Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tea Party & Quilts

I recently was asked to speak at a Ladies Tea Party at Grace Fellowship Church.  It was a joy to be asked and was so fun to see and hug many sweet gals that I have known for years.  Always fun to share my love of quilting, love of all things vintage and weave it around treasures of the heart and our spiritual treasure in Jesus!

Each table had a hostess and set her own table and service for her guests!  This happened to be my place setting.  The china was Jan's mothers, a beautiful Noritake pattern.

A place card at every place!

I didn't get around to every here is a sampling.  They were all wonderful!

Loved the crochet tablecloth!

My kindred spirit, Jan!  We have been friends for decades.....I won't say how many, but we have a rich, diverse history.  And we just pick up where we leave off when we see each other, which isn't often enough.  My gift from her was this wonderful centerpiece.....minus the vase of flowers.  All these things she had especially picked out for sweet and special.  I have it all setting on my dining room table.....just as she had it here!  I will love you balcony friend!

These are some of the few quilts that I brought to share.  Those "ladders" came from my Grandpa Kullmer's garage when we were moving them out of the house on Chestnut St. in La Porte City.  They would have used them in their garden, for I am not sure what.  As soon as I saw them.....they had quilt display written all over them.  I have used them downstairs in "quilt world" ever since.

Loved the white tulip stem at every place.

Wonderful place mats with hat and gloves......just right for a tea party!

Oh, and the bunting with hankies to pick up your name tag.  Joyce greeted you as you arrived.  It was a pleasure to meet her! If you want to make a BUNTING for your next event check out this posting.

Sweet little pink roses were the theme here and what sweet little favor boxes for each guest!

Loved this with sequin covered Christmas ornaments arranged like a tree!  I love those ornaments.....have some of same ones on my Christmas tree and they fit right in with the pink roses! If you would like to see some of my Christmas decorations, check out this posting.

How colorful and beautiful!

Pink, white, delicate and sweet!

This floral china was gorgeous!  And the little favors had little butterflies in scenes that moved, so cute!

Love me some blue....all different place settings with yellow roses.  Perfect!

This is an old classic pottery pattern.....have always loved it.  So pretty and the centerpiece was wonderful too!

Thank you for including me in your special day.  The food was so cute and yummy, right down to the shortbread cookie dipped in chocolate that looked like a tea bag.  Complete with a string and tag!  Thank you ladies for ALL your work to make it a special time for everyone!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Kitchen Face-Lift Pt. 3......or not enough room in the corner for drawers

I love having my Easter decorations out.....after 2 weeks of rain and clouds at least inside my house feels cheerful and springy!  You can save this piece of clipart if you choose.  I would click on it and when it opens in a new window.  Right click on it and save it to your computer.

Back to the kitchen and what this posting is suppose to be about.  I know I got side tracked.....story of my brain. Partly why this has taken me so long to do, is I knew I took pictures of the things I wanted to post and every time I went to work on this.....I would look and look and look and could never find said pictures.  Grrrrrrrrr.........

So when I recently had a conversation with Jan and she asked me what happen to that.....I hung my head in epic fail position.....yea, I know, hasn't happened.  So I was off on Plan B, or C or lost count.

Here I thought I would make quick work of this and do a video instead of pictures.  Clearly didn't do that right because it spent most of the day processing the video.....need to evidently figure out how to make the file size smaller.  Here is the last of the kitchen update and I added in some of my Easter things at the end.  Enjoy!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Dad's Oak Civil War Chairs

A couple weeks ago we did a "throw together" meet at the local pizza joint for dad's birthday.  He turned 82 and he and my mom are doing great!  I had written this blog posting a long time ago and never posted it.....not sure why and then it got buried in the lists of postings and I forgot about it.  But celebrating his birthday seems like a good time to finish it and do the posting!  

Happy Birthday Dad!  You continue to amaze!

My dad, Jim Kullmer with his Uncle Ernie Weaver.
At that time, he was the last of the Weaver children born to Peter & Rose Weaver.  His mind was a steel trap and he was the source of endless stories and knowledge.  So thankful I videoed him that day.
June 2012

A while back my parents showed up at my door sporting one of these.....without the fabric seat.  And I go Ooooooo!!!!  What's the story of this?   It was all folded up and no fabric.  My dad makes the greatest stuff from his workshop and he came across a reproduction chair design from the civil war.  And he thought we might like it!  That was an understatement!!!!

I wanted to show how this chair folds does it in a funky way.  I am not sure how clear this picture makes it.......

Then dad says to would maybe rather have a pair of them instead of just one?  How fortuitous.....just what I was thinking.  So a couple weeks later, here he comes with another one.

Guess where the wood came from.....we live on the farm and use to raise pigs, a lot of them!  We had quite of bit of oak hog fencing on the outside of the barn.  Guess where this wood came from?  This wood used to keep the pigs in their pens and looked nothing like this.  Our family has hutches, desks and I don't know what all, including now these chairs from that wood.  Talk about re-purposing!!!!

I picked out the tapestry fabric for the seats and sewed those.  I tried to pick something that had that period look and would also look good in my house.  To say I love them, would be an understatement!

Civil War Officer's Chair Plans  just in case you want to make your own!

Here is a picture of General Grant sitting in one of these chairs.  I think they would have been used by high ranking soldiers.  Only someone that had a staff to haul their things around for them.

Another photo with General U.S. Grant......the chair back is a variation from mine.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

It is Christmas night (music) and we had a lovely quiet day.....going to church this AM, then spending the rest of this rainy day all snuggled in our basement, with food, music, movies and football.  We both took naps and I worked on a wool stitchery, which I love to do while I watch football.

We are slowly getting things back to a "normal life", whatever that is.  Although the Silver Fox is still struggling with PMR (polymyalgia rhuematica), he has another set of labs this week.  We will see if they will be adjusting his prednisone level coming up.  My eye is doing well and there is very little residue left in my left eye, I barely notice it.

For those that hadn't heard, I had a significant tear in my left retina right before we came home from our visit with daughter #4 and family in Tennessee.....this was the end of October.  The kicker was we didn't know that when we came home and it wasn't until I saw the retinal specialist back here that I got that diagnosis.....I spent a chunk of November at the eye doctor, having laser done on my left eye twice with several appointments having to be prepped for surgery in case he didn't like the way it looked.  Not a good time for the migraines either, as my sight was nonexistent in my left eye, so put a strain on my right eye to try and compensate.  By the time we had thanksgiving my eye was much better and we were between medical episodes.....but didn't know that at the time.

The Silver Fox was not feeling well right after Thanksgiving, but nothing really telling.....a lot of symptoms like flu....achy, uncontrolled temps.....then it moved into lip edema, then one night half his tongue swelled up among other issues.  So over about a 8 day period he was in the hospital twice, once for 23 hours and the next time part of 3 days.  He had a ba-jillion tests before they came up with PMR and frankly none of the options they threw out was anything you wanted to deal with.  So at this point he is still dealing with various issues as we work through what the dosage needs to be.  Steroids are the treatment, so not a great choice, but that is all there is for this.  We are praying that he doesn't have to stay on it for an extended time.  The good news out of all of this, was he had his heart checked out because of his family history and his heart is good.....well bless it!  I knew that all along!  But really it is good to have a baseline and know there was not any issues at this time with his heart.

I am so very grateful these two things didn't happen at the same time.....not sure how we would have navigated through that.  I can't tell you how grateful I am that my sight was restored and that they were able to figure out Jeff's issue fairly quickly....even though it was a stressful time.  The verse that kept coming to mind is Philippians 4:6-7, what a great truth to lean on.

We don't celebrate our immediate family Christmas until next I still have a few more days to get my act together for that.  My girls did most of my shopping for me this year....which was appreciated and most of the rest I did online....don't just love Amazon Prime!  They pretty much have me with 2 day free shipping!!!!  And they bring it to my door!!!  Not to mention I know the names of my delivery guys.....they are awesome!!!!  Did I mention, they bring it to your door!!!

We have a wonderful light display that has been going since the 1960' we are into 5 generations of our family who have enjoyed them.  I am not sure they are going to continue doing this, which I was sorry to hear.....but sooooo much work and the weather has not been kind to the Vinton area these past few much wind and tree damage.  I wanted to video it to save some of these memories for our family......we have taken our kids and many of our grandkids to it over the fun!  If you would like to read more about the history behind this family story, my friend, Dean Close tells it beautifully.....Vinton Today Kersten Interview.

For this year......this will have to suffice for my Christmas card.....that is just not going to happen....I was grateful to get 2 customer quilts done during the month of December and thankfully did not have any scheduled for the month of November.....the Lord knew I wasn't going to be available.  :)

I need to go back about 35 years maybe to tell the stories of these name ornaments.  This was when I was doing a lot of counted cross stitch.  One year I charted everyone in the family, their names and stitched them out in various fonts and with different thread counts too.  And as some have passed away, they have come back to me and live on in our memories and on our tree each year.  This year I made little groupings around them.....these are Jeff's parents and there is a crystal church near their ornament.

Near my Grandpa and Grandma Thedens is a vintage wreath ornament with "Ruth" written on the tag it was saved in her Christmas decorations probably from the Study Club she belonged to in Jesup for many years or maybe a church event.  The white angel is one of the many decorations I have on my tree that she made.  She made beautiful ceramic and porcelain pieces....a true artist.  She also made my nativity that is pictured below.

You can barely see Grandma Mildred's at the top, but the angel ornament and the crocheted bird is tucked behind all made by her and there is a beaded gold and clear star above Grandpa Keith's that is sideways done by her. 

 Also several of the "Shiny Bright" ornaments are from her and Grandma Ruth too.

The little white crochet basket with the vintage beads was made by my Grandma Mildred and the pink beaded one, I made years ago, probably from a Lee Wards kit.  That will date me.  😲  

Jeff and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and the best of days in the new year!!!!

Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. 
 Isaiah 7:14

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Kitchen Face-Life Part 2

This fine day we are taking down the tile (I should rephrase that, the Silver Fox is taking down the tile) I was probably on clean up and "gopher" duty....which had to be done before the counter top was replaced.  The Silver Fox had it all done in less than a morning!

Here is what the old tile looked like.....not bad really.....but it did look dated.

 We are all ready for the counter top people to come.....sink & stove top pulled, drawers removed, etc.

All the counter top removed and it was a butt-kicker for the two guys that worked on it.  They couldn't believe how many nails were holding that down.  They told me they hadn't done a job like that in quite awhile.  This kitchen would have been built in as the house was built.  No modular cabinets.....all nailed, screwed and glued.  Well done too!

The microwave and oven are wrapped for protection and ready for new counter tops!  Go!!!!

Until.....Houston, we have a problem!  UGGG!!!!!  This piece is 10" too short!  Stop everything! And because of the way it needs to be installed.  This needed to be the first piece in.  Just that quick we were done for the day.  They didn't have a big enough piece at the shop to re-cut.  So it had to be re-ordered and we had to wait 2 weeks to move forward.  Major yuck!  So instead of being without my sink and stove top for 24 hours as planned.......was without it for 2 weeks.

This must be a rite of passage for those doing a kitchen, you ALWAYS hear these horror stories of waiting for whatever it is that you need FOREVER before you can move ahead.

We chose a Formica product and not stone, just really didn't want to spend that kind of $$$$ for a counter top and what I picked has the look of stone and no up keep and will be a nice contrast with the cabinets.  

They were able to put in the one piece under the microwave and where the new cabinet went.  That is 6 feet of counter top that I real estate for me.

What you can't see is we have plastic up at all the door ways, into the dining room, living room, and hall help contain the mess.  The guys pulling out the counter top cleaned as they went and they didn't leave a hot mess for me to clean up.....but the really UGLY was coming!  Can you hear the theme from is looming....

The Silver Fox basically spent an entire weekend sanding all the cabinet frames.....what a miserable job!  I felt so bad for him.  Hot, Dirty, Dusty....ICK!

Clean Me 

Finally we are all ready to paint.....holes filled and more sanding!  We spent a whole weekend painting the frames.....2 coats.

My resident painter....every household should have one.  Green tape is our that stuff.
Painting is happening.....this was back in August.

The doors are being put up.....the first one, 1 of 56!  It took us awhile to hang the first couple....but like any project like this, you figure out a few tricks and what works and what doesn't.  By the time we got down toward the last few doors, we could hang them pretty quickly.

This was a big moment hanging the first one!

One up and 55 to go. 
 OH MY GOODNESS!  There might have been some background cheering going on!

Making progress.....this was before the Silver Fox had done the final paint on the doors.  You ask how do I know that?  Because the handles are not on the doors, that was how we kept track of what needed a final coat.  Once they got their knobs, they were done.

To be continued.......

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Kitchen Face Lift Pt. 1

The kitchen face lift is coming along nicely.  It seems slow, but I think anyone who goes through a kitchen really can't be done fast enough, can it?

This was toward the beginning of the project....Jeff had to move a couple outlets and dad built this cabinet to house the built in microwave oven.

My dad has been tirelessly working on this for weeks.....bless his heart.  And it shows on all the details that he thinks about and then executes.  In that way it has been a hoot to spend an entire summer with my dad.....being his go-fer, extra set of hands and helping out in what ever way I can. He medium is wood, mine is fabric.  He can make anything!

I have dreamed of having my microwave built in for a long time.  That was several feet of counter top I would rather have over the microwave taking up that valuable space.

This was the night, right before we pulled out this classic!  That handle swings the door up and out, it kind of goes over the clock and the knobs and such.  Very funky!  This oven has cooked a lot of great meals over the years and fed hundreds of people for sure!

The wall oven was original when the house was built.  It worked fine except for the clock and timers.....those haven't worked in years.  And it was a small oven and didn't do very well if you had more than one thing in it.  So the new one seems huge to me even still, and heats up like a champ!  So far I have been very happy with it.  We even have a clock on it and timer......funny how the little things can make your life just a little bit better.

Before we could put in the new one we needed to change the hole slightly and check out the make sure we had room for all of that with the new one.

I thought I had better picture of just the new oven....but this shows the wall where we made the most changes.  Under the microwave was a desk area, that I really didn't use that much and dad built a cabinet to go under there, so I really gained about 6 ft. of counter space.  I love it!  That will be wonderful when the family is all here.  BTW, notice the pull out shelves, I have several of those now......let's just say I am a fan!

This was after we ripped out the old back splash and prior to the new counter top and my lovely refrigerator is on your way to the bathroom, bedroom or living room.  So convenient! This was about mid-August.

Jump ahead a couple weeks!  One small section DONE!  You can see a couple of the glass front cabinets and more pull out shelves.  Did I already tell you, I love pull out shelves!  Where have you been all my life?????  We did all of the doors first.....there are 56 doors in this kitchen.  Holy buckets!  Dad did a beautiful job on them!

The Silver Fox hasn't had a moment's rest either.....his punch list is on-going!  He has painted, wired, repaired & torn apart.  You get the idea!  But thankfully the end is in sight!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Customer Finishes and Where Did the Summer Go?

We put the pool away on Monday......this would be me with a sad face asking "Where did the summer go?"

In one word KITCHEN.....

I will write more about this later, but there has been some updating going on the kitchen this summer and for those of you who have already walked in these steps, you know what that is slowly coming around here......but it has consumed our summer.

This is what we looked like before the countertop was installed and we hadn't taken the cupboard doors off yet.  You can see the new oven in the mirror reflection.  That was a whole process too, taking out the old and modifying the opening to fit the new one......had to do that for the microwave too.

This is what this kitchen looked like after it barfed all over the dining room.  I was never so glad to have a table that seats 14 in my life!  There is stuff on the chairs, under the chairs on the window sills.  EVERYWHERE!

I did manage to get a couple quilts done in August for a customer.....they turned out beautifully!  

 This is a scrappy repro is hard to get a picture of the quilting on these scrappy pieces.

I do have openings for September and one opening for early October.  Let me know if you are interested.

This next piece was a baby quilt and soooo cute!  I think the family lives near the ocean, where this piece is going to live!  How fun is that?

I put a wave like design over this one!  Too Cute!

Where did your summer go????