Friday, September 23, 2016

Finish It Up Friday...Almost Chevron Baby

Hurray, I get to post about quilting again!! Oh, how I missed my sewing machine for the good month of house prep, packing and moving.  Not all done yet, but glad to be able to have some sewing therapy again.
Babies are wonderful! And making baby quilts is awesome when Joann's has a fabulous sale and the colors work for multiple quilts!!  Love the colors my friends picked.
 Not only am I getting to sew, but I have a FINISH!
A friend from my time living in Omaha is expecting a precious bundle soon.  We've kept in contact over the years since I lived there and I was so blessed to be asked to make a baby quilt for her.
This is the inspiration she had for the baby room and quilt.
This is the inspiration I found using what she gave me.
It is a very simple pattern so I just picked a size of half square triangle block that would give me a crib size quilt.  It went together pretty quick. 
 I worked hard at getting my points to match!
 I liked my inspiration quilt, but felt that borders would make it more to my liking.
Yay, for a finished quilt top :)
 I toyed with the idea of appliqueing a few clouds on to bring in that element of her inspiration, but just didn't want to go that route.
 And so, here it is finished!  A lovely 36 in x 42 in finish!
 And I got the clouds in there.  I quilted them in!  I was brave again and went free motion.  Much easier on such a small quilt.
 I used the remaining squares and strips already cut to fill in part of the backing.  It almost makes it reversible...if you ignore the triangles in the corner for hanging.
 More clouds :)
 Here is a "I'm going to try and be creative" shot with my teddy bear.
 I have had these two little plain onesies floating around my sewing room for a few years now.  I decided to applique some little features on as a gift!

So excited for this little guy to arrive! He has an amazing momma :)

Alissa

Friday, September 09, 2016

Floored To Be Finished With Floors!

Let me share the process of floors.
Both upstairs bedrooms looked like this under the carpet, ugly brown painted wide floor boards.
 This is where my little hand sander and I came in!
 Many hours upon hands and knees.
 I wanted just a nice, airy cottage feel upstairs so I painted the floors white.

 Then it was on to the sewing room floor.  It was mostly sanded down, but had paint and plaster splatters all over.
 My sander and I were back at it.
 Rawr!
 There happened to be stain that matched the closet here in the house when I moved in.  I used it to stain the lovely wood.
 Poly down and it was looking gorgeous!
The rooms upstairs needed quarter round, the sewing room needed the gap covered and the living room needed baseboards.  Paint, paint paint.

 When I started with the house I thought the living room floor looked great and wouldn't have to be touched.  Not so after I saw it next to my beautiful sewing room floor.
 Back to the rhythm of sand, stain and poly.
 It is so shiny!!



I'm done with flooring...well until I figure out what to do in the bathroom, and the back porch.

Alissa

Monday, July 18, 2016

And The Work Goes On!

It seems like forever ago that I was working away at completing my kitchen floors.  People continue to ask how the house is going.  I have also discovered most people think I'm already living there.  Not yet.
 My crazy fun drawer liners!
 New bright blue roof!
 The tin on the left is the way it came, shiny, shiny.  The tin on the left I "aged" with toilet bowl cleaner.  Crazy science experiment right there!
 Dad and I had a lot of "fun" with this wall.  The studs are in there...somewhere...we think.
 We've put in a lot of hard work ;)
 The special rust primer looks as bad as the rust did.

 Hurray! The sink is in, the hot water is functioning!!!
 The latest project has been getting these doors in.  I bought them over a year ago when I thought I might be buying a different building.  They are so cool!! I have five in the house!!
 A couple of wonderful things have slowed down the house project.  First, I spent part of a week at primary camp again this year. SOOOOOO awesome!  God is so good and these kids were so wonderful!  We had lots of fun!
 I was a dorm leader/counselor alongside some fabulous women!
 Not only did we do fun things and enjoy different activities, but we got to share Christ with these kids.  What a privilege!  Praying for the impact it will have on their lives!
 :)
 After camp it was home for a week of evening VBS!  I taught the Bible lesson each night to the different classes and was blown away by them.  They were attentive and excited to find out what happened next and to learn their verses.  So amazing to hear little ones hiding God's word in their hearts :D!!
Summer is flying by!  Hope yours is blessed!

Alissa

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Enjoying The Season and the Doing

I bought a house almost a month ago.  I took a leap into the "grown up" world and bought a house.  I surprised even myself at times dealing with all of the different people involved and making all those stinking phone calls.  I am so excited for this chapter, this season.
It isn't a move in ready sale either, well it could have been sort of, but... I don't have to be out of my parent's abode by a certain date and it really does need some TLC.  I have been pulling up carpet and funky linoleum stuff, painting, spray painting, etc...
The kitchen floor needed the most love and attention.  It required the most assistance as well.  Pulled up the carpet to find simple plywood covered in glue.
I have had awesome help from my family!  Many have offered to help as well, I'm just never sure what kind of help I'll need and when.  Their turn may come ;)
This is a wall in the downstairs bedroom, soon to be my sewing room.  The brown was nice but a little too dark for sewing.
It feels so good to have the walls lightened, next is the floor in that space.  It was starting to really get to me last week that I hadn't finished one space completely.  Everything takes longer than I imagine it will and requires more than I think and I began to get a bit discouraged.
I just let myself dwell on the negative and chose to try and handle it in my own strength.  I just wanted to be DONE!  Then there is the kitchen...  I got the cupboards spray painted.
Here is a before and after of the kitchen walls.  I love the cheeriness of this yellow!

Brenna helped with the removal of the ucky carpet.  Oh, those floors.
My parents deserve the credit on the floor.  Mom found a couple of youtube videos on using plywood cut into 8 inch planks and then laid as you would hardwood flooring.  She made Dad watch and rewatch those and then we had a plan.  I was a bit freaked out by that too.  I was just nervous about the whole process and struggled to trust.
I wanted control...
Silly me.  Here it is with baseboards down.
Getting the boards went pretty smooth, the guys at Builders even cut the planks for us.
And then it was Saturday and time for Dad and I to spend some "quality" time together putting it in.  Eek!  But, God is so good and faithful.  I constantly have been reminding myself to just breathe and trust those that God has given me.  He is bigger than a silly home rehab project and He has big plans for me in this house.  I just need to let go of the controls :)
I was concerned about taking out the sink too...it went fine.
Haha, do I look frazzled?!  This has been my attire for the last couple of weeks, every evening after work!
I worked on the accent wall upstairs one evening just to relax and do something other than think about that floor and the upcoming installation.  Needs another coat, but I like!
Here goes the first board!!!
Dad is awesome and we had a good time together.
I'm so glad that I gave it to the Lord and took an opportunity that I don't often get, alone time working with my dad.
It was a hot one and a lot of crawling, gluing, sawing and nailing, but we did it.  We both agreed it was a good thing we were doing a rectangle room and didn't have to cut around any obstacles :)  And we didn't even try to shoot each other with the nail gun!
This is my "Oh my goodness, we did it!" face!
I made him take this one, because I LOVE how it looks so far!
Eeek!!
Next, whitewash and polyurethane!!
I'll leave you with some of the lovely flowers my mom planted for me!
God is so good, I look forward to more adventures with His leading!
Alissa