The last time that I shared this project with you the hope chest looked like this.
The next step was to stain the new wood supports and molding. Some of the wood on the outside of the chest was dinged and faded so I decided to stain the entire chest. Originally I was all set up to sand outside but the weather was being odd so we moved the hope chest into the garage. Once wet up I went to work. It was a slow process because I was sanding it by hand. The original hope chest was actually covered with a vainer finish so the lid was the only area safe for machine sander, which Ash did for me.
When Ash was done sanding, I started filling in any uneven areas and hand sanding to make it smooth.
Of course you can see from the picture that is still have some finishing touches to do. For example hand sand around the scroll design on the front. Once I am done with that I have to finish it, but I do not know how I want it to look….
I feel guilt that it is sitting in the garage all sanded and ready to finish but I have hit a creative road block. How do I break down the block? What do I want the chest to look like finished?
Have you ever hit a creative block? How did you break down the block? What inspiration can you give me? Do you have any suggestions for me of how I could finish it? I would love to get your feedback!
The temperature the last few days has been in the 40′s during the day which means it is colder at night and in the mornings. Our house only has the gas wall unit which honestly does not work, so we have it blocked off. Unfortunately this makes the house a cold box. Due to the cold I have been patiently, sort of, waiting for a burn day.
For those of you who do not have this in your area, this is a regulatory thing in our area. There are only certain days that you can burn a wood burning fire so you have to check the website, or get daily emails, to find out.
Tuesday was the start of a few day stretch of burn days so of course I jumped right in.
It is so calming and relaxing for me to sit and watch a fire. The noises, smells and warmth make me feel at peace. As you can see in the picture, we have a new screen for the fireplace. This was added because the doors, which we originally on the fireplace when we bought the house, fell off. After everything I am pleased with the visual change. Of course I am also pleased because it keeps the kittens out of the fireplace. It used to be one of their favorite places to hide… eeek!
While enjoying the fire I was pleased to have the company of my eldest baby, Dixie.
She was enjoying the warmth too and I could not resist taking a picture of her because she looked just as relaxed and happy as I was.
Well time for me to get busy again. Until we talk again, stay warm.
Last time we talked about this quilt I was perfecting the layout.
Now that I have the layout how I want it, it is time to adhere the inside of the shirt. By that I mean, I will be using a thing our family calls stitchwich. Joann’s carries it back by the cutting table. It is used to iron two pieces of fabric together so I am using it on the inside of the shirt. Why, you make ask? Well the reason is to prevent the shirt material from stretching while sewing and/ or by use. So with the adhesive done it is time to sew the front.
The front went together rather smoothly. To be honest I thought that it was going to be a lot harder for me to do. I laid the front piece on the floor and laid the back fabric over it. The transformers fabric was not quite big enough so I bought some black fleece to add to the top and bottom of the blanket back.
Now for the final steps! Pinning and sewing the front and back together, then flipping it right side out and adding the yard supports. This was how it turned out…
I don’t know if you noticed it but there is a big open space in the top left corner of the quilt front. This makes the blanket feel incomplete but it might start a fun adventure later. I am going to leave it and see if or what Payton wants to add!
My Christmas presents are officially done!!
It is official!!! I am working again. The company and team are incredible!!! Truly blessed to have been given this opportunity in life!
I have now been working for almost two weeks and it has been busy. Going from being a stay at home person to full-time employment takes some getting used to but for me also requires some kind of routine in place. The routine will help me with things like taking care of the house, pets and getting to work on time.
The routine I have started and I think is going to work for the long-term is:
- Get up at 5am and shower
- Get ready for work
- Make the bed
- Feed the dogs
- Start a load of laundry
- Tidy up the house
- Put the dogs outside
- Leave for work
- Come home from work
- Put laundry into dryer
- Dinner (making and eating)
- Dishes & clean the kitchen
- Put away laundry
- Feed dogs
- Set coffee for following morning
- Tidy back up the house
- Bed at about 9-9:30pm
Looking at the is list now it looks both like a lot and like not much at all. Funny how it can appear to be both! or at least funny to me =)
During the week I am tired but sleeping well. As I said it is hard to get into a routine but I think that this one works well because I get to keep up on everything without having to spend my whole weekend cleaning and doing the house chores.
Today is a holiday for me because of Thanksgiving yesterday. But I stayed on my routine (minus the commuting) yesterday and today. If I was to sleep in I would throw everything off kilter and then it would be even harder for me to get back on track… eek! You may think I am silly or odd or something else but life is good and I want to keep it that way.
For a couple of months I had been talking with one of my close friends about taking a painting class together. She found a place called the Painted Cork. Looking at their site and calendar we started to get excited!
We decided to take the Christmas cottage class together this past Sunday.
It was fun, and interesting! When we arrived each person had a place set for them including a canvas that had a stretch done.
During the class the instructor clearly explained and showed us how to do each step. During the last hour we were let loose to be creative and personalize our paintings. To be honest I did not even wait that long to personalize and until the end of the class I though I was the only person making changes so much earlier.
Let me explain a bit… First we painted the sky and the snow-covered ground, then the house. At this point another person added a picket fence in front of the house in their painting. The next step was painting the trees in the background of the house, this is where I changed mine. I did not want the leaf less trees covered in snow because they look cold and sad to me. That is probably because I grew up with an evergreen loving mother =), she always preferred evergreen trees and plants in the yard. The teacher taught me how to make the evergreen trees on my painting and I was so happy with the difference it made. In fact I got a lot of compliments on it as well.
Can you see the difference between them? This is both of our paintings at the end of the class. We are so proud!
You can also see that I added some Disney aspects to mine as well.! I could not resist! My husband was in shock when I got home to show him and is already working with me to get it ready to hang on the wall for the season.
I just wanted to take a moment to say Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
Every year on this day I try to remember all that I have to be thankful for in life…For example:
- Good Health
- Wonderful Husband
- Good over my head
- Food on the table
I hope that there is a list of things that you are thankful for and that the list grows with each passing year!!!
Have a safe and wonderful day!!!
Have you ever looked at a door in a small room and wished that there was a way to make better use of that space? I know that I have.
I stumbled across this picture online and thought that it was a very interesting concept. Of course my mind starting running down a lost of ways that I would put this concept to use in my house. I thought that it might be nice to use on the inside of the door to the spare room, the hall closet of even changing out closet from curtains to doors. The last one is not likely to happen but the other two might be options. Do you have any rooms that this would be useful in?
I am defiantly going to keep this idea bookmarked for the future. Who knows, I might actually do it one day. You never know!
When I originally arranged and decorated the living room it looked like this.
There have been a few changes since then. First I replaced the couch with the futon from the guest room. Next, I moved the dresser to another room. With the furniture changes done, I decided to rearrange the room.
The futon had a lot of open space below, which I thought would be a good place for some organized storage. I got a few storage bins from the dollar store and used them to organize some additional crafting supplies.
I think that the living room is now a lot more welcoming and organized. Now I just have to plan where I am going to put the Christmas tree.
If you have not guessed, this year for Christmas I am making blankets for my niece and nephews on Ash’s side of the family. I have completed the blankets for Owen and Ian thus far. Now it is time for Payton.
Payton loves Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean. I asked him if he like the Pirates of the Caribbean because it was pirates and was quickly corrected. “I like them cause of Jack Sparrow not cause it is pirates.” Well that came through loud and clear =) I smile when I remember the look on his face, so serious!
How on earth am I going to combine but of these movies into one quilt? Well, I almost was unable to. After searching all of the local stores and looking online, I could not find any Pirates of the Caribbean fabric. I felt lucky to find the piece of Transformers fleece fabric that I did. Companies are not making fabric of these two themes because they are not as popular any longer. Disheartened I called my Mom to ask her for some advice on how to achieve this challenge and she came through as always.
She suggested that I purchase Pirates of the Caribbean t-shirts and quilt around them. This is perfect! With the help of Ash and eBay we were able to find three shirts to use.
So the front will be Pirates and the back will be Transformers.
Sounds simple enough but now comes the fun part of putting it all together! The first thing that I need to do is decide how I would like the pattern to look. Using a pencil and paper I drew a rough sketch of the layout and after some changes finally found one I liked. Next step is to cut the pieces and lay them out on the floor to be sure that it looks the way that I envisioned it. Stay tuned to see how it turns out!
Cambria is one my eldest niece and she is a very unique and special girl! She has decided that she would like to change over from pink to greens and greys, and I could not be more proud. Green and grey are calming colors which is something that I think could help her to quite her mind for a while. With this in mind I decided to make her quilt using these colors.
Hobby Lobby opened a new store down the street from our house so of source I had to go” and check it out! The store was wonderful with all of its decorations and crafting supplies. I was very happy when I found the fabrics, shown above, for Cambra’s quilt. There is a couple shades of each color as well as some butterflies. When I got home I found that I also had some remnants of a black and white fabric both with writing on them which matched. The writing has acronyms such as “LMBO” and “OMG” on it which may be more appropriate in a couple years as she will soon be a teenager.
Fabrics selected and in the washing machine, time to create the layout. For this quilt I decided to make her pattern and it different. Instead of doing squares of large rectangles like the previous two blankets I decided to make it look almost like bricks.
Of course that it just the first few rows laid out but you get the idea. Time to sew!
When the front was done I still needed the right fabric for the back. I did not want to use something solid and plain so it made it harder to find just the right fabric. Finally I found a fabric that I liked and bought it in a blink of an eye. Okay so it was not that fast LOL =)
I thought that the black with white and green butterflies would compliment the front of the blanket. Who knows the addition of butterflies might even give me room to make her other fun things for her room later… food for thought.
When the back fabric was washed, I attached and added some clear buttons as the finishing touch.
I think that this is the perfect blanket for our girl!
I hope that she find this calm and soothing in her room.