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Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Long In Between

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How many of you have heard this favorite summertime mantra yet?

In between the beginning of something and the glorious end there is the in between.

It can be a short in between, an easy in between, a hard in between and sometimes a long in between.

I think as a rule we generally all prefer the good in betweens.

Like the classic car trip…

Although my personal memories of such adventures more closely mirror this:

There’s also finally the lovely marriage after a long in between engagement.

Lady K and her husband getting married at beginning of story.

Perhaps followed by what some women consider the longest most joyful nine months of their life.

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In which the in between ends with the arrival of…

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Yes, even the best in betweens can be the worst.

I’ve been desperately waiting on new flooring for a few years now.

But in order for that to happen… this had to happen. (I decided not to share the toilet on the porch. #stayclassy )

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Dreamland: No cooking for a week ~woohoo! 

Reality: I had no access to a kitchen while simultaneously raising a teenage boy with a hallow leg who needs to be fed constantly and find myself making sandwiches near the toilet and washing dishes in a bathtub.

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Dreamland: No more broken tiles ~ yippee!

Reality: EVERY SINGLE SURFACE inside Storybook Cottage is now covered by a thick layer of white dust. I’ve used up an entire economy sized box of swiffer dusters and lost count of the numerous loads of laundry.

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Dreamland: It’s finally the end of that gross carpet ~yahoo!

Reality: the removal of the carpet and padding also exposed a good three inches of unpainted bead board/majorly chipped baseboard and they no longer make the paint, which has also faded/yellowed over the course of 3 years since it was originally done and so now everything must also be painted. 

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Sometimes the best you can do is just get through the day.

It also helps when you’re reading about your friend Karianne who thought her home renovation would take mere weeks and instead finds herself trying to do the dishes in HER bathroom months later and thru a series of mishaps becomes covered in spaghetti sauce while surrounded by shards of broken dishes.

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So slowly, dustpan in one hand and paintbrush in the other I am trying to find the beauty in this current in between.

I just know that I am so close to something amazing.

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May you find beauty in the in between,

Laura

Colossians 1:11  May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience;

Friday, June 23, 2017

Finishing An Antique Quilt Topper

A few of you had asked for some additional information on the quilt I recently shared on my Summer Home Tour.

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The top quilt piece had been made by my great~grandmother probably in the 1920’s or 30’s based on the printed fabric material which was primarily made of feed sack.  It was created in the “Dresden Plate” design style.

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The design was then applied to white flour sack. My great~grandmother wasted not a single scrap of fabric. Some of the squares even feature a bit of the flour sack printing. I love this detail, it confirms my frugality is genetic.

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 Transforming the topper into a actual quilt first required the selection of some batting and backing fabric. I opted to use cotton batting as that was what would have been used during the era the quilt was originally begun.

The backing fabric was a vintage white all cotton sheet that was scrumptiously soft but still quite durable. You can use any fabric for your quilt backing but again, I wanted to use elements that were consistent with the timeline.

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You then create a “sandwich” of the quilt topper/batting/fabric backing. My cousin Linda and I worked on this part of the process together.

At this point there are two options:

The first option is that you can hand quilt all three layers together. In the beginning I thought this was the option I wanted to take. There is a very good reason why hand quilted quilts run into the thousands of dollars. It is a long, and in my opinion, tedious process. Just a portion of one “Dresden Plate” piece took me several days to hand quilt.

Friends, we all have different seasons in our lives. Here is where I am going to give you FULL permission to enjoy the season you are currently living in.

I had to consider that I was a working mother, attending college, who does all of her own cooking and cleaning, in addition to writing a blog (my happy place). It was not the season in my life for hand quilting as it was not a process I found that I enjoyed.

I once again looked at my great~grandmothers handwork and saw that she had used a treadle sewing machine to attach her pieces together.

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I decided I was comfortable using the second option of machine quilting.

My dear friend Wendy who works at Happy Is Quilting was immensely helpful in directing me to a lovely woman, Kayelene Parrish, who does machine longarm quilting in her home.

Together we selected one of the simplest designs that she had available because I wanted the focus to remain on the original design and not on the quilting. Her work was lovely, well priced and she had a quick turn around time.

DISCLAIMER: At this time I would like to state that I was not compensated in any way. I paid for my quilting and fabric. All opinions are based on that I simply believe in the talents of these wonderful women.

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After the quilting the unsewn fabric edge needs to be bound. The challenge of this particular quilt is that it featured a scalloped edge (which I love) versus a straight edge. 

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Any longtime reader of mine knows that I have mad sewing skills.. But I opted to also hire out the binding work. The fabric must be cut and sewn on the bias. Then the bias tape is used for the binding process. I found my reproduction fabric at Happiness Is Quilting.

The amazing Deb of The Pioneer Soul did a wonderful job on the binding. Deb is a modern day Renaissance woman who is a quilter, beekeeper and rescuer of adorable pugs. You will be hearing much more about Deb in the near future because she is just too wonderful to keep to myself.

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Deb is a highly sought after hand quilter. So you must be patient. But I promise, she is worth the wait. So much so that I have placed another one of my great~grandmother’s gems into her very capable hands. This treasure, when finished, will be for my daughter Lou. 

Lou was born in April which features the daisy as it’s flower. My girl has been a lover of daisies since she was small. “Don't you think daisies are the friendliest flower?” (Name that movie. ;) 

The quilt pieces are done in the “Grandmother’s Garden” pattern. So fitting and I must admit that the thought of my girl soon sleeping under a quilt that her great~ great grandmother began makes me sentimentally teary eyed. I promise to keep you posted on its progress.

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I cannot begin to express the sheer happiness and gratitude these women have brought into my life through this quilt. It was originally given to me by my beloved Grandma Jingles with the promise that it would finally be finished.

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Promise kept, heart overflowing.

Laura

Linking to:

Inspire Me Monday, Merry Monday,The Scoop, A Stroll Thru Life, Savvy Southern Style, Share Your Style, Vintage Charm Party, Thursday Favorite Things, The Inspiration Gallery, French Country Cottage, Imparting Grace, The Charm of Home, Foodie Friday, Best Friday Feature,The SITS Girls, Funky Junk Interiors, Sundays At Home, Happiness Is Homemade

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

How To Stay Safe This Summer

Today I will have the tough parental job of escorting my son to the funeral Mass of a fellow Boy Scout.

I write this post to honor the memory of Boy Scout John “Reid” Comita.

Reid was an amazing 15 year old upcoming sophomore and honor student. He was actively involved in his school men’s chorus and the Scouting program.

Just last month Reid, along with my son, completed their Order of the Arrow challenge and became full fledged members in the Scouting honor society.

Reid is shown here with his father, John.

Reid's father, John Comita, pictured here on the left, has spoken of his heartbreak at losing his son but says he does not blame the scouting colleagues that his son was with at the time  

Reid was close to achieving his Eagle Scout status.

He was finishing a camping merit badge requirement when he passed away from complications of heat stroke.

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The hikers were at the remote Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch near Fort Davis in Texas. Temperatures that day were close to 100 degrees. Sadly, due to the remote location, ambulances and other rescue crews could not reach him. By the time a U.S. Border patrol helicopter arrived it was too late.

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I would like to encourage you to know the signs for heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

How You Can Prevent Heat Exhaustion/Stroke:

If you are planning an outing HYDRATE yourself in the days before and take multivitamins. Also hydrate yourself well DURING the outing.

If you FEEL thirsty, you're already well on the way to dehydration.

The ultimate goal is to NEVER FEEL THIRSTY.

If you begin to show signs of heat exhaustion take the following actions:

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If you can not go to a place that is cooler or take a cooling bath/shower, place ice packs or cool compresses in the following locations on the body:

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Our pets are also susceptible to heat exhaustion.

A good rule of thumb to remember is that if the pavement is too hot for your bare feet, it is too hot for bare paws.

Several area Boy Scout troops, under the guidance of Reid’s father, plan to complete Reid's Eagle Scout service project — building a playground at a domestic-violence shelter.

I would like to ask that you please keep this precious family, and all who loved Reid, in your prayers during this difficult time.

'Reid was a loving caring young man. He hated no one and saw the best on everyone. A smart loving young man gone too early with so much to offer,' wrote his father, John, on Facebook

Stay safe this summer my friends.

Laura

Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer Home Decorating Trends

This past week my dear friend Marty of A Stroll Thru Life hosted an amazing summer home tour. Each and every home on the tour was full of lovely summer goodness and inspiration.

Here were a few summertime trends that caught my eye:  

Beautiful outdoor living spaces

You must go see Southern Hospitality’s garden of beautiful blue hydrangeas.

Duke Manor Farm has a new swimming pool and the surrounding outdoor spaces only enhance its beauty.

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Remodelando la Casa transformed an outdoor potting bench into a glorious summer serving station.

Cuckoo 4 Design has a wonderfully woodsy patio.

Cooling blue color palettes

Soft shades of indigo from Making Home Base are a perfect choice for summer.

A Stroll Thru Life included a soft seafoam in her front room that feels so elegant and lovely.

I love the navy and white French bistro chairs in the breakfast nook at Life Love Larson.

Life On Virginia Street has a wonderful collection of blue bottles that she has used throughout her home.

Sea glass beads on a large demijohn vase. Love this coastal style vignette that's perfect for a blue and white living room!

Soft shades of white for a light feel

Nesting With Grace paired happy summer brights in her lovely white kitchen.

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Various tones and textures of white are used exclusively in the tour by Thrifty and Chic.

White and neutral bedroom decor and decorating ideas. White farmhouse cottage style master bedroom. Square board and batten bedroom

It’s happy white summertime bliss for this cute pup at 11 Magnolia Lane.

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Fun summertime touches

I absolutely adore the wee bathing beauty Pink Peppermint Design included into her tablescape.

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Adding touches of jute and wicker provide a tropical touch of summer at Hymns & Verses.

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Nothing says summer like the palm pillows and lush indoor plants Z Design At Home uses in her d├ęcor.

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Love this darling bicycle accent filled with flowers shown at Refresh/Restyle.

Cutest half bike for the wall with peonies

There is no shortage of summer reading materials at Haneen’s Haven.

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My very favorite summer home tour may just be from Simple Stylings who reminded us that focusing on summer fun, instead of perfection, is the best home accent of all.

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You can find the links to all of the tours below.

Monday – June 12

A Stroll Thru Life | Pink Peppermint Design | Cuckoo4Design | Nesting With Grace | Life on Virginia Street | Decor To Adore   

Tuesday – June 13
Thrifty and Chic | 21 Rosemary Lane | Decorating Delirium | The Chronicles of Home | Hymns & Verses | My Sweet Savannah

Wednesday – June 14

Life Love Larson | Making Home Base | Inspiration For Moms| Duke Manor Farms| ZDesign At Home | Our Fifth House |  

Thursday – June 15
Life & Home at 2102 | It All Started With Paint | Simple Stylings | 11 Magnolia Lane | Remodelando La Casa | Southern Hospitality

Fri – June 16
Refresh Restyle | Far Above Rubies | Our Southern Home | Simple Details | Haneens Haven | Common Ground  

The first part of my Summer Home Tour can be seen HERE.

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    Have a happy summer day, 

Laura