Jul 29, 2015

One With Nature

I have a large patch of spotted lilies in one of my flower beds.  It started out with one planting that I got from my Dad about 3 years ago.  He told me that it dropped seeds and new ones would grow.  Last year a few sprouts had grown and blossomed.  This year is the biggest one I've ever had.  I think of him every time I see them.

Long time readers know that I have quite a commute to/from work and that there is an awesome walking path that I get my daily walks done on.  Occasionally, I take photos.  It's been a while since I've shared observations so I thought I'd put up a pictorial:

Scary storm on my way home from work one night
Billowy clouds...
Awesome day for a walk...
Huge field of Queen Anne's Lace...

I've noticed this year there's been an unusual amount of butterflies flitting around.  Unfortunately, they wouldn't stay still long enough for me to get photos.  Trust me, they were beautiful!

Jul 27, 2015

It's All About Stitchy Goodness

One day, a coworker asked me if I was interested in some ‘embroidery stuff’ her daughter inherited from a relative. She brought it in for me to look at.   The embroidery stuff included:

175+ skeins of DMC floss in flossaway bags, 
some DMC metallic, 
1 spool of Kreinik blending filament...
2 packages of aida, some evenweave, 
and a sheet of perforated plastic canvas...
a couple of iron-on embroidery transfers, 
two hoops, needles, needle threaders, a xs kit...
a couple XS of charts, and 3 older XS magazines.
All for $15! Great stashing day!!

Earlier this month, it was Debbie's birthday.  She hosted a giveaway to celebrate.  I was the lucky winner!
She stitched the adorable little pillow.  It's a freebie by Snowflower Diaries that can be found HERE.  The 2016 calendar has lots of photos of the Vancouver area -- very scenic and beautiful.  Debbie also included two packets of flavored tea.... love me some tea!!  Be sure to visit Debbie's Corner to see what she's been up to.  Thank you, Debbie, for EVERYTHING.

In other stitchy news.... I *have* been stitching.  I'm about 3/4 done with the marriage sampler I started back in March.  Although I've been taking progress photos, I can't show them.  I'm also about to start my next mailart exchange... Halloween themed!  By September, I'll be able to show photos of both.

Jul 18, 2015

Who Was Ferdinand Ingold?

What little I know is what I've gleaned from the internet. He was secretary of the Harmonie Singing Club of Monroe, Wisconsin.  He could write German.  I believe he was the owner of Ferd. Ingold Import Co. which became the the first Swiss record company in the U.S. by launching the Helvetia label.  The company also imported and sold goods from Switzerland to people in the Monroe area.

Why do I care?

Before my Dad passed away, he gave me his Victrola that he brought home many, many, many years ago.  He told me he got it from Monroe, WI.  At the time, I didn't realize it had been in the Monroe area for the past 100 or so years!  Not until a few weeks ago when I brought the Victrola home and looked it over.  The metal label inside the cabinet says, "Ferd. Ingold Import Co., Helveita, Monroe, WI".

Believe it or not, when you turn the crank, the turntable still works!  The exterior is not in the best condition, but I think with some TLC it will look better.

I spent a few hours working on getting the dark circle of stains out of the top.  Retailers sell a product called 'wood bleach' to resolve this issue.  More research on the internet to the rescue showed me that a paste of barkeepers friend took most of the stains out.  The ingredient in BF is the same as the ingredient in wood bleach!  At a fraction of the cost.  Several applications and look:

I'm hoping I can get the rest of the cabinet to look as nice.  Wish me luck!

Here's a tidbit of info:  I was kinda on the fence about whether to put this in the auction. In the end, I decided not to.  With how things went, it's a good thing I didn't.  The auctioneer told us after the sale someone had called him about it and said it was worth $800.  I'm sure that someone (or the auctioneer) would've walked away with a deal had I left it go in the auction.

Jul 13, 2015

Bittersweet Monday Update 7/13/15

It was one year ago today that my Dad passed away from soft tissue sarcoma, a rare cancer.  He was a Dad to four children, Grandpa to seven grandkids, Great Grandpa to one, and a Husband.  He was also a military veteran, mechanic, woodworker, fisherman, and carpenter.  He believed in self-sufficiency and doing for oneself.  His clothing of choice was a pair of jeans and a tshirt.  In the past, I've written about him HERE and HERE

Last Saturday, we sold my parents belongings and real estate by auction.  It was both an emotionally and physically draining day.  Sad to see a lifetime go for pennies on the dollar, literally.  Approximately three dozen people attended the auction.  Most were family members or people who worked with my brother.  Halfway through the auction, it started raining.  In hindsight, we would've been better off selling my Dad's mechanic, machinist, and woodworking tools ourselves and then donating the rest to Goodwill.

To illustrate my Dad's woodworking skills...  Twenty-four years ago, I saw a blanket chest in a catalog.  I think it was Fingerhut.  I tore the ad out and asked my Dad if he could build me something like it.  With no hesitation, he confirmed he could and hung the little piece of paper on a nail near his toolbox in the garage.  It hung there for months and months.

In 1992, he presented me with a beautiful blanket chest... with a few alterations he thought was necessary.  He lined it with cedar and put wheels on the bottom so I could move it around easily if I needed to.

Isn't it beautiful?  Handmade by my Dad from a picture only, this chest has moved with me from place to place and it has been one of my prized possessions.

While cleaning out my Dad's work area in the garage, we found the ad I tore out of the catalog... still hanging on the nail where he originally hung it.

Isn't it amazing how similar my Dad's chest is to the ad?  Even the hardware is the same!  I like the stain he chose for my chest better than the ad.  I think he used cherry or maple stain.  I had forgotten what the ad looked like until we found it.  Now, it will stay in the bottom of the chest with a story about how it was built.  A time capsule of sorts.

It's been a tough year for my siblings and me. The loss still brings tears to our eyes and hurts our hearts.  :(  We all still miss him.

Jul 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July

I hope all my U.S. readers have a safe and festive celebration!

A few weeks ago, I sent off my Patriotic mailart to Shelley in CA.  While I was on vacation, hers to me arrived in my mailbox.

Shelley did a great job.  Thank you, Shelley!

I brought home my SM Sue's round robin.  It's a design called A Sampler Story by Brenda Keyes.  I chose to stitch the mermaid.  It was a quick stitch, and the chart is perfect for a RR.


Happy 4th of July!
by Brookes Books Publishing