Thursday, February 18, 2010

Dabbling in randomness - that seems to be the order of my days lately. No one project grabs or holds my attention for any length of time.
On the kitchen remodel front, the work is now done. Here's a peek at how the floor turned out. First up the finish that was not what we bargained for.
And the new and improved finish.
My photography is not the best here. The first picture is from the digital camera, the second taken with my cell phone. A casualty of the remodel mess is I cannot locate my spare camera batteries or charger. So poor photography aside, we are so much happier with the new finish which is nearly identical to the original. With a little time for some aging of the new, the differences will soon be all but imperceptible.
Slowly but surely things are being put away in the kitchen. I told Hubby yesterday that we've made it back to where we started: only the boxes remaining from the move are left to be unpacked. The Princess has suggested that we have a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the finished results. I do love that girl - she comes up with some great ideas.
Progress is also being made in setting up the new quilting space. The decision was made to move camp from the basement to the bedroom we call The Tree House. It will be nice to do all my piecing above ground. The Tin Lizzie will stay below ground, but by moving the rest Hubby will have some usable in both places, too.
So amid unpacking boxes that have been toted upstairs I've been doing a little sewing. All work and no play makes Libby a cranky girl. Here are a couple things that have come from those itty bitty kits I showed last time.
And there's plenty more where those came from. I've hardly made a dent in those little bags. As much as I love little pieces of fabric, sometimes I have to take a break and work on a project that's just a little larger. Case-in-point, here's the new camouflaging curtain for the laundry room.
*no amount of finessing would turn this picture upright*
Our laundry room is really a small closet in the half bath on the main floor of the house. There were bi-fold doors when we moved in which had to be removed to accommodate opening the doors on the washer and dryer. This left the storage shelving above exposed. Not a particularly attractive sight. *voila* Now there is access to the washer and dryer without seeing the unsightly storage area above. The plan is to make a matching valance for the window. I think it might even be fun to do laundry when it's all said and done.
There's been a lot of hand stitching in the evenings, too. Hubby and I are Olympics hounds, watching as much of the coverage as humanly possible. Last night we stayed up well beyond our bedtime to watch Shaun White , who hails from our former home, take gold in the half pipe. Exciting to watch, but I am so glad I'm not his mother!

28 comments:

Shakerwood said...

The floor was worth the wait. It turned out great. Can't wait for the ribbon cutting ceremony!

You haven't shown any snow pictures lately. Are you over the newness of the snow yet? Or is it because of the "camera gone missing" thingy?

sewprimitive karen said...

Oh, I think your washer and dryer look like works of art. You should see mine LOL.

Gail said...

I love the "little bitties", so cute. I think my eyes might hate me for those. The curtain above the washer and dryer is very nice. I like the floor as well. Soon you will be down to zero boxes to unpack! Wish I could say the same and I've lived in this house ten years!

Gail said...

I love the "little bitties", so cute. I think my eyes might hate me for those. The curtain above the washer and dryer is very nice. I like the floor as well. Soon you will be down to zero boxes to unpack! Wish I could say the same and I've lived in this house ten years!

Gail said...

Well, how did that happen? I posted the same thing twice and can't see how to undo one. OOPS, sorry :(

paulette said...

I LOVED watching Shaun and I said the same thing!! If I was his mom I would pad him like that Scott Towel man on the commercial....then he couldn't move!!:o)
Paulette

Diane said...

new floor finish is great--nice toenails too *wink*. the teeny blocks are crazy cute. Olympics are putting a huge dent in my sewing time-but that's ok. Have you seen the P&G commercial with all the olympians as little kids cuz that's how their mom's see them...get a lump in my throat, but they hit the nail on the head with that one.

Karen said...

I have no idea what the half pipe is.

Your little bitty projects are so fine. And I am glad you are moving your sewing room upstairs. Maybe you can put your machine by a window and enjoy the view outside.

Quilt Hollow said...

New floor was darn well worth the wait...love the toes!! Hee!!

WoolenSails said...

The new flooring came out beautifully.
I think having an attic space for quilting, will be a nice cozy spot.

Debbie

Quilter Kathy said...

Glad that things are progressing and you're getting settled in. And also good that you're doing a little sewing here and there.
We are obsessed with the olympics too, and my son really enjoyed the snowboard competition last night. What an inspiring guy Shaun is...his attitude is remarkable!

Yvonne said...

New floor looks great....cute little projects. :)

The Quilt Buddy said...

Oh the floors look much better!...and now you have survived the move and the remodel. Can't wait for the ribbon cutting ceremony!

XOXO from another Olympic junkie!!!...tonight is the men's figure skating...yeah!

dee said...

So glad things are returning to normal(whatever that is!).
Love those little bits but my love affair with black fabric Amish designs doesn't work with my eyes any more. Still, I really am drawn to it.
Nice to have your own space to work in.

Lori said...

The floor definetely looks the correct color now. It's so pretty!
Nice to know you are still getting some stitching done! I love the curtain above your W&D.

Stina said...

Love your little quilt... and the start for the second little one is just wonderful.. love the look of these ones.. and a favourite designer too..;o)))

Donnelly said...

The floors are beautiful! I really love the camoflauge for the laundry area. Thanks for sharing!
Have a great weekend!

Jeanette said...

Your floors look much better now! I'll bet you're glad to have that done! I've been working on those little quilt patterns, too. Although I've only made the one with the 4 stars, so far, and have made the 4 from the other Leftovers pattern. I've only got them pieces do far. Those are some little pieces, for sure!

Libby said...

Hi Libby! I am so happy that I found your blog through Bren! I have been watching the olympics and we all stayed up to watch the Amazing Shaun White!

Your quilts are beautiful! I looking forward to getting to know you better!

Have a great weekend,
Libby

Connie W said...

Looks like things are all coming together. The curtain is a great idea, so cute.

Guðrún said...

The floor looks great. The quilt you are making with the "log cabin" look like blocks is gorgeous.

皮東 said...

以簡單的行為愉悅他人的心靈,勝過千人低頭禱告。........................................

健康保寶 said...

先告訴自己希望成為什麼樣的人,然後一步一步實踐必要的步驟。........................................

Kathie said...

oh Libby I just love those courthouse step blocks oh my gosh, just love that little quilt
oh the little bow ties are adorable but those courthouse steps have me glued to the computer screen drooling all over them!!!!

glad your so much happier with the new floors they do look so much closer in stain. it was worth it...
I am home again and looking forward to sewing this week
hope all is well
Kathie

julieQ said...

Love the plaids! And the new floor too. I bet it will be easy breezy to keep clean. Good idea dear princess on the ribbon cutting!

Linda said...

The floor looks great....love the toes! Your move above ground sounds good too. Have never been fond of basements for long term occupancy...although fewer window distractions might be more productive!

Stephanie D. said...

Oh, you definitely need a Tree House over a basement sewing room! This time of the year, sunshine is at a premium anyway, so go for the gold--sunlight, that is!

Candace said...

Your new, new floor is much better, Libby! I know how it feels to be happy with the result! I also see you're doing some "re-moving" as we are! We finally had our last "move" today - a closet move this time. The laundry re-do is fantastic, too! Sounds like you're well on your way to finally being settled - we'll have to celebrate! Love your little pieces - who knew saving scraps could result in such cute projects!
Cheers!