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Archive for April, 2011

Doesn’t this time of year make you desire everything to be fresh, green and growing?

After laboring over which color to paint the master bed (putty or greenish?), my husband and I decided to go with a celery sage green — and Behr happened to have exactly what we wanted, aptly named “sanctuary.”

Early Saturday, we collected the paint, moved furniture to the center of the room, and proceeded to coat the walls in the most perfect green you’ve ever seen.

For once, I remembered to document the pre-green state:

Then we painted, and painted and painted. Rehung the art, threw a fresh splash of white shiny paint on the window trim, and after spent about the next four hours admiring the glorious finished work.




All in all, I’m quite proud of the result. Next on the list — finish the guest bedroom. I’m excited about making the “Yellow Room” into another sanctuary of sweet colors and beautiful things.

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Love me a cafe au lait w/ french pressed coffee — sitting next to me in a cheery yellow cup right now.

This spring I was asked to sew bridesmaid dresses for a wedding. And, SUCH pretty dresses they will be! A rich summery marine blue with a hint of french blue round the hem & waist. Completely unique, but ridiculously gorgeous. The color blocking is extremely flashy this season, and I’m delighted to be creating such magnificent dresses 🙂

Rough Schedule of Events:
1. Some retro girly ideas

2. & then the approved concept.

3.Procured fabric.
4.Snipped first bodice in medium size to gauge pattern sizing.

5.Timed process, 1 complete bodice (pattern trim to complete seams = 3 hrs)

Well on our way to completing the prettiest bridesmaid dresses of the season.

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Now that the Inn is quite situated and in a routine of menus & cleanliness, we’re taking tenants for the summer. To be specific, we have one room and can only accommodate one female tenant (she must bear no cats, we have enough strays already). I couldn’t bear to give up my yellow guest room (where to put sisters, dear parents, wonderful in-laws, stray friends and various siblings?), but the little green room (formerly my project nook) was perfect for those seeking summer lodging.

Saturday morning, in the spirit of my dear parents — who every Saturday I can remember would be up early, coffee in hand, at 7A surveying the crazy endeavor of the day, having already been at the mart gathering materials. Complete execution before dinner was essential!

We did likewise and thanks to my sweetheart were able to move the entire contents out of the room before 11. To the unfortunate bed of the yellow room.

Furniture moved out.
Wooden daybed brought from the basement, painted and distressed. I think distressing using a crisp white base is about the classiest thing you can do for an old house.

Lighting fixture repaired.
Quilts, curtains and artwork arranged and hung.



Little chair and small table assigned duties as nightstand and desk.

Jar of pansies perched to add the last touch.

And so, the “Green Room” is ready.

If you would like to distress a little piece — here are some quick steps to transforming it.

Distressing a normal wood/metal furniture:
1. Wipe down with damp rag
2. Lightly sand with grain of wood using small grit sandpaper
3. Paint using shiny white spray paint
4. Let stand 1 hour
5. Lightly sand all over to prepare for 2nd coat
6. Sand ALL edges to remove paint complete to see wood beneath
7. Paint 2nd coat
8. Sand edges to ensure dark wood can be seen through white paint.
9. Optional: Pound a few dents w/ hammer to add the final authentic distressed look

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While growing up my dearest older sister and I would continually joke about being the city and country mouse, even though we grew up together 🙂 So. Now, whenever we visit no matter where we’re coming from or going to, or who’s home we reside in, we know who is truly at heart, the country and city mouse.

So last night I collected my sister, and drove her to the Elle Street Inn, where we enjoyed grilled cheese & crab on sourdough. Delish.

Today we’ve been eating delicious food, talking non-stop, releasing patterns (check out Elegant Economy!), and shopping. I also poked my by entire yarn collection in my sister’s lap and asked for a proposed recommendation for each hank of yarn I own. Luckily she picked out all my needles and stash, so I just needed some additional guidance.

Also, thanks to my sweet sister, I have procured a fabulous flirty skirt pattern for the spring that I’ll be making dozens of, once I finish the bridesmaid entourage of dresses (pics to come).

We’re off to go shopping, will be tweeting our progress!

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