Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sadly, No Tatting

The weather is ridiculous in Minnesota this winter!  I should have lots of time to tat since we are not spending time outside, but I'm on a little break and doing some major home organization as well as hitting the gym 3-4 times a week.  On top of working all day.  I just don't feel like doing much of anything by the time I can sit down and concentrate!  (I am, however, eyeing up that new Lizbeth Twirlz thread . . . )

In any case, it's SO cold here that schools are closed for the third time this month.  Due to extremely cold wind chills.  We have a wind chill advisory in effect until tomorrow . . . it's about -30+ degrees Fahrenheit out there.  And we are supposed to get this again next week.  With +30 temps in between, mind you.  Nothing like a 60 degree or more fluctuation over just a few days.  

I think it's so cold my phone can't compute the weather!

Monday, January 6, 2014

2014 Begins!

2014 is off to a good start with projects!  Though not tatting or sewing, I did manage to get a room painted - much to my own delight.  I have hated the colors of this room since we moved here 8+ years ago, but we chose to do all other living areas and bedrooms first.


This room was painted blue and gold - not my colors, but I guess if one has bolder taste . . . It was good for them.  There was a wallpaper border at the top of the blue wainscoting too, but in my haste to remove it I forgot a photo.  I could not WAIT to cover that blue, but started with the gold walls.  Textured gold walls. 

Here's a close up of the colors that have nearly driven me mad:

Yuck.  Why would anyone . . . ? 

Getting there . . .

This is more to my liking:

A few finishing touches are still needed to put back a little color, but this more boring color scheme is much more soothing to me :)  But shoot me if I ever think painting this wainscoting again is a good idea.  There are so many crevices to cover!

And while I was at it, I re-painted these little antique sewing drawers into a piece I want to use for jewelry.

I wasn't crazy about the whitewashing job that was done on them when I purchased them, so I thought I'd paint them while I had all the painting stuff out.


And then when I saw all the drips and thick paint, I decided to distress them a bit.  To cover up the new flaws I created.

LOL.  Nothing like painting and then sanding it off again!  But I think it looks better.  Now I will just add some felt to the inside bottoms of the drawers and I can use it.  

So.  That's how I spent the first week of 2014.  I hope the rest of the year is this productive!