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Archive for March, 2011

Item accomplished yesterday worth noting: The guest bed is now the guest bed, and NOT the laundry bed. Dear me, I’ve been such a little hustling bustling woman that I do occasionally forget do the most simple tasks (i.e. sweeping the dreadful dust-bunnied stairs, and putting away folded laundry). It is my personal resolve to not allow such trifles to guilt me from my true areas of enjoyment.

  • Making cupcakes, popovers and other delectable, typically mini, delights
  • The preparation and hosting of many friends, for over-nighters or simple dinner fare
  • AND — Sassing you all up with the latest trends — [SPRING FASHION ALERT coming soon (and yes, it may include orange, citrus)
  • Inspiring y’all with new sewing & thrifting ideas and tricks

My vintage fashion barrel came about a month ago, but I only unpacked it this past week.   Much enjoyment from these new treasures. Doesn’t it look tempting?  I can thank my dear childhood playmate for these sweet treasures.

& now for tail of the cow. As I’m sure you all saw from the tweets, my sweetheart and I ventured out last weekend. One of the grand events we enjoyed was a cattle sale. I’ve never been to one, but I tell you look at this gorgeous cow! Actually this is a vintage one I dug up for you on GF 🙂

Here is another lovely bovine…did you ever see such a pretty cow?

I’m off to industriously hem a GUAVA dress, and purchase materials for a batch of commissioned bridesmaid dresses. Have a bird-chirp monday 🙂

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Inspiration: A french catalog ad of goodness. With chairs, and a pretty chaise lounge

My dear friends, as per my usual habit, I get quite excited about re-doing a room, and forget to take an ever helpful (brag-worthy) “before” shot. Well. Here she is again, with desperate resolve to remember “next time.”

However, as I’ve yet to paint the walls and do up the curtains of the master bed, there is still the distinct possibility of a sassy after-pic. So. I don’t feel completely forlorn yet 🙂

The goal of the most recent transformation was sassy elegance. Our room had been functionally arranged, but after acquiring a snazzy headboard (that perfectly matched the current bedroom furniture, compliments of Goodwill $35), I knew it was time to re-theme and retool. So Mr. T and I moved the bed, arranged new headboard, and hung artwork (pounding my fingers black and blue, like Anne Shirley). The frenchified bureau was the most significant accomplishment.

I expect once the walls and curtains are completed, I’ll have more grand accomplishments to share.

—-
The Graphics Fairy

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Why yes, I do 🙂

While out collecting fabric samples for the curtains…and boy did I find some lovely greens! I spotted the most charming little birdhouses. Everything this time of year is Robin’s Egg Blue, or Light Green Apple. I just love it, and am continually battling the urge to transform my entire home into a frothy sea foam robin’s egged blue sanctum.

BUT. I’ve been good, and instead of purchasing even a little birdhouse for the mantle, I grabbed a little bottle of paint instead. Goal: to paint some currently owned items, and to not add to the great amount of sweet nothings I own. Here’s the day’s work so far:

And here she sits, on the piano ushering in guest and spring…or whoever happens to be entering the Elle Street Inn 🙂


And a little thank you to Miss GF for the beautiful vintage birdy!
The Graphics Fairy

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Back at it? Maybe! Fighting my fatigue and staying busy 🙂 Earlier in the fall, I started the process of curtaining the Elle Street Inn. Along the way I learned that I have no idea how to select curtains. My modus operandi in the past had been setting a price range for curtains, and allowing that to shape my selections. Which. I agree is very helpful for neutral bedrooms, project rooms and other little nooks that require curtainage. However, for rooms that you want more of a dramatic statement one cannot always go the cheapo route.

As I started looking at magazines and blogs for ideas, I realized that curtain selection is much like wedding planning. You need to know what’s out there to find out YOUR preferences. So I did just that. It’s also nice have bland interim shades, so there is no REAL pressure to finding an appropriate [fabulous] curtain choice.

1. Sit in the proposed room for any length of time during different parts of the day at different angles.
– For the front den, I realized that sunshine was a huge factor. So I decided I’d like to have bold crisp color but not an extensive pattern or a stark solid. So I googled green geometric patterns, and found some stunning samples:

2. Figure out style.
-For the den, I want drapy heavier panels with a separate sheer layer underneath.

3. Execution.
-So, I’ll trot down to several fabric shops and find a lovely soft green smooth geometric patterned fabric, purchase about 6 yards, then scurry to finish the panels before the weekend. Hoping for success 🙂

Was looking at this delightful blog — the Nesting Place soaking in ideas on wise thrifting and home love. She suggested using sheet as curtains — LOVE it! I’d wondered if you could pull it off well, but it looks like she did.

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