Monday, September 27, 2010


I'm still here folks but it is totally 100% absolutely crunch time on this house. I miss all my usual crafty fun so much and I can hardly wait to get back to it but I have a nasty "to-do" list to get through before I can - boo hoo.

Friday, September 10, 2010

vanilla bore

Sounds like a good name for one of the many shades of beige I have looked at lately. Paint paint paint, I swear that's all I do lately. Some people say go with beige/off white - make your house a blank canvas for potential buyers. Others say it's just too boring and people want to see color. I say you can't paint your whole house any one way and please everyone so we are doing a little of both and steering away from anything too wild and crazy. Luckily many rooms just need touch ups but with some we are picking new colors. And yes, one will be beige which is why I have all these swatches.
Me, I like to debate about a color for, like a year, before I take the plunge with it, that's just me. Not having that option has been a little unerving for me. How do you all pick room colors?
I have played around a bit over at the Behr website where they have lots of fun tools for picking and visualizing colors. I would never make a color choice for a room based only on what I saw on a website - I just don't trust the consistency - but it is fun. I think it could be really helpful when choosing a color scheme for an embroidery project.
I would love to hear any tips and advice anyone has about putting a home on the market/staging/keeping your sanity through it all. I need all the help I can get!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

7 things...

My pal, Jody over at "The Little Prints" invited me to participate in a little blog fun and even though I am pretty late to the game I’m going up to bat anyway. – Thanks Jody for tagging me!

1. I will be moving soon to the beautiful Twin Cities!!
Yes, that will be our new home (though it isn’t entirely new to us since Vince and I lived there when we first were married). We loved it there so this is really exciting!
2. I grew up in a house full of girls. I have an older sister, a younger sister, and a twin sister who is celebrating a birthday today – happy birthday Katy!

3. I have a deep affection for things that are painfully innocent like say, Holly Hobbie, vintage schoolbooks, Little House on the Prairie, Lawrence Welk – stuff like that.

4. I love mayonnaise, I mean I really love it – so much so that I only allow myself to have it on Fridays because well, you know you really shouldn't eat that stuff all the time, right? Vince thinks this organized self-deprivation is proof that I am a little nutty, I think it’s just very disciplined.

5. Yardwork is awesome, in my opinion. Pulling weeds, mowing, trimming – love it! I recently got my very own weed whacker and I am still a little giddy everytime I start that baby up.

6. Favorite movie of all time: Buffalo 66

7. I hate posting on my blog if I don’t have a photo to go along with it but sometimes I do it anyway.
Now, I’m supposed to tag 7 other bloggers to participate but I admit I feel so awkward doing that. (it feels a wee bit like the snowball dance at a wedding reception – have you ever seen anything divide the introverts and the extroverts so quickly and efficiently? ) Can you guess which category I’m in?
I would love to read 7 things about ALL the bloggers I read regularly so I guess I would invite anyone reading this to participate!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

amid the chaos a pattern is born!

Whew! Slowly slowly slowly this new pattern set has been in the works in spite of the insanity all around. I am so excited about this one! It's something really different from my other patterns. Instead of a single image to stitch these patterns are seamless designs similar to a design on fabric. So, you can transfer the design, line it up again along the edges and transfer again and you will get a seamless surface design that is as large - or as small as you want. Does that make sense? I swear the most daunting part of this project has been trying to explain it - not my strong suit.

These designs were inspired by Indian motifs found in mehndi patterns and the gorgeous fabrics used to make saris. Oh I saw so many stunning patterns along the way and I wanted to pack my bags for Mumbai! Instead I packed boxes for....oh I'm not telling yet *wink*

So, I suppose it's time to get back to painting the bathroom and scrubbing scrubbing scrubbing the floors! This project was a delightful escape for me over the last month or so and I have a feeling another diversion will find it's way in soon too. My flossbox will be the very last thing I pack away!