Monday, May 16, 2016


 I am going to put the blog on pause for a bit. Things have been really busy around here.

 This was the house a week ago

 This is the house Thursday afternoon.

While painting was going on outside, this is what has been going on inside

I don't have pictures of the many, many boxes that have already been packed. As soon as we get a car load we have been taking them to storage - I know we have made at least 4 trips, maybe 5 and I'm working on another this morning just took a 'pause' to throw up this post then I'm back at it. The inside of my house is looking pretty sad. :(

We found out (after getting HOA approval and hiring painters) a couple of weeks ago that we are being relocated. Hopefully the new paint job will pay for it's self - the realtor wasn't thrilled with the yellow but we would have had to go back through the HOA process again to change it and the painters were already scheduled. I love the yellow - I think it's a happy color. While I'm not thrilled with the packing and moving and leaving this house behind after spending the last 7 years getting it to finally feel like home, I am extremely grateful that hubby still has a job. Not looking forward to house hunting but it beats job hunting. We are moving back closer to friends family so that is good - except for kidlet #1 who just moved to Houston in January, so we are just kind of flip flopping there. 

We should have the house listed in the next week to 10 days - moving furniture on Saturday when we have help from kidlet #1, we've helped him move multiple times so it's payback time. it needs to stop raining so we can work on the flower beds a bit but it is supposed to rain all week. Yuck.

Don't know how long the break will last, hopefully not long, but I will see you on the other side!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

On the outside

 My hydrangea is blooming! (not sure why this picture looks washed out)

The blooms are smaller this year 

but there are a lot of them!

It's much prettier on the outside right now than it is on the inside. Cant believe I am showing you what my sewing room looks like these days. Actually I took this one a couple of days ago - it is much worse today!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

New (old) window

The two smaller windows moved here with us 7 years ago. A few years ago I decided to hang them over the stairs (they were side by side) but I always thought they looked kinda lonely - that I needed another window to go along with them. (Sorry the picture is kinda dark - its hard to get a good picture of them from the floor and I was too lazy to go find the step ladder)  I've been looking ever since the first two went up but everything I found that was the right size was either oriented the wrong way or cost more than I was willing to pay, until a couple of weeks ago. I came across the center one at an antique mall, it was a reasonable price and  bonus - it was on sale! Hubby hung it for me a couple of weekends ago. I am still debating on whether to paint the exposed wood on the two smaller ones. The center one was already painted when I bought it,

Anywho - I haven't been stitching this week. I started a clean out of the closet in my sewing room. It is undoubtedly the worst closet in the house. I have some stuff I need to get rid of but I can't decide if I want to have a garage sale or not. Should have done it the weekend of the neighborhood garage sale and the next one isn't until fall. Not sure how well one would do if it is the only one in the neighborhood. Every time I have one I say it is going to be the last, then I find stuff that is too good to just throw away. If it was just a few small things I would just take it to Goodwill, but I've got a pretty good pile going in here. Guess I will see how much stuff  I have after I finish this closet and the one in the guest room - lots of holiday stuff in there along with a whole rack of clothes I can't wear. 

Just thinking out loud here.

Friday, April 29, 2016

A little painting

I'm not sure how long we have had this chest of drawers, it was given to us years ago and I have no idea how old it was when we got it. 

 I should have taken a picture of the top and sides. It had a lot of scratches and dings in it (also on both sides). I know some people go nuts over painting wood. I have a few things that are wood that I won't paint (like my great grandmother's sewing machine cabinet or my grandparent's bed) but I had no problem painting this. I bought paint for it about 3 years ago but for some reason I just kept putting off getting it done. I finally painted it Sunday.

I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey, then sanded it back to distress it before I put the wax on. (It looks more blue in the picture because it is against a blue wall) The hardware was tarnished (I actually thought they were black until I went to take them off!) I did try to clean them but when  I spent an hour on the first one and it still wasn't clean I held it up to the paint and I didn't like it that color anyway so I wasn't about to clean 14 of those little buggers! Didn't want to buy new ones so I gave them a good shot of  black spray paint!

We are supposed to have storms again this weekend. I hope not - much of the ground is still water logged from last week. 

Hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Some stitching

I had a whole post ready to go and I lost it. Dang it!
While all the rain was coming down last week I got some stitching in. I can't remember if I showed the projects from the getaway or not so I'm throwing that one in first. 
 The open piece folds up to make a slice of cake. Too cute!
These are the samples we had to look at. Nobody but Pam (shop owner) knows what we are going to stitch until Friday evening. She is probably already stitching on stuff for next year!

 I didn't add the little scattered stitches to the one on the right - I've got a little bee button I am going to use. (these are all on the same  color  fabric - some just look different) I actually finished the stitching on that one at the getaway - I think that is a first!

 This goes on the back of the cake

 The top opens up and this goes there to make a little scissor pocket.

 This is the top of the cake (inside) - I changed the orange to pink - so mine is a little different from everyone else.

 I stitched this to go on the little 'muffin' pin cushion that goes inside instead of the chart for it, again, I'm different. 

This goes on the little pillow with the scissor pocket. 

I didn't stitch the bird for the pincushion - he just really didn't speak to me but I will find something I can stitch to go with the fabrics.

There ya have it. 

On to the next project.

Have a great week!

Friday, April 22, 2016

After the rain

In case you haven't heard, we have had a bit of rain this week in our neck of the woods.
 We were fortunate here and only had 5 inches.

 I took these photos yesterday morning

 before the last wave of rain came through.

It started raining just as I walked back in from taking these. This morning it looks the same except there is sunshine and I need to get out and pick up debris and sweep - there was a lot of wind with that last front and there are sticks, leaves and pine needles everywhere. Not complaining at all. Very thankful that we made it through with no flooding.
I've spent most of the week inside and I think I have ADD. I've kind of moved from one project to another. I finished the stitching part of the get away projects, started another cross stitch piece, pinned and started stitching on a quilt.
I will try for project pictures next week. I've got my mind made up to paint a chest of drawers this weekend. We will see if it actually happens. :)
We have a tentative date of May 2nd for the outside painting to start. 

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Old couch, new couch

I guess you have seen on the news all the rain the Houston area has had. Fortunately here in out little corner we have only had 4 inches but there is still rain in the forecast, though it shouldn't be anything like the past few days. We had a little ponding along the fence line but that's it (thankfully!)

 Old couch - should have plumped the cushions - a certain little doxie likes to climb up on the back and hang out.

 Okay - it's really not a new couch - just a new slipcover  (once again, I should have plumped the cushions - I think humans have been sitting here).
Took oldest kidlet to Ikea a couple of weeks ago (he wanted to buy a desk and it wouldn't fit in his car) and decided I would lighten up my living room for spring/summer with a new slipcover. The dark pillows didn't work so I have them stashed away to use when I swap covers again. And yes, I cropped the photos to not show the parts of the living room that has stacks of stuff to put away.. 

I went on a fob making frenzy the week before the getaway and made one for each of the ladies that attended. They are so much fun to make. When I drag the beads out I can never make just one! 

I'm feeling the need for some furniture painting - it has been way too long. Maybe next week - have the project and the paint, just need to make room in the garage to spread out.

I did get a little stitching in on the days that it rained - I'll show those pictures soon. 

And it just started raining again. At least I don't have to get out for anything today!