Sunday, April 26, 2009

Beautiful Weather and Long Walks

Just some shots of our weekend trip to my husband's sister's home in Kamloops BC Canada. She and her husband own acreage up there that is incredibly private and provides endless hours of walking in the wilderness. There were some neat old buildings to look at and plenty of wildlife that managed to avoid my camera pretty well! Liam loves to walk so he had a great time and I had fun looking for bits of nature to take home with me. I'll post more soon about the trip, but now it's off to bed for me!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Hummingbird Petting Zoo

Today I spent about an hour or more sitting atop a ladder on my in-law's porch petting hummingbirds. Yes, you heard me right! I actually touched them! I went up there initially to try and get some photos of the little buggers but soon realized that they were rather comfortable with my being there so I figured I'd just reach out and touch one. I started out by slowly coming up underneath one while he was drinking and then gently stroking his tummy with the end of my finger. This didn't seem to phase him a bit which of course made me much braver in my actions and I gave his little tummy a nudge with my finger and low and behold he just hopped right on! He sat there for a little while and then flew away only to make room for more little bitty birds to rest atop my outstretched fingers. The above middle picture (while not a good angle to see it) shows a little bird sitting atop my finger. These little guys are very soft and terribly brave when they're hungry. No need for a zoom lens with the birds around these parts :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Some Family Pictures

Oliver is trying sooooo hard to stay awake, it's not going so well though. These are two of my 3 men sitting around on grandma and grandpa's couch.
And here is my third little man looking for lost Cheerios in between the couch cushions.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

At Last!

My husband and I have finally found a common interest! Antique and vintage sewing machines! We've never really had much of anything in common (I guess opposites really do attract) but I always wished we could find some sort of hobby or something that we could both find interesting. Turns out Oliver finds the researching of different machines to be an enjoyable challenge and I just love antiques and sewing related items so there you go!

We took a look at an old hand crank machine last weekend but we both felt it was overpriced for the rough shape it was in so we decided to pass on it. But no worries, we are going to be looking at a couple more in the next couple of days :)

Just the other day we came across a guy on Ebay that restores these machines and gives them incredible paint jobs using metallic car paints. This is something we are both interested in. Oliver is VERY mechanically inclined and is a perfectionist with any work he does and I hate to see old things go to waste simply because they are beat up. Now we're on the look out for cheap antique and vintage machines that we can give new life to. Not for a business though, more just a hobby if anything.

Reguvinated Singer Featherweight sewing machine with an unbelievably gorgeous new paintjob found HERE.

Another work of art! This time it's a vintage Singer Featherweight sewing machine in yellow! Found HERE.
This antique Singer sewing machine is what is called a Fiddlebase because of the shape of it's base. This one has the most beautiful rose and daisy decals I've seen! I found this gorgeous machine on Flickr HERE. Click on the above image to see it BIG!!!