Minnesota State Fair

It’s Fair time in Minnesota.  Most people who post fair pictures on social media that show the many foods eaten at the fair.  Today, when I went to the fair, I actually didn’t eat anything, although the food did smell really good! But, I did spend a couple hours looking at the projects in the Creative Activities Building.  Lots of wonderful craftsmanship on display. Here are my quilts:   I took lots of pictures of other quilts as well: And other crafts that caught my eye: Continue reading Minnesota State Fair

Glass Stepping Stones

While I was working on the redo of my front yard, I kept thinking that stepping stones leading to the stairs would be nice.  I shad seen some lovely ideas on-line that were made with glass and concrete.  I really liked them, but when I realized how much the glass would cost (over $100 for the number of stepping stone I would need), I decided I would skip making them. Then, one day my sister-in-law texted me to say she was at a garage sale and the lady had a box of glass scraps for $5.  After asking, I found … Continue reading Glass Stepping Stones

Copper and Cedar Trellises 

In my previous post, I mentioned that the contractor building my new retaining wall made several changes to the wall design. One of these changes involved the integrated stairs. The original design, which had been approved by the city, included a landing level with the planting beds.       Unfortunately, because of the change made by the contractor, the stairs were considered unsafe. I needed some type of railing or wall to keep small children from falling off the side of the stairs. The idea of putting in an ugly wooden wall or boring metal railing was not very appealing. After … Continue reading Copper and Cedar Trellises