Beating the winter blahs

It’s tough to get motivated in January when the funds are low from Christmas expenses, and it too dang cold to go outside.

 I’ve wallowed around as much as I can without going full blow cabin fever crazy. So a few days ago while I was in my sewing room trying to straighten it up, I decided it was time for a makeover. A project is just what I need to beat the winter blahs!!

Paint is not too expensive, right? It’s especially not too expensive if it saves me from going crazy!! LOL At least that is what I told The BG.

After we bought our house, and before we even moved in, we HAD to paint the sewing room. It was the first thing we did.  The room was old wood paneling, not a pretty kind, the ugly 70’s kind. And the window wall was that horrible 80’s forest green.  We were broke (of course) so I just used some paint that was already on hand.  It’s a really ugly cream color that looks like it used to be white but someone smoked cigars around it for 100 years.  We ran out before we got to the window wall, so that has remained the ugly forest green.

But that is all changing as we speak.

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I painted all day yesterday and will finish up today.  I brought a storage piece up from the basement for a makeover. I will rearrange the furniture, make new curtains, and solve my closet, and lighting problem

Please come back for some before and after photos… after the  new light and curtain fabric get here.  Those two things are going into the budget next paycheck (don’t tell The BG!!!)

p.s Just kidding The BG knows all.

p.p.s. The BG is happy to make me happy.

p.p.p.s I love him.

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Mini Baskets and other things…

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Man OH Man have I been a lay about this January. While everyone else is talking exercise, organizing, cleaning, fresh starts…I have been laying around watching netflix and playing games on my phone!!!

My get up and go, got up and went as they say! HAHA

I have managed to get some winter decor up after all the Christmas was taken down.  But it really took me a long time.

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Browsing pinterest the other day I came across this wonderful mini quilt from Galloping Pony. Isn’t it fabulous?

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I really can’t sew as small as those blocks are and stay sane, so I’m making 4 inch baskets blocks. Just a couple a day. We’ll see where this goes. Maybe a sew along?

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When I was all cleaned up from Christmas I noticed I really needed a neutral table runner for our coffee table/ trunk.

I went through my cream scrap bin and cut up some strips, sewed them up and quilted wavy lines.

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It was just want I needed for the table. I have a ton of extra strips so I thought maybe I would make up a couple of kits and put them up here next week if anyone needs a neutral table runner of their own!

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Hope your January has been wonderful!

Later gators,

Melissa

My dream light

I’ve fallen in love…with a light fixture.

It all started out innocently enough. I was searching cyber land for a new light fixture for the kitchen.  Currently there is a circa 1979 ceiling fan in there that would make a grown man cry from the shear pain its ugliness casts upon the eyes.

Then I saw it. Love at first sight.  Even though it would not go in my kitchen, it sure would look beautiful in my piano room, or maybe my dining room?

F1285Troy Lighting Sausalito 5 Light Chandelier

Here’s the picture that made me fall in love:

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Only problem is that the lowest price I have found it for is $722.00.

Eh…yeah. I guess I’ll keep dreaming!

Later gators,

Melissa

Tree Huggers

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It’s been the winter of tree quilts here at my house for the week before Christmas.

It all started when I had a break in Christmas gift making and decided to make my version of Crazy Mom Quilts tree quilt for …gasp…MYSELF!! I know who makes a quilt for themselves at Christmas time? But I was in desperate need of a quilt for the couch that only I could use.  People with teenaged kids will understand that sometimes you want a quilt that doesn’t smell like teenaged feet, and without drips of food on it.

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I backed it with the softest, squishiest, loviest cuddle fabric, layered it with the highest, fluffiest batting,  and quilted it with the fewest of lines to make it the darned most comfy quilt I’ve ever made!

Too comfy!! So comfy, in fact,  there was a revolt in my house, and a demand for a most comfy quilt for said teenaged children.

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Hence began my four day sewing rampage to make Christmas tree quilt presents for my littles. They were just in time for Christmas Eve gifting to compliment new jammies and slippers.

My eyes were seriously crossing putting in the last binding stitches. But oh so worth it!   My quilt, I’m happy to say, is smell free, and so far no food spills!

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Now we are all tree huggers!

Later gators,

melissa

Winter Fun Vignette

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The table near the entry got spruced up for a winter’s day of play. Vintage thermos’s, picnic bag, woolie blanket, ice skates, and a shiny red lantern in case you stay out too late.

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If  you are going to skate you’re going to have to throw out the greens first! HA

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Have a great weekend! Are you doing any Christmas things?

Melissa

Thread painting adventure

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I guess after you’ve made 1001 quilts you want to try some new things, get out of your comfort zone, ya know?

So when I had some Winter’s Lane scraps I decided to play around with an abstract quilt.  I ended up with a nice big chunk of white space, and I kept envisioning a big red tree there. Hmmm? I could try and draw it with thread!  I googled thread painting and there are some amazing images of what people can draw with thread.

I ironed some interfacing on the back and set to work trying my hand at thread painting. I put the feed dogs down and used the darning foot. So fun!! I just free handed it and let the lines go where they may.

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The trunk is straight stitch and the branches are using a zig zag stitch.  It’s totally a rookie try, and this one will probably end up shoved in a scrap bin, but I think I want to explore this technique some more!

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What new things are you trying lately?

Later gators,

Melissa

There’s a first time for everything

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I don’t think I’ve ever shared a recipe on my blog. There is a good reason for that: I’m a pretty lousy cook. I’m a great cocktail maker though, and I just have to share this cocktail with you.

Last weekend after The BG and I did a little Christmas shopping we stopped at Outback for dinner.  I ordered the Sugarplum Martini and. it. was. AMAZING!!!

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We had our putting-up-the-family-tree party the next night and since I already had to buy a few things to stock the holiday bar cart I bought the ingredients to make this fabulous, festive cocktail.

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Sugarplum Martini

1 1/2 shots Grey Goose Vodka

(I used Tito’s which is higher rated but less expensive $20.00)

2 shots St Germain Elderflower Liquor

( I used Fleur because it’s $30.00. The St Germain was $50.00 and The BG said no way, even though I explained to him that was probably the most important part! But it tasted exactly like the original to me.)

2 shots Apothic Red

(this is a red blend wine that is about $10)

1 1/2 shots Amaretto

2 shots Pomegranate Juice

( I bought POM in the juice section at the grocery store for $10)

Pour all ingredients into shaker with ice. Shake, then pour into a sugar rimmed martini glass.

This should make enough for 2-3 cocktails depending on the size of your martini glasses. Mine are kind of small so we got 4 pours out of ours.

This cocktail makes for a very festive night!

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And I’m pretty sure I’m set for the season! =)

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 Later gators!

Melissa