Saturday, April 11, 2015

Windows and Chairs get a Redo

After 10 years of the same window treatment,chair cushions and pillows it is time for a change.  I challenged myself to keep it under $300.00 for the two sets of windows and the 8 chairs.  Bargain hunting began with going to Target, Tuesday Morning, Discount Linens, Bed Bath and Beyond and a few other places to search for drapes or sheets or something.  Found what I wanted at World Market and Pier 1 ...table runners, napkins and drapes at World Market in just the right pattern/colors, all on sale for 25% off and I had a coupon for another 20% off entire purchase.  4 table runners, one table cloth, 6 napkins and one table cloth for under $125.00 sent me through the Thresholds of Yes, this can be done.

Note: The "old" were the same for both my breakfast room and den
Here are the old and the soon to be yellow/white and gray window treatment in the breakfast room.

Two and half table runners later (used the forth as my table runner on the breakfast table) with 3" pleats every 19 inches with ties at the pleats the new set goes up.  I love table runners because they are already lined and unusually heavy enough material to hold the pleat well and yet give a little drape when needed and the cost is so cheap compared to a yard of material in today's world.  
 6 Chairs redone with napkins:

2 Chairs redone with cut from table cloth.  I have a lot of this left, so looking for what to do with that.  Thinking placemats, coasters, hot pads, oven glove  well later for this.

Then den redo:

New pillows (Pier 1) with coupon for 20% off and another 10% off for bonus day and drapes (World Market).  Ok so one chair has a blanket Mr Kitty likes to sit on. . .

with all materials and new pillows I spent well under my $300 budget and have material left to do other things with.  I love coupons and I love on sale.  All the redo took less than 48 hours and it has made Spring feel like it has entered the house while the flowers bloom outside too. 

What is your recent redos?  Bargains?  Spring into action and take on a project. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Socks Off the Needles

This pair of socks has tested my being "in the now" with a thread (that while beautiful) thins and breaks, twists upon itself and became so tangled from the center pull it forced me to untangle some, knit, untangle, knit....If the first sock had not already come off the needles I just might have abandoned the yarn and the socks.  The pattern is a simple ribbed, nothing fancy (at least that made it easier).  I can't find the yarn band so I can't remember what it is.  I love the color and actually the feel is great. 

So, another pair in the sock drawer and another on the needles.

And then my walk today took me down a street just up my hill and I found at the end of the street this:

A library...wonder who finds this hidden jewel?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Threasholds in Spring and a free Spring pattern on Craftsy

The flowers, berries, and trees I see on my walk of a couple of miles each day.  Spring is opening up all round.

Also along the walk yard decorations
This happy group of bunnies really speak to Spring and I love this pattern on for a Spring Mug Rug or small wall hanging by So Sew Easy.  (the pattern is free).  Walk and enjoy your world as spring brings on sunshine and creative ideas.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St Patrick's Day and Thresholds of My Irish

Sewing on my vortex today and wearing green....Thresholds to my Irish blood... my great grand "Irish Joe" Toland. 

Quadrants are done, working on applique for corners. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Charity Quilts

Charily Quilts are my go to when I need to just sew and let go of any angst of what will be, pattern, color, and just let it all go.  Had retreat with my peeps and put into the bag charity quilts to sew along with another project.  I found it perfect on Friday night to sew and sew those 48 blocks together and just finish it while the wine and women talk flowed.

Another top in browns went together fast too.

Then another got done too. 
All the material was from stash and many of the squares were pieced to get the last "drop" from the fabric. 

I LOVE when stash leaves the house and will travel the world as a Lutheran World Relief quilt.  All the tops go to our  Women of the ELCA church group quilting to get sandwiched and tied so they can be ready for the truck taking them the weekend after Easter to the warehouse in Maryland before being shipped around the world.  This was my Lent "giveup" ...I gave up hoarding fabric that needs to go into the world and have cut a boat load of 10 1/2" squares to make more for LWR. 

"giveup" and give to others

Monday, January 26, 2015

Backpacks as a Threshold (and easy pattern)

A Threshold to the  world can be opened in many ways and education is one we can easily take for granted but education (especially for girls) is not so easy to obtain in some parts of the world.  I loved when I was young and it was time to get new school supplies.  I get the same feeling when I am making backpacks for Lutheran World Relief School kits and buying supplies to pack in them.  Each year my church inter generational project sees us bringing supplies, women/men sewing bags and children packing them.  This year I made 20 bags and bought supplies to donate for them.  Found sale material for $3.00 a yard and asked my local ACE Hardware to donate clothes line for stringing them and they did. Pic of two of them.  LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF SCHOOL KITS  (Click to the Threshold)
The pattern for the backpacks is super easy and I have used it for gifts and made them for grands too.  I also made some for a women's retreat and they were a big hit packed with goodies. I love an easy pattern with a cute finish. 
Back pack pattern (click for pattern)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Threshold to Sewing/Quilting Studio

The threshold to my sewing/quilting studio is the room over our garage and the room  has been over the years transitioned through children ages and interests... when the  children were little it was the play room, as they became junior high/high school it was the band/music studio (new meaning of garage band so maybe it was the  above the garage band), off to college they went and it became a guest room,  they crossed the threshold back home and the room became a "studio apt" for their time to transition into their own work and apts.  Then it was empty nest and the room became became the sewing/quilting studio (it's been 15+ years now).  I cross the threshold most days to enjoy the thrill of fabric and currently have two projects on the design board that will be shown when all done.  Come with me this night into the studio...cross the threshold.

WOW it may seem (to the untrained eye) that it is a mess, but it is my mess that makes my creative mind dance for joy.  I see hanging on the chair white and red that is so close to being a wonderful quilt, the Babylock Tiara to free motion quilt,  bags hanging to carry stuff to a quilt retreat, a blue chair to sit in and sew on the machine,  a sign that hangs above the couch that reads "gone quilting", a hanging thread holder, and all the fun anyone could want to have in a fabric land...fabric is just around the corner after passing by the bags.  The design wall, the ironing station and storage that is out of the picture is also part of the process to bring creative things from idea to reality.  Crossing this threshold brings peace and joy. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New writings on Spritual and Faith Thougts page

Starting the new year with Illuminating the Threshold/A Retreat for Women's Christmas by Jan L. Richardson.  My thoughts on this day on my Spiritual and Faith Thoughts page. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year, New Word --- Thresholds

The new year came into the world and with family and friends we had our traditional Lobster and Dom meal with sparklers and poppers and all the laughter and love weaving through the evening. Thus it is that we all  pass though the threshold leaving one year behind walking into another year.

I would love to share some pics of the decorations but alas no one took any.  Helium balloons on the ceiling, sparklers on the tables set for 19 and black and gold new year tablecloths allowed everyone kids table this year as all are young people ready to enter the world of adult table.     So, here is what did get taken...hehe

Final night of 2014 and all is well.  Blessings to each of you from us.  Happy 2015 from Texas. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Treat Bags Tricks Here

Halloween treats in these small bags will grab and capture the spirit of the season. I used a lot of stash material and because it does not take much material was able to use some of "scraps". I love stash finding its way into the world. Treating these will make for easy mailing and yet have great fun for the receivers. 

 Pattern is free here        All People Quilt 
 Project: Tiny Treats Designer: Monica Solorio-Small of Happy Zombie
The Happy Zombie

I can see these made out of all sorts of holiday fabrics throughout the year!