It’s Been A While….

You know how life gets so busy and you never have time for the things you want to do….that’s how mine has been lately.   Today’s post is going to be kind of random, letting you know all that’s going on at the farm and in town.

katy graduation

In May, my daughter, Kathryn on the right, graduated from college with her teaching degree (that’s the director of the education program standing with her).  I’m so proud of her – she is in at least 3 honor societies, and graduated with highest honors.  She has obtained her certification and is now actively searching for a teaching position in Katy ISD.  She worked extremely hard to have such a high GPA.  She absolutely loved student teaching and I have faith that she will obtain a great job for her.  We will be having a graduation party for her on July 18th.  We would have had it sooner but her father (Farm Boy) was traveling on business for several months and we wanted him to be there for it.

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My daughter-in-law, Nicole, and son, Kaleb, attended a fund raising event at the school she teaches at in CyFair ISD and posed with props for a picture.

You’ve read about our red Doberman, Bella, and how much we love her. She was not in a picture taking mood when I snapped the Chihuahuas.

Pilar

Here’s Pilar, the little princess, very comfortable on mommy and daddy’s king size bed.  She weighs less than 6 pounds and sleeps most of the day.

Pepe

Pepe would have preferred to not have his picture taken and be allowed to just nap undisturbed.

before and after lamps

I got tired of the black lamps in our living room, and have been gradually adding some pops of turquoise.  Target now carries some chalk paint and I thought I’d give it a try.  It’s over in the crafts section, by the office supplies.  I really love the new color and it went on quite well.  The first coat looked awful but the second turned out great.

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I”ve been attending a Citizens Police Academy put on by Harris County Precinct 5.  Here is one of the instructors, who also happens to be friend, Sergeant Preston, with all of his many toys.  It’s been an eye opening class so far, and surprisingly lots of fun!

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And last but not least, a picture of Farm Boy with one of his new rifles, practicing out at the farm.  We have lots of unwelcome critters out there (boars, skunks, armadillos, wild cats, coyotes, poisonous snakes) and have to be prepared to defend ourselves and our dogs.  Some of them are quite aggressive.

 

Feathers in the wind

Almost all of my pillows are feather pillows.  I love how soft and squishy they are.  Lest you think I have lots of money, I get them at IKEA for about $8 each.  Sometimes I design the cover myself and sometimes I copy what’s out there.  Most of my images come from Karen at The Graphics Fairy.

This one is a copy of several I’ve seen out on the web.

french pillow

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IMAG0687This one is my own design, using a monogram font.

Both of these are made with the simple iron-on transfer paper for fabric.  I make them in  a graphics program – Adobe Photoshop or CorelDraw – print them and iron them on.  I always iron them on before I sew them.  That way if there is some mistake I haven’t wasted all that time sewing.   The stripes are painted on with regular craft paint that I added fabric medium to.  The fabric is simply drop cloths from Lowe’s that I’ve washed several times with a little bit of bleach.

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