Tuesday, April 28, 2009
This past weekend, while I was out and about in McKinney, I visited Karen Dawkins in her new store Smitten. She has some beautiful new things. I could have really over spent my budget very easily!
This is her front window...so much to see before I even entered the store!
Smitten is 972.529.6994.
I've been sewing again for Emily today (her big move is Friday...so I'm under the gun!) I'll keep you posted. I have four cushions compete...4 more to go. (I finished the bottoms of the couches first - at least we'll have a place to sit!)
Monday, April 27, 2009
As you remember I declared the Library at Miss Janice's house completed last week. (You can see the full project here.)
We were both happy with the changes we made on the curtains. I made these curtains for her in early 2003 and they fit her room at the time, but with the new floor and all the changes...I felt a little more sophistication was in order.
Kijsa's blog they had a treatment on a shade that I thought would be perfect for the old pull down shades that were currently on the windows. (You can see the inspiration here on their blog.)
We went to Hancock's on Saturday to look at the various trims and settled on the two different ribbons for the edge of the shade. Miss Janice was "tasked" with fusing the two ribbons together...but she ended up having to glue the ribbon set to the shade.
Still thinking of Kari and Kijsa's shade with the initial...I found a really pretty H on the Internet and traced it onto the middle of the shade and painted the design with acrylic paints. (This was after printing it onto fabric and trying to iron the cut out onto the shade! Didn't work, so plan B was to trace and paint.)
I loved the look of the H and Miss Janice was over the top about it's look and style. (By the way...her last name does begin with H. I know the inspiration shade had an H on it also.)
Still thinking through my thoughts regarding hiding the rod portion in the middle. We also purchased a tassel for the pull and she'll affix them with some of her vintage buttons. All in all I think the project turned out beautifully (although it will continue to be a work in progress.)
Thank you to Kari & Kijsa for your inspirational blog!
I'll keep you posted about what I'll do about that "naked" center piece of the rod showing!!!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
Isaiah 43:19 (New Living Translation)
Someone once said, "When your memories are bigger than your dreams, you're headed for the grave."
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Well, Emily is set to move into her new Carriage House next Friday, and I'm supposed to be recovering all these cushions (before then!)
She got two small wooden couches (which are really similar) but both of them have pretty ugly cushions and I'm working on recovering all of them the same.
I covered the two pink seat cushions first
whether the same or just similar. I also am not sure I won't have to get more fabric (this was just a piece my friend gave to me...it had 7 yards!)
Here are two of the finished cushions....more to go before Friday!!!
Next...some more brown paint, fabric extender, her favorite letter....and a steady hand....
What 'cha think?
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I am part of the Flirty Apron Swap -- A vintage remake. We were tasked with finding vintage linens and to remake them into an apron for our "secret" partner. I began this Apron Swap knowing I had plenty of "vintage" items that I could use to create something wonderful. I knew this was going to be my favorite swap because I love creating with vintage fabrics and embroidery finds. I just had to wait to know who would be assigned to me and to learn what her likes/dislikes and favorite colors were going to be before I started sewing.
I was so excited to receive my email from Shawnee as to who I would be sewing for. I went immediately to her blog and began getting to know her and her family. Imagine my pleasure to know she was a Christian stay-at-home-mom of 3 little girls!!! Since I have 3 girls (not so little anymore I might add) I was excited as I began planning my apron.
I had a new stack of recently laundered and ironed tablecloths plus items I've had for awhile. I had a pretty half of a tablecloth I purchased at Canton and was anxious to use it in some manner. This small piece has looked so forlorn and disgusting when I pulled it out of the big cart, but a little bit of soaking and some time on the grass in the sunshine - it looked almost new! I dug deeper in my pile and came up with a damaged full tablecloth that I thought would look good on the reverse side. The two colors were complimentary and I wanted to create something that was a little more "elegant" for Miss Solidia!
waistband (we moms have enough gathers around our waists!) and I had enough fabric with the two tablecloths to create a pleated apron. I also found a really pretty embroidered piece to place in the front of the apron to dress it up. My middle daughter, Emily, caught my excitement and she knitted two special dishcloths and I buttoned one of them onto the apron. The buttons were created to cover some of the more "loved" areas near the waistband. Here is the front and reverse side of the apron I made for Miss Solidia.
I also wanted to create an apron for her older daughter, but knew from my own "daughter" experience that older girls want to be just a "little different" than their younger sisters. I found another piece of a complimentary tablecloth that was also in bad shape and was able to cut a utility apron for the oldest. I used the other half of the embroidery piece I used on her mother's apron and another small piece of embroidery for the pockets.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
This is my favorite time of year. So is summer. Oh...so is fall! I think the best part of living in Texas is being able to be outside most of the year. I know, I know...people complain about summers here, but I love the heat. A quiet shady spot is always refreshing and reminds me of summers when I was young. We didn't have air conditioning, we sat outside. We didn't know it was hot!
I have this wonderful glider on my patio. We found it in a junk yard in Arkansas while driving back from a mission trip in Tennessee. It was a great find and I was so happy we were traveling in our truck. Just tied it on top of the ladders and tools (along with an old green 1950's sink.) We truly looked like the Beverly Hillbilly's with all this stuff piled high on the back of the truck.
WalMart" swing. We've owned the swing since 2001 and the cushions were looking pretty tired and worn out. I used fabric from my stash (didn't buy expensive sun fabric) since the swing stays protected on the porch. I still have the winter plastic cover over the swing - April showers and all. I place all the patio cushions on the swing and pull the cover over when I know it's going to rain. Once our rainy season is over I don't have to worry as much. I keep an eye on the weather - the patio is only covered with shade cloth to make sure I put them away in case of rain.
Yeah spring! I love being outside....
Monday, April 20, 2009
As you remember...we began this project with delivery of the lumber (of course the actual start was moving everything out of the room!) This was Miss Janice's craft room, but had fallen in status to the "catch all" room and needed a good make over. Since we took out the carpet across the hall...this room just looked tired and outdated, or rather not in keeping with the "age" of the house!
Mike, Emily and I got the stain on the floor that evening. Once it dried I came back and put down a coat of sealer. It looked good in initial pictures, however I didn't do enough stirring of the product and it did not look like this when it completely dried. It looked flat, dull and incomplete. I knew I'd have to put another coat on the floor...but the time table of the shower was dictating our actions...so we put the room back together.
It was a rush, but Ashely and I got the pieces of furniture back in place and unpacked a couple of book boxes to make the room look put together, but we knew...another coat of sealer meant removing the furniture again!
Right side of the room as you enter....