Sunday, November 22, 2015


Dear Hubby and I have been busting our tushies for the past several hours.  Yes, I know it is early, but we have a ton of stuff to finish before work begins in our master bedroom tomorrow AND all of the family is coming over at 6:00 PM tonight to celebrate Dear Hubby's birthday last week!  So, we have been in non-stop motion since 6:30 AM and I am ready to collapse!!

We get this wonderful break in activity because Dear Hubby needed to get gas in his car (he hates to stop on the way to work) and he volunteered to bring me back an iced coffee to "energize" me.  Sigh...  Love him to bits!

The painter is arriving at 8:00 AM tomorrow to convert our bedroom from Cottage Chic to a new sleeker, minimalist haven.  Fortunately, they will move the furniture to get to the walls and will remove any last minute wall adornments before they begin. 

The "cottage" wallpaper and border are going to be replaced by the same gray paint as is in the master bath.  I should have taken pictures when our bedroom was still "together" so you could see the floral curtains and matching comforter and pillows.  The bed linens have never been slept on and the curtains, which are in great condition, have been washed...everything is all ready for listing on ebay.  

The gazebo that hung between the two windows  and the rose picture  that hung above my cedar chest are going as well.   In a way I would REALLY love to replace our bedroom furniture.  But, as Dear Hubby points out, it is all solid oak and constructed much better than anything we could buy today.  Plus, we really don't have the money for a whole new bedroom set.

Now that my master bath is "spa-like", the bedroom was much too "fru-fru".  I am hoping that neutral walls, sleek cordless blinds at the windows and a geometric comforter with less ornate shams and throw pillows will camouflage the 1980's oak furniture so it doesn't stand out like a sore thumb.   Maybe I will even reupholster the cedar chest!

This room redo is just another step in the remodeling of our almost 26 year old home. Stay tuned for the "after" pictures!


Thursday, November 19, 2015


This year is the first year in a long time that we may be having more than just our immediate family here for Christmas Day.  My son really wants "an old fashioned Christmas" like when he was young.  Unfortunately, I have downsized almost all of my Christmas decorations!  My ultimate goal was to replace bulky holiday decorations with hand made, "easier to store", decor.

Although we will be having a buffet dinner, it would be nice if each visitor had a "little something"  special at the table.  I began to think about what I could put at each place setting that would give our guests a little something sweet to take home with them.

As is my habit, I started walking through my sewing rooms, opening doors and drawers, hoping something would jump up and bite me, declaring itself as the perfect solution!  When I got to my button storage cubbies I stopped dead in my tracks.

I had forgotten my suggestion, "way back when", that these cute little containers would be perfect to hold after dinner mints, nuts, etc. at parties and weddings! 


Grabbing a handful of free mints from local restaurants, I dumped out the green buttons and filled the container to the brim with peppermint sweetness.  By Jove I think I've got it!

Although my green, red and white holiday theme will be perfect for Christmas...this idea would work equally well in fall colors for Thanksgiving or blue for Hanukkah!  I may even wrap each favor up in a bit of cellophane and tie on a bright Christmas ribbon!

Now if I can just find some green "Christmas" fabric in my stash and the time to complete construction before December 25th!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


I have made some progress on the "little guy's" quilt.  Although I have a "general" idea in my head of how I would like it to look...a lot is being dictated by the size of the shirts that I have to work with.  The supply of clothing I was given runs the gamut from newborn to 2T.  I still have quite a bit of clothing to go through.  In addition to utilizing the "cute" part on the front of the shirts, I am cutting out plain squares of the back of the shirt to place between the 4.5" squares.  The charm packs at the bottom will be used to make pinwheels to fill out the quilt to a double size.  I think I am going to use dark blue as the color for the sashing and the background of the pinwheels.

This quilt has been a LOT of fun so far! 

Hmmm...I just realized that the photo above is backwards!  Don't quite know how I did that.  Talented, I guess!

Stay tuned as I make more progress in the coming weeks.  Fortunately, there is absolutely NO time frame on this project so I can work on it at my leisure.


Monday, November 16, 2015


My sewing room is a MESS! 

Sorry I have been away for so long.  Things have been CRAZY in the cottage for MONTHS with multiple members of the family having health issues involving hospital stays, ambulance rides, outpatient procedures, doctor visits and UGH...too much!  The health issues have definitely caused more than a little stress for this girl!  But, Dear Hubby and I have just returned from two weeks of heavenly vacation in a warm southern climate; and the change has done us good!

So, I am now back to the mess that is my sewing room.  How did it get this way?  Simple.  I have begun purging through our almost 26 year old home in earnest.  It needs it!  Over the past 30+ years of marriage and 25+ years in this house we have accumulated way too much STUFF!  As our health has been declining, dealing with all of the things "in" the house have made life much more difficult.  And, if we were to need to sell this house and downsize, I don't want to have to deal with "the purge" when our health may be even more precarious.  If we were independently wealthy I could just pitch anything we didn't want to keep.  But we are not wealthy and the idea of throwing away perfectly good items goes against the grain.  So I have begun the purge through the house and subsequent listing on eBay or relegation to the garage sale pile.  In addition, following the creation of our new "spa" master bath, we are beginning the redo of our master bedroom this week...necessitating pulling everything off of the walls and off of the furniture surfaces.  Our wonderful son moved many of the things that we could not handle while we were away.  Thankfully the painters will move the furniture to access the walls.  The items that really can't be salvaged or reused in our bedroom redo have been tossed in the trash and the remainder is making its way into my sewing room for listing on eBay. 

And seeing as the above mentioned nutsy-ness isn't enough...I have finally decided that I AM going to sell off all of the living room furniture and move my sewing room and some items from my expanded sewing room down to our never used formal living room.  Having my sewing room on the main floor will save me SO much running up and down stairs.  I've grown past wanting the "picture perfect" house and am ready to make our house a "home" that works best for our lives as they are now.  Wish I had realized that little nugget of truth years ago! 

Moving my sewing room guessed it...purging through my sewing "stuff".  As I come across items that I no longer feel the need to keep, I will be posting them for sale here on my website.  Stay tuned for more "good" nutsy-ness to come!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

NOTHING MUCH... happening here at the cottage.  I have not really "sewed" or "created" anything since before we went away on vacation in June.  BUT, a special little guy asked me to make him a pillow cover out of this fabric.  I was more than happy to do it! 

His mommy asked me to put in a zipper to keep the pillow in the case and also allow for frequent washing.  Eeeekkkk....I've never made a pillow with a zipper before!  I was happy with how it turned out, although I realized when I saw this picture that I should have ironed the zipper better.  It has already been given to the little guy... so there is no ironing now.  Oh well, he won't mind and I'm sure it is getting more wrinkles as he snuggles down into it. 

Hopefully life will be calming down in the next few weeks and I can once again share some projects.  I HAVE started a quilt for the same little guy made from his baby clothes.  It isn't really far enough along to show you anything, but stay tuned!


Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Remember the before picture of our bathroom?

Well this is the finished shower (please excuse the reflection of the toilet and vanity...a photographer I am NOT, LOL!).  This morning was the first time that we were allowed to use it due to the silicone around the glass needing to dry properly.  Oh. My. Word!  To take a shower in that much space felt truly luxurious!

Then you add in the rainfall shower and finish it off with pulsating jets, and was HEAVENLY!

Our Master Bath Redo is completely finished with the exception of hanging a mirror above each sink.  The frames that match our vanity are currently at the glass store being fitted with beveled mirrors.

On the wall to your left when you enter the bathroom is our linen closet.  We have lived for 25.5 years without a linen closet...and I love this huge storage space ALMOST as much as our shower!  This space occupies almost the entirety of the space of our old shower, so it is quite large and those shelves are DEEP! 

Next you come to our shower.  Since you have already seen the most luxurious part of our shower, let me show you the necessity part of our redo, the idea that sparked it all.  The BENCH.  The area where our shower is now located used to be the area of our large soaking tub.  Neither Dear Hubby nor I have been able to climb in or out of it in years.  So we decided to get rid of it.  Because of Dear Hubby's orthopaedic problems and my balance problems, we really needed something to sit on to make showering safer.  The most important part of our whole redo is the really large bench to make cleaning our lower legs, feet and tootsies safer! 

On the other side of the room, across from the shower, you come to our toilet.  Okay, it's a toilet. BUT, it is a low flush toilet that saves us money!  And most importantly?  It's two inches taller than the usual toilet, which makes it much easier for someone with orthopaedic problems!  Don't worry though, it is just fine for me too!  It is typically the type of toilet you find in a 55+ home construction.  My parents are so used to their higher toilet that they feel like they are "falling" every time they come to our house and use the bathroom! 

Next is our vanity!  I chose a Corian top and a real wood base with soft close drawers.  Oh how we LOVE those drawers!  Easy access to our every day necessities.  Since the basic shape throughout our bathroom is rectangles in the tiling, I just HAD to go with Kohler rectangle undermount sinks.  Before now I never knew it was possible for a sink to be beautiful...but it is!

Above the vanity are our lights.  And, speaking of lights...I wanted it BRIGHT in the bathroom so we went with two fixtures that could use three 100 watt bulbs EACH.  We could have 600 watts of light!  Fearing that may be a bit too much we opted to put in 60 watt bulbs and the amount of light is perfect.  (We are still waiting for our mirrors, LOL)

Our contractor also installed a light above our shower and a fan/heat lamp combination fixture centered above the main floor area.  It was SO nice and warm this morning! 

And last, but not least...the final decorating piece that really ties all of the shower tile, counter, vanity and fixtures together...the floor!

So there you have it...our INCREDIBLE new master bathroom!  We had a WONDERFUL  contractor (who will be used again and again in the future as we make over our 25+ year old house) and his subcontractors who handled the Corian, shower stall glass and plumbing.  They were all fabulous and made this home improvement FUN!  Next job?  Our Master Bedroom!  Stay tuned...

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


"Back to School" time is arriving quickly here in the U.S.  If your "school year" is anything like mine was, you will be spending WAY more time in the car and on the "sidelines" than you did during the carefree summer months.  When my son was young I always had something with me to pass the time during music lessons, games that went into overtime and after school activities that always ran late! 

In case you are looking for a cute little carrier to hold your hand stitching, I'm temporarily reducing the price of my EPP/Sewing Kit Pattern on Craftsy.  I've dropped the price by $2 during this sale!  I remember the huge outlay of cash on school supplies every August and September.  Everyone's budget could use a break right about now!

Unfortunately, this sale is open ONLY TO THOSE WITHIN THE UNITED STATES due to shipping/tax laws. 

If you are interested, heck out my Craftsy link on the right sidebar.  Have a wonderful rest of the summer!