the family ranch

last saturday, we went to the family ranch
to celebrate my grandma's birthday and
to meet some cousins from texas.

this ranch is where my dad was born and raised.
my grandpa was born and raised.
and my great-grandpa as well.

it was where my great-great-grandpa homesteaded,
roughly about 150 years ago.

i would go for a week during the summer
to spend with my grandparents.

it was during hay season.
i didn't help out in the hay fields.
(luckily *grin*)

i remember helping grandma though,
getting watermelon and water
to take to my grandpa, uncles, and cousins
who were lucky enough to help.

my uncles still live there and
raise cattle.
thank for going down memory lane with me.

this is what we are doing today.
staying inside until emma has her softball game tonight.
why are the curtains all closed?
because yesterday the air conditioner
couldn't keep up. it was 5 degrees warmer inside than we had the thermostat set at.
and today?
it is going to be 10 degrees hotter.
yes, it is going to be 103 out.
so all the curtains are closed to try and
help it stay cooler in here.

hope everyone has a great day!

~ curtains to keep out the heat
~ gloves for weeding
~ a watering can
~ a sherbert treat
~ pancakes and eggs for dinner
~ home-made bluebery jelly


a 'new' old breakfast nook

i have had these two pieces now for
about a year.
i decided it was time to finish them.

emma was excited to help me paint!

 here they are all finished and distressed
and glazed.
i just love sitting here in the morning having breakfast,
at night while on the computer.

it has been a new favorite place.
because it is one of the few places that is actually finished!
and cleaned...

i was also able to finish this piece of art.
i found the butterflies on pinterest here
i think it fits in nicely with the color of the church pew

on a side note,
i have been reading 'one thousand gifts'
so i thought i would post a few things that i am thankful for,
i hope everyone has a blessed and enjoyable weekend.

~ being able to open the windows the last few nights
(unheard of this time of year in nebraska)
~ a body that allows me to run and walk
~ lower then normal humidity
~ projects finished
~ water sprinklers and pivots

i am linking to


country visitors

one thing that i have really enjoyed
while living here on the farm,
is our country visitors.

while i do enjoy having friends over for coffee,
the visitors i am talking about is
the animal variety.

there have been our share of the bad types.
snakes...in our basement.  yuck.
black widow spiders.
and cute little ground squirrels who thought our yard was their playground.
100's of holes they have dug.
not real easy getting rid of them.

here are some of our favorites.

this 'ant' is about 1 inch long.
we were told that they will go into the underground bee hives and
eat the larvae.

a robin nesting in our cherry tree

young raccoons in our cherry tree.
can you see them?

rabbits that have their young in my flower gardens

this little fella kept attacking the side mirror
on my husband's fuel truck.

we have been lucky enough to see a great horned owl twice in
the last 5 years but unfortunately no pictures.
however we were blessed to get a photo of this snowy owl
last winter.

and of course, deer.
the top two we saw just last week.
and guess what?
they also liked our cherry trees!


the studio is finished.....finally

my studio took much longer to finish then i thought.
i wanted to create instead of putting things away.
in their proper place.

but since this place is so much smaller than
what i had before, i really need to organize everything.

i have to say that this has become my favorite room in the house.
where i go if i am in a bad mood or if i am having a bad day.
a sanctuary.
my daughter even has enjoyed this room.
there is actually room for her to create right beside me.

so without much more blabbing,
(you can click on the photos to make them larger)

my studio is right off the kitchen.
the door is only a couple of inches bigger then 2 foot.
so instead of hanging a door, i though the best way to close it off from the rest of the house
i hung a curtain.  a vintage barkcloth curtain.

(the view as you walk in)

 a wall just for artwork and vintage items.

(vintage ladder holding baskets of ribbon and my aprons)

this cabinet was in the basement of the farmhouse when we bought it.
brought it up, painted it and distressed.

this door leads to our daughter's room.  it is closed off on her side.
i wanted a place to store canvass that were done or were waiting to be finished.
i just strung some twine to keep them from falling.

(chandelier that i found last year at goodwill.  for $10)

(my work station)

thanks so much for visiting!

now off to create, without wondering where something is!
have a great weekend everyone!


touchs of yellow

i have always loved yellow.
from sunflowers,
to sunsets,
and even campfires.

yet i didn't have much more than
just a stitch of yellow
in our home.

so for the last 6 months or so,
i have been adding yellow to
our humble abode. 

here are some of my favorite yellow touches.

i took off our kitchen cabinet doors and placed vintage wallpaper
on the back.

in my studio,
i painted this buffet that belonged to my great grandparents.

a chair that my daughter found at a garage sale
a couple of years ago for $2.00.
she just recently decided that she doesn't like yellow anymore.
it now sets by our east window.
love how the morning light makes it glow.

here is the first punch of yellow i added.
just covered an old lamp shade with burlap.
added felt leaves,
and an yellow flower.

thanks for stopping!

be sure to go and see how others have used yellow
in their world.