Wednesday, March 16, 2016

the Lay of the Land

We are settled back again in our old pleasures, our familiar habits, even our old rooms.  We have dismantled and packed away the nursery, returning a very eager preteen to her own space.  She sweetly expressed her desire to keep the drapes and the patchwork closet curtain and grassy green Eleni's rug, but the cross stitched letters... no.  Well, I will just have to find a space for them in my sewing room!  I will.  I promise.

the lay of the land

Now Susan the cat holds court again in the sunniest room of the house.  Ah, yes, the very best room.  She knows it.

the lay of the land

the lay of the land

But truly I am glad to see Aria so happy in her own room again.  She is delighted with the butcher block counter desk we've made for her, providing all the space she could want for books and books and studies.  Honestly, she's likely to be up doing school work already while I am just getting my breakfast!

the lay of the land

Their previously shared room, now again Liam's room, has just been refloored.  I think it was contributing to some mold problems, actually.  That's a good reason for carpet to go!  There's nothing like wood floors to make a space seem new and clean, so clean!  Happens to be better for playing Legos too.

the lay of the land

His old flying geese curtains bit the dust in the great clean sweep of this space.  Which is just as well, really, since they didn't match his proclaimed colors.  New curtains, please!

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And I know just the Flock for that job!

This pretty print from the Bluebird collection by Cotton & Steel is already nigh hard to find!  I think it's safe to say that Bluebird has been a big hit.  Probably lots of us already have some or have our eye on a pretty print or two.  Well, be thinking of what you might make.  There's a Bluebird Sew Off to come.  Details soon!

psst... you can find Bluebird now at Mad About Patchwork in Canada and Pink Door Fabrics in the U.S.

25 comments:

  1. Yes, the sunniest room in the house is always the best room and what a pretty room it is!
    I almost ordered Flock from Fabric Bubb last week but talked myself out of it because I did not have a project in mind. Practical me.
    They still have some http://www.fabricbubb.com/flock so I may have to order a little :)

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    1. Yes, you may have to order a little! I wish I had ordered more, but I never do buy fabric in bulk for no reason. The practicality runs deep...

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  2. Cats always find the sunniest spot in a house mine are the same! I love wood floors they are so comfty and warm and way way better then carpet.

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    1. Susan Stays In my Room most of the day! She just seems to always like to be in the same room as I am! Spot, Liam's cat, does too!

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  3. Aria is looking so grown up. Your whole family has had a rough year with lots of tears and lots of love but it's good to see you moving forward to happier climes. There are no words to express my admiration for your character and courage.

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    1. Thanks, Pat. It is, like Josie says, so surreal to move forward. I can still hardly believe it's over. It took me about 9 months to get used to the fact that her injury happened, so perhaps it will be that long too until it seems real that she was here (really and not a dream) and now is gone.

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  4. Settled back again into old pleasures, habits, and rooms.
    That sounds so good. Healing too.
    The kids look so sweet, and Missie Calico looks relaxed.
    I like that birdie fabric, and I think it will make a very nice window decoration/curtain. I am trying to really really stick to my fabric diet.
    ♥️ Happy Wednesday, Rachel

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  5. Beautiful photos, Rachel. I wonder if it all feels a little surreal? Packing up and moving on. You and your lovely family are often on my mind. I'm glad Aria can enjoy her beautiful old/new room again. And those birds for Liam are so perfect! Much love to you guys! xx

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  6. Both the kids look so happy in their rooms Rachel. It's been such a hard year and it is good to be able to focus on rebuilding family life again. Making over sunny and comforting bedrooms is a great way to start. Wishing much love and rediscovered joy for you all!

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  7. Thinking of you all as you continue on a new family journey. I love wood flooring and have just had it laid in our new home. Susan certainly has it all a sunny room and a beautiful quilt to lay on.

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    1. Yes, the quilt is full of her and spot's hair!

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  8. those curtains are gonna rock! I'm glad to see the smiles on your sweet children's faces. You remain in my prayers.

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  9. I bought 12 yards of the birds and fat quarters of all plus your blues from Intrepid Thread? Working on Sarah Fielke's BOM with all but keep finding other uses for it. Glad you are settling in. The BIG question is: Are you caught up on your sleep yet?

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    1. You have a treasure trove of birds! Will they be backings? Is there somewhere I can see what you've made with the BOM? And yes, I am quite caught up on my sleep. I feel I can hardly remember what it was like to get up in the night for my baby. And did it really happen? Was she really here?

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    2. #sarahfielkebom on instagram. I love that there will be applique, EPP and other techniques. A bit more of a challenge than a lot of BOMs. Part of my flock will be a backing. The fabric just makes me happy looking at it so will use it for things I use - hot pads, drawstring bags, punk penguin's lunch sack (used as a project bag)...

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  10. Your daughter is so grown up now, Rachel. It's hard to believe my oldest will be 11, probably about the same age. Time plods on even if we don't want it to. I wish I could slow it down just a little bit, at least in the summer when you don't want the days to end. What is it about the light in the summer? It's so different than winter light.

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    1. Yes, Aria is 11 and a half now. Sheesh! Time races sometimes. If only it would plod or drag its feet in all the right places. But some moments can be captured and distilled almost. At times blogging does that for me.

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  11. I again have problems expressing my thoughts. I think of you.

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  12. So bold, so brave, so tender ~ ~ and always wise. Wishing you continued healing and comfort.

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  13. If I would have to choose one website to visit every single day it would be definitely this one. It has everything I need. It feels like all posts are written specially for me! Thanks for that.

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  14. aria is looking SO grown up in these photos! getting resettled and shuffled back around must feel bittersweet. but the changes look fantastic. hugs to you all!

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  15. Both rooms looks so beautiful and I love the butcher block desk. I think it's sweet Aria wanted to keep some of Eleni's things in her room.

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    1. I really like how her room was set up. I even have her old dresser

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  16. Your family seems so often on my mind and prayers for you on my heart and lips - this post shows answers to a few of them. God is good.

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  17. i like my new room and Susan likes it too. My picture is a Susan a few years ago!

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