Nothing like a "bidding war" over a painting. Still agreed to sell it for it's original price to the first person who was interested.
Our cucumbers are ready!
Wow!! In a matter of a week the cucumbers went from being these tiny little things to massive, feed you for days, cucumbers.
After we ate 4 cucumbers, something had to be done about them. When we were readying the house to move, I donated a lot of my canning supplies. Well, I need them now!
I ran to Canadian Tire and bought some jars and items needed to make some pickles. This time, I settled on Dill Pickles.
I have never made pickles before so fingers crossed that they turn out in two weeks!
Below is the recipe that I used to make them.
Soon I will be making pickled peppers and canning a whole lot of tomatoes! Wish me luck!
3" X 9"
Acrylic on stretched canvas.
Northumberland County rolling hills with idyllic round bales of hay.
After dinner in Cobourg, we did a little walk through the town. We stopped for ice cream at Dairy Dream and found this piano in the park. We couldn't help ourselves. He was just too amazing not to sit at and play.
His name is Arpejayo and he was made by the artist Katriona Dean. What a wonderful addition to the town!
For more information on the piano and past projects, please see here.
In a previous post, I showed a picture of the farmers field full of hay bales. I couldn't get over how amazing it looked against the hills.
For the first time in awhile, I felt like painting for pleasure. I have been doing paintings for friends and special requests. There was nothing that really inspired me to pick up the paint brush and paint what I wanted to paint.
Then I found these little 3x9 canvas at Walmart and I knew what I had to do.
It still took me a couple of days to start it, but after a bit, it began to take form.
Here is the finished landscape painting. I love it and I am in heavy debate about keeping it or selling it.
We will see!
Hope you enjoy the "First Cut" and here's to hoping we get some rain in the forecast to encourage more wheat growth for a second cut for the farmers!
“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”
― Vincent van Gogh
Every once in awhile, or once a week, whichever, I find myself in awe at where I now live.
Each season is amazing!
This past week, the farmer behind us cut his wheat and baled it. There is just something so calming about a field filled with bales in the summer golden sun.
A couple of weeks back, I purchased a saddle at the Donnybrook Auction. I couldn't help myself once I saw all the fine detail of the leather work or that cute horses face looking back at me.
To say that this saddle needed some love is an understatement. It was covered in years of grime, bird poop, cobwebs and lord knows what else.
I started to look on-line to see what my options are to bring this heavy piece of leather back to life.
On many sites they recommended Old English and warm water to clean it. So I went to my cabinet, retrieved the cleaning supplies and got to work. What a bunch of work it was! I can honestly say that I had no idea of the intricacies and detail that goes into the assembling of a saddle. There are nooks and crannies, parts that detach easily and others, well, those can stay!
After scrubbing for over an hour, she is looking good.
Sadly the saddle was neglected for too long and the leather is dried out in many areas and there is what appears to be mouse damage to the straps. I will be purchasing and applying a saddle conditioner to it soon!
**Side note of interest!**
My aunt and (wait a minute for this one!) my second cousins ex-husband, came for dinner on the weekend. He used to live in town with my cousin years ago. Sadly, as with many divorces, they had to sell their beautiful farm house and many items within it.
Well, wasn't he walking around my home asking what kind of goodies I picked up, and low and behold, he notices the saddle. HIS saddle! Turns out, once the property was sold, many items had to find new homes, including animals and their paraphernalia. We do not know where this saddle was for the past 10 years, but it has found a new home with me! With the occasional visit from it's previous owner!
It never ceases to amaze me how the universe works!
Hi, i'm jodi!
I am a wife to a railroader, mother to two daughters, caretaker of two Golden Retrievers and a Himalayan cat. I live in a small town with a big heart. I enjoy antiquing, furniture re-habbing, D.I.Y's and painting.