But it is patchwork! A friend of mine wanted a security blanket for a baby shower gift, so I made her this:
It worked our great - she wanted something yellow, and not too girly, and I had a huge stash of yellow scraps I was saving for something-yet-to-be-determined. I love it when things work out like that. The ribbons are a mix of satin, velvet and textured, and the fabric is quilting cotton, and its all backed with soft and squishy off-white chenille. It's not a perfect patchwork, thats deliberate - I wanted to just sew the pieces together as they were, and see what happened, and I rather like the slightly wonky look of it - I think it's cute The purple one was for the same friend, she wanted that one to be girly and purple, and I didn't piece it because I liked the butterfly fabric just as it was.
I made this for a friend - she gave me some of the beads and a suggestion of the color scheme, and I ran with it. Thats her jewelry business logo in the middle, and she said she wanted beachy greens and blues and sandy colors. I raided my own bead stash to really embellish it and I *love* how it came out! I'm mailing it to her tomorrow, and I hope she loves it too. What do you think? Edit - http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2412/2630505406_0a5d20a7ef_b.jpg
You can see it bigger if you click on the link to go to my flikr - it shows more of the details.
The parents-to-be know the gender, but aren't telling anyone, so all I h ad to go on was that the room will be green and yellow, so this is what I came up with. I hope they love it as much as I do, I'm loving the fabrics together.
The flash washed out the colors a bit, this picture is just of the blocks laid out, but the colors are more accurate here:
I want to put a covering over my front window, I'm thinking I'd *love* to remove the existing glass and put stained glass in its place. But I don't know how to make real stained glass - but I've seen the stained glass paint, and I'm wondering how easy is it to use, and how hard is it to remove if I hate what I've done?
This has been a summer-long project, but we're finally back to a usable kitchen. We still have a TON of little things to do, like the upper cabinets, the backsplash, painting the lower stove drawer and such, but its finally approaching done and I couldn't be happier with the way the colors look. I had a ton of people tell me I was nuts to paint the cabinets black, but I love them black. What we started with
When we started scraping
What the floor looked like after scraping but before sanding
and I'm going to glue them on a plain white background for my backsplash. I also have a few assorted clear marbles and bits n peices I plan to stick in too - I had some flat glass marbles here and I figured that 50 marbles filled about 1/2 a suare foot, so about 100 would fill 1 sq foot, so I figured I would need 1500 glass marbles to do what I want to do.
Crazy? Yeah - my husband certainly thinks so. I'm having a few doubts myself. I'll post before and after pics once its done, probably in a week or so.
I have decided on the color for my cabinets and countertops, and I've narrowed down the backsplash but I can NOT find a wall color that I like with all my other choices.
The cabinets don't quite all match, so I'm going to paint the Behr Black Suede, and lightly distress them to show a bit of the oak behind the paint. I'm getting wooden countertops from Ikea, and our floor is wood as well, and I loooooove the unstained natural wood against the satin black paint. The ceiling with be faux pressed tin, this cardboard-y ceiling tile with the tin ceiling pattern that I'm going to paint to look like actual tin with gray and silver paint. The backsplash will most likely be slate-look ceramic, or possibly spanish tiles. I can't decide between the two yet, but I just can not figure out what wall color I want to do. I don't want to do yellow because the room off the kitchen and the stairway off the kitchen are both yellow and I won't want yellow overload. I've been playing with Behrs colorsmart thingy and nothing looks quite right to me.
I don't want to go too dark, because my kitchen is at the back of the house and tends to be a bit dark, and I already planned a darkish ceiling and black cabinets, so I need a light color, but I looooooathe white walls. What other color should I do? WOuld orange work? Or would it look too halloweeny? I also mulled a nice cheerful apple green, or maybe a pale grey-ish lilac (although it can't be too purpley of a purple or my husband will complain) I just dunno what color to try in this room. Given my loathing of white walls, do you think I could deal with a beige or a cream color? Or would I just be constantly craving more color?
I'd put up a picture but the room is gutted right now, so it's just down to the studs, which doesn't help much.