Thanksgiving time is for counting blessings or maybe, voicing blessings that we count all year long. I'm thankful for you, my readers and blog followers, who keep me motivated. I want to see what you all are creating for the holidays: the centerpieces, the custom gifts, the recipes that are your favorites. Each of us have different gifts, talents, and ideas, and I think it would be fun to share! Just send your high definition pictures to email@example.com to be featured in the next few blogs leading up to Christmas.
There's nothing like the holidays and company to motivate me to get the house cleaned, and to finish those projects that have just been hanging around in my head.
I just finished the laundry room as Jeff hung the new valance over the window. I love the bold colors... no surprise there! Color me crazy!! I even think Purl approves of her new dinner space.
Jeff and I are thrilled to have Jemmy and Lenny from Indonesia with us for a few days over Thanksgiving. We first met Jemmy as our exchange student 20 years ago. He is such a big part of our family, along with Lenny, his sister who worked at Making Ends Meet for several years. No matter how long between visits, they join in as if they had never left!
However, I had already been to OLD TIME Pottery looking for ribbon with no luck so I asked Jeff to stop by JoAnn fabric on our way home to see if I could find any quilting fabric that would work so I could create my own. They didn't have the small check I wanted but I decided to buy the larger just in case I wasn't able to find anything else. I would just punt! I already had the polka dot at home.
I made bows for years when I worked at Wakefield Scearce Galleries so I knew that I needed to start with 3-3.5 yards of ribbon for each bow. I cut the check 3 inches wide x 3.5 feet long, and cut the polka dot 3.5 inches wide x 3.5 feet long. I ironed Dritz WashAway Wonder Tape on the very edges of the polka dot fabric. I then laid wrong sides together making sure to center the top on bottom. I folded the bottom to the top, pressing but not sticking to create a crease. I laid 24 gauge floral wire in the crease, peeled the paper off of the WashAway tape and pressed. Voila! 3.5 yards of ribbon for a front door bow! NO more hunting for just the right ribbon! And I have lots of fun fabrics at funky-fibers.com so you can make your own too!!
Finally!! The valances in the kitchen are almost complete!! Only the two French doors to finish.... I would rather do that than cook any day! I love the way the fabric looks with the colorful bottles. It brings out the color that I want without being too bold and in your face - especially since the great room has LOTS of color.
This is an amazing fabric and is one of those that I truly appreciate, which is sometimes hard to do after 26 years in the fabric business! The color blocks that you see are all embroidered..... not printed. And, of course, I LOVE the color!!
I think it's time for a fabric run.... I need to see what else is out there!!
I am thankful for YOU!!