Making the most of the last day here.
Friday, July 30, 2021
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Little E requested a roll case for her crochet hooks
so today I made that happen.
I have covered the top half of her roll with my patchwork one
since I'd like her to be the first one to see what fabric I chose for hers.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
I've had this pattern for a long time.
I've even picked out fabric and zippers a couple times,
but I've never gotten the bag made.
I think I get bogged down trying to make the first bag the perfect bag.
I just need to convince myself that there will be many more bags
so there is no need to overthink and stress over it.
A sew along has just started on Instagram
so I am going to try to keep up and actually get this done.
Monday, July 26, 2021
Sunday, July 25, 2021
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Friday, July 23, 2021
Thursday, July 22, 2021
I found a little sewing time today and finished my patchwork patch
for this quilt I purchased a few years ago
that had a large tear and several pieces that needed replacing
to make it whole again.
The next step is to hand stitch the patch in place.
After that I will flip the quilt to repair the batting,
the backing and redo the hand quilting.
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Earlier this summer we had a new neighbor take up residence
under the eaves on our shed.
The neighborhood continues to grow and will do so until fall.
The structure is fascinating.
Read more at the link below if you are interested.
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Monday, July 19, 2021
Sunday, July 18, 2021
Saturday, July 17, 2021
Friday, July 16, 2021
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Monday, July 12, 2021
Sometimes old quilts and quilt tops need help.
In these two cases I stopped procrastinating,
drafted the pieces needed, made plastic templates and cut out the fabrics.
Next up - hand sewing.
Sunday, July 11, 2021
Saturday, July 10, 2021
Friday, July 9, 2021
Thursday, July 8, 2021
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
This a jacket we use for dress up.
When the girls tried it on last week,
the fake leather began peeling some pretty nasty, sticky plastic stuff.
It was everywhere.
Today I removed the collar and cuffs and made patterns from them
so I can replace them with a different fabric.
I took lots of pictures of the construction so I can put it back together properly.
Monday, July 5, 2021
Sunday, July 4, 2021
Saturday, July 3, 2021
Friday, July 2, 2021
Thursday, July 1, 2021
This is the back of the side mirror on one of our cars.
At first I thought the green thing stuck to it
was some leaf or tree debris from one of our recent storms.
When I looked even closer,
I could see that the back and front sets of legs were stretched out straight.
The antennae are extremely long.
I've done a Google search and think this is probably a scudderia (katydid) nymph.
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Monday, June 28, 2021
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Saturday, June 26, 2021
I know these pegboards were a pre-pandemic purchase,
so I can safely say it has taken a long time to get them hung on the wall.
In that time I have revised my plan for their use.
This pair sits near my ironing surface.
It will be interesting to see what I end up putting on them.
Friday, June 25, 2021
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
And now back to our regularly scheduled program.
I've removed the table top from its base and began the stripping process.
This is coat number two and it is going well.
I'll need more product because I've decided to strip the underside also
since this is a drop leaf table and the underside may be visible at times.
There is also some damage to the center of this top
which I have researched for a solution.
I think I know how it happened, what to do to fix it
and how to prevent it from happening again,
but I think I may go talk to some experts at the woodworking store
for additional opinions.
This project looks like it will take a little longer than anticipated,
but I think it will be worth it in the end.
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
My plans for a table stripping project got sidelined this morning
when this happened on the way to a morning appointment.
This is just part of the damage our car sustained.
Thankfully all three drivers involved are ok.
Monday, June 21, 2021
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Saturday, June 19, 2021
Friday, June 18, 2021
I am going to call this my Sunroom Refresh Reveal
even though there a few more things to complete
because I washed all the windows, screens, sashes and sills today.
I'm still pondering something for over the doors to accompany the birds.
The navy chair is really just covered with the navy fabric
which will become a washable slipcover.
I borrowed some items from other rooms but probably won't return most of them.
The blue and white lamp came from the family room.
Three of the pillows came from the den,
one of which I just noticed is facing backwards in this photo.
The aqua cabinet came from my mom
and has been awaiting a permanent home for two and a half years.
The drop leaf coffee table was a garage sale find
which I found had uneven legs after I got it home.
It has spent many years in the garage waiting for me to decide what to do with it
and how to fix the problem.
I cut all the legs off even, and shorter, to make this expandable coffee table.
The top still needs a good refinish with possibly a colorful stain.
Here are some things that are complete.
The walls are painted white and the ceiling is a soft blue-green.
We replaced the molding on the brick wall with something a little larger
and a bit more decorative.
We purchased the almost room-sized rug, a remnant with the edges already bound,
to cover all but the edges of the existing carpet.
The blinds are from Bed Bath and Beyond.
I sewed new, washable cushion covers for the settee and chairs
with drop cloths found at the hardware store.
And last, but not least,
I had one of my more architectural photographs made into a poster,
put it in a frame I already had, and hung it on the wall.
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Fresh out of the rags this morning, GB#2 is a happy girl.
She styled it a couple different ways
but settled on just letting the curls hang down most of the day.
I am surprised that they didn't relax much for as straight as her hair is naturally.
We'll see what it looks like tomorrow after sleeping on it and
deciding how to style it.
I've posted more photos on More Curiously.
The rags were torn years ago from sheets that were a wedding gift,
but no longer useable as sheets.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
With help from Fireball, I have hung the paintings from last week
on the wall upstairs between my studio and the guest room.
They didn't all fit so I will put the smallest one elsewhere.
There has never been anything on this wall
in the 34 years we've lived in this house.
I like that I will see these frequently.