Tuesday, August 30, 2011
It has been a very hectic few days and doesn't look to be letting up for a few more.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I quite like the zentangle phenomenum but I think I'd rather stitch than sketch.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
The project in this particular time period is summer. I wanted to get the fabrics organized for the individual fabric accessories that will be in each room for the summer.
The veranda needs to be bright, quick and not so special as it is open to the elements. I had a few of my own fabrics which work well with the theme fabric I ordered. I needed to buy the available kit to get the colours missing from this older selection and I'm possibly going to actually make the quick quilt that was shown.
While searching in my stash I found a cotton shirt son #3 wore that was his favorite. Actually, he has taught me a lot about colour as he likes colours that are so different from what I would pick. He even coloured everything striped as child. But what makes accessorizing such a joy is personalizing everything.
The kitchen will have the touch of the red cherries but mostly yellow. The stripe is the curtain fabric. The dark aqua in the plaid is perfect for the flow but I won't add any more. I'm pretty certain my kitchen walls won't be yellow but rather taupes and creamy white cabinets. I'm thinking neutral so I can pop colours as the seasons change.
The sitting room is very open to the front dining room and branches off into the kitchen. I need it to be a calm neutral space in our busy lives and I luv the fresh look of vintage fabrics with lots of white. I'll be making sure that there is some aqua to keep the cool, fresh, restful look. The magazine shows Malka Dubrawski 's article on Quiet Design with Quiet Fabrics. It is best used for pillows or a small placemat. I already have an aqua wholecloth lap quilt.
Then the shower curtain in the bathroom will use up the blue 30's fabrics I have but with the greens and aquas from the sampler squares I ordered to bring that aqua flow.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I'm a tad intimidated by the capital A artist part but my goal this year is to find my style and then pursue it. So, Works On Wednesday just may be my commitment to make this happen so I can join the link up. WOW
So far I'm finding that I need to narrow my options and then leap out on my own so I'm not a copy but an original.
WOW will be my journey.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
One grand kiddie is fighting an awful 10 day virus and I lured the other home with the promise of painting.
So I am happy to report I have one thing crossed off my list. I am not so happy that I still have 2/3 of a gallon of neon lime green! I'm tempted to send it home with him! ;^)
Another nice blue flow is that the drought has ended this morning! This is good if I ignore the fact that the grass is already starting to perk up!
While I'm hitting the post button the 'littlest rooster' is preparing his question, "Can duckie have a swim?". !!! And, says I, "No, he can't walk back."!!!
Monday, August 15, 2011
I'm never bored. Stalled sometimes, as I try to figure how to leap the gap, lay a plank, or call in the rooster to fix the track.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
DS#3 has moved back home to regroup and head out sometime in the future so I had to modify his old room a bit.
Then I had to see how the pictures looked in the kitchen. I dragged out my first attempt at making a valence. I learned a lot about how not to do it!!! But I still do luv that subtle plaid which originally was going to be a dress. lol
Monday, August 8, 2011
I'm not sure what this is but it is certainly enjoying the hot summer and low water. Wish all my endeavors were doing as well!
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Summer, to me, is an old fashioned cottage, flowers, tea parties and 'the living is easy'. I am particular about having a theme and a flow for continuity. Pastels speak of summer.
The veranda is the first stage of welcome. It is also under construction so hopefully I can also tweak my paint choices which are mostly greens. I am ordering a lot of the colours I need for this room as it needs more than pastels. It gets a lot of light and sees a LOT of traffic. I am really wishing I had fiesta ware but I don't. I have 30's fabric.
The front door, whose colour is puzzling me,(hey, maybe aqua, teal?) is our main entrance into the hallway. This room needs to reflect us, welcome visitors, and transition at least 4 doorways.
The kitchen was to be painted mellow yellow but that south window heats up the room so it'll be whites, and creams with yellow accents. The striped fabric comes from 2 cotton duvet covers with the old square pillow cases and typifies summer for me. It has pink, blue, orange, yellow and the green is kinda aqua. I'll make curtains.
The bathroom is seafoam and I've had a 30's shower curtain cut for over a year. But with all the pink in the front room I'm thinking I need to make some changes from pink and yellow. Can blue and green be seen?
My playroom needs to be a neutral backdrop for all the 30's fabric I'll be working with to make this a completed plan!
I used the fabrics I had set aside for the upstairs hall in the kitchen. It often seems that the very last step stalls my planning process which means that I fall back to an old habit of starting all over. Not this time! I have a small piece of this fabric and I do like it. It goes so well with the hall rug from which I pulled the room colours that open off it. I just need a wall hanging and this will be the theme fabric.
So there it is. I have it recorded. I'm feeling it is generally a good flow. I can tweak as I go. I now have direction for my summer inspiration. If I feel the overwhelming urge to start something new I definitely have lots of choices and the fabric is grouped and labeled.But first I think a little tea party is in order!