Sunday, January 31, 2010

Branching out - that's the thing that has been happening for us this weekend. On the one hand, Hubby and I are trying to explore in larger and larger circles from our home. On the other hand, we seem to be constantly looking for the things that are familiar and comfortable.
We hit the jackpot today by driving to Connecticut to go to Costco. Oh sure, there are warehouse stores nearby. But they feature brands we have never heard of, lack basic customer service, and could benefit from a good sweeping.
It felt so good to wander up and down the wide, well-lit aisles. Our basket brimmed with pantry staples and cleaning supplies. Of course, no trip to Costco would be complete without the purchase of a ginormous package of toilet tissue. We even found a Starbucks nearby. Nothing like a nice hot beverage on cold day to perk up the long drive home.
Yesterday I spent the day at the quilt shop in a class with Jackie Paton. Who would have thought that I could do this?
Using Jackie's drawing, we learned how to cut our own stencil from freezer paper. Wielding a palette knife, we learned how to mix colors from oil paint sticks and stencil right on the fabric. After at least one more day of drying, I can heat set the paint on my panel with an iron. It will become the center of a wall hanging. Fun, huh? I would have never believed I could do something like this.
On the kitchen front, we are in a bit of limbo right now. The counter top and new lighting has been installed. The appliances are back in place. But we are not quite satisfied with the finish on the floor. It should be MUCH closer in color to the existing wood floor in the living and dining rooms. While we wait for a resolution (which will most likely be sand and start again) we are waiting to put everything away.Still it is so nice to cook real meals. And clean up is a breeze - no more washing dishes in the little bathroom sink. The first official dinner was Mickey Mouse waffles and bacon. We love breakfast for dinner, how about you?

33 comments:

Yvonne said...

I took one of her classes....it was fun! Glad you have a working kitchen....hope the floor situation gets straightened out to your liking. :)

Darlene said...

What a fun project - bet you had lots of fun.

Your kitchen is beautiful - hope the floor issues get resolved very, very soon.

Carol said...

Oh Libby your project is just amazing...how very, very fun. Your kitchen looks great. I sure hope they get your floor taken care of quickly and easily.

Stevens Family said...

Gorgeous Kitchen. And what a fun class!

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

Omg, I love the project. It is awesome. Yep, we love breakfast at dinner. It sits light on the stomach I think. Hope the kitchen floor situation gets resolved soon. And yes, I know how you feel about finding the brands of product you used previously! Happened when we moved here (Wa. state) from Texas. We had no Wal-mart or Sam's Club. I was having a breakdown...lol. We now have super Wal-mart and a Costco. Yahoo!!!!

Shakerwood Primitives said...

We just had waffles and bacon last night for dinner! Yummo and much less expensive than other meals.

Love the stencil project. Can't wait to see it finished!

Quilt Hollow said...

That looks like a fun project and something different!
Wow...kitchen is fantastic! Bummer about the floor...a quick resolve is wished for you!!

Mimi said...

I love your stenciled fabric. It is absolutely adorable. I am going to have to keep an eye out for her. Also, your floor may not be what you want, but overall, your kitchen is looking wonderful and I am sure you are so happy to have it almost to the finished stage.

Lori said...

OMG! I love what you created!! Isn't that cool that with a little help and direction we can accomplish so much!!?
I think your kitchen looks good. Hope you get it just the way you want it very soon.

paula, the quilter said...

I love paint stiks. I have cut freezer paper stencils a lot, and like to use them with the traditional stencil brush but also doing paint spatter. You can also use a freezer paper stencil in silk screening. Have fun in the world of stencils!

QuiltingFitzy said...

I love your kitchen reno!! Ours will begin any day...could you please tell me where your pendant lights came from? I really want saloon style globes, but am hesitant. I need brushed nickel! Are you cupboards Alderwood? They look really nice!

AnnieO said...

Wow, impressive! What a great project--you did such a beautiful job. It has whimsy and depth. A fun start to a wallhanging.

Glad your trips out and about are having pleasant results (even to the $300 Club--which is what we call Costco at our house), plus restoration of a very important room in your house.

Karen said...

I wish Jackie Paton would come to Florida close by so I could take a class. I have been intrigued by her work for a while now. You did a very good job. Did you have to purchase the oil paint sticks?

WoolenSails said...

The kitchen is gorgeous, I like the shade on the floor, wondering if the darker wood would blend with the cabinets? My husband is good at doing that, we have the main wood in the house and he put light in the kitchen, but I like the break in the colors.

You did a beautiful job on your quilt painting. I have some floor cloth and supplies that I want to try out. I use blank stencils, never thought to use freezer paper, would be easier to cut.

I never eat breakfast foods, just shredded wheat, so I do like to eat pancakes and eggs for dinner, sometimes.

Debbie

quiltmom said...

The kitchen looks stunning Libby- you must be so pleased with the space- it looks like you have a nice amount of storage.

The trip to Costco sounds like a great adventure- glad you are finding some familiar things in your new home.

Your project looks wonderful - you did a terrific job on it. Sometimes the projects that we think are difficult are quite easy once we learn the technique. Other times even if the technique is not difficult, one can't seem to get one's head around it. Has that ever happened to you? I know that it has happened to me- sometimes the penny drops and other times I just get stuck and can't seem to figure it out..
Have a great week.
Regards,
Anna

Loris said...

Love the stencil picture! I would love to learn that technique. It will look beautiful in your home. Enjoy that lovely new kitchen too. The cabinets look wonderful...as does the floor. Hope you get the finish to your liking.

Chocolate Cat said...

Wow that is an amazing panel that you have created!!! I love the kitchen, no nice and fresh with lots of good lighting , something we're in need of. We only got Costco in Australia last year and I visited for the first time in Nov and loved it. Hubby and kids went in Melb on Friday and stocked up on lots of supplies! We will definately go regularly.

Kathie said...

love,love,love this project!
its beautiful, must have a been a fun class too
I can't wait to get to that shop.
Your kitchen looks beautiful
wow. good luck with the floor color, you will get it worked out
Kathie

KC Quilter said...

Luv, luv, luv your stenciling! It looks so professional. And your kitchen.....wow! It is gorgeous. Hardwood floors are a pain to get right. Our kitchen floor had to be redone before we could even move in!!! And, yes, DH and I love breakfast for dinner!

suz said...

I'm so glad you took a class with Jackie. It's so satisfying to go home with such a wonderful finished product! You did a great job. Hope you resolve the kitchen floor problem without too much hassle.

kjquilts said...

Very nice! Love the kitchen too...

Judy in Michigan said...

We just had new wood flooring put in our great room (the connecting room and hallway already had wood floors). What did they put between your new floor (kitchen) and the old floor (dining room)? On ours, they put a "T" thing which is a bit raised from either side of the doorway which looks a bit odd and feels funny to the feet when you walk on it. The installer said that's how it's done. I'm curious to see if that's what they did with yours.
Your kitchen looks great - I bet your anxious to have it all done!!

Wendy said...

Such a fun project to learn how to do. The kitchen looks great. I love breakfast for dinner too.

Quilter Kathy said...

That is such a cool project! Can't believe you created that whole thing from a blank piece of fabric in one class!
Your kitchen sure looks beautiful!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Your kitchen looks wonderful to me. I hope you get the floor issue resolved. I can't believe that your project was done with a palette knife, although I'm no expert in things like that. Also, I've been behind on my reading, and just read your post about your dear Harper. I'm so sorry about your loss.
Blessings,
Marcia

Stephanie D. said...

You are so multi-talented!

QuiltedSimple said...

that little panel is gorgeous - love, love, love it. And your kitchen looks fabulous - hope you don't have to sand and restain it
kris

Jeanette said...

Wow, I love your panel! So cool, definitely doesn't look like something that is stenciled. Too bad about your floor. I guess it couldn't all go smoothly. lol Hopefully, they will fix it to be the color you wanted.

Candace said...

I LOVE your new kitchen, Libby! And we have the same waffle iron - one of Mr. Squash's favs! I like the floor - but then I also like contrast and I also know how it feels to not have something turn out just the way you want!
Our nearest Costco is an hour away - we've decided to make monthly sojourns there!
And how lucky to take a class from Jackie - woo-hoo!
Cheers!

Linda said...

Your kitchen looks lovely. I like the molding around the base of the upper cabinets. I don't think I've seen that detail before. Hope you get the floor issue resolved. What an aggravation. Going through the sanding/staining process again would be more than I could tolerate. In fact I'm not able to tolerate it even once; we're going with the engineered wood floor as replacement for carpet!

Nines said...

Love breakfast anytime- but don't like to cook it in the morning. However in your lovely kitchen, I might make an exception.

Behind My Picket Fence said...

Your stencil picture is awesome. Sounds like something I'd really enjoy too!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh the kitchen is beautiful!