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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

What I've Been Making

My granddaughter, her hubby and their girls are here visiting. Of course you know they're the cutest great grandgirls in th' world, right? ;-) But I've been busy just getting things ready for their arrival and departure. I've been de-stashing this house as you may know and a lot of it is going to their new home in Woodinville, Wa.

I've been collecting some Fancy Nancy books for Caroline. Also, I've pulled down from the plant ledge over my kitchen the little cute houses I collected for several years. They are really cutesy so the girls will get 4 each for their bedrooms. The little "C" below also goes to Caroline. Someone from a group I was in many years ago gave it to me and I've had it perched on the top of the archway going from our living room to our dining room. It's time to give it up also.

Then I decided I wanted a pillow for my new living room chair. You'll see it below. I have a lot of that drop cloth left over from other things I've done so I went with that for the pillow.

I have a back pillow for another living room chair but I didn't especially like it so I unzipped it and used the insides for the new pillow, not realizing that the pillow was feathers. When I opened up the covering, I noticed a color beneath the thick fabric and thought it was kapok or shredded foam. It was feathers so I knew I'd have feathers all over the sewing/craft room. I took out about 1/4 to 1/3 of them, sewed it back up and saved the extra feathers in a bag to use some other time. But drop cloths being a very loose weave I have to sew around all the edges to secure them from unraveling. When I finished stuffing the feathers in and was sewing the opening closed I noticed a few areas on the ruffle that could unravel at some point. I simply ran around the ruffle edge with a "sealing" decorative stitch. See the photo below where I show it up close and what it looks like.

These are all the little houses.

This is a closeup on the left.

And this is a closeup on the right. I think th' girls will love them. Caroline is at the age where she wants "glam" everywhere. Can you hear me squealing?! Yessss, I have a froufrou great granddaughter with curly BIG hair!!! I can hardly contain myself.

This is the chair the aforementioned pillow now resides on. I love the look.

A bit different shot.

I attached a pretty ribbon flower on it.

This is our last initial so it's appropriate.

Here is the decorative stitch I mentioned above.

Does it seem like I'm fixated on the laundry room right now? I love my laundry room and it is unique. Not large at all but very accommodating for the two of us. It's a walk-through room to our garage so you know what I mean. I made it pizzazzy!

This is my second all time favorite painting by Susan Rios. I love her art. I discovered it back in the 80s in California. I saw the lithograph in Martin Lawrence gallery in San Jose and immediately bought it. I think at that time it was $500 but well worth it to me. Another lithograph hangs in my living room and that is one of three of my all-time favorites of here. I have small paintings of hers on my living room wall also. They're prints on canvas actually, a very affordable way to have some of your favorites if you can't afford the originals. I can't! They go for tens of thousands of dollars. That's not in my budget, trust me.

I adore these little Green Gate tins. I'd love to have them but I'm just not going to spend the money or shipping charges from Denmark.

Isn't this fireplace screen gorgeous? This mosaic artist has a good eye for detail. Gorgeous!

I love cute mugs but since we don't drink coffee it would be a waste to have too many. Hubby drinks a cup of hot chocolate every night; I drink one every once in a while.

Beautiful and colorful flowers.

No, this is not my bathroom, but it's definitely gorgeous and I'd love to have it.
Linking up with Pink Saturday.  


  1. So great to have those things to pass down, that will mean so much to them when they are older.
    I wish i could sew. It would definitely open up my world!!! I can paint anything, and love to cross stitch, but, beyond that, well, that''s about it.
    Love that picture, what a talented artist!

    How do you survive without coffee? I would perish!!!!

  2. Love that your great-granddaughters will appreciate your beautiful things. I still have things that belonged to my grandmother and cherish each one. Your pillow is beautiful and I also really like your tin bucket in the laundry.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. I love that pillow
    Prayers for you and your family....this coming week!

  4. You never fail to catch our attention with your idea and great photos. I am sure the little houses will be a big hit for your girls. Your home is so very nice. I am considering giving some of my things to relatives while I still know what I am doing

  5. What a lovely visit for Pink Saturday. Your pillow came out gorgeous and what sweet visits with the grands and great-grands. Having just completed a big move, I know how that can go - Praying yours is smooth and easy! Have a lovely holiday weekend!

  6. Good early morning Connie, We have been in FL for the past two weeks...again. We came here for Thanksgiving, a short Disney cruise and as always a Florida Gator football game. The football season is over...big sigh of relief. We are heading home this morning. YAY! We did have a wonderful time with our daughter and family but I am anxious to get home to get ready for Christmas.

    I love your little houses and the C too. I am sure your grands will love your treasures. The pillow in the lovely chair looks perfect. The feathers must have been quite a mess to work with. I would not have had the patience. As always, loved your pics, especially the bathroom. Gorgeous.

    Wishing you happy days.

  7. I thank God for your talent, I also love everything pink, in fact I told my daughter's that I would be a pink grandma!!!! all the way.
    Thank you for sharing what you love


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