Right now my life is revolving around boxes. We are getting the house partially packed in anticipation of putting it on the market. So not a lot of fabulous finds unless you count great prices on moving essentials:-)!
I am loving the shellac mani pedi I got this week. A standard manicure last under 12 hours for me. I have very oily nails and no matter what they do it will chip by nighttime on the first day. This gel polish is awesome (if a bit hard on the nails). It never chips and is dry as soon as it finishes curing (about 60 seconds under the light box). I even washed about 100 jars the first night and its still perfect. I went with a basic ballerina pink on the fingers but branched out on my toes to teal. It is lots of fun. It is pretty close to the second finger below…
Speaking of nails, my favorite nail polish from college (which I still use regularly) has been deemed a classic. In the most recent Martha Stewart Living Chanel’s ‘Vamp’ nail polish was named in the list of iconic colors. Love knowing that I am still hip.
I also found this great sweater that I have to stop myself from wearing everyday at Title Nine.
Finally, while at Title Nine (the actual reason I was in the store) I found what I think is the best sports bra ever! This is the Solid Tech Athena Bra and is worth every penny.
Found anything awesome lately? Here are a few things that have caught my eye:
I really like this canvas print. I’d love to hang it somewhere for my children to see every day.
I wish this basket was sold at my local Target. I’d like to see it in person, but I’m loving the look of it and kind of wish I had one in every size!
I recently made changes in some bedrooms and am looking for a small mirror to hang over a twin bed. Something like this might look pretty.
I’m liking this rug right now.
I’m also wishing for this book. I browsed it a few weeks ago and would love to make a few projects from it.
Have a great day!
Our main level bathroom has needed some updating for awhile. The size of the vanity in the bathroom was an odd size, so figuring out what to replace it with was a puzzle. My husband is too fast for me, he removed the old one before I took a picture, but here is what it looks like without anything in the space. Trust me, it needed replacing!
Here is the new vanity, it is a little bigger and taller than the old one, but we like it.
It is so nice to have a handy, hardworking husband!
This week Tula Pink’s new book, 100 Modern Quilt Blocks, arrived on my doorstep. I love the way it’s written (and illustrated) and had to make Block 1 right away. This is going to be a fun project!
I finished up my Block of the Month quilt top a while ago, and am hand quilting it. Progress is very slow right now, as life with 8 children is running a little out of control but I do enjoy stitching and hope to get better at it as I go along.
I’m thinking that the St. Louis 16 Patch quilt along that has sprung up on Instagram (hashtag #stlouis16patch) looks like fun. I have a special quilt to make for someone and decided to pull out my Flea Market Fancy to build on for this project. It was fun to audition other prints and try to come up with a selection that doesn’t look matchy but still works together. I may fiddle with it some, but plan to make my first block tomorrow. I’m excited to get started!
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Here are a few things that I have been loving lately!
1. Michael Miller’s Out to Sea Nautical Map designed by Sarah Jane. I have been wanting this fabric for a long long time and I finally treated myself to some. I am excited for the project I have waiting for it. I Love maps. 2. I think this babies breath wreath is adorable. something about it is just simple and fresh. It makes me even more eager for spring (real, actual spring. Not the kind that snows every 4 days.) The only thing with this is that I worry that it wouldn’t look “fresh” for very long. 3. Painted wooden doormat. I love the rainbow planks. It just makes me happy.
4. My husband just got us one of these perfect tear paper towel holders that mounts to the wall. It is amazing. Totally worth it. Not only does it keep the roll off my already tiny amount of counterspace, but the perfect tear works like a charm. You can use one hand, which is usually all that I have anyway, and it only tears off one sheet of paper towel. No more wasting paper towel or having a pile of it sitting next to the holder.
I am taking over a bedroom and turning it into my office. I am keeping a bed in the room in case we need it for grand-kids so I made some pillows for the bed to try and make it look more like a daybed. It is fun to have a room of my own!
My inspiration was these curtains.
Here is how they turned out, I love the colors and how they look with the painting above that my mother painted.
I think this one is my favorite.
Since I am not a great seamstress, I am always grateful when a sewing project turns out (and when it is FINISHED!)
I finished by blocks for the quilt Bee Swap and I’m headed out to the post office to mail them today. I started out doing improv, as I showed last week, but decided to be a strict rule follower and go back and use a pattern.
These are the 6 blocks I came up with and I think they turned out looking nice. I’m excited to see what comes my way and to put them all together.
This is the block I made for myself – with the colors of aqua, orange, and white like I requested. I love color. I’m learning that what I love about quilting is the many many possibilities. There are so many ways to put things together and so many options for the outcome that it just makes my heart sing to know what could be.
It is snowing outside, but I am trying to get ready for Spring!
Here is my dining room centerpiece.
I have painted and recovered this chair to give it a more “Spring” feel. I am sewing some new pillows to go with the chair and hope to have them finished soon.
I am so happy Spring is on it’s way!