Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Getting it done!




Got my bowls back.... I am planning to use them in my garden as bird baths.


 Also I had a nice long weekend so I was busy decorating...the earliest I ever have for Christmas.....


A peek at a new ornament


And a favorite my husband bought me


I had a helper....
Although I know it is so early it is a big relief to have it done. I don't feel stressed and like that. It's hard when you work full time and then have a horse and many other animals to take care of. Not to mention chores and fun artsy stuff you want to do. I have that Christmas spirit and I am going with it! I want to have time for fun christmasy activities this year so I am opting to get stuff done early. I will share decoration pictures later.


I also made homemade bunny cookies. They adore them. So every time I get low I have to make new ones.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Henley likes cat toys

Just a short post this morning of early morning playtime as I get ready for work!





Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Leaf bowls


Just a quick post while I am finishing up tonight glazing a few leaf bowls.


The little stone pebbles you see should explode into color variations. I hope they come out well.... fingers crossed !

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

More Cushion...

Just to show you the last of my
home summer projects....
 
 
I had this antique bench and it
was looking it's age.  The springs creeked
so I looked for a new one.  When I didn't find
anything I liked I decided to redo it.
 
 
I was glad to be able to do this outside.
Kind of icky and dusty.
 
 
Many layers to get to the springs.
 
 
Some of them were broken and
I opted to take them off.
 
 
I was thankful my husband pulled
a zillion old carpenter nails
for me!
 
 
I then attached a top to the wood frame
I felt like this would sturdy it up
 
 
We have a foam factory close by so
I bought a nice thick foam pad
cut specifically to size.
 
 
I then covered the foam with batting
 
 
stapling it underneath
 
 
I then applied the upholstery fabric I bought
 at Hobby Lobby. I went with
 something neutral that would
go with different colors since it goes
at the end of my bed.  This way it would go
with different color schemes when
I change out my bedding colors. 
I decided to put trim
on it to break up the space visually.
 I used masking tape as a guide to
where I would apply my decorative trim.
I just hot glued it on.
 
  
and tada the finished product at the end
of the bed.   I think it looks more up to date
and is comfortable to sit on with more cushion.
Not to mention all nice and clean and
practically all new.
 
 
 
 


 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Ugly Suitcase Reno!



So I've had these ugly suitcases for so long I don't even remember where or when I got them. My intention was always to do something with them...and I finally did.


This is them now after being painted and more to my liking color wise. I used chalk paint to cover the suitcases in the red. I had never use chalk paint before and I'm not sure I would use it again. I guess it would depend on the project. It just seemed like it took a long time to dry in between coats and I didn't like the flat finish. I ended up putting clear acrylic satin polyurethane over the chalk paint. I modge podged the scrapbooking floral decorations that I found at a dollar store.

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I attached deck post toppers to the bottom to use as legs. Quite a good deal at three dollars each! 


I used drawer knobs for the suitcase at the top. If you can notice in the first picture the one suitcase was not level so these drawer knobs make it level when they are stacked on top of each other. This way they both still open and I can store items in them.


And the top is level so that if I want to put something on top of it I can.

I feel like I had a pretty productive summer and completed several projects that I had been meaning to do for years. In the future I will post another project I completed. For me personally I really take pride in the fact that I usually finish everything I say I'm going to do. It might take me several years but eventually it will get done. I like the feeling of personal satisfaction that ok I finished that. I'm not sure why I am like that, but I am just driven to do these projects that I create for myself. I have a hard time sitting and doing nothing. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing but at least I'm getting some things done. I guess my sitting still time is my cuddle time with my critters! 

Hope you are enjoying your fall!




Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Trying to embrace Fall


Although it's still kind of warm and we have our air-conditioner on, I am trying to welcome fall with a few decorations.


So I added some fall to my mantle's.


I like how the lights add a warm cozy glow.


Looking forward to using my new fireplace doors this winter.  They were half the price of lowest doors in a local fire place store and came through the mail and so easy to put in all by myself.


My flowers are still holding on.



I printed these and inserted them in my lights so the glow would all match. I like the effect - a softer warm glow to match my orange lantern lights and its so easy.


Happy Fall Everyone!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Your thoughts on selling online...


I added color to a memorial plaque that hangs by where Giddy and Gwenie are buried.


Another bearded iris garden plaque. I'm almost to the point of having enough of these to sell. I was going to post them On Etsy but now I don't know if I will. I ran into a couple people that said they have encountered people On Etsy that lie and say that their item arrived damage. So that you have to replace it. The lead time on creating these plaques is very long. First I have to create them, then a long slow drying time so they do not crack or explode, sanding then firing.  Then painting and glazing. If I encountered people lying and asking for a replacement I would totally lose any chance for a profit. I am wondering your thoughts or ideas. Please email me. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Floor Redo

 
The carpeting in the big bun room and my art room was the last old flooring in the house.  I hated it and it drove me crazy.  Old carpet that had been there since God knows when.  Ick!  Everything has a life span and this had out lived its. The problem was that in order to have new carpet laid, I'd have to get everything out of the room.  Which was impossible.  Benny's cage was built in the room and I would have to break apart to get it out.
 
 
 
The same is the case for my art counter. I decided to do vinyl flooring.
 
 
I special ordered the flooring color I liked and my husband picked it up.
It is supposed to stay in the room for 72 hrs. 
to acclimate to the room. 
According to the online videos, it was easy to install and you could put stuff on it during the process.  So I could do half the room and move furniture on it as I moved across the room.
 
 
So my husband and I did the bunny room first.
I measured and  cut the flooring and he put it down.
It's Allure flooring from Home Depot. 
It is waterproof and can be used in bathrooms or
basements.  The boards could be cut with a razor knife.
 

I LOVE IT!  I'm thrilled with the color I chose. 
It's clean, fresh and new. 
You don't see every little piece of lint or bunny hair.   
Now the buns were not happy at first. 
It is like an ice skating rink for them
without the throw rugs. 


but I don't mind having a bunch of throw rugs
 so that they can hop around upstairs.
 
 
My husband and I were supposed to do my art room together
the following weekend, but he surprised
me and did it during the week while he was off. 
 
 
I love, love, love it!  It is one of my favorite rooms
with all my art stuff.  I feel truly
grateful to have a room all my own to
make my art in.
 
 
The buns also have rugs in this room
to keep them from slipping.
 
 
I made a new table skirt which has swirls
in it that kind of goes with the green area rug.
 
 
I am just totally thrilled with the outcome and would
recommend it as a great way to DIY
floors easily....especially when you have
giant pieces of furniture and you don't
have the room or means to
move them into another room
 
 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Uncovering my Loranger Roots

 This post may be a bit long but I am excited to share the family information I found.  I wish I had pictures or more personal information but I  am thrilled for what I have now.  A few months ago I knew none of this information. These people form a long line that leads to my current family.
(If you click on the pictures they will open big so you can read them)

So as I mentioned in an earlier post I outlined how I went back with my paternal Loranger roots to my 3x Great Grandfather.
John W Loranger – my grandfather
Walter L Loranger- my great grandfather
Peter J. Loranger- my great great grandfather
 
 
 
Alexis Rivard dit Loranger- my great, great great grandfather- who immigrated from Quebec to Detroit MI.
 
Alexis is where I first saw the surname Rivard dit Loranger on his burial records. 
In a nutshell what it means is the original last name  was Rivard dit Loranger- Meaning Rivard the Orange ( he- the first to use the surname probably had red hair)  His brother had a different Surname although they were in the same family with the same parents
 
Here are a few links that explain it in detail.
 
 
 my earlier post talks about his life 
 
Now I will go on to Alexis parents which were mention in the marriage documents of Alexis and Catherine.   Augustin Rivard dit Loranger (my 4x great grand father)-  born 31 Dec 1765  to Pierre Thomas Rivard and Marie Anne Cadot.  He married Marie Josephe Pitard 17 Nov 1788 in Yamachiche – Ste Anne Quebec Prov Cananada. They had 8 children.  Austin Loranger b.9 May 1790, Francois Louis  Rivard dit Loranger b. 3 May 1792, Alexis Rivard dit Loranger b. 23 Mar 1794, Marguerite Angele Rivard dit Loranger b 3 Mar 1796, Marie Claire Rivard dit Loranger 14 July 1798, Frederic Loranger 27 Apr 1800, Pierre Loranger 10 Apri 1802, Casimir Loranger 5 Mar 1804.  Apparently his wife died between 1804 and 1808.  I’m still trying to find documentation on when exactly. Marie Rivard .  Is a very common name! Augustine did remarry in 1808 to Elisabeth Isabelle Elie- no direct relation to me.
 
 
Then on to Pierre Thomas Rivard dit Loranger (my 5x great grandparents) b.15 Aug 1733 Married 19 Feb 1759 to Marie Anne Cadot.    They had 15 children together- and she died at age 40.   Vital-Modeste Rivard 1729, Pierre Rivard, Nicolas Rivard, Marie Catherine Rivard, Marie Anne  Flavie Rivard, Marie Joseph Rivard, Marie Marguerite Rivard, Louis Rivard and Joseph Rivard Loranger (Which is the father of Edward Loranger- the builder of the Loranger mill at Henry Ford Museum.)  Marie Anne Cadot married in 1759 at 24 yrs, had 15 children.  Her death date is unknown.
I do have many old French baptismal and marriage church records.  They are difficult to read.  Coincidentally I chose to take French in High School.  I kind of wish now that I would have applied myself better in the 3 classes I took. It would come in handy now.
 
 
Pierre’s father was Francois Rivard dit Loranger. (my 6x great grand parents)  Born about 5 July 1697.   Married Marie Lousia  Rose Hamelin 18 Feb 1754.  I have 7 children listed for them.  Pierre Thomas, Charles Francois, Marguerite, Rene, Marie Louse, Joseph, and Marie Joseph.
This is where is gets more interesting. Pierre’s father was  Claude Rivard dit Loranger (my 7x great grandparents) born 1665 in Champlain Quebec to Robert Rivard dit Loranger at 27 and his mother Marie who was 15  Marie Madelaine Guillet.  Robert Rivard dit Loranger is an early immigrant from  Trourouvre Normandie France.  
 
 
 
 Claude married Marie Catherine Roy dit  Chatellerault at Ste Anne de la Perade 15 Feb 1736.  They had 10 children.  Francois, Nicolas Catherine, Marie Anne Angelique, Claude Rivard, Marie Josephte, Joseph, Marie Catherine Josephte and Marie Josephte.  In the book our French Canadian Ancestors it is written that Claude lived in the home of his father-in law after his marriage.  As read below Claude was quite a voyager.  He was on  the original convoy in 1701 that established Detroit. 
 
 
 
Claude didn't settle in Detroit, his home and family were in Quebec.  I have read a book that talks about life on the first settlement in Detroit and what the settlers did to build the first settlement.  Very primitive.  They had no horses or cows.  They all came by canoes.
 
 His name is on the plaque in downtown Hart  Plaza in Detroit along the river.
  I had no idea and I live 30 min away from here.
Shocker! 
 
 
I found this written information on line about Claude Rivard dit Loranger.
Claude was born circa 1665 at Cap de la Madeliene, Quebec, Canada
He was a Captain in the Military. 
In 1692, Claude Rivard, organized a Voyageur partnership with Francois Mercure dit Villeneuve to go out to the lands of the Ottawas. Claude and Mathurin Rivard, in company with Francois Frigon   dit Espagnol, Jacques and Alexis Lemoyne, Jean-Baptiste and Louis Gatineau, all voyageurs, committed to go to Detroit. Reference for the following: French Canadian & Acadian Genealogical Review, vol. 2/ no.1: 1969 / CS1-F745. Publication sponsored by the Centre Canadian Des  Recherches Genealogiques, p.203. Bishop de Saint-Vallier of Quebec consented to evangelize native tribes along the Mississippi river, which had never been attempted. The effort was directed at areas where considered proper and, in particular, the Tamarois Tribe. Birch bark canoes were used. The Westerly route from Montreal included the Ottawa River and Lake Nipissing to Fort  Michillimackimac on LakeHuron. They started out 16 July 1698 and reached Lake Huron September 8th. Claude and his cousin, Jacques Rouillard son of Mathieu & Jeanne Guillet, had been hired to carry 1,000 pounds of merchandise in their canoe from Montreal to Missillimakinac. The merchandise was furnished by the Abby de Montigny. The contract did not mention wages, but did state that "They will be fed with foodstuffs such as biscuit, pork, peas, and to each one six jugs of eau-de-vie for their use only."
1696 Tiffany Fugere found in the Genealogy Library at Rick's College in Rexburg Idaho: Claude RIVARD dit LORANGER, Capitaine Birth: 1665 Death: 15 Feb 1736, Ste-Genevieve, Quebec, Canada Burial: Sainte-Genevieve (Adjacent To Batiscan)
Occupation: Voyageur.
In 1692, Claude, organized a Voyageur partnership with Francois Mercure dit Villeneuve to go out to the lands of the Ottawas. Claude and Mathurin Rivard, in company with Francois Frigon dit
Espagnol, Jacques and Alexis Lemoyne, Jean-Baptiste and Louis Gatineau, all voyageurs, committed to go to Detroit. Reference for the following: French Canadian & Acadian Genealogical Review, vol. 2 no.1: 1969/CS1 -F745. Publication sponsored by the Centre Canadian Des Recherches Genealogiques, p.203. 
Bishop de Saint-Vallier of Quebec consented to evangelize native tribes along the Mississippi river, which had never been attempted. The effort was directed at areas where considered proper and, in particular, the Tamarois Tribe. Birch bark canoes were used. The Westerly route from Montreal included the Ottawa River and Lake Nipissing to Fort Michillimackimac on Lake Huron. 
They started out 16 July 1698 and reached Lake Huron September 8th. Claude and his cousin, Jacques Rouillard son of Mathieu & Jeanne Guillet, had been hired to carry 1,000 pounds of merchandise in their canoe from Montreal to Missillimakinac. The merchandise was furnished by the Abby de Montigny. The contract did not mention wages, but did state that "They will be fed with
foodstuffs such as biscuit, pork, peas, and to each one six jugs of eau-de-vie for their use only. 
Spouse: Marie-Catherine ROY DIT CHATELLERAULT Birth: 1676 Father: Michel ROY DIT CHATELLERAULT Marr: 14 Feb 1696, Ste-Anne-De-La-Perade Children: Nicolas (1698- 1760) Francois (1700-) Joseph (1708-1768) Marie-Catherine (1715-).3 
Marriage 14 Feb 1696
Claude Rivard dit Loranger married Catherine Roy, daughter of Michel Roy dit Châtellereault and Françoise Aubé or Hobbe, 14 February 1696 in Ste Anne de la Perade, Champlain, Quebec, Canada. There is still a church on this site, but it was built in 1855.
Their children may have been: Francois RIVARD , dit Loranger b: 05 JUL 1697 in Batiscan, Quebec, Canada Nicolas RIVARD b: 04 DEC 1698 in LaPerade, Quebec, Canada Marie Anne Angelique LORANGER b: 19 AUG 1700 in La Perade, Champlain Co, Quebec, Canada Claude RIVARD , dit Loranger b: 10 JUL 1703 in La Perade, Champlain, Quebec, Canada Marie-Josephte RIVARD , dit Loranger b: 12 JUN 1707 in La Perade, Champlain, Quebec, Canada Joseph RIVARD , dit Loranger b: 20 NOV 1708 in Batiscan, Champlain, Quebec, Canada Marie Catherine LORANGER b: 19 JUN 1715 in Quebec, Canada Marie Josephte RIVARD , dit Loranger b: 20 APR 1721 in Batiscan, Champlain, Quebec, Canada.4,5 
Claude died on 15 February 1736 at Ste. Genevieve at Batiscan, Champlain, Quebec Canada. Burial Claude was buried at Ste. Genevieve, Quebec, Canada
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So as I mentioned earlier Claude’s father was Robert Rivard dit Loranger 
(my 8x great grandfather) and he immigrated from France. To be exact Tourouvre Normandy France.
 
 
 
However his brother Nicolas Rivard dit Lavigne immigrated first in 1648 to Quebec.
 

 
Most likely on a ship similar to these
 
 
These photos were posted by a person that
traveled to their home in France.
 
This was their home
 
 
and this is said to be a later Rivard home
 
 
and the church they were baptized in
 
 
This plaque commemorates them
 
 
And these windows also a memorial to their
great voyage
 
and blessing their children
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This is the contract Nicolas signed
 
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the translation
 
 
 
The street sign in France marking where Nicolas land was
 
So Nicholas was a pretty remarkable person.  As you can see on the contract he did not know how to read or write and could not even sign his contract however if you read the attached link he learned how to read and write.  He became a influential person in the colony.  He on many occasions became the public defender on behalf of residents and petitioned to the tribunal to the King to petition for colonist.  On another census on ancestry posted.  It stated that his household had a servant.
This link describes a biography in greater detail of his life.
 

I have also been able to find out that his wife Catherine de Saint Pere was born in France and came to Quebec as a Filles a Marier.  Filles a Marier was  a group of 262 single girls who immigrated to Quebec with the intent of marring colonist in New France to  populate and colonizing it. She did marry a person per her contract however he died shortly after they married.  She then married Nicolas later.  I’m sure the women were looking for a better life.  I was happy to learn that apparently they had some choice in the matter of who they married and could change their mind even up to the point right before the ceremony.  I have to think that these women were probably leaving a desperate situation in France get on a difficult voyage all the way to Quebec in a very primitive settlement.  So Catherine must have been one strong woman to survive all that and go on to have 10 children with Nicolas.  Wow! This link explains a bit about them.


Now back to my 8x Great grandfather Robert.   At 27 Robert married 14 yr old Marie Madeleine Guillet.They had 13 children: Claude, Mathurin, Nicolas, Marie Anne, Joseph, Marie Charlotte, Robert, Francois, Louis, Marie Catherine, Rene-Alexis, Marie Francoise.  I did read on line that family received money for 10 or more childen.  
 

I was thrilled to find a Canadian school book with a whole chapter dedicated to Robert.  The following  write ups show what a hard working person he was.   
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
This Quebec Ancestry Dictionary
Shows both brothers lineage.
 
 

 

Where I am now is at Francois Mullard My 11th Great Grandfather.  How crazy is that???  Little old me that knows nothing about Genealogy! 
 
 

I would like to say I am so grateful to all the people that scanned, logged and posted information on ancestors.  Without them I never would have found this information and been able to explore my new interest.  Ancestry.com and Google also was a tremendous help.   All was not perfect though.  I did upgrade to the International Ancestry account in the hopes to find info on my mother’s German side.  Sadly I did not get any hits on information for them.
 


I am thrilled that I have discover information farther back than many of the stars on those Ancestry shows which inspired the start of my search.  The information exceeded my expectations.  I never in my wildest dreams could imagine a Grandfather of mine was in the party that established Detroit. That I’d find books written about my ancestors voyage to start a new colony, or a church window that honors their voyage.  Not to mention Grandfathers that fought against British in the War of 1812 and in the Civil War.   I found that I do indeed have a proud family history and a real connection to living in South East Michigan.  This is just one line of my Ancestry and perhaps I will uncover more interesting facts. I am grateful to all my relatives that worked so hard and survived through many hardships for without them I would not be here to live and enjoy my life.   I hope this little chapter of my roots will inspire you to also dig into your family roots.

Natascha