I am not switching over to French style, it's just that I keep running into these ridiculous deals.
This French Provincial-style chair was $40 on Craigslist, and I couldn't pass it up...especially in such great condition and considering how well it goes with the $50 French Provincial couch I got before Christmas.
Of course a new chair needs a new pillow:-) I bought this stack of remnants before Christmas when my favorite fabric store reopened after a fire. Everything is now 75% off with fire damage, and it all washes out.
My plan is to make pillows with down, feathers actually, filling, then make covers out of the fabric. I just can't choose yet because I love them all.
I don't buy down-filled inserts, but make them myself out of a larger pillow. It's really not as messy as it seems, because I sew the edges where I will cut, and that cuts down on the feathers flying everywhere. It's more cost effective too, and I can customize the size I want.
Another project I'm anxious to get started on is recovering this stool. It has a matching chair, which I had reupholstered in chenille about six years ago. I didn't have the stool at the time, so this is the upholstery both had. The fabric is circa 1980s, but the chair and stool are actually from the 1940s. I had the chair redone the first time about 13 years ago in white, then re-covered in the chenille. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the chair covering yet, but for the stool I bought a 4" piece of foam to raise the height, and I'll probably use burlap so it will be versatile. I'm not planning on matching them -- at this point anyway.
The next thing we really need to do is install the baseboards I got out of the old house. The biggest problem we have is the trim is too wide for our miter saw, so we might have to cut it by hand. For real.
I just have it leaned up against the wall (and have had for two years) because even leaning it looks better than the white, which I have never liked. At all. I will use a rubbing stain on each piece to freshen it up and make it all look uniform before we install it.
Now on to some pretties...
A couple from my church gave me this beautiful Mason's "Vista" pitcher. I was so surprised and couldn't wait to get it home.
This is the only piece of Mason's red transferware I have. It goes so nicely with the J & G Meakin "Romantic England" and Johnson Brothers "Old Britain Castles" I love so much.
Another friend, Meg, surprised me with this beautiful hand-painted teapot. Can you believe she was apprehensive, thinking I wouldn't like it?? I fell in love with it the minute I opened the package.
What a beautiful treasure from a special person:-)
And finally...some of y'all know how serious I am about vintage -- so much so that last year, I figured out a 1957 calendar would work for 2013. Who does that, really? This year, I really found a great calendar from 1958 for 2014. This one has Currier and Ives prints, is totally complete and in pristine condition. The lunar cycle is off, but everything else is the same.
I don't know what it is, but I am fascinated with old calendars. It's like a visit back in time.
These are a few of the things I *hope* to be working on. I don't know how other bloggers do it, but there just aren't enough hours in a day for me to get too much done besides laundry, cooking, cleaning, packing lunches, picking up kids here and there, my music ministry job and the little bit of sleep we try to throw in. Really, where does the time go?
I'll be joining: