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Dear friends! The dresses are done and runway ready! OR aisle ready, I should say. By the end of the fitting phase, I was referring to them as my six little blueberries. Especially since blueberries are in season right now (bless them!). I’m waiting to unveil the final look until the wedding day, but have no fear, the blueberries will be documented.

Beautiful pic by the talented microcontroleur

Beautiful pic by the talented microcontroleur

With the completion of the dress project, I was able to start outfitting the baby’s room. This means, rearranging and re-purposing the Yellow Room. I started by sweeping up the mounds of blue thread that have attached to everything in sight. Moved on to dusting and other boring tasks. Then I spotted some Cath Kidston wrapping paper I’d picked up in the UK a few years ago. It just screamed drawer liner. And since I’ve planned on using the vintage green dresser as the changing table bottom, what could be more perfect? I was cooing with delight.

Boring drawers…

Transformed with cupcakes and CK. I intend to get a plastic liner as well to go over the top of these. Further sealing in the beauty.

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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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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!
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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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Just about finished the beautiful vision of green loveliness that you see here. I am very excited with how it turned out. Perfect lines, lovely seams, and the fabric really has the most rich sheen to it. A dear red-headed friend of mine went crazy over the green green green of it. We may end up fighting over the dress, or I’ll make another and we’ll just be twinkies. Fabulous.

In addition to the green sewing dash of Friday, I also have continued on the bunting quest. BUT I have promised Mr. T, that the bunting will end soon. Soon soon soon. If I were to do it over, I may make the bunting larger, the little flags do take a bit long to snip, seal and string. BUT. As I said. Soon I will be finished and it will be lovely.

Realized on Saturday night, that while I’ve been sewing and painting madly all fall and winter, I haven’t up-graded the den throw pillows. Now, if there is any insult to a true seamster-sewstress like myself, its the “come with the couch throw pillows” sitting in glory for a full 6 months with no reproof or polish. Ah ha. So, I dashed up to the green room (my sewing lair), whipped out some brown country toiled I’d been saving, and made a cover for one offending pillow. What do you think?

I just love the detail of this toile. The country scene is quite dear. Although, I admit. In my haste to knock out the pillow I didn’t take the time to center the scene I liked best. So, the sheep are the grand center of my pillow. Alas.

Perhaps if I was a knitter like Mrs. Y @ Elegant Economy, the sheep would be appropriate. But as it is, I’m such an unreliable knitter, it is just mocking me 🙂

But this next detail is my favorite. The two sweet lovers. I think it’s the farmer and his wife when they were young. I may have to get my sister to write me a little story to go along with the pillow. There is so much going on in toile. Many hidden treasures to find & imagine.

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Yesterday was one of my holiday days off — so aside from tidying the Elle Street Inn, and enjoying classic thrillers (Gilda, really was too much Rita for my taste — next time I’ll start doing movie reviews, perhaps. This one did NOT even make my top 50). But I did however, start a little green striped shift dress. I’ve had this fabulous daring material for quite sometime. I really can’t even remember when I purchased it. Maybe at a thrift store, or on the $1 bin at the Fabric Store? Who knows. BUT, I do know I’ve been saving it for something absolutely fabulous.

Over the holiday, pretty much every clothing store you’d pop into had a little shift dress cinched around the waist with some wide elastic. How brilliant. Simple use of cloth and essentials. Thought I’d try my hand at my own.

BR Dress, on sale for $79.99 🙂

Pulled out my trusty dressmaking book, Dresses by Wendy (fab resource by the way!).

1. Snipped patterns
2. Laid out both front and back on folds
3. Pinned & snipped

& now, we’re ready to sew. I worked on the neck & sleeves, but no pics. So that’s all for now friends 🙂

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If you’re like me, once Christmas is behind us, I immediately forget about the endless months of winter before me, and instead plan my spring wardrobe! In this case, I really am just preparing my little heart for Fashion Week in Feb. & I saw a perfectly LOVELY little romantic skirt on Aerie.com. Do y’all look on aerie for clothing? I usually don’t, but you may want to check it out. They really have some very sweet (less woodsy) pieces.

Here is one that I determined to mimic. Though with everything, I think that it was my idea first and they stole it! Haha. But here, it worked great. I had that fabulously thrifted green cotton print (recall my FINAL FIND, in Thrifting: P2), and was looking for a little skirt to whip it into. SO. Here is in the inspiration, complements of Aerie.com:

So. Few changes to the pic.
1. I added a few extra tips of chiffon underneath the calico to give it a shimmy look
2. Didn’t LOoooove the smocked option, so I did a simple casing and threaded in the wide elastic.
3. Lined with white muslin.

Here are some snaps of the initial fabric pieces:

More steps and completed pics to come.

And…posted this little friend on the lovely “Its a Hodgepodge Life.” Love her sweet site & button 🙂

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