Thursday, September 16, 2010

kitchen redo

My small kitchen area redo started with my desire to display some of my colorful fiesta ware. I have been lucky enough to acquire these pieces ( and more) from friends who collect and sell Fiesta. They have given me pieces that have small nicks or defects that may make them hard to sell. Some of these 'defects' are almost impossible to see and the colors are glorious!
This is the corner of the kitchen I wanted to de-clutter and lighten up a little. It is near the back door and the table becomes a catch-all. I also wanted to change the dark table and chairs for something lighter.
The table was also a bit bigger than I needed, no one actually eats in the kitchen.
I removed the shelves, added two more and painted them all my favorite light green.
The 'new' table was a library table of my grandmother's and it also got a fresh coat of the green paint. I took one of the dark chairs and painted it a pale buttery yellow.
Next it was time to arrange the dishware on the shelves- my favorite part!
Since my kitchen is in the northwest corner of the house it doesn't get a lot of sunlight, but this area now works nicely as a cozy, convenient desk and the lamplight is very inviting! Click on the badge below to see other before and after projects on Metamorphosis Monday at

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Iris Towels

Just finished these appliqued towels as a special order for someone who's favorite flower is the iris.
One towel is done with blues and purples- a darker palette.
The other one is in paler blues with yellow bands- lighter and sunnier. I used hand dyed cottons for the applique pieces which gives them a nice mottled look. I think I'll do more of these, lots in different patterns, for our upcoming shows.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Metamorphosis Monday

I am participating in Between Naps on the Porch's Metamorphosis Monday event hosted by Susan. Take an item or decorating project and transform it into something new and improved.I have had this chair for many years, it has spent most of that time in the basement (understandably).Time for a facelift!
A few coats of paint later and I think much improved! This is the color I painted most of my outdoor furniture this year, it has become my favorite green-it complements almost any color.
It is going to find a new home in my living room (though not right in the middle!), but of course now I see many more projects in the room that need to be improved to coordinate with my new addition.
I am very happy with the result! Now to reupholster another old chair and ottoman and make some new pillows. If you would like to view some other makeover projects just click on the pic below or go to Have fun!