Friday, September 27, 2013

Fun with Windy

 Windy has been fitting right in…

Can you see her?

We may not be her forever family, but we certainly have been enjoying her. She's quite the distraction though. She thinks everything is a toy, and is often getting into places she shouldn't. She loves climbing things with her sharp little claws and chewing on the furniture. But that's only a portion of the day; the rest of the time, she's curled up, fast asleep.

First encounter with rabbits

"What kind of creature are you anyway?"

Becca had been having a lot of fun taking pictures of her, and Windy is very photogenic, don't you agree?

Monday, September 23, 2013

We were walking along...

This morning, after our school work was finished, we had to go out and hang posters for a rummage sale we are going to have this weekend.  Becca thought we should drive, because we would get it done faster, but I thought we should walk so we could take our dog Mocha.
   We ended up walking, which turned out to be a really good thing, even though it was awfully windy out; the posters kept getting wrinkled, and our hair kept getting mussed.  After walking down main street and hanging posters on all the available bulletin boards, we headed up the main road to one more place near the edge of town. While we were on our way back, Becca spotted something on the grassy boulevard.  It was gray, fluffy, and very terrified; trying to make it's self as small as possible against the wind and the cars roaring past. 

 "It's a kitten!" Becca squealed and quickly scooped it up. It hissed in return, and meowed mournfully, but other then that, it didn't protest.

  It wasn't hurt, but it had burrs tangled in it's fur. We brought it home, and it cried pitifully the whole way.  First, we stopped at our dad's office and held it up to his window. He came out, smiling, and asked "Do you want to add a cat to the family?". Our mom was very surprised when we came in the house with our little foundling. 

After our first cat Jack died, we decided we were not going to have any more indoor cats. We were tired of dealing with hair and all that, But when you look into a little kitten's face, how can you send it away?

It's a girl, and we've named her Windy.

She's been doing great so far, though we've only had her for 6 hours. She uses her litter box, she's been eating well, she gets along good with Mocha, and we think she loves us.  At least, she purrs when we pet her, and cries when she thinks she's being ignored.

With Windy, plus these little guys…

…we are currently overrun with cuteness. 

Mocha's pretty adorable too

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Vintage Vanity Stool

         Do you remember that cute little vanity stool that we found? Well, I was able to finish upholstering it this weekend!



                   It was missing the back cushion, so I had to replace that. I cut out a cardboard circle and upholstered that with some foam we had and the fabric. I was able to reuse the tassels from the old cushion, since they went with the gold color in the fabric.

And it swivels! I just figured that out yesterday. Someone had turned it around so many times, it was like it had been screwed into place. With a little twisting, I loosened it, and now you spin around in it (Carefully, mind you). 

   It was hard to find when the vanity stool was made. It still had a manufacturer's tag stapled to the bottom, but it didn't have a date on it. We tried finding similar ones online and eventually discovered that it was most likely made in the 50's or so.
  Oh, and Becca found the missing foot  :)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Record Table Refinish

by: Bethany

Here is my most recent project, a record table I found at a rummage sale.  It actually didn't look this rough when I bought it, but I forgot to take the picture until after I started sanding it.

I really liked the harp detail on the side.

After sanding and priming it, I decided to paint it a nice cheery green!

It's really more of a chartreuse/lime green, but I wanted something fun because I had seen another end table just like it online, and they used the bottom portion for kid's books. You know, the big oversized ones that don't fit as well on normal shelves. I thought green could go in a little girl, or a little boy's room. Or, maybe someone will want it for it's original purpose, for their record collection!

Becca and I have a small collection of old records, and we even started collecting them before we had a record player!

These were our first ones, I think they were all found at rummage sales.

Thankfully, soon after that I received a record player from Mom & Dad as a Birthday gift.

That only encouraged us to find more, but finding good records can be hard. Usually in every thrift and antique store, there are boxes and boxes of records. Searching through them all to find something you want takes a lot of patience.  :)

But, with some persistence, we have made a few good scores. Plus, our grandparents gave us some of their old records too.

We have music tracks from Musicals like:
 Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, Mary Poppins, and Sound of Music.

We have some of our favorite 60's groups like: 
The Monkees, Herman's Hermits, Simon & Garfunkel, and the Serendipity Singers (ever heard of them? How about the song, "Beans in My Ears"?) 

And we have a random assortment of others that caught our eye as well, like:
 Sound effects (you never know, someday we may want to make a radio program. They have have tons of different sounds on them, ranging from babies sneezing, to wars, to squealing tires), Classical music, Ragtime, etc...

 We just might have to keep the record table if our collection keeps growing.  :)

Oh, and for those of you know noticed the leg of the bed in the "after" pictures of the record table, that is the wrought iron bed we found a few weeks ago. It is now Becca's bed up in our shared bedroom. Now we just have to find a second one for me!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Book Giveaway Tag

     Alright, we've never done one of these before but since Miss Jack Lewis Bailot has so kindly tagged us, and since it looks like a very fun and interesting book, we're going to give it a try!

The book is called "Christmas at the Tittletons", a historical mystery by Joan Bassington-French. Her blog is here @

 So, without further ado, here's the tag!

1. What is your favorite historical mystery book?

Bethany:  My favorite is "Detectives in Togas" by Henry Winterfeld

Becca: Mine is "The Sherwood Ring" by Elizabeth Marie Pope. Though we had some debate on whether it is a proper mystery, there aren't any murders but there clues and codes and things!

2. Would you rather read a classic or a mystery?

Bethany: Classics are nice to read, but I would choose a mystery book.

Becca: I usually get the characters mixed up when I read a classic, so I'd chose mystery.

3. How do you think Christmas at the Tittletons will compare with your favorite mystery?

Bethany: I'm not sure yet, I'll have to find out!

Becca: Not sure, but if we win a book I'll let you know : )

4.How do you think Christmas at the Tittletons will compare with your favorite classic?

Bethany:  Same as above.

Becca: Ditto.

5. Do you think you would like to write a historical mystery sometime?

Bethany: I would love to, if only I could finnish my current story I'm working on :)

Becca: Frankly, I don't think I'd be able to write one. I wouldn't think up a clever enough plot.

And the rules…

1. Please post all the rules

2. Please answer all the questions

3. Comment on this post when you have completed the tag and include a link to your tag post

4. Tag five other people

5. Let the people know that you tagged them

6. Include a link back to this post (like Jack said in her tag post, I think this means the original blog that started the tag. We did that at the top)

We have one problem. Since Becca and I are relatively new to the blogging world, we don't know many people. So we only have three people to tag. (we hope that's ok)

They are…

1. Clair

2. Elizabeth

3. Treskie

And there we have it! Our very first tag.

                                            And just for Jack, an armful of baby rabbits!

             They were pretty tuckered out, so they cooperated quite nicely (which is unusual).

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

"Twinkle, sparkle, let a little sunshine in"

   The baby bunnies have their eyes open!
 Well, not all of them. Just three, or maybe two.  Since four of them look almost identical, we could have picked up the same one twice.  :)

Come on, show us those sparkling eyes!

There's a glimmer!

They were pretty sleepy this morning, so we didn't get the best pictures.  They are getting furry now, and Sunday was their one week birthday.

This one doesn't have it's eyes open yet, but it almost looks like it.  The black fur around it's eye looks like eyeliner, doesn't it?

Here's another one with it's eyes starting to open.

The post title is from the song "Chin up", from the 1973 movie version of "Charlotte's Web".  It's a childhood favorite of ours.  :)
The baby rabbits made us think of that line, because they're getting their first glimpse of sunshine.

"Chin up, chin up
Everybody loves a happy face
Wear it, share it
It will brighten up the darkest place
Twinkle, sparkle
Let a little sunshine in
You'll be on the bright side
Looking at the right side
Up with your chinny chin
Chin up!"

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