Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dream Kitchen


If I had plans (GRIN) to build one more home in our future, this kitchen featured in the K+BB MAGAZINE would be my dream. . .I simply love it. . .It's timeless beauty. . .TIMELESS is the key word here. . .It spans decades. . .fitting a vintage farmhouse kitchen style with a few additions such as crocks and enamelware. . .to the more contemporary sleek and clean lines that you see here. . .

Basic white. . .shades of white. . .neutrals. . .touches of wood to bring a warmth and contrast. . .to take away the starkness of too much white. . .No clutter. . .Lots of natural light flooding the room. . .Let the kitchen speak for itself--classic design and top-notch materials are all that's necessary.


Now don't go telling John I'm planning another home. . .although I've told him I have one more house to build in my lifetime. . .He thinks I'm kidding. . .I think I'll leave it that way. . .You know how us gals are. . .new ideas flooding our minds. . .Blogs and Pinterest inspire us everyday. . .It doesn't mean it will happen. . .just Dreams. . .Letting the mind roam around. . .

Come to think of it. . .Is it just me or is my kitchen a lot like this one? . .As I write this post and look around. . .I realize how much our present farmhouse kitchen somewhat mimics the K+BB one. . .That was rather a shock. . .but good to know I'm happy with my style and have picked another with the same elements. . .Same color walls. . .white cabinets. . .similar feet on the lower built-ins. . .wood floors. . .a punch of black. . .Hmmmm. . .




Isn't it uncanny? . .True my kitchen reaches back to the past. . .the K+BB kitchen is more contemporary. . .Two takes on the same theme. . .and tweaked to satisfy individual tastes. . .By George. . .Have I finally settled into MY STYLE?. . . After so many years of trial and error? . . .Awesome. . . .A GOOD THING to know. . .


I think I'll keep this Dream kitchen handy, though.
I do love it.
One never knows when I might need a new plan.
Beside that. . . . .It makes me smile as I dream of new possibilities. . .

 
 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

SUNDAY: Lawdy, Lawdy


"For the most part. . .Southern religion is about decorum. We dress up right, we sit in the pews waving our fans just so, we nod when we're supposed to and whisper amen, and we sing just loud enough for the Lord, but not our neighbors, to hear us. And when the service is over, we make sure we say a kind word or two to the minister on the way out the door. . . .

Now, even those of us who've been singing Southern hymns since time began sometimes forget that that classic hymn is NOT called "All Glory, LAWD, and Honor" but "All Glory, LAUD, and Honor"! But this mix-up is purely Southern, and we'll forgive it. Other expressions you're likely to hear in a Southern church include:
"Lawd, have Mercy!"
 
"Good Lawd!"
 
"Lawdy, Lawdy, Lawdy!"
from The Grits Guide to Life
 
I'm poking a little fun at our Southern ways, but I wouldn't change my upbringing in the Church for anything. . .
Makes me want to break out in song:
 
"Do Lawd, Oh Do Lawd, Oh do you 'member me?
Oh Lawdy. . ."
 
 
(BIG GRIN)
and SUNDAY BLESSINGS. . .


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Still Making Those Shabby Chic Aprons!

It was two years ago that I made my first Shabby Chic Apron from discarded blue jeans.
The apron was a hit then. . .and remains so to this day. . .
I've lost count of how many I've made and sold. . .and given away as gifts. . .
The inspiration I had with that first one seems to be timeless. . .
 
 
If you missed the 'how-to' tutorial before, here's a link: Shabby Chic Denim Apron
 
While I was putting together the latest one, I documented a few more tips for you:
1. Choose your laces carefully, graduating from the widest at the bottom, becoming more narrow at the top. . .A different color tucked into the mix adds interest. . .The faded moss green layer is actually a vintage curtain. . .Remember when heavy lace curtains were popular?
2. There's no need to finish the bottom of the cut jeans. . .You may if you like but it can add bulk if the edge is turned under. . .A serged edge is best. . .I often hand tack the lace on first in order to make sure the gathers come out just right. . .Then sew with a machine.
3. A little more tacking--with the lace edges unfinished on the top. . .Sew flat onto the denim with a straight stitch . . .Then zig-zag the edges down if you like. . .Sometimes I do. . .Sometimes I don't. . .
4. A better shot of how I graduated the width of the laces. . .Cover the last raw edge with a flat lace. . .Now it's time to embellish. . .
5. Buttons and lace on the pocket. . .Also notice the waistband becomes the ties. . .If you need longer ties, add more denim fabric on the ends. . .I let them fray. . .It's a shabby apron, afterall. . .
6. There's more interest if you embellish each side differently. . .Makes the apron go from blah to WOW!
 
And Here You Have It. . .
 

The latest creation is much like the first apron I shared with you. . .yet different, too. . .
Isn't it adorable? . .One day I'm gonna keep one for myself!
With Christmas coming soon. . .(Can you believe it?). .
.these Shabby Chic Aprons would make nice gifts. . .
You can stitch one up in no time. . .for very little expense.

This one is now on it's way to it's new owner. . .
and I'm on my way back to the sewing machine. . .
Just wanted to pop in and maybe inspire you a little while taking a break.

Our tours are winding down.
Maybe we can get back to the house renovation soon.
A new living room floor is next. . .Of course, I'll be sharing that with you, too.

Have a wonderful weekend, My Friends!




 

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