I started this with blue flannel and red sweatshirt fabric. I was moving happily along when I ran out of the blue flannel! I had other flannels, but didn’t want the edges to look out of place, so I cut up a bunch of old jeans and finished up the quilt that way. I used white cotton for the hand tying, but I’m not sure I like it. I may have to learn to machine quilt. What do you think? Does the hand tied look take away or add to in this case?
Brown paper packages, tied up with string…naw…too grown up. Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes? Sure! Warm woolen mittens? You bet! But the warm fuzzies that these glassy ornaments bring is a WAY favorite thing! I have seen photos of them on etsy, or pinterest and thought, Why yes! I must have them. And WHAT to my WONDERING EYES did APPEAR?
But lots of them everywhere! As basement finds, gifts, and thrift store loot! Oh Merry Christmas to ALL and to ALL a GOOD NIGHT!
Before the move, I spent countless hours browsing and dreaming about the details of the new place. I came across this quilt on ebay and sent the link to my daughter. What the heck. Mother’s Day, or a birthday, or Christmas would be here eventually. I really thought she would chuckle and dismiss it. But when she was here for her visit she gave me a huge gift bag with wonderful housewarming card and sure enough; the dream quilt was mine! What a gal!
The chairs were a gift too! A beautiful set of four from the new “step mother-in-law” (?) .
What a difference sixty four pictures can make!
The kitchen: I didn’t think I liked it, but it’s quickly becoming my favorite. If only I could find those Cape Cod’s to fit!
These are garage and basement finds! The oak table doubles as an island for now, and the shelf sitting on top has been pretty happy where it is! But it will find a wall somewhere after it’s painted WHITE!
The basement is awesome. Check out the Christmas lights. Weird what can make me happy. I was so glad she left them!
And for those cold winter nights…
I see wallpaper in this room’s future.
And this is my favorite little room. For now, a guest bedroom, just as soon as I spy a old white metal bed frame.
Found a whole box of these in the basement. Score.
Front door has some old hardware too.
Even found a home for those groovy curtains that reminded me of a quilt I had on my bed as a kid. Gotta love ebay.
Found a whole box of Atlas jars to fill with bath salts!
I have noticed since I first started my own family twenty-seven years ago that I had one basic philosophy: to take what I liked from my life up to that point and try to recreate it for my kids. I enjoyed being free all summer to wander around, and stay up late, and have bonfires, and sleep outside. So I let my kids stay home from school, and be free like lambs for most of their childhood. I have memories of quilts on the beds, wallpaper on the walls, warm meals in the evening, football on television, and fires in the fireplace. And the feelings of warmth and comfort are so strong, that I collect all kinds of things trying to recreate it for the rest of my life.
One of those things is vintage sheets and pillowcases. I love the bright colors, and floral designs. I never think new ones are quite as pretty. And I like mismatched things. I don’t think my mother could ever afford to buy sets of things, like bedding, so there were just piles of colorful pillowcases, sheets, blankets and quilts folded up in the closet.
I have a few mismatched collections of my own now; old wool blankets, teapots, vintage linen tablecloths and of course, the sheets and pillowcases. These gems showed up on my doorstep yesterday. I’ve been trying to curb my thrifting, but then ebay is just a click away!
I also browse wallpaper endlessly. I cannot get enough of these fantasies. I imagine wallpapering a bedroom, or a kitchen, or a dining room. And I laugh inside realizing I have inherited my mother’s taste.
The wallpaper at our cottage was a green metalic floral with glitter in the pattern, and she chose a psychedelic bicentennial color fest in an upstairs bedroom. My brother even had brown and gold paisley velvet wallpaper. Mine was just a big playful pink floral pattern.