Friday, September 12, 2014

Nightstand Refinished, Guest Room Debut

In the process of preparing a guest room in our home, I refinished this nightstand.  It has served many purposes over the years and just needed freshen up.  I painted the stand 2 coats of gray and then roughed up the edges.  It won't win any awards but was a fun little project and is perfect for it's new location.




I almost forgot to take a before picture, so this is after it's on the saw horses.  And below you will see that our granddaughter got in on the sanding action.  She is a busy toddler that loves to help!




Now for the unveiling - our guest room is ready for occupancy.  The quilts are antique, made by my mother and grandmother and nothing matches but it's cozy and comfortable.  Eventually I'll get around to decorating the walls.  The wall color is Gray Ghost, it's the perfect mix of gray and tan.  For this house it is our neutral color.




The reservation book is ready, who's coming to visit?  

Carolyn




Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Gifts from the sewing room

 I recently completed this baby quilt and diaper bag set.



The quilt is a checked style.  It's just 36" square.



When designing a checked quilt, 
most quilters us different shades of the same color fabric.
I attempted the shading by using the reverse side of the pink fabric.
This was also a way to creatively use only stash fabrics.



The quilt backing is also one of the fabrics used in the bag, 
so they coordinate (at least according to my standards).




 I also made this super sized tote for a friend.
She had requested it before we moved but knew she'd have to 
wait a little while.  So happy I remembered to make this project.



What's next......
finish the quest room before I spending time in the sewing room.

Thanks for stopping by!
Carolyn




Ellie's busy day........

Monday was a beautiful day in our neck of the woods so
we spent most of the day outside.
First we found the kitty's hiding place among the vinca vines.



Then as gramma was transplanting some plants,
Ellie decided to dig in the bark.....



line up all the tools.....



and take a break to play with stones.



Later we played with the side walk chalk....



dumped the chalk.....



and put them back in the box.
Her parents are doing a good job with "clean up, 
clean up, everybody do your part."



After Pappy came home, 
he found a bunny nest while mowing,
so we took a little peak....



learned to walk with a walking stick
(look out Camp Eder, here we come).....



and helped rake pine cones.



We also took 2 wagon rides, 
played the piano, 
had lunch and
did a few indoor chores.
What a busy day for a toddler!

What did you do on Monday?

Carolyn 





Friday, September 5, 2014

Let the decorating begin........

Today I started putting holes in the walls..... gasp!
After all the patching and painting it was time.

Breakfast nook.


I used the dining room table for lay out.



Cut shapes from newspaper to tape to the wall for spacing, placement, etc.



And started pounding nails.  No, I didn't get it right the first time, 
but the mistake holes are hidden behind the pictures.


The 2 pictures on the far left are reproduction embroidery pieces.
The large center picture is needle point.  I purchased it at a local
consignment store per the label on the back it was framed in
Sioux City, Iowa.  The tiny picture below the needle point is counted 
cross stitch, a gift from someone along the way.
The church picture is a reproduction and the stamped cross stitch below
was made by my mother years ago (possibly before she was married).
I made the clock, stamped cross stitch, before we were married,
so it's an antique now.
Regardless of their origin, these pictures are all special to me.


Here's an unrelated corner of the dining room.
This counted cross stitch picture was a gift from Greg's sister.



Slowly I will make my way around the house but it will take time.
Currently, we are painting the guest room, it needs to be finished in 2 weeks.
No problem, as long as I stay out of my new sewing room,
 which, as you know, is not likely to happen :)

Enjoy your day!
Carolyn

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A First and a Finish

First quilt finished in our new home.....
which leads to a new challenge:  trying to find places to photo projects at our new home


The old park bench, I used this at our previous home.


A small tree, works for this 42" square quilt but it won't work for anything larger.
The greenery brings out the green in the quilt.


A bed of vinca vine, I like the texture it gives to the background.


And the old faithful rocking chair, it's falling apart so won't be used much longer or 
maybe I'll just put it in the flower bed.

Anybody recognize the milk box?  
It's originally from my hubby's home town, although we didn't buy it there.


Quilting detail, feathers, not too bad for an amateur!

I was privileged to go with a friend to my first quilt show last week.
Wow, all the loveliness and how humbling but I won't let that
stop me from making my simple projects.

Enjoying our lovely weather today!
Carolyn

Friday, July 25, 2014

A little quilting.......

Life here has been revolving around preparations for our younger daughter's wedding.  It's just two weeks away and all is going as planned.  So I took a little time this week to quilt.



This little gem went together quickly, it's 42 inches square.  The "sandwich" has been made, now to the machine quilting.  Hoping to get this done before next week when I need to start baking.

See the lovely view from my sewing room window!  The room is on the 2nd floor and a nice shade tree serves as my curtain.  I appreciate the natural light but the neighbors can't see what I'm up too.


Enjoy your day!
Carolyn


Friday, July 11, 2014

Sun bleaching table linens


Yesterday, Andrea and I found 2 Christmas Tablecloths at a local yard sale.


I soaked overnight, added some hydrogen peroxide this morning and washed.
I've heard that putting wet linens on green grass helps to bleach them.
It seems to be working.


The 3rd tablecloth I found many years ago at a thrift store and
currently use it everyday on my kitchen table.
It has been stained since the day I purchased it, but I don't see them now.  
I'm thinking this is just too easy - 
maybe I can't see the stains with the sun reflecting off all that white.

Time will tell!
Carolyn