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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Amaryllis Week!

These are my girlfriends Amaryllis plants she bought, on the sly, for $5 a bulb! Boy did she luck out, she'll have flowers before she knows it. It is all about the light, the plants love it! 
These are my Amaryllis, I had nine and tossed two that didn't make it through the summer. Now there are seven plants on my window sill, four have started to grow. We shall see, not that great of light in the woods so they take longer to flower. 

Then, in the mail, came three new bulbs, birthday bulbs from my husband. I planted them yesterday and already, today, I have two buds poking up!!


Happy birthday to me! From my girlfriend in Florida, where Amaryllis grow in the ground, year around! 

Fun having flowers in the Holler for the holidays. 

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Working On A Breakfast Nook

My customer has a cottage that has one long room stretched across the lakeside of the house. From living room to dinning room overlooking the water.

I want to alter the original floor plan and take it from two living spaces to four social spaces all under one ceiling. 


The kitchen is the fifth wheel of this main floor area. The room is anchored by a stone fireplace at one end, two large windows and a door going out to a porch along the lakeside. The opposite end of the room was where the  former owners had their dinning table.

So far the sofa and chairs have been grouped around the fireplace. We then set the long dinning table from the kitchen to the door leading out to the porch over looking the waterside. 
French-Country Cottage

So at the far end of this room we will create a small breakfast nook directly off the kitchen. Small, cozy and easy to slide in and out of and spread the newspaper out on Sundays! On the same wall, overlooking the lake, will be a small conversation corner with a desk and a chair for computer/work from home, related activities. Or maybe just a space to occupy for a brief moment of time.

This will be a fun family home when all is said and done!

Have a nice Sunday. 

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Several Motrin Later

What a week, down here, in the Holler. Big project! Moving out the small studio to build a bathroom. 

 I wanted water and septic up at the garage so the painter can wash his paint brushes and I have a place to go potty. Several acres, later, of excavation and we will be there. We had to go past the woodpile to hook up to the septic field. A tank in between and water lines from the well. I'd say we are ready for some new landscaping!! Steve raked and I broadcasted Field Rye and grass seed. We shall see if this beautiful, sunny week in November will yield some germination and growth to cover the mud!

The east side of the studio moved into the west side of the studio. Steve hung a plastic wall to keep out the cement dust. 

In the mean time, out the corner of my eye, is a pretty blue and yellow fabric that I want to use on a pair of slipper chairs. Distracting, but I will need to put my office back together before I can continue! 

The pressure tank installed. Waiting for two sinks, a toilet and hot water heater on Monday.

Six panels of this luscious linen came in for a customer. Ran it over to her asap. Also, delivered three 8 x 10 rugs, an 8 x 10 rug pad, 3 x 5 rug and pad and one 12' curtain rod, two 10' rods and a 4' rod to get them out of the way.

My new Muck boots showed up just in the nick of time. I have been helping Steve move acres of mud. 

My desk is in the backseat of the Jeep. Complete with files and pencils, lists and notes, that I need to keep track of, for the six jobs I have been working on. 

Piles on the bed and beside the bed and around the bed with a walk through space in case I need to put my hand on something. 

Let us pray that the plastic keeps the cement dust at bay. 

Bright spot!! Dash and Albert rug swatches were delivered today. 

Bright spot number two, I brought in these blue and white pots from the office for safe keeping. A pair of hurricane candle sticks that may never leave the house! Who am I kidding? I am using these on my Thanksgiving table! They're not going back!

With all this physical exertion, no wonder I am sitting here waiting for the two Motrin to work. Monday the plumber comes and hooks everything up. Then I have to put it all back together, again. Moving my props around, should be written on my tomb stone. 


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Hunkering Down With The Season

Looking through my pinterest files and finding that I have already pinned quite a few wintertime projects! I haven't knitted a vest since 1967! I think I may knit one this year. Large needles, fluffy mohair, an easy pattern and Liz Saile will be the ticket!


I discovered a rug braiding tool in one of the "ladies" sewing boxes, that I collect. Never know what you will find! A sock darner, stainless steel needles, made in England and iron-on patches galore!!


Found my "in front of the fireplace" "gee, it is chilly out" "it's still snowing out" cocktail!! Sounds like a "Dr. Zhivago" under fur blankets kind of drink!


November is my birthday month. I love Pumpkin Pie and Thanksgiving dinner. But what I really love is a "Kindling Cracker"! You screw it onto a stump and split your wood to make kindling to start your fires! 


Layered up and out the door, so who can see your jewelry accessory for the day? Wear it on your cuff and let it hang out over your mittens! Darling idea.

This would be an "in front of the fire" project to do. I use them to set under hot dishes on the dinning table!

I ordered rubber boots, the other day, and will wear my wool socks inside them and wrap myself with a cozy shawl, to walk the winter moraines down here, in the Holler. A drying rack, for in front of the woodstove is what I want! 

Well, sounds like a birthday wish list to me!!
 Bring on November and let the hunkering begin. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Putting Summer Away

Scrubbed the Uwharrie chairs and the Fermob table and chairs. I sold at least a dozen or more Uwharrie chairs, over the years,  they are so comfortable and really stand the test of time spent outdoors. My little French set is such a good orange to see in my garden. Bright and happy!  

Simple fall décor. Picked up the two pots at a resale space in Traverse City and then bought the pumpkins, on the way home, to put in them. Easy peasy! 

Two more pots in baskets to take to the round house! I have a total of eleven pots to store, under shelter, for the winter. Plus four birdbaths to bring in, as well.

Steve power washed five rugs, for me, before he put the power washer away for the winter. They are all hanging over the deck railing to dry. Although it is suppose to rain everyday this week! Life is hard!!

I have a new, little Jeep, in the family! She is a four cylinder, you should hear her windup. She is a little gal, but she is perfect for me. I had the garage guy put my sheepskin covers on and so I am nice and cozy for the season. 

The Nasturtiums were glorious this summer. Hate to pull them up, along with the Tomatoes, Basil and Cucumbers. What a garden we had, delicious! 

Look up, it's a beautiful distraction on this balmy fall afternoon.

I had a customer asked, "what is a holler", and I explained that where I live is down the driveway to a hole in the woods! We call our space Hoot's Holler.

Now where was I?

Time to attach the blade to the truck! Where would we be without a snowplow truck, down here, in the holler?

Do you think that she would winter over if I brought her into my studio for the winter? She is awful pretty.

My nautical signal flags spell open, Oscar, Papa, Echo and November. A fun open sign, wouldn't you say? I sold, probably over a hundred of these flags, in my shop, over the years. 

The leaves, they are a falling in a ground cover of colors. 

The wood is stacked and covered, ready for heating the home this winter. Steve sent away for a recycled billboard, that he cut into strips, to cover the cords of wood and keep them dry. This billboard was actually a car wash sign. 

The round house. Still have to get the pots and birdbaths snugged in tight! Will they fit? Ah, there is always room for one more piece! 

The changing of the seasons, happens every year. 



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