Thursday, August 12, 2010

What is That?

For the past couple of days, my husband and I have heard some odd rustling sounds while out on our patio. We decided that it was just the leaves blowing in the trees or across the yard.

This morning I was sitting at a table, that is not under the the patio, and heard the same rustling sound. I looked up and this is what I saw.

We have buzzards flying around our house all of the time. I guess it is because the city lake is below the ridge and there is a forest between us and the lake. I like to watch them swoop down for food. Shooting buzzards is not allowed in Arkansas.

We'll definitely have to think this one over.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Rooster Party Time

Barb at Bella Vista is hosting the Rooster Blog Party. It's going to be a blast. Be sure to stop by Bella Vista, visit the participating blogs, and comment. We all love comments.

It is hard for me to get good photographs of my roosters because my kitchen is painted red and I did not want to take them down from the top of the kitchen cabinets.

Meet the "Rule of the Roost"

This looks like an oil painting. But, of course it isn't.

Part of the tail feathers of this rooster are made of painted tin. A closeup is below.

This is the noisy one.

He just seems to be crowing all of the time.

These little guys are behind the times. It really is after 5 p.m.

The plate was given to me by a friend after I attended a very special church retreat. De Colores means "The Colors".

This one is only one of my favorite roosters from a group of nine. The rest are below.

This is a wall hanging that I made about 2 years ago. This is not a panel. It is actually my first attempt at machine applique. Each rooster is appliqued with many pieces of fabric. It was appliqued onto a piece of chicken wire fabric. I then quilted over each of the wire sections with a micro filament thread (invisible). This quilt took many, many hours but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I saw the quilt at the Dallas Quilt Show a few years ago and fell in love with it. After thinking about it for hours, I decided to purchase a kit with the patterns and fabric swatches for the roosters. (The only quilting kit I have every purchased.) I also purchased the chicken wire fabric. The rest of the fabric bordering the blocks were from my meager stash.

Hope you enjoyed meeting my rooster family.

Take care and God Bless.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Rocking Chair Make Over

See this rocking chair. Craig just looked at it and said, "Why, Mom!"

 Well, It's not much to look at. A little on the wobbly side and the cushion old fashioned and very faded.  So Craig's question was really, "What are you going to do with that hideous thing."

Well, first I took off the cushions.

There, that's better already! Then Larry re-glued one of the arms to make the chair stronger. Next he sanded it lightly and added coat after coat after coat of white spray paint.

Much better.  Now, if I was going to keep this in my home, I probably would have recovered the cushions in a toile fabric. But, this chair is going to be a "reading chair" in my classroom. So, I picked this colorful upholstery fabric to make any child look forward to having a turn in the reading chair.

Oops, I need to add the ties to the back cushions to make it hang correctly. I have another white chair in the classroom that is covered in a fish fabric (last year's theme) that I will recover with this fabric. I also have a little chest that is royal blue with fish fabric on the lid. That will be recovered with this plaid fabric also.

Be sure to visit Susan's blog at Between Naps on the Porch to see metamorphosis in progress. You've got to see the hybrid car she is featuring. Nope, that's all I'm going to say. You'll have to drop by to see for yourself.

Take Care and God Bless!
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