Monday, January 4, 2010

It's a Blustery Kind of Day

Here at the Homestead it has been bitter cold and snowy. We have maybe 4-5 inches of snow on the ground. I thank my lucky stars that I don't live in the Ohio snow belt like some of my readers do. Sorry ladies... I know some of you up in Ashtabula county have 33 inches. It has been snowing here all day the wind is kicking up and it just feels cold. This is my 4th day off in a row and since the kids went back to school I thought I would stay in and start using some of my fabric stash. I have been working on my quilt but my poor fingers are sore and peeling. So I decided it was time to make something else.

Yesterday was an all about Mary day. LOL. I thought all we would be doing was going for breakfast, but to my surprise my son and Steve said we could go wherever I wanted. YYYIIIPPPEEEE!!!! But to my dismay no camera. No laughing but we went to the Country Pride restaurant at the TA truck stops. They have a great buffet on the weekends. Of course my son loves looking at the "big rigs" coming in and out too. We finished up a bit before noon and decided to head towards Medina, Ohio. Of course along the way were two antique stores that didn't open until noon. We decided we could hit them on the way back home. So onward we go to the outskirts of Medina to a wonderful Colonial store called Primitive Keepings. I wish I would have had my camera but here is their website to enjoy. I have decided I need a bigger house and need to be rich. LOL. I could have taken one of everything, but bought nothing. Steve couldn't believe the prices on the furniture and is making plans to build some things we saw and sell them much cheaper. I could see the wheels turning and the smoke rising from his head. LOL. Off we went to the Tractor Supply Store for the boys to look around and to Wal-mart for some needed supplies. So then we got back to the two antique stores and once again wish I had my camera. One of the vendors was there trying to sell me a wonderful blue antique cabinet for 20% off. Still out of my price range but they had some beautiful stuff. I saw lots of pewter but the prices were a bit steep. The once place had a whole back of the store full of old wood and windows and doors. BUT they were all sold!!!!! GRRRR... Anyway again I bought nothing. Aren't you proud of me? Last stop was the Seville Antique shop. I haven't been there in a long time. Oh my!!!!!! I can't even begin to tell you how much good stuff they had. I was in heaven. On the way out was a couple who was talking to the shop keeper and I happen to overhear the conversation. They were talking about the Judy Condon books and I said that there was a new one coming out and the man turned and said I know and I have all the rest of them. As the conversation went on the lady turned and said I'm just getting ready to send some of my pictures to Judy in hopes of being in one of her books. She showed me the envelope all addressed ready to go. Who knows maybe I'll see their home in future issues.

Anyway, I saw some beautiful settle benches yesterday that were awesome. Some of them had cushions so Steve and I decided mine needed a cushion too. So this morning I found some awesome material measured, cut and sewed a cushion and another pillow case to match.

The pictures don't show the true color. It is a linen type cloth that is a brown color. I wanted to stuff it with rags or saw dust, but I didn't have enough of either so I settled on stuffing. Lumpy stuffing that my sister used for Halloween in my nephews Mr. Potato head costume.

Ummm... the easiest pillow sham ever. I used the left over fabric from the cushion and a pillow form I already had. This is my new seating area for stitching. Can't show you all of it yet.

I wanted to work on a few more projects, but Steve didn't leave the heat gun here. Do you think he did that on purpose? LOL. He never knows what I'm going to get into while he is not here. I already told him he had to show me how to use the power tools and that I was going to make something. He told me to draw up the plans and that he would help me. No I can't tell you yet what it is, but I'm excited. Oh and the living room and dining room decorating is just about done. I'll try to get pics soon. Hope you have a great Monday and I work the next three days so I won't be back til Friday.
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Anonymous said...

This has been the coldest days we have had here in Wayne Co.
Hubby and I will have to go check those places out in Medina.
We have been to the antique mall
there. Just fun to be out walking
about and looking.

Wooster OH

~Jess said...

It hasn't stopped snowing in Upstate NY since New Years....not a lot, but we're up to 12-15" since it started. It's just enough to keep it beautiful, but not enough to shut things down....I love snow!

It sounds like you guys had a great day "exploring"!

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...


We are expected to get a little snow here in the south later this week. We actually get excited about it! I'm sure it gets old if you get alot or those folks with 33"...WOW!

I can't wait to see what you're up to! You and the power tools....hmm...

Blessings to you for a Happy New Year!


JenW!~ said...

I have to get up that way sometime soon to check out all the great shops there.

We too have been lucky so far with the snow here in Muskingum Co. only have about an inch or two.

UPON A HILL said...

I am in The Ohio Valley; big snow a coming. Really like your bench & your pad. You are like me getting great ideas at the stores. Hope to see them turn into reality & future pics.
Stay warm~Kim

sea gull lighting said...

Such a cute bench i love it!

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Debi said...

Mary dear, the weather here is yucky!! I understand. Love your bench, pillow sham. And I really did enjoy the tour of your bathroom make over!! Love it!
Will be back more to catch up.
I am finally back to blogging!! YEAHHHHHH!!
Debi xo

Angie Berry said...

I just love those all about "me" days. Mine don't come often enough though, lol!

Sounds like a wonderful time. I wish we had a Colonial store here in Oklahoma, but no such luck.

Your settle bench looks very inviting. I have been stitching in my husband's grandpa's old chair... not to comfy! But at least it's by the fireplace so I guess you can't have it all. That's a nice place you've made for yourself. Looking forward to seeing it all when you're finished!

NorthWoods Country said...

I live close to medina and i always wanted to stop in at that primitive store but never had time.. thanks for sharing the link they must be pricey.