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Anyone who knows me knows that I have this infatuation of mid-century stuff. Is it because that is the stuff of my childhood, a simpler time, or maybe I just like the aesthetic and design of it all. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure it out, but in the end it doesn’t matter. 

One of the things I collect is the Plates aka BBQ plates, grill plates, divided plates. Ceramic, not glass. Not State plates ( though I have a few in a box that were my grandmother’s – anyone want a San Francisco expo plate from the 30’s? ) And at this point they need to fall into a theme of bbq, western, or something quintessentially ’50’s. I collected without parameters for a few years, and then began weeding out some that didn’t suit. I sent the florals packing, mostly; ditto any others that I wasn’t in love with (anymore).  I had them on the wall in the kitchen in the old house, and they were in boxes here up until a week ago.   
Maybe I have my mom to thank – when I was a kid, I recall her bringing out the ‘summer dishes’ ( according to my dad she changed dishes like some change socks ). These were the perfect dishes in my book as I was ( okay, still am ) a picky eater and the dividers made sure that the jello didn’t touch the chicken or corn.  They eventually made their way into our camping stuff, as others had before and after. We had a huge collection of grocery store ‘ironstone’ at one point – dark brown rimmed with drippy cream colored glaze around the edges that came from the ‘item of the week’ at A&P, or was it IGA? Week by week we got everything imaginable offered – two sizes of bowls, mugs, platters, salt and pepper shakers, the works – and I think service for 12 to boot!  The plates from that set might still be in my camping box. But I digress – it was these bbq plates   that I loved. I had them for years, in a box, but when I remembered them they had somehow disappeared in the many moves. I vowed to find them again, and did. It took awhile, but I have a set of 12?  at this point.   Along the way I also collected some great black and white b-b-q plates and have enough to use as everyday service, if I get some white bowls to go with. When I started the search, I kept finding others that I liked, and it grew to the current collection. 
Last week I painted the kitchen – and could not wait to hang them up.  I also put up the pretty nickel plated tin chocolate molds ( along with the two tiny plates that were a mistake/learning experience – tip: always check the size! )  a closer shot of some of the bbq themed plates  . I ended up putting some of the ‘others’ along the east wall. Until we get new cabinets, this rack will be part of the storage area, and I need to reorganize it ( again ) so disregard the messy there.  A shot of a couple of rocketship plates – these are restaurant china and really heavy :  not to mention cute and happy.

So, the kitchen is bright now, and I’m happy when I walk in. Orange you glad I…………

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the little project

Knowing that the weather is bound to turn, I came up with a plan to keep some color ( besides the red house ) outside during the drearier coming months.So, yesterday morning I decided I could do a quick project just for fun. I sort of had an idea, and worked it out as I went along. I began by making a trip to Jack’s as they carry a huge selection of oilcloth. I bought an assortment of remnant pieces – the print wasn’t as important as color was. Out in Richard’s shop I found a large ball of narrow sisal rope, and it just sort of went from there. Here’s the result:
 and a closer shot:  I’m happy with the result – and now I want to make a few more, with smaller pennants. One for the west side,  and maybe one for below the deck, where it doesn’t get much sun. Originally I was thinking to use up some cotton fabrics that I have, but I think they would weather way too quickly. No doubt some of the neighbors might think I’m totally loosing it – first the red house, then the painted boat in the yard, now these banners. Whatever, all the color makes me happy.

Today I finally finished painting all of the rafters/beams and trim on the east side of the house (since the bees have left that area). Hooray!There is still all the beams that support the deck on the patio downstairs, but….eventually. The weather was really warm today – mid 80’s, so it was perfect for getting this finished up. Richard finished wiring the radio / invisible fence, and the ‘training’ has started. It will take a week or so before she’s trustworthy. Heck, for all I know this may send our neurotic little dog over the edge ( there was another escape yesterday, and generally wigging out over the fact that ladders were out and about today )

Early this evening we came upstairs after painting, and I spotted whales blowing out in the water! We got something to drink and walked down to the beach; it was the warmest breeze coming out of the east and the tide was out. The 3 whales ( at least thats what we think ) were not too far out – maybe a quarter to a half mile or so. When we came home the sun set and not too long after the sliver of a moon followed it into the horizon.. It will be mighty dark tonight with only stars out there.

I did sew a bit today –  I began the brown messenger bag. I also basted zippers on the Aidan quilt ( they are used for loading it onto the longarm machine). Tomorrow I head over to Astoria to do the quilting on Aidan’s quilt. It should be a lot of fun.

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This is one of those things were I don’t really have much to say, but I wanted to post a pic so an entry comes along for the ride.

I get weekly emails from sewing, knitting, quilting, cooking, etc. sites. Most of it is just what you’d expect, but every now and again………
An ad from a knitting site came yesterday and this caught my eye:  Is it just me?? Tell me what woman would want to knit this. Not that there aren’t some pretty design elements – but no one wants those trees across their breasts. really.

I started to paint the rafters on the east side of the house yesterday, but got into a tangle with some bees that have made a hive in the corner of the roof, so I moved on – I need to either wait until they go away, or somehow try to remove them. Instead I went around to the other side and I finished painting all of the deck railing. Sunny is loving her freedom, and is running miles chasing the chipmunks every day – there is one who is in the holz hausen and taunts her – it pops up here and there. I think it’s become a game between them. 

Between the hot weather inland, and the Fourth, our area is filling up for the weekend. The influx of rv’s of every shape and size must be some sort of record – I’m already feeling sorry for those who will have to battle the traffic to leave on Sunday. My sister and her husband are coming ( with their new camper ) and I’m looking forward to the big chicken (wing) cook-off at a friend’s house tomorrow. Also on the itenerary is the Ocean Park Parade – which will be new to me.

Yesterday Richard got the jeepster licenced – so we are good for cruising the beach tomorrow night.
I’ve proposed a sort of ‘art car’ paint-what-you-like on it for tomorrow at our friend’s house ( Richard told me awhile back that I could do whatever I liked with the outside/inside of it, but now he’s not sure if he’s keen on that idea). I think it would be fun to let folks have their way with spray paint or whatever sort of goofy decorations. After all, it won’t likely be driven except for on the beach a few times a year. Worst case scenario is that you spraypaint over it later – it sure couldn’t look worse than what it does now.

Tomorrow night is of course the Big Deal here. 28 miles of fireworks on the beach! With the weather so nice  – in the mid 70’s – it should be perfect. Then Sunday is the big beach cleanup. It’s a well organized thing with provided trash bags, and lots of folks with beach vehicles to pick them up. I’m hoping that it stays nice out for that, unlike the rain that happened last year.

So, I’m off to make cookies and treats for the party tomorrow – happy 4th, everyone!

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Done. ( for now )

We’ve had a great weather break the past several days, which has allowed for the last chance at any painting. For now, this achy body is finished with it. Up and down the ladder a million times for all the trim over the deck. I am more than ready for the break. There are still beams & rafters to do on the east side of the house, which needs to be done from an extention ladder. bleh.
So, here’s the before and afters:
       

I love the red when the sun shines on it.
     

We will remove the door at the top of the stairs in the spring, and there will be siding in its place. Now, we have to replace all of the outdoor lighting, which kind of fell apart when we took them off to paint. It’s mighty dark around here at night. And we still need to put the mesh in the deck railing. More landscaping in the spring as well. 
As I’ve been painting, several neighbors have stopped to tell me how much they like it. That’s nice, as I wasn’t sure what kind of a reaction a big change like thiswould garner in this old neighborhood.

Richard got the word on surgery for his knee. December first. None too soon.  It will be outpatient orthoscopic, so he should be good by mid month.

We are supposed to get a lot of rain in the next 24 hours. 
With the change in weather, tomorrow I plan to go back into my sewing room, and finally relax. And sew. 

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Jackpot!

Even though I had been told ( by my all-plant-knowing-sister, thanks, Gretchen! ) that we had some wild huckleberies here, I didn’t give it a whole lot of thought until the last couple days. While we were doing prep work for the painting outside, I realized that there were lots of berries on one of the bushes. Then I looked around and saw that most all of the bushes were loaded with these same small berries. (maybe when they’re green they just blend in with the rest of the bush ) I had always thought of huckleberries as the ones that were in my grandmothers garden – the salmon colored ones. We have just one of those bushes, but there are the ones with the small dark blue ones everywhere. Lining the driveway, along the edge and through the wooded area of the property, and in most all of the vegetation off of the west side of the deck.  How cool to suddenly see that you’re surrounded in fruit – free for the picking.  This changes my idea of landscaping for next year. I’ll be leaving a lot of those right where they are.
 here is my initial bowl full
I need to figure out an easier way to sort and clean them, but I’m tickled that this is what we have.

We now have the cleanest house – all pressure washed and scrubbed with a sort of bleach solution/ siding wash. We’ve also removed all of the little upright pickets from all of the deck and stair railings – somewhere around 250 of them ( most with stubborn rusty screws ) and already the house seems way more opened up from both the inside and the outside. Now we have to let it all dry for a week or so before painting can begin. That gives us time to replace some siding, close up the old kitchen door, and re-caulk lots of areas where the weather has beaten things up.

And while I’m still thinking about food, we watched a great documentary the other night – which will change the way you think about food today.

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Go Pick!

After blueberry picking the other day, I looked up a recipie for blueberry syrup. What I found was a great site for local farms – that allow you to go picking lots of different things – wherever you are. What a great thing.  I plan to return to the blueberry farm this week – there’s lots of fruit still to be ripened.

We finally got some good weather here – while the rest of the region has had great weather for the past week, we languished in fog and drizzle until yesterday. Today is nice as well. I guess we’ll get busy on working on the prepping the outside of the house for painting.

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 With company coming tomorrow, there’s been the usual flurry of activity here. Too much to get it all done, but we’re making progress, I guess.  I’m excited to be around my kids and my mom for mothers’ day. Bummer Justin won’t be here, but when you’re in the restaurant business, you gotta work those big holidays. He might come out next week.

I finished painting in the guest room, and this is the formerly wallpapered wall to date:
 I must have painted at least a thousand needles on my fir tree.  And I might keep going.
Here is a closeup   of one of the branches.  I finished the quilt, and we got a new matress for the bed, so it’s all done in there.      A whole picture of the quilt. I think this house is channeling the seventies through me.  Five years ago I would have never even dreamed of repeating an orange and brown color scheme. But there you go. And the little sewing room lap quilt came out looking like this:
    
         
the fabrics are from the Michael Miller series called “Knitmare on Elm Street” and “That’s Sew Wrong”  all of the mishaps that seem to occur when sewing and knitting.    I am happy with it, having never done an ‘attic windows’ quilt, it was fun. Not as much fun as the orange and brown quilt, though.  

Even though they’ve been calling for rain, it’s been pretty nice here all day. I hope it holds like this for the remainder of the weekend.
I’m looking forward to good conversation and some relaxing time with family.

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 Well, last week we stripped off wallpaper in the guest room. I think Ryan got it right when he said that anyone who puts up wallpaper should be required to remove it – it is so personal that I can’t hardly imagine any two people liking the same stuff for the same space. I have painted in there, and now need to do some decorative painting on one wall. Knd of like wallpaper, but someone would only have to paint over it, not strip it off. Now, there’s only two rooms in the house left which have wallpaper on them, and they are both the same foil type. Gotta love the seventies. I guess.
On Saturday while it was beautiful weather out, I went and bought more block and we finished the brick patio downstairs under the deck. Which entailed moving the woodpile, which I elected to do while Richard did a bunch more burning. I love the satisfaction of a completed project.  You would think the list would be getting shorter, but somehow ( that would be at my hand ) it just keeps getting longer. Funny how that works.

I’m thinking a bunch about furniture, and the other day it struck me that maybe there is a correlation between the overall size of our population, (more like Supersize) and the size of the furniture out there, complete with cupholders and huge puffy recliners for all.  Maybe that’s why I’m being drawn to the lighter Danish Modern stuff. I don’t want to get too big for my sofa! 

I took my quilting machine class, and as it turned out I was the only one. So it was a private lesson, which was great. I have scheduled Thursday to go and rent it for a couple hours to do a lap size quilt that will be for my sewing room, which will be a good practice piece.  And with any luck, I’ll finish the quilt top for the guest room, and be able to go and quilt it on Monday next week. Of course, now I want one of those machines to go in my stable. What a silly thing to collect, even if they are a useful object. I justify it somewhat by thinking I might start to try and teach basic sewing to 8-18 year olds, but I’ve been gathering for a while now. Currently the count is: two combo embroidery / sewing machines, three regular sewing machines, two overlocks, one cover-stitch machine. I think. And, two serious irons – a gravity feed type and a steam generator. And enough fabric to keep them all humming for a long time. Now all I need is to grow several more arms; maybe make just a sewing clone. 
I secretly hope it will be rainy the rest of the week so that I can just stay in and sew.  After I finish painting. 

Last night we watched “Perfume: the Story of a Murderer” which was both captivating and chilling.  Not often does a film make me want to read the book, but this one surely did.

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 Generally I don’t get political – but I don’t know if it’s because we are watching more tv than in the past ( there’s no daily paper to sit and pour over ) so CNN is on in the mornings here.  But, I am following election stuff closer than I have in years. We’ve watched the debates on both sides, and my big complaint so far is that Edwards dropped out.  Some of the others who have dropped out seems like no surprise to me. Well, I am stunned to learn that here in Washington if you want your vote for a democrat to count, you have to go and vote at a caucus! They print the names on the mailed out absentee ballot that we got, but if you only check a box there, it wont be counted! I wonder if that’s common knowledge, but it almost seems as though they don’t really want your voice. In the local weekly paper, it said that we can go to the high school on Saturday afternoon to attend the caucus. “And though it might inconvenience some voters, it is designed to be a party building experience.”  I don’t need or want a freaking ‘party building experience’!!!     What about people who can’t get there for any number of reasons: retirement or nursing home, work, ill, etc? Their vote is simply not taken. That seems just wrong. POO!  
I don’t define myself by any one particular ‘party’ – the candidate is who is important.Maybe if there was the Common Sense Party, I would join. Probably not though.  I hate the labels of a ‘left leaning republican’ , or a ‘(wacky) independent’ . or  whatever. Maybe I really just have no understanding and should take some sort of political science course. They likely covered more of that after the point that I left school.  So, because I really feel like I want my vote to be for something, I will go on Saturday and make my mark in person. I still think it’s stupid that if your vote won’t count if you use the piece of paper that the state sent to you then why did they bother putting names on it in the first place????

moving on.

Today the new floor was laid in the bathroom, and Richard put up the new light fixture. I got all of the wallpaper off over the weekend and textured the portions of the wall that will be exposed. Yesterday I finished painting in there. 
My big news is that I have finished in our bedroom. Wallpaper – gone. Fabric on the walls that I put up unsuccessfully – gone. New paint in the whole room – done. And now the final painting is done as well. Here is a shot of the finished project:
         
I am happy with the results – the brighter yellow isn’t dayglow like it kind of looks there. The other three walls are a really pale yellow. Ten years from now, I may hate it, but at this point it’s just what I was after ( I modeled it after a piece of fabric that is in completely different colors).     The bathroom pics will come after it is all finished. Which should be the end of next week – we are driving to Seattle Monday to pick up the countertop and the mirror and stuff. I can also begin to work on the guest room now. I dread stripping more wallpaper, but I’ve gotta do it.  
 
Next week is also Valentines’ day and my surprise for Richard is a package that arrived today from www.lillebellefarms.com  . A bit of a splurge, but if you like caramels – they’re the best I’ve ever had and worth every penny. 

Ryan is driving out tomorrow to spend the weekend – it will be nice to have some company for a few days. 

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