Monday, October 1, 2012

Rainy Days and Mondays....

Quote  for the Day:
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might"
~Ecclesiastes 9:10, King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)

Happy Monday and Happy October to all of my readers!  I hope this week and month finds you well!  We are definitely into fall denying it anymore!

Andy & I spent Saturday working on the kitchen...trying to finish the stonework.  I was hoping to finish it this past weekend, but alas, that was not to be.  However, we did put a good dent in what needed done.

Saturday morning the chimney looked like this...

 ...and by evening, it looked like this...

I worked on the chimney while Andy worked on cutting/sanding/shaping the stones that needed shaped to fit around the curved molding of the window and door.  It was very time-consuming work, but so far it is looking FANTASTIC!!! 

It seems that applying this stone should go much faster than it is, but it's kind of like putting a puzzle together.  You have to fit stones together, making sure that your seams/joints are staggered and don't line up.  Plus you want to stagger the dark and light stones and also the narrow and wide stones so it all looks "random".  Do you realize how hard it is to make something look "random"???  LOL  Then there is the "cutting" that needs to be done to get the final stone in the row to fit snugly...and since we are doing the cutting on the porch, there is all the running in and out of the house to do that. 

So...that's why we aren't farther along with the project.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it!  :)

We had some other things we needed to do on Sunday, so we weren't able to work on it then, but plan to get back to it this coming weekend.  We are having company the following weekend, so I'm really hoping we can it finished up this coming weekend.  Wish us luck!  :)

Today, after I got my "pearly whites" cleaned and polished at the dentist, I met up with a dear friend, Theresa Noble, at Panera Bread where she proceeded to coax cajole coach me with some crocheting.  Yes, Folks...I do know how to do more than just quilt!  Although I don't crochet very often, it is something I learned to do at the age of 13 and now do it just often enough to not totally forget the art!

However, I've never made a hat before and wanted to make these ADORABLE owl hats for the grandkiddos, so she and I met up and she got me started on my way with them. 

This is similar to what the ones I am making will look like...


...and here is what I've got done so far...

Thanks, Theresa, for helping me out!  :)   And I hope your daughter gets home safely!  (While we were at Panera she got a text saying her daughter's plane was being delayed due to weather.)  :(

So now I have ANOTHER project in the works!  LOL  That's okay.  It's small enough that it makes a good "take-along" project when I have appointments, etc.  :)  

One can never have enough fabric or projects!  LOL

That's my story and I'm sticking to it!  :)



  1. Omg those hats are adorable!! I'm sure Sera and Andrew will LOVE them!!

  2. You quilt, you crochet, you renovate... Is there anything you can't do?

    1. Nope. I'm pretty much "Super Woman"!!! NOT!!! LOL

  3. My mom taught me to crochet when I was 8 or 9 but I only took it back up about 2 years ago. I like making hats. They are quick and you have something to show for it and they aren't the same thing row after row. Can't wait to see your owls.

  4. The stonework is lookin' great! Those hats are too cute!!! Can't wait to see them all finished! Andrew is sure to LOVE it! :D

  5. Looking good Loretta!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I used to crochet! I crochet a few couch throws ! It was always exciting when I would start a new one to see the finish procect!