Monday, July 26, 2010

Gone to the birds. . .

My dining room looked a lot like this for about 20 years.  Or more or less like this.  The corner cupboard moved from the old entryway/breakfast room about 12 years ago, the same time the carpets came up and the floors were finished.

I've been thinking about updating the room for a while.  The obstacle?  The wallpaper, for one thing.
Stripping the wallpaper wasn't fun.

Also, I was more sure I wanted something else, than I was about what that should be.

But now, it's almost done.IMG_1565
The walls are Sherwin-Williams "rain" and the corner cupboard is "sassy green".   The fabric festooned around are samples in hopes of making new shades for the windows.
I plan on making roman shades for the two side windows.  I'd also like to put the same fabric on the door in a simple, gathered panel.  The questions is, which fabric? 

We have made some decisions about what to hang on the walls.  This is a new picture:IMG_1414
It's a print of a painting by Blenda Tyvoll that I've admired for a long time. It's from her series "Tree of Life."

This photo (digitally painted) is by Tricia McKellar from her departure series.   It's been waiting in my Etsy favorites for a while. 

We'll soon run out of wall space, but there's two more artists I hope to include before we're done.  Mary Beier was at our local art in the park this past weekend.   And maybe something from Jennifer Lommers, who makes paintings I'd like, even if she wasn't a terrific person and married to my cousin.  But I'm glad she is.  The common theme, if you haven't guessed it, is birds. 

And I do own other tablecloths -- I love print tablecloths, which, I've found over these growing family years, hide a multitude of stains sins.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

So far in July. . .

We've picked up our son at the airport.  Sam's been in Egypt since school got out -- we're glad he could go, and are really glad he's home.
I've been turning these:
Into this:
I make freezer jam, just the recipe in the pectin package.  I think it tastes fresher & fruitier.  Not to mention, it doesn't require heating up the kitchen on a hot day. 

Oh yes, I'm knitting too -- picking up Sam meant 8 hours in the car -- knitting the red sweater, again.
The front and back are done to the under-arm, and I've got a good start on the sleeves.  Surprisingly, I find the knitting more fun the second time around.