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

Friday, September 2, 2011

~Tis a Lesson on Anticipation.......~

Why did I wait so long?

I picked my settee up from the Upholstery Shop the other day and it wasn't love at first sight.......  it was 'why did I wait so long to have this done?  It was Anticipation.  I was getting up courage to re-upholster this myself, but just couldn't bring myself to it - scared I would make a mistake, not enough self esteem to undertake the challenge, on and on.  So then began the Anticipation.  Once I made up my mind to have someone else do it, it still was Anticipation.  When I took it to the upholstery shop and he said it would be 8-10 weeks, the Anticipation really began.  Every photo I saw in a magazine of furniture that had this fabric, every dream at night, and all the visions of what it was going to look like haunted me because I had taken so long to make the decision to get it professionally done.  But Anticipation is half the fun.  The settee is done, and I am so happy with it!  Can you see it peeking through the doors at you?

 As a reminder - here is the 'Before':

And here is the 'After':

I am very pleased with the results.  Anticipation is worth it. 

Summer is coming to an end, but Fall is right around the corner.  Again - Anticipation!  Tonight is my first Finish-It-Friday Night with the girlfriends after the long summer months of not having our sewing group meet, and I think everyone is gearing up for Christmas and planning some gifts.  I will be working on some needlework/sewing kits, pincushions, a family cookbook, and learning to crochet some edging on flour sack dish towels.  Anticipation...... which project to start with?

I am almost done with canning, and have been busy quilting on customer quilts, but the second biggest piece of news is that I finished quilting my first of many class models for my Living History Civil War Quilting Class that starts this Fall.  My first class is October 22.  Anticipation.  Won't you join me?  I think this quilted up well and the top and bottom border reminds me of Clara Barton and the American Red Cross.

  And the back so you can see the feathers:

I did take a quick photo of my Fowl Rack that I made last month.  It isn't 'decorated' completely yet because our son who is home for a week yet before going back to college is staying in that room.  I have so many things to get done once he vacates 'the spare bedroom', but this one I am not in a rush for.  It can wait this last week while we spend a wee bit more time together before he leaves - I am sure you know what I am talking about! This is what I call 'Bittersweet Anticipation...........'

Hope you enjoy this last official weekend of the summer.  I haven't seen my first leaf fall, but then again, there is that 'Anticipation' thing going on.  Blessings on your late summer days, and


Blessings on your Anticipations!



Janet - underthewillow said...

Hi Shanda!...boy can I ever relate to the anticipation of getting something new!...I loved how you described the dreaming of how it will look and so on...I'm so happy to hear someone else does this very same thing too!...your settee turned out fantastic!!

Have a joyous weekend!


Judy said...

Shanda~ I love your settee! I have a chair in the new fabric. I have an "old" settee at my daughters house that looks like your before photo only in green and cream check. Can you email me? I have a couple of questions.




Raymond Homestead said...

Your settee looks great and that quilt is beautiful!

frontporchprims said...

It's nice to see you back!! I love the settee. The colors are beautiful. I bet you just sit across and stare at it. I would. Your quilt has such a beautiful pattern. Yes!!!
Go Boise State.

Gayle said...

Your new setee is yummy! It turned out perfectly!

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Wonderful choice of fabric for the settee...I really like it. What a huge difference the darker fabric made.


Tammy ~ A Primitive Place said...

I love it!
I agree it turned out perfectly.