Thursday, October 23, 2014

TO PAINT OR NOT TO PAINT?

That's the question..........

Found this lovely wardrobe today, tomorrow it will be in our living room.
We will add shelves and use it as a storage unit.

It comes apart for easy moving and needs a little TLC but nothing major.
I'm so excited about this find.



Stay tuned for updates and photos in our home.

Carolyn

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

COMPLETED PROJECTS



I was elated to complete this quilt top.
An explanation of the blocks may be found here.
It's a scrappy traditional type quilt, but I love it.
Can you spot the "odd" block?
That was a design choice, 
I actually deconstructed a block just to get that look.  
Since all the blocks were completed when I found this alternate design option
 and it took some time to reconstruct, I only redesigned one block.
When completed, this quilt will find a home in our spare room.



After nearly 6 months in our new home we have a living room curtain.
I took a 5 yard piece of sheer fabric and clipped it to the rod.
It takes some clipping and re-clipping but is an inexpensive
solution to a huge window.  I didn't do any hemming to this piece yet.
As you can see by the peeling wall paper in the upper left corner,
this room hasn't been refinished yet.  So the curtain will come down soon
and then I'll make more permanent design decisions.
For now at least it looks like someone lives in this house.

Next on my list, preparing for visitors this weekend.

Stop by when you can!
Carolyn


ELLIE PAINTS, ETC.


Recently, I tried a new activity with Ellie.
Remember the paint with water books?
I found this book at a closeout store, didn't know they were still made.
She enjoyed the project but not for long.
Busy, busy toddler!


The one thing she will sit still for is snuggles and Curious George (Netflix)
with Pappy.  This was a chilly day so Oreo decided to join in the warmth.


And finally a peek-a-boo trick with 2 laundry baskets.

Have a great day!
Carolyn


Saturday, September 27, 2014

BARN / MAILBOX QUILT

My first attempt at painting a barn quilt.
I chose to make a double sided 14 inch square
quilt block that hangs below the mailbox.
Each side is different.


The 3/4 inch plywood was found at a local fix-it thrift store.
What a fun place, it's a home improvement store that everything, either new or used,
has been donated.  The proceeds support a local non-profit agency.
So a win-win!  This piece of wood costs me 50 cents.



GPS doesn't recognize our address until you are past the driveway,
so now we can tell people to turn at the quilt block :)

Next, I have plans for a barn quilt featuring autumn leaves,
hope I get it finished before winter.

Carolyn



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A NEW PROJECT

This new project serves many purposes.
The borders are stash busters.
The center 16 squares are from a friend's stash.
She gave me 2 kits purchased in 2000 and 2001, 
so I'm helping reduce her stash.
I've used half the 2.5 inch squares to make 30 center squares.
 I'm happy these are pre-cut!
And I need inexpensive quilts for my new spare room.
The only cost, my time and since I'm unemployed that works for me.

5 completed, 25 to go!


This project was inspired by a recent article.

Back to the sewing room!

What projects are you working on?

Carolyn

Saturday, September 20, 2014

DECORATING WITH CHINA (includes tutorial)



The next decorating challenge in our new home was the dining room.
Large blank walls can be difficult on a limited budget, 
so I decided to use china plates.  Most came from thrift stores,
the entire group costs less than $5 and had already
been used for our daughter's bridal shower, so I doubled up on 
that bargain.....score!

I started by auditioning and arranging plates on our dining room table.


After finding an arrangement I liked, I covered the plates with Press'n Seal....


traced the arrangement....


and put the Press'n Seal on the wall.


I applied these peel and stick hangers to the plates.  Found them at a local big-box store.



Put nails in the wall, removed the Press'n Seal and wha-la.
I knew there would need to be more to this arrangement but couldn't get it 
right on the table.  I'm such a visual decorator that it was just easier after
the grouping was on the wall. 



Add 2 more plates and I really like it.
There's still plenty of space on the wall for expansion.
If you look closely you'll see that I also moved some of the plates.
Told you I'm a visual decorator.




***  DINING ROOM TOUR ***
(working clockwise around the room)

The china plate wall with doorway into the kitchen....


the window facing the back yard a.k.a. neighbor's house...
(Eventually we will replace the ceiling fan with a nice light, 
I just haven't found the right one in my price range
so we will live with this for now.)


the wall featuring a lavender and twig wreath....


close-up of wreath and baskets...


and the doorway to the unfinished living room.


It's not a huge room, but we can seat up to 10 around the table.
So it's great for family or small dinner parties.

Not sure which room will be next on the decorating list.
I'm waiting for inspiration :)

Thanks for visiting!
Carolyn

Thursday, September 18, 2014

ENTERTAINING ELLIE

Clothespins are a recent fascination for Ellie.  She treats each variety differently.
The non-spring type she likes to put through a cardboard tube.






And the spring type are great for putting on her clothes.  
She just loves to take them off and then have me pin a few more.
This little games holds her attention for a good half hour.



In our home there is one step to a platform at the bottom of our stairs.
A floor to ceiling mirror is on this platform.  
We have debated about what to do with this mirror, for now it will stay.  
It has become quite the conversation piece as people wonder
which set of stairs to take to the second floor.
Ellie has discovered this space also serves as a fun little play area.
We finally rigged up a way for the baby gate to sit on the first step.
So now she plays at the mirror, sits on the step or gets
pillows and blankets for a relaxation space.




Another fun event is when Pappy comes home for lunch.
She always hears the garage door going up, yells "Pappy" 
and runs to the door to greet him.
I'm guessing she gets tired of seeing
me all morning and is delighted for a new playmate.
One of their favorite games is "Night,night",
they pretend to take a nap, she even pretends to snore, 
it's hilarious!


So thankful for the blessing of time spent with our granddaughter!

Carolyn