Wednesday, June 29, 2011

We're Back!

I just wanted to give you a quick hint of what I was excited about.
As usual I took tons of pictures and will share more soon.  I took so many my memory card was full and had to switch with my mom...and then forgot to get my card back :) 
I'll be back soon to post way more than you care to see.
We had a great time, but it's nice to be back to the Weld House.
Good night...in my bed.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Monkey Around

 I had the honor of decorating a smash cake for my cousin's baby boy's first birthday. I can report that he was not too impressed and even gagged on the cake :)  Oh, and that is his gift (a photo book I made called "Little John Robert Had a Farm") wrapped and "loopsided-ly" painted by me.
And here's the cake for everyone else.  I don't think anyone ate it.  They had desserts, desserts, desserts!
I'm guessing you can tell the party had a monkey theme.
And my part was adding non symmetrical ones :)
Happy 1 year to the little monkey.  We love him, and it's been fun watching him grow and grow. 
Well, I have some stuff to do.
It's late but I'm excited and might not be able to sleep.
I'm gonna have to leave you hanging for now though.
Good night.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mrs. Welder's Studio

 Welcome to my glamorous art studio.
Thrift store canvas balanced on a trash can.
I'm not much into floral decor...unless it's of the living breed.
This painting wasn't horrid, but it did have a few dings and dents here and there, so I decided to have fun with it.
 Here is what I came up with.
 Though the Weld House kitchen/dining area doesn't have much wall space, I did find a couple places it wanted to live...BUT the day I bought the canvas the plan was to have fun and then let it go.  It is available at Bee Angels if you're on the lookout for something one-of-a-kind and want to make a goofy girl's day. 
Taking the time to create and waking up to puddles in the yard puts a smile on this wacky gal's face.
Thank you, Lord for the wonderful rain!
I hope where you live was relieved too.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Cleaning...Hogs all of Your Time

 Saturday the men worked and worked on the shop.  I cleaned and cleaned the house.  I kind of put it off the last few weeks to craft...so it took me ALL day!  And I even cheated and skipped the two extra rooms.
 I think I may have mentioned this before, but I heard a saying once that said a clean house is a sign of a wasted life.  I try to live by that motto or use it as my excuse to not clean...but deep down I am a little bit of a neat freak so eventually I give in. And if a clean house helps your mental state as much as it does for me, it really can't be a complete waste, right?  Yes, this is me trying to convince myself.
 Purlin was added to the walls where windows and a door will be installed and for a place to attach the tin.
Mr. Welder noticed these wild hogs in the field behind our house.
Since our house is no longer a pig sty...they'll just have to stay out there :)
We should be ready to invite them in in a day or so.
Hope everyone had a nice Father's Day.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Delicious Dishes

 This past weekend the truss was attached to the shop frame.
 Hooking it up to the backhoe.
 Lifting it into place.
 Perfect fit!
 And time to weld it into place.
 While Herman napped, the gals worked on Christmas crafts that will make an appearance at Bee Angels later this year.  I'll probably share some pics on here eventually but it just seems too early to bust out with Christmas right now.  I've finally learned that you pretty much have to get your act together for Christmas during the heat of summer though.  That's what works for me anyways.
 The guys put in a full day working on the awning, and here is how it looked.
 Sunday it was time for a break.
 My dad and uncle have been doing a lot of cleaning up around my grandparents' place.  Now you can actually see the lake from their house and make it to the shore without too many obstacles.
It's really a nice area to take a dip and float around like bums...and that is what we did.  I enjoyed every minute of it.
 And these guys talked me into dusting the tops of the cabinets and wiping away the cobwebs that connected the top of the refrigerator to the bottom of the cabinet at 10:00 one night.  Sometimes you just need a little motivation for fun jobs like that.  When it's our turn to have the Sunday family dinner at our house I prefer to use my dishes opposed to disposable products.  And I was a few regular size dinner plates short...so I bought another full set of dishes ;)  I kind of have a thing for dishes.  But at least I use them, right?!  And I got them at the thrift store for half off so it really was smart thinking.  (The dishes on the top shelf and the stack of plates on the right were not part of the new set-and those on the right are actually not full-size plates-and I have another stack about half as tall in another cabinet-these plates are handy for breakfast and snacks or English muffin pizzas or thawing a package of meat...the other dinner plates I will use for Sunday dinners are in the cabinet to the right.)  Oh, and we do use the dishes on the open shelving (mainly those on the bottom shelf)-they are not just for decoration...in case you were wondering...I always think about and am curious when I see a kitchen with open shelving.  Now that I've rambled on way too long about plates, I'll ask if you noticed the cutting boards propped up behind the serving bowl and there's another one on the top shelf too?  They really blend in with the cabinets.  I'm going to have to look at them in real life (not at 10:30 when it's dark and my eyes are sleepy) again to see if they are even noticeable.  I got them at the half off sale too and they are big and chunky and cool.
 All close-ups for you...had too much junk on the island to back it up and snap one for ya.
When Mr. Welder got out of the shower and came in, he laughed and asked what I was doing. He said oh, I know, you're putting your jewelry away.  He knows I like me some dishes.  And doesn't it feel good to move things around and freshen stuff up?  Like I can't wait to go into the kitchen and stare at my dishes some more.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Post of a Post

We took a walk (I must be lazy calling it a walk-it's only a few steps) over to the shop so I could see the progress.  Right off I noticed this.  Sweet!  To the side it says "2011"  I thought it Said IOU...yes, you do-hehe.
And here's a look at the truss I mentioned last post.
Oh, and Mr. Welder's bike.  I know you're trying not to be jealous.
That's all I've got for you today.
Head on over to Weld House Homes if you want to see the progress on Weld House Home #2...I guess that is what I will keep calling this project :)

Monday, June 6, 2011

I Love Junk

It's been a nice break from the everyday schedule.  I think I could get used to two-day work weeks...
A trip to Canton provided a full day of treasure hunting.
While Mr. Welder had his eye (and his body-he took a test drive) on this bike,
The gals had the most fun digging through $1 and 50 cent tables and also stumbled across many materials for Bee Angels, Bee Handmade goodies.
We were reminded that it's never a good idea to store chocolates in your purse.
And were amazed and curious about this sight on our way home. 
Progress has been happening on the shop.  Mr. Welder welded (imagine that) the truss that will be situated between these two poles that were set in concrete and will eventually support an awning.
After a short-lived bike ride, (my sister had a blow-out and Mr. Welder had to come to the rescue), we put some of the treasures to use and spiffied up more books for Bee Angels.  I plan to take a back seat full of stuff to the shop during lunch on Monday, but if you want a sneak peek of some of the goodies, click here.
It's back to the daily grind, but it was fun while it lasted...now if we'd just find time to sit down and plan a small vacation...what do you all have planned for this summer?