We’ve been having fierce thunderstorms lately, last night was no exception and we have an 80% chance of more thunderstorms today. This morning, however, is beautiful and the dogs and I had a lovely walkabout. My studio looks lush with the cottage flowers, bird feeder, grape vine wreaths and little screen door. We’re going to have the studio re-sided as this siding is “vintage”, as in ancient, and been there for decades. The interior is new but the exterior is sadly in need of replacement. We bought rough cut poplar siding but will keep the hemlock trim as I like the look of the white clapboard with rough hewn natural trim. I’m in process of making things to sell out of the studio but with everything on my to-do list, I’m just about as slow as Moses. Check out the TCF Studio and let me know what you think of my beginning. Also, can someone recommend someone to make and add buttons on my blogs? I’ve got a watercolor of a thistle a friend did for me and would like to use that but need some instruction and direction.
Lately, I’ve been making time for the studio and have some delightful, to me at least, jewelery to show for my labor. Later, I’ll take photos and show you.
Today I need to gather the last of the basil, make pesto and freeze it, wash a couple of fleeces and put them outside on the racks to rinse in the next rainstorm, send some things to Leslie so she can work on updating my website and I should workout but there’s only so much time and winter’s coming on. Time’s a wasting and this winter is promising to be like last winter, perhaps a tad better, perhaps a tad worse, but it’s still going to be winter and that promises snow, cold, etc. We’ve still got to square bale our alfalfa field and get that hay put in the barn too. Then, there are the quilts and fleece throws I need to make for Christmas and though Christmas is four months away, it seems much, much closer. Can you feel my panic? -smile-
But this morning, the dogs and I took a leisurely walk around the farm. “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!” So we did.
The above beauty, and I use the word advisedly, is hanging on his/her web attached to my studio. Although the “real” name is unknown to me, it’s been renamed “looks dangerous to me big butt spider”; kinda fits, don’t you think?
All the dogs have to do is walk behind the sheep and the sheep beginning running as if for their lives. The dogs are sniffing around, minding their own business and when the sheep begin running, the dogs start running because they want to see where the sheep are going. I’m telling you, it’s hilarious! No one knows what they’re doing but they’re doing it really, really well. Silly things…just like humans, eh?
There’s a metal farm building on the place and it’s about 100 x 100 feet with a small bathroom and small office. We’ve been in process of remodeling both as well as cleaning up the entire building and, in days past, it was used by men and was as grody as all that implies. Stinky boys. They couldn’t hit the pot unless they were sitting on it and why bother to wash their hands when all they’re going to do is get grease on them again? There’s a perverse kind of logic there but still and all, it did make for a grody space but not much longer! Instead of the “normal” kind of sink, I used this bushel metal tub and that means I can wash an entire fleece. The fleece water is captured and then used for flowers; great ideas, don’t you think?
The thirty gallon water heater and the rest of this small storage space will be behind a curtain as a conventional door wouldn’t work because heat needs to circulate.
The vintage mirror in the first bathroom photo will hang on the wall above this heater.
The small office was painted a rich, deep, not quite sienna orange which is one of my favorite colors. Probably my favorite as there are three rooms in our house painted this color and we never tire of them. It’s been outfitted with a small table, chairs and lights on either side where one can snug up and knit, crochet, weave, read or do nothing except think deep thoughts. There are cozy rugs on the floor so the dogs won’t get cold, a small heater, refrigerator, microwave and cabinet.
This Hoosier cabinet came from my MIL’s home and is filled with different teas, coffees and snacks. I still need to furnish plates and utensils bought at a thrift store…vintage, of course -smile-… but, essentially this space is ready to go. The heater is to the right and the rag rug loom waits to be dressed.
The white metal cabinet is filled with roving, fleeces, dye materials and other tools while the black refrigerator is filled with water and the book case with odds and ends. I need to straighten up a bit but the space is workable now and a nice respite when I’m on the upper pasture and need to get to a restroom or have a quiet moment to sit.
My outside washtubs may be filled by water hose from the bathroom and more fleeces washed.
The vintage blackboard is ready for the day’s program to be written.
So, that’s been our morning; it’s almost noon and dinner time so bye for now but before I go, one more thing. Do you have any idea how much your reading my blog means to me? The gift of your time is a precious gift, gratefully received and treasured. I so enjoy reading your blogs, getting to know you a bit, putting your names on the prayer list and, throughout the day, as God brings you to mind, you’re tucked into prayer. Thank you for that privilege.