Thursday, September 21, 2017

A little of this, a little of that.

Yes, it's been awhile. 

Seems like I'm always busy, but I don't seem to have much to show for it. 

I had a bit of a hard time deciding on a color for the kitchen.

I sampled a few colors and ended up going with. . .

 Banana Cream, which just so happens to be the same color we painted the outside of the house. 

 After trying the samples we thought it just looked better if we primed first so the kitchen basically has three coats of paint on the walls. I'm still planning to paint the bar/island with a blue/gray. Might work on that this weekend.

 I forgot to take a before picture of the laundry room but just imagine this room being the same color as the before picture of the kitchen. (all but two of the rooms in the house are that same color) That door on the right goes into the living room.

 I wish I could come up with the name of this green but it isn't coming to me right now and my sample chips are in the other room. That door leads to the back entry - garage is to the left, the doorway you see is the powder room. You can see the sun coming in from the side door on the right and then the kitchen is also to the right.

Still have pictures to hang in both rooms but haven't decided what I'm going to out back up and where I'm going to put them.

Thought I had decided on a color for the living room but after I put a sample up on the wall near the ceiling I decided I didn't like the two colors together and I don't want to paint the ceiling so . . .

I have managed to get in a stitch here and there. Had to take out some and restitch so it's not as far along as it could be.

We had a visit from the middle kidlet a couple of weeks ago. Desktop computer crashed and he came in on a Saturday and fixed it for us. Cutest tech support around. He couldn't stay the night but we took him out for a steak dinner before he headed home.

Have a new project to start on Monday. Terry and I are going to do a little stitch-a-long. 

Other than that, just more of the same old stuff.

Happy stitching!


Friday, August 4, 2017

Randomness

Well, hello there! It's been awhile since I've been here. What's been going on around here? It's been hot but it really could be hotter for this time of year in Texas. 

 I've been to Canton a couple of times and on one trip I bought these (unfinished) crosses. Finally got around to painting them. Glued them together, attached a paper flower and I've got it hanging on a shutter that is propped up by the fireplace for now.

 For my birthday, hubby took me to Waco to see The Silos.

 Birthday - had to get cupcakes!

 Got some pretty fabrics (thanks Terry!)

 Last weekend the girlfriends and I went to a quilt show in Huntsville. I managed to resist the fabrics but 3 Stitches had a booth there and I couldn't pass up this limited edition kit.

 Now I just need to stitch it and sew it up. That will be a tricky one - haven't touched my sewing machine since March.

I was coming home the other day and noticed how big these plants have gotten. They are bonus plants - it looked like an empty spot when we moved in so I planted some hostas there but you can't see them from the street side now. (I can see them looking out the side door, it's just out of sight on the left side of this picture)

Getting ready to start doing some painting. I think we are going to start with the kitchen but I'm a little undecided on the color. I'm torn between yellow and blue. I've had yellow kitchens in my last two houses and loved them. If I paint the walls yellow I will probably paint the bar area blue (it is currently stained and the rest of the cabinets are white with a glazed finish) I may paint some swatches on the wall this weekend so I can ponder on it.

Okay - got things to do. 
Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Fore!

Several years ago, the bowl for this birdbath met an untimely death (due to a critter chasing dog). I kept the base, not really knowing what I would do with it. Last week I found this gazing ball on the cheap. 
It looks like a golf ball.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

RIP Autumn

 We lost Autumn on Father's Day. 
She had a long life and was well loved. After all these years it is odd not having her watching every bite of food we put in our mouths. She loved to eat and anxiously waited for any morsel to hit the floor - sometimes it didn't even hit the floor! 
We miss her but I'm sure she has her vision and hearing back and is happily chasing tennis balls again.



Thursday, May 4, 2017

French Alphabet Sampler, hail and ?

I had to move the fabric on my FAS yesterday so I snapped a picture - lighting was not the best because of the weather. The sampler is square so you can see I still have a way to go. 

It was cloudy all morning then started raining sometime after noon - then we had hail! Thankfully it didn't last long and no tornadoes this time.

Got a package in the mail yesterday - fabric and fibers. Now if I could just remember what project I ordered it for. I might need to sort through the bag of goodies I brought home from the get-a-way in March. There might be a clue in the bag that is still sitting on my sewing table. Pretty colors though!

Hope you are all having a great week!

Friday, April 28, 2017

A little sewing

Just a short post to let you know I'm still around. I'm still stitching on my French Alphabet Sampler - I need to take a progress picture. I will try to do that soon - maybe for my next post. It really is looking good.

Awhile back I made some project bags using Vonna's (The Twisted Stitcher) tutorial. I made 5 and kept two for myself (I had already given one away before I took the picture).  The front one has buttons on it because I wasn't paying close enough attention to what I was doing and I put the magnetic snaps on the wrong side. Since you have to make a hole in the fabric to insert the snaps I had to cover the holes so I added some buttons. Measure twice, cut once! I forgot to take pictures of the fabric I used on the inside.  I'll be making some more somewhere down the line but I can't get to my sewing machine at the moment. I need to clean my sewing room and put some stuff away.

Have you visited The Twisted Stitcher? If you haven't, I highly suggest you click on the link and give her a look-see. She has a wealth of good information on her blog. Lots of great tutorials. She also has a you tube channel - I dare you to watch one and not get hooked! She will have you wanting to 'stitch all the stuff'.

Hope you have a great weekend. 


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Easter

I don't have a lot of Easter decor but I thought I would show you what little I have before it's time to put it away.

 A little monthly cross stitch and some bunnies. (see the green one in the flowers? 

 Jars of eggs

 I tucked some eggs inside of the cabinet - I had them on a feather tree at the last house but I haven't found the perfect place for the feather tree here.

 My chocolate egg tree - looks good enough to eat!

 Just a few little things 

 sitting up on the mantle

 Can you see the glitter on the little basket of eggs?

 See, not much. I have a few other things that didn't get put out (because I don't know where they are) and I haven't taken pictures of the outside stuff. Not much there either - a couple of baskets full of eggs on the porch and a couple of Easter flags in the flower bed.

And I have to show you my little bunny needle minder. Terry sent her to me - isn't she just precious? I'm kinda into needle minders at the moment so I was excited to get this one! That is a little snippet of my French Alphabet Sampler. I've been working on it this week. I'll do an update on that soon.

 Have you seen Floss Tube? I hadn't either until Terry told me about it. Apparently it has been around a couple of years - which may explain why stitching blogs have fallen off somewhat. They are fun to watch but I'll stick to blogging. I like to stay behind the camera, not in front of it. Check them out on You Tube. Just pick one and watch it - if you don't like that one, try another one! The first one I watched was The Twisted Stitcher. Not only will you get hooked, you will see all kinds of stuff that will make you want to shop!