The Stone House Primitives

The Stone House Primitives
A Cottage by the Lake

Monday, November 24, 2014

Decorating Contest in Miniville

I know I promised you all before and after pix of the rental house we finished in September and I am still going to try to do that but I have a different phone now so I am hoping I have all the pix on the computer and then it will be a matter of sitting down and compiling.

In the mean time I have been busy working on the dollhouse again.  As some of you may remember my dollhouse was built for my mom by her dad in 1956.  In 1986 Grandpa remodeled the dollhouse and built an addition for me.  About 11 years ago I started to remodel again after some bad tenants (mice) trashed the dollhouse while it was in storage.  Since then I have not only re-wallpapered and painted walls, but laid wood flooring (popsicle sticks), and replaced a couple of windows with a french door and a bay as well.  This fall I worked on the yard building a chicken coop I showed you in a previous post and now a dog house and rabbit hutch.

If you click HERE you will meet the real Patches.  Her mom is my good friend Dorothy of Paws For Stitching.

I worked on the garage next and continue to do so.  Walls, window, and doors are done so every night I glue on a few rows of shingles.

I worked on decorating for Christmas tonight:

After the holidays I plan to replace the rest of the windows, reside the house, and replace the shutters.

While I was working on the decorating the house, Mac, my nephew dog, curled up on my pile of "snow".  He always has to be in the room where I am, I hope he does OK when he moves into his forever home.  He'll be right next door and will still stay at his Aunt Keni's on Tuesday nights and a few weekends.

The boys (Mac and CJ) at Grandma and Grandpa's house last weekend.  
CJ is so tolerant of his "annoying little cousin" who will curl up between his legs or lay on any little corner of the dog blanket that CJ leaves open.

I have also been working on Jene's Christmas cards for work.  25 done, 125-150 to go!

Lastly a picture of the lake last weekend.  There was already 3" of ice on the lake!

Please pray for the protestors in Ferguson, MO and Chicago, IL.  thank you.

Hope all is well and peaceful in your corner of the Earth.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Swap Treasures and New Nephew!

I received a box of wonderful treasures in the mail from Amy (Bumble Bee Lane).  I always enjoy Amy's swaps, she does a fabulous job at organizing them and making sure that all participants are treated fairly (not an easy job I am sure) so to have her as a partner for this swap was an extra special treat, particularly after not being able to participate for the past year!  Thank you Amy!

 Right away I put the beautiful felt leaves in the chicken feeder I have on my harvest table (they look great in there).  The Jack is on the baker's cabinet on the porch.  I am going to hang the stitchery in the Spring (a nice little surprise as everything blooms once again!).

I love love love this duck crossing plaque!
Put it right by the cement duck family that my mil gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago.

Now for the new nephew:
 Meet Mac, he is a almost 2yo Boxer/Poodle mix that my bil adopted from the local shelter.
I saw him on the website and fell in love so I told Joel about him, we went and met him and brought him home that day!  He has been staying with us until Joel moves into his new house (next door).
 When we first brought him home he had Kennel Cough that quickly turned into pneumonia.  He was so sick that we weren't sure he was going to make it, the only thing I could get him to eat was Aunt Keni's Doggie Sundaes (ice cream with canned dog food).
Needless to say 9yo CJ is not impressed with his new little cousin lol!
Right after Mac layed down her CJ picked up his head and looked at me like "Really?!"
I constantly tell Mac that he is lucky he is so cute because he is soooo gassy and he is a runner, we have to be so careful every time we open the door because he wants to escape an d go see Lucy the Wiemeriner.

As for everything else, the reno is done and I just need to compile the pictures and post them, one of my BFF has moved in over there with her family and they seem to be very happy (I like having her and her family in town by me :).  

Hope all is well in your world!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Just A Wee Project

It has been ages but next time I post we will have finished the reno of the house we have been working on since March.  The home will have all new flooring, fresh paint and wall treatments, all new interior and exterior doors, new butcher block counter tops.  We also reconfigured the kitchen a bit, created a bedroom and mudroom from wasted space, remodeled the bathroom and added much needed storage throughout.  We are hoping to host an open house for the neighbors next Thursday and the tenants are moving in next Sunday.  I still have the LR floor to lay, trim to tack up, and counters to install…in a week lol!  It'll get done, it always does.

I have been relaxing a bit in the evenings after getting home and this is what I have worked on the past few nights, a chicken coop, pen, and garden for my dollhouse.

Talk to you in a week or so and I promise to have before and after pictures of the Summer of 2014 reno!

May God bless you richly!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

This And That of Summer 2014

Been busy busy around here.  Trying to get part of the duplex rented, getting another house done and ready for new tenants in a few weeks, helping the boys on their trucks, mowing…

Anyway, I found this great little guy today at the nursery where the boys mow.  Meet Mr. McQuackin, he likes to hang out in the Cone Flowers.  He is wonderful painted rusty metal piece of art.

 I pulled this rusty metal hardware organizer from an old barn with a plan to plant succulents in it.  I love how it turned out.  It is down by the shed.

I volunteered to adopt three "homeless" chickens.  I will be able to use their current coop for as long as I need it so I hope to bring them home early next week.

 One of the projects on the docket for our most recent rental reno was to remove the old dilapidated shed and the guys had an absolute blast doing just that yesterday afternoon.

We ended up with a full audience by the time we were done.  The commotion brought the neighborhood out to see what was going on!

 I snapped this shot of J working on Lindsay the other day.  I am not sure where he came up with the name Lindsay but he likes to tell people that he has been spending a lot of time with Lindsay lately, LOL!  Which is fine with me because she brings out the best in him…along with some blood, sweat, and tears!

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

May God bless you,

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Still Plays With Trucks...

Sorry I have not posted much so far this Summer, as I said before I have not figured out how to get the pix from my phone to the blog since I did an update on my phone (big mistake, don't like change!) plus we have been soooo busy working on the reno rental trying to get it ready for it's new family (a very close friend of mine :).  I hope to have a small block party for the neighborhood when it is done, the poor house and neighbors had suffered with bad occupants for years and we want to show them that this is a new leaf for all of them!

J has turned over a new leaf as well so he has earned his Bronco back and is anxiously awaiting the day he can get his license (12 more hours of driving!)…did you know that we "are the only parents" in Illinois that have enforced the 50 hours of drive time to be documented?  I love being unique ;).

In the meantime we found a truck for Hiney.  It is a 1992 and has 13,000 miles on it!  Her name is Linda (one of Hiney's friends decided on the name, said he felt the truck telling him that that was her name-he has a sense of humor like Hiney…scary the two of them together LOL!).

Anyway, here is a picture of the boys and their toys all washed and waxed.

Both trucks went to Cruise Night last night and today J and I spent the entire day removing window tint from the windows of his (the white one), that was A JOB!!!  I so enjoyed working with J on the project though.

So excited and happy for both of them :)

Hope all is well in your world!

May God bless you richly,

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Hello!  I am still here.

I did an update on my phone accidentally (I don't like change!) and I need to figure out what I did before to get the photos from my phone onto my blog again (any ideas?).

In the mean time please pray for my son J, he is struggling again.

Funny duck story: Someone laid an egg today…in the pond!  I saw something floating in there this afternoon and figured it our rather quickly that it was an egg so I fished it out.  We had a group meeting and discussed how laying eggs in the pond is not acceptable and just a bad idea.  As I was lecturing Jene came over and spoke up for them as they all just stared at me "it just slipped out".  My friend suggested that the culprit duck just wanted the newborn the swim immediately after hatch.  LOL!

Ill try to get my phone and computer in sync pretty quick so I can share updated photos of the reno.

For Him,