Friday, April 24, 2009


I've been doing waaayyy too many things lately. I'm gonna have to step back and decide which one is gonna get done first. My house cleaning has taken a back seat to all my projects. This weekend is going to be nothing but cleaning. (yuk) I have a craft show next weekend and I know I'm gonna be busy making things and there won't be any time to clean. So if I'm gonna clean first then I can put all my time into making things for the show.

Here's a few things that I have been up to.........

On my way to a garage sale I drove by this site. Not sure why they are watering the field cuz we've had plenty of rain around here? Kinda seems like a waste to me.

After taking the pictures of the 'sprinkler', I had to stop for a train. Some of the cars were 'decorated' elaborately. I guess that's one way to advertise your talent. (lol) Some of the cars were really pretty.

Some call these selvedges and some call them mill ends. I call them potential rugs. I have a loom and I weave these into rag rugs. They turn out fluffy. They've been a big hit at the craft shows. The rag rugs made out of old blue jeans are still a staple tho. I've got plenty of blue jeans from family and friends but I don't have the time to cut them up, sew together and then weave them so I'm going the faster and easier route.

Oops, I almost forgot to take a before picture. I started to prime and then remembered to take a picture.
This is my sons old room. We have two bedrooms upstairs and I chose to use my sons bedroom for my craft room. We painted it gray and black for him several years ago. The other bedroom will be for him if he chooses to come back. But in the meantime it will double as the guest room. I'll show pictures of that room when I get a chance to do something with it.

This is the embossed wallpaper that is in my soon to be craft room. I wanted light colors to make the room bright and cheery but I'm not liking how it turned out. I've done a hallway with an embossed wallpaper and it turned out fabulous, but this one didn't. Maybe the colors are too closely related. This picture may look okay but the overall appearance of the room doesn't. So I just gave up on the room for now. It will probably be a couple of weeks before I get back to it.

This is a quick project I did the other day. The apple plaque is a piece of slate. I put the two together and this is how it turned out.....

I just turned the slate over and put it on top of the little table (or maybe it's a plant stand, I don't know). The two taller flowers in the vase are made of glass and the shorter one is made of metal.

Wow, I'm getting tired just recapping on what I've been doing. I think I better stop there. I had better get to work now.

Hope you all have a nice weekend.

Cindy (tinta)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


A HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my Mom and Dad. Mom's day was March 19 and Dad's day is today. I guess I could mention that mine was last week on the 8th.

I celebrate all three of ours in my own personal way. You see, I lost my mom on September 4, 1969 when I was only 5 years old. Then I lost my dad on July 21, 1970 and I was only 6 years old. I went to live with my grandparents (dad's parents). They were the best grandparents in the world. I'll be posting about them another time, tho. Today is a day to celebrate our birthday's. I tend to pick April 15th to celebrate. I think it's because of being the last day of tax day and I hate to think about tax day. Taxes have been on my mind for 2 1/2 months and I don't want to think about it no more!!!(lol)

My dad was the second child for my grandparents and their only boy. He was momma's boy and his sister was daddy's girl. He was born at 12:10 pm on April 15, 1942. Happy Birthday Dad

My mom was the 7th child for her parents. And then there was 2 more after her. How my grandma took care of all of them I don't know. Mom was born at 10:45 pm on March 19, 1942. Happy Birthday Mom.

Me, I was the second child for my parents. Born at 8:34 am on April 8, 1964. My parents first child was a boy born 2 years before me but passed away shortly after birth. Hey, how about a big Happy Birthday to Me!!!

Here's a couple more pictures of my Mom and Dad.

Look at that hair!! What about that t.v.? (ha,ha) The picture above the t.v. is me. Mom was only 5'2"(5'5" with that hair) and weighed maybe 90lbs. Tiny little thing. My daughter takes after her. I wish I did.(lol)

Look at that handsome man!!!! (My son has that same widows-peak.) I'm surprised he didn't have a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. I'll bet Mom made sure he didn't. (ha,ha) As tiny as my mom was, she could really push this 6'2" 200lb man around. (lol)

I also need to say Happy Birthday to a couple more people. My cousins daughter (dads grand niece), Jessica, was born on this day. Jessica is expecting her second baby sometime in May. I think she's 24 today. And my husbands cousin, Daryll, turned 51 today. Happy Birthday you guys.

FYI: Midnight is the deadline. Have you all sent in your taxes!!!

Cindy (tinta)

Monday, April 6, 2009


This is where I spent Monday thru Thursday last week. I had strept throat. That is one thing I don't ever want again!!! As you may remember, I had granddaughter #2 spend the night. When daughter brought her, she wasn't feeling good. Just assumed it was a cold. Monday she want to the doctor and it was strept throat. Monday is when I started feeling bad. Tuesday I went to the doctor and sure enough, I had it too. I slept right thru tuesday and wednesday. Thursday was much better. Friday better yet but the sinus' decided they had to show off too. So all weekend I've been blowing and wiping my nose. I'm starting to look like Rudolph!!

This week is for playing catch-up. I have housework and a show to get ready for. A friend puts on a benefit car show for "Multiple Sclerosis". She asked me if I wanted to set up a booth. She hasn't done the craft thing in the past and not sure how it will go. The last time I talked to her, I was the only one that was going to be setting up. That's okay. Anything for a friend. Our small little town doesn't usually have craft shows, so maybe she's on to something. I just may have to call on some fellow venders to help her out.

I must go now. The housewife thing is calling me.

Cindy (tinta)

Sunday, March 29, 2009


I'll start with the bad. It rained yesterday then turned to snow over night. Hubby and I got up at 6:45am to feed the goats and looked out the window and we had a few inches of snow. We put on the coveralls, winter coat, stocking cap and gloves and head out the door. Oops, door won't open. Try the other door. Nope, it won't open either. So we get a window open, crawl out and scoop the wet, heavy snow from in front of the door. Bang on the door a few times and it opens. Okay, what were gonna do? Oh, yea, feed the goats.

Just think, two days ago I blogged about being outside in the nice weather. Remember the picture of my stacked rocks.

Well, here they are today....

I hope the weatherman is right. It's supposed to be in the 50's Monday thru Friday. Snow won't last long but the next thing we have to worry about is flooding. We've had enough of that!! I guess it's not as bad as what I heard on MSNBC. Red River in N.D. is really having a flooding problem. Thousands and thousands of sand bags to keep the water a bay. I wish them all the luck.

Now on to the good. Daughter brought granddaughter #2 over last night for a sleepover. Granddaughter #1 is staying at the other grandmas house. We have been having a blast with her. She sure keeps us in stitches. We're getting a little brake while she's taking her nap. Since I'm just sitting around waiting for her to wake up and play again, I thought I'd tell ya how my day has been going. Here's our little one napping......

Ain't she just the most precious thing? :0) The quilt that she is laying on is the one I made for her when she was born. You can't see much of it with the pillow there, but I had to brag about that too. :)

Hope all are staying warm. I will be 'someday'!!!

Cindy (tinta)

Friday, March 27, 2009


This is my stone cairn. A cairn is a conical pile of stones used to commemorate a sacred site or place of burial. In a garden, a cairn can mark a turn in the path. I read about cairns in a gardening book one time, and I had to have one. This one sits in the middle of my hosta garden.

My hostas are popping up. I try to leave as many leaves covering them as I can but the wind out here has been awful. Our weatherman is saying that we could get 1-3 inches of snow tomorrow. I am soooo over cold weather.

Here's one of my lilac trees. I hope it will be okay after the snow. One year my lilacs didn't bloom cuz it got too cold for the new blooms. I'm keeping my fingers crossed it doesn't happen again this year.

I think these are iris'. I can't remember. I got them from the neighbor up the road last fall. I just dumped them on the ground and never got around to planting them. Hardy little suckers aren't they!! I guess I'll have to find a spot for'em.

This is the foundation of our barn. I have always been amazed at how a big ol' barn could still be standing when the foundation is built like this. The corners do have solid concrete tho. What craftsmanship!!! Our barn is probably over 100 years old. It was even put together with wooden pegs. There are not nails or screws in it, just pegs.

I just had to show off my peacock. He hopped up on the tractor while we were working on the goat pen. Then he decided that he was ready for bed. He sleeps up on the rafters of the barn. The one he's sitting on is an 8" square beam. He's able to slay his body on it and let his tale hang. I bet it can be hard to get around with a 5 foot long tale dragging behind you.

Well, while I have you in the barn, I might as well show you the goat pen. We finally got it all done last night. (yea) We still have alot to do in the rest of the barn, but our main goal was to get the mammas and babies out of the kidding pen and into their permanent home. We still have the fense to put up outside but in the meantime, they have more room. The kids were having a ball. I sware they were born with springs in their hooves!! We won't be putting the three that we are bottle feeding in here. The moms would have a fit. We'll wait until they are weaned and more able to defend themselves against the bigger ones.

Well, since I mentioned the bottle babies, I just had to take you to see them. From left to right is, Bucky, the boy, Butt-er, cuz she thinks she has to head butt the bottle when she's eating and then there's the sweet one. We haven't named her yet but we tend to call her the 'precious one' or 'sweet one'. I don't know if I will be able to get rid of Bucky. He's my buddy!!

I found this hen chillin in the bush as I was walking around taking pictures. They all like to scratch around under here but I guess she just decided to take a brake.

Hope you enjoyed your little trip around my yard. Yesterday was such a nice day I just had to get out and enjoy it. I didn't get much work done around here but that's okay. Like Scarlet would say, "I'll think about it tomorrow. For tomorrow is another day".

Cindy (tinta)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009



Click on this link and sign up to win this great necklace. You've got till Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 5pm. Ki will be drawing the winner at 7pm.

I guess I could take this time to show off a couple of my necklaces that I made a couple of weeks ago.

These were made from old spoons and pieces from old broken necklaces. I cut the spoon from the handle. I then bent the handle over to run the cord thru. Added a couple pieces from the broken necklace and added the clasp at the end of the cord. So simple. Give one a try. You don't have to use silverware. You could restring your old favorite necklace that may have broke but you don't want to part with it. You can get a kit at Walmart pretty cheap and use whatever you have lying around. I'm gonna try making some more for a craft show I have coming up in April. I'll let you know how it goes.

Cindy (tinta)

Sunday, March 22, 2009


I'm still alive. Been very, very busy. The baby goats have been keeping us busy. We're still trying to catch up on sleep. I have them down to three feedings a day. Oh, sleep is so good. I'm the type that if I don't get my 7 hours of solid sleep, I can't function. I've been getting 6 1/2 hours now and I seem to be surviving!!!

We've been working on building a loft and a large pen inside the barn, to house all the goats we have. We have a total of 2 adult does and 7 kids. We have had to sort thru everything we have been storing in the barn. I didn't realize how much crap we had. We have been selling, giving away and throwing away alot of stuff. BUT, there is still alot left. I will admit that most of it is now my stuff. I really do have plans for most of it, tho. If we ever get the goats situated, I might be able to have some time to put all that stuff to use!!! At this point, it's not looking like it's gonna be in the near future. When we get the pen done, we have to start on the fencing on the outside. A woman's work is never done!!(ha,ha) We haven't been getting any help from our son or daughter. Our son is working on the new house that him and his girlfriend got. They've been ripping up carpet and sanding & staining the hardwood floor. They've been working their tails off. Our daughter has been busy with cleaning up the mess left over from their corn crib being tore apart from the wind.

Now for a few pictures of our loft and pen project.....

I always forget to get the before pictures. As you can see, the loft is up. A friend of ours came over to help us with the stairs. He's a carpenter and it only took him about 2 hours to get them done.

Here's all my stuff, packed into the corner. It won't be able to stay there long cuz we will have to put the kidding pens here.

This a stack of 12" clay tile and wood on top of them. This is some of the stuff that was left here when we bought our house. I hate to admit it but that was nearly 10 years ago. I've wanted to use the clay tiles for something but never could come up with and idea. Then stuff kept getting pile on top of them and in front of them, then I couldn't get to them, even if I would have come up with some idea.

Kitty was exhausted. He had a hard day checking out all the new smells and waiting for us to stir up a mouse or two while we were working. No mice so far!!!

One of the geese thought he had to check out what was going on.

Oh, I forgot. Here's a few angel's that I had made before all the building began. My junking has been put on hold for now.

Hope you enjoyed all the pictures. I'll try to remember to keep taking pictures of the progress.
Cindy (tinta)