Thursday, December 29, 2011

December 29, 2011

A few photos of Bouree being his usual cute self

And the pillow shams completed... still need to finish the accent pillow

Gotta parties are still in full swing around here!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Pillow Shams & Accent Pillow

The Black, white and red quilt has long since been finished. But now that the room has been painted and I'm putting that guest room back together I decided to make pillow shams.  All of the fabrics in the quilt are fabrics I had used in the quilt that is the focal point of that room"Bye Bye Blackbird".


So I used the same fabrics for the shams and accent pillow. And some of the same elements.

Pillow covers and shams are a great way to try out quilt ideas on a small scale to sort out any issues in technique before committing to a large quilt.  And I always make them to go with bed quilts...I like how it gives the bed a finished look.

So I thought I'd chronicle the process in'll be in 2 parts.  Today, covers constructing the tops.

First, the shams....the center background

Add a circle of prairie points

a narrow inner border

the outer border

and done!

And the accent pillow...first the center

Some prairie points around the edge

and a border

And now we have two pillow shams and an accent pillow top ready to quilt!

Stay time we finish and embellish them.

Monday, December 19, 2011

It's Been A While...But I've Got Lots of Pictures

Gosh, I haven't posted since my trip  to Virginia!  Well, I've been sick pretty much since I got home  so that's my excuse.

Finally I'm beginning to feel better thankfully, since these next few weeks are going to be busy.

I have accomplished a few more home reno projects...the kitchen backsplash is completed and I am very happy with the way it turned out.



And I also finished the sailboat mosaic and the bar

And I did get my minimalist  Christmas tree/Hanukkah bush up and decorated...though you'll notice it's out on the screened porch off the living room.  Bet you can guess why :)

And I swiped a few photos from Mary taken in while we were in Virginia...

me holding Siobhaan

Grand girls Kara and Becky with their Mom and Aunt Janet

And Fiona and Caleb

Somehow no one got a photo of Samantha...she's the missing grandchild...

And for those who miss Bouree and Chloe, I'll leave you with a couple of them

Bouree was having a nap before I woke him.  You probably can't tell in this photo, but he is getting really big!  He's about 12 pounds now...and he's 9 months old.

And here's beautiful Chloe in her nap place

And that's enough for tonight!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Two Grouted and Done...

One more to go. And some paint touch up...

The last wall( the largest)will have to wait until I get back from Virginia.

While I'm away, in addition to taking care of my furbabies, hubby will continue with the exterior painting of the screened in porch,trim and the exterior doors. He started today and even after one coat, I love the new door color!  Also the workmen finished up all the new exterior siding and got the new lights installed.

And my camellias are blooming too!

Monday, November 28, 2011

One Done, One Started

The Mariners compass mosaic is done...grout and all.  I'm really pleased with the way it looks. Not bad for a first attempt at mosaic art :)

And I have gotten a good start on the kitchen backsplash.  Again, this is my first attempt at tile work.

And I think it's looking pretty awesome, even if I do say so myself!

Have a great night.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

More Progress

Today's photos ....I finished tiling the mosaic over the bar, tomorrow I'll grout it.

I'm really pleased with the way this turned out; however tiling vertical surfaces up high reek havoc with your shoulders and neck!

Remember the chandelier makeover from this post?  Well here is the final result.

And my stained glass windows from Richard and Joyce are re-hung in the dining room

Finished dining room

Entry hall from the dining room

and another couple from the living room

Also tomorrow I start tiling the kitchen backsplash while Don paints the downstairs guest room and'll be a busy week!


Friday, November 25, 2011

And Some of the Kitchen...

Still have to tile the backsplash and paint the ceiling....but other than that, the kitchen is nearly done. This is the eating area of the kitchen...the fridge is a second one. There is another inside the "work triangle".



Tomorrow, more of the mosaic compass...