Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
We had a lovely old Hoosier cabinet and an old meat block. We hung copper pans from the hood that the Lord of the Manor built over the old gas range. That kitchen was our first do-it-yourself project and we loved it. The rest of the house had boring white walls and we always meant to paint them, but then we found another house...
And now we live in a house with a yellow living room, red library, burgundy dining room, tan kitchen, one gold bedroom, one purple bedroom, one green bedroom, and believe it or not - white bathrooms. But something is being done about that. We are going to paint one of them robin egg blue. If I can just get the color right. First I bought some green and it was just wrong. Then I bought some blue and it was too bright. Then I started mixing the two
and came up with the color on the far right. I think it's the one, but what do you think? We have lots of white tile and all white fixtures in the room. The faucets and hardware are all chrome. The accessories can pick up the beachy theme. We have lots of shells that we've collected that could be mounted in shadow boxes to hang on the walls. We have some lovely old blue glasses that would match. And maybe I could make some shorebird "decoys" for the shelves. Your creative input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Two walls are all double coated and I think I can finish up tomorrow. But we couldn't wait; we had to put the new bedding on the finished side. And it looks striking, doesn't it? Teen2 loves it so that's good. The blinds should arrive in about a week, try to imagine silver blinds on the windows instead of the chintz curtains. We are still looking for a desk and a chair. And the flooring issue requires more research, but basically I'm pleased with our progress. I'll keep you posted and thanks for all the input.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
When I decorated this room several years ago, I (mistakenly) thought it would last for many, many years. The Lord of the Manor made built-in beds with huge drawers underneath, a window seat between, and bookcases at the head of both beds. I wallpapered it in tiny pink rosebuds and made curtains from a beautiful rose chintz. We installed muted pink carpeting. It was so pretty and so English. I love it, Teen2 hates it. She has covered the walls with posters in an effort to disguise it. She has kept it in a dismal state of disarray. The rat chewed one curtain to smithereens. The time has come. No, actually, it's overdue!
And then we found this shade and jazzed it up with more feathers.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Lay 1/3 of the potatoes in the pan, sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons flour, salt, lots of pepper, and dabs of butter. Make two more layers like that. Keep the potatoes down about 1/2" from the top of the pan otherwise they will overflow and make a huge mess in the oven.
When all three layers are done, pour milk in the pan until it comes just to the bottom of the final layer of potatoes. It will hold quite a bit of milk, but don't bring it up over the potatoes, or it make a huge mess in the oven.
See the milk there just at the bottom of the potatoes? Perfect! That's where it should be so it doesn't make a huge mess in the oven.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
So I traced six ideas with my bumwad.
I love that word.
And then I downloaded them to my new friend Scribd. And here they are for your enjoyment:
Saturday, January 17, 2009
First let's try a boy with a hoop.
Then let's try a girl at the shore.
Then I just had to share this photo of Teen2 helping the Lord of the Manor prune a tree last weekend. Here she is supposed to be operating the crane whilst her father is in the basket 40' off the ground, and she's on her cell phone! She certainly is giving him her full attention, isn't she? These are just some of the goofy things that go on here Amongst The Oaks.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
and thought I should share them with you. So I figured out how to use Google Docs, and Bob's Your Uncle! Now let's see if it works....
Kids1 Kids2 Kids3
I do hope you enjoy these patterns, and I'll try to make some more real soon. Any requests?
Here's my original drawing. First I printed out the words on the computer, then I sketched in images from the trip in pencil. When I was satisfied with the design, I darkened the lines with black ink. The cotton tea towels are thin enough to see through, so then I put the design beneath the towel and traced over it with the Mark-B-Gone pen. After embroidering the towel the marks disappeared with a few spritzes of water.