Friday, November 17, 2017

Master Bath

A little before and after.  

Ugh. That mirror frame was so ugly. The walls were just too white. FYI. I learned that I dislike painting over gloss paint. 

I still need to hang pictures and paint the trim around my bedroom windows (you can see one of them In the mirror - and you can see my new accent wall).
In the future I would like to take down the old towel racks and replace them them with hooks.  

But I fixed where I cut in in a different shade of paint and it looks so much better. It feels so much more calm and peaceful. 

I'll post full before and afters once I get it totally finished. And when I get on a computer an access all my before pictures. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ugh! A juvenile mistake.

First, on a positive note. When a space heater is ugly and sticks out like a sore thumb...

White paint!! It makes everything look better. Don't worry. I'm putting another coat of paint on it later today. This is just primed. But even just primed it looks better. 

Did anyone notice my mistake in those pictures? Want to venture a guess? 

Here is another picture to help you out. 
Hint: I had two grey paint containers. They were supposed to be the same color...

I did what I was supposed to do and mixed the two together, but there was just a little too much to put in one bucket. So, I stupidly used the leftovers to cut in. And it wasn't mixed the same as the others and it stands out. So, I'll be repainting that today or tonight after ESL. Oh well. Lesson learned... Maybe.  

Jared tells me I should have poured the buckets back and forth a couple times and then it would have mixed them and it wouldn't have matter when I used the little bit, to cut in, that couldn't fit. Hmmmmm. So wise. I'll be doing that next time. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


I'm at it again. 

I'm waiting to get some shelves and paintings put up before I post real pictures of the accent wall in my bedroom, but here is a sneak peak. :) It was taken while the walls had wet paint still. 

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Sewing Room Progress

Guys, I've been living out of boxes in my fabric room for quite a while now. But look, it is coming together!!! It is starting to look way more cozy and inviting to sew in. I might actually get some projects knocked off the in-progress list. 

I spent a few hours today sorting fabric into bins by collections and types. There is still more to go through, but it is getting closer and I am happy. 

For a project I'm about to start. 

Additional 1930s fabrics. The rest are on the bookshelf on the right on bolts. 

What color should I paint my sewing room? Bright white? Yellow? We have done a bunch of blue and some green in the house already. I'm not sure what color to paint in here, but these tan walls desperately need updating and cheering up. What is a good sewing room color? 

Friday, November 03, 2017

Painting (reality and not just thoughts)

You know that thinking I was doing yesterday... I'm all in now. Ha ha. 

The blue is lighter in person. 
And if I hate it when I am finished, I can paint over it. But so far, I like it. 


We love Fall days. 

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Pillowcases (and random thoughts on painting)

For their third birthdays we let the kids pick out fabric for pillowcases. It is highly entertaining. There are so many ugly fabrics that kids are drawn too. 

Warren did pretty well. 

1.  fire trucks (I had some flame fabric in a pile of scraps that someone gave me - it made a perfect cuff). Why was this firetruck fabric $12.99 a yard at Hobby Lobby (it is a cheap fabric). I don't even pay that much for nice fabric. 

2. Minions. Everything minions. They have never even seen the movies. But Aunt Hope hooked them on them and we can't stop. It is the only "themed" items I will agree to buy. I forgot to add the extra fabric to this one and now it is a bit short. I might go back and add something, but it requires pre washing a piece and then sewing it on. And I'm not sure I am that bothered that it is a bit too short. 

This is how we haul in the groceries. 

I get to teach one of the beginning classes for ESL tonight. I'm avoiding working on my lesson. I already made a huge pot of sausage and gravy for a church breakfast this week. Now I keep staring at one of the walls in my room and thinking about painting it. Do you think I could get it done before Jared came home?

This is my inspiration. The room doesn't get enough light to paint all the walls dark blue. But I loved the colonial blue in my old room and I have enough leftover for one wall (from the schoolroom).  Recently, I've been dreaming about an accent wall. Hmmmmm. 

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Happy Birthday, Warbie!

Warbs turned 3! We love you, little buddy. You are the cuddliest of kids. You ask me, "what can I help you with, mom?" several times a day. And you are so full of energy and fun. I am so thankful to be your mom. 

I pray that God uses your joyful, serving heart for big things in His kingdom! Always trust him. He knows best and he loves you more than I do. He will never let you down. I pray you love him with all your heart, soul, and mind! 

We've been partying all weekend. Yesterday we got to visit some friends that have chickens and goats and help them make applesauce. They also had this cool rocking horse and hat. :) The boys loved all the animals. Loved them. 

Saturday just Warbie and i went to run errands. It was fun to hang out with just him. I was planning on going by myself and having alone time, but how could I resist when this little face begged to come alone?!? I can be alone when I am old. And I will miss having him as my shadow. 
He adores Lowly Worm. Seeing him in person is super exciting. We also went and picked out fabric for pillowcases for his bed. I'll post those later this week. It was my sewing project this weekend. Super quick and rewarding. 

Grandma and Granddad bought him a bike and he pretended not to like it. But he really does. 

He picked his clothes out. Those overalls are his favorite article of clothing right now. 

Pops and GC gave him a duplo dump truck and excavator. He had been playing with it for 2 straight hours this morning. Not only is it fun to put together, he also can play with it afterwards. It is a great toy. We love those toys that are duel purpose (following instructions, building, fine motor skills, and imagination and play). 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Scrappy Quilt

This is a quilt that I finished several years ago. But I just found this in my draft folder. Weird. It is the first quilt that I tried something different on the quilting. So, to that end, it holds a special place in my heart. 
Here are close ups of the blocks so that you can see the quilting.  I outlined the blocks and doodled all sorts of different things inside each one. It was really fun and it turned out well. That doesn't always happen. 
I really like circles for boarders, but it doesn't fit on so many quilts and runners. I loved the way it turned out in balance to the lines here. 
And this star is my favorite part! I love the echo quilting. 
I should be brave and try new things like this more often. It takes forever, but looks way cooler. 
Here is the back. 
Here is baby Martin helping me pin it together before I quilted it. 
Sweet Mr. Baby. 
And here is a picture of Mr. Baby to remind you how goofy looking he was. 
Look at that hair. 

He was a happy baby. 
Hello, old kitchen! I miss your cheery walls and perfect working space.