Hope you had a good Monday. I had a really good, busy one. ;-)
I did accomplish one small bit of sewing this past weekend. Remember when I made the Halloween mug rugs and I said that Papa Pea said he really wanted one, but he wanted it smaller, and he really liked the plaid fabric?
I sewed up this little round one. I just made a quilt sandwich with two pieces of the plaid fabric, quilted it, and put some of the black binding on I had leftover. No pocket, no label. Nothing fancy. I just grabbed a lid I had and traced it for the size and shape.
For the quilting, I just did straight lines. I guess this is the back, because on the front, I quilted the lines going right down the middle of the white stripe. Doesn't matter, the quilting blends in so nicely. Anyway, he loved it and thanked me this morning before going to work. He said it was the perfect size, and he likes the fabric. It's nice when something so simple makes one's day, huh?
Okay, now I could use a little help from you..... Remember when I told you Papa Pea had saved up enough money to pour the concrete for my new sewing room? Well, we're getting ready to break ground, because we have enough saved up to frame it in and get it all weather tight before winter. We had the contractor over the other day to give us some prices, etc. So, let me explain where I need some suggestions. Here is the front of our house (you can see some of the new planting I did this year, where we tore the bushes out and poured the new sidewalk--I added a climbing rose and two hydrangeas, and there are some little small, creeping plants around the base and in front of the brick, but all that is for another day). You can see the color of the house (I'm so glad I painted that brick!) and the color of the shed, as well as how close the shed sits to the house. When we bought the place, we felt it had a certain curb appeal, even though the color scheme is a little dated. My sewing room will get added to the back of the shed. Here, come take a look....
Here is the side of the shed. I am standing in our back yard looking at the side of the shed. (Those little plants you see to the left of the window are more hydrangeas I planted this year.) The front of the shed/where I was standing to take the photo above is to the right. We will build out behind this shed 30 feet. (The addition will be 30 feet square. I will lose 10 square feet to a portion of the addition that will be for lawn mowers, etc.) The clothesline will have to be relocated. The new roofline will form a T with the existing roof. The front wall of the addition (facing where I'm standing now) will be set back a little from the side you are looking at, so that I have a little covered front porch that faces the back yard. I hope that looks okay. What do you think?
Someday, when we do the addition to our house, there is the possibility we might reside it. But that is probably 5 years down the road. (I hope sooner, but it could be that long.)
I am not sure if we would change the color of our house at that time. I do feel like the color scheme is sort of dated, but it also kind of works with the house. Do you agree the colors are dated? Or is it just me?
- Should we just side it the same color as the house and let it be? It will keep some continuity in everything. If we do that, I can see Papa Pea saying we aren't going to change the color when we build the addition, because we just put brand new siding on the addition....he won't want to replace it.
- Should we change the shed color (existing and addition) to the color we may put on the house later? If we do that, then the shed won't match the house and we may lose some curb appeal. But then when we do the addition to the house (assuming that happens), it will match again.
- Should we side the addition in the new color and leave the rest the old color? You wouldn't see the new color from the road, so you wouldn't lose the curb appeal. But would it look weird to have half the shed a different color?
If we change the siding color, that might mean we have to change trim colors, which also might mean we need new downspouts (which we just replaced when we moved in 2.5 years ago....).
Sigh. I'm so scared of commitment on this whole issue. Help! Those of you who have an eye for this kind of thing need to help me. Please share your words of wisdom! Thank you in advance!
Now, let's hope the contractor bid comes in at a reasonable price we can afford!
Until next time,