First things first—winner of the contest? Wendy J! She beat the deadline and had a great suggestion of a name for the Medicinal Home Remedy: Liquid Lambaste! Other suggested names were MOC Cocktail (Move Over Coffee), SleepShine (instead of Moonshine! Clever!) … so, Wendy, go to Aly's gallery and pick out 10 designs, or combinations equaling 10 and we'll get your cards to you!! Congratulations!
I believe autumn has truly arrived in the NW. The wind howled today, it rained gushers, and I was so happy to be cozy at home! I made a roast beef dinner and cleaned things up for Mom and Dad's arrival. One of the things I did this week while readying our home for visitors was that I finished a project I started a while ago. Remember this shelf that I repainted to hang in our entry hall?
I finally got the board covered to go in the space intended for it! There are several reasons I could give for not having gotten it done before now, but none more important as "I needed a board". I called my friend, Fern, whose husband has any and every piece of lumber stashed in the closet, or somewhere. I figured he would probably have something that would work. I gave the specific measurements to which he replied, "Well, do you want ¼-inch thickness or 1/8?" He's a very detail-oriented guy. I told him to choose for me because I was sure he would choose well.
He DID choose well, cut the piece exactly the way I had asked and called to let me know it was ready. I decided then, to go to California, to do school shopping, to head to the lake, to get the kids in school, you know, to try to get through the day-to-day … On one of those days, I got a call. From Al. Only I didn't know it was him so I let the phone go to messages. His message went something like this: "Hi, Tammy. It's me, Al. I got the board cut the way you asked and it's here in our kitchen just waiting for you. No, I think Fern moved it to the dining room. Or maybe that was after she moved it to the living room. Well, at any rate, feel free to come by and pick it up!"
Finally, life slowed down enough so that I could pop down there to visit and pick up my board! Mid-September this was!! This week, I made a point of getting this project finished. I gathered the board, the fabric, ribbon, quilt batting, hot glue gun, and a stapler.
I was going to use an electric stapler, but with the board being so thin, I didn't want to go through the other side. So I just used my desk stapler! I had to apply a bit of pressure, but it worked just fine. I first applied the quilt batting, then topped it with the fabric.
I folded the ends carefully (it's hard to do!), stapled it all, and it was looking good.
I had to decide how to arrange the ribbon, then I hotglued the space on the shelf and laid the finished piece on it.
It turned out quite well and will serve our purposes in the entry.
I also got our porch decorated for fall this week:
I love the fall colors and I especially love that Mason jar jack o'lantern that Ben made for me in 1st grade!!
Mom, Dad, and my niece Alex arrived safely this evening. It's always good to see family, especially when you haven't seen them in a long time!! We're looking forward to making many memories while they are here.