Thursday, May 22, 2014

Words and Wool

Well, I got back a bit of my "I love to sew flowers" feeling. :) Good thing. These are promised to a shop on Saturday. Now they are all done!

I also found a few minutes to sew these strips together into a quick and easy quilt. I am quilting large running stitches with pearlized cotton. It's going on the little couch in my dining room.

I also got back over to my mom's for another painting lesson! We did water pictures this time and mine turned out like the Bahamas! ha ha! Every time I look at it I can pretend I'm on summer vacation!

And after nearly a year since we were given these chairs I recovered them!!!! I've been looking and looking for fabric that would work for the chairs, go with our color scheme, and not break my budget. Well, the waiting and praying paid off! A friend gave me a bag of stuff she was getting rid of and this fabric was in the bottom of the bag!!! Wow! It's way better than any pattern I've seen at the store so far and it certainly met the budget. :)

And now for books. Here is a picture of my stack of holds at the library this week:
 Picking up my stack of books and sitting down to read through the first chapter is equivalent to sitting down at a fancy restaurant and being served a gourmet meal. It is such a treat!

Today my "book quote exchange letter" arrived in the mail. It is always exciting to see where and who it comes from. This time it came from Grantham, England!

And for what I've been reading:

Windy Foot at the County Fair by Frances Frost was finished up with the kids this week. We are all so attached to these stories now. Even Laura drew her own portrait of Windy Foot last night when we were reading.

Grace Filled Marriage: The Missing Piece, the Place to Start by Dr. Tim Kimmel is a book I just started and already I like the premise and idea of the book -- give your partner grace! I'll be reporting more on this when I finish it!

Gladys Taber Still Cove Journal is my current "Gladys Taber". It is based on her time out on Cape Cod. It is her last book and it hasn't been my favorite -- perhaps I am more attached to her life in Connecticut on Stillmeadow Farm. But, it is still good!

What Are You Looking At?: The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art by Will Gompertz is helping me to make sense of the modern art movement. I grew up around very realistic, Dutch Master type art and so that is what I grew to love and understand. I still have a ways to go but at least I'm starting to get my head around the last 120 years of art. (Do beware that there are some images in the book I would not want my child stumbling onto.)

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Everydaythings said...

so glad youre enjoying the letter/book exchange! I love the way youve recovered your chairs, I used to do that with our furniture to save our budget, especially when the kids were small, and I thought that they looked better than the original ones we bought, as you can choose your own fabric! what a stroke of luck you had with yours! those chairs look very smart indeed!

elizabeth said...

oh fun!!!! love the chairs, painting and flowers! and books!!! thanks for your recent comments on my blog; decorating our homes is so exciting!

Unknown said...

Love your strip quilt and your letter from England! I have a pen pal in New Zealand right now and I really enjoy it! :) Oooooo....I just noticed your tea cup with lily of the valley in it...*swoon*

Lynda said...

Interesting stack of books!

Will check out my library for some of them.