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Friday, September 22, 2017

Gorgeous Glass Pumpkins

I've said it before, my parents are great collectors! My mom has an eye for beautiful objects and they love to fill their home with unique pieces of art. Fall is in the air and last week I helped mom get out her pumpkin collection. Mind you, this is only ONE part of her collection, the glass pumpkins. 

We swapped out her chunks of crystals on the the silver pedestals and replaced them with hand blown glass pumpkins and gourds in rich autumnal colors. 


These are truly works of art, look at the stem and how it curls gracefully down the side.

 The side board is filled and the colors are amazing.

If you look carefully you can see two tiny pumpkins sitting in a sterling pin dish. 


  
 Here the pumpkins are nestled among cut crystal candle holders for an elegant centerpiece.



There is one small Lalique owl hiding behind a pumpkin.



Well, this is  ceramic not glass, but I love the soft colors it's glazed with.

Gorgeous, yes?

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

DIY Bookcase and Bench



Last summer while my daughter and I awaited the coming of baby boy #2 we got busy with a project for big brother Jeffrey's room. Megan had seen this cute bookcase/bench on Pinterest and used it as her inspiration. It was pretty easy and I'll show you a couple of tricks.

She started with wooden storage cubes that you can find at Home Depot, Lowe's or Walmart. She spray painted them blue to match Jeffrey's room.
It takes 5 sets of cubes - 2 are vertical and one horizontal. In the original photo they are stacked higher but we felt that was too tall. This way Jeffrey can reach everything. The 5 units were screwed together.


Meg found some darling fabric to cover the cushion with.

 She bought a large piece of foam that had to be cut to the right size. How did I do it? With a hand held electric jig saw. The foam was really thick so I had to make one cut, flip it over and cut it again to go all the way through.

 Now, I could have been professional and sewn a cushion cover with piping and a zipper but I was simple too lazy, I mean busy. So I wrapped the foam just like it was a Christmas present! 

I folded under the raw edge and secured it all with glass head pins.

I mitered the corners. 
 I made sure I pulled the fabric nice and tight and stuck the pins deep into the foam.


 I then whip stitched all the seams closed and slid the cushion into place.

Many years ago I cross stitched this ABC chart for my little boy's room but it has been in a closet now for about 20 years. Time to dig it out!


Ta da! It' s a great bookcase, toy shelf and reading nook all in one!

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Captivating Crystals


My mother, Jan loves anything of beauty. This week I'm sharing her wonderful crystal collection. She has lots of large chunks of amethyst, white quartz, rose quartz, pyrite, and I honestly don't know what. I love the way she has incorporated these beautiful "rocks" into her vignettes and tablescapes. Here she shows them off in sterling compote bowls and silver trays.








 This Waterford bowl is holding fruit made of marble and alabaster.

 The garden is the obvious place to feature large chunks of crystals or petrified wood.


 Plus a big piece of coral looks at home nestled under the maple tree roots.




Out on the patio Jan has iron bowls full of geodes.

Here are some other ways you can incorporate crystals into your decorating.



Colorful rocks, gems and crystals can add a touch of natural sparkle to your home!

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Creative Quilts

My move back to Utah after 35 years away is reuniting me with old friends and giving me the opportunity to make new ones. I have joined a quilters guild in the hopes of improving on my humble quilting skills.Yesterday our group attended the 44th Annual Quilt Show at the Springville Museum of Art in Springville, Utah. What a feast for the eyes! I can't say enough about the creativity and talent on display.

The museum itself is in a lovely historic building and is the oldest museum in Utah featuring the visual arts. There are currently dozens and dozens of quilts on display including several from our group the Silver Mine Quilt Guild.

The patterns ranged from historically traditional like this Baltimore Album Quilt,

to wild and contemporary like this colorful design.

One of my dearest friends had not one but two quilts chosen to be in the show!



Another member of our group quilted this whimsical village scene.


Such tiny stitches!


Patriotic quilts are a popular theme.
I love the sampler style of this one.

The black background of this quilt really 
make the colors pop. 


The tiny squares on this scrap quilt are smaller than a dime.

I'm always drawn to star designs. 
  



 I love the wool appliqué incorporated into this design.





The detail on this piece is incredible! 






 One whole room of the museum was dedicated to red and white quilts. So crisp and clean!
  




This is only a small sample of the many quilts on display.
I hope it inspired you too!
After a morning of inspiration we headed off to lunch. If you have a chance head to Springville for the quilt show. It runs through September 23, 2017.
For more information click HERE.

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