Friday, July 31, 2009

Towel #2

I'm trying to finish up embroidering towel #2. Here is a post about towel #1. It's slow going. Summer is such a busy time that I have very little time for projects lately. I'm not the only one, right?

I love these sunbonnet belles. They take me back to my Holly Hobby days.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

New Chair for Sewing Table!

So, do you recall my refinished sewing table? If not, read the background here and here. It never came to mind that I'd need a chair for my table. Duh! I was able to find this white beauty! Now here is my next question. Should I paint the chair same color as the table, paint it a totally different color (granny apple green, chocolate), or leave it alone? I have enough paint from the table, that seems the most obvious choice but I'm unsure. What would you do?

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Finished Table

Do you remember this table? You can read about it here. Basically I paid $15 for it on Craigslist (and got a nice Singer sewing machine with it too!).

Well, I sanded, primed, repainted, and put all new hardware on it and here is the finished result!

I am so happy with the end result. It is hard to get a good image that captures the color but it is basically a green/blue shade of paint. I think it is cute and much more functional than my old table!

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Embroidered Towel

Since I took up reading this book, I've been inspired to embroider a towel. Here is my progress on this little lady. She's cute. I used to have a Holly Hobby bedspread. I so loved HH. This takes me back....

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Cute Book

I have been slow with my project progress lately, hence the inconsistent blogging. I have knit three new pairs of socks but can't post any pictures of them because of the rules listed in the Blue Moon Sock Club. It's hard to spend time on a project and not be able to blog about it. Oh well.

But I wanted to post a quick note about my newest book purchase. B and I had a date night and wandered around Barnes and Noble one night. He went his way and I went mine. Ha ha. I bought this linens book. B's response was, "a whole entire book about kitchen towels?" I guess that is kind of a strange topic. But EllynAnne Geisel wrote The Apron Book so I knew the Linens book would be good.

I don't have any old linens. All of my towels are from Target or PierOne. I love the idea of having a collection of old linens. Like quilts, old linens have a story to tell. Growing up I recall one particular towel my mom used that was embroidered on. I wish I had that towel because I have a memory assiciated with it. I remember my mom draping it on her shoulder while she busied herself around the kitchen.

I don't have any grandmothers who are going to leave me any vintage linens. So, I'm on the hunt for some vintage linens. I am glad I discovered the book just to help me identify the timeperiods. I love the idea that during the Depression, women used flour sacks as towels and embroidered them to make them pretty. We just don't appreciate those little things anymore. Like I said, these linens have a story behind them!

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My Week in Pictures

T his represents some sweet moments from my week in pictures. Happy Friday!

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

15-Minute Dress

I am not kidding. This dress took 15 minutes to make. I learned a lesson or two along the way but it was a quickie to make. You basically sew the top portion (you buy it already puckered at Jo-Ann's) into a tube, add some straps (I used binding), sew a bottom portion on and hem. Too easy! And she loves it, which is even better. She has worn it two days in a row. I need to make her another one. Forgive the poor quality of the pictures--it's hard to get an excited girl to stay still!

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