Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Day 180 of 2021

I was looking for this extra fabric from R's quilt for an upcoming project. 
I found it today and the colors are making me happy.


Monday, June 28, 2021

Day 179 of 2021

The results of a sprinkling of seeds last fall from my dead snapdragons 
is lots of blooms this summer.


Sunday, June 27, 2021

Day 178 of 2021

Today's bit of nature was spied on a walk through the neighborhood.


Saturday, June 26, 2021

Day 177 of 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

Day 176 of 2021

The tree squirrel (American Red Squirrel) spent some alone time under the bird feeder
 with no competition today from chipmunks or the larger squirrels.


Thursday, June 24, 2021

Day 175 of 2021

The sound of the mower this morning prompted one of our resident rabbits to hide 
in a pile of wood cut from last year's downed tree.


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Day 174 of 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

Day 173 of 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

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Day 170 of 2021

It rained a lot last night. 
We found a lot of gurgling drainage ditches in our neighborhood today, 
but this was the best one. 
I don't think I have ever seen it this full.


Friday, June 18, 2021

Day 169 of 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

Day 168 of 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

Day 167 of 2021

This is GB#2. 
Does anyone know what is going on here? 
I know that M and Little E definitely know. 
What is it?


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Day 166 of 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.


Monday, June 14, 2021

Day 165 of 2021

M got to see her wedding venue in person for the first time today. 
I believe she is very pleased. 
Fireball found the coffee spot downstairs makes beautiful coffees.


Sunday, June 13, 2021

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Friday, June 11, 2021

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Day 161 of 2021

The light through this tree today was amazing
 but I really wish you could hear the cicadas.


Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Day 159 of 2021

A few of these paintings by my grandmother have been hiding under a chair
 for a while. 
I finally know where I'd like to hang them 
and will see if time permits me to get that done tomorrow.


Monday, June 7, 2021

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Day 157 of 2021

I finally found some top down, bottom up cordless shades
 in the correct size that were actually available 
and they arrived yesterday. 
Installing them was one of three projects completed today 
toward our quest to complete this room. 
As a result you get a slightly larger sneak peek than last time.


Saturday, June 5, 2021

Day 156 of 2021

Our GB#3 turned seven today. 
It was a beautiful day that included friends, painting, water balloons, 
water soakers, cupcakes, food, gifts, family, and just plain fun.

In the background you can see the play set DIL R and I built last May 
and the benches we built last October.


Friday, June 4, 2021

Day 155 of 2021

I made a treat tonight but I think I left it in the freezer a bit too long. 
It's too frozen to cut. 
I guess I'll just stand here and wait.


Thursday, June 3, 2021

Day 154 of 2021

It's definitely still slow going 
but I am ready for the next step on my first test cushion cover.


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Day 153 of 2021

Here's a sneak peek at another of the quilt tops I bought a couple weeks ago. 
This one is an Ocean Waves pattern and has some of the sweetest fabrics.


Day 152 of 2021

Sometimes when I'm working on a project like a room refresh
 I get about 90% done and then the last 10% seems to take forever. 
I'm at that stage now. 
My actual list of final things to complete isn't that long
 but it seems each is dependent on something else 
or I can't find a resource for what I need. 
So today I cut some plexiglass with power tools
 which turned out pretty well 
and then worked on the details of fabric cutting
 for some new covers for the cushions. 

photo taken 6-1-2021