Archive for September, 2010

improvements

September 30, 2010

We spent September getting the house ready to have non-family members over for the first time. It mostly involved working on projects that we’ve been putting off since we moved in, like finally banishing those horrible baby-poo green stripes in the dining room and recovering the dining room chairs.   The front of the house also got a much needed deep cleaning, complete with baseboard scrubbing and a new set of curtains.

dining room

We’re mostly happy with the results, but we still need to get some color up on the wall and figure out what to do with the dog crate corner.  We don’t crate either of the dogs anymore and it just seems silly to keep it out, but it’s nice to have in an emergency.  And it’s also funny to occasionally trap the kitten in there.

vintage sheet fat quarter swap 4Also managed to get my contribution to the latest round of the Vintage Sheet Fat Quarter Swap sent out today. It was also quite liberating to cut into some of the sheets that I’ve been hoarding for the past 10 years, especially the pink ones which I’m fairly unlikely to ever use. There are some, however, that I don’t know if I can ever bear to use.  I’m excited to add some new prints to my stash.

woe is me…

September 3, 2010

Our air conditioner still isn’t fixed, so quick bursts is the only way I’ve been able to get anything done on the sewing machine.  I have managed  to finish piecing the top for my Doll Quilt Swap 9 quilt and get a tiny bit started on the back. Here’s hoping I’m able to sweat it out just a bit longer to get this baby quilted & bound by the deadline.

doll quilt swap - top

Also used some vintage sheet scraps (& this great tutorial) to whip up a table runner for our embarrassingly cluttered dining room table.  In my eagerness to get all the sewing machine portions completed, I forgot to quilt it before sewing on the binding. No worries, that gave me a great excuse to hand-quilt/embroider while sitting on the couch in front of the window unit we broke down and installed. It’s looking fairly happy on the coffee table,  and since the dining room table probably won’t be uncluttered anytime in the immediate future, I’m leaving it there.

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While both these projects are fun & colorful and make me super happy, my most favorite project from the past week is oh-so-devoid of color – we’ve finally worked up the nerve to tackle our wood-paneled-disgustingly-striped dining room walls.  We’ve broken it into 2 phases and are only painting 2 walls at a time, but we’re half-way and have a 3-day weekend to finish the other 2 walls.  I can’t wait until we’re done and I can finally start decorating the room.

goodbye stripes!