Saturday, March 8, 2014
Quite a while ago now, I began collecting vintage feed and grain sacks. It started with some that I'd found at an antique mall, and eventually I found some more in an old barn, thrown over the rafters where they'd been for decades. The other day I unearthed them from my storage unit and have been trying to decide what to do with them since.
I love the colors and the graphics. Each bag is different. It's fun to imagine them in their previous life, carrying out the job for which they were intended. I have a variety of bags - smaller ones like these colored ones that were used to carry seed, and larger, heavier burlap bags.
These are the heavier burlap bags. I'm thinking that after a run through the washing machine, I might cut them apart and make a throw quilt for the living room. I'm just not sure what I'd back it with, as it would be quite heavy already. I love the typography on these sacks though. I think sewn together they'd look pretty amazing, with all their years of wear - some are mended in places, which I think gives them even more character.
What are your thought - what would you do with them?
Friday, March 7, 2014
1. Peeling Paint on War Plane, 2. Peeled Paint Abstract, 3. Peeling paint on the in-laws' garage, 4. Peeling Paint Rail Car Detail, 5. [Peeling-Paint], 6. Paint Abstract, 7. Peeling Paint, 8. peeling, 9. 00000074 Polish Peeling Paint Yellow
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Five years ago today I gave birth to this amazing little girl! She has been the light of my life since she took her first breath and I am honored to be her mother.
At five, Hannah:
- Asks "what does _____ mean" constantly. Always wanting to know more about the words we use.
- Asks great questions ... some that I cannot even answer!
- Spends her morning at the Early Learning Center where she shines in her class.
- Enjoys playing with both of her brothers when they're with us.
- Loves building forts with pillows and blankets and hiding inside.
- Excited to start swimming lessons in three weeks.
- Full of energy - she goes and goes from the moment she wakes and fights sleep every night despite being obviously tired.
- Has been growing her hair since she was born and it's still not long enough to pull up in a ponytail!
Hannah was very specific about what kind of cake she wanted for her birthday: pink with pink frosting and M&Ms all around the side and strawberries on top. So that's exactly what I made for her (and she was over the moon about it!). I have to admit, although a strange combination, it was actually quite good!
What birthday is complete without presents? Hannah had a small party this last Saturday with us and the grandparents. She loved her gifts - especially her puppets and pop up book about fairies. Today we celebrated by getting her a card and even more presents. I'm hoping to get off work on time and we'll have a special evening together.
Here's pictures of Hannah on each of her birthdays, starting with her first.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
I had plenty of time today to tackle not only cleaning Hannah's room, but giving her bedside table a small makeover, as I waited for Safelite to come replace the rear window in my Toyota Camry that got smashed out over the weekend. I was supposed to work today, so I tried to make the most of an unexpected day off. This little nightstand is a simple pine table and it had seen it's share of wear - with stains and wax rings that just don't come off.
Since I'd washed all of Hannah's clothes and hung them up, then cleaned her room from top to bottom, the sad old nightstand just looked out of place. So, I hauled it downstairs and attacked it with some Modge Podge and scrapbooking paper. For a quick little upgrade, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and the top flattened out after the paper dried. We'll see what Hannah thinks when she gets home this afternoon!
Friday, February 21, 2014
1. Peeling Paint Pleasure I, 2. Aqua, Green Wreath, 3. Aqua & Red MAILBOX?!!, 4. Aqua Turquoise Sea Coral Art Glass Bowl., 5. Aqua aura, 6. Aqua door - Trinidad, Cuba, 7. aqua chain link, 8. Burnt Out, 9. CD 157.5, STANDARD GLASS INSULATOR CO., Blue Aqua
Thursday, February 20, 2014
It's been a while since I've picked up a new vintage camera for my collection. A couple weeks ago, my friend Brooke from April Two Eighty contacted me to let me know she was going to let go of some of her vintage cameras and would I be interested in any. We struck a deal on this Kodak No. 2 Autograph Brownie folding camera and she shipped it my way!
The No. 2 Autograph Brownie folding camera was manufactured from 1915 until 1926. It used 120 film and produced an image 2 1/4 by 3 1/4 inches. The sharp edged boxes were changed to curved in 1917, and the foot shape changed from a C-curve to an S-shape in 1919. So, based on the foot shape, my camera was manufactured around 1919 or later.
Since we've moved, we haven't put out our display of vintage cameras, largely because we need bigger shelves to house all of them. I've been meaning to take a trip to Ikea and pick up some floating shelves, but seeing as it's a two and half hour drive away, I haven't had the time. But as soon as I do, I'll proudly put out our collection to enjoy again - with this nice little addition as well!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
This year, Pantone announced Radiant Orchid as it's color of the year. I happen to love this pick, especially over last year's color, which was an emerald green. There's been lots of talk about this choice in the blogging world and even a quilting contest designed around the color - The 2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid. Read more about it here and here. Participants have up until the end of March to create something - minis, quilts and just the top - using this color.
I'm not sure exactly what I have in my stash along these lines, but I'll be using some spare time today to do a little digging! In the mean time, enjoy some inspiration featuring this year's color. Some are photos from entries into the quilt challenge, while others are just creations that showcase the color purple and compilations of color palattes.
I'm thinking a pillow would be really fun to make for this contest - a chance to dip my toes in a color I don't work with very much. However, since I'm determined to sew from my stash this year, it'll have to come out of what I have (so some digging is required, as my fabric is in a variety of large Rubbermaid totes in the basement). If you want to join in, here's the button for the contest: