Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Dreaming in RED

I posted about the new family room Lazy Boy chairs we ordered last week. 

 I'm bringing a touch of red with light blue into the family room with this fabric.

Currently I have Country Curtains in the "Cabin Check" pattern....two sets of Austrian valances - one in burgundy and another in tan.

Usually the tan valances are up for spring and summer and the burgundy set is hung for fall and winter. 

 I love the "Cabin Check" valances because they are washable. 

 Unfortunately the Buffalo Check shown below isn't.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) fame has recently posted about her beautiful yellow buffalo check curtains in her office (here). 

 I loved them!

 And immediately I started dreaming about switching to Buffalo Check valances in our family room.

I got out my Country Curtains catalog to look at the Buffalo Check valances again and noticed (loved) the RED Buffalo Check.

I think I may order two new sets in Buffalo Check - one in yellow (it's listed as "gold") and another in red. 

 I still like the Austrian valance style but I may go with the Pleated Scalloped valance for a different look for the family room. 

 I may order a fabric sample of the two colors before I order any valances just to make sure of the color. 

 Do you like the Buffalo Check?

My craft/sewing room is coming along. 

 I had to take a break the last couple days when the bursitis in my hip was bothering me. 

Last week I bought an OttLite floor lamp at Michaels with a 50% off coupon.   

Love those coupons!

 And I love these lamps. 

 I have two now for my sewing table. 

 Lots of good natural light to see by.

I've been researching cutting table options for my craft/sewing room. 

 I looked at IKEA tables and even thought about making one. 

 They run from cheap (make your own) to very expensive professional ones. 

 I finally saw two Horn cutting tables in person at a local sewing store that fit all of my requirements except for the price.

I bought Hubby back to the store to make sure he felt we could get either one down into our basement.  After his inspection and approval I chose the sturdier one... it's well made and has wheels, nice storage and extends to a sufficient cutting area if needed. It's about twice what I wanted to pay but I didn't want to compromise quality to save money.  Luckily we got it on sale (20% off) because of a promotion and it's tax free shopping in the state of Delaware.  So we saved a little bit.  

One reason it's sturdy is it weights almost 300 pounds! 

 We may have to get help getting it into our basement. 

 I have to wait until September for delivery.  

I love it!

It's worth the wait...after all I waited until I was 65 to finally get a cutting table.  

What's a couple more days!

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Let Freedom Ring!

She's finished!

Lopsided like me...

Presenting my Granny Rose Stars and Stripes pillow cover!

Of course this is the flag side...

And this is the granny rose side.

I like both sides...how about you?

Do you have a favorite side?

Let's insert the pillow form.

Sitting pretty on the sofa.

I think it turned out fairly well considering I winged it (i.e., no pattern for the flag).

It's not perfect but neither am I.


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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Black & White

You know I love COLOR but black and white can be stunning.

Love these beautiful black and white horses...

Especially black beauties...

Prince Charming's white horse...

How about a black and white horse...

Love this black and white horse photo with her baby colt...

Bring black and white into your home too! 

 These are the colors I have in our guest bathroom.

Isn't this a lovely black kitchen island - with white dishes?

This is a nice way to bring black and white into your bedroom without being too masculine.

Wish I could find a black and white rug like this one for my black and white guest bathroom.

These designer heels are so pretty but I could never afford them.

Black and White Poppies? 

 Love them!

I would love to add this glorious black and white teacup to my teacup collection.

A black and white granny ripple would go with any decor. 

 I may have found inspiration for my next crochet project.

What a beautiful black kitty!

Yes, I love Black and White!

How about you?

(Source:  all photos from Pinterest)

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Pink Box

Hubby and I stopped at Sears this week to look at Craftman tools (the best) and Gladiator storage units. You won't believe what I found for the ladies.

Look at this Pink Delight!

A tool chest in PINK!

Introducing the Pink Box!

Tool boxes all in beautiful pink...

And lots of tool accessories in pink too.

I think I will get some pink tools for my craft/sewing room!

Please join me for Beverly's Pink Saturday party and her birthday celebration!

Happy Pink & Yellow Birthday Beverly !

Welcome to Beverly's Pink Saturday .  Click on her link to see more PINK

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Lazy Days Are Here...

I am so excited!

Yesterday we ordered our new Lazy Boy furniture to replace our old - and I mean OLD...over 25 years old - dark blue (huge) five piece Sears modular unit.

We splurged and ordered two power recliners and one smaller manual recliner for our family room.   

Hubby's requirements weren't much - a recliner comfortable for him and one with a high back for neck support!  He's tall at 6 feet.  

Our family room is our TV watching room so we wanted to have chairs that would be comfortable to sit in to watch a movie for a few hours.  We decided not to have another sofa in the room just four chairs.  We wanted more room to get to our windows and our wall units.  

Here are the two fabrics I picked and Hubby approved.

The flowered blue and red fabric will be placed on the smaller manual recliner (chair style shown above).  This little recliner is very comfortable too.  

The solid light blue fabric will go on the two power recliners we ordered.

This is the power recliner style we ordered. 

 We have Lazy Boy furniture in our living room and love it - you can't beat the comfort. 

I like to have the foot rest completely filled in with padding and these chairs fit that requirement.  Oh, I forgot, the power chairs rock too!  

I love rockers!!!

We ordered the two power recliners to include the headrest and lumbar options.  The headrest is so neat.  It's going to be great to be able to adjust our head position for TV viewing.    

The power positions available are limitless.

Take a look at the remote for the power recliners!
(Sorry for the fuzzy photos - lack of light)

I love the touch of red I'm bringing into our family room.

Red is my favorite color followed by blue!

I moved this blue leather Ethan Allan wingback down to our family room from our upstairs library. 

 I inherited this lovely chair/ottoman from my brother. 

 The leather had been badly scratched by a cat so we purchased additional flowered fabric to recover it someday to match the small new recliner.  

Now we (...ah...I) have to wait until September to get our new Lazy Boy chairs.  

I'm not good at waiting!

I'm good at whining though!

You will have to wait until September to see our new chairs.  

So no whining! 

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Good Yarn...

The two sides of my Stars and Stripes pillow cover have been joined. 

 I found four pretty red buttons in my button stash.

I stitched the white granny rose down with red yarn to hold it in place.

I wonder what my next crochet project will be?

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Monday, July 23, 2012

My Bird House Thimbles

I collect thimbles because they are tiny so they don't take up a lot of space. 

 And most important...they are pretty.

This is my thimble collection of birds and bird houses.

Many years ago I belonged to a thimble club until it was discontinued. 

 Someday I will have to post about that collection - it is one of my larger ones.

I like to buy a thimble souvenir when we travel too...that is if one is available. 

 I've grouped my travel thimble collection together in a little wall shelf unit.

My bird thimbles combined my love of birds with my love of thimbles.

The original "Mean Bird" source Pinterest.

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