Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Daisy Square Blanket

A Blanket for the Front Porch
with a delivery date of 2012 :-)

After viewing the photos from this last post,
I noticed that the front porch was lacking that crocheted touch.
There were just a couple of red crocheted flowers that were sewn into the middle of a couple of cushions that were recovered from leftover fabric from a curtain project from days of old.
(That was an excellent run-on sentence, eh?)
Not really enough crochet goodness to even shake a stick at.

And since in the corner of the porch sits a daisy topiary and because I enjoyed making
the daisy square pillow from this post so much,
I decided a daisy square blanket was just what the doctor ordered.
(Actually I am employed by doctors and if they were to give me an order it would NOT be "crochet daisy blankets," hehe.)

Did you ever get something in your head that you like
 and make it over and over again?

that's what's going on here.
So colors were picked to coordinate with the concrete painted rug and away I go....

Lots of yarn from the stash and a couple from the store....mostly Red Heart Super Savers and a couple Sensations, "Sincerely" for the right green color.
Gotta' love two JoAnn's 40% off coupons for two skeins of yarn!

Please stayed tuned for a very, very, very long time.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Rag Rug

Painted Scandinavian Rag Rug

A rag rug on the front porch would be nice, cozy it up a bit ya' know;
give it a little bit of that Scandinavian spice.

Hmmmmm...I was thinking; the porch gets a lot of traffic and
a lot of weather so a rag rug was not really feasible.
 Light bulb turns on: how about if I paint it to make it look like a rag rug?
Then we can just sweep right over it and hose it down when needed. :-)

So with my colored crayola pencils and some graph paper an idea is put down on paper.
(Hey, I'm not an artist or a designer, I'm an accountant for heaven's sake and I am always in a hurry!)
 This is the best I can do unless I try to slow down and
I have had much too much "Iced Coffee a Go-Go" to do that.  :-)


The NVO helps prepare the peeling concrete from where it had been painted before:
I apologize in advance for this photo, but I had to prove that, although
 the NVO is very good at prepping the concrete for my crazy ideas,
 he is not a good plumber!

And here is the result of that archaic drawing and a finely prepped area to paint.
(Thanks to the NVO - the prep is the most work and unfortunately the least bang for the buck.)

Man, is it ever fun fixing up the joint!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

4 x Summer Granny Cushions

Summer Granny Cushions
Just in time for Autumn preparations. :-)
Remember this post?
Two cushions were still waiting to be made and here they are joined with their mates.

Excess on each corner was flipped over and sewn down.
I changed my mind on adding a flower to the corners.
It is plenty busy enough!
Stacks and stacks of fun, fun, fun!

In place, and remember?
 they are reversible. ;-)

Looks pretty good with the pillow from this post too, eh?
Here's to hoping the remainder of your summer is a colorful one!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


It's #5's birthday this week and she is:
A pillow
with 30 daisy squares
 for each of her 30 years.
to match her kitchen/dining/sitting area:
bluish gray cabinets, light gray counter tops with
 primary colored accents and sage green. :-)

The pattern for this daisy square with a fantastic tutorial found here
at the "My Rose Valley" blog; a beautiful blog full of warmth and charm from Switzerland.
Button pattern found here at Mr. Micawber's Recipe For Happiness blog.
A delightful blog full of wisdom and clever ideas.
A general theme of "Spend Less Than You Make" 
and you all know how I love that!

Happy Birthday #5, I love you!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Lefse and Gingham Tea Towels

Lefse From a Box
Lefse is soft Norwegian flat bread, spread with a buttery-cinnamon-sugar goodness.
This is sort of like making cake from a box mix, though; it's good but scratch is better.
From "scratch" is on the "someday" list. :-)

The NVO's favorite Norsk treat....or so he says...hmmmmm...
...I thought he said it was berlinerkranser???
(I will be in BIG trouble when he sees this photo :-) )


Gingham Tea Towels
One of my favorite treats. :-)

The two together make the two of us together very happy!

Have a Happy Day!!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Garage Makeover Post #7-Floor

The Floor

Half of one side of the garage floor is lined with these pads as the NVO works out here every  morning. This makes it cushy soft for his push-ups and sit-ups. Each morning he works out on cushy soft while I sleep on cushy soft and become even more cushy soft. ;-) We must utilize every nook and cranny because our home is small, small, small! Don't let that fool you, though, there is BIG stuff going on in here.
Oh, there are big plans for the floor, and it was to be done by today; however, I got distracted by painting a Scandinavian style rag rug on the front porch. (Oh yeah, baby, post to come. :-) )

So this is how much was accomplished on the garage floor for the garage posting series:
A simple scribbled plan, yup that's it; nothing else.
There will be a rock path from the red back door to the stabbur entrance door. On one side of the path will be a green meadow and on the other side water. The floor at the bottom of the cabinet side will be a rocky coastline. The path and rocky coastline will be strategically placed in the area where the car tires sit so that when the hot tires eventually pull up the paint, the gray concrete below will be a similar look to these rocky areas. How about that? Tricky, eh? I am still trying to figure out what to do to the cushy soft area, though.

Must finish before it gets cold out...
I can feel it coming in the air tonight.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Garage Makeover Post #6-A Painted Ceiling

A Painted Ceiling
This does not look exciting but this took three darn weekends to paint!
As I was sitting here typing I asked the NVO if he remembered the name of the color of this paint. I was thinking that I did not want to go out to the garage and find the can and perhaps he would remember as he picked up the last gallon when we ran out. He said, "it wasn't baby blue was it?" just as serious as can be. Oh my goodness, I was laughing so hard I could hardly tell him that I could pretty much guarantee that there are probably thousands upon thousands of paint chips out there and not one is named "baby blue".
 I am still laughing and the NVO is a good sport!
(BTW the color is Benjamin Moore 1661-Heaven on Earth...perfect!)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Garage Makeover Post #5-Cabinets


Oh my, this was not even at it's worst.

the NVO's amazing woodworking skills!

 It's so fun to have a place for everything!

This little organizer kept us occupied for a whole weekend, but boy was it worth it.
Nothing like finding things to do to keep us out of trouble. :-)
We can find just about anything we need now!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Garage Makeover Post #4-Camo Curtain and Refrigerator

A Camouflaged
Curtain and Refrigerator

So what do you do when you have tried everything
 to make this area look and function better to no avail?
Well, you pick up a $19 clearance Ikea curtain that matches the
"blue sky" theme of the garage,  install a curtain rod behind a rafter
 and cover it up for heavens sake!
Hmmmm.....but still not quite right...

Uh, how about if we continue the mountain refrigerator thing that's going on?

Using this fabric:
It looks like a meadow mountain (if there is such a thing).
Let's sew it onto the sky curtain, continuing with the line of the mountain on the wall and camouflaged refrigerator (there really is a refrigerator there - it's hard to see, but if you look real hard....;-)).

 and there you have it
a hidden (somewhat) organized mess!