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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Help Me Take My Bedroom from Meh to Wow on: December 12, 2011 08:15:26 AM

My bedroom is booooring!  We are by the beach so I used grey, brown and white to get a beach cottage feel even though we are in Costa Rica.  But I have run out of ideas and the room looks pretty bare and boring. 

Ideas anyone?
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Holy Cowl Batman!!! on: December 01, 2011 04:14:14 AM
That is why I tell everyone who visits or moves here....bring your own stash.
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Tom Robbins embroidery on: December 01, 2011 04:11:55 AM
Lovely!  It is great.  I am working on making a counted cross stitch of one of my favorite pieces of art.  So I am inspired to see someone else has done this before me.

Recently, some classics were published with an embroidery cover.  Obviously, covers were pictures of the original but still oh so lovely.
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Holy Cowl Batman!!! on: November 20, 2011 05:49:38 PM
Yarn is tough to find here.  These cost me $7 a skein.  Ouch!!!
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Holy Cowl Batman!!! on: November 20, 2011 05:20:52 PM
A friend is moving to Spain and I wanted to gift her a lovely knit snuggley cowl. I did quite a bit of research and decided I like the Holy Cowl by Hilary Hunt.  http://mypurlsofwisdom.wordpress.com/2010/04/18/holy-cowl/

I had to buy the yarn here in Costa Rica so it is acrylic.  But the actually feels pretty nice and the color is gorgeous.  It is Bernat Satin in Crimson.

After modeling this lovely surprise I decided to make one for myself.
26  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Pumpkin Gnochi w/Cranberry-Walnut Pesto - Its Whats for Dinner! on: November 20, 2011 06:17:28 AM

This is a wonderful recipe form the blog /http://www.wouldrathergather.com/allrecipes/pumpkin-gnocchi-with-cranberry-walnut-pesto/.  

This is my second time making the recipe and the second version was much better.  This time I added less flour which created a lighter gnocchi.  

I served it with an organic wine from Argentina.  

We enjoyed it so much that we decided it would be out Thanksgiving meal.  

You can read the full blog post at http://chicaenglish.blogspot.com/2011/11/pumpkin-gnocchi-with-cranberry-walnut.html
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Red couch confused! What color should I paint the walls? on: November 19, 2011 05:10:04 AM
I also vote for cream.  I had a red living room back in the day and I found cream really let the colors pop.  Also b/c your art work is floral and light in color I think going too dark will make the elements of the room seem disjointed.
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: big, awkward fireplace in a small living room? on: November 19, 2011 05:07:26 AM
I like the look of items above the fireplace as opposed to across particularly in small places.  By drawing the eye you make the ceiling seem taller and by extension the room seems bigger.  I think in a shotgun style living room that might help. 

I would make a collage using copies of the pics.  Back it on a thin plywood and you can even add a frame, if you would like. Then put it on the mantle and group the dinos on each side. 

Finally, I'd fill the shelves on the side of the fireplace with larger or taller items that fully fill the space provided without making it look too cluttered.  Empty shelves make it seem like you didn't finish.  I would separate the red vases on the bottom left putting them on the top right and left shelves so they mirror one another.  The shelf with the red and black block painting with the yellow clock piece looks wonderful.  You could move that to the top and then put the red vases on the center shelves.  But the idea is to have some mirroring so it all comes together.     

29  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Office wall... what to do next? on: November 19, 2011 04:57:14 AM
I think you need to add a little height to the both ends of the credenza.   

I would start with the side that has the clear round vase.  I would add a taller vase to fill the space on the wall.  I think a bold color would tie it in with the lovely picture you have framed.  You might also group a few small things around the vase.  Perhaps, the owl and the pictures. 

Then on the other side keep the taller dark picture frame and group the remaining items.  This should leave some space in the center.  Here I would put a tray and add the teacup plant with smaller picture frames or knick-knacks on either side.   

Finally, store the watering can elsewhere since it doesn't go with the other lovely items you have. 

30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: PC STITCH USERS: WARNING!!! Beware of version 10 upgrade! on: November 18, 2011 06:11:37 PM
Yikes.  I am new to PC Stitch and this has me concerned.  Thanks for sharing.
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