Monday, December 31, 2007

Last FO of 2007

Horrible picture, which pretty much sums up the project. They look nice in person actually, but don't fit at all. The yarn made a rather thick fabric which has no stretch to it, so they won't go over the foot. Sigh. But, MIL claims she loves them anyways. She is too kind.

Pattern: Uptown Boot Socks from Favorite Socks
Yarn: RYC Cashsoft fingering weight

What I did on my Christmas vacation

Moving into a new home takes so much longer than I ever expected. I was full of ideas and thought I had it all figured out. I had swatches and paint chips and big dreams. Then unpacking while working and getting ready for the holidays hit. And the house came to a standstill.

But, my mother arrived on Christmas day with some huge gifts... first she was there to spend Christmas with us, and then she made me drapes! I had bought some of this gorgeous but rather loud fabric to use as an accent but she picked up 5 more yards and went to work. She convinced me that this large wall in a very plain tan could handle the loud print and she was right. It may be overwhelming in this picture, but the room is large and has a lot of plain items - plain green couch, plain tan walls, plain brown and eggplant accents, and these take all of the colors and just pop. Thanks again, Mom.

So, motivated by the gorgeous curtains being sewn up in the guest room, I painted the dining room yesterday. Luckily the wainscoting is already two colors of beige that go very well with the russet color that I am so in love with right now. She's planning on making some more drapes but I kind of like these brown ones from an old apartment and I may make some patterned roman shades to go behind them. Thoughts?

Of course having the room all done and pretty just reminds me how pitifully small our dining room table is, but a new set will have to wait for a while. Eventually I'll have a set with better scale.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

One room down!

8 to go!

Our living room is mostly complete. Complete enough that I will settle down and enjoy it. Mom is coming for Christmas and we will make some brightly colored drapes to add some more color and life to the room.

Not too shabby for a snowy day stuck inside. I cannot even begin to express how much I love this fireplace.

Now to the next item on the huge list. Enlarge photos for those frames and get the dining room painted.

Saturday, December 1, 2007


Originally uploaded by kbelle.
Can you believe someone abandoned this adorable puppy? We received an email from Liz, the owner of Canine to Five, the daycare Annie goes to a few times a month. Apparently someone threw him over the fence and left him.

So, we have a new family member. He's adorable and fits in really well. He thinks the cats are rather interesting and is even housebroken and crate trained! Who would give up a dog that sweet?

Please ignore the mess behind him. The whole house is absolute chaos because the big move is next weekend!