October 1 2016

Fall is Here!

Fall is in the Air!

I’ve been busy decorating my house, so I thought I’d show you some pics of what I’ve done.

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I made this tablecloth on Thursday! (See below for inspiration.)

Fall makes me feel very creative and so beyond willing to sew, cook, paint, decorate, and do some gardening.

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This is about as scary as I get for Halloween, I really don’t like the spooky, witchy stuff!

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Inspiration for My Fall Tablecloth

I found this pretty black and white graphic tablecloth on the Better Homes and Gardens website (BHG.com) and if you want to find it, type “pumpkin tablecloth” in the search button.  I just had to make it.

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More photos of what I did:

I changed the base to some fabric that I already had instead of plain off-white.  I realized when I was making this that I really missed embroidery and hand stitching, maybe I need to take it up again.

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March 26 2016

Rediscovering Potential

Taking the Old and Refreshing (One-Year Challenge*)

It’s amazing what a little paint can do!

This house hadn’t really changed in over 40 years; same curtains, ugly brick decor, yellow accent wall, carpets, and furniture arrangement.  Being a creative type of person, I always rearrange, change, and improve the environment around me.  Just ask my husband how many times the furniture has been moved or new pieces of art decor has changed walls.  I guess I haven’t changed since I’ve been on a journey to improve this old house and make it fresh.  Paint does wonders and a little bit of deconstruction.

xmas yellow wallFor some reason I’ve never been attracted to bright colors and this yellow was constantly screaming at me to change it.  So one day I just painted it.

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Paint progress

ImprovementThis is only the beginning.  I had to paint the ugly brick in several parts of the room.

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There was pink mortar between the bricks.  It didn’t show up as well in the picture below.

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A little bit of effort and vision can go a long way to make things like new.  What project will you take on?  Be bold, look around to see things as they could be, with a bit of imagination and labor – the possibilities are endless.

endNow I’m half way done, on to the other side of the room.

Painting tip:  to get that precision straight line of paint between the ceiling and the wall – use masking tape on the ceiling at the edge, then paint the ceiling color paint on the wall overlapping the tape.  Next paint the wall and when its dry pull the tape off for a crisp, clean edge.IMG_1039

*One-Year Challenge: Part of my 2016 goals were to improve as many parts of this house before the year’s end.  Keep looking for more home improvements!

October 6 2014

Autumn

Changes, Changes, Changes

fall signI love it when I actually feel the changes of the season.  The sun is in a different position in the sky that fills my rooms with light, in tiny corners not touched all summer. Neighbors decorating their porches with quintessential essence of autumn days; pumpkins, wreaths of orange, yellow, and brown, and pots of chrysanthemums lining their walkways.  It brings back so many memories of the awesome holiday smells of cinnamon and spice, of course Pumpkin Spice and Gingerbread Lattes, and family gatherings.

Here is a tiny gallery of  autumn decorating in my home away from home:

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reautumn3Loving a new face on decorating- great change up!