Monday, October 18, 2010

A new Shower Curtain

Earlier this year, when we were remodeling our kids' bathroom, I was grumbling about the cost of the shower curtain that I wanted. (Orginal post can be found HERE) I decided to take matters into my own hands and make one.  Of course, I had lots of help measuring! 

Thank you Frito!  Shadow isn't in these pictures because I made this prior to his arrival at our house, whew...I might have had too much help!

 I had seen a curtain similar to this one in Country Sampler, but just couldn't bring myself to pay the $88.00 for it.  If I couldn't sew, maybe...  My friend Melissa (Farm Field Primitives blogspot) and I took a shopping trip early in the summer and I found the perfect material for the curtain. 
I used three different fabrics; a navy windowpane homespun, a solid navy and a solid butter colored cotton. The butter colored fabric is actually  folded over and it hangs over the navy.  I used grommets for the top - never used those before, but they were fun and easy to do.  Sorry I can't get a large picture of the curtain, but the bathroom is so small I can't get far enough away to get a better picture - you'll just have to imagine it - or come over and I'll give you a tour of the bathroom!  

I mentioned on the last bathroom post that I needed to make a basket to fit between the mirrors, which I did.  I made a large sized weed pouch, tied it with the leftovers from the curtain and attached a cream colored star to the front of the basket.   

 Check this out!  I have new tallow berries thanks to my follower  Sherri (no blog).  Sherri read my last post about my purchasing tallow berries on eBay and she sent me a whole box of them.  THANK YOU Sherri!  I love them and have them all over in different baskets. 
 To thank Sherri for her kindness, I made her this tote basket that she can carry to work.  Sherri it should be to you by Saturday. 
I have to leave you with an update on Shadow.  He's home from his surgeries, he's now an "it" and has no front claws.  He is feeling much better this week and is tearing around the house causing havoc.  Frito missed him terribly while he was gone for 2 nights/3 days (sounds like a vacation - don't you think?  Shadow will tell you it was NOT a vacation!)  Now that he doesn't have those daggers he's not nearly as terrifying! 

Hope you are all having a good week.  ~Ann

Friday, October 8, 2010

The winner is......

Congratulations to Evelyn at Lee Hill Primitives - you've won my fall giveaway!
 Thank you to all that read my previous post and entered to win the above grouping.  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  ~Ann

Friday, October 1, 2010


When I started this blog almost 2 years ago, I shared the inspiration for the name of my blog.  Here's an excerpt from that post
One summer day Dad and I attended an auction "downtown". The auction was the accumulation of a lifetime of household "junk". Dad and I were having a good old chuckle over all the items being sold and commented several times "that should have been thrown out - who's going to buy that?" Up for auction comes a very large chore/utility basket with the entire bottom corner missing. At that point in my life (maybe I was 12 or 13) I certainly didn't want an old basket with a HUGE hole in it! I think about that day often, wishing I had that basket today in my home. It would fit perfectly and I could imagine all the work that the wife accomplished during her lifetime using that basket; carrying laundry to the line, picking apples, digging potatoes, hauling feed to the animals. Someday I will find a similar basket at an auction or antique store and it will grace my home. Dad isn't here anymore, but hopefully he'll be looking down from above laughing and saying "Why didn't someone throw that out?"

I found the basket with a hole in it!  It's not the same basket, not the same style or even size, but it's a basket with a hole in it!  I know my Dad IS saying "why did you buy that?"

It's a great antique basket that was used and used.  I have a thing about handles and this one is no exception  It's been worn smooth with handling. 
Even the god's eye on this side is beat up.  I know most people would throw this away and there are LOTS of people who don't understand my love and appreciation of this wonderful old basket - but I am happy!

In celebration of finding the "Hole in the Basket" basket, I'm having a little giveaway!  I will include this little wooden tray with orange putka pods and candy corn salt dough ornaments.  Sitting in the middle of this tray is a small pillar candle that I've blackened with beeswax and grunged up with spices.  The tea light is battery operated.  The glass bottle in the back has a label reading "1771 Magic Spell Remover"

I would like to add just a couple of "rules" to this giveaway -

1.  Sign up on this post only.
2.  You must be a follower of my blog - if you don't have your own blog that's ok, but you must follow mine!
3.  PLEASE DO NOT post this on your own blog,  I want this giveaway to be for my followers only.

I will draw a name out next Friday night and ship out the winnings right away so you have time to enjoy before October is over! 

Have a great weekend.  ~Ann