From my colorful quilt shots and small vignette photos, you might have a mental image of my house. You'd probably be wrong. I haven't really settled in very well in my new location, even after a year and a half. We moved from a 1920s colonial to a newer open floor plan home and although this was intentional...just what we were looking for!...I have been somewhat paralyzed since moving in. Part of this is because I need to replace furniture that we milked through the college tuition years, and I'm finding myself resisting pieces that would look best in this spacious house. In the old place, it was so easy to mix old and new. With its funky built-ins, covered radiators and little broken up wall spaces, it provided wonderful display areas. I loved mixing quirky antique and flea market finds with contemporary craft pieces for surprises as you came around a corner or into a small entryway. Here, there are great expanses of blank wall that are difficult to break up without largish furniture. I think we were so *done* with all of the repair and upkeep issues of an old house (with 38 original wood windows, an 80 year-old groaning asbestos-encased boiler & 'critters') that we jumped at this house with its fresh paint and air conditioning. After 18 months, I've come to realize that I'm really much more of a cottage person. (A small cottage with a large, modern studio. *grin*) For the time being, however, I'm here so I'm trying to snap out of it and make the best of it.
One of my challenges has been to find a foyer rug, something with a fresh look that would work with my antiques and my folk art and hold its own in a large open space. I finally found it while taking a shortcut through a little shop in NYC in May. Being me, I had to think about it, but finally ordered it in June. After several days of deliberation, I've removed the post-it note reminder *DO NOT WALK ON RUG YET* and have decided I love it. A smaller version for the doorway is backordered. Now, on to the walls!
That wasn't the only fun mail that's arrived though! On Saturday, the mailman handed me a large, unexpected package and although I recognized the return address, I still didn't guess its contents.
Before we moved, Molly and I had a huge garage sale at which I sold two bags of large pine cones that I used in my holiday decorating. Of course, as soon as Thanksgiving arrived that first year, I was lamenting the fact to my sister, who regularly spends time in northern California. Don't worry, I'll just send you some! she said. Well. These are some of the most gorgeous pine cones I've ever seen. Perfect 7-8" specimens...more in the box! I love a surprise.
And speaking of fun mail, this is a section of some luscious hand dyed fabric that Susan sent last week. It's impossible to capture its luminosity with my little Kodak camera, but trust me, this is going to light up whatever project(s) it ends up in. Her blog, art esprit, is always a fun and inspiring read as she writes about her adventures as artist/gallery owner and introduces other interesting art folk. Thank you, Susan. I can't wait to use it!
A few interesting links before I go call the sprinkler guys to find out why they're
two three hours late.
- Kathy and Sarah at Material Obsession have had some fun quilt posts recently. I think this (scroll down) is a great use of the recently popular sock monkey fabric.
- Speaking of sock monkeys, Anna Dilemna's geisha version has to be my all-time favorite!
- I'm hoping my new, improved glasses arrive at the same time as the new Interweave Knits issue. I'm impatiently awaiting the instructions for Evelyn Clark's Swallowtail Shawl.
- Mandarin Design is a mesmerizing site of seemingly unending cut-and-paste tricks you can use to enhance (or junk up) your blog. Like