Tuesday, October 23, 2007

New -Old Dresser!

I needed somewhere to store some fabric in my sewing room and remembered this old dresser that had been retired to the attic. I painted it and it looks so much better! I also changed the hardware to give it a more up to date look and it’s ready to store fabric!

Sunday, October 14, 2007


This weekend was our town's 25th Oktoberfest. My sister came home from Conneticut, my neice Megan came home for the weekend and Molly is on fall break so she was home too. Saturday morning Molly and I got up early and hit the streets. Mostly we were interested in getting pumpkin rolls. One for lunch, one for Molly to take back to school with her and one to freeze for Christmas. I found a cup and saucer to add to my collection, and a couple other things I thought I needed at the time.

I had lunch for everyone and then Molly's boyfriend came over and they carved a pumpkin. So now I have a pumpkin for the front porch. I want to get the impatience out of the urn out front and plant a chrysanthum this week also, my porch is still looking more "summery" than "fallish"!!!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Redecorated Sunroom

My summer project was redecorating the sunroom. Here are the before and after photos. I didn't really start with a redecorating project in mind. I only wanted to get rid of the awful carpet that the dog kept chewing and pulling out so I decided to remove the carpet completely and just paint the floor until my husband got home from 6 months in Alaska. He mentioned getting new carpet in this room when he got home anyway.

So, I thought I'd try something whimsical and fun in here and decided on creamy and plum colored squares because believe it or not the purple went with the pillows and accessories I previously had in the room. After the carpet was gone and the plywood floor was sanded and I putting the paint on the floor I kept looking at the green walls and decided that now was the time to change the walls also... I keep looking at everyone's pretty rooms in the shabby cottage group that I belong to and decided that if I ever wanted to do "pink" the time to try it would be when my husband was hundreds of miles away working in Alaska.

So, I painted the walls pink and brought in a large book shelf from my sewing room, a quilt rack and some new pictures for the walls as well as new pillows for the sofa, painted a washstand that was also in the sewing room and I'm just about done. I haven't gotten curtains up yet because I am out of money currently, but I have curtains on the list and hope to get them before Molly and Meg come home for Thanksgiving vacation.

So that's my summer project!

Sunday, October 7, 2007


I've been playing this weekend and this is what I made. Molly is a big Audrey Hepburn fan and when I saw this photo on the internet I decided it would make a great wall hanging. So, finished it is an 8X8" square. The quote by Audrey says "Your heart just breaks, that's all. You can't judge, or point fingers. You just have to be lucky enough to find someone who appreciates you. " I printed it out on my computer and I like the results....I'm going to do some more experimenting with this technique.

I have also been working on another block. My biggest problem though seems to be getting background fabric arranged in an attractive way. I am taking the "encrusted Crazy Quilting" class the beginning of November and I hope to get some tips on doing the actual design and placing the fabric on a block. This wallhanging was a no brainer, I used an old cutter quilt for a background!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

New Threads

Yesterday I had a dentist appointment....does anyone like going to the dentist? The good news is I had no cavities and then after the dentist I decided to take the long way home and treat myself to some threads at the yarn shop.

I need some orangish threads for the block I am working on and so I looked around and picked some pretty silk threads. Here is the stash I brought home to the tune of $40.38. Geesh, this has turned out to be quite an expensive hobby. On the surface using fabric scraps and some thread seems innocent enough but once the fun begins it doesn't take long to figure out that silk threads are so much more fun to work with and beads and charms and fibers are necessities!