The year, 2012, was full of expensive projects around here -- a new roof, new outside paint job, partial fence replacement; then the washing machine, water heater, my sewing machine all decided to wear out and needed replaced. Plus, my faithful recliner was declared threadbare, and needed reupholstered. Hopefully, this year will just involve some small things to keep our home updated.
First, on my list is new bedding and window treatments for the guest bedroom. I can't decide what I want, so right now I'm checking out how I feel about checks. It appears everything out there is white, light, and minimal. Am I the only one craving color, dark, and layering?
Just auditioning at the moment -- so I brought in Bob's 1960's wool jacket and my mother's 1940's beaver cape. (Told you that we hold onto everything!)
One 30-minute project I did complete this week was a new pillowcase for my neck pillow on my reupholstered recliner. I used this piece of menswear cotton flannel check from my stash. There isn't a before picture - it was too horrible to photograph! This little baby pillow was a shower gift to my mother before I was born. It has traveled the world with me, and I'm rarely without it. It makes a great airplane pillow. Do you think I am attached after all of these years?
In an effort to update the little things, I also did this 1-hour project this week. This chandelier provides great ambient light in our living room, but poor thing was stuck in 2003.
It was a bit 'frou-frou' for our now more casual style. So, I removed the cord cover; cut the beads off the shades; then spray painted the fabric with ordinary flat black paint.
I have more small updates planned around the house, but for now I'm involved in another revision. If any of you have been involved in publishing, you know that deadlines are usually short -- as in "drop everything else, and do it now" short. I have one of those deadlines, as I edit a condensed version of one of my books for publication into a booklet form. I'll be back when I'm done pouring over the book!
I'm joining the following:
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Monday
Vintage on a Dime for Welcome Home Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
No Minimalist Here for Thursday Open House
Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday