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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Making blocks for pillows and binding for quilts!

I have been a busy bee yesterday and today. I have been making quilt blocks for some new couch pillows. I plan on using them once the living room is painted. I made them ahead so I can put them on my Hinty and quilt them as I finish some charity quilts for a Military retreat at a local Mission. I would like to have eight so that means I have to make sixteen blocks.  I am going with blues and browns and will probably go with a warm tan on the walls. I have also been making a ton of binding for those charity quilts. I used to hate to make binding, it scared me to death but I think I have finally got it down.  I watched enough binding tut's I should have it down anyway! I love Pinterest for that and Utube as well. It's like having private lessons right in your sewing room.  Well have a great Easter holiday everyone! Blessings!


Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Large Tumbler quilt..

My friend Barb who has been learning to sew with me on Friday's made this cute tumbler quilt. I quilted it for her.

Veteran's US NAVY a little quilt...

THis is a quilt I made for a Veteran's retreat at a local mission. It's the first military quilt I ever made.

This is a little wall quilt I made for my hubby instead of getting him a card this year.

He actually liked it!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy V-Day!

My dear husband bought me fabric, I think I will keep him!  He gave me an Indigo Crossings jelly roll, and three packs of the 5" charms to go with it.  And over on Etsy at a nice little shop he bought me three charm packs of  5" Harvest Moon plus from Ebay two Harvest Moon mini charm packs.  WHAT A GUY!

Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year to all my blogger friends. I am sorry I have not posted much lately. Business never seemed to stop over the Holidays.  I am toasting everyone that this year will be the best year for sewing, crafting and decorating you ever had. But most of all I hope for all of us that we take time to stop and think of others who need our attention and help and that we are more inclined to be there for others than ever before!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween bloggin buddies! If you need a little chill or scare to get you in the mood for the festivities make sure you read my ghost story called "Ghost Dog."  Hope you all are having lots of goodies and family fun this evening!  Gotta go, and look for some ghosts! See Ya!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Got the bedskirt did... and some of the mural walls done.

Hard to tell in the photo but it does match the curtains. Outside we are getting just a taste of the storm, some very cold rain and I think we had flurries this morning. It looks sunny but its far from it.  Anyway I had enough of the fabric left to cover some pillows across the top of the bed. The grand cost for the curtains, bed skirt and pillow cover? $3.00, yep that's right, fabric from a garage sale this summer. A quilter was getting rid of all her homespun and I snapped it up. Maybe she is into burlap now, who knows.  I am not much of a burlap fan yet. I really didn't even notice the big hoopla about burlap till just the other day. Not sure where I was when it became popular.  I still need to buy a rug or two and I have an old wood trunk I want to paint for the foot of the bed. I saw one on Pinterest that I kinda would like to copy. If I get it done I will try to post.

Now... don't judge too harshly my mural, its been a long time since I painted pictures of anything! lol

 This wall is right outside of my poor little bathroom which you so most of in an earlier post.  All I did on the mural was throw some houses up that I saw on other prim stuff, they are not very fancy. And sheep are not hard to draw at all.
My Jack Russell keeps going over and smelling the cat on the wall...

This wall is starting to lead to the stairwell, do you see my Jack Russell rendition, her head and front paws are after a rabbit, all that is sticking out is her feet and her little waggy tail.

The wind is even blowing in the mural!

Now this is the landing and I just had to do one more log wall!
I still have to paint a mural from the landing down to the dinning room yet, will post when its finally finished, hopefully before Thanksgiving!

And last but not least I finally did all I could to the bathroom, its big enough to use and take a bath in and that's about it! lol  I did finally get the curtains made, I am sure the neighbors are relieved!

LASTLY, I am praying for all who are in the way of this awful storm. May the Good Lord keep you ALL safe!

Friday, October 19, 2012

The end tables on treadle irons.

 Not the best pictures ever but wanted to show you my end tables husband made. He used two old treadle irons, a Singer and a White. Its hard to tell in these photos but the red matches the red in the wall stencils. They will look better when I finally add lamps (still waiting for those to get made.)

I glazed the top and added a couple coats of poly. I think I want hubbs to drill a hole in the corner for the electrical cords.

I was thinking they would have a dry sink look but now I think its more of a buggy seat look.  

So now I am working on the mural in the hall and stairwell and one of these days I will have pictures of that. Once all this painting is done I am going to my sewing room and stay there, yes I am...

Bathroom "bout done."

Pictures of the bath, still a few little things to do.

 Red and caramel blocks painted with Latex paint, stenciled stars then aged with an umber glaze, plus 4 coats of water soluble poly.
 Caramel on the wainscoting, light caramel on the walls with red stenciled stars and then aged with glaze.
Walmart towel  with a sprig of Sweet Annie tucked in, old shelf from an antique mall, it was blue but I added some red paint.

My cabinet that holds all the usual bathroom stuff got a coat of red paint and glaze too. A bucket and some boxes for added storage.

An aged linen curtain and candle in an old cheese box.

Made the shower curtain by hemming some homespun and attaching to a liner, that way I didn't have to make the grommet holes but did have to figure out a little pleating. Red star hooks I  bought on eBay.

And there you have it, I have enough homespun left to make a matching window curtain but I kinda like the linen one, oh yeah I first hung some grunged cheesecloth over the window for some added privacy.

We still need to take the lights off and spray them with a pewter paint and change the sink fixtures and buy more towels in red and brown!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Installment #2 Here is our bedroom.

I have just about finished our bedroom. We installed new crown molding (we had to because of the ceiling tile, added a chair rail, made new curtains (quilt still in progress). Husband built faux mantle number 4 for the primitive flat screen (he he he). We added a little electric stove to the fireplace.

See the center piece of the mantle just above the stove? That is the bottom of an old dresser drawer...

Curtains I made from plain old muslin and behind them covering the window is grunged cheesecloth.

Pictures of my little grand babies, nothing I could do with the old fuse box till Hubby builds a little cupboard to go over it.

This chimney runs all the way down into my kitchen, it was so hard to get the crown molding on it to stay, we used liquid nails and a lot of prayer...

I still have a lot to do, need to make bed skirts for both beds yet and finish the hallway which I am going to try and do a mural.

Our little stove was $99 at Menard's. It heats 400 sq feet of space which is plenty big enough for our bedroom.

 The door leads to our laundry room which is rare in an old house like this. It was a closet when they built the house but when we bought it there was a  half bath in it. Hubby decided I might get hurt running down and up all the stairs to do laundry so he made it into a laundry which is quite convenient.

I still do not know what to hang over the bed. This door is our clothes closet. The end tables have been made since I took the photos, will post a picture of them soon. I have a bow tie quilt in the works in blues and cream for the bed. I do have a big long quilt rack shelf that I could hang over the bed.

Another view.

I am real proud of these, they were kinda messed up so I painted them with a pewter color. I got them at a local antique store for $16 each! I thought that was a heck of a good deal.

 The stencils I bought at Joann's. I still need some throw rugs and a set of lamps. I really would like to have some primitive lamps but the prices are way too high for me, not sure what I will get yet.

Anyways since these pictures I have just about finished the bathroom so that will be my next post. Have a great fall day!