Monday, September 16, 2013

Before and After DIY

It started something like this:
Lilli: Mom I need a dresser
Mom: well I suppose you could have yours
Lilli: Don't you need it
Mom: I can make do, it is yours
Silly mom, I used the dresser for years to hold various miscellany in my sewing room.
 It was perfect for batting, cutting implements, tools, WIPs, etcetera.
But.... ahem, it was hers after all.
So I emptied its contents into a very large cardboard box and pilled batting and unfinished quilt tops on top and there it sat.
 I had been combing thrift and garage sales but with no luck until.....
one afternoon I came upon this sad cupboard at the thrift store. I paid $7.50 for it.

I went to the mismatched paint section and found a light violet paint.
Nothing like other peoples opsies to make me happy.
 A day of sanding and painting in 90 degree weather and whoola, the perfect fit.

I actually like it better than the dresser, the most expensive part was the pulls.
They cost more than the cupboard itself but the whole thing was just under $20.
Pretty good for a new to me piece of furniture.
Now everything is back in its rightful place and I don't have to
dig through a cardboard-box-pile to find something!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Happy Fall

Apparently my summer was too jam packed to even think of this space. I did accomplish a few things but am pretty sure I went the whole of July and most of August without touching my machine. Then one weekend night I sat. I started piecing scraps with no real direction in mind. But as they came together I decided on a table runner. I like it very much. Most are the scraps from my low volume quilt. Many are favorite pieces that I only have small bits of them left.
We were also short on hot pads. Not sure where they disappear too, mostly likely on some Caribbean island with the socks that also seem to vanish.
Not sure if I ever posted the following, I made it for my sister as a gift.
 I love how it turned out and I think she did too.
I am in awe of the waning of summer and how rapidly it dissipates when one isn't looking. I feel myself shifting in preparation for fall. The call of soup and bread for dinner, the smells of cinnamon and apples replace the desire for strawberries and cold salads. I was sitting outside the other evening and there was this moment of complete stillness and I felt transfixed but the sound of the drying cottonwood leaves rustling in the breeze. Beautiful.


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