Sunday, July 5, 2015

Time for a change.


It's been a few months since my last post and I'd like to thank those of you who
emailed me to see if everything's okay.  It's all good, but up north our summers
pass by in the blink of an eye, so I've let my laptop sit idle while the days fly by.
I had no intentions of posting today, but since I already uploaded the photos
I thought I'd dust off my keyboard and sneak in a quick post about the 
changes I've made in our living room.

I loved the original color of my clock, but it was too dark for this corner.

I mixed up blue and cream flat finish interior paints and covered
 the grayish green body of the clock.  Yikes!

  To tone down the bright blue, I rubbed on a mixture
 of Johnson's Paste Wax and black and burnt umber artist oil paints
and what a difference it made!

I also painted our too-large-for-this-corner armoire with the same creamy off-white
used on the walls and now it feels less like the "elephant in the room".

(These are the 2 colors I mixed to paint the clock.)

Earlier this spring, Lowe's was kind enough to ah... lend me this sisal rug
 for a trial run, but in the end I returned it.  We're waiting for a call from the movers
so now's not the time to invest in a rug that I may not keep.

Oops!  I guess I should clarify.  Piano movers!
Yes, our piano is moving on to greener pastures.....literally.
Very soon it will make the trek to Beaverville (my pet name for their home
in the country) where it will live for all eternity.  hehe

I also recovered the red cushion on my seagrass chair and now I know,
without a doubt, that white furniture will not be making an appearance
in this room.  Our low-maintenance navy furniture has served us well 
over the past 25 years!

The reason I took these photos along with dozens more was to help me decide
 where to hem my curtains.  I found 2 sets in the perfect color for our double-hung windows
at HomeGoods for only $29.99 a pair!  They looked perfectly lovely right out of the package,  hanging straight down to the floor...but, as you can see, they would be right up against our
extremely hot live steam baseboard heaters, so I made countless trips up and down
a ladder to find the best length and I think this is it.  deep breath

*My Google safety experts recommend anywhere from 6 to 12 inches
between the bottom of the curtain and the top of the baseboard heater and I went with 6.

Inspiration photo.
Source: Georgica Pond

I'm in love with the look above, but without the built-in bench seating,
 the sill length panels made our windows look short and squat.  I'll live with them
 pinned up to the length they are for a while before I take my scissors to them....
scary business!

The curtains take up about a foot of wall space, so my lead glass
window had to come down and I replaced it with one of my many old mirrors.
  Now that I see it here, I think it needs to be moved up an inch or two, but no biggie.

 What's one more hole in the wall, right?

I have to work the next 5 days leading up to
our city's Jubilee Celebration with parade and fireworks,
 so today's my one and only day to get our house ready for our extended family.
Time's a wastin'!

Ready or not, here we come!
Five little.....angels?
(Our grands and grand niece on the left.  Photo by Ashley.)

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful summer!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Get the lead out.

Between coats of paint, I've been doing a little spring cleaning
and trying to lighten things up in the living room.

I haven't got a green thumb when it comes to keeping houseplants alive, 
but this African Violet has been around for 15 or 20 years.  :o)
(Psssst.  It's not real.)

Do you remember this lead glass window I found last summer?
I didn't like the way it blocked the view to the back yard,
so I packed it away until I found a spot to hang it.

 Insert theme song from Jaws here.......
 If ever I had any doubts about painting the walls and trim in this room,
all I have to do is look at this photo.
Dark and gloomy.

This window is heavy, but it sure lightens up this corner of the room!

I have no idea why the loveseat looks electric blue in this shot,
but you get the idea.  I found the picnic basket for $2.99 at the thrift shop (great deal),
but I had to replace the vintage blue & white plate I broke whilst rearranging
with another in my stash.  I'm not even going to tell you about my paint spill in the kitchen. 
You win some, you lose some.

By the way, the paint color this indecisive painter chose for the kitchen cabinets is.......
Timid White.  How funny is that?
I think they named the color just for me, and I hope Benny gives me a deal because
 I'll be buying one more quart today.
Cha ching!

For Rita.

Enjoy the sunshine and thanks for visiting!

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Monday, March 9, 2015

50,000 shades of white.

It's all coming back to me now.

For an indecisive person choosing a paint color can be overwhelming.
You'd think picking a creamy white a few shades lighter than the current color
of our kitchen cabinets would be a simple process, but not for me.

Strike one.

On the paint chip, Acadia White looked like the perfect color.
Can you see where I brushed the paint on the cabinet panel?
It looks nothing like the paint chip.  In fact it looks like basic white!
We've got bisque appliances, so I want the cabinet color to be a similar hue.

At $25 a pop for Ben Moore Impervo cabinet paint, I don't want to make another mistake,
 so I'm going to purchase a few sample pints and play around with them until I find a color
 that I'm happy with from the early morning light through evening when the lights are on.
It could take me months, possibly years.   :o)

As you can see, we've trimmed out the shelves,
 and since I have no paint chosen for the cabinets and trim,
 I primed the shelves and brackets instead.  Of course I've filled
 every square inch of space already.

I found the large wicker wine bottle holder and pretty wood chalice
at the the thrift for a grand total of $2.99!  The only other thing I bought
is the wood masher which was a few dollars at a local shop.

I picked up the Christmas Pixies on a clearance table for $2 each and since
they resemble leprechauns, I'm letting them hang out in my sterilizer cabinet for now.
They're too cute to pack away!

They may even bring me a bit o' luck with my next paint choice....

Nope, too beige.

Hmmmm, from where I'm sitting it looks too white.

Sooooooo many shades of white to confuse me!

Progress takes time.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're all enjoying sunshine and warm weather!


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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Cold hands, warm heart.

My hands are always cold, and if I had a dollar for every time somebody said to me,
 "Cold hands, warm heart."
 I'd be a rich woman!

We're into week 2 or 3 of a subzero cold spell.  It's been bitterly cold so long I can't be sure.
It's too cold to paint in the kitchen, so I've been keeping my hands busy
and warm by knitting wool mittens.

I started this pair before Christmas, but set them aside
to concentrate on the holiday season.

 These mittens fit my hands perfectly, so I knit up another pair in gray.
You can find the free pattern "Norwegian Mittens for Mimi"
 by Anna Mazzarella here.

I only knit one mitten in the pattern shown above.   My hands are long and narrow,
and this pattern knits up short and wide.  It was a very labor intensive pattern,
so unless I find myself with absolutely nothing to do (will never happen)
I'm not going to waste my time knitting the other one.
Do you see the fleur de lis pattern on the palm side?

You can find a free pattern for the Fair Isle heart at The Counted Sheep.
  It would make a nice sachet filled with dried lavender,
 but the only thing growing in our back yard right now is snow,
 so I filled mine with fiberfill and hung it from my armoire door latch.

It's cold outside, but at least the sun is shining to brighten up our house.

The mittens above are knit from a vintage pattern out of the same
wool roving I used for my snowball garland.  Because of the
inconsistency in the thickness of the yarn, the mittens have a nice
homespun look.  They are knit on size 10 needles, so each
mitten takes just a few hours to knit as opposed to the Norwegian
mittens which take me weeks (or months) to finish.

In fact, I finished one during our drive to Minneapolis just the other day.
I tried on the second mitten for size, but something wasn't right.

I don't like to look ahead at the last chapter of a book, but it would serve me well
to read through the entire pattern before I start the second mitten.

If you're happy and you know it clap your.......right hands?

The cold weather isn't leaving us any time soon, so I guess I've got
plenty of time to work on two left mittens.

(The pattern can be found at Free Vintage Knitting.)

Keep calm and knit on.

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