Monday, November 22, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I made this for my sister in law for Christmas last year. I finished stitching the binding on it about 10 minutes before my in-laws left for the airport to take it home with them when they were here in October last year. I was pretty proud of myself for finishing it so early! (since you know I've been known to spend my Christmas eve's finishing up binding- and even giving a quilt with unfinished binding) My sister in law has a really cool style and loves colors that I would never pick for myself, but I do think they look great together. I wasn't sure how I would do a quilt for her that would suit her funky and modern/retro style but when I saw this fabric I knew it would be perfect. I forget the name of it but it's by Sanae by Moda. I used this very simple pattern called the Scruffly Quilt from the Moda bakeshop and it really did go quickly. I started one for myself too which is about half done. I recommend this if you want to do a quick quilt without a lot of cutting. I may be doing a quilting project or two this year, but we'll see if I have time. Right now I don't even know where my sewing machine is and the craft room is far from set up!
Sunday, November 07, 2010
-Safety note about old windows: Because of worry about lead paint, I only use windows as decor in high places where little hands can't reach. I also clean them well first to make sure there isn't any dust from the window floating around.
I have a bit of an addiction to dressers. This one is kind of rickety and isn't really fit for everyday use as clothes storage, but I love having all that drawer storage in other parts of the house for miscellaneous stuff. O For fall, I tend to decorate with mainly things that can stay up through November, like lots of pumpkins, instead of stuff that is really Halloween specific. I don't really like spooky Halloween decor for my house, it kind of just creeps me out. I saw lots of blogs using those fake black crows for decoration in October but even though I think they look kind of cool and were used cleverly in other people's houses, I don't think I'd want a creepy black bird staring at me at night in my house- even if it's fake!
This is a Red Wing crock that I bought from the Faded Prarie etsy shop. I know people collect these, they have different numbers and sizes and things but I don't know too much about them except that the company has been around for a long time and is located in Red Wing, Minnesota.
Well, there you have it. I can't believe that in a couple of weeks it will be time to put all this away and start bringing out the Christmas stuff!
Living room before pic:
What we did:
-stripped all the wallpaper, cleaned the gobs of yucky glue off the walls
-primed and painted everything: walls, woodwork, radiator covers, windows, ceiling (The woodwork took three coats total to cover the old, dark stain. It also had to be sanded first, so the whole process took forever!!).
-ripped up all the carpet and hired a professional to sand and refinish the existing hardwood underneath
-stripped and repainted wrought iron railing from white to black
wall paint color: Manchester Tan by Benjamin Moore
trim color- White Dove by Benjamin Moore
If you'd like more details, see my previous and much wordier post :)
Of course it's not actually finished, there are still things to do like replace some of the radiator covers, a few minor touch ups, hanging stuff on the walls, get a love seat and maybe another chair, get a new light fixture for the stairway, etc. but all the big projects in the living room are done. As we've been moving in and continuing with projects, I've tried to keep this room clean and decorated as a haven from the chaos that is all over the rest of the house!
Here you can see the old white railing. There was a really gloppy, badly-done layer of white latex paint over the original white paint. It was streaky and didn't even really cover the whole thing. After it was stripped I used black satin spray paint to paint it. You can really see the detail of the metalwork now. Now I have to say, if I could choose any kind of railing this probably wouldn't be it, but since this is what we had to work with I was pretty happy with how it turned out.
Well, that's about all the living room info. Hopefully we will have some more rooms done and photo ready so I can show you some more soon. It's nice to finally be living in the house!
Hope you had a fun Halloween too!