Tuesday, January 30, 2007
I made it using wool I felted in the washer from old clothes from the thrift shop. The colors I had available dictated the palette (it was snowing and I did not want to make a trip to the store). I would have reached for pure white for the snowflakes and snowy ground, but I like how the blue flakes and the oatmeal ground looks even better. As I was embroidering all the snowflakes I started humming "Blue Moon" and suddenly I knew what I wanted to do with the top of the cushion.
I'm not sure how everyone gets their cushions to turn out so perfectly shaped. I'd like any hints anyone can offer on that. And what kind of stuffing is best? I used polyfil.
I totally get why so many crafters are addicted to making these! I love the feel of the wool, the sound of the cotton thread pulling through...very satisifying!
Monday, January 29, 2007
And here we are almost 25 years ago! I can't believe it's been that long. Back then pastels were all the rage for weddings and florists and other wedding pros thought we were crazy for the bright pink. But I love it still. When I brought the bridesmaids' dresses in to the tux shop the dealer said he didn't have anything to match that. You have to remember that those were the days when we got the tuxes in colors to match....I told him charcoal gray. I wore my mom's dress...from 1960 and it fit perfectly. There you go....more than you ever wanted to know about our wedding!
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Shortly after we moved in we had to replace the roof, so we decided to rip it right off the back of the house and make one roofline.
This raised the roof quite a bit over the kitchen and someday we will have our master bath up there (see, I told you it was a long project!). You can see in the picture below that we lost a window in the bedrooms on each side, but there is still two windows in each room.
This is how it looks now. The windows are all different sizes and such, but because of the layout inside there was no avoiding that. It's the back of the house, so it doesn't bother us.
Joe cut new siding to match the gable ends on the rest of the house. He also trimmed out the window and eaves to match the others on the house. I think he did a great job.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
- get the valance done for the kit/family room
- work out at least 4 times each week
- start listing on ebay
- make more time to do something with my friends.
So far I'm doing ok on these. Today I listed some things on ebay:I had not done this in a long time, so for some reason it seemed like a huge chore. Actually ebay has improved their listing process and it was easier than it used to be! That should teach me not to procrastinate so much.......
If you are interested the link to my ebay auctions is to the right.
Monday, January 08, 2007
He cut the ends off... and across the top on each side, close to where the handles attach. Note the concentration on his face. Cracks me up, that man. So serious.
Works great and is easier on the arms and sleeves than carrying wood in your bare arms!
Here's a poll I got at Starrgirl's:
Thursday, January 04, 2007
My plan for the New Year is to set a couple of goals at the beginning of each month instead of the usual New Year's resolutions. This month I want to get the valance made for the kit/family room and make a collage I've been mulling over for a while now. I hope everyone has a good 2007.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
I think the undercounter lights make a huge difference. We used nice halogen lights and they are on a dimmer. I'm currently considering and trying to convince DH to remove the lights over the sink and put in cans behind that valance....because I'd like to hang more plants in there. We reused all our old appliances (20+ years old) to save money. We replaced the dishwasher with a quieter one (Bosch) and I love it...you can't tell it's running unless you lay your hand on it. We are hoping to replace the stove and fridge with black ones this year.
This is what you see when you come in the back door. The black spot on the floor is the hind end of our napping dog. January's goal: get the valance finished for over the window. I had Joe put an outlet up there for Christmas lights, but it is supposed to be hidden by the valance. The cabinets around the fireplace are extra deep because of the depth of the fireplace. The cabinet to the right of the fireplace has roll out shelves so I can reach the back of them easily.
The floors were a money saving measure that we ended up liking very well. We wanted wood but the wood floors we priced out were just not going to fit in our budget. I just could not see putting this big an expanse of vinyl in our old house (we do have it in the bathrooms). We ended up installing car siding with the flat side up and staining it dark enough to contrast with the cabinets some. It's rustic, and not for someone who cannot stand to see their floors get worn, since pine is a soft wood. We like it though. It's easy to clean and it seems to be holding up.
This is standing at the sink looking back. We use bottled water so we put in place for that. I figured if we ever opted to get rid of the water bottle, we could put shelves in that spot for cookbooks...or wine storage. There are recycling bins in the big drawer under the water.
Behind the couch is our computer desk....so you see, from where I am I can see the TV, the computer, and the fireplace.....and I'm a step away from the fridge. This is definitely a favorite room for everybody. I'm rarely alone when I cook anymore and I love that. Used to be, every one was in the front of the house watching TV together and I was way back here in that old brown and orange kitchen cooking by myself. This is much better!
We put the backsplash in a year after we "finished" the kitchen. It's tumbled marble we found at a home improvement store. The counter is corian-like laminate edged with solid pieces of the same in a darker color. I like it. It's easy to clean, not over the top expensive and looks good after 4 years.
Story of the kitchen is in 5 posts. In order they are:
Money Saving Cosmetic Fix
Big Remodel-walls come down
Paint and Cabinets Going In
and this post which is where we currently are!
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
The French doors lead to a closet that we built into one end of the room. Before this we had only a tiny closet for all downstairs storage. Now that closet is a broom closet, and we hang our coats in this new closet. Dick, our wonderful cabinet maker kneels on the counter to install an upper cabinet. We just had the hickory clearcoated to let the natural color show.
My husband Joe, in the plaid, helps install the counter. I love the nice big window over the sink.
This is how it looked when they left the day before Christmas in 2002....well, imagine a little different paint color. The glass in the upper doors is beveled and the cabinets are lit from within. Tomorrow when I have some daylight, I'll take some pics as it looks today. We are the slowest of remodelers, so we are actually still working on some projects in this room.