These past few weeks have been filled with a little bit of everything, from meeting our new grandniece to house renovations, and all kinds of other stuff in between, so let’s get going!
A couple of weekends ago, my hubby and I drove up to Canada to help my dad celebrate his birthday and to meet our new grandniece. It’s always fun to go and surprise my parents~after all, we don’t do that 14 hour return trip very often! I made my Dad his very own birthday- candy- message- board, which everyone enjoyed reading. I also got to deliver my baby quilt in person and then got in some good cuddle time with the baby!
Back home again, we have been busy with a few more home renovations…they seem to be never-ending, but we do have the finish line in sight now! We finally started on our master bedroom! We probably should have started here so we could have a nice retreat at the end of the day to relax in, but instead we have been putting this one off. Do you remember the lovely Cannabis inspired wallpaper it had?
Well, under that layer was another layer of striped circus tent paper, and under that we were left with a gluey, gooey mess. And lots of nail holes….lots and LOTS of nail holes. No wonder we left this room till practically last! Anyway, we have gotten started washing the walls and filling all those nail holes. Next will be the ceiling which needs a fresh coat of paint, and then we can start the painting of both the walls and the trim. It’s going to be a gorgeous room when it’s all done and I can’t wait to reveal it to you!
Another smaller project I have been working on this week is the painting of this cabinet.
It is a build-in and was brown and my original idea was to build some small barn door style doors for it so we could hide video games and movies on those shelves. Actually, to be truthful, my original idea was to take a hammer and demolish it, but you know how those guys on TV make it seem so easy? Yeah, it’s not! So now my cabinet has a few “distress” marks from where I tried to remove it…
Anyway, it turns out that this cabinet is one of the few places where I can place my “pretties”, so a paint job was the next best choice. This took more coats of paint than I was hoping, but here it is, in all its glory:
Not a huge difference, but I like it much better and that is all that matters.
I think I shared that I joined a local quilt guild and this past week it was Show and Tell time. I wasn’t sure about bringing any projects to share, but my friend Colleen convinced me I had to. Can you guess which quilts I decided to bring?? My scarecrow runner and my mash-up quilt! The runner is my most recent project, and the mash-up quilt is my favorite quilt…shhhhh, don’t tell the others 😉
There were some beautiful quilts shared and I especially loved the 2 old ones that had been made in the early 1900’s! My neighbor guild attendee shared a whole lot of Trip Around the World quilt variations and she offered to share her pattern with the members of the guild. Of course I took her up on her offer! I have never made a Trip quilt so I am eager to start. This is one of Judy’s creations:
I might just have to copy Judy’s colors…you know how I’m a big fan of red and this quilt makes me happy ;).
Speaking of things that make me happy….a few weeks ago I was on Pinterest ( it’s a black hole…don’t enter if you value your time… 😀 )and I ran across these little teeny, tiny quilts called Inchies. They are a 1 inch sized quilt! Oh my! I was instantly smitten and was pinning every Inchie Pin I could find! I couldn’t find many tutorials on how to make them so I have been experimenting myself. I did decide right away that mine were not going to be “Inchies”…no way, no how! That is way too small for me, but I think the ones I came up with are super cute and still little enough. Now to come up with a name for these…hmmmmm….. Stay tuned because I will definitely be sharing a blog post about my process and thoughts and ideas. And this might just become the next challenge in our facebook group 😉 .
Finally, I want to thank all of you who left comments on my 200th blog post. I want you all to know how much I appreciate the sweet thoughts and wish I could send every one of you a little something….but I had to narrow it down to just 3, and those winners of my prize giveaway are: Marlynne Joy Snare, Brenda Furlong, and Joyce Statton! Congratulations ladies! Please email me your mailing address and I will get your surprises in the mail to you :).
For next week’s blog post I am hoping to be able to share a quilt I started last weekend, plus some photos of the Fall quilts I pulled out for decorating. And I’m really hoping to get to play with some more Inchie-inspired creations!
Until next time~happy creating!