Monday, November 24, 2008

I'm getting there....

Well...My bathroom reno is done...just need the final touches of towel rack, tissue holder, mirror or medicine chest, window covering (?) and rugs. Then I need to paint the door...not a priority at this point. I just love having a bathroom that doesn't make me cringe everytime someone went to use it.

And when I got the call on Thursday that the mattresses were coming on Saturday I decided I had to paint the guest room on Friday. This is a small room, but with alot of clutter finally removed (everyone should have a dumpster for a week!) it makes a really cute guest room now. I still have to paint the mouldings...also not a priority at the moment. And I ordered a radiator cover so that area should look really nice in a few weeks.

I'm taking my time putting things on the wall.

I LOVE MY NEW WINDOWS! The old ones were so bad...and impossible to reach to the shades were always pulled at least half way. At the moment there are no shades and I find myself looking out them for minutes at a seeing the beautiful scenery for a first time. I'm on a hill, so the view is unique. Port Jefferson is in sort of a "bowl" and the trees in the distance form the western edge of that bowl.

Looking in the other direction (same window) is toward the North. Just over the right edge of the roof across the street is a "tiny" peek at Port Jeff Harbor...and in the distance, Connecticut.

Today I must get the bulk of my decorations up...

Happy Thanksgiving!


Monday, November 17, 2008

Liberty Shirt 2

I love this pattern, but I needed to make it a bit longer. So I added 2" to front and back and kept the sleeves the same. Then I decided to leave off the collar. The pattern is from Sewing Workshop...Liberty Shirt...same as the previous posting.

This is made, once again, with the linen/rayon from Dharma...hand-dyed with mx dyes.

Now the length works so much better for can be shirt or jacket, since I am always warmer than everyone else...I can put a tank underneath and take off the jacket if need be. But this fabric is all natural, so I rarely get warm in it.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Liberty Shirt

I love The Sewing Workshop when I saw this new one I had to try it. I love how these patterns go together, and the designs are just a bit different, so the finished garment can go either way. This one is great...except that I will make it an inch or two longer next time.

I used my favorite fabric...the linen/rayon (from Dharma trading)... that I had dyed over the pole last summer. It sews and washes like a dream.

I asked Terry to take my picture this morning...that's always an experience :) You can also wear this as a jacket. If you click on the picture you may be able to see the really cute buttons that I bought from Priscilla Kibbee. She sells all kinds of buttons that she collects on her travels around the world. And finding the right buttons is the hardest part of the sewing process sometimes.

This is a picture of the pattern from The Sewing Workshop....all sizes in one envelope.

Monday, November 10, 2008

So much to do.....

I needed a break from all the renovation last night I made this tote matches two other items I've made recently...a baby quilt and a make-up bag. The fabric was from a kit to make a large quilt, and after I pieced much of it together I decided to make smaller things...didn't need a large quilt. I have two more kits of different of them may make the large quilt...we'll see.

I've been filling holes in I'll sand them and start painting. This is the upstairs bedroom, which will now have a double bed and be a REAL guest room. When we had the dumpster here for the window replacements we purged alot of stuff....whew! It's such a freeing experience.

Last week I painted the newly renovated half-bath upstairs....finally the pink plastic tile is a thing of the past.

We decided on neutrals since we expect to sell in the forseeable future.

I also began to get some Christmas decorations takes a while for me to get all my dec I'm going for it! The weather is great right I'll do lights outside...maybe. My new front storm door is coming today.

I bought one new Byers Caroler this year...the ornament seller...and look at his special ornament (click to see closer)...I actually added that :)