My mother-in-law gave us a pair of chairs. They’re Eastlake and quite lovely, but the needlepoint seats were not our style. I was at World Market yesterday and saw these 2×3’ rugs and realized they’d make a great cover. They cost about $15 and one was enough to cover both chairs. I think I’m going to buy some more to make throw pillows. Just remember to cut them as little as possible—they fall apart easily. I stay-stitched along the edges before I cut it. I think I’ll make some big throw pillows and not cut those at all. I love the texture and colors, and the fact that they’re cheap.
This picture is from my bedroom, and I’m finally ready to paint it and that’s where my quandary lies. The white quilt is my magnum opus. It took me a year to quilt that quilt and I will probably never make another one so awesome. Obviously it was done long before I had children, and I quilted the whole thing with a size 10 quilting needle. I don’t think I’ll ever have the eyesight to quilt with a 10 again. This is a closeup of the quilt, yeah, I did all that BY HAND with a needle that’s about a half an inch long. No wonder I’m blind these days.
It goes without saying that I want my masterpiece on my bed where I can see it every day. It was my intention to paint my bedroom a pretty kiwi green and hang green pinch pleat draperies behind my bed to set off my chocolate brown padded headboard.
Then the other day I was going through my quilts and saw the pansy quilt. It belonged to my mama and seeing it again made me so happy. I used to have it on my bed after she passed, but it’s too small for our bed now and since I have boys I can’t really put it on their beds either, so I draped it over my headboard. As you can see they don’t really play well together, but they both make me happy, so yeah, I think they’re both going to stay.
My quandary is, what color should I paint my room? A kiwi green would look really awful with the pansy quilt. Can y’all think of a color that would help these two go together better? I was thinking a purply blue, but I’m not sure. What do y’all think?
Our master bath, which is really tiny, is this color. I think they look pretty together.
So last year I had the joy of finally getting my linen closet organized. It was absolutely thrilling. (Yes, I know I need a life). This year I’ve decided to organize my scarf storage. Odd as it might seem for someone who is not into clothes, but I absolutely LOVE scarves. I’ve got a ton of them. I used them hang them on the back of my closet door in my old house. They were like art and made me happy happy. We have those yucky bifold doors in this house, so now they’re crammed in drawers. I forget to use them because I can’t see them anymore.
I’ve been pinning some ideas in Pinterest that I like. As always it has to be relatively easy and most importantly, CHEAP. I really like this one. They used these cheap rods you can get at Ikea and simply tied the scarves to it. I don’t want it out in my room and my closet is too small. So I’ve got to find somewhere to hang them.
I like this one too, but with the scarves all balled up they’ll wrinkle (which is one of the things I hate about having them in drawers). It’s more flexible and I can literally configure the cups around a wall in my closet. So I dunno. Anyone have any ideas?
I’ve been on a quest for a dining room table for more than fifteen years. Over the years my tastes and needs have evolved. It has to stand up to homework, craft projects, sewing and nightly games of Scrabble. I like this one, and the price, $340 is right. Needs a little TLC, but nothing major. I think it might be too dark though. My dining room will someday will someday be a luscious shade of apricot with wainscoting. If I get really ambitious, the ceiling will have stars like this to complement a nice crystal chandelier. I really like the dichotomy between the rustic table in the elegant room. What do y’all think?
Remember I told y’all I was getting my sofa redone? I’ve been putting it of forever, but finally I did it, and they did a TREMENDOUS job. I was very fortunate that one of Whit’s co-workers told us about this no name fabric store off I85. Can you believe this fabric was only $6.99 a yard!? The upholstery job was spendy, they had to make new cushions and repair a lot of springs, but as I reminded my husband the couch itself was free and very high end. It’s fifty years old and this type of craftsmanship would easily cost $5k today. We spent $130 on fabric and about $750 on the work. That included pick up, delivery, repairs and Scotchguarding. (Yeah I know a can of Scotchguard doesn’t cost much, but I didn’t want to spray it in my house.) if you need upholstery work I highly recommend New Century Upholstery in Chamblee.
Been really thinking about decorating a lot lately. Luke has just about outgrown the bunkbed in his room, and since moving it to Kell’s room is out of the question, we’ll move Luke instead! I’m painting the room a pale yellow, and it’s going to have a nautical theme. I’m using this tutorial to make rugby striped curtains like the $90 a panel ones in Pottery Barn. Also going to make a Mariner’s Compass quilt for his bed. I’ve always wanted to do a Mariner’s Compass. As you can see, it’s a piecing challenge. I love hand-piecing.
Kell’s room will be blue, with an aeronautical theme. I’m making this quilt for him.
Now if only I could lone myself to get all this done.