Friday, August 11, 2017

The Best for Last

If you've been following our house tour, we're downstairs now and I believe I have done well to save the best for last.

First, just off of the dining room, there's a little nook that we call the summer room because it's just about the most pleasant place to enjoy a book or a drink during the summer.

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Here's a spot we enjoy all year round. It's our little breakfast nook.

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Here we're looking into the kitchen.

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How could I summarize our kitchen? Oh right. It's full of pink stuff.

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It also adjoins what I think is the coolest room in the house, the living room! I mean, I'll just never get over how much I love this mural Eddy and I painted over the winter.

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This is what's across from the best mural that has ever existed.

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Just check out that sweet bunny quilt I made above our mantle.

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Here's the view back toward the kitchen.

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And last, but certainly not least, we have this wonderfully wallpapered guest bath on the first floor.

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You guys. There are so many bunnies up in this house. That's what makes it a home!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Grown Up House

If you've been following our house tour, we're heading downstairs today.  Let's start in the entryway!

Entryways may seem a sort of boring place to start, but Eddy and I are pretty proud of this little bench we built by the windows.

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Tons of houses we visited when we were house hunting had little benches just inside the door, so we were really excited when our new house had a perfect place for one.

There's also this little nook that houses our coat closet.

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You guys. We have a coat closet. We're so grown up now.

Speaking of grown up, here's Eddy's grown up office, complete with this swank cork desk he made.

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Here's our little dining room.

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And this sweet little table runner I made awhile back.

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Finally, here's the view from the other side of our dining room with the sweet paintings I painted when we first moved in and my most elaborate weaving to date.

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My favorite, though, is probably the little phases of the moon bunting that Eddy and I made together. 

Here's the wall across from the dining room.  It's a picture wall with some of our favorite new and old artwork!

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Stay tuned for the final installment of the Portland house tour!

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Best Bedroom Ever

As we continue with the tour of our Portland House I'll start in my office.

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It's where I keep all my pretty Maneki Neko

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and where I keep my other crazy cat lady paraphernalia. It's also where I pay our boring bills and read my boring emails and do other boring things. Things are less boring in a peach room.

Next door is what we call our spaceman bathroom.

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My first weaving ever hangs in that bathroom!

Speaking of bathrooms, let's get this out of the way. We have a purple master bathroom.

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Purple bathrooms are boss.

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Now on to the master bedroom. I'm not going to lie. We spend pretty much every waking moment in this room. It's huge and we love to roll around on the floor with the pets.

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We also love to sit on this couch and look out the window at our neighbor's not inconsiderable herd of outdoor cats.

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Also there's a fireplace.

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So pretty much best bedroom ever. Up next we'll head downstairs!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Welcome to Our Portland House!

Drumroll please.

The time has come! 

Let's be honest. We've still got house projects on our to do list.  Some of them are going to be amazing.  But the time has come to share our Portland house on the blog!  We're really excited about the transformation from the sea of tan it once was to a place that feels like home.     

Here's the outside of the house.

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And the porch, which we just finished this spring, so it still feels spankin' new.

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Somehow the "theme" ended up being rainbow (to the extent that any porch can have a theme.)

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I don't think either of us really understands how we ended up with rainbow.

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It just sort of happened. By the way, Eddy and I totally made that rainbow bench. Like, all by ourselves. And that's about the full extent of our carpentry skills.

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Also we have a bunny door knocker, because obviously we do. Obviously.

There will be a prize at the end of the house tour for the person who can accurately count how many bunnies we have in our house.  Just kidding.  There's no prize.  But please.  Someone count.  I would like to know.

Next we're going to head straight up the stairs to the second floor because if I'm being honest, the first floor is coolest and I want to save it for last. It's the most complete, house project-wise, and it's the most polished. There is still a lot to do upstairs, but here goes.

Just off the stairs is our library.

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Remember that time we tried to have a library in our CA house, but it just turned into a dog room? This time we have a real live library and we love to sit up here and read.

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This is my workshop, my favorite room in the house and where I spend most days dreamily working away on pretty quilts and weavings and what-nots.

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Please note the pit bulls snoring below my standing cut and press station.

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The photos really don't capture how heavenly this room is. It might be my favorite. Except it's not because I really love all the rooms in this house. Stay tuned!

Friday, July 14, 2017

My First Free Motion Feathers

When I want to learn new quilting skills I sometimes buy vintage un-finished quilt tops from Etsy so I can make tons of mistakes on a quilt I didn't spend hours making myself.  To date, I think this is the experiment I am most proud of.

Here's the top I bought and the backing fabric that I selected.

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The first quilting step for this project was that I wanted to learn free motion quilting with rulers. I purchased some new rulers and now I just needed an opportunity to practice some motifs to build my skills.

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But the real magic happened when I tried my first ever quilted feather!

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I've always wanted to own quilts with feather designs and I've always wanted to learn how to do it myself. This is just a simple example, but I'm so proud of how they turned out!

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Here's what all those feathers look like on the back of the quilt.

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Rupert helped me pick out the binding.

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Here's the finished quilt!

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Yay for quilted feathers forever!