Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Old Lamp, New Lamp

So part of getting ready for the baby involves getting the rest of the house in shape since it will soon appear as a background in countless family photos. Ryan gave me this old lamp which has been in the family for years. Still works, but the brass base was dated and the lampshade was dusty and hard to clean. I found this cool Liberty of London lampshade at Target but didn't like how it looked with the wooden base, so I decided to paint the whole thing yellow. I think it turned out pretty well...

...and the funniest part is, I picked a shade that was the exact same shape as the original one without even knowing it. Now I need to start looking for some yellow curtains.

Lamp with old shade (on left) circa 1985.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Ring Stacker

I can think of a million sewing projects I've started and given up on when things got a little too tough. Christmas stockings, a winter coat, a windbreaker...zippers are and always will be my nemesis. Anyways, I found this pattern at heatherbailey.com and had to try it out. 

Of course, shopping for fabric was the best part (as always), and that fabric sat uncut for a number of weeks before I finally decided to tackle this project. Sometimes I think cutting out the pattern is the worst part, and then I remember that my printer and sewing machine have formed an unholy alliance to make my life as frustrating as possible (does my printer really need to eat 20 sheets of paper at once? and then force me to clean the printer heads again and again until I finally run out of ink?! and does my sewing machine really need to go haywire every time I change one of the settings?! No button holes or zig-zag stitching for me...) I'm not aware of any other appliances that have joined this alliance yet, but I'm keeping a close eye on the toaster.

So yeah, despite my grudge against the sewing machine (or it's grudge against me) I managed to complete this project which was only slightly harder than the letters we made in Home Ec class back in junior high. (Do they still teach Home Ec?) I think it's cuter than the plastic Fisher Price ring stackers, definitely more cuddly, and machine washable! Now on to the next soft toy...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Veggie Garden Update

My vegetable gardens are up and growing so I thought I'd post some pictures. The tomatoes and peppers are the same ones I started indoors months ago. Everything else was started from seed out in the garden except the broccoli. We picked that up at a garden center. I've always thought it was supposed to be hard to grow, but it's doing so well I might have to try growing my own next year.


Buds are starting to appear...


Tiny head of broccoli!


Green Bean

More beans! I need enough to make some pickled green beans this year.






Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Last night I replanted the window box on the front of my house. It’s in full shade so it’s always hard to find pretty things to plant in it, which is why it makes me kind of sad to replace the pansies that have been in there since spring. I love pansies! I dig up violets when I find them growing in the yard and replant them in my garden. To me they’re just tiny pansies that I don’t have to pay for. Thrifty, right? Anyways, I picked all the flowers off the pansies before I dug them up and made this sweet little bouquet. Then I took them out of the window box, and as I did last year, ended up transplanting them in my garden. It seems cruel to let a good pansy go to waste just because it got a little too tall…