Wednesday, June 29, 2011

BabyPants Arrives!

For anyone wondering, my sister had a baby girl this week!!!  I had to wait until she had a chance to tell a few people before I could post it on my blog.  Baby A came in weighing eight pounds, nine ounces.  From what I hear, she had more hair than her mother did at birth, which isn't saying much :)

Monday, June 27, 2011

A Wren's Nest Farm

Last week my three boys and I went to visit my in-laws down south.  My mother-in-law has been telling me about this farm she likes to visit and while we were nearby, we got a chance to see it for ourselves.  A Wren's Nest Farm is a cute place with lots of flowers, veggies and animals.  And very helpful proprietors!  They have chickens, goats, sheep, pigs, at least one duck, and a couple of rabbits.  We had fun seeing all the animals, and petting a few.  Paul and Tammy offer apprenticeships for people interested in learning about their trade.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover that not only do they raise goats and sheep for fiber, but Tammy also spins, dyes and knits!  She showed us the fiber soaking in her big sink.  There is also a little store on the premises with lots of interesting handmade, vintage, and organic items, including roving, fresh eggs, and handmade soap.  $2 per dozen for farm fresh, organic eggs!  Can you believe that?

I was also happy for this opportunity to round out my pictures of 'a farm animal' - an item on this month's Photo Scavenger Hunt.  Now, I have to narrow it down to one! 

Hens also have combs; did you know that?  I didn't!

How do you like the fur-tipped ears on this rabbit?!  They are so soft.  Paul told us they brush the rabbits regularly (daily) to get the fiber (fur).  The sheep and goats are sheared once a year. 

We left with some soap; if I had thought to bring my cooler, I would have also gone home with some eggs, but I was not sure how that would be on the long, hot drive home. 

Thanks, Grandpa and Grandma, for taking us, and Paul and Tammy for showing us around!

Friday, June 24, 2011


Today, the boys and I went garage saleing:
4     black stool - never enough chairs here.
 .50 tin measuring cup
2    pair of license plates and a vintage childrens' book with great illustrations
2    vintage camera, book for #1 boy, and a present - secret, of course!
0    old stereo cabinet
2    three costumes, a pair of shoes, and they threw in a pair of license plates
4    blue jar

We started out with everyone wanting to buy everything at every stop but we worked on being savvy junkers and just looking for specific things we collect, we need, we'd really use.  It was fun to see them getting the hang of it:  a book in a series we were already reading, for example.  Pretty good troopers.  We also got strawberry lemonade from a classmate sitting on the corner.  It is our policy to buy lemonade from kids on corners whenever possible. 


precious time

are we wasting all our precious time chasing dollars, chasing dimes?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Stuff Here

I recently met someone that BFJ has known since high school.  After exploring his strange and wonderful house, which includes two different pairs of pet pheasants, handcrafted knives, and a treehouse above the roof, I left with a little handful of treasures.  One day they'll adorn some handmade hats:   

On a completely different note, the sage is doing wonderfully... 

We visited my parents last week, and I had a fun little walk with Zoom and the camera...

In the garden at our house, I neglected to harvest this onion from Candace last year; now it's about ready to bloom!   

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Don Juan

Distant Drums

I love the smell of flowers in my garden; especially roses and lilacs.  They remind me of happy childhood moments.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer Food

Don't you just love the culinary bounty of summer? 

My sister introduced us to Snickers Surprise Fruit Salad awhile back; it's always a hit at potlucks!  Here's what you need to make it.

1 tub of Cool Whip
1 package of instant vanilla pudding
1 Snickers bar*
1 big bowl of seasonal fruit such as berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries), grapes, stone fruits (peaches, nectarines, cherries) apples and pears, kiwi.  Melons and citrus fruits are not ideal. 

Rinse fruit and drain thoroughly.  Cut fruit into bite-size pieces and combine in large bowl.  Open pudding mix, discard instructions; stir dry pudding into tub of Cool Whip.  (You may want to do this in a bigger bowl.)  Combine thoroughly.  Stir Cool Whip mixture into fruit, stir well.  Cut Snickers into several small bite-size pieces and stir into salad.  Garnish with additional fruit if desired.  Cover and chill.  Serve! 

The fun part is if you don't tell people what's in it, and someone says, "Does this have chocolate in it?"  Of course, *you have to be careful about allergies so I usually ask whether anyone has nut allergies before I make it.  You can substitute other candy bars such as Milky Way if you have peanut allergies or to your preference.

Friday, June 10, 2011

May Photo Scavenger Hunt

a butterfly

a bicycle

a red door

a cartoon character

an emergency vehicle

think vintage!

something blue - I couldn't choose between the blue flowers and the blue house.

a street light


sign of the zodiac (scorpio)

an interesting local building - the Mayan theater, neat on the inside, too.

a black and white portrait


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June Wedding

I shot a bunch of pictures at a friend's wedding over the weekend.  If you want to see more, I'll post a link to my Flickr set once I get the rest of the pictures posted! here's a link to the set on Flickr: click here.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Denver Chalk Art Festival 2011

Every year there is a chalk art festival in LoDo (lower downtown.)  Often we miss it but this time we caught the very end, which was great for seeing finished pieces.  Unfortunately, there were so many people crowded up next to the edges that we missed several great drawings, trying to manuever through the crowd.  However, I was justified in insisting we catch this when Zoom pulled out his sketch pad when we got home and started drawing.

I like how this girl is watching herself being drawn...

You could definitely tell who the chalk artists were: 

To see my whole set of pictures, check out my flickr set, and while you are there you can type "Denver chalk art" into the Search box and see all the drawings and artists that other people captured.  I especially like the drawing of the cows, there are pictures at several stages, but we didn't see that one while we were there. 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

A Tale of Two Ironing Boards

I had two ironing boards, neither of which worked well.  The cover on the one on the left was loose and slid around during ironing.  This is especially frustrating when trying to press sleeves.  The board on the right had a very thin pad and grid marks from the metal would often show up on clothes being pressed.  What happens when you don't have a decent ironing board?  Clothes that need to be ironed pile up until little boys grow out of them! 

I finally took a cue from Anna and decided to make my own cover.  I considered the two boards and picked the one that worked better for me (the one that does not screech when being opened!) and measured the length - approximately 56".  I was hoping it would be under 42" so that I would not have to buy so much yardage, but alas! that is not the case. 
I went to JoAnn's and perused their decorator weight fabrics - the cheaper ones, not the designer labels, and selected a print I thought would be fun, since I will be staring at this board for many hours, catching up on my ironing!  I bought two yards, as well as 3 1/2 yards of elastic cording - way too much, as it turns out, but I'm sure it'll come in handy with some other project. 

I washed and pressed (on the floor) my fabric and laid it wrong-side-up on the floor.  I set my ironing board top-down on top of it, and cut around the board leaving a 2" allowance.  I also cut a batting layer using this method, with about a quarter inch allowance.  Sorry, no pictures.  I pressed the edge of my decorator fabric under (again on the floor) a quarter inch, then folded it over an inch and pinned all the way around, leaving a one-inch space on the flat end to pull the cord through.  I sewed all the way around using a surger-looking stitch.  I threaded the cord through with a handy safety pin. Layering the batting and then the top fabric on my board, I pulled the cord tight and tied a knot, and voila!  No more ironing on the floor!!  Anna said I needed to post about it, so here you go, the final look: 

The other board is going to charity.  If you are interested in recovering your ironing board, you should read Anna's post, also; she did hers in a slightly different way.  I have a lot of fabric left over; I'll probably use it to make a fabric basket for the laundry room, or clothespins. 

Friday, June 3, 2011

April Photo Scavenger Hunt

I did not end up with all the pictures for April.  It's shameful, we have a whole month to find them!  When I have missed items from a month, or not been satisfied with the final result, I have continued to look for those items until I have a satisfactory picture.  The only exception was 'lorry (or big truck)' from February.  I just could not sink my imagination into that one.  So without further ado, April... for now.

April showers
I thought this was going to be a difficult item but as it turned out, we had several rainstorms this past April. 

A leisure Saturday breakfast at LaMar's Donuts; a special treat.  Decisions, decisions...

your camera
Okay, this should be easy, right?  The mirror shot seemed too obvious, and taking a picture with any other camera means I'm not using the camera I'm shooting.  I couldn't decide how to do this so... it's still on the list.  Yes, I do overthink things quite often.  That's why I tell long stories.

a set of keys
I looked up the April list while I was at my sister's house and she immediately said she had a set of keys I could shoot.  These keys belonged to my grandpa, Eldred, and I'm sure he actually knew what they went to at one time! 

an interesting shop name
I could not decide what "interesting" meant so I landed on this as I was walking by one day. 

a cross
Or several.  We went to a mediavel / Scottish sort of event that had lots of Celtic crosses everywhere, but that was too easy.  I had to think outside the box!

a church
As many churches as I drive by in a given week, this should be another easy one but again, that was too easy.  There are several churches in the Denver area that I'd love to shoot but sometimes you just can't pull over to take pictures.  This one was on my list, also, and I was going to be in the relative neighborhood.  It is St. Malo's Catholic Church in Allenspark, Colorado.  I visited it with Aunt Banana and Uncle Radish! 

I noticed that my neighbor had decorated her tree, just as I was on the hunt for some eggs!

something yellow
Finally, my own daffodils.  

a sculpture
Somehow, I just did not have this on my radar.  Still on the list.

something to do with Shakespeare (the bard's birthday is April 23rd)
I was searching the internet for a local Shakespearean festival (that should be near his birthday, shouldn't it?) but never did find anything.  I stumbled on this plate at an antiques mall and came back the next day with my camera!

something to mark St. George's Day (also April 23rd)
Do you know, I actually know some St. Georges.  I could not figure out exactly what would represent St. George's Day, as I had never heard of it.  I had permission to post pictures of my friends the St. Georges, but then I saw some St. George's Day pictures on the Flickr blog and they all had red crosses.  I was at a festival a couple of weeks ago and noticed this flag inside the door of a bar.  The waitress there thought it was hilarious that I was taking pictures of the bar.  I never did figure out what was so funny, I take pictures of almost everything!

And there you have it, my take on the April list, complete with descriptions that could be short but indeed are often long.

If you want to join in this month, the June list has just been posted at Postcards from the P. P., at the very bottom of the post.  If you stop by, you can see Kathy's pictures for May.  You can also see the whole Flickr group by clicking here.  I'll bee back shortly with my own results for May!