I started this stupid project a year ago. I got so frustrated with it that I threw everything in a bag and threw the bag in a closet. But fall crept up on us this past week—it’s damn chilly when I walk to work at 6:30 am. So I’ve had snugly, cozy things on my mind. I remembered this sweater blanket. So I dug it out, and realized that it was actually almost done.
So I powered through, and it didn’t end up too puckered—it’s way better than some (not all) I’ve seen online.
All the sweaters I used were ugly and oversized from local thrift stores. (Some were stained…I cut around the stains, but the photo looks a bit off. I think the white just reflected all the other colors in the room.) I originally wanted to find a bunch of wool sweaters and felt them, because Dave destroyed one of his sweaters by putting it in the dryer, and I wanted to use it for something. But wool was really hard to find! So these are all cotton (some might be a blend). No 100% acrylic. Acrylic is yucky. I washed and dried all the sweaters when I brought them home. Threw the finished blanket in the dryer for awhile to get rid of some of the fuzzies from the cut ends. So I have hopes that it’ll be relatively durable.
I don’t know if the stitching technique I used has a name, but basically I used the widest zigzag stitch setting on my machine, and sewed the pieces together with about 1/2″ of overlap. Not right sides together like for quilting, but one on top of the other. And making sure to stitch close to the edge of the one piece, then I went back and stitched close to the edge of the other piece. So each connection has 2 lines of stitching—it holds the raw edges down, and makes the seam sturdier and a bit smoother. There’s a couple crazy spots, but oh well—it’s warm!
I just realized I never posted photos of the kitchen after we painted and put in the new appliances!
It’s not quite done…I still need to caulk the crown molding, and repaint a section of wall.
Here it was before. Yikes.
I finally got some art on the walls!
Art (clockwise starting at top left) Yup Chagi Now – my original cross stitch. Bird on fence post – digital print by me. Trees of America – vintage book color page. Blooming Heights – from Jewels of the Prairie series by Mark Muller. Moss – vintage book color page. Sketch of St. Mark’s Square – thrifted. Vintage book pages of butterfly species. Digital print by Belinda Kemp – Indie Fixx The Free Art Project. Vintage book page of flower species.
I couldn’t post about this before Christmas because I was afraid certain people would read it and their Christmas surprises would be ruined. And I am not going to be responsible for ruining Christmas.
So I folded my little heart out and ended up making 10 of these folded-paper-flower-balls. I lost track of the amount of time it took, but I think I averaged about 2-3 hours for each one. Next year I’ll try to find a craft that takes a little less time.
I used scrapbooking paper, metallic cord, beads, and antique glass chandelier crystals— because I love me some bling at Christmas!
This kusudama is suspended on a ribbon from the tree-branch curtain rod above our bed. I made it out of leftover programs from our wedding. Every now and then I catch a glimpse of the words “Lilac Garden,” “May,” and “Blessings.” Makes me happy.
I got the idea from this excellent Folding Trees tutorial.
As of today we have been homeowners for one whole month. Yay! Time flies when you’re
having fun painting.
I honestly tried to like the baby blue/grey paint. But no, wasn’t gunna happen. Actually, almost came to tears thinking about it a couple times. I don’t think I’m that dramatic, but it was not what I’d pictured, it was not what I wanted, and I was really ticked that I’d messed up.
So, we re-painted the bedrooms, office and living/dining room. Started out the day at Lowe’s getting the 2 remaining gallons re-tinted. They turned out a little too dark, which was not surprising. After all we were adding more pigment. So we mixed in 2 quarts of plain white. It turned out perfect.
I have to give a lot of credit to the very nice Lowe’s gal who helped us pick a good color to shoot for, and managed to get our paint pretty darn close!
Somehow 2 gallons was enough to cover everything the first time, but we were down to less than a quart going into the last bedroom, so we headed back to Lowe’s and got another gallon of the warm grey. And as a final touch on the day we painted the stairwell to the basement.
Just have to do the bathrooms and closets now.