Monday, September 10, 2007

Timber, Hubby and the Wasps and my Curtains

Our party was fun.Both hubby`s sisters came down from Oshawa and his daughter and her boyfriend and my son and daughter came too :) One sister brought her new baby.....

Timber.....

He`s a miniature Australian Shepard. I`d never heard of them, but he was soooooooo cute!!

He`s only 8 weeks old.
We had 51 people at one point. It didn`t rain as we feared it might and after rushing around, forgot to take pictures. Hubby put a nice little tent type gazeebo up to put the food out in. Worrying about Elvis going to town and grabbing it when we werent looking was no longer a problem LOL It looked so nice, darn it. And he brought my computer with his speakers outside so we could play our chosen music right off the computer through the sterio inside. Good friends and good cheer made for a fantastic time.
The funniest woops of it all, was that both of us forgot to put a lamp inside by the food so one could see better in the dark hehe It was light out when we set the table up. Oh well, you can`t have everything work out perfectly and the gazeebo did have two screened sides, so there was a dim light seeping through from the long string of small hung lights near by outside.LOL
Fairy lights, is what I think you guys in England call them.

This summer we had a lot more wasps than usual. Far far too many around and about any buildings, having made themselves right at home by becoming mini construction workers. It was time to get them where it hurts, instead of the other way around...

Pieces of their nests gathered up....


This unusual (unusual to me anyway) beetle with an interesting bright yellow symbolic looking mark on his back, was sitting in the wheelbarrow along with the nests. I picked him out and put him on the ground. Didn`t want him to have the same destiny as those nests.....

I made some different curtains for the kichen I can`t say new because it was with two 1920 net table runners. It pained me to cut them, but I really wanted to use them at the windows.

I don`t have any proper curtain rings at the moment so I used a buch of earring hardware. They`re so fine and small, that it`s not too noticeable exactly what they are when the end part is hidden behind.

I`m happy with them. It`s different. I wasn`t sure quite how easy it would work. I wanted something very thin, yet old fashioned so that the light would come through due to the kitchen not being the brightest room. The runners were from e-bay and only cost $20 for the two. By cutting both in half, I did the both windows. Boy, would the full runner have looked nice on the table. There`s always a case that one thing would look nice here, but look nice there too or over there, or in another room...or... Happens to me. I wonder if anyone else experiences that?

15 comments:

Kari said...

I love what you did with those table runners. I know it had to have been just a little bit scary to cut them, but rest assured, they came out great. And how clever to use earring hardware! You know, actually, I think that's the best thing you could have used! They're so delicate...they work perfectly with the curtains.

I'm glad I didn't see all those wasp nests up close and personal. WOW! That was A LOT OF NESTS!

Glad your giant get together went so well and I have to say, Little Timber is the cutest little thing! But my heart still belongs to Elvis...

Rowan said...

Glad that your family reunion and the get together both went well, Timber is cute but, like Kari, my heart belongs to Elvis :)
The humming bird photographs in the last post were stunning, I've only ever seen them in Canada and they were so quick and active that I'm amazed that your DH was able to get so many great shots.

Zoey said...

How clever, Tea, to use earring hardware to hang your beautiful tablerunner curtains. They look great and I am sure will let in a lot of light.

Glad to hear your party went well--even if you were in the dark. LOL

Cristina said...

Whoa, your husband looks dangerous with those cans of Raid! Glad your shin-dig was a big success!

smilnsigh said...

Ohhh... wasps.... badddddd... My s-i-law was recently stung and *discovered* that he is now very allergic to such. What a horrible time he had! Glad yours are "history."

Mari-Nanci

Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

We've had a horrible amount of wasps too! Must have been a bad year. I love the curtains!! They turned out beautifully! Very creative of you!

tash said...

I'm really glad you and your guests had a good time - the party sounded fantastic! The curtains are delightful, especially because you know that they have history attached to them.

Rosa said...

Wow, now that's a lot of nests, ew. Those curtains turned out lovely. And, that little pup is the sweetest ever. Congrats on the new addition.

Rauf said...

Those curtains look so beautiful TEAS, lovely, My mom used to make them, knit them actually. That art is dying, no one has time and the patience any more.
Perfect conditions for the party, glad you had a good time TEAS,
well, what else can you do about the wasps and other pests.
Say hi to Elvis.
Hope you are doing fine.

Saur♥Kraut said...

AWWWW! Lookit the BABY! He is so CUTE! I want another dog!!! I only have 3...

Beautiful lace. What a massive amount of wasp nests! I live in Florida and *I* can't beat THAT!

Kahshe Cottager said...

Love the curtains Tea - they look absolutely perfect!! Elvis with the guilty look is priceless!!! You have been so busy but except for the wasps (we had lots too) it sounds like a wonderful few weeks!

Palm Springs Savant said...

Timber is stinkin' cute! What a great dog. I 'm sure Elvis liked the company, deep down!

and how I hate bees. yuck

carolyn said...

The curtains are gorgeous and that puppy is adorable.

Gina E. said...

Sure Timber is cute - he's an Aussie isn't he? LOL.
Tea, are your wasps a Canadian species, or the European wasps? The European variety found their way into Australia quite a few years ago and are a real menace. I got stung by one once, and I have never been in so much pain before or since! It's a great idea to burn the nests, but if you go anywhere near them here, they all fly out in a furious frenzy and attack, so I don't see how we could get them down on to the ground. Does that Raid spray stun them temporarily or kill them?

Gledwood said...

That puppy is dead cute!!

Who did the wasps for you? Was that your friend or a professional person? If he wasn't a professional where did he get the netting from? I'd LOVE to attack wasps' nests like that. Serves the bastards right for being alive far as I'm concerned!