Tuesday, September 29, 2009

penny rugs

These are two of my fall penny rugs I completed last week while I was off. At least I can say I got something done.
The first one the pumpkins in the pattern were Jack o Lanterns but I left the faces off so I could get more use out of them.

It is a "Little Bits" pattern from Homespun Charm.

I love this penny rug too. It is so bright and colorful-definitely not too prim but I love the pattern. It does go so well with my other prim stuff though.

This pattern is from Lily Anna Stitches, There's a watermelon slice pattern too. I'll make that one for summer sometime over the winter. As soon as I find the right color pink for the melon.

It's been a cold rainy day in Pa today. It's starting to be the perfect weather for curling up with all my hand work. The gardens are being put to rest for the winter so I have more time for inside things.


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

WWW ......Dining room reno and bittersweet

These are the pictures of the ongoing dining room reno that began with the start of my vacation.
This is a before picture. I had removed the baseboards and painted the walls a soft olivey green.

Next DH put up 6" wide pine wainscoting about 1/2 way up the walls.

All this was done prior to my vacation. Now day 1 was priming all the wainscoting and the chair rail,corner moldings and base boards.

Day 2 Today I added the color. It is a putty color about the color of Pella doors in Putty. It's my new favorite color.

DH finished the second coat of the putty. Now all we have to do is put on the chair rail,baseboards and corner moldings. But I'm changing my mind. I painted all the wood work the same putty color. Now I'm thinking the chair rail need to be something else. I'm not liking the green anymore either. He's not going to be happy but I don't want to do it again anytime soon. The wall is so easily changed since it's only 1/2 the wall. I'm going shopping at some prim stores today so I have the day off. When I get home tonight I'll ponder some more about color.
I want to stencil in this room too and I'm afraid it'll get lost on the green even though it's a subtle color. .......................Big sigh ..........................too many decisions.

I learned a lesson about bittersweet this week. I found some in our church parking lot while the girls were at youth group last week. I cut it and put it in my car. I forgot about it till I was parking the car at work the next day. Never do it. It must have been the heat that caused it all to open. I was so disappointed. I can still use it but it lost all of the yellow seed coverings as I was taking the leaves off.
It was harder to work with this way too.I couldn't get it to bend the way it usually does. It was probaly dried out. I'll look for more this week and try it again. I did get some on the chandlier in the dining room. You can see it hanging in the top of some of the pictures.

Be sure and check out Leslie's blog for others and their Wed projects

Off to shop.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Catching up

Since I am on vacation this coming week I will be catching up on many things. One of them is my blog. This post should have been done 2 weeks ago but alas time has slipped away again.

We had the pleasure of spending the day at Kennywood with 2 of my nephews we don't see as often as I'd like. My girls are the same ages as the boys. By the look of their faces in the pictures I'd say they had a good time.

I am blessed to have a close family. These are 2 of my brothers' 5 boys. They live 1 1/2 hours from us but we really only see them for holidays since their parents are divorced. We all had a good time that day. It was a new experience for me to drop them off by themselves for a few hours and return after my DH got home from work. I'm not sure I'm liking this letting go thing much.
Here are my 2 clowning for the camera.

Since they were little we've taken their pictures on the merry go round and I change them in the frame each summer. It's a neat progression of time.
Here's this years.
Tori 14

Emily 13

My how time does fly.

I'll post again tomorrow with some finished projects and some buys from summer.