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Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Perfect Sunday ~

it is raining...
woke to the sound of rain on our farmhouse tin roof ~
sometimes that sounds gets into my dreams and turns into music...
quiet, melodic...
... soft music.

then I realized it was pouring!
heavy slanted ice cold rain beating against our old house...
helping to remove years of crackled & chipping paint ~

something that,
 come spring, 
will be another long-awaited project that will be finished up ~

our front yard & donkey paddock is saturated ~
but we need the rain for the wells and gardens.
I never complain about the rain...
I love it.
it washes clean everything and charges the air positively...

...and it's so very pretty to me.
soothing and calming to my sometimes overloaded senses.

Nandina bush wearing her winter scarlet leaves & dripping with raindrop jewels ~

 so today, since the weather is just right ~
we will begin the bathroom project :)

I'll be removing everything from the room, washing everything down,
 and then Peter will begin cutting in and painting ~ YAY!!!!!!!

while he is working on the walls, I'll be doing a little painting myself:
~ this little stand of drawers was made years ago by my brother in law Roy ~
it has served us well and instead of replacing it, 
I will paint it in the same color as the wainscoting 
and trim in the bathroom so it will look like a little built-in ~

little porcelain knobs are perfect for what I have planned....
this room is also the only room in the house that has linoleum on the floor.
...many layers of it. 
Peter said he'll rip it out to reveal the hardwood underneath, 
~ sand it and then polish it.

((oh I cannot wait ~))

blech. oh and sorry about the dust in the corner....good riddance!
 We went to Lowes,
spent an hour in the paint department and decided on these colors:

in a semigloss for the wainscoting and trim
in a satin for the walls and ceiling

both by Valspar, both with built-in-primer
which will help cover the darker paint ~

happy happy happy!
I've been talking with my sister Louisea about window treatments,
and she suggested a roll up wood blind...
we looked at them at Lowes, but i don't think I like them...(sorry Lou)
Instead, I think I will do what my bff Joan did in her upstairs bath ~
she & her hubby Art hung a beautiful shutter on the window for privacy...

we have some antique shutters here that Pete will fit to the bottom half of our window for privacy, so the top-half of the window will still let in light ~

I will need to make a valance ~ 
I've chosen a beautiful crewel fabric that I was given from Kathy B.

a fabulous fabric...
the perfect shade of faded red with cream colored detail

 it makes my heart sing!

sweet chain stitching

 I think the pop of faded red 
will lend nicely to the creams & whites that I'll use in here...
...what do you think?

well, I'm off ~
going to don my painters clothes
(read: old overalls and a t-shirt)

grab my brushes and oil up the featherweight machine 
for a PERFECT, albeit soggy-day!

Hoping your day is filled with creativity & peace!

* Blessed be * 


dogwoodfarm said...

Lori, love, that fabric it should look fab with your creamy colors... :)

Tina McFadden said...

Lori, I love the faded red fabric you chose for the valance. Have a wonderful time sewing on your featherweight, I love mine. Tina

Debra said...

The first raindrops are beginning to fall here in NY...I cancelled plans to museum-hop in New Haven and will instead spend a peaceful day de-cluttering cupboards, and making soup, and maybe get in a little stitching time. Love the faded crewel fabric!

primlin56 said...

lori....I am so excited to see your home transform.....I too loved my home primitive and have sold a lot of my collections....but I am having so much fun with my new look..i love the farmhouse look and I love that fabric for your valance....keep us happy with lots of pictures as you go along....looking forward to your finished bathroom....it is going to be gorgeous....

kathyinozarks said...

I love your fabric-excellent choice with the paint colors
Happy painting-I love the rain too very calming

quiltsbycheri said...

I too have for the past couple years been freshing up my home from the darker colors to the muted greys and tans.....so happy with the results....all my furnishings are still the prim, painted colors and they show off even better on a lighter background..... enjoy your process, I have no doubts you will and your home will look even more spectacular!

Linda said...

I LOVE that fabric, it is beautiful!!!! I can't wait to see this room when done, it will be so pretty....makes me want to paint!!

ga447 said...

This sounds exciting, your DH is talented to be able to do this all. Great great fabric.

Nancy Bauer said...

Love love the fabric!! Yes it will be the perfect "topping" for your creamy dreamy bath! Have fun, hope the floor reveal shows some lovely wood :)

linda said...

Love the fabric choice Lori and happy you get to use your featherweight. Wood floors will be so nice against the lighter pallet you have chosen. Enjoy this part of your journey.

Kathleen Woodbury said...

Lori, your bath will be gorgeous, love the fabric, looking forward to more pictures!

NMK said...

Your bathroom remodeling sounds great ! Love the faded red for your window treatment too ! I love rainy Sundays, perfect days to clean & sort thru things & smell a nice pot roast simmering away in an old black iron dutch oven that was my Grand Mothers. Can't wait to see what you do next !!

jennifer768 said...

Lori,love that fabric! Can't wait to see the finished product. Happy New Year! Hugs,Jen

prims by olde lady morgan said...


Can't wait to see the make over!!! happy painting! OLM

Sandra said...

Sounds amazing. I am in love with that fabric. Lucky you! One day I'll have to a blog about what I loosely call curtains ~ in my house they are called window rags. Cannot wait to see the reveal.
Homespun Elegance

Cari said...

Can't wait to see the finished results. I love the fabric …it is beautiful. This will be a fun project for you!

Happy New Year !!

Raymond Homestead said...

Beautiful fabric! Can't wait to see all the changes you will be making!

Marlene said...

What lovely fabric! I love the idea of creams with it.
Anxious to see the progress and finished product. Thank you for sharing.

Faye said...

Water logged down here too Lori.... That red fab is GORGEOUS!!!!

annie said...

muddy here too, love the fabric, hope to see it all come together as you go along!

LaNelle said...

I could smell the fresh rain.......always a great day for projects such as yours. Gorgeous fabric choice!! Looking forward to seeing more pictures as the project moves forward. Paint on.....

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