Hellooooo!!!! I hope you're all having a wonderful long holiday weekend!!! I know it's been much-needed time off for me. It's been a great weekend so far, and HOT here in the Philly area, but you will hear no complaints from me about that!! I LOVE summer. LOVE IT. My body doesn't hurt like a 95-year-old woman because my muscles stay nice and loose, and it's just a general awesome time of year.
I want to take a moment and thank all those who have served and who continue to serve this great country of ours. It is because of them that we have the freedoms we have, to include the freedom to write and share ideas in a forum like this. Without them, I could never even attempt to spread creativity and receive such inspiration from others. To the men and women of our armed forces, THANK YOU.
(for those of you who've been following me for a while will recognize this as something i've posted previously under my older blog. and no, i haven't gotten it framed yet. i will. swear.)
Ok -- now onto what I did this weekend!!
Friday. I spent the day doing a few things around the house, and then I went out for some much needed drinks with my bestie. This week was pure hell, and that Captain Morgan and diet coke was just what the doctor ordered.
Sadly, no crafting occurred on this day.
Saturday. Another day filled with chores, to include planting a few things in my garden (one by one i keep adding to the plants & flowers, so hopefully soon i'll be able to share with you the fruits of my labor! i plan on spending the fall doing some serious canning! now, i just need a canning pot....) Saturday was also met with alcoholic drinks with great friends. We met up at one of the local, very popular sports bars in the Philly area (i swear their goal is to take over the entire east coast...), and just have a blasty blast. (i would like to mention a small gripe with the 96 tvs that are in this bar - would it have really killed you to have left the maryland/duke lax game on just one little measly tv in my line of sight??? really????? uggggh.)
Sadly, no crafting occurred on Saturday, either.
Sunday. Now, Sunday was a day spent doing something everyone hopes that someday they'll be able to do: rip up your disgusting basement carpet because your cat completely ruined it. Well, after a mishap with my washing machine during the week which got the rug soaked on the one side (note to self: double-check the basin sink EVERY TIME to make sure a rogue washcloth does not get stuck in the drain while the washer is running. ahem.), I decided just to rip up part of the carpet in the basement, since it's already been destroyed. Now, I will advise those of you who need to do this in your lifetime to be very wary of where your fingers are when you have that sharp box cutter in your hands. I'll spare you the details, but I'll tell you that I did not lose an ounce of blood, but I'll need those Asian ladies at the nail place on Friday to work their magic since I'll be getting a mani/pedi for my sis's wedding. Owwie.
Sunday ALSO included making a brand spankin-new shower curtain!!! Whoop whoop!!! I've only had the fabric in my bin for almost a year waiting for this project, and I decided since I was injured, what better way to spend the day than working with more sharp objects?! Pins and sewing machine needles!! Yes!!!!
Ok so here is the "before" of my bathroom -
Now, my tiles on both the floor and walls are a pale pale grey with a marbled look to them. The radiator cover and the top decorative tile on the walls are both black. The rug is like a minty-sea green, to match the shower curtain.
Both were perfectly fine for my apartment, but for my house, I definitely needed something a little more updated. I couldn't find anything I liked, however, so naturally, I decided to make something. No pattern necessary -- the old shower curtain was my guide. (yes, i am that awesome.) And...did you notice?? Original crystal doorknobs. Be jealous.
Any guesses as to what color I chose to go with that awesome grey & black motif already there??
You got it!!!
Now, I know this is really dark, but the fabric itself is super dark, and speckled with black, so it was tough to get a clear picture of it. BUT, I think it's super amazing, and I can't wait to make curtains and get hand towels!!! I went to Targeeeeee on Sunday to pick up a new bath rug, which is black since they didn't have any purple (none. no purple at all. they should be ashamed.), but it's super soft and plush and I love it anyway. I'll need to get funky purple hand towels since the rug is plain.
(i don't know why this pic is tinted, but trust - the rug is black, and my shower curtain is really that awesome purple from the above pic)
Awesome, amiright?! Love it!!!
Along with this amazing sewing job I did (if i do say so myself), which - side note - whoever invented the automatic button hole maker for sewing machines is a GENIUS and i hope that person is living in the lap of luxury for the patent or idea or whatever. good work, sir/ma'am. good work - I have been able to do some updating on my "Halloween Eve" piece for you all to see.
I haven't been able to do much, but what I've done has definitely added some color! I love those leaves! I can't wait for you all to see the rest of this stitched -- it looks so awesome on the graph sample pic, so it'll look a bajillion times better once I have it stitched in person :-)
Lastly, I've had this poster lying around for a while now, and I recently got the frame for it, but let them both lounge around my computer room for the past 2 months or so. Well, yesterday I decided enough is enough, and I put the poster in the frame.
I don't know what it is about this "Keep Calm and Carry On" themed stuff that's so popular now, but I absolutely can't get enough of it. I'm suddenly obsessed with everything British for funky decor purposes. I haven't quite decided where this will end up hanging, but for now, it's proudly displayed in my hallway.
That's all I have for the moment, peeps!! I hope to spend today doing many crafty things, and I hope you all find time to BBQ and make at least one little crafty thing!!
Much love ~~~~