Friday, February 18, 2011

Pieces of a Day

It's Friday night and the weekend holds so much space, so much promise!  I know that what I'll really do will be less than the glowing ideas that currently fill my imagination, but I'll hold them and enjoy them nevertheless. 

Before I bust into action, I want to share with you some pieces of my day.

Echino Giveaway
photo by Faith
This morning a positively joyful rainbow of Echino scraps greeted me on the kitchen table.  I can't believe I won them from Faith's (Fresh Lemons Quilts) giveaway!  I'm sorely tempted to design a quilt (for absolutely no purpose) around them, but I've pledged to use them to make those Noodlehead bike buckets for my littles instead.  The durable Echino linen features such saturated tones - I think it's ideal for bike buckets!  And, Aria already fell in love with the purples and pinks...

this is not easy, folks.

Before we ran off to see a children's play this morning, I snapped some "before" pictures of my hair on a whim in anticipation of this evening's visit to the salon.  I'm not a high-maintainence hair gal (no products and just the brush), but there comes a time when I desperately need a hair pick-me-up.  I started feeling that way weeks ago.

before

So, yeah, I tried to snap a before picture.  Goodness - this mirror trick is hard!  I won't show you all the shots of me looking like a dear in the headlights.  This was the best I could do folks... 

in its new home


After lunch I brought my mama her new pillow!  Here's where it lives in her entryway.  Her house is a wee bit more formal than mine.  When Brandon and I got married we started off copying this style.  It's funny to us now that our house is so colorful and Ikea-esque!

inspiration

Above my mom's chair area is this stained glass that inspired the colors of her pillow.  I really should have taken a picture of the glass beforehand as my colors are a bit off, but it works in the room. Really it does.

half dresden for Mama

I was planning on finishing this pillow with binding, so I put in an envelope back rather than an invisible zipper.  But, my mom and I decided today that it really looks best the way it is.  Sometimes simple is good.  My favorite detail is the decorative stitching along the outer edge of the half dresden plate.  It's a design idea I've seen on many a wonky star, dresden plate, etc. around blogdom.  And, I love it every time!

the "after" shot


My husband took an "after" shot at my request.  So, here is my haircut in all it's post-cut glory.  And, look, no sleeves!  Yes, it was above 70 degrees here in South Carolina today.   So very odd, but welcome.  Tomorrow we are supposed to go work on the garden.

Oh dear.

30 comments:

  1. Rachel you look gorgeous! Great choice!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hooray for haircuts and gifts to give. Enjoy your weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oh I love your haircut! It looks great on you! Can't wait to see the bike buckets. Thanks for the linky-love!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Your hair is gorgeous!! And I love the pillow for your mom, so pretty!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great haircut. Jealous. I've been wanting my hair for a couple of months - haven't gotten around to it :(.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Great hair!!! :) You make me want to go get mine done!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Okay I might have start hating you because you too beautiful! what's up lady?! gorgeous! LOVE the haircut. I got my eyebrows done tonight but I should have scheduled a whole hair cut. I'm in the early stages of needing one...and being driven crazy by it. lol

    ReplyDelete
  8. Wow, cute pictures! You're even adorable in the "before" picture. And the pillow is awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  9. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Sassy haircut! Doesn't it make you feel like a new woman to get a fresh cut?!

    The pillow is beautiful and looks like a perfect addition to her entryway.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Haha! Love those before shots - reminds me of me! Your after is absolutely gorg and you've prompted me to call my salon in the AM!

    ReplyDelete
  12. How pretty is the pillow!
    I like your haircut, it suits you. Did you knit the beautiful cardigan?

    ReplyDelete
  13. Love the hair, and the pillow is great too!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Ooooh, your hair looks fabulous Rachel! And the pillow turned out really pretty, too.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Beautiful pillow, hair, and love the after shirt!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Beautiful pillow, hair, and love the after shirt!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Beautiful pillow, hair, and love the after shirt!

    ReplyDelete
  18. First, Beautiful pillow -- I love the colors and your Mother's chair and stained glass!

    Second, Beautiful cut! That last picture should be the photo you have by your name in that magazine! : )

    ReplyDelete
  19. Your hair looks gorgeous! I'm in desperate need of a hair pick-me-up too!
    LOVE that detail stitching on the pillow! Your blog is so fun to read and you are so talented! Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  20. What a great pillow and you looks so beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Wonderful, both the pillow and the hair.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I love the hair, and I lovelove the pillow!! Gorgeous on both counts!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Yeay for good haircuts! You've inspired me to make some space to get mine done!

    ReplyDelete
  24. love the pillow and cute hair! :) have fun making the bike buckets!!! :) love that echino fabric.

    ReplyDelete
  25. OK - I read this line....

    I know that what I'll really do will be less than the glowing ideas that currently fill my imagination, but I'll hold them and enjoy them nevertheless.

    .... and wonder what your imagination must look like, because your quilts always glow!!!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Rachel- Your hair looks fabulous!! I want to hear about the salon visit, so we'll have to talk soon. I love the pillow too, and the necklace :)

    ReplyDelete
  27. Rachel, that is one hot hair cut on one hot lady!!! :) Love it!!!

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts with Thumbnails