Sunday, November 23, 2008

We're ready for the Gallery!

I posted this picture of unpainted chairs 9/23/08 so I wanted to show you how they turned out. I like the result! sorry about the background but I was excited and forgot about that. Here is also a picture of all of them together. They look so pretty all in a row. We take them in tomorrow so I will take some pictures of them in the Gallery. You all have a great day and Happy Thanks giving!
Donna~Creator of Cool Stuff

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Rose Garden has been planted (it's done)!

Oh happy day the 5th and final chair has been completed and I just love this one. I was experimenting with painting roses and really like the result. I think I will wait a few days before I attempt another but am really pleased with this one. Comments are always appreciated.
PS: I am taking the chairs in this coming Monday or Tuesday, If you get a chance please come see them at the Gallery at Hyde Park in Boise, ID, I assume the display will be up 1st part of December through January 2009. Cool!!!

Have a great day, Donna!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Rose Garden Chair

Hello, So I have started the final chair for the gallery show. It is the Rose Garden. So far so good. I am pleased with the top slat and the rose buds are looking good. I wanted to learn roses and found them to be easier that I thought so, Yeah!!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Revamped Aprons for Cliff's!!

Good Morning Look what I did this morning, revamped some aprons from Cliff's. Yesterday I went to the Methodist Shop, a thrift store next to Cliff's, and got these cute quilt blocks, there were like 12 for a buck. So anyway when I got back to Cliff's (the place where I work) we were talking and thought they would look cute on some aprons they had that no one would wear cuz they were long and had no pockets, so.... I turned the bottoms up and made pockets all along the front and zig zagged these cute blocks on the front. Then I thought 'I wish I had time to embroider Cliff's name on the front', I'm not an embroidry nut, but I remembered some fabric paints I had so I used them, I only had gold and black but they turned out pretty good. I started at about 6:30 this morning and just finished, Yeah!!! Now I gotta get ready for work, have a great day.
Happy Createing~~

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Greenleaf Friends Auction!

Hello, I just finished this little rocker for the Auction. It is a trash to treasure peice. It will make someone a nice doll chair. Just a nice little OLD rocker! The Auction is Friday and Saturday. There is a Bazaar, breadfast, kids games and oodles of other fun stuff to do and see. It's here at Greenleaf at the community center and the school on Main Street & Academy.
My next chair is well on it's way and will be the final chair for the gallery show which is less than a month away. I am trying my hand at roses on this one.
So I dreaded voting all day because of the weather but I got there at about 4:30 and got right in. One of the many reasons I love Greenleaf. I even got to see my friend who was sick over the weekend and is better now and my new friend I got to know at Women's Getaway over the weekend. Good Times!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Women's Getaway to McCall, ID!!

Hello, This weekend I went on a Women's Getaway with 20 or so gals from the Greenleaf Friends Church. It was fun and as you can tell I am not the only one who had fun. The gal sticking her tougue out is one of the teachers at the Academy in Greenleaf, she's a FUN gal!!
The ladies in this picture, Lindy(Olive shirt) and Devonne(white shirt), fed us all sorts of good stuff and their cinnamon rolls and orange rolls and chicken noodle soup with homemade noodles that Lindy made. I had that for 2 meals. We had sharing time that was real good and game time and movie time, (Take the Lead w/Richard Gere) and Junk store shopping and quilt shop shopping. Audra,(Green shirt) found the cutest pattern for aprons so we are going to have a sewing day and make some, maybe for Christmas presents. The happy lady in the pink is Dianna, I think she had a REAL good time, hahaha!! We had a real great time and hope we can get more women to came next year.

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Rocker is done!!

Hello All, So sorry I have not been blogging much this last week, if any. I think I have been going through a 'funk' of sorts. I just was not feeling this chair. But I was assured that the chair had merit so I will post the end product. It reminds me to a sampler that is embroidered. All kinds of different techniques and instruments were used to acheive the finished chair. I practiced curlie Q's and dots and flowers, ect. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Organized Kaos!!

Organized Kaos, I thought of this the other day as a way to discribe my style. I can say this about my whole life acually. Sometimes its downright exhausting. Which is how I feel after an afternoon of painting. Well here is what I am working on now... It's a tad kaotic but that's okay, it's me.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Dylan's soccar game!

Hello, Today was, Dylan, my 2nd grandson's soccar game. He plays every Saturday, his dad, my son Jake, is the coach. It was a great game and Dylan even kicked the ball a few times. It is so cute, the players are between 4 and 6 years old. Sme know why they are out there and some don't, but they sure seem to have fun. Most don't care where they ball goes as long as they get to kick it. We, the spectators, clap and shout hooray no matter who gets the ball in the goal. Right now it's all for fun and I think they coaches and parents have accomplished that. Here are some pictures of the action. The other little guy sitting on my lap isRaleigh his little brother and my 5th grandson. I didn't get a pictures of their mom, Rachel, so here she is, a great little daughter-in-law if I do say so myself. Next week is their last game and Thursday is their Pizza party at the YMCA where Rachel works. Next Spring Raleigh will play with his brother, now that will be interesting!!!
Love ya, Donna!
PS: BSU won 27 to 7 over Hawaii!!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Go BSU!!


Well while I wait for Dennis to get home I will update you on the chair. As you can see it is pretty colorful. I am working on the top now but have not quite figured it out yet. I loved how the arm turned out, I was going to erase them but thought I'd see what I could do with the snaky thing in the middle. It works!
Den and I are going to Sandy and Sams to watch BSU, Boise State University, squash Hawaii. Here is a picture of me showing some BSU pride, just a little. They are doing so well. I baked an Apple Raspberry pie for the occaision. Sandy's making ribs, Yeah!! Hurry up Dennis, we don't want to miss any thing. Well I'm going to sign out!! Byee!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Well it's off to Cliff's today!

Good Morning All,

Well I worked some more on the chair and now all the white is covered. The rest will go a little more quickly and be more fun. Still no theme but it reminds me of a fun gramma's chair.

Here are some pictures of our wood hauling last night. Whatever was wrong with the chain saw is fixed now and we were all there to watch dad fix it. In the picture is Norman, the big dog, Blueberry, the smaller dog and Joe the cat on the roof of the pickup, oh and that's Dennis fixing the saw. We filled the tailgate!!

Here is a picture of the cows waiting for Dennis to feed them, they were a bawling to beat the band, now they like us. Oh yes a a picture of my very cool cat, Joe!

Well I'm off to pickup pictures to show Mary at work, she does not have a computer so I just print a few off for her when I go to work each week. She gets a kick out of it. Thanks, Donna

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Good Morning!

Well I have started on the next chair, a rocker. After 3 days, approximatly 12 hours, here it is so far. Joe is testing it out for me. It's going nicely, Dennis keeps asking me what the theme is, I have not idea, I'll tell you later.

Yesterday my grandson Braidon called me to tell me they, his dad and brother and him, were going to go take pictures of graffitti and they were riding the long board to do this. I think a long board is just a real long skate board. I don't know if they were all on one board or if they each had their own. Their dad called later that evening to tell us they were on it most of the day. Here's a picture of the boys having a milkshake drinking contest during the day. Sounds like a great time. By the way the pictures of graffitti is for a Christmas present Jeremiah, my son, is making me. I love homemade from my kids, so exciting!!

Last night my hubby and I went outside and fed the calves, the neighbor and we have 7 altogether. It is so beautifull out on the hillside where they are. I threw sticks for the dogs to catch and we talked about the house on the hillside we are always going to build. Den's plans always get a little extravigant so for now it's just talk. Then we went into the 8 acres and spent about an hour and a half choping wood for kindling. It was so much fun, we sawed it all by hand cuz the chainsaw, needs a new blade I guess. It was sundown when we finished and the sky was just gourious, we even had a full moon, well it looked like a full moon anyway. Here is a picture of what we gathered. I propped it by the front door, it's very autumny.
Today the sun is very bright so I better get to work, have a good one. Donna

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Fun in Hyde Park

Hi All,

Our adventure yesterday to the Hyde Park area in Boise was a blast!! Little Anthony did come and he was a real trouper. Even let us go to Savers when we got back to Nampa. We caught the 42 bus at Karcher mall at 10:30am and got to 9th and main just in the nick of time to catch the #14 bus to Hyde park.
Here are some of the places we went.
The soda Fountain is in Goody's Candy Store and Soda Fountain. I got an Ice cream cone, I think they said they make their own ice cream, it was coffee flavored with chuncks of coffee beans, fabulous!!

We toured the Gallery at Hyde Park, there is some of the greatest recycled Jewelry in there. Also the paper mache exhibit is really quite fun to see, very colorful. There were pencil drawings I did not quite understand but someone put alot of thought into them.
We also went to the Blue Moon antiques, they had great prices on crazy quilts which I loved but had to resist.
We ate at the Sunray Cafe and had some fabulous veggie sandwich on dark rye and beer cheese soup. You could really taste the beer, again Fabulous.

We then decided it was time to hoof it to the Co-op on 9th and Fort. While we were hoofing it we saw a bus that would be going to the co-op so we ran back for it. Imagine four, not as young as they used to be, ladies and a baby in a stroller runner down the street yelling "wait, wait". It was all very funny and par for the course for yesterday. As the bus started out we realized it was not going straight to the co-op, it was a more scenic route. We finally got there and realized the bus driver was not necessarily stopping so I pulled the cord and we got off. I felt soooo brave. Inside the co-op were all sorts of healthy fare, some I had heard of, some I had not. But my friend Julie was in heaven as she had found some the items she remembered from Africa, where she did some of her growing up, as her folks were missionaries (she's Anthony's mom). Sharon and Laura bought themselves Gelatos and I got myself a coffee with whole milk just like I like it and we stolled around for some time.
It was then time to think about getting back to the bus stop that would take us back to Nampa. We found it was close enough to walk so we did. The trip home was a little longer because of rush hour traffic but there was a very talkative fellow who kept Laura and I entertained, (he seemed to know everyone), so it went fairly fast.
It was a GREAT day and I hope to do it again someday. I would recommend it highly. Now I must get to sanding the next chair, a rocker!!

Bye, Donna