Good afternoon dear friends & readers,
While I am more than happy to be called "Mrs Steptoe" & to cart home everybodies throw-out
I realised that the section was beginning to look a little like Steptoes Yard
It was time for a sort-out & a clean-up after the winter . . .
plus I have a group wanting to eat their lunch on my deck tomorrow, so I needed to use some elbow grease :-)
The birds really like my candlelabra for perching on ... but they insist on leaving me little "calling cards" on the table underneath
A quick trip to Cambridge to this lovely store here acquired me 2 nice lengths of Oilcloth to freshen the area up a little
Even the fat fluffys old kennel got a scrub-up & a nice dotty piece for the top
|Leeanne do you recognise the wire basket??|
The fluffies "house" is a great height if I need to use the hot water Urn for my groups - plus I dont want to get rid of it in case one day another fat fluffy decides to come & live with us
The Mr tells me "its all very well you collecting all this derelict old stuff but you need to keep it in good condition too - this place is looking more & more like Steptoes yard!!!"
The day I decided to scrub & clean everything I had 6 lots of customers (this is a busy day for me) ...
One lady walked up the driveway & announced "Oh you have a garden full of weeds you realise"
"Um, sorry ???" I asked her
"Oh all these grannys bonnets, & foxgloves & poppies ... you realise they are just weeds ... they will self sow everywhere & you wont be able to get rid of them!!!"
"Um, actually I quite like them & often plant them out" I explained
"well you will be sorry mark my words ... anything that self sows into my vege garden is a weed as far as I'm concerned ... even those poppies you've got there..."
|She cant mean my beautiful poppies - surely NOT??|
"Um I actually planted those poppies myself, but thankyou for your advice"
now buggar off!!! (sorry I didnt actually say that - but I did think it)
The Mr tells me when I scrub the house I look like a Homeless person who has been caught in a shower of rain (I get more water on me than the actual house) - I think the customers that came thought I was the hired help
|Shane these are some of the seeds I have sent you :-)|
|My little witchey was looking tatty, so she got a coat of Hot Chilli Paint|
I have been dehydrating oranges from our tree to make my citrus potpourri - the house always smells lovely when I do this job
When dried (this takes 8 - 9 hours) I sit them on cane trays, in my hotwater cupboard for a few days to finish them off ... then I make up my next batch of potpourri
|Lean in close & take a really big sniff|
All year round, like a squirrel, I gather bits & pieces to make this up
Some of the wooden bits I was working on last post have been finished
a rather tatty looking wooden stool/table got a revamp . . .
This little 50c Op Shop tray (below)
|The wooden basket is still a work-in-progress|
turned out rather lovely I thought
And continuing on with my bathroom "budget-makeover" I found an old wooden shelf in the woodshed which I gave a rough coat of paint & a rough sand back ... I wanted a really rustic effect
which I think I acheived
(incidently the Mr asked me "when are you going to finish off that shelf in the bathroom, its looking a bit rough ??!!!")
Yep, rough . . . just the way I wanted it :-)
Well folks best I get "on my bike" & finish some more chores,
I hope the coming week brings you crafty ways & happy days,
and watch out for those "weeds" out & about on your travels :-)
thanks so much for stopping by,