William and Henrietta Boyd, picture taken before 1910

William and Henrietta Boyd, picture taken before 1910
The very first Boyd's to live in our home, my husband's great great grandparents..now I know where my youngest son gets his looks from!

July 30, 2010

Okay, so here are some pics of the curtains I made. The bedroom ones were made from plaid flannel top sheets and so easy to make, but I do need to sew them properly with my newly acquired sewing machine since these were a quick throw together and hand sewn and safety pinned, lol. The sheer cheese cloth panel is in the middle. The panels for y kitchen curtains aren't hanging quite as I would like so I need to do some tweaking, but they do the trick! And the black shelf is one of the shelves that got on the weekend. It was a light oak color so I painted it and sanded it and I think it turned out quite well. I'm starting to get the hang of these things :)
Another late night and I can't sleep, lol, so here I am !Well, it's been a busy week around here. Tuesday I took the kids over to pick our new chickens and we ended up staying there for 2 hrs. My wonderful friend brought us down to the creek that runs behind their home and she was showing the younger ones how to look for fossils in the small rocks. Of course my sons had a blast throwing those stones into the creek and making big splashes and it made me smile to see my 9 yr old son Rhys, who has a rare genetic syndrome called Hurlers syndrome aka, MPS 1 get so involved! Anyone who has a child with a disability will appreciate the littlest of things that will make their child smile and have fun! By the time we got home, the kids feet were soaked and they had to change their wet clothes but it was a blast :) The kids than patiently waited until the evening when our new chickens were delivered to us, 3 americaunas (ee's) and 6 banty's. They all have feathered legs to boot which we have never had any chickens like that, lol. I am seriously thinking of getting some more since the banty's don't grow too big and heck, if I' m the only one taking care of them, who's gonna care right? Wednesday turned out to be a on again off again rainy day so not much happened around here. We tried to stay in as much as possible as the humidity was just horrible. Today though, was just perfect. There's nothing better than having the windows wide open and letting in a beautiful breeze come in and letting the kids play outdoors without sweating to death. I wish the whole summer could be like this, but somehow I don't think it will be! Tonight I painted the wooden magazine thingy and it needed 3 coats of paint to make it look good. Well, I only had enough to do 2 coats so the dollar store here I come to buy more paint, lol. Since this weekend is a long weekend( whoohoo), gotta love all these long weekends and this one is the civic holiday,I am hoping that I can get pics up of all the the treasures that I have painted and the curtains that I have made and since we will have 2 kids less this weekend, maybe I will get to go antique/prim shopping again...hint hint :D

So that's it for now, and Lori, I will get those pics up of my curtains a.s.a.p!! Hope everyone has had a great week!

take care and hugs, ~Trish~

July 26, 2010

Hello again! Notice I post later at night? It's the only time my kids are all asleep and I don't have to fight for the computer, lol. We had a wonderful time visiting our family on Sunday, I wish it could have been longer :(, but none the less, it was good. My kids got to see there cousins that they haven't seen in about 4 years and it was nice to hear lots of laughter from the kids playing, and from the adults reminiscing of the good old times when we were growing up. I can honestly say that when we got home, 3 of my kids were so tuckered out that they went to bed early and slept all night!
Today I have been busy ( okay, when aren't I busy?). I coffee stained 15 meters of cheese cloth and made 5 pairs of curtains,I like the coffee stain much better than the tea stain. So all of my kitchen windows have cheese cloth curtains in them, I placed then behind the primitive toppers and cafe style curtain panels that I already had up and I like knowing that the gap between the topper and panels is filled in now. And I put some in our bedroom windows as well behind the flannel plaid curtains that I had made out of flat bed sheets. Now I can keep the plaid curtains open and know that you can't see directly in the middle of the windows but still have lots of sunlight. When I bought the cheese cloth this weekend, the lady told me I was the "CHEESE CLOTH QUEEN", LOL. ...just wait til I go back in there to buy some more for my livingroom windows, haha. Apparently they sell out of the fabric in the autumn as hunters buy alot of it for when they go hunting, so I won't leave it too long before I get more :)
So tomorrow I am going to go a friends house and pick out some EE chickens ( americaunas) and some banty chickens that she is giving for free as she has too many. Ah yes, just what I need, more chickens, but I have been wanting to get some different breeds for SO long that I couldn't pass up the opportunity!! I still have not ventured down into the creepy basement to bring up the huge crock that is down there, I guess that should be on my list for tomorrow too!
Well that's it for now, until next time, take care,


July 25, 2010

A quick update before I head to bed....
I took my daughter out shopping today and on our way to Walmart we hit out local Christian Thrift Store, my daughter roller her eyes at me, lol. I found some wonderful things, a wooden shelf with rod in it to hold a small blanket for $3.50, a small spice rack for $1.50, a wood magazine rack that a lady told me was used to hold open magazines as it had wood dowels in it, and a wooden bread box( as we are tired of our cats eating the plastic off our bread bags when they get hungry, lol) I have already primmed up the wooden shelf and the spice rack, gee I get over excited don't I ?? Of course my daughter in return for shopping with me picked out a pair of DC running shoes that brand new would cost over $50, she got them for $ 3 and she picked out a cute shirt as well. I spent more at Walmart as well and bought 15 meters of cheesecloth to finish off the windows in my kitchen. I think we found some really good deals today! Well, I need to get to bed, we are off to see family in the morning and having lunch with them so I'd better get some zzz'sss. Hope everyone is having a great weekend,

Take care, Trish

July 22, 2010

Hi there, I've added a few pics of around the farm and I will add some more later when my dialup is a bit faster. I have a question for all you bloggers, how do make it show up on your blog who you are following? I'd like to add all you wonderful people on my blog but I'm blonde and can't figure it out, lol

Cheers, ~Trish~

July 21, 2010

Oh my, did we ever have some wicked weather today!! It started of nice and sunny and not a cloud in the sky, so I hung my 2 loads of laundry out first thing in the morning. Well, it started to get cloudy so I thought I'd better get the laundry in and as I was doing that it started to spit rain and thunder came roaring in. I barely made it in the house and it just down poured. Than the wind picked up and it was so bad that the rain was literally going sideways and the trees were bending over. I thought for sure the roof was going to start leaking like it did the last time but luckily the tar that my husband had painted on the seams of the roof held out and no leaks, YAY! My daughter had texted me and said there was a tornado warning, and I'm thinking oh great, with this wind I wouldn't doubt it but we have nowhere to hide as we don't have a basement other than a dirt floored creepy spider filled crawl space which my kids would never go into, lol. Luckily it passed but our driveway looked like a river and the road was starting to wash out a bit. Than the sun appeared and it was eerily calm. Than of course 20 mins later, another storm went through and this went on all afternoon. I hate being in constant severe weather warnings, but it looks like it's going to be the summer for that :( My youngest kids were supposed to play t-ball but the fields were big puddles so we didn't go, they were not too happy, lol. Anyhow, during the rain, I managed to paint a bathroom shelf black with leftover paint, it was one of those cheap shelves but it looks much better and will do until I buy a nicer shelf and than I'll dress it all up nice and prim!
I'm going to my hometown this weekend to visit my mom and my brothers family who is visiting from Killaloe, Ontario. We haven't seem his family in about 3 yrs. My mom is giving me her old sewing machine so that I can start sewing crafts etc. and an antique desk that belonged to my great grandfather and I'm sure she is sneaking in a few more things as she's trying to clean her house out, shhh, don't tell my husband, he has no idea we are bringing stuff home. I'm not telling him until we get there so that he won't roll his eyes and complain :) I've been wanting to start sewing again, but haven't had a machine, so I'm excited to be able to start making some prim goodies!
I'm hoping the weather is nice tomorrow so that I can go out and take some pics of the farm to post here.
Well, I guess that's it for tonight, hope you all had a great day!!

Hugs ~Trish~

July 20, 2010

My new crocks, washboard, butter paddle, masher and cheese cloth curtains...

Good afternoon all, I have posted some pics of the things that have been collecting and the cheese cloth curtains that I made. The curtains aren't fancy, lol but they do the trick. Until my husband can put a proper rod up on the door ( it's a steel door), I looped the twine through the holes that were in my mini blind brackets and flipped the material over the twine and tied them back on either side. Now seeing how dirty the door is, I really need to repaint it, lol. Anyhow, I did find some goodies and the butter churner was from here, that someone had put outside when we moved in. The lid was very rusty so I spray painted it and it's as good as new! I am slowly adding to my crock collection :) Now to figure out where to display all of these lovely things! I'm trying to figure out how to get the pictures up under where I posted so for now they are at the bottom of the page.
This is just a quick post, I'm waiting for my 7 yr old daughter to picked up to to a friends for a play date. I'm sure I'll be back later tonight to fiddle around with my setup here. Thanks for stopping by and following!

Hugs, Trish

July 18, 2010

Hello again! I hope everyone is having a good weekend! Well, today, after a late start ( hubby had to work from 7 until 12 pm), I finally got some of the things on my list completed... that is after laundry,dishes, serving the kids, feeding the horse and chickens and duck and other household chores....
We had our 14 yr old daughter babysit 2 of our boys while we took our one daughter and son out with us. We first hit Walmart in Bowmanville , where shortly after we entered, it poured rain, so loud that you could hear it pounding off the roof! Anyhow, we did our grocery shopping and I picked out some paint so that I could use it on our kitchen chairs etc. Than we headed downtown and I ran into the local fabric store to buy some cheese cloth as I wanted to make some curtains, and boy what a cheap way to make some primitive curtains! The lady working there jokingly told her daughter that she would buy her some to make some curtains and after me telling her that's what I was buying it to make curtains for, she gave me a strange look, lol. As I left the store, right next to it was an antique shop and I just had to take a peek at what was outside and well, I think I may be going back there really soon as there was an old tin wash tub thing and a large crock, haha, things I would love to have and the prices weren't too bad. After bringing home my daughter some poutine as a payment for babysitting, I began to tea stain the cheese cloth and threw it out on the the line to dry, which only took about 15 minutes because it was so hot and humid. After fiddiling around with the material, I hung it over some twine above the window in my front door, and I love the way it looks! Best thing is, I didn't even need to sew any of it!! I know for sure that I'll be making more curtains out of it!!
So after I got 3 of the kids into bed( my one son just had to watch the NASCAR race with his dad), I began to paint 2 of my kitchen chairs...they are windsor style chairs that were painted green with light oak seats. Well, I painted them black and I will restain the seats to go along with whatever I do our table. I used a melamine paint that had I think verathane in it as a finish and it's not supposed to chip, crack etc. so lets see how it holds up to my rough kids and pets, lol. I must say, this paint is sticky!! I got it on my fingers and it wouldn't wipe off and my fingers were sticking together, never encountered this with any other paint before! But my husband likes the color and thinks it looks good, so hopefully tomorrow I will get the other chairs done along with a trip to another antique shop in Orono so that I can buy some more crocks that were on sale...I saw them last week so hopefully they will still be there! I guess I have to be really nice to my husband so that he will buy them for me :)

Well, I guess that's it for tonight, I see lightening in the sky again, so I'd best turn the computer off...

I will get some pics up this week of everything I've been doing!!!

Take care, Trish

July 16, 2010

Well, we dodged the storm last night, I was actually looking forward to some rain to get rid of the humidity, but no such luck. Today is just as hot! It's hard to get in the mood to do anything in this heat, even though we've been hanging out inside with the a/c's on. I'm barely getting to my house work and with 5 kids, there is alot of it to do. Hopefully this weekend will prove to be a more creative atmosphere. I am in the middle of sanding my kitchen table and chairs to repaint them and give them a more primitive look, ***sigh*** it's taking me awhile to do. I have also been working upstairs in our loft area and trying to tidy it up. It's hard when you have no closets in the house and tons of stuff that you have nowhere to put. Plus, it's just me working on it as my husband works all week. One of these days it will be all done. I am also hoping to buy some cheese cloth to make some curtains for our front door window, and maybe enough to some other windows as well. They are so simple to do and you don't even have to sew them. We shall see just how much I get done around here, lol. There is never enough time in a day to get things completed.

Hopefully I can get a few pictures of the farm up as well, if my 14 yr old will be nice enough to lend me her camera usb cord, I musn't go into her room without her permission!!

Well, until later, enjoy your day everyone!!


July 15, 2010

Well, I'm back on here again, tinkering around trying to figure out how to get some primitive graphics etc. on here. This could be a challenge for me, lol. We are under a severe thunderstorm warning right now so I'm keeping an eye on the window watching for lightening so I can rush around trying to shut the computer down before I blow it up. If anyone has any ideas on how to display graphics or clip art, please let me know, I'd greatly appreciate it! Have a wonderful night everyone and stay safe if you are having stormy weather!

WOW! I just created my own blog, lol. and I thought I wasn't too computer savvy :) It's extremely hot and humid here and my kids for once are not asking to go outside! I guess I should be working on making this site a little more attractive so please bare with me for awhile as I learn. Hope everyone is having a great day and staying cool!