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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Coverlet...Oh how I hate you!

There are only a few things that I absolutely hate to sew. A coverlet for a dining room chair rates right up at the top. Why? Because it has so many tedious steps. Then, when you finish all 80 of the steps, you realize you have to do it again 6-10 more times! I am one of those people that likes to figure it out, make it happen, and move on. Once I've mastered it I'm done. 
Maybe I'm an A.D.D. seamstress!


However, I do have to admit that they are beautiful. This is one of four that I made for a good friend. 








I love this linen one!

Linen  Chair Seat Shabby French Chic Covers!-Linen Shabby French Chic Chair cover
picture via Beekeepers Cottage

I want to do one like this on a chair in the girls room. I just painted the chair white. I am thinking a grey linen?

Stop and Cut the Roses

All of the rose bushes around the house and church are in full bloom. I even have one climbing up the front porch.(more on the porch to come) It only took a minute to pick a few and put them around the house! Yum!









We are expecting a big storm this afternoon, I wanted to rescue a few of the pretties blooms!


Don't forget, the giveaway on Dear Lillie ends today! Head on over to enter and see pictures of her new little one.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I have been on a pillow kick lately. Here is the latest.



I love the rusty orange fabric. It is a cotton/linen and feels amazing after you wash it.  It is great on a sling as well.


Happy Wednesday!

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Sheet Thread Count Myth!



Picture via loveyourplace.blogspot




      A few years ago while at Show Time (The huge fabric market in High Point, NC) one of the vendors began to inform me about how the "thread count"of a sheet really was just a marketing ploy. Kind of like how foods labeled "low fat" tend to be "full sugar", and not necessarily better for you.   I didn't fully understand him then; probably because it was not really relevant to me at the time.


Recently, however, I have gone though a couple of different sets of high thread count sheets that turned out to be terrible.  One got all fuzzy, and the other one just plain ripped! Well, I decided to try something drastic! I went to Walmart and bought one of the Main Stay sheet sets. 250 thread count. Yikes!  I love them!  
Here are the pluses:
        1. They only cost $8.00 a sheet.
        2. They do not wrinkle along the top. They Keep a nice 
             crisp edge, because really, who has time to iron their 
             sheets?
        3. I really like the way they feel. They are crisp without  
            being scratchy!


So, I did some research, and here is what I learned. Thread count is the number of threads, both vertical (weft) and horizontal (warp), in a one-inch square of fabric.
There is no industry standard for the quality of sheets, and people  began to associate thread count with quality. Once manufactures realized this, it was on.  A 200 thread count sheet could be advertised as having 400 thread count. How do they do this? By using 2-ply thread.  Quantity became the focus, not quality. More of a bad quality thread, does not make for a good quality sheet. 

So if thread count is not really the important thing, what is?  Staple length!



"Staple length refers to the length of the cotton fiber. The longer the staple, the smoother and higher quality the cotton. Low quality, short-staple cotton often relies on chemical additives to make up for the poor quality of the fabric. Many manufacturers spray down cheap cotton with silicone to prevent the fibers from pilling.
It’s better to buy a 250 thread count sheet made from long staple cotton than a 600 thread count sheet made of cheap, low grade cotton." says Allie of thewayyousleep.org.
Are there legitimate 600 thread count sheets made from long staple cotton out there? Sure, but I certainly could never afford them.


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Spring!

This is what I have been up to this month.




 White....

 Can you have to much white?

 New in our Store


I love these..

Our newest sling. 

Don't forget to go by Dear Lillie for your chance to win a sling, and to check out her amazing blog. I love to look at her pictures!

Happy Resurrection Sunday!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Give Away on Dear Lillie

I am excited to tell you that we are partnering with Dear Lillie for a sling give away! Please head on over and take a look at her blog. She is an amazing photographer, and has done fabulous things to her home. 



Head over for your chance to win a free sling!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Today was a very interesting day. I had no intention of destroying the multipurpose room and putting it back together again, but that's what happened. Yikes!

You remember the picture wall above the girl's bed? It's gone! I was really struggling with it feeling unbalanced and just sort of off. (When you are not a formally trained interior designer, you tend to go by feel, not rules.) :)

I also thought the one wall full of shelves was making the room feel heavy.

I moved the shelves to either side of the window, moved the sewing machines to the same wall, and created a new picture wall. The last time I did the picture wall it took me 4 tries, and a million holes. This time, I had a blast! It felt right, and I only had one misplaced nail!

Before




 After...





Moral of this story... Go with your gut. If it is not working, maybe you should stop and regroup.

When I did the wall the first time I used pieces of paper the same size as the picture and then taped them on the wall in the placement I liked. It was tricky to figure out where to put the nail, and it required a lot of measuring.

This time I went with my tried and true method..Toothpaste!

Put a little dab of toothpaste right on the end of picture hook.


 Take your picture and hold it up where you want it without touching the wall. I do much better with eyeballing it. Once it is were you want it, gently tap the frame against the wall. You will leave a little toothpaste mark on the wall.


Hammer your nail right were your toothpaste mark is.

Wipe the toothpaste off the wall.

Wipe the toothpaste off the frame.

Hang your picture!
If you have multiple hooks on the back of the picture this works great. You can easily fit the nails perfectly in each hook.  

Happy Thursday. 




The Perfect Shade of White

White Paint Collection

I love Restoration Hardware for many reasons, but recently it has been for their perfect paint colors. When we did the kitchen re-do I picked their "right white" for the cabinets. It is beautiful. It is not to bright or to drab. It is accurately named the "right white.
That is the color I have been using to paint all the mirrors and furniture. Love it!

Yesterday, we finally found bedding for the girl's room that we all agreed on! Let me tell you that finding something to meet the needs of 2 teenage girls and 1 very  picky mother has not been easy. It is a lot more colorful than I had anticipated, but I love the fabrics and  I think it will look very "cottagey" when we add new, crisp white sheets and pillows.  I can't wait to show you, but I am going to wait until we get all the finishing touches done. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

First Trip to Beach

I had intended to get a lot of painting done yesterday, but when my sister called and wanted to go to the beach, plans changed! It was such a beautiful day.









Work will be there tomorrow. 

I am seriously starting a camera fund..Canon Rebel here I come. In about 6 months:)


Monday, April 18, 2011

More White Paint

Well, I got the entertainment center finished. I also repainted an antique mirror for the top.





Sorry about the glaring ceiling fan. The lighting is very tricky in our living room. To get a picture that is not yellow, I have to have all the lights on.

It is all slowly coming together. I am trying to paint a little every day. I really want to start priming my bedroom armoire today,but I have a slipcover to finish first. So, we will see how time goes. I have been very busy with slipcovers lately. I am grateful that they have all be out of white twill! I love sewing with it, and the end result is amazing. 
These are the chairs I just finished for my sister-in-law.



Pictures by Loriendevon

You will have to go check out the rest of the pictures from her master bedroom redo. They are amazing!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The White Mirror

Loving this look!

The Paper Mulberry

The Paper Mulberry
Life in the Fun Lane

Life in The Fun Lane

Life in The Fun Lane