Thursday, January 08, 2015

Let's talk about fabric.  It makes me happy.  I have a lot of fabric in my stash.  Sometimes, too much.  And I have come to the conclusion that this fact has become a hindrance to my overall quilting life.  And it's not so much the yardage that I'm talking about, it's the scraps.  I cannot seem to use them up.  I cannot bring myself to throw them away *gasp*  And I think they are reproducing in the nighttime when I'm not looking.
Recently I came across this video on Pintrest.  I pulled out a box of strips and decided to give it a go.
It works!  The two balls in the foreground represent about 3 hours of twisting.  As you can see, the bin STILL overfloweth.  But there's hope.  Now to decide what to do with my cord.  So far I have come up with:  The balls will look cute in a bowl or basket as they are.  The cord will make nice garland on a Christmas tree.  I can use the cord instead of ribbons on gifts.  I'd love for you all to chime in with your ideas  . . . . as you can see, I'm going to have a LOT of cord.

Monday, January 05, 2015

The interior painting continues,  but it looks like everything will be complete by the week's end. Here's a look at the before and after on the staircase. Because I couldn't wait to share,  I staged the hexagon quilt for the photo.  My plan is to hang it on that wall. Now if only the new Roman shades we ordered back on November 30 would arrive.  I called today (the last predicted date of receipt) to learn they should ship next week. I'm just reminding myself once they are here and up, I won't remember they were delayed.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Out with the old and in with the new. I've not been one to make New Year's resolutions.  It seems we often set lofty,  unrealistic,  unattainable goals that are usually given up before January's end - if not before.
2015 will be no different - no 'resolutions', but I found a list on Pintrest that I tweaked a little. I hope to work on these making them habits by the end of the year. Some I already do, but want to reinforce. Others will take some work and a bit of persistence.
Thank you for sticking with me during the blogging drought of 2014. Wishing you all the best in 2015 - I'll see you on the 'net!

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

With the outside done, it's now time to commit to the inside.  In preparation,  I've started taking things down and moving things away from walls. This led to 'The Washing Of The Quilts'. These two piles represent the entry-way and staircase.  I think maybe we should sleep under each one again. That should make for some sweet dreams.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Now that's better! The last brush strokes went on the front door this morning.  I love having some color on the exterior.  Better yet - the neighbors all seem happy,  too. I admit I was a bit worried. Most of the homes are very neutral relying on the tile roofs for their *pop* of color.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

My fabric stash saved the day! We are about to paint the exterior of our home. Choosing colors was a bit of an agonizing process.  I want color, the rest of the neighborhood is pretty neutral.  Finally settled on the gold for the body of the house, terra cotta for trim and green for doors/accents. We made selections from paint chips and brushed on some samples.  That green just wasn't right (the lightest).  So I dug through my fabric for the shade I wanted (the darkest). Prep work begins tomorrow.  This time next week, we should be bathed in color!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Much to my great delight,  I was invited to join Cheri Payne for her Christmas Craft Day this week.  It was a full day of crafts with a group of ladies who are such fun and so talented. Some I have known and called friend for years, some I have known through others and now have a face to go with the name, and some new friends that I hope to enjoy time with again and again.
Cheri lined up a fun variety of projects. We moved about from station to station around her warm and cozy home, gabbing, gluing, glittering, painting, staining and stitching the day away.
What a fun way to spend a Wednesday.  Thank you, Cheri!