4 Oct
2016

Bathroom Transformation

Recently, I grew tired of the color of my bathroom — the red was bothering me.

Bathroom Before

Bathroom Before

Unsure of what color to paint it, I used what I had on hand — chalkboard paint!

img_0832And I love it!  Having a graffiti surface in the bathroom is very handy for leaving messages for your kids — or surprising them with poetry or inspirational quotes.  Stay tuned for a halloween twist.

3 Oct
2016

Pumpkin Hats

My fall knitting is in full gear.  I completed a pumpkin hat from my free pattern for a friend’s new little one.  Still, I find myself unable to stop knitting these darling hats so I made another.

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3 Oct
2016

Harry Potter Project of Doom Quilt

Since I took such a long break from blogging, I have a back log of projects to show off.  My favorite over the past few years has been this one — The Harry Potter Project of Doom Quilt.

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It took me months 4 months to complete the block and quilting and then it sat for another 6 months awaiting binding.  Last fall, my friend Laura and I cranked it out in a work session — just in time for Halloween!  The pattern was free and can be found here.  This was my first time paper piecing a quilt and it was a lot of fun!  I used an embroidery machine to add titles to blocks and many of them are significant to the people in my life who are Harry Potter addicts.  There is a block for each member of my family and blocks for several friends as well.  As difficult as the quilt was, each block made me so happy — but not as happy as completing that last stitch of binding!  Now, it lives on my couch and, as October happens, I yearn to re-watch all the movies again.  This time, I will be snug and covered up with the perfect quilt!

30 Sep
2016

Freaky Finds

If you are ever in need of clown accessories, check out the thrift store.

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Where else could you find a clown lamp?  I understand why this fellow landed there but what I do not understand was how quickly he was sold.

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I mean, come on!  Look at that face complete with strange beard and oversize ears.  I was sure he’d linger on the shelf for weeks taunting me.  Instead, he was gone in a matter of days.

18 Sep
2016

Goodbye Little Dog

This has been a rough week.  Our sweet and curious puppy is gone.  In spite of intensive veterinary care, he succumbed to parvovirus a few days after joining our family.  This horrible virus must have been lurking inside him and the stress of a new home, recent neutering, load of fleas and parasites caused it to take over his little body.  When he stopped eating shortly after joining us,  the veterinarian thought it was only a reaction to the worming meds he was given right before coming home with us.  Puppy was given fluids, anti-nausea meds and antibiotics.   He did not improve and within a day it was apparent that he was ill with parvo.  He was given intensive care in hopes of seeing him through the worst of this horrible disease.  We had such high hopes that he would pull through and live a long and happy life as our beloved dog.  It was not to be.  Rest in peace, Little Dog.  You were very loved.

16 Sep
2016

Freaky Finds

My friend and I like to visit estate sales.  You never know what treasures you will uncover.  Like this:

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A framed, needlepoint Falstaff.  Something about him was irresistible.  Fortunately, we found him on half-off day.  He came home with me.

15 Sep
2016

Ship of Dreams

Look what I found to go with my anchor dresser:

Viking Ship Watercolor Painting

Viking Ship Watercolor Painting

A watercolor painting of a ship.  The blues were captivating.  The frame, however was not.  No problem, within a few weeks, I found another frame at the thrift store.

Thrifted Watercolor Ship

Thrifted Watercolor Ship

Perfect!  Total expenditure – $4 for painting, $4 for frame.  $8 original art?  Yes, please!

14 Sep
2016

Anchors Away!

My screen porch has a beach theme. Imagine my delight when I found a wooden dresser at the thrift store with nautical details. It was scratched and beat up – perfect for painting. I used Sherwin Williams Inkwell and mixed in some plaster of paris to get a chalk paint finish. The anchor and other details were screaming to me to be left natural so I didn’t touch them. Afterwards, I lightly distressed the dresser (with the help of a windy day and my precarious balancing of it — it fell over onto my concrete porch!). My plan was to wax it but I think I like it just the way it is.
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13 Sep
2016

Little Dog

Little dog is melting our hearts.  We still haven’t settled on a name for him though we are getting close.  He’s super smart and has already figured out the dog door to get inside from the backyard.  He’s little, the door is kind of high.  He’ll take a running leap toward it and tumble through.  House training is more like training us to keep our eyes on him always.  If we’re not actively watching him, he goes in the crate.  I have rolled up carpets in the main areas to reduce my stress, too.

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We’re off to the vet today to check on his health.  He’s stopped eating and seems less perky.  Maybe its just the transition and all the stress on him?  Maybe that last dose of de-wormer?  Hopefully, it’s nothing big and he’ll be back to his waggy little self soon.

12 Sep
2016

Busy as a Bee

Bee Tray

Bee Tray

My daughter bought a Silhouette Cameo last summer for her crafting use. I’ve been slowly getting to know how to use it. So far, I can only do simple projects like one-color vinyl. What fun I am having with it! I found the white tray at a thrift store and the tin pot was trash picked. Both got decorated with a vinyl cut out bee. The project took under 10 minutes and enhanced my hive immensely!
Bee Pot

Bee Pot

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