Saturday, December 6, 2014

Catch-up.

Ooh, boy. The blog really got away from me that time! Let's see if I can do a quick catch-up and get back on that ol' blogging horse:

Mantel


So, the main reason for my blog hiatus was that we painted our dining room! Which would be enough of an excuse by itself, but remember: My sewing corner lives in the dining room. So all was chaos here for a while. And since this is mostly a sewing blog, sometimes I forget that I'm allowed to blog about non-sewing things! (Of course I am, this is my blog!)

Bannister


All of the terracotta orange paint is gone now (!!), replaced by Sherwin Williams' "Sea Salt," a pale green-blue-gray that looks more green or more blue depending on the light. I painted the frame of the mirror above our mantel "Trinket" - which is a nice shade of deep gold - and the mantelpiece and bannister "Tricorn Black." To be honest, I'm not sold on the black mantelpiece - I think I'll go back and repaint that a lighter color or white. The black is too ... slimming. Haha! But seriously, it looks out of proportion with the fireplace now and I want to repaint it.

But not for a little bit, because I am tired of painting! I know you're wondering what room I will tackle next ... I do have some ideas, but I need a freaking break!


(I think it was the bannister that did me in. A word of advice: Never try to paint a bannister. Well, okay, do it, because it looks awesome, but don't expect to like painting for a while afterwards! Luckily, I love the black bannister, because I am not repainting that thing, like, ever!)

The dining room is still a work in progress, and I did not completely refurnish it like I did the living room (because I spent all of my money on the living room! so it goes, haha), but I did do a few things, including switching out the curtains for some lovely mustardy-gold midcentury printed curtains from Cost Plus World Market. As you know, mustard yellow is one of my favorite colors, so I really wanted it to be the accent in this room.

Tidy and newly organized sewing space


I managed to tidy and spruce up my sewing area a bit. I switched out our tired secretary desk for an Ikea Kallax shelving unit with desk, to provide some extra workspace. I'm pretty excited about the additional cutting/playing area! Everything else is the same, just a bit neater. (Here's a pretty messy but not out of the ordinary "before" picture.)

Now I can sew again! YAY! I actually really like having my sewing area in the middle of the action in the main living area of the house (this is good because I also don't have any choice!) but I fully admit - it is a small area and it is a struggle to keep it even reasonably presentable! Hopefully a little extra storage will help. We'll see.

Okay, seriously? Who am I kidding? You guys know me! This will be a disaster zone in a week!

One giant granny square


But look! While I wasn't painting, I was crocheting! I just finished my first real crochet project after many hours of happily laboring on it while I watched movies and television with my family. It's one giant granny square. Quick and easy double crochet, worked around and around and around until it was a nice throw size (about 60" square). It's fast-going, although each row is slightly longer than the last, so it starts to feel less fast-going towards the end.

Wait a minute ... where's Joe?

One giant granny square


AH! There you are Joe!

All the ends are woven in now, and this afghan is going to be auctioned off to raise funds for the kids' preschool tonight! I used Vanna's Choice 100% acrylic yarn for this project - I got most of it on sale and while it's nothing fancy, it's machine washable and comes in lovely colors. Perfect for a beginner project and perfect to snuggle under on the couch.

It's a little tough saying goodbye to this one, but I know it's for a good cause!

One giant granny square


One giant granny square


One giant granny square

That's it for now! I'm working on some Christmas decorations now, hopefully I'll back soon to share those. Are you doing handmade decorations this holiday? Do tell.

8 comments:

  1. That blanket is so pretty! I would have a hard time giving it up, too! Your dining room looks great.

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  2. Ooh, love the crocheted blanket! I'm just learning to crochet at the moment. It takes me ages just to make one tiny square, so I can't imagine how long this project must have taken you... hope it raises heaps of money for the preschool.

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  3. Love the colors in the blanket. I've never managed to crochet something this large. Must be very satisfying!

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  4. Wow, Inder! I love the afghan, and the Sea Salt colour. Your house looks great. You're generous to give the afghan up: I'm not sure I could!

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  5. I am loving that color you chose for the walls. It's so peaceful and it goes great with the white trim. It's amazing what a little paint will do!
    And that's blanket is pretty amazing! Whoever ends up with it is going to be one lucky lady (or man)!

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  6. One giant granny square - what a great idea, rather than lots of little ones that need joining! I think I like the look of it better, too. House is looking great, especially that bannister and the sewing space!

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  7. Inder! You house looks amazing! I have been meaning to send you photos from my newly painted rooms - inspired by your paint. In fact, someone just asked us for the paint colors! That afghan is amazing and you truly are a woman of many talents! It would be so hard to part with it. It's perfect! So glad to read a post from you! You were missed! :)

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  8. I love all the painting! And especially that black banister- wow! The colors on the afghan are so cheerful- I think it would be hard to give it away if I'd made it. But I guess giving it away is a good excuse to go buy some more yarn :)

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