Thursday, March 20, 2014

I'm "chipping away" with Chip It!

I found this REALLY neat tool for use in decorating or just fooling around like I seem to be doing today.  It's called Chip It  and it is by Sherwin Williams paint company.  I've been wanting to do design boards like I've seen around blog land and they make it easy to get started.  Here's what I've been "chipping" today.

Here's some wallpaper I did.  
  Another bathroom...I have bathrooms on the brain lately.
 And here's my master bathroom wallpaper....isn't that cool how it works?  Look at all those colors I could use as trim paint or cupboard paint...amazing!
 Once you get the "chip it" on your toolbar you can chip just about anything.  You just click on a picture and it brings up the paint chips for the colors in that picture. I was chipping from Pinterest for the ones above.  Be careful's addicting but fun!  
Happy Trails!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!!!

It rained all Saturday night and Sunday morning and then in the afternoon it turned to snow!  It's 44 today and melting fast in the bright sunlight but I snapped a few "goodbye" pictures of Winter yesterday.

Sue, the "book fairy" stopped by Saturday and left me some treasures.......... 
I've been trying to eat a healthy breakfast and this is my latest.   This is really filling too.  Real Simple magazine (I googled "healthy breakfast") had quite a few simple, quick and healthy alternatives.   1 apple, 1/4 cup of walnuts and 1-2 ounces of cheddar cheese.
bread making day today...........

and I was going to make some banana pudding but it called for vanilla wafers and I didn't have any so I thought I would make my own and I did....easy and so much better than store bought.........
 I also put another coat of paint on the bathroom ceiling edge...just the area over the toilet and I dragged a shelf I had from the basement that I'm going to paint to hang over said toilet.......
It's either going to be pink or green but leaning towards the green.
I also have an old picnic bench to paint for outside but it will be painted "Buttermilk".

When it was nice outside last week I had sanded it and tightened the bolts on it so it's ready to paint now.
No St. Patrick Day festivities here except my corned beef and cabbage dinner...yum!

Happy Trails to you...........until we meet again

Sunday, March 16, 2014

YOP Sunday

I have been busy with all sorts of things this week.....mostly cleaning and painting so not much progress was made but I do have an "antique" WIP to show you. LOL!
I did finally get all the ends woven in on "the washcloth from hell" and maybe someday I will try it again , now knowing I am supposed to "carry" the yarns.  There it is in my kitchen drawer ready to get utilized.
I did work on this off and on during the week and as you can tell the skein is getting smaller....slowly. 
The antique WIP I dragged out is years old and is a large afghan pattern using Lion Brand Homespun yarn.  I will NEVER EVER let someone else chose the pattern and the yarn.  As much as I love my daughter this project has been like the washcloth from hell except a million times worse!  First of all the yarn is horrid to work with...really horrid.  And the pattern is crochet but with a BPC and FPC throughout which are back post and front post clusters.  I have started and put away this project 3-4 times at least.  I even had a friend , who's a better crocheter than I, try it and give up.  This was several years back before I retired.  I was cleaning out and came upon the hundred or more skeins of yarn to make this gigantic afghan (okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit) and decided I had too much money invested in it to give up plus, now that I was retired maybe I would have the patience and time to figure it out and so I did!  It is and will continue to be a "slow boat to China" and it may take years to finish but I am determined plus won't my daughter be surprised! 
These are 2 pictures of the aforementioned blanket. 
This is what I have done so far and I'm only on the second row.  The rows are 223 chains long and the yarn is still horrid and gets caught, so there is no way you can speed up even when you have the pattern memorized.  Plus, the yarn my daughter chose is a heathered/mottled green and pink which makes it hard as heck to see your stitches but will also do a good job of hiding mistakes.  The problem is, when you make a mistake with the BPC or the FPC it shows down the road and the other stitches don't work out so....there you have it.  This project should have a YOP year all to itself! LOL! 
But on the bright side, I felt so good finally figuring out the stitch and successfully implementing it after all these years.  DISCLAIMER:  I did some serious begging praying to my crochet angels before I started so they deserve a lot of the credit or the above picture would not have taken place.
Happy Springtime!  I bought these bulbs the other day .98 each at Walmart and it's been beautiful here.  I was going to plant them but it is now snowing out.....of course!

In case I miss you tomorrow, Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!  My corned beef and cabbage is simmering while I type.  Happy Trails!