Evening in the Country...

Evening in the Country...
...a gorgeous view of the WV mountains I get to enjoy everyday. Also the place Bri proposed earlier this year! [Not taken on that day.]

Thursday, May 28, 2009

More of Memorial Weekend

Sitting on a fallen sycamore.

A millipede.

Before pressing these spider worts.

Click on the picture to see the pregnant spider.

A beautiful yellow flower.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Our Wonderful Weekend

"Uh-oh! Better stay on land!"

We took so many pictures of Socs that we kind of forgot about "Us" photos. And we took so many photos, that it is really hard to choose which to post. Here are a few to start!

Upon our arrival - Socrates already knew the way to go!

Chasing sticks in the river!

And bringing them back!

Trying to get his own stick!

Learning to stay in the canoe.

Taking a nap.

Catching some water.

He was tired the night before we left, he refused to do anymore walking!


I am back...here...doing office stuff.

I definitely do NOT like being behind a desk...yet again.

Wish I could be home viewing the scenery...or back to Greenbrier County!

I could run out of here right now without a moment's hesitation!

And hopefully no one would notice!

Yet, alas, I shall be here until I am old...

Then there is the homework, the housework, the gardening, the tired dog we ran rampant all weekend, and my loving darling.

Duties call!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Instant Drama

I was finally able to put up my vinyl wall decals this evening. I really like how the yellow and white pops on the purple walls. These pictures do not do the decals justice. When you are actually standing in the room, there is more of a bohemian/wilderness/fantasy effect.

As you can see below, I extended the decals down the right wall to appear like falling leaves. There is one single tiny dragonfly hovering just above where the mother can keep watch...or at least that is what I was thinking about when I placed them there.

The decals are super easy to apply. I received two separate instructions, from two separate sellers. The first mentioned using Fantastic on the walls and then applying the decals. I do not think so! That is a very powerful chemical that could damage the paint, so I did not even try. The second seller simply said to wipe down with a dry cloth. I did neither and obtained perfection.

The photo below appears more brown than violet. And the glare from the fan is awful. My next project to improve my sewing room is going to be the lighting issues. Ott-lites at that! One central glaring light is an awful choice for a room for hobbies. Well, it is actually bad in every room since the glare is on the tv and wall hangings.

Here is the overall effect of the new decals. Sure click the picture and view the details of the dragonflies and leaves! Also, just put up some new inspo. I'm digging the bright colors with animal prints and white dresses.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Final Decision

Well...B & I have decided on the curtain fabric. We'll add a set of sheers behind the paisley, hanging about half way down the cotton fabric. Granny helped us decide by commenting on the way the fabric matched the designs to the marble on the floor. I'll also use black out lining to avoid any fading in the curtains. Would not want to spend all this time and money for faded curtains!


I decided to cut the tabs off the Walmart curtains to make tie backs. I still need to find two good limbs to use as rods, but there is still much time. Especially since I still have a load of ironing and botanical leaf printing to complete.

The ends need to be hemmed, but that is for a much later time. Might use a catchstitch.

Itty Bitty

This is the dress I am working on for AC. I finished basting the lining to the fashion tonight. I will work on gathering and attaching the skirt to the bodice tomorrow. This dress will have five small buttons on as a closure and shoulder straps that tie at the top of the shoulder. I am thinking about adding lining and netting to the straps, for better wear & tear, draping, and thickness. I'm doing the size four, since it's the largest on the pattern. I have found that I really enjoy basting and sewing by hand. I cannot wait to try a hand picked zipper. Soon.

The picture above shows more true colors of the fabric I am using.

He thought...

...we would not find him!


What a dream room...for me!

I love being in here.

I still need to take a picture of my antique French Renaissance style chair I grabbed at Goodwill.

My Prince

Socs decided to run off Friday afternoon. Thank goodness he is back home with us! I'm not really sure what I would have done if we never found him again. A million worries have left my shoulders and I haven't let him out of my sight all weekend!