There is a really cute purse pattern available free today on the Sew Mama Sew blog. Click on the link below the photo to go get it for yourself!
Thanks for all your nice and supportive comments yesterday on my kitchen post. I'm really feeling good about it. Now I get to share something really fun with you. Check this out!
Okay, this is really starting to freak me out (in a good way). You are NOT going to believe this, because I can't believe this!
Remember a while back, I posted about a giveaway at the Fat Quarter Shop? It was for a kit for the quilt featured above. The kit includes all the fabric for the front and binding, along with the pattern. The fabrics are all French General fabrics. I fell in LOVE with this when it was posted, so of course I signed up for the giveaway. I tried to get as many chances as I could at this and commented, Tweeted, and posted on my blog about it. I knew I wouldn't win, so I looked at purchasing it, but with a price tag of $105 for the kit, all our remodeling, and Papa Pea not currently working, I just couldn't justify the expense. Besides, I have like 40 other quilt projects I could be making down in the sewing room anyway. (Mom, just pretend you didn't hear that. I know... I have too much crap!)
So, anyway, they drew a name, and I didn't win. Sigh. I was bummed, but not at all surprised.
So, the other day, I am going through my blog roll and checking out all the new posts. I'm reading the Jolly Jabber's post about Rue Saint Germain in France and just generally enjoying myself on the blog. I get near the end, and I read that whoever won the fabrics never claimed her prize, so they decided to draw a new number.
I'm thinking, "Oh, that's really too bad. What a shame for that poor gal. But someone is going to get lucky."
I didn't even dare to hope it would be me. I just kept reading nonchalantly.
Then, I saw it. It said the new winner was....Mama Pea. It was my blog post entry that won!
I seriously got dizzy, my heart started to race, and I let out a little girl squeal. (And yes, I was at work, so that was a little embarrassing.)
I know you don't believe me. Click on the post and read for yourself! I am in complete and total shock! I e-mailed them to claim my prize and they said it was going out in that day's mail. I even got the UPS shipping number the same day via e-mail.
This is one of the neatest things that's ever happened to me! I am not sure what I have done to deserve this good fortune (I probably don't deserve it, but someone is smiling on me).
I can't find French General fabrics around here, it seems. So I don't own any, even though I drool over them all the time. I love all the reds, whites, creams, and tans. I can't wait to work with this fantastic fabric. But I will have to wait until after the holidays to start cutting on this one. I have so much to finish first. Must. Not. Get. Sidetracked! This is going to be hard.
Honestly, I am not one of those people (I know you all have one of these friends) who always wins the drawing every time you're with them. I NEVER win. This little winning streak is SOOOOO out of the ordinary for me.
Thank you so much to the Fat Quarter Shop for this truly wonderful gift and for giving me a second chance at this drawing! I will never forget your generosity and kindness! This is a truly special event for me, as have been my other recent winnings.
I'm thinking I should seriously go buy a lottery ticket. It's okay to be superstitious once in a while, right?!
Until I pick myself up off the floor,
We have made some huge progress on our kitchen so I thought you might like to see it. And then I'll give you a reveal on what I did with this fabric:
Okay, first, how about a little reminder about how our kitchen started out:
This is before I stripped wallpaper and everything. Wow, does this make me cringe.
We stripped wallpaper and pulled up the linoleum.
We primed the walls and then decided to paint the cabinets, so we took all the cupboard doors off.
Remember this? It looked like a can of Kilz threw up in here.
Okay, are you ready for it?
Wait for it....
Wait for it....
Okay, here you go!!!!
Ta-dah! New floors! Walls painted yellow. Cabinets are all painted white. Hardware (handles and hinges) is painted a brushed nickel. Using red and black accents. Looking good, but somethings's still missing. (Yes, I know the window isn't finished being painted yet. That's not it.)
We ended up bringing our fridge from Idaho out with us, so we ditched that nasty old gold fridge that smelled of smoke. The stove smelled so bad, too, we ended up springing for anew gas stove. We love it! I had purchased the red microwave last year when I was in my rental house. I was glad it went so perfect in this new house.
Isn't this cool? The inside of the oven is blue! It really makes the oven much brighter to look into.
Speaking of the insides of things, check out the inside of the lazy susan. We even painted the shelves in it red. They were a nasty brown. I like this little secret inside the cupboard. Isn't it cute?
How do you like my "new" dishwasher? Remember, before it was off white. I was wishing so bad it was black. Then, I remembered how my mom once told me, about 20 years ago or so, that dishwashers often have panels you can change out. So, I unscrewed the chrome edges and checked. Sure enough, there were black. So I changed them out. It still stinks of smoke a little inside, but we don't use it much, so it's okay. Sometime we'll buy a new one.
Hmmmm, but this area's still missing something. Have you guessed yet what I did with that awesome fabric?! (Yes, I know we still need to finish painting the window--along with replacing light switches and outlets and getting all the floor trim up....)
Here they are! As soon as I saw the fabric, I wanted to make curtains with a black stripe along the bottom and black tie backs. I wanted them pretty short...just under the bottom trim...so the curtains weren't in the way of the counter and sink. Maybe they could have stood to be a little longer, but I think this will work out okay.
Okay, one more look at the "before" photo:
And, finally, the "after" photo!
Well? What do you think? I like how the red and black tie things together. I think they add a bit of much needed softness to the room. I still have some left. Maybe napkins, huh, Lynn?! (Look at her great napkins here!)
The sun you see streaming in here is coming from the sliding glass door over in the eating area. It's pretty strong in the mornings. We really need a curtain over there. I am thinking about buying about 10 more yards (ouch...that will cost a pretty penny) of the fabric and making a matching curtain for that door. I could do a taller black strip along the bottom of that. What do you think? I think it would be cute. I am trying to decide if that curtain should be lined (the one above the sink is not...we probably will rarely ever close it. As you can see, we don't need to do so for privacy...there are just woods outside the window, and there is no direct sunlight through this window).
I took photos through the whole process of constructing these curtains. I could do a tutorial for how I measured for it and made the curtains. I would be glad to post that if people would find it useful.
This is just supposed to be a "temporary" kitchen until we can afford a full-fledged remodel. But in some ways, I'm really starting to like this kitchen. I wish we could replace the countertops with brushed stainless steel. I think that would be pretty. We are still considering painting these counters with that laminate paint.
Hope you enjoyed the update. I get a sense of satisfaction out of going through the photos and looking at what we've done. I think we have accomplished a fair amount since July!
Until next time,
I think this is such a cute stocking pattern. It would be perfect for Papa Pea or several other people in his family. There is a giveaway if you go to Shelly's blog (Prairie Moon Quilts...click on the link below the photo) and enter a comment. But Kathy, you aren't allowed to enter. This one's mine! ha ha...just kidding! Hop on over there and get in on the action!