Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Down on the Lakadaisies Farm Blog #7 or My "Green Gazebo"

Down on the Farm Blog #7
All I needed was 15 days...and a little Johnny Rivers ( Realization Album)..... and I am back... I have been painting the room that I have been moving the workshop out of... It is now a bedroom.. I still need to hang some pictures...... Tomorrow.... I also painted my bedroom... I know..... once I get started with a paint can there is no stopping me....unfortunately, the days when I could paint and decorate it all, in one day are long gone.

As you may have heard we are having a little heat wave in Texas....so it is cramping my style a little.... I like the outdoors, but not at 105....Quinn and Maggie are suffering in the heat, but they are troopers and came out to see me and John work on my new "Green Gazebo". Did I not mention that? Well, I like to dabble in wood every once in a while.....I have no idea what I am doing, but I know what I want it to look like...drives John crazy........any way.....I convinced John to help me build this gazebo using what we had ......old window screens, boards, and a little pixie dust and, it all came together.....It only took one week.......I like it....

We have decided to put our place on the market......I can almost feel the ocean breezes...So...We are working on closing the shop and selling off excess stuff. I can not believe how much stuff I have... it needs to be condensed dramatically in order to fit into a small Winnebego...That is my goal.....me , my babies and I guess John....traveling around from beach to beach....Quilt shows and just having fun.....I am so ready.....Wish you could join me...I wish everyone could....Life is so short and I am tired of being a conventional girl..We only get one life and I am sure I can sew on the road......Oh, I almost forgot...here is a picture of my new gazebo...let me know what you think....
as always  
enjoy life   ds

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Down on the Lakadaisies Farm Blog #6

Down on the Lakadaisies Farm Blog #6


Another hot one on the Farm. But, we just keep on ticking. Here is the finished picture of the scarecrow that we will be doing in the August 6th class with the Silver Star Mercantile in Carrollton, Texas. It will be lots of fun and hopefully it will help to hasten in the fall weather we so desperately need. So if you haven’t signed up yet, or for more information contact Susan at 972 242 4490 or via email at silverstarmercantile@yahoo.com and she will be glad to help you.

Enjoy life ds

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Down on the Lakadaisies Farm Blog #5

Down on the Lakadaisies Farm Blog #5

Well, discovering old things is great, but they have the worst habit of getting me off track. Old fabric speaks to me. The fabric I took from an old quilt the other night just would not be quiet, so.....I took a break and did my version of an old sampler. I had to. It spoke to me.... What fun! Quinny is speaking to me now....he wants a cookie.. Okay, he has his cookie now.... So what was I saying ? Oh yeah, my sampler...It is not quite finished, but I will show you a picture....
So, what to do today ? Finish sampler or workshop? I’ll ask Quinn after he finishes his cookie. Yesterday, Quinny wanted a bath. He went to the bathtub when I asked him and stood there looking. So, after telling him to get in...you must act on these sensitive things quickly...I called John and one hour and a small lake on the floor later....A clean Quinny. Maggie of course realized she was next and decided.... No Thank You .... So, pulling her to the edge of the tub, we convinced her to get in. Piece of Cake....Things went well until she decided she had been taking a bath long enough. She proceded to get out...We of course wanted her to stay in...It was kind of like ...Trying to put a wet elephant back in a tub...Maggie won..Bath over... Another lake to clean up. Maggie refused to speak to John for several hours. She forgave him after their walk last night. There is never a dull moment at Lakadaisies. Well, Quinn says I need to get back to work on the workshop space. I just know John put him up to saying that. So...I will sign off for now...

Remember to enjoy life... dolores

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Down on the Lakadaisies Farm Blog #4

Down on the Lakadaisies Farm Blog #4

We did not do much this year to celebrate the 4th of July.  John spent most of the day in bed, with a bad back.  His back must have been really hurting-not a word about Willie's Picnic....Ginny did come up Saturday with her brother (Josh) and one of our grandpuppies (Scout), but they went home to Austin on Sunday.  Our grandson (Noah) is spending time away from home on the fourth.  His Mom (Amanda) is so lost without
him.  It is so hard to let your children go... if only for a little while.  Our granddaughter (Becky) is working this summer at a snow cone stand.....So proud of her...

Me, .... I am still moving the workshop.  I know..... it is taking a lot longer than I thought.  I keep unearthing things that I have to play with, like this wonderful old dress that came from my Mother in Law.  I don’t know if it was hers, or it might have been her Aunt Vera’s.  Anyway,  I convinced Ginny to try it on.......IT FIT!  Of
course she said she couldn’t breathe, but it looked so cute I had to take a picture. We took it in the workshop, so you can get a sneak peek..

Oh, I nearly forgot...enjoy life
dolores Storm

Friday, July 1, 2011

Strawberry Cake

Our Daughter-In-Law said that we should take a picture of the cake. Dolores said No-she thought that it was too late (nearly half is gone) . So I snapped this one.

Down on the Lakadaisies Farm Blog #3

Down on the Farm Blog #3

Good Morning .....I spent 2 hours last night taking apart an antique coverlet that had seen better days. It was 3 layers tied with thread. The second layer was feed sacks in new condition...yeah....bonus... that will help replenish my stash of vintage fabric for my miniture quilts. .it was getting low..I was getting worried... Most of it is thread bare and faded...My favorite kind...anyway...so I am slow getting started this morning....COFFEE...........

I am going to make a strawberry cake. Yepper, I know....but I am working it off. Still working on the workshop space.. It is looking pretty good..but,I need to stop work on that and go put the shop back together. I messed up all the displays for the Oklahoma Quilt Show. So- I am going to put it back together again ...I know...I will just shut the door when I am through. But, I promised it would look good when you drop by...What are friends for? Speaking of friends, Sandy Jenkins stopped by on her way to Dallas last week. For those of you who haven’t met Sandy, she is the Queen of Needlework. She has a shop in Fredricksburg and gives workshops there, when she is home. She travels a lot giving workshops and going to shows. Her husband, Rocky runs the shop when she is gone. So, if you are in the area stop by and see them. Here is a link to her website http://web.me.com/sandyjenkins2/Sandy_Jenkins_Designs/Welcome.html

The cake is out of the oven and waiting for the icing. Oh my stars but it smells good..Wish you were here to eat it with me..I love to cook, but hate to eat it all by myself. John of course will be forced to eat some, but strawberry cake is not his favorite. So I will make the big sacrifice and eat it. I am including the recipe so you can make one. No sense in me getting fat all by myself. Life is to short not to eat cake. Well, guess I better stop and get busy..

Enjoy Life ...dolores Storm

1- box of white cake mix
1- box strawberry jello
2- eggs
1- stick of butter, melted
1- cup water
1- cup sliced fresh strawberries
Bake at 350 till light brown...about 25 min.
3 to 4 cups powdered sugar
½ cups sliced strawberries
1 stick butter, softened
mix together and frost
This is so good cold on a hot summer day......