Tuesday, May 14, 2013
I came across these lovely feedsack pieces in my stash and decided to list them on the website.
I have these 3 smaller pieces listed as a lot.
And the other two listed separately. Love that aqua and roses!
The last two antique show/flea markets I wanted to go to were pretty much rained out, so I'm getting a bit antsy. Hopefully we'll have clear skies for the next one or I think I'll have to do a road trip!
Have a great week, everyone!
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Projects move at a snails pace around here. I don't know how others do it...put their mind to something, start a house project, then finish it that same week. That never happens here.
Anyway, some progress, however little, has been made. First up I thought I'd show you a quick little sewing project of how I customized an Ikea Roll-up shade.
The shade is a plain white cotton twill called Emmie, and was 12.99. All I did was measure the space between the button holes. Then cut my pretty yellow floral fabric to size, adding a half inch seam allowance on all sides, turn back the 1/2 inch and press. Then pinned in place, sewed around the edges, and called the door done. Easy peasy.
Next I moved on to the bench. I found the linen bins at Target. Then made a long bench cushion in linen to match.
The 3 inch high density foam is crazy expensive and wasn't in the budget for this penny-saving make over, so I used a full size egg-crate mattress topper that I found on sale. I cut it into 3 long pieces and stacked them for my cushion. It doesn't lay as smooth as a single piece of hi-dens, but for a $50-$60 price difference, I'm ok with that.
I once again employed the nifty little trick at whipstitch for continuous bias tape to make my piping, and found a long 48" zipper in my stash for the back closure.
On the other side of the room I added some wall flowers to the brick . Not sure if I'll keep all of them up yet. I'm going to live with them for awhile and then decide if I need to edit.
Have a great week, everyone!
Thursday, April 18, 2013
I started a make over on the sunroom last week. Its a small 12'x14' room off the kitchen that we've been using as kind of a mudroom. Its the entrance we use most often and where we kick off muddy shoes, grab a jacket and where we keep Hunny confined when we leave the house. Majorly neglected! (the room, not the dog)
It is lined with yellow pine paneling and has faded rusty orange carpet. And despite the 9 windows, it always seemed dark and cave-like....NOT my favorite room in the house. The paneling bugged me the most. Now, I understand there are those who feel natural wood should be left as is, but I'm not one of them. lol
And I think even the most die-hard wood lovers would have to agree with me in this case. The paneling appears to be pieced together from remnants (different grades, finishes, and colors) and you may also notice in the photos that on some walls its hung vertcally and on others its horizontal. There is also some exposed brick (greyish brown) thrown into the mix.
So, I decided to paint the room and hopefully brighten the space and mask some of the craziness.
I started by removing the wood blinds, taking down the dust-collecting shelf at the peak, and wiping down the paneling.
Because of the grooves in the paneling and all the cutting in around the windows, I had to paint the entire room with a brush. Fun. But after a coat of primer and one coat of paint (Behr's paint and primer in one) I was already happier with the room. I decided not to paint the ceiling becasue I just didn't think my neck and shoulders could handle it, although I think it would look lovely in a pale sky blue.
I painted the door in a blue-green color that I already had on hand and plan to use yellow and red as accents in the room.
Although I like the wood blinds, I was craving somingthing a bit lighter for summer. So I had hubby install curtain wire from Ikea so I could hang sheers. The wires will be nearly invisible if I later want to take down the sheers and put the blinds back up.
While we were at Ikea, we also picked up an Expedit bookcase and 6 Besta feet and plan to use it as a long storage bench.
There's still some work to do. We have to trim out the gable window and then put up the last curtain wire on the wall. I'm also re-making a roll up window shade for the door and want to make a seat cushion and find storage boxes for the bench. I would love to change the ugly carpet, but not sure that will happen just yet. But, its already made a big difference! Its now a bright happy room that goes with the rest of the house, rather than looking like an after-thought.
Hope to have this finished up soon, so I can show the final reveal. :)
Friday, April 5, 2013
This week I made a couple of floor cushions with some of my favorite Anna Maria Horner fabrics. My mom had saved the thick cushions from a sofa she was getting rid of and thought I might be able to use them...uh, yeah! Foam padding is expensive!
One little hiccup in the process was that I ran out of piping. I had bought the cream twill piping when it was on sale years ago, so I knew it wouldn't be easy finding a match. I couldn't find anything close ready-made, so I had to make my own.
I used the instructions here at Whipstitch to make the long continuous bias strip.
From a half yard of fabric I was able to make over 10 yards of piping! A pretty good match, don't ya think? :)
I made a zipper closure, which turned out to be much easier than I thought. And it makes for a neat and professional looking finish. (of course, it would've been better if I got it centered. lol)
I'm using them downstairs in the family room.
The lighting is terrible down there so the photos aren't that great, but you get the idea. :)
Well, that was my sewing for the week. Its finally starting to warm up and feel like spring around here, so I'm heading out to play in the yard. Have a great weekend, everyone!
Monday, March 25, 2013
Just wanted to share a quick photo of a corner of the living room that I've been working on. After selling the Tiny House, I was able to bring the few furniture pieces home that I had been using for staging. The living room at this house has kind of an awkward L-shaped layout with a large off center fireplace. This far corner wasn't working for the sofa, so I decided to hang a new light fixture (from Lowes) over a small round dining table. It can serve as a game table, or intimate dining area for two. :)
The artwork above the table was a HobbyLobby find and mimics the popular multi-print applique pillow from Anthropologie.
I'm on the hunt now for some items to decorate the mantle for spring. I'll share more photos of the living room when I get it together.
Have a great week everyone! And I hope its looking more like spring where you are, because here in Ohio, we're still covered in snow!
Thursday, March 14, 2013
I know it has been forever since I've been here...but shortly after my last post, Hubby agreed to list the Tiny house with a realtor (his sister). She got it on MLS and within 10 days we had an offer just under our asking price. YEA! Then started the long process of home inspection, bank appraisal, buyer's loan approval, and underwriting. But everything was finalized on March 2nd and we said goodbye to our first home. We've owned this house for 21 years and have many wonderful memories and did countless home improvement projects. Here's a few pictures of the house in it's minimally staged state.
I'm not sure that I've ever shared photos of the basement. When we purchased the home in 1992, it had a typical cement, unfinished basement. We did most of the major work to finish the space about 18 years ago, but the bathroom had only made it to the drywall stage and the wet bar area had only been plumbed. So those areas are newly finished and unfortunately, I never really got to enjoy them. :(
The flooring here in the lower level is a wood-look vinyl plank. We had had berber carpeting down while we lived there, but it needed to be replaced, so we thought this was an excellent choice and budget-friendly. (I'll share the installation process in a future post).
The doorway in the hallway leads to the work/storage room.
Opposite the storage room is the bathroom. We didn't get the glass shower doors installed, but Hubby did an awesome job on the tile!
And at the end of the hall is the small laundry and utility room.
Well, that's the Tiny home tour. Its a little sad to say goodbye, but we live just down the street, so we do pass it everyday. lol :)
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
I have been sewing lately, but I've been terrible at photographing and documenting my projects. I blame my 10 year old camera...I can't take a decent photo to save my life! Or maybe its this house...I haven't yet found a window with decent lighting. Or maybe its my complete lack of photography skills...yes, that's probably it.
Anyway, I made myself a new set of pot holders. We had friends over for dinner last week, and as I was taking the pan out of the oven, I was so embarrassed by my ratty pot holders. It was time for new ones.
This is about as close to quilting as I get. None of my lines match up, so you quilters out there, don't look too close. :) But these were just for me, and I love the colors with my kitchen, so I'm happy.
I also made a new zip clutch purse.
Mainly just testing out a new pattern shape, so I haven't yet decided if this one will be mine, a gift, or offered on Etsy. I used a home dec fabric I bought on sale from fabric.com.
And lastly, I made myself a laminated cotton travel bag before we left for our Florida trip.
Mine is the large blue one. I wanted something that would hold all of my cosmetics and toiletries and still have room for a damp swimsuit. Its about 14"x14" and seemed to be the perfect size. My MIL liked it, so I made a slightly smaller one for her.
I also got the basement family room done. But decent pictures continue to elude me. I think I need a new camera...any suggestions? Until then, I'll try to get a few shots with hubby's i-phone.
Have a great week, everyone!