Seven long years ago I had this great plan. I was going to make my mom, my mother-in-law, and my sister-in-law quilts for Christmas. It was early November that fateful year and I thought I had plenty of time to get them finished. Oh to be young again….well, younger.
I finished all three quilt tops, but only managed to completely finish my mom’s quilt (I never took photos of it). My sister-in-law’s quilt looked a total mess so I scrapped it. My mother-in-law got to see the quilt top I made her that year with a promise that I would get it finished ASAP. What I hadn’t planned on was moving to Arkansas, working far too much overtime, my youngest getting sick, and my other kids becoming teenagers. I had no time to think, much less time to sew.
This year I told myself to get it done. The quilt top had stared at me year after year, begging to be used. And after three broken needles, I DID IT! I finished the quilt. The center is a simple tumbler with wide borders. Mind you, seven years ago was when I made this and had just started quilting, but I’m proud of it. It’s cute and festive and I know every Christmas when my mother-in-law pulls it out, she’ll think of me.
Have you ever had a room in your house you refused to use? Like would not step a foot inside? No? Well, I did. Our downstairs half-bath gave me the creeps. It was old, cramped, and gross (gross because of the old tile, toilet, fixtures….and boys. Boys are gross). Fortunately, I no longer fear entering the room. As a matter of fact it has become my favorite room of the house, so much so I randomly walk in there and admire all of our hard work.
I wish I could show you a full photo of the room, but it’s so small I couldn’t get it in one shot! 🙂
I so wish I had before photos for you, but I don’t. I was so freaked out about the bathroom that I couldn’t be part of the demo day (it probably wasn’t that bad, but I’m a germophobe). Michael was supposed to take photos before he started and either I forgot to tell him or he didn’t hear me, but either way, there aren’t any to show. Luckily, I came back at just the right time (when everything was gone) and I have photos from that point on. Hope you like the room as much as we do!
Toilet : Lowe’s
Black Hexagon Tile: The Tile Shop
Globes: Home Depot
Wall Paint: Montpelier Madison
Plank and Trim Paint: Kelly Moore Swiss Coffee
Shelving Brackets: Amazon
Art Work: Etsy and Hobby Lobby
Shelving Décor: TJ Maxx
While we’re waiting for the other projects in the house to get their final touches, I thought I would show you one of my favorite DIY art thus far. We did these arrows a few years back and I still love them and look at them often.
It was a quick and inexpensive project that made a huge impact on the entryway.
All it took was a few pieces of wood, a saw, wood stain, and flat brackets.