smallest width from the lake,
with many small bends in the river,
until meeting the mouth of the 
Black River.
Because of this, only one freighter
at a time can travel this part of the river.
If more than one is at this section,
they radio ahead to give clearance to who goes first.

After I took my last pic,
I drove back to work,
and here she is just getting ready
to pass the Black River.

I love seeing this freighter!
She glides across the water with grace!

Folks stay at our state park,
just a mile North of where we live,
to catch a glimpse of these mighty
workhorses of the water.

I myself keep yearly logs of those I see.
Last year it was 218 different vessels.
So far this year 159.

Queen Of The Lake Blessings To All!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Witchy Poo

Sticks and stones
Mixed in with bones
Dried sage and green moss.

This is the recipe
With all of its mystery
Creating an elixer sauce.

The moon is full
The sky pitch black
While the cat will sing his mew.

Alone she is
Our crafty witch.
Making her Halloween brew!

A little bit of how I made this crafty witch.
The trim at the top of her dress is rick rack.
I simply twisted the black and orange medium
rick rack and hand sewed to the top of her dress
using black floss.

A brownish gray wool for her hair.

Blue flowered dress and tiny blue and white
checked fabric for her hat.
Not a traditional black dressed witch,
but loving this color combination.

Her pouch is wool, with dried sage,
sticks and green moss.

I love this color combination so much,
that this year I have decided to do these
colors in my kitchen for Christmas.
Yes folks, I am once again thinking ahead...
and have started writing down what I want to do.

In other news.
Saturday Bob's dad came over and grilled for us.
Chicken and ribs.
I made potato salad, devilled eggs and baked beans.
Bob's cousin Jimmy and his wife came over too!
We had fun talking and eating...
with some drinks included.

 Also below is a few pics 
of our family reunion which was on Sunday.

My cousin Shelly hosted at her house along the river.
This is the same river we live by.
{lake freighter cruising by}

Another one going by.

Playing cornhole.

Four first place prizes won 
this movie candy themed prize.

The losing team won a toilet trophy.
Too cute!
Sorry my pic did not capture this very good.
We still love you cousin Pat and Margaret!!!
We decided every year we will start this new tradition,
and will engrave the names on this trophy each year.

Well it's off to work I go.
Hope everyone had an awesome weekend.
I sure did!

Witchy Poo Blessings To All!