Thursday, February 25, 2010

New Home Project

A new project is in the daughter purchased her first home.  She signed the papers this morning and has the keys to her new castle.  It's a cute little house near the historic district in McKinney.  She loves the size and look, but there is work to do before she moves in.
She wants to accomplish some minor painting in the kitchen area.  We have some ideas for the cabinets and new paint color, but in all she's very happy with all the cupboards!
She loves this little detail for showing off her vintage finds!
She'll change the curtains and bring in her table and chairs, but not sure what else she plans for this area.  We still need to look at paint chips and decide on colors.
I know right after the kitchen we'll be tackling this small bath off the kitchen.  The wallpaper MUST GO!
And...seriously...a two tone toilet? 
This is the main bath.  Not too much cosmetically, but I'm sure it will also receive new paint and some imaginative details.

I'll keep you posted as we progress through the house and will be posting more pictures of the before and after projects.
It's exciting to start a new project...especially exciting to be working with my daughter and helping her bring her creative genius to life.  I'm proud of her in this leap of faith and know she's going to enjoy her "home ownership!"
Till next time,

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sunday Thoughts

Deuteronomy 31:8 "The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Baby Gift

A young man I work with has recently added a new baby to his family!  His wife has been on total bed rest since before Christmas - so I know she is extremely happy to be out and about among the living again.

I've had to carve out some time to work on a project for the baby shower we'll have tomorrow at work.  I knew they had pretty well everything the needed for the nursery, and I wanted to create a special memory for Isabelle Aurora.

I love to do pen and ink line drawings and softly paint with water color.
I also made a cute little card to send warm wishes and congratulations.
I won't be at the shower tomorrow...I teach my computer class on Friday mornings, but I'm hoping he and his wife, and little Isabella will be surprised!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Psalm 26:8 (New International Version)

I love the house where you live, O LORD,
the place where your glory dwells.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday - Artist Date

Valentine Project...
I bought this bolt of Valentine fabric a few years ago. I first saw this fabric in my local quilt shop about five or more years ago...then it disappeared. I remember trying to find it a couple of years later - to no avail.  But, I found this bolt at an antique mall for very little money, and of course, I bought the whole bolt. So, now I'll have to come up with Valentine ideas for years to come!
I decided on making pillows from my left over drop cloth (see last pillow post here) and began to gather up all my supplies.  I have some old cutter quilt parts, some pretty vintage lace pieces...
Rick-rack bits of trim and a lot of odd pieces vintage doilies and old lace.
I'm sure I'll need buttons to finish embellishing the pillows!
I made these valentine heart pillows from the fabric last year.  I used pieces of quilts and (some new and some old) and odds and ends of trim. 
For these pillows I began with a piece of the drop cloth and a valentine picture from the bolt of fabric.  The picture determined the colors I would use as I sewed each piece down and layered new pieces on top.  This one was mostly pinks and blues.  The large star piece was from the old quilt I used for my parents 50th anniversary. (You can see that project here.)
This pillow I specifically made for a quilter.  I used a vintage piece of a double wedding ring quilt that is in very bad shape.  I was able to cut a good size piece of the ring that was in very good shape. Vintage lace, buttons and a velvet piece of rick rack finished off the top.
This pillow has a very pretty old piece of lace.  The small round circle comes off the quilt top that was used in my 50th anniversary project for my parents.  I have one pear snap from an old western shirt as the lone embellishment on this pillow.
On this pillow I used the upholstery webbing as part of my trim.  I like the red and white theme (I'm always partial to red!)
Here's the whole group!  I think they turned out pretty cute!
I made gift tags to attach to the pillows and stamped the recipients name on the tag.
I tried a slightly larger picture for the tag...not sure which I like better...
But, I think the ladies of my dinner group liked their pillows.
Till next time...