June 30, 2014

Bathroom update

Do you like stuff?? Those that know me know I like my stuff. Things that bring good memories,things given to me, things I have found and things that I forgot I had.
I decided The upstairs bathroom needed something new. We re did this bath a few years ago. Put in a tile floor and a dressing table. The dressing table was made from the top of an old TV. We added a leg and a glass top.I love it still.
I decided to add a new mirror but had to have it made to fit the spot the old one had. the old one was oval with a decorative frame. I had decided to do a bit of Americana country in this bathroom along with my stuff.
Shopping in my house is fun. I found old door knobs, an old window,(found by the curb with 2 others)crocks, pictures, a moon shelf ( like my grandma had) along with a braided rug (from my stash of rugs,made by the veterans at the Marshalltown, VA center) .

 The Evening in Paris collection is from Mr.T. ,from when we were in high school. I love it still and have some left in the bottles for special occasions. The picture below the shelf was made by a friend by pressing flowers. I have had it for years.

Cost was minimal. $30 for fabric(shower curtain window treatment.). $6 for a new toilet rug. I did not want to repaint. I like the blue and yellow and I may want to change the curtains again.

 A lot of folks like minimal. I do not.
I want to see my stuff and have easy access to it when I need something,so I have open shelves built behind the bathroom door in both our bathrooms.
I have collected crocks and pottery pieces for years and use it for lots of things besides flowers. I do love flowers and plants as you can see on my window shelf. The plant on the left grew across the old valance so I put it back.I have a project I am working on today to add to the wall for hanging things. I'll share when I am done. I got it done. works great.Thanks to Mr. Tom for his help.

The weather is bad again today with with more dangerous storms and flooding. Better gt off the pc. till later j

June 21, 2014

New little quilt

I have around 300 of these scrappy quilt blocks sewn. Just wanted to use up some scraps so I sat down one day and started sewing them together. They have been in a basket for a few months.
Yesterday I started cutting them with my 60 degree ruler. This is what I ended up with. How fun is that!!!
I used fabrics for the border I have had for a very long time.It is some of my favorite and I forgot all about it in a cupboard. I love fabric with stars and most every quilt I have done has star fabric in it.The border fabrics both have stars as does the back fabric It is so much fun to go shopping in my own house. It is 23x25 inches.

June 19, 2014

Sofa update

 After posting the quilt picture I realized how bad the leather sofa was looking. I had a product to clean and restore.
It is called guardsman.

First you clean it then put the 2nd coat on to protect. Boy did it work!!!
Sofa looks almost new. Boy!!! it is raining really hard. The river was high yesterday. It will be running about level to the dam after this rain.
Good day to sew. j

June 17, 2014

Hexie doll quilt and a UFO

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I finished a lap quilt I have had ( for a very long time) pinned and ready to quilt and bind. The quilting part always put me off on bigger quilts.I decided to do it the same way I do my little quilts with a wavy line of stitches. I do not like a lot of quilting and this is kind of like free motion with out the loop de loops. I love doing the binding. The picture shows how scratched the sofa was.I gave it a cleaning today.Will do the 2nd coat tomorrow.Looks loads better.


I really enjoy making hexies. I finished a doll quilt last week.

 Our Ziva went to a new groomers .Donna's Grooming and Boarding.She has a face book page go visit. Very nice place.
She does a really great job and Ziva had no stress.A very good thing.She does NOT like her picture taken.Like our oldest daughter Ziva hides. Takes 2 of us to get her picture. Donna was surprised at the amount of hair she got off this 26 # pup.She looks so pretty with her new summer hair cut. Hope you have a great week. j

June 10, 2014

Decorating porch/Back garden

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These are a few of the plants I saved from last year.

Good to have a small greenhouse.I did a bit of decorating on the front porch.

 The peonies are beautiful this year. I will be moving all the plants into one area of the north garden after they are done blooming.

I like the wild look in my gardens. Not manicured or matchy matchy. The back garden/pond area is a favorite. I planted my grandma Morton's roses back here 43 years ago.The blooms are short lived but I love them. The spider wort is beautiful this year. Ziva loves to sit on the footstool, under the window,and look out.
Grandma's roses

spider wort

hypertufa ball in the pond.

view out the east window


The wild columbine is about done blooming.