Memorable Quotes

Though we can never leave life without experiencing some measure of loss, grief, and pain, misery is optional--as is happiness.

Beverly Campbell

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, "I used everything you gave me."

Erma Bombeck

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Jodi at Pleasant Home is having a super first week of give aways on her new blog. Go check it out!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

You must go visit Jodi's new blog Pleasant Home. It is fabulous and she is having a give away every day! She is very talented and shares super ideas. Go enjoy!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

I made it through the first week back to work. Hopefully, all those computers will work right for all the teachers. I have been busy, busy, busy lately. About five or six years ago I bought fabric for new curtains for my living room and a slipcover for my sofa. I got the fabric at the outdoor sale at Fabric Depot for $3 a yard. I got the curtains made but just couldn't bring myself to attempt to cover the sofa. I bought patterns and books on how to do it but just didn't feel confident in trying it. For Christmas my daughter and daughter-in-law said for my present they would help slipcover my sofa. Being a type zzz personality I put it off for awhile but, finally, I just couldn't stand looking at my sofa any longer. I inherited this Ethan Allen sofa from my mom after she died. It was blue with pink flowers. My living room is yellow with barn red accents...didn't look too good in there so two weeks ago I bit the bullet and we scheduled the sofa makeover. I had a lot of support.

Cookie Support

Piano Music Support

Eating Support

Daughter Support or Sister Support for the Cookie Maker
(whichever way you want to look at it!)

Grandkid Support

Nothing is ever simple or done alone in our family but we sure have a lot of fun!

There was a lot of pinning and measuring.....fitting and refitting. Isn't the old color of the sofa lovely? In its defense the sofa is many years old but being of good quality has excellent "bones."

It was getting closer to being done. I couldn't believe what a difference it made in the look of the room. I used all my books and patterns because none of them had my exact sofa. I even found tutorials on the blog to help. After two weeks it is finally finished!

My daughter-in-law did the cushions with piping and zippers! They are great! The picture isn't the best...the colors are off a little but you get the idea. I figure it took the three of us a full three days, maybe four, to finish the entire project. I would never attempt to do something like this without at least one other person helping you.

The quilt hanging on the wall is "Home is Where the Heart Is." It is from Quilting Delights' 1997 $5 quilt club. The quilt on the left hand side of the picture is Chocolate Delights. You can't really see but it has a scalloped border and is hand quilted by another daughter-in-law. The quilt on the right hand side of the picture was made by the same daughter-in-law for us to use in our car. It was a Christmas present. It is also hand quilted and you can see that it does not reside in my car...ever.

Now for the next project....a cute "cricket" chair that my mom bought from "Ye Oldde Maple Shoppe" when I was just a kid. Mom had reupholstered it to match the blue and pink sofa. I think it really needs to be rebuilt (just like me) because it is truly an antique! Wonder how many years it will take me to get the chair done?