'Stay, stay at home and rest. Homekeeping hearts are happiest.' ~ Author Unknown.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

~ Time For Some Catch Up..... ~

"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." -Thornton Wilder

I am still trying to learn how to make my blog site a little more 'inviting', so to those of you who visit, please bear with me. I do have a dear friend coming in the next week to show me how to add those cute little things down the sides. I have so many 'lists' that I think would be fun to add to my posts.

Let's see - lots of photos today! First, I want to talk about my spare bedroom makeover that finally got done, only I don't think it is going to remain my spare bedroom for long. You see, I have a sewing room in my home, but the light is not quite good enough, nor the view out the windows neither, so I think I am going to hijack this room for my personal space. Anyway, let's begin:

This was my daughter's room 'before'. With our son gone from home for a few years, Sarah wanted his room, and he said he was 'okay' with that. So, enter paint brush and paint, and take down the fairy wallies and cover up those 'poka dots' that made the room look like it had chicken pox. After some new paint, some furniture rearranging, and sewing some new curtains,

Ta Da!

It is not as 'colonial' as I would like it, but I am working with what I have. This was my daughters bed since she was a little girl, it is an antique as it is a '3/4' bed, not quite a full, and man, oh man, is it heavy!!!!! I finished my counted cross stitches, three of them in all, and put them in here. Can you find them? For a bigger and better view, just double click on the photos. Anyway, I think I was premature in turning this into the spare bedroom. I do believe this bed will be moved into our 'bonus room' above the garage, and this space will become my new home for this mess:

UUUGGGHHHH!!!! I am almost too embarrased to reveal this hodge podge of an area to you - I am revealing my soul here! But creativity has a price!!! This is my 'baby' ~

and she needs a new home. One with better lighting and more space. AND a closet to hide all the mess! From my previous posts, you know I have such a list of projects to be finished. I know it is really bad when my tastes have changed and I still have unfinished projects that I started from prior 'tastes'. MAYBE some of these blocks will be future gifts or giveaways:

Also, I have had a few requests for some photos of the inside of the Salt Box book I mentioned in a few posts back. I had found this book at a TS and fell in love with it. Here are a few of my favorites:

It is a book mainly for refrence for architectes and builders, but I love it! There are a TON of good ideas in here.

And lastly, do you recognize the chest at the top of my post? Yep, this is my 1970's Lane Cedar Chest redo. I haven't dolled it up completely yet, don't know what I am going to decorate it with, but wanted to leave it kinda bare so you could see the top. I use Heritage Village and Olde Century Colors Paints, and my, they are wonderful to work with! They are kinda hard to find, but I have one store in about a 200 mile radius that carries them. They are historical colors that are from colonial times, and I love painting with them. Anyway, the bottom of my cedar chest is called Savanah Red and the top is called Olde Ivory, with an Antiquing Polyurethane rubbed on top. I painted the easter eggs with some of the colors from the Olde Century collection. And the penny rug is from the class I taught at The Quilt crossing earlier this month.

I am swamped with customer quilt tops to quilt in the next few weeks. A couple of baby shower gifts, two graduation quilts, and a wedding quilt. Isn't that great! I love the fact that these heirlooms that I have been entrusted to quilt are going to be used and possibly passed down for others to enjoy. I am blessed to have such a great customer base, and this is such a happy business to be in!

I leave you with blessings for a 'simple' week and a picture of some quilts I have quilted for myself in the past years. This photo is kinda old, but thought I would use it anyway!

Blessings on your week, and indulge in a quiet, reflective moment for yourself!!!!



Janene said...

The bedroom looks great and so do your stitcheries. You are so very talented!
I am drooling over your quilts!
Bib Please!

Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

The chest came out wonderful!! isn't it fun to gain a room back? My office and Dh's are both former bedrooms. We love being empty nesters.

Over 90 now so I am heading to come cool air somewhere. Thanks for sharing the inside of the book - I so appreciate it!!

hugs, Linda

This Country Girl said...


I love the color of the chest and how you have it displayed with the penny rug. Your bedroom is also great...love that redo. I'll be dealing with something similiar when I redo my guest bedroom as it's a bed I've had since I was a little girl and it's just not that prim or colonial, but we'll see what I can do! :)

Love ALL of your quilts! Very welcoming...you entire staircase is!

Have a great evening!

By the way, is that your home in the header above?


I Play Outside The Box said...

Love how the chest turned out!! I like how you have your quilts displayed too.

Kath said...

Hi Shanda!
First time stopping by!
I love your blog, your home and family are beautiful!! That is your home in the blog header and in the pics on other posts?? It's gorgeous!
Love those quilts!
Looking forward to stoppin by lots more :)

Have a wonderful weekend.