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A Mouse in the House

Have you ever wondered what goes on in a Mouse House? Believe it or not, I have. Although I'm not particularly partial to sharing my house with mice, I do think they are quite adorable and ponder their little lives.

If I suspect mice have taken up residence in my house, I set live traps and, if caught, I take them out to fields, always making sure to set them free in the same spot, so they can reunite with long lost siblings. In another house, in another lifetime, my house was against a large woods. Every fall, when the winds were laced with the heady scent of autumn, field mice began inspecting local real estate to find the perfect place to winter.

Knowing this, one Fall I had set out a trap, and caught a beautiful brown mouse. I put him in an old aquarium, and reset the trap. Five minutes later, there was another mouse with gray fur. I left the trap out the rest of the day. I figured I'd catch a few more and release them together. While I waited, I couldn't be a rude hostess, so I offered my little mousey friends some food and drink. And I listened to them chat.

The next morning, when I hadn't caught another mouse, I decided I was ready to take these two cuties for a ride to the country. As I looked at the mice, I noticed one was signaling me closer. I pressed my ear against the glass, and I swear I heard him say, "Nice lady, could we possibly stay with you this winter?" When I looked into his beady little eyes, how could I say no? The preschool class I taught would be starting in a couple weeks. Couldn't "George" and "Gracie" become class pets?

But, oh... although I would gladly keep two mice, it's been my experience that at least 50% of the time you wind up with more than 2 mice! That would be a problem. Then I got a brilliant idea! As an aside... it's also been my experience, that many of my brilliant ideas... AREN'T.

I listened as the phone rang.

Her: Good morning. Timberline Veterinary Clinic, may I help you?

Me: Hi there. This is Kimara Wise. I have a question.

Her: Hi, Kimara. What's up?

Me: I just caught 2 field mice and I want to know how much would it cost to have them neutered?

Me: Hello?

Me: Hello?

Me: Excuse me, are you laughing?

Her: I'm sorry. I must not have heard you correctly. Did you ask me how much it would cost to neuter 2 field mice?

Me: Yes. Is there something wrong with that?

Her: Oh, honey, I don't even know where to start!

It was then explained to me that they didn't have equipment small enough to perform surgery on field mice, that the cost would be prohibitive even if they did, and that field mice had a very short life expectancy. I was also told about all the potential diseases field mice could carry.

Her: But, if you like, ((tst)) I could have you ((snicker)) speak to ((giggle)) the vet. ((chortle))

I thanked her for her time, and then explained to the 2 mice, without the snickering and chortling, that I couldn't keep them. So, I threw together a little snack for them for to nosh on later, put them in the car, and took them for a drive.

After that, I've often thought of George and Gracie. Wondered how they faired, where they settled and how many children they had. I wondered if Gracie kept a tidy home and if George was partial to reading the paper after dinner.

And, I tried to ignore the snickers and the back of the hand suppressed giggles that greeted me each time I took my pups to Timberline Veterinary Clinic.

Her: (Whispering to the new intern.) There's the lady that asked us to neuter 2 field mice!

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Britta's Make-Over

Britta and I were chatting the other day, and she said she was ready for a make-over. We had tons of fun deciding on a new style, and then we both got busy stitching away. I think she looks lovely! Next week she'll model for many more photos and I'll include a tutorial. Just thought you might enjoy a little sneak peek! 

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Master Suite Addition Update

Although my plan was to do a weekly update on the progress of the addition of the master suite, I soon learned that construction crews don't care diddly squat about my desire to blog. Mainly because of the weather, a week or two would slip by without progress, then there would be a week or two of constant commotion, followed by quite days, then lather, rinse, repeat...

I've learned to go with the flow the best I can, and we are surviving, and trying to treat the whole thing as an big adventure. Family, friends, and dear readers have been asking for an update, so here it is! I imagine we have 4 to 6 weeks more, if we are lucky, and I'm getting the feeling I got the weeks before I was ready to give birth! Hard to wait patiently!

Rather laughable, they had to snow blow the area before they could start digging the basement.

Breaking ground.

Pouring the footings.

On the positive side, all three of the pups think this has be very interesting. They've been very good with the crews and the whole building process. They freak when a plastic bags blows across the yard but have no problem with heavy machinery... go figure.

The basement walls have been poured and they are back filling the walls.

In only 1 week, we went from having a whole in the ground to the frame, including a shingled roof!


They made a road going through the middle of our yard. Fortunately, the ground was frozen solid... at least in these pics.

And, we any building project be complete without a port-a-john sitting in our front yard. I bet all our neighbors want one now, too!

You must use your imagination. To me, everything seems so small, but I'm told it will magically be "bigger on the inside" when they are done. (Any Dr. Who fans out there?)

Tall wall in our bedroom.

Walk-out to the future screened in porch.

Future walk-in closet.

Future whirlpool bath.

Future shower.

Wall for the vanity and toilet.

Tim is almost done building the vanity for the bathroom. A door frame and drawer frame are sitting on top of the vanity.

Tour of the outside again. The siding is up. They did a great job matching the shingles on the roof. The big window is over the whirlpool.

Side of the house. The first window is for the bathroom, the back window for the bedroom.

Our lovely Bilco door leading to Tim's Lair, aka, The Shop!

Our screened-in-porch... missing the porch and screens :)

View from our deck. Power line over the porch will be buried. No more hooking horseshoes on it!

And, of course, another look at the port-a-john from a distance... which is the only way I like to look at port-a-johns!

My family room wall. A closet was taken down, and the fireplace is going to be retiled, too.

Off to the right you can see that a partial hole has been made into the addition.

The entrance to the master suite is off the family room.

And there you have it. It's not palatial but it is going to be lovely and we are so looking forward to finishing the project. Not picture is all the work going on in our basement. There is a new part of the basement under the suite. This will be Tim's woodworking shop. They are also putting in a hall and a bathroom. I'll share more when it starts looking like real rooms!  

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Delicate Embroidered Circle

Yesterday, I shared photos of the embroidered piece I was working on... Little Girl Wearing A Hat... a bear hat, no less! I purchased this pattern from LiliPopo. 

You can find the original post, with lots more photos HERE.

You can visit LiliPopo's Etsy shop HERE.

I decided to turn my embroidered picture into a pillow for Little Lady. Because I want the center panel to be a square, I embroidered a ring around the girl, which I think will look nicely spaced in a square. 

Here is the simple pattern I created to make this Delicate Embroidered Circle.

Materials Needed:

3 strands of embroidery floss - 2 colors
Embroidery needle
Water erasable marker
7" embroidery hoop
Pattern

DIRECTIONS:

Note: All stitches use 3 strands of floss.

Begin by making a copy of the pattern.

There are 2 ways you can proceed. First, you can transfer the pattern onto the fabric using a light box and a water erasable marker or tracing paper.

- OR -

Using your smooth inside hoop from your 7" embroidery hoop, center the ring around the inside embroidered piece (my girl), and trace around the design with a water erasable marker. That's what I did. Because of the simple pattern, and because your embroidered design does not need to match the pattern exactly, you can do it free hand.

The first stitch you will be using is a Whipped Running Stitch. Begin by stitching a running stitch around the circle. The exact size of the stitches is not as important as getting them even. Look at the pattern to see approximate size.  

To do the 2nd part of this stitch, bring your needle up directly under one of your running stitches, being careful not to go through the running stitch. Coming from the outside of the circle to the inside of the circle, slide your needle under the next running stitch. Note: I push through the eye end of the needle first, since it is blunt and will not poke through the fabric or the running stitches. Continue wrapping each running stitch, always entering the stitches from the outside of the ring. When you get all the way around to your first running stitch, poke your needle under the stitch and tie off on back.

Refer to the pattern for the remainder of the stitch names and placement. Directions on how to make the remainder of the stitches can be found on Wee Folk Art's Stitch Glossary found HERE.

Obviously, this Delicate Embroidered Ring can frame any embroidery piece you make. The stitches are easy to do and give a nice, finished look to your embroidered projects. As soon as the dust settles in our house, literally, and I can uncover my sewing machine, I will turn this into a pillow using our Vine Crook House Pillow Tutorial found HERE.

 

Copyright © Wee Folk Art, LLC 2008-2014. All rights reserved.

 

Photos: 4-1-14, 3-31-14

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Three Girls In Hats Embroidery Project

Early in March, I happened upon these adorable embroidery patterns from LiliPopo.

The girls and I promptly fell in love, and I purchased the PDF download from LiliPopo's Etsy Shop. As soon as I gathered a few supplies, Pixie, Fairy, their friend Sprite, Michelle and I had a wonderful evening of stitching. Embroidery is new to the girls, and it was wonderful watching them make their first few stitches. Magical!

Pixie hard at work... or is that hard at play? The girls just learned how to backstitch.

Fairy is moving right along, as Sprite gets a few pointers from me on how to deal with knotted threads! Dash those knotted threads!

Between snow storms and a family vacation, our embroidery group hasn't gotten back together... but I think we will be back on track this week. The girls are all anxious to learn more stitches.

I did finish mine, and it came out so cute!

Of course, when you are done stitching something, you have to decide what to do with it. I was making this little girl for Little Lady. After a discussion with LL's mom, we decided to turn it into a pillow. Because the little girl is a tall rectangle, and I want the center embroidery panel to be square, I decided to add a circular design around the girl. I will share the directions for making the Delicate 7" Embroidered Ring in the next day or two.

 

Copyright © Wee Folk Art, LLC 2008-2014. All rights reserved.
 
Photos: 3-10-14, 3-15-14, 3-31-14, 4-4-14, blog photos

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