Monday, July 10, 2017

Robb's bucket list finished??

No... his sabbatical is over  ( 3500 emails awaited his arrival back at work!!). We did get a lot accomplished but not everything!! His new IKEA wall is done and lots of stuff moved into it... freeing up lots of other spaces. His fence to match the neighbors is done and they will be staining both his and theirs ...so that's done!!
   One thing he organized that wasn't a project was taking everyone to Kansas City's Starlight Theater where we saw "Jersey Boys" ... I told my grand daughter and grandson that this was my music ... Frankie Valli !  Everyone had a good time even if I was afraid that we couldn't find the right parking lot and our cars in the dark!!
   Now that he is back to work... we have GOT to get going on some long put off stuff. So today we brought in the ladder and got back to removing wallpaper in the entry way. Luckily we had done a good job priming before putting on the paper, but with the stairs and two story heights it is a major task!!  We are almost finished with the removal.... next is washing to get the glue off...then patching and sanding!! Then picking paint....

Friday, June 23, 2017

Busy busy week...

Our son is on what QuikTrip calls a sabbatical. He's worked for them for 25 years and so gets a paid one month vacation. He assembled a bucket list of things he wants to get done ( after going to Biloxi and meeting up with friends for a weekend).
This is the first thing....
A wall of storage units from IKEA.... Getting everything to his house from the store was a project in itself. Except for the butcher block counter top ... it is done. My husband and son are pooped! IKEA instructions are non-verbal and cryptically graphic!! And cover more than one version at a time. Making things more difficult!  But we all think it looks great and will be very handy. The butcher block counter top will be where the crock pots simmer away and serving done. There will be electricity!!

The next project was one Lili ( my grand daughter) and I accomplished... the front beds. We trimmed the bushes, weeded, trimmed the beech tree and so on.... The final touch was loads of black mulch. Luckily Lowe's put it on sale the day we  finished!!
Lili's uncle made a financial contribution to his niece.... teenagers always need money.  Lili has a return work day this fall.
BTW... black mulch leaves one's hands black ( washable) and one's nails grungy gray. Soap doesn't help!!

The rest of the list is more "fun"....

I have been getting ready for this show....

Fuzzy Frenzy starts Sunday at 11 am Eastern ... Here is the

link




Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Prim Folk Fest ... W Des Moines Iowa

The Prim Folk fest is this Saturday ,,,,  It is being held in the Decades Event Venue in West Des Moines, Iowa.  I am expecting to see chain saw carving.... lots of bears.... steam punk items... prim things and so on!!  It should be fun.
   Actual, physical, shows are getting fewer and fewer in the MidWest so I am looking forward to reconnecting with other artists and vendors.  And looking forward to hearing what collectors have to say!
    I have been knitting up a storm... lots of little sweaters made from leftover sock yard.  Here is Thomas wearing a sweater and beret surrounded by more sweaters!

The balls of leftover yarn aren't really enough for large sweaters... I have combined yarns for some. When I run out.... that won't happen for awhile ... I will buy yarn and knit sweaters for bigger bears or bear friends!!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Summertime busy-ness

Bob and I and our daughter and granddaughter signed up for a wheel throwing class!! We signed up through UMKC  ( Univ of Missouri Kansas City) but the Kansas City Clay Guild does the classes.
We went to our first class last night and all tried making our first pots... What we made weren't save-able but are trying to master centering the clay and opening it up.... Fun!! I came home the dirtiest of us all!!
Next week we go again and I will try to get a few pictures.

Still working on getting things ready for The Prim Folk Fest and the online Furry Frenzy shows. Looking forward to both

Bob and I are going to Des Moines the day before The Prim Folk Fest  show's sale day.... usually we do Des Moines in a one day driving extravaganza, but not this time. We have plans for some antique-ing etc.  So no leaving here at 4am on the show day... doing the show... and getting home by 7 pm... hooray!!

After these shows, my son has some "tasks" he wants help doing during his "vacation"...

Sunday, May 21, 2017

backward...

The heat just came on.... seems like we are going backward. Our nice though sometimes wet weather has been in the 70's or so.... but last night the temperature went down to 41! Blech!!!

I have started working on the Furry Frenzy online show ( June 25th and 26th) and the Prim Folk Fest
( June 16 -17th) an actual physical show being held in the Events Center, West Des Moines, Iowa!!
I am looking forward to this one especially since it will mean bear makers will be gathering and we will have a chance to meet and greet bear collectors!

Plus Bob and I will have enough time to antique and explore !!! I remember a "reality" show where an upscale "antique store" upcycled and reformatted all sorts of items was in West Des Moines...maybe we can find it!!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Spring Stars

Bright Stars "Spring Stars" online show opened this morning at 11 am Eastern!





These  boxes are waiting for my mail person!!! For USA recipients I can leave a note in the mailbox telling her that there are boxes on the front porch to be picked up.  Outside of the US I have to go to the Post Office....

If you would like to see the rest.....



Here is the link ....
 http://www.bright-star-promotions.com/OnlineShow/SpringStars-May2017TeddyBearShow.htm

look for Cooper
to find my page.... but do look at other people's bears as well!!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Super soaking

Last weekend Missouri was rained upon big time.  My area wasn't badly hit but other parts were!! So the excursions we planned with my sister-in-law were curtailed.  We did make it to Bushwacker's bend Winery in Glasow... enjoyed our wine tasting and the rolls and coffee we had around the corner at the bakery.
The Missouri River was high and flowing fast.  One our way too and from we saw smaller rivers out of their banks...plus signs indicating closed roads. (  I44 which took the place of Route 66 and goes from OK to St. Louis was closed in sections due to the rain.)
Today was a busy one... off to pick up my son ( he lives 45 minuted southwest of us) ... then off to the first farmer's market of the season! Asparagus, greens, mushrooms, radishes, plants, home raised beef, pork and lamb ( all frozen).
Then we headed to the Brookside part of Kansas City to see the annual Art Show!!  I found a hand blown glass sea urchin and Bob found a wonderful hand thrown pottery vase. I found the artist I had bought a print from last year to tell him how much I enjoyed it . Also just had to tell him the tale of Bob trying to hang the print on our brick chimney wall. Drilling holes in brick is not an easy task! There was lots to look at and lots to wish for.
Then back to our son's home to drop him off... and a quick trip through an estate sale on the way home.
We are all exhausted!!
Tomorrow is a family grill out .... loads of food and visiting!