Tuesday, October 25, 2016

New Walls in the Stone House

The living room is painted! Still waiting on the new slab of stone that will be the mantel above the gorgeous fireplace.

The small bedroom is painted! All that's left to do is hang some curtains and clean the floor.

The hallway is in the process of becoming Enchanted Forest Green. With lots of white closet doors.

The kitchen still looks like this, sadly, but will receive its subfloors this week. After that, it's full speed ahead with sheetrock repair and tile floors. The cabinets will arrive in mid-November.

And turning back around, here's the view out onto the front porch!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Last Apronful of Tomatoes

Clara and Daisy and I went to New York this weekend to meet up with our kids there--it used to be the boys, but now it's Giles and Tia and Felix and Molly--Felix was able to join us for the weekend. Actually, we were a secondary consideration. He was there to see Molly, and boy was he happy.  Bella couldn't get off work but plans to make the trip in December.

We met Molly's parents, shopped for bridesmaids' dress fabrics, and looked for special tea and chocolate croissants. 

We got back really late last night and Clara had to plunge right into teaching her classes at 8:00. Daisy and I eased into things a little slower, and I found time to check the garden for one last apronful of tomatoes.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Foliage in a Gray and White Room

Foliage looks good anywhere.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sister, No Caption

Monday, October 17, 2016

The End of the Work Day

Afternoon light; time to cook dinner.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Palette for the Stone House

Oh, it's fun to see these coming together! From top to bottom (and these are all Benjamin Moore):
Decorator White--for all the trim, and for the kitchen.
Green Tint--for the master bedroom and the hall bathroom.
Gray Cashmere--for the living room.
Wild Aster--for the small bedroom and for the lady's bathroom (clawfoot tub).
Enchanted Forest--for the hallway, which runs from the front door straight back to the kitchen, and the tiny study.

Joys of small-town life--Daisy's piano teacher is doing all the interior painting and acing it!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Fun with Linen and Stitches

 I'm thoroughly enjoying just making things up on my new quilt. Random colors, random patterns, and apparently a constant dropping of thread. I've had people call me after two separate meetings saying they found floss under my chair and would get it to me. The hazards of quilting on the go, I guess.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

First a Quilt, Then a Painting

This is the first of at least two abstracts I'm working on that come straight from my quilts.

You can see that the painting is much warmer overall, because of the red-brown underpainting. I'm not sure I like that, and I may try again with a cool underpainting.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Before the Reupholstering

The girls and I found this couch a couple of weeks ago (for the stone house, of course). It's very old, dating from the 1920s, and used to be horsehair! It has some very sturdy springs.

I started the reupholstering adventure today by taking the fabric off the bottom and back. Bottle green cotton velvet coming up.

Friday, October 07, 2016

A Spur-of-the-Moment Quilt Top: Urban Renewal

Like someone who eats the whole package of cookies so it will stop tempting them, today I pieced this whole quilt so it wouldn't sit there distracting me from things I should be doing. I'm calling it Urban Renewal.

I had the pieces cut out--it's simply garments cut into as big of rectangles as I could get out of each shape. If you've ever taken a random assortment of rectangles and tried to piece a quilt, you will know what a miracle it was that this went together like a dream with no measuring at all. The force was with me.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Before School

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

White Birds: Two for One

New for me: a double-decker rendition of the ubiquitous white bird. 

Monday, October 03, 2016

Sea of Chairs

Clara and I have been scouting around your junkier antique stores for affordable furniture for the stone house. A while ago we found a dropleaf dining table and six chairs--all orange wood and terrible fabric on the seats.

It's been a primer-and-three-coats kind of project, but we're to the point where we cover the seats with ticking now. 

The rising tide of furniture here is going to swamp us all if we can't get some of this into the other house soon.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Second Rabbit

This is Chet, the lilac lionshead. The dark one is Biff.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Big Four

Felix has been living and working in South America for about two years now. Molly will be joining him there as soon as they're married in December.

In case you're new, that's Tia on the left (married to Giles), Molly in the middle (engaged to Felix), and then Felix.

Giles and Tia. First time to South America for her--she looks great in that scarf.

Adventures, for sure. I hear the hike was eleven miles. At altitude.

This is my favorite. So much beaming and explaining. So much happiness.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Back at the Boutique

It's blowing my mind that we are back at the wedding business--the girls and I shopped for bridesmaid dresses on Saturday, in shades of blush and champagne, yum! Bella found something gorgeous, and Clara has decided to make hers. I'll be sewing for Daisy.

So sweet of Molly to include all three sisters in this wedding that we are all so happy about. Bring it on!

Monday, September 26, 2016

An Open Front Door

That's some really nice air coming in . . . and a really ragged screen. Maybe I can get to fixing that.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Fluffy New Chapter Begins

That's right, Daisy caught rabbit fever at the fair this year. As of this afternoon she's the proud owner of two of everything--cages, water bottles, feeders, hay racks . . . and lionheads. One lilac, one sable. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Stack of Wool

My neighbor brought over all this and more when her sister cleared out her storage. I will put on my thinking cap. It's all wool!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Gold Beading on a Corset

I'm working away, not in any hurry, at a jersey corset. It's stenciled in the Magdalena pattern (a favorite) and I am doing a bugle bead quilting stitch around each shape.

This is the first time I've done my stencil in Liquitex paint made for airbrushing. It's much more fluid than the stuff I've found in the past--and I really like it. I bought it at the Alabama Chanin store and I know it's on the website too. A little goes much farther than the stencil paints I've tried before.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Let's All Take a Minute to Imagine a House by the Sea

"Big, wide rooms with fine white matting on the floors, and many comfortable willow chairs and couches, with cushions of faded but fine texture. . . 
Long, sheer curtains at the windows, floating in the breeze . . . .

[And lunch will be] fried fish and hot biscuits and a tomato and cucumber salad for the main course, and iced coffee for the drink, and sponge cake and strawberries and cream."

--Grace Livingston Hill, The Strange Proposal

Friday, September 16, 2016

Evening at the Fair

Back at the fair this evening to engage in more livestock business. It's strenuous! I can't even imagine keeping a cow comfortable here. Those who have cows set up entire living/lounge suites with haybale footstools, Crock-Pots, and coffeemakers.

An array of quilts. I feel the judges don't get my quilts. They're not fans of the visible knot. But that's okay.

I'm fascinated with these wooden signs. Someone designed and painted them. They chose to slope the word up to make it fit in. Good for them!

Part of Daisy's display featuring various chicken breeds. Since we don't have a color printer, she prints out a black and white image and then colors it in with Prismacolors.

Just before the storm blew in.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Covering the Seat Cushions

Clara and I are painting two tables and six chairs for the stone house. Sister is in charge of covering the seat cushions.

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