Friday, February 26, 2010

New lamps!

Hi all,

I told you in the last post that I would be posting pics from my trip last week ….it’s been a week already! :’( …. however I haven’t been feeling that well this week and I have a lot of pics to choose from so I’ll be working on it this weekend.

Instead I want to show you some lamps that were in box #4 at my cousin’s! Thought you’d never find out about the mystical box #4 huh? lol..
This is a pic of the lamps that I’ve been using for several years now. I actually think I bought them when my daughter was a baby and she’s almost 20, so I guess they don’t owe me anything!

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I never really liked how small they looked above that big couch but this is a really tiny house and the wall space you see is what you get, no room for any kind of end table. Say hi to Daisy!

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They’re not exactly prim are they??

This is what I have now! The lamps are so long I have to re-think what I put above them.. it’s a work in progress.

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Here’s a few closeups… notice how scared Daisy is! lol.. poor dog, she was terrified of them!

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Lit up:

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I think it looks much better now and the lamps don’t look so lost. The lighting is better as well and I love the pattern that the punched tin leaves on the walls when they’re lit up. What do you think?? Any ideas on what I can put above? I do have my wall hanging from Lex but that’s as far as I’ve gotten.
Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 22, 2010

I’m baaaaaaaaaack!!!! :D

Hi all!

I came back from Cozumel against my better judgement!! I will do a post this week with some pics.

In the meantime I wanted to share some things with you. As most of you know who read my blog, I have a cousin in Michigan who kindly lets me use her address when I order things online.

Friday (12th), my daughter and I went to my cousin’s as we had a very early morning flight from Detroit airport. I had 4 packages waiting for me and I want to show you the contents of 3 of them.

First is my swap item from the Valentine’s swap that I hosted. Many thanks to Andy from Andy's Primitive Farmhouse for these sweet chenille hearts… love them!! Andy conspired with Lex of NorthwindStar to help her choose something for me.. as I understand it, these were made by Lex… I just want to thank you ladies!!!! I appreciate all your efforts and will put these to good use :D

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Speaking of my dear friend Lex, I had also placed an order from her Etsy shop.. please check it out, she has some great things, all handmade by her talented self! I ordered her Valentine’s love letter/dove bowl filler set and I just love it! The envelope is fabric and so unique, filled with the lovely glass glitter-covered heart and some Sweet Annie.. and the dove is so sweet.. I just love this set!!

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In addition to the Valentine’s set, I also ordered this set of 4 “Spice Chicks”.. so fun and cute and much larger than I expected.. lol… so I have to find a spot for them in my kitchen. :D … (I’m thinking of a countertop wooden bench.. what do you all think??). These chicks have cute little cheesecloth kerchiefs as well as labels tied around them with twine and Sweet Annie tucked in. They smell amazing and are just so unique!

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Along with my Spice Chicks and Valentine’s set, Lex tucked in this adorable little gift for me.. a handmade fabric wall hanging! So, so sweet, I really appreciate this Lex! I know how hard those French knots are so I know how much work this was! Hugggggs!!

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Now my 3rd package had a whole bunch of sweet little things that I ordered from MT's Whimsey. Marilyn has a lot of really neat things on her site at good prices… check her out.

I ordered a stack of 3 fabric hearts with a crow theme.. the bottom one is black, it’s kind of hard to see in this pic; 5 Sweet Annie covered eggs, I think it’s beeswax that’s covering them; I also got 2 pairs of grubby tapers and a set of old clothespins dipped in wax.. never saw those before so I just had to have them. Cute stuff eh??

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Well I think that’s it for now, I will be posting some pics of my trip this week. Hope everyone enjoys all this eye candy!!! :D

Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy Valentine’s Day, look what I got & I’m outta here!!!

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Hope everyone has a Happy Valentine’s Day Sunday.. I will be on a beach in Mexico with my awesome daughter….. can’t wait!!

See my sweet Valentine’s tree???  Do the cardinals and Annie look familiar?  I told my sweet friend Lex of NorthwindStar, who made both of these items (3 gorgeous cardinals and one very sweet Annie) that they were not being packed away with the Christmas decorations.. I love these, they are part of the decor now!  I also added a few felt hearts that I got at JoAnn’s after Christmas… 90% off!  Works year-round too!

Well, I got such a surprise in the mail today, I couldn’t believe there was something for me!!  My other sweet friend Barb of Dogmom Diva sent me this super-sweet little heart, tucked inside a cute bag and also included a cute card.. Barb, thanks so much, you really helped me..  it’s been a very stressful week at work and this made my week!  Huggggs to you!!!

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PARIS!!!  So cute, and I love that button!  It smells good also but I can’t place the scent!  I think it might be stuffed with lavender.. but maybe Barb will tell me her secret :D  …

What a thoughtful and touching little gift, I’m so grateful to Barb!!  I just can’t thank you enough.. :)

So with that, I have to get ready to cross the border, have to pop in to my cousin’s before it gets too late.  Our flight is 6 a.m. tomorrow morning but since we have to be there 3 hours early we’re not even going to get to sleep tonight :( 

My daughter will have her laptop but I’m sure she won’t share much.. lol.. so I will post some pics when I get back!  If I can get online I’ll post comments.

Adios to all my great bloggy friends!!

 

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Things I’ve been making…

Hello all!

I thought I’d share a few things I’ve made in the past little while.

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This towel was made for a swap, I’ll be working on a couple more that are similar when I go to Mexico next week.. something to do on the beach.. :D. It’s made of muslin with a homespun accent trim on the bottom. All the hems were finished by hand and the homespun was sewn on by hand as well. It’s partly a desire to sew as the settlers would have, all by hand, making sure the stitches are tight enough to hold the item together.. and partly because I’m just too lazy to pull my sewing machine out to see if it actually works.. LOL! So much easier to just sit on my bed with the tv blaring and stitch away…

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Close-up of the stitching, I found it online for free and altered it a bit to fit my skill level.. I’m sorry that I don’t know what site I got it from so can’t give credit, feel free to leave a comment so I know where I got it! I’m kind of proud of this, made it for a very special friend and I haven’t embroidered since I was a kid… probably didn’t do it right, but I did it how I thought I should and I’m ok with that!! Just a note, the back was done very neatly with almost no knots!

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Candle mat I made for my friend as well.. again all hand-stitched.. warm & natural for the top and flannel for the bottom. I free-handed the design so I didn’t know what it would end up looking like.

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Two more candle mats, very similar to the one I sent away. I’m selling these.. I hope.. lol.

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Another hand-made towel, homespun with the stitching on muslin. This is a hen with her little chicks and some stars in the sky. I got this pattern from a book I bought several years ago and altered it a bit. The stitching is in brown embroidery thread. I really like it!

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This towel is made from a striped flannel pillow case. The design was stitched in dark blue and the hems were done by hand as well.

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Another towel made from the flannel and stitched in blue with an added row of blanket stitching along the seam.

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I think you can call this a pillow tuck? It’s about 8”x9” .. so a fair size I’d say to tuck onto a prim shelf. I used the striped flannel again and sewed by hand all around then stuffed lightly with polyfill. A piece of homespun was attached with a running stitch and a piece of warm & natural was used for the ‘1867’ stitched onto it, then the piece was attached to the pillow, a couple of safety pins and a rusty bell also attached. I used 1867 because it’s the only year in Canadian history that means anything to me.. the year our country was born.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.. thanks!!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

A little help here! :D

Hi all!

I continue to be inspired by the talented ladies posting pics on the FB group “A PLACE FOR US PRIM GALS TO SHOW OFF THE PRIMITIVES IN OUR HOUSE”. There have been several pics posted of some wonderful bathrooms and I have decided to re-do mine. I actually have to do something anyway as I seem to have a bit of an issue with mildew at the top of my walls.

First, let me show you what the bathroom looked like when I bought my house about 2 years ago:

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Gorgeous, no? :P .. love the bright blue J cloths she left me.. lol. You can’t see it, but the green tiles wrapped all the walls so they had to come down…. I’m not a big fan of tiled walls.

This is it now:

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The first thing I had to do was replace the vanity which was leaking.. not to mention fa-reakin’ ugly!!!!! The toilet was the only thing fairly new in this bathroom so it stayed but the floor was replaced. I got a great deal on this flooring, it’s a piece of sheet vinyl (I find ceramic is cold.. good in the hot parts of the world but not so much in Canada!)… got it at the orange big box store in a 6x9’ roll for $24.99. That’s one advantage of having a tiny bathroom… you can use remnants!

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This is a better view of the vanity. I looked for weeks for something that was the right size and nice-looking with some storage. I would have preferred to have several drawers but this one has a very large one at the bottom, not too deep but it holds a lot of stuff. Behind the doors is a rather cavernous cupboard, still trying to figure out what I can do to organize it better. I’ve redone it several times using several different baskets and containers but it’s still a pain! The drainpipe of course runs through the middle of it so that’s one problem. Oh well, one thing at a time.

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As I was saying, I looked for weeks and found this again at the orange big box store, and the mirror came with it. It was a bit more than I wanted to pay but what can you do? I was trying to find something that didn’t look cheap and really wanted an old wooden dresser that I could convert but had no luck. This vanity is wood, but like most furniture pieces, it’s not solid wood. It has a black marble or granite top (not sure which..lol) and a cherry red finish. I chose a simple faucet set, I wanted the handles to be easy to turn and not those ones with the washers that always get stripped. The faucet part of this is a small gooseneck that turns from side to side. I thought that was a nice feature for a bathroom! Notice the fleur-de-lis hand towel ring on the wall.. a 50% off Hobby Lobby find!

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In addition to the flooring and vanity, I removed the ugly green tiles on the walls. I actually had no choice because the previous vanity was one of those built-in ones that had the tile installed around it, not behind it. So, I was left with a big hole. I chose an mdf beadboard to put on the walls; this came in individual pieces with a tongue on one side and a groove on the other; once attached to the walls, they look like a solid piece of beadboard. I chose a high baseboard and for the top, a 4” straight piece. The pic above shows the baseboard as well as the pretty toilet paper holder I chose (notice how it's beside the toilet .. the old one was on the opposite wall..never understood that!)

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This pic shows why I chose the 4” thick top piece for the beadboard. I found a pic that showed this type of top with hooks for towels and since my daughter and I use 2 towels each and I don’t like those traditional towel racks, I opted for hooks. The towels aren’t colour-coordinated but that’s life.. lol. When I go to sell the house I’ll make sure there are matching towels on these hooks! You can also see a reflection of the light fixture in the glass and some of the crap on the walls that I have to cover up. :P

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This shelf above the toilet is made from an old shutter and the supports were also purchased 50% off at Hobby Lobby.. note the fleur-de-lis again :) I was going to paint the supports white to match the shelf but haven’t gotten to it yet. Please ignore the patching I did and the screw stuck in the wall.. lol.

I chose a Para Paint colour called Trading Post for the top half my walls. I love-love-love this colour! However, for the first 17 months that we lived in this house, we didn’t have a fan in the bathroom ceiling so there are streaks down the walls from the ceiling, caused by the moisture from the shower running. I have tried cleaning the walls with little success. I also have cleaned the mildew off the walls and that seems to work for a little bit. Even with the fan, there’s an issue. I was told by the person who installed the fan that the attic is so heavily insulated that the moisture can’t really escape the bathroom. That makes sense to me, but I also think I was sold the wrong paint.

So you’ve probably noticed the Parisian-themed shower curtain with matching hooks, the Eiffel Towers (3-d and pictures), the fleur-de-lis and the soap dispenser that says Paris (you probably can’t actually see that.. you’ll have to take my word for it :). About 6 years ago my daughter and I decided that we wanted a Paris-themed bathroom. I have no idea why we decided that but we started in my last house, continued it to the apartment I rented for 2 years and carried it to this house. I’ve decided that I need a change and want to prim the bathroom up.

This is where you all come in. I need some advise. I’m considering painting the beadboard. I love the white and I think white is the best colour for it, but I’m wondering if I should go dark on the bottom and paint the upper half of the wall a lighter colour. If I’m going to get the proper paint, I think it should be in a lighter colour. Hopefully that will solve the problem with the walls (after I prime of course). My thoughts on colours in the bathroom are still red but with mustard (I could do that in a homespun shower curtain). I have this great wooden wall cabinet that I’d like to hang in there but it’s red so would get lost on the walls if they stay red and I’ve decided that I don’t want to paint the cabinet. Here’s a pic of the cabinet:

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It was set upside down on the floor so I rotated the pic but I think you get the idea. I paid a lot of money for this and I love it so other than dusting it, I don’t want to change it. Well.. maybe I’d take the pegs off and string wire across the bottom and put some prim towels on it.. okay maybe I would paint it.. any ideas??

I was also considering a black and tan theme for the bathroom, but I don’t think I should paint the vanity so there is still an element of red in the bathroom with the cherry finish. Basically the room is currently red, white and black and I’m okay with keeping that scheme and I will keep some of the Paris theme as well, but I want a new shower curtain and I need to paint. I could go black, tan and red as well.

So what do you all think?? Would you paint the beadboard and if so what colour? Red?? Mustard?? Tan?? What about the upper half of the walls? What about the vanity.. should I paint it? Keep in mind that I may be listing this in about 3 years so I have to be careful about any permanent changes that I make.

Thanks for any advise you can give me!!