A lucky day

Last week – I went into the LQS because I needed more ‘white’ fabric. Having not brought a swatch with me – I bought 2 different whites because I couldn’t remember if it was a moda or a kona – and I still don’t know because solids don’t have selvedges!

While I was there – a overheard this sentence ‘I will put it up on craigslist’….

My head immediately whips around and asks the owner -‘huh? what? something on craigslist from the LQS?’

She had just replaced her cabinetry! Lucky Day! I asked to see the old stuff and it was out back under a tarp and I said ‘I’ll take it! How much would you like for it?’ She said, if you just take it away, it’s yours!

And so yesterday – I had it picked up and delivered by Earl from ‘Early delivery’ (cute, no?) and you may be thinking that it went in the studio – but nope!  I needed it for the family room! Yeah!!!

Somewhere to keep the kids crap! I mean, toys. No I don’t, I really meant crap.

Isn’t it perfect there? It needs a little lovin’ but wow – I am so pleased with it!!!

See the blue sofa off to the right? That was in that little alcove before the delivery.

Am I wrong to be proud that this is all I found underneath it?

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Mine!

Mine – all mine.  Well, I do have to share it with my family.  But still – WE ARE THRILLED! We are moved in but not yet settled.  Will be soon. We have time. because I am NEVER moving again:)

Scissors and rotary cutters makes this girl happy!

How to make cute shelves …

So I had a little ‘dry wall stuff?’ leftover from the reno last year and some cute fabric and a couple of shelf brackets and of course, the requisite need for some new shelves…

Step 1:

wrap fabric tightly around yucky bit of ‘dry wall suff’ and use you staple gun.

Step 2: Use some gel medium to glue fabric bits (scraps, it you will) to hide those unsightly staples.

Step3: fear not – because it will dry clear.

Step 4: Hang as desired. (kind of like Quilt as desired).  I did it myself with my own power drill and wall plugs and screws and even managed to find the studs in the wall.  Only the middle shelf is a little, um, let’s say, rickety.Yes, it’s the one with a chair on it.

Come in for my close up, please.

Does isn’t look just SO cute!! Well, I thought so, so I took some pictures – and I realized what a colossal waste of space this delicious display was and ended up doing this:

Still cute(ish) but those Neutrals had to go somewhere!

Who says Laundry can’t be educational?

The poops are away so the Mommy will play….

I decided that I really didn’t like the fact that a wall in the laundry room was still the old stone tiles that are rather dark in color and therefore, helped to create a dark laundry room. I didn’t take a proper before picture – but you can get an idea here in the upper right hand corner.

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And I kept finding paper that kids use to practice their letters on… so. One thing led to another

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And now when I do the laundry (machines are on the wall facing this one) the kids can learn to read!  I mean, that’s how they learn, right?

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Aw. Much better.  And the shininess see-through-ness (word??)  will go away as the wallpaper paste dries.

Yup. Wallpaper paste.  Love the stuff.

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mama’s pillow cases…

My mother made these pillow cases for my own baby room 36 years ago.

I love them.  They need a little love themselves, some of the fabric is worn through – but of course, because my Mother is me and I am my Mother (don’t tell anyone that I have admitted to that fact, please) – she saved all of the scraps and now I have them.  They are kept in their own storage bin labelled ‘fabric from mummy’ and I will repair these gems and then I will make something great from those fabrics…

Or maybe in 36 years I will just give them to Sarah…

I think I only noticed the awesome piping at this very moment!

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Babies Room Bunting


bunting, originally uploaded by Within A Quarter Inch.

I made this (inspired by Pam Garrison in a somerset studio issue) for the babies room before they were born…

You can see more detailed photos here