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getting organized

April 13, 2011

quilting fabric - photostitchThat right there is a Frankenstein photostitch of my quilting cottons stash.  While having it all folded and visible like that makes it less overwhelming to see, it doesn’t make it any less obvious that I need to continue my no-buying efforts and get started on some stash-busting projects pronto.

Getting all of that fabric folded somewhat uniformly was part of last weekend’s organization effort.  The husband was away for a good portion of the weekend, so I spent the most of the alone-time working on random house projects.  I used the stud finder & drill quite a bit and hung a lot of utility hooks on the walls.  Now all the garden tools have a home and the ladder is off the laundry room floor.   We also finally have curtains in the bedroom thanks to 2 Dwellstudio for Target shower curtains and my ability to sew a semi-straight line.

Next project in the queue for me is a complete reorganization of the laundry/utility room, including adding shelving to take advantage of the higher ceilings.  We never really thought through what having a finished garage would mean when we bought the house.  At the time, our tool collection could fit on one shelf, so we didn’t really think that we’d miss having an actual garage.  Now that the tools are overflowing the garage shelving we keep them relegated to, we’ve realized some organization strategies are in order.



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!


June 8, 2010

This is currently my favorite thing to look at in our house.

clog planter

It’s a ceramic clog that I picked up at an estate sale.  I just couldn’t resist the tulip-esque motif.  It just sat around on the buffet for months while I contemplated where to hang it.  Then I brought home the plant from the garden store and couldn’t figure out what pot to plant it in.  I saw the clog and just knew.  I love it more now than I did when I bought it.  It currently lives in a corner of the bedroom, under a custom collage I received from Dawbis in a trade.  It is one of my favorite spots in the house right now:

favorite corner

long, exhausting weekend

June 1, 2010

The mister & I accomplished quite a bit this weekend, including the creation of a VERY large pile of branches and assorted yard debris for bulk/brush trash pickup.  I also purchased a lawnmower, which he used to mow both the back & front yards.  This has never happened before.

Here he is holding up my mother’s Christmas 2009 quilt that I just finished up a few weeks ago. I also finished up my dad’s, but it’s so simple it really can’t be considered a quilt.


Despite how it look in the photo, the bars of fabric are perfectly straight & parallel to one another.

One afternoon last week I hit up a few of my favorite thrift stores on San Antonio’s southside and scored quite a few vintage sheets and pillowcases. It seems pretty obvious from what I brought home that I have a thing for the yellow/green/orange color combos, but I swear that’s all I was finding! I think there’s even a feedsack mixed in with the pillowcases.

thrifted sheets

We didn’t do much in the way of celebrating Memorial Day, but when I realized we would have a few unexpected visitors, I did manage to cook up some turkey burgers to go with roasted corn & red potato salad. It was delicious and I’m looking forward to leftovers.