corner of my home : : vanity

Oh, hey you! Glad you stopped by!
Just wanted to show you my newly painted vanity. Yes, I actually do sit here and put on my make up. It really is rather fun!
This piece of furniture was left in a house that my sisters lived in in college. Somehow I inherited it, and it sat in our basement for years. I finally realized that I had the perfect spot in our bedroom for it. That was three years ago! It took me three years to decide on a color! Can you believe that! The lamp on the left was given to me by the previous owners of our home. My husband doesn't like it, however, it is one of my favorites! I think it is pretty funky. I do wish it was something rather than gold, and started to paint it also. I quickly realized that was a terrible idea and tried to remove the paint, but could not get it all off. It will probably stay like this until I can figure out how to remove it.
The paint color is Silver Sage from Restoration Hardware. I LOVE this color. It truly changes from blue to grey to green, depending on the light. And again, the pulls are from Anthropologie. I am in love with them.
Two coats of paint and then a light sanding on the corners.
I also recovered the seat with a fabric which I found at JoAnn 's. They are having a huge sale on all of their decorating fabric. Pretty good deal. Guess who else loves this spot? You guessed it... Libby!
If you want to see a before picture I have one over on flickr. I really can't believe that I am posting it, but I always love to see before and after shots.

just because

I started the chevron scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. Just because........I needed another project to keep me up at night.
Just because........I was one of maybe 20 out in blogland that hasn't made one.
Just because........they are all so beautiful.
Just because........Keana and I decided to make one at the same time.
Just because........Scout told me to.
And, I am sure I will make another one at some point, because I am really not loving my colorway!

Have a wonderful weekend, and do something crazy, just because!

another apron and cookie of the week

Mama owl, baby owl! This is my entry for the March/April tie one on. The theme, rick rack. I really didn't know if I was going to do this, however when we were in Florida my mother came across my grandmothers rick rack, and asked me if I wanted it. Well, of course! I made these while there, and since my mother doesn't have a fabric store around, we hit her linen closet. These are made from old pillow cases. The owls are made out of a few scraps my mom had in her stash. The inspiration for the owls came from my friend, Merrit, who was having a "meet and greet" for her new precious baby, Finn. She made invitations with the cutest little owls on them. Hopefully she will get back to blogging soon to show you!
These are actually now very special considering they have my mothers pillow cases and my grandmothers rick rack. I guess I will have to make my sisters each one!
We finally got back to our cookie of the week. Charlie got to choose, and he chose:
Butterscotch Chips
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter softened
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
Heat oven to 350. Mix sugar, butter, shortening, eggs and vanilla. Add flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Beat until dough forms. Stir in chips.
Drop by heaping teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned.

spring projects

My knitting projects all seem pretty boring right now. Nothing seems close to being finished. I seem to be working on my Hanne with no end in sight. That sweater just goes on forever........rows and rows of garter!
So in need of some instant gratification, I decided to paint my vanity that has been in dire need of a paint job for years. I chose Restoration Hardware's signature color, silver sage. My sister Lisa painted her bathroom this color and loves it.
I also found some beautiful drawer pulls at anthropologie, on sale. Gotta love that!
I am meeting Keana tomorrow at Knit One, maybe I will find a new project that can be knit a little quicker!

what am i? some sort of apron saleswoman?

Apparently so, at least for the day. My mother-in-law asked me to make aprons for a function she was hosting. They like to have a few locals selling handmade items during their luncheon. I was asked to do this back in January. When did I get started? Yesterday. As soon as my sister left, I headed upstairs to my studio (ehem, our bedroom) and pretty much sewed for most of the day. So today, I'll be sitting behind a table lined with a few aprons, knitting, watching happy women drink martinis for lunch! :)

A big THANK YOU for making my sister feel so welcome out in the blogosphere! She now thinks bloggers are the best too!

all alike

My sister, Michelle, is visiting from New Jersey. I have another sister, Lisa, who lives in New York. We all (including our mother) have the same taste in just about everything. If one person buys something, we all want it. (Sabrina can attest to that). We are not weird about it, and don't dress the same when together, however our closets all look very similar. And of course we all want to knit the same things.
A few of you asked if the green sweater my mother was wearing in this photograph was knit. Yes, my mother made it first, and then we all made it. I made this last summer before my blog. Love this sweater and would recommend it and the yarn. It is the Bolero Jacket by Debbie Bliss, and we all made it out of Duchess by Classic Elite. On size 10.5 needles it is a super fast knit too!
And since we all do everything alike, I finally talked my sister into starting her own blog. If you get a minute, please pop over and say hello. I am sure she would appreciate it.
Oh, and I also wanted to tell you, Lisa made the Ranger cookies yesterday, and called to ask me if she was supposed to put flour in them. YES!!!!!! 2 cups! I am so sorry if you have made these!!!! That is why they were awful! Please try again.........I promise you will LOVE them!!!
Now I am off to enjoy my sister for the rest of today! Have a great day everyone!

it's official

Yes, it's official, I can now wear reading glasses. I have always liked the idea of reading glasses. I think people look very studious in them, and with so many cute ones out there, I wanted to wear them too. So, I did. Not really knowing if I needed them or not. However, while in Florida, I had an appointment with my mothers eye Doctor. I still have 20/20, however, he told me if it helps to wear them, go ahead. Wow, I was thrilled! If you could have seen me driving home with the BIG glasses they gave me to wear, trying to read my credit card to the Anthropologie operator! I was so excited to order these! My friend Betsy has them, and I loved them. I, of course, didn't want to buy them if I really didn't need them (since when has that stopped me), however, with Doctors orders, I new I had to order them.
I made another pair of Dashing while in Florida, using Araucania Nature Wool in chocolate on size 6 needles.

Unfortunately, I didn't look particularly dashing wearing my new glasses. My photographer had a t-time to make, so I didn't have time to put a face on for the camera! :)

back to reality

We had a fabulous time on spring break. Being at my parents home is the idyllic place for us. (me) My mother makes it unbelievably easy for me. Of course, she works too hard and needs a vacation when we leave. When I leave, I feel as if my gravy train (as my sisters refer to it) has come to a screeching halt! We had many wonderful moments, here are a few.

early morning sunrises
playing in the ocean
fishing on the dock

celebrating Easter Sunday
and of course, knitting by the pool
knitting at the beach
knitting with my mother by my side.
Thanks mom for a wonderful time! You are the BEST!