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Saturday, November 28, 2015

This is My Question

Do You decorate your bathroom,
for Christmas?

Well, I am in a Christmas decorating mood . .  .
and because I had a new red bathroom rug
and red towels in storage, that I bought for the old house.
I decided to get them out and use them to 
Christmas up my bathroom.
 I wanted a white shower curtain with red trim,
and of course I couldn't find what I wanted anywhere.
Then I spied these white waffle textured fabric shower curtains
at Walmart for $10 each.
The way our bathroom is designed it takes two shower curtains.
I choose red checks because they have a country look . . .
and will serve for more than just Christmas. 
 Here they are . . .
not bad for a $10 bargain.
One of the things that our bathroom
originally came with, when we bought the house,
was this old pipe shower curtain rod.
We looked at new ones and found
that none of them where even close to 
being as strong as this. . .
so we kept it.
 I then decided to decorate the bathroom with 
old galvanized buckets and pans, to match the old pipe.
Those sea shells and ornaments are in
an old gold panning dish
and the wash cloths are in a galvanized bucket. 
Have you started decorating yet?

 Have a wonderful day
Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

New Mantel

This was our mantel last Christmas.

What would you do if you woke up on a
Saturday morning and your husband says,
"I feel like building something,
do you have a project for me"? 
  What I did was... 
I got that man in the pick-up and headed 
to Home Depot, before he changed his mind.

This was our mantel when we bought the house.
The first thing that I did was get rid of those 
1970 dome light shades and replaced them,
but that was about all that I could do,
 except decorate.

 Our home was built in 1905,
but one of the owners was a mason and he built 
this fireplace in the 60's or 70's. 

I think that it is beautiful, 
but it doesn't look like it belongs 
in a 1905 cottage. 
So . . .
 now it has a new look.
The white ties in nicely with our
white woodwork and molding. 
 I think it works very well in
transporting us back in time from the 1970's,
back to 1905 (or at least to a cottage feel).

If you wake up next Saturday 
and your husband wants a project,
what will you ask for?
Whatever you do, don't pass up 
an opportunity like this . . . 
they don't come around everyday, LOL. 
Please forgive me for all of my early Christmas  posts . . .
I'm not forgetting


How can I, when I have so very much 
to be thankful for.

God Bless You All 
Happy Thanksgiving!

Connie :)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Cheap Decorating Idea & Steve's Christmas Quilt

I had this wonderful idea,
that I just have to share with you.
It packs a punch and costs very little.
 This is one of my paintings.
It is hanging in one of the bedrooms.
Well, I am in the mood to start decorating
 for Christmas, so . . . 
I wrapped it, made a big tag
and hung it back on the wall.
No need to find a place to store it until after Christmas 
and it fills the wall with Christmas cheer.
Why didn't I thinK of this years ago :)
I wanted to do just a little to make the room
look festive.
All that I did was change the blue bedspread
 for this red and tan quilt.
Sew one Christmas fabric pillow case . . .
and sew some of the ribbon that I found at Walmart 
to a set of white pillow cases. 
 This is how the bed looks right now . . .
waitng for Steve to get home from work,
to start his vacation and open his 
Christmas quilt. 
I won't bore you with a lot of words . . .
but Steve asked me for a Christmas quilt
this year.
One that he can get out each Thanksgiving
and put away each New Years.
This is it!
Finished and ready for giving.

 My sweet man loves Christmas.

 I tried to incorporate everything he loves about it
in this quilt.
There are 39 different fabrics in this quilt.

 All of the embroidery patterns are from Oregon Patchwork designs.
Except for these trees.
I found them in a book that I have called
Redwork from The Workbasket by Rebecca Kemp Brent

 The fabric was a mix of some purchased from JoAnnes, 
some scraps and a jelly roll purchased from 
Green Fairy Quilts

 This is the back side.

 You may have noticed that this is a quilt as you go quilt.
I did the entire quilt on my regular sewing machine,
except for the embroidery of course. 
This is the label.

I know that he will love it . . .
and that I can give him a big 
Christmas hug everytime he wraps
up in it, for many years to come :)


Have a lovely weekend.
whatever you do,
Keep Smiling!


Your blogging sister,
Connie :)