project time

You know how you start a project and think, oh this will take like 5 hours or so, and then you actually work on the project and it takes you 3+ days?!?  No, just me?!  Well, this is exactly how the painting project went this past weekend.

It started off great.  Step 1 – turn up the jams, obviously.  Step 2 – move the furniture to the other side of the room.  Step 3 – tape the walls so that I don’t paint on the ceiling, wood work, etc.  (This took a long time but went off with out a hitch)

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Step 4 – spread drop cloths and paint.  This was easier than expected.  I have to say I felt a bit like I was on TLC’s Trading Spaces (the home improvement show I grew up on) painting walls, except they are my walls not my friend or neighbor’s walls.  If only Paige Davis was here to help and cheer me on!  Ty Pennington (pre – Extreme Makeover Home Edition)was not here to be my carpenter….I mean a girl can dream.  The good news –  I only hit the ceiling with the roller once! After completing the painting,  I removed the tape and the walls were complete.

almost done

Here is where things got a little dicey.  I went to plug back in my internet and cable cords and nothing…whole kit and caboodle done-zo.  Those of you who know me, know that I am BEYOND obsessed with TV and have mine on almost all the time when I am home.  So, this system being down was not making me happy.  Internet is also a vital part of my life, too, especially when I needed to chat with the tech support people who no longer talk on the phone, but rather online chat with you to resolve you cable/internet problems.  So, long story short, they had to send out a tech to fix the problem.  Which they did, on a Sunday no less.  Much appreciated, trust me!  Well, during all of these issues, the furniture couldn’t be moved back into its rightful homes because it would block the repair work.  Enter, the work week.

Fast forward to Wednesday night after work.  My Dad came over and replaced the outlets and switch plates in the room and helped me move the furniture, he’s pretty handy like that.  So, the furniture is now in place.  I know what you’re thinking, now onto the end result picture…how about a really its still a work in progress picture…take a look.

rinished

missing items include: more bed pillows, hanging lamps, wall decor, even more bed pillows.

Paint color is Sherwin Williams, Biscuit

there’s something looming on the horizon

I cashed in some credit card points for an Amazon gift card.  What a perfect excuse to purchase a few new (some used) books!  Since my love of sewing has been renewed, I picked up several sewing books.  I ordered several used books, and so they are slowly arriving at my doorstep from across the USA.  Today’s arrival has me sew excited! (See what I did there.)

sewing edges and corners

Sewing Edges & Corners (Decorative Techniques for Your Home and Wardrobe) by Linda Lee. 

I can’t wait to try out some of these techniques.  I would love to make a really large pillow with box corners.  This would make a great bed for Tweed!  I would love to use mitered corners on curtains (which are high on my to do list to complete my condo decor).  Finally, I would like to make euro shams for my bed with flanged edges.  Each of these is explained in this book.  Can you tell I am super excited about this?!

I will report back when projects are complete!  Man, I love Amazon and today, the used books option in particular.

something i have been working on…

My fingers have been busily working away on a sewing project for the past couple of weeks.  You see, I made a trade with a friend.  She painted my room and I made her couch pillow shams.  11 couch pillow shams to be exact.  Sewing is really more of my realm of expertise than painting, or so I think.  I can’t say I have actually painted a wall before, but I am definitely comfortable sewing.  It was a great trade!  Yes, I did say 11 pillow shams (it’s a big couch).  I love the end result and so I had to share it.

Ashley Couch

The pattern combination that my friend chose was fun to sew and relatively easy to match up for the different pieces.  I must say 11 is a lot of pillows.

This is my second sewing project of 2013.  Back in January, I created a twin duvet cover for another friend.  She put it in her son’s room.  The funny cats make a great slightly punk rock room for her 4-year-old boy, which is exactly their style.

Owen's Duvet

Getting back into sewing has really renewed my interest in and love of sewing.  So, attention friends:  I would like to offer my services (for a reasonable fee) to sew any fun household decor.  Let me know what your ideas are in an email (theleighshops@gmail.com) and we can go from there.

Next project a tunic and dress just for yours truly with 2 great fabrics from City Craft (I sang this store’s praises here).  More on that later! I am sure it will be a process, after all there are set in sleeves.