Friday, September 25, 2015

The Quilt of Our People

Being Team Sunshine Fuzzy Bunny and all, I basically can't resist any bunny fabric that exists.


Additionally, I've been wanting to tackle a log cabin quilt for approximately one million years. I decided on a log cabin variant called courthouse steps.

I got a fair amount of help assembling the blocks from Rupert


(meaning he just lazed around on my stuff when I was trying to work.)


Here's a picture of the basting process that shows the amazing backing (dear lord, whyever did IKEA cut down on producing fabrics?)


And you know I can't resist stripey binding.


All finished!

Now I hoard forever.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Garage Facelift

We've finally started working on the front of the house (much to the delight of our neighbors, I can tell you!)  We've got a lot of work to do and will probably start in earnest in the fall or winter.  But for now, the area in front of the garage is starting to look reasonably schmancy.

You might remember what the front of our house used to look like:


Pretty classy stuff. That picture was even taken after we replaced the garage doors!  This is what it looked like when we bought the house.


It had a wonky (and dangerous!) garage door with lots of cracks and icky light fixtures and it was generally unsightly. Then we had the house painted and added new light fixtures and it looked a lot better.


Next we decided to add these old-school house numbers. Well, Eddy added them. (I totally helped.)



The next thing we thought it needed was potted plants. That means plants ride home from the nursery in the passenger seat as is our tradition.


We failed take good pictures of this step, but trust me when I tell you that we went to the nursery 3 times in a morning trying to get just the right pots and plants.


That is, after we special ordered the giant pot in the middle and spent 2 months waiting for it to arrive.



I'd say it all worked out in the end, though. We are still working on a lighting solution to illuminate the house numbers at night, but it looks pretty darned good during the day if I do say so myself (which I do.)