Memorial Quilts

I’ve never given much thought towards “memorial quilts” and what they might entail. I recently had the privilege to work on one for a colleague.  There wasn’t much to work with, very few outfits, as her sweet baby girl passed at four months of age many years ago.Baby_Memorial1

What a humbling opportunity. Although, I did not know this mother so long ago when this tragedy happened, working on this quilt was a little emotional for me. Each little smocked dress or printed sleeper has a story I am sure. 

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Ticking Trends & Zipper Pouches

The use of ticking for decorative purposes is not a recent trend. Seventy years ago, the American decorating original, Sister Parish, made use of ticking fabric evoking a “cozy old-money, part opulent, part hand-me-down, English country house aesthetic. “¹  

An online perusal attests that ticking featured décor has not diminished, but rather expanded. Reminiscent of a more humble time, the clean simple lines and color tones of cotton ticking inspires a modern-vintage lure without kitsch. 

 

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Old Lucketts Store

George and I traveled to northern Virginia to visit Old Lucketts Store. Yep, THAT Lucketts you’ve seen in Country Living, Flea Market Decor, Southern Living and other magazines.

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The drive there was quite picturesque; the Blue Ridge Mountain Range in the distance and the burbling Potomac.

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Styled as “vintage hip,” Lucketts is full of unique treasures and antiques. 

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Architectural Salvage :: Wall Art 2

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My daughter, Brianne wanted to create a salvaged bullseye wall art similar to a multi-colored one I made a few years ago.

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This called for a day-trip to Caravati’s Architectural Salvage warehouse. We rummaged  through 1000’s of bullseyes, looking for mostly white. 

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Bedroom Revamp Plans

Another “snow day” has allowed me to continue working on my outdated, dark and not-so-large bedroom. While doing so, I don’t want to break the bank. It’s challenging but it is progressing.

tired. tired. tired.

tired. tired. tired.

Creative storage will include lidded baskets to hide all of that extraneous crap in our room, a DIY floordrobe wall hanger and possibly an over-the-door shelf. I know I can scrounge up a basket or two from around the house. I have scrap lumber and door knobs or hooks. I do like these and plan to sew similar pillowcases. One night stand completed; one left to build.

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clockwise: basket, Pottery Barn; wall hanger, Pinterest; night stand, Joanne Inspired; pillowcases, Seabold Vintage Market

 

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DIY Bedside Table :: Sneak Peek

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Baby it’s COLD and SNOWY and ICY outside!

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Last I checked I was living on the Virginia coast? Two snowfalls in two weeks. The good: the school snow days off has allowed me to work on a room that desperately needs updating. The bad: we’ll have to make up these days. 😦

tired. tired. tired.

tired. tired. tired.

This room begs for updated lighting, bedside tables, new scatter rugs, bedding and window treatments.

1995?

1995?

The first task, finding the right bedside table, proved a little harder than I thought.

But, finally after months searching I figured out what it was that I wanted. I want a combination of Ana White’s farm table plan . . . a green side table I saw on a Pinterest board . . .

 

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source: pineconehill.com

. . . and a table I coveted during a visit to Anderson-Wright Rooms & Garden.

love.it.

love.it.

 

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