Saturday, January 31, 2009
PS It is amazing what good editing can accomplish! Ha!
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Let's start with the bathroom. This stencil design was in the house when we moved in nearly 12 years ago. I let it live in peace for too long.
The counter tiles had been painted over. If you are thinking of trying this as a low cost alternative to replacing the tiles, my advice is put that paint brush down. Even with gentle cleaning, the paint has worn away.
Good looking grey tiles emerged after the paint was scraped off. The paint that was stuck to the grout was really annoying to remove.
Micah to the rescue with the Dremel and its metal wire brush attachment. If you need painting or handyman work done, you can contact him at email@example.com.
Shiny brass fixtures abound in this room. Here I am toning them down with white spray paint. Spray paint is evil stuff, but it sure is handy when it comes to covering metal. I'll paint them again with a brush and add a couple of shades of white in streaky layers.
So far, nothing has been thrown out! -- Beth
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
The bow is a pom pom made from plastic bags! How great is that. She shares the how to at her blog, LeTrip.
Here is the gift - a lovely vintage French print of bird baths along with some garden architecture. Getting this framed and on my freshly painted walls will jet to the front of the projects-to-do line.
And her gift card touched my heart: "Merry Christmas to the recycled birdbath queen and her king! Sending you love from Provence and best wishes for 2009! Jill". (She's such a good friend that she even watched the You Tube video of my efforts to transfer a table lamp into a bird bath.)
I hope you get something special in the mail this week too. -- Beth
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Our first stop was the Snohomish Pie Company to buy an ABC (apple berry
crumb) pie to take home. Yummers.
We hit the bonanza at Joyworks and got to chat with our customer friend Jana and her mom, Clarice. They were just home from the Atlanta gift show where they shopped 8 to 10 hours a day for over a week. No wonder their shop always has such snappy stuff. Their displays were being updated, yet I couldn't resist taking a picture of this window arrangement of theirs.
Funny how the baby stuff catches your eye when you are a grandma-to-be.
Next up was Faded Elegance. I hadn't been to their new digs yet - what a gorgeous building they are in. Here are some wonderful bracelets in another customer friend's booth.
Mary took the found objects bracelet workshop at the studio, and obviously graduated with straight A's! I loved her creations.
Also in Faded Elegance is Debi Ward Kennedy's enchanting booth. An absolute confection of creams, blacks and pinks. Sadly, my camera battery was not prepared for such an eye candy day, and retired way too soon.
Next time I visit Snohomish, I'll make sure that battery is charged to the brim. -- Beth
Monday, January 26, 2009
I had to copy her as soon as possible. And I love a project that is nearly instant gratification. I had this lamp on hand.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
A photography exhibit honoring Japanese Americans held in internment camps in the U.S. during World War II opens at KOBO Gallery at Higo in Seattle’s International District on January 26, 2009.
The exhibit runs at KOBO Gallery at Higo in Seattle’s International District, January 26 – February 7, 2009, with an opening reception on February 1, 2009 from 1– 5 pm.
“Prejudice and Pride, the Faces of Executive Order 9066” January 26 – February 7, 2009 KOBO Gallery at Higo 602-608 S. Jackson St, Seattle Hours: Mon – Sat, 11am – 6pm; Sun noon – 5pm http://www.koboseattle.com/
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
We keep a spray bottle filled with straight vinegar for cleaning, so it was ready to go and hit the ornery wallpaper. It works!
I'm grateful for friends who share their magazines, cheap gallons of vinegar from Costco, and a husband with a passion for eliminating wallpaper from our house! -- Beth
Thursday, January 22, 2009
“DO YOU NEED TO ORGANIZE, OR SHED?
1. You organize to become more efficient. You SHED to get unstuck.
2. Organizing gives you access to what’s most important to you. SHEDing is a process for discovering what’s most important to you.
3. It’s possible to get organized without getting rid of anything. It’s impossible to SHED without letting things go.”
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I had this monster picture I found at an estate sale.
I spent a whopping $2.00 for it.
The frame was painted really lightly with white paint I had on hand. The other frame will hold a chalkboard.
Foam core and quilt batting was hot glued to the picture. Then it was time to find the fabric I had in mind. I've had a little fabric fetish in the past and am proud to report, I have limited my acquisitions to these 12 plastic boxes, organized by color. They are stacked in a closet. Of course the fabric was in the 12th box.
Here's the finished piece - ready to hang on our freshly painted walls.
The usefulness of being an organized packrat was totally reinforced by this project. I had every component on hand. Also, a make do attitude came in handy. -- Beth
Monday, January 19, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The photography in the book is gorgeous too – and the front cover really captures their design viewpoint. I love using the worn wood pallets to display dishes…I’ll have to ask at work tomorrow what they do with all of those shipping pallets… - Amy
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Here is our living room mantle. The mirror and the candleholder I fashioned from an old lamp will stay. I put the urn there for the sake of the picture. The usual suspects will not be returning to their home there. Creating a new vignette on the mantle will be easy and fun. Stripping wallpaper is not fun. But I have Micah scheduled to start that project on Monday. I’ll keep you posted. -- Beth