Thursday, June 30, 2011

Transforming the Family room--part 1

 Today, I am linking this post to Gina's "Transformation Thursday at

and Cindy of  My Romantic Home

Upon reading the title of my post today, you may be inclined to wonder, "What on earth does this have to do with heirloom sewing, ruffles, lace or patterns"? Most of you know that those things are the usual topics of my posts. You  may be surprised to learn that even though I am a seamstress and pattern designer, I do like to decorate, fluff and even renovate my home as well!!
You may also be surprised to learn that as much as I love ruffles and lace, that is not my decorating style!!! I am more of a traditional type. As I have become a little bit too obsessed with reading other's decorating blogs of late, I m finding that my style is changing somewhat. Or, maybe, it is just being updated! This is room is almost exactly the same as it was when we added it on to the house 20 years ago, with the exception of a lamp here or a candlestick there.
Which brings us to the present. I have wanted to install hardwood flooring in this room for a long time and finally, the time has come.
Here is the room in it's present state. Well, actually, I had already started moving the furniture out. The room is 18' x 24' and is a combination family room/dining area. Don't you love that floral sofa?

Somewhere in this process, my sister suggested that since there is concrete under the carpet, why didn't we consider staining the concrete. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! I had forgotten that little tidbit of information about this room.
WHAT ...A...GREAT...IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Remember these famous last words, they will be important later on!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

We're OK


 "May your unfailing love be my comfort" Psalms 119:76

I have had so many people still writing me and inquiring how we are doing. We are OK, and doing as well as is possible, and we are so appreciative of all the prayers and concern.
It has been hard to blog lately. I have written several drafts and then never publish them. Nothing has sounded quite right.
So, I thought I had better get something out there so you wouldn't forget me!!
I have tried to stay very busy and I have several projects underway at the moment. I am working on a new pattern, which I hope to get published soon.
We have also begun a redecorating project that is going slower than I would like! I plan to blog about this soon. It is quite a transformation so far. The project is our family room and it involves painting the room, and tearing out the 20 year old carpet. We are going to attempt to stain the concrete that is underneath the carpet. The carpet was glued down, so that will be the most labor intensive part.
The sofa is going today to the upholsterer's. I had bought fabric over a year ago for it and then in January I bought fabric for the draperies. I have since changed my mind on both of those. I will tell you later what I decided to use for them both!
At the moment I am working on an order for an heirloom blanket.
I am thankful for the projects!

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Garden Project

I have my passions and I have been trying to help my hubby find his!  I am trying really hard to help him decide that gardening is going to be his passion. I love gardening but don't have as much time for it anymore.
We have this garden spot in our back yard and sadly it has sat full of weeds for the past four or five years.
This year, we have gotten some paint on the fence and still have some pickets to replace.
Here is how this arbor with the "New Dawn" rose looked last year on Mother's Day

See all the weeds in the background? We had to trim this rose as it was about to break down the arbor.
So, I have no photos of the before of the garden spot. Which is probably good as it would scare you to death!

 The original garden had a bed all around the inside perimeter. We had those taken up and replaced them with a square bed in each corner.

Those dying bushes you see in the center bed are some that just needed to get in the ground , that is not their final  place. However with this intense heat and no rain, they are struggling to stay alive.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Pray for my family

My family has suffered a horrible tragedy. I ask that you please pray for us. Our grandson Christopher, 18, his mother, his little sister Macey, and their exchange student Flavia from italy were all killed in an accident Monday afternoon on their way home from a trip to Destin, FL. Four others , two half-sisters, half brother and another exchange student were critically injured.

Though other difficult  times in my life, prayer is what has gotten me though those times. It doesn't change the situation or the circumstances, but prayer has enabled me to cope and endure. We are assured that Christopher is now with the heavenly Father and for that we are so thankful. He lived a beautiful, Christ centered life.

Christopher Paul Norris
Nov 23, 1993-May 30, 2011

The joy of the Lord is my strength
Neh. 8:10


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