Sunday, July 12, 2015

Back in Business Again...or


...finally finishing the past week's project
of painting my office/sewing room/studio.
Small room...big painting job, 
for me anyway.

Here's what I started with last Monday:


This room was last painted about ten years ago
when I moved into Buttermilk Cottage.
Vivid color seems to have been the mood then.
But I have been thinking lately 
perhaps a paler shade 
would be a bit more calming.
This lighter shade of blue is 
called "Dewdrop."

Monday morning I started my day with
a trip to Lowe's to purchase supplies.
The color had already been chosen,
so I was home quickly.
Then came the huge job of
dismantling the room.

This small space is the 
command center of my business and 
I pack a LOT into it!


Everything came out except my office desk
and a large work table.
There was no space for them to be moved to, 
so I had to work around them.


A temporary sewing center was established
in the dining room for any work that
came in and needed doing while I was in
the midst of the great painting project.

Next came the wall prep and caulking.




By the end of the day,
a coat of primer had been applied.



On the second day, 
I began applying the real paint.
(From this angle you can see into my
bedroom which is the "old" blue.
It will soon be painted the "new" blue too.)


By the end of the day the walls were all painted,
including any needed touch ups.



Day Three was a slow and tedious day.
I did two coats of glossy white on the crown molding
and one coat of off white on all the trim work.
That's masking tape you see under the 
crown molding.


Finally on Thursday I began moving things back in
and establishing some order.


From this...


...to this.

While getting things back in order, 
I have been very conscious of 
simplifying things.
Some of the artwork is gone, or changed 
for a fresher look.
My idea board was moved from one wall
to the opposite side of the room.


Except for some final
decor tweaking,
which for me, is always an evolving process,
all done!

I have decided painting is a lot like housework.
I hate doing it,
but love how I feel once it is done.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Blog for Knitters

Here's a shout out to a great

It has lots of designs,
patterns and informative articles.

Today, blogger, Teresa has a great post about
different types of stitch holders,
all of which can be found in various 
Etsy shops.

If you knit, it is well worth your time
to check out this blog!

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

From My Book Shelf


Just finished this very interesting book.
The premise explores the 
different paths life could take
if we were able to keep repeating
it (life) until we "got it right."

Monday, June 15, 2015

What Can You Do with an Old Sweater?


Specially, what can you do with an old
Laura Ashley sweater?
This is one I picked up at a thrift shop
during a visit to Florida last winter.


You can make a really sweet set of
The larger pillow is from the sweater's back
and the smaller, with the original crocheted 
button band and shell buttons
is made from the front.

And what about the sleeves?


Well, for me,
little sheep ornaments are ALWAYS
an option!

Waste not, want not!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Pizza Love


This morning is pickup day for recycling on my street.
As Daisy, the dog and I took our morning walk
I noted that every recycling box
we passed except one, 
had one or more take out pizza boxes in it.
We, and I am certainly no exception,
love our pizza!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

New in My Shop - Knitter's Tools!

 If you haven't visited my shop lately,
you haven't seen some of the handy
Knitting Tools I have recently added!

 One of my all time favorites is the 
a nifty little counter to help you
keep track of rows, stitches, repeats, etc
when knitting.
I actually have 2 or 3 of these
so I can always put my hands on one.


All knitters know what a hassle
a slippery yarn can be when knitting it.
"Yarn Bras" are the perfect tool to keep
them upright and perky!


I have even selected the ones I consider
absolute "essentials" for any knitting bag
and have them available in a 
pretty chevron Accessory Bag.
Wouldn't this make a great gift
for any beginner knitter?

Happy Weekend!
You'll find me on the porch knitting!


Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Little Pop of Color


I know why Valentine's Day
comes in February.
It's because most of us
need a little pop of red
during the cold and dreary 
month of February.

My little pop of red color 
wasn't a Valentine gift.
It was actually a gift to myself
during the Christmas holidays.

After Christmas, during a day trip to
Asheville, NC
I found it in a gallery there.

It's by Susan Stanton,
a North Carolina photographer.
I am normally not an impulse shopper,
but as soon as I saw it,
even though I had no idea 
where I would put it,
I knew it had my name on it.

It found a home hanging just inside the front door.
It's the little pop of red I needed there!


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait...


...and wait...and wait.


I have been looking for glass panels
since I moved into this house,
what nine years ago???
Finally, HERE they are!



I wanted them to hang in the two windows on either 
side of the fireplace.
I replaced the windows soon after moving in and
purposely had solid glass installed,
knowing I wanted hanging panels,
but could never find exactly 
what I wanted.
Then last fall, while hanging out on Pinterest,
 I found a look I loved,
in which the artist incorporated
vintage plates.
The pin took me to an Etsy site,
and within a few days,
my order was placed for 
two custom panels.


Within a few weeks a specially made, wooden crate arrived.


Barbara is an expert glass designer and craftsman,
but almost as important,
she KNOWS how to ship glass
and have it arrive intact.


Once the top was off the crate,
there were polystyrene sheets and bubble wrap.


Finally, a first view of my new panels!


Sadly I can never get a nice clear picture of this room,


but I'm sure you can see what an excellent addition
my new panels are to it!
SO happy I waited until I found exactly
what I wanted!
(Thank you Barbara!)



On another note,
but the same theme,
about good things coming to
those who wait,
last summer I fell in love with this fabric.
I had an upholstery fabric that 
coordinated with it
PERFECTLY
 with the chevron as a lining for a knitting tote.


Alas, I don't pay $50.00 a yard
for ANY fabric, no matter how perfect,
no matter how much I'm in love with it!

Can you believe the very same store
had it marked down to $10.00 a yard
for their MLK Day Holiday Sale last week?
Well...
I bought all they had and have 
happily been sewing on it since!
Although the upholstery fabric
I originally planned to pair it with
is now gone,
I never have a lack of 
things to sew!




New this week in my shop
are a great new selection of
hanging needle and crochet hook organizers!

Good things REALLY do come
to those who wait!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Burrr...It's Cold Outside!


Keep yourself warm!

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Is this not a cute idea?
It is from 
via Pinterest.

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