Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fall Is Here

Fall seamed to have come quickly this year. The leaves turned color and began to fall in just a matter of days. With fall comes the usually hustle and bustle of the upcoming holiday season. Our first order of business was the local pumpkin patch. We had a great day. The weather was clear but slightly crisp. My girlfriend came with her hubby and kids. So, together the kids frolicked through the pumpkin fields in a search for that perfect pumpkin. Some of the other activities that we did there was a hay maze and petting farm. My oldest had a blast taking pictures of the animals with my camera.

Tonight we'll be carving our pumpkins and preparing for our annual Halloween party. I'll post pictures of that this weekend.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Finished Bathroom

Two weekends ago my hubby and I decided to finally finish the downstairs bathroom. Last spring when we painted the rest of the downstairs, we started the bathroom but never finished.

The before shots were taken in progress of painting the ceiling. But, it gives a good idea of what it looked liked before. My mother called this bathroom "the cave". The ceiling and walls were all painted the same deep red / burgundy color as the rest of the front room and hallway. But, with the ceiling painted too, it was very dark. The room also had one of those standard "bathroom" light fixtures that so many houses have. You know... the metal rectangle with the all the vanity bulbs in a row. Yuck!!! I very much dislike those things. And, when we removed it to install the new fixture there was a painted box around the space where the fixture was removed. The previous owners must have painted this bathroom at least 3 times before. So, my hubby had to sand down that area and re-texture. What a mess! And, I won't even get started on my massive disdain for that mirror. We have replaced that hideous mirror with a beautiful new one.

We painted the room with the same khaki color as the rest of the hallway and front room and painted the ceiling white. Then, we repainted the trim and cabinet our creamy white trim color. There were parts of the trim that the previous owners never even painted.

There are now just three more things to finish in here. #1 is to fix the light fixture. With the mirror centered over the faucet and cabinet, the light is waaaay off center. #2 is to buy and install a new towel rack for above the toilet. And, I'm putting a single hanging space right next to the sink so my girls have easy access to a towel. #3 is to accessorize. I'll hang black towels in here and maybe an accessory or two. Luckily one of my favorite pictures that I have in here pulls in the pastel pink that is our counter top.

I'm sooo glad now that it's finished. The bathroom looks so clean, bright, and updated. It's actually really inspiring me to go upstairs and finish painting the trim. I'm done babbling now... But, I'll leave with just one thought... Why would any housing building put a pastel pink counter top into a brand new home?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Inherited Craftiness

I often get asked "Where do you get your "craftiness" and creativity from?" Well... the answer to that one simple. My parents. Both of them are very talented people who have a broad range of things that they are good at. My father is a woodworker / boat repairer and maker / home remodeler / engineer. And, my mother is a seamstress / painter / drawer / decorator / metal worker / home remodeler.

Growing up my father was always building one thing or another. The fist that I can remember is a doll house that he and built for me. I don't have pictures of it. It's in the attic right now. But, it's beautiful. My mother helped with the interior decorating and it lights up. Christmas of 94' I received a beautiful "treasure" box to hold all my treasures. It's currently being used as my sewing box. Another one of his works is a large art trunk that holds my yarn and artwork. Both pieces are solid wood and have great details. My eldest already has eyes for my "treasure" box. But, she'll have to wait quite a while before it gets handed down to her.

My mother's artistic-ness is mostly geared tword sewing and painting. Now. I'll admit that I missed the painting gene. I can't hold a candle to her talent in that department. Shown are just two of her more recent works of art. One shows my family walking the beach a few summers ago. It's hanging above my bed. The colors in real life are much more vibrant and there is a lot of details that the camera just didn't pick up. Also currently on display next to the front door is a painting of my daughters walking side by side on a trail. This one catches my breath every time I look at it. It looks exactly like the photo that I had taken that day.

This Norman Rockwell embroidery work was done just before I was born for my nursery. So much detail and work went into this piece.

So, now that the question has been answered all that's left to do is say "Thanks mom and dad".

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

"Rapunzel" Scarf Swap

I love doing swaps. This one was called the " Rapunzel" Scarf Swap. I sent 6 (we were only required to send 5, but I wanted to send an extra) 10 foot strands of different fibers, ie: yarns, ribbons, or fabric strips to 5 different people. In return, they also sent me 5 10 foot strands or fibers. I received a few packages with more than 5 fibers, so I ended up with 38 fibers for my scarf.

To make the scarf you divide up the fibers evenly into 3 strands so you can braid them all together. I added on piece from my own stash to make 3 even strands of 13 fibers each. I divided up the fibers by color and texture so that each "strand" had some of each. I then had my daughter hold the end so I could braid the verrrry long strands together into this awesome scarf. I opted ot leave the ends long so I could see and play with all those yummy fibers. Isn't it pretty!! For my color scheme I asked for blues, greens, and plums. Those seem to be my colors lately. I LOVE this scarf.. have I mentioned that yet? I have my youngest modeling it for me. I was covered in paint (yep.. we painted that ugly downstairs bathroom yesterday) so I didn't look quite right for pictures.

I'm sure by now your starting to see how much of a fiber freak I am. I will be making more of these. I really want to use some of my handspun yarns that I have lying around... not to mention all the ribbon and acrylic yarn that I have.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Craft Room Update!

After the whole “Painting Fiasco” back in May, we finally settled on a color called “Newport Blue”. It's really pretty. The color goes from our office / art room through to the kitchen. I'm using apple green and bits of plum as my accent colors. Curtains still need to be made and I'll post pics of the rest of my art space after I finish that.

I did finish one wall of my art room. Yep. A completely finished wall!!! Yesterday my parents brought over a drafting table for me. I love this table. It has a bit of family history and to make a long story short... It's now mine! It'll make the best cutting table. Originally this wall had the doll cabinet and a storage unit that had some of my fabric in it. I broke the unit into two pieces and put it down under the table on either side. I'm hoping to find a better place for my fabrics sometime because I really like the look of “nothing” under the table. But, for now it works great.

I fussed for hours over the placement of the photos and fabric swatch thingies. I'm happy with it now. I'm really proud of the cd storage shelf that I painted. I painted it the same white as everything else in the room and then painted on a floral design that I kinda stole from a fabric that I absolutely love. The best part is that my hubby likes it!! He's usually not a floral fan. Next to the table is a window where I have Mason Jars with buttons divided by color. Under that is a two drawer dresser unit. It to has fabric and some patterns in it.

I've been so motivated the past few weeks to really clear out and finish my house. It's definitely a one step forward and one step back process. My goal for this week is to finish the curtains in the art room and kitchen and go through two more boxes that we found in the garage with “stuff” in them.