Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Dear Diary--

It's been a rough day. The pounding is incessant, but the end is near. They've finished the floors downstairs, and 2 bedrooms and the hallway upstairs. They'll finish the other bedrooms by the end of the week and by next week they'll finish the staircase. It's tiring, and I'm not even the one doing the work. When night time comes and the kiddos are in bed, all I want to do is veg in front of the TV. Last night we watched Hancock. The night before it was multiple episodes of House Hunters International on Hulu. I don't even remember what happened the night before that. I think I fell asleep watching Dog Whisperer.

Today the hubster took the kids to the driving range and I got to clean out my sewing room. Tonight I got to sew. This is what I made:

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Thanks for listening, diary dear.
I can always count on you,
Joanna

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Popping by to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas. merry christmas
Last year when I took this picture we'd been snowed in for a week and we were running out of food. I think we had stir fried beef and green peppers for our Christmas meal. Today it's bright and cheery--a predicted high of 42 and not a lick of snow. We're spending the day baking, eating, and playing chess. I'm not feeling guilty about "forgetting" to do Christmas cards, either. Tee hee! Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 21, 2009

A Bit of History

I'm so pleased to be the new owner of these beauties. So rich and rough and full of history. I love that they were created to be useful objects, and now they'll have the chance to be useful once again.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

An Unintended Home Project: The Kitchen

The downstairs floors are about 1 day away from completion. The good news is that they look great and really warm up the space and make it feel cozy. The bad news is that they make our already unattractive countertops scream: "look at me, I was ugly to begin with and now I'm uglier than ever, maybe worse!!!" So, although we were planning to wait awhile to do the countertops, it seems like we'll be doing them sooner rather than later.

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icky counters

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backsplash options

We have a few samples to look at for the weekend--a small slab of countertop and some backsplash tiles. I think we're going to take our time to figure out what we want to do. In the meantime, do any of you have experience with Squak Mountain stone or poured concrete countertops, and if so, are you happy with it? Please email me--I'd love to hear about your experience. (joanna (at)greatturtle(dot)com)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tab Top Curtain Tutorial

I made some curtains for my little boy's room using Bot Camp fabric. The tutorial calls for 3 different coordinating prints and explains how to line the curtain panel with blackout fabric. If you're interested in how to handle mitered corners, this tut is for you. It can be found HERE on the Michael Miller Fabrics blog.
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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Don't Touch the Screwdriver

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We've been dealing with some abnormally cold weather for the Seattle area. Yesterday our handyman got called home for an emergency--his pipes froze and he had a flood at home to deal with. His sudden departure necessitated that he leave his tools where they were, his half drunk can of coke still on the windowsill, sawdust everywhere. I really don't mind. But someone has to guard the screwdriver.
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It's a hard job.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Home Project

wood floors have begun
I'm excited to report that the floor project has begun. Out with the impractical white carpeting and in with the wood. I've been told it's going to be a three week project. I'm trying to take it day by day, because the prospect of three weeks of pounding, sawing and air compressors compressing stresses me out. The worst part of it is feeling confined to parts of the house that aren't being worked on at the moment. I guess I could just take the kids out somewhere, but it's 29 degrees outside, so I think we'll rough it in the house. I'm not complaining. I'm very happy that this is happening and that I'm not the one doing the work. NOT complaining!!!

where we're hanging out
Our hangout spot. The kids like jumping from chair to chair.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Round Cushion Tutorial

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Here's a tutorial for a round cushion that is trimmed with piping. Even if you may not be planning to make the cushion, I'd recommend taking a look at the tut for tips on working with piping. The fabric is all Bot Camp by Michael Miller.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Pillowcase Tutorial

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Here's a pillowcase tutorial to go with the bed skirt. This tutorial is a little different than other pillowcase tuts out there because it includes instructions on how to make an inner flap to hold the pillow in place. I love the instant gratification of a quick sewing project like this! I hope you make one of these and that you come back and tell me about it. :)

When I was making this set, I was imagining that I was an interior designer of children's rooms working for a rich celebrity client. Is that silly? The funny thing about having a craft blog is that I always feel like there ought to be a story to go along with everything I post. But the fact is, this is just a pillowcase. Sorry folks...there is no monumental story save for my imaginary celebrity clientele. Carry on....