Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

Happy Thursday! Hope you are having a great week and looking forward to the upcoming weekend. I had planned on sharing this post on Monday but somehow time went speeding by and it is now Thursday. Things have been rather busy around here so I thought I would update you on a few random happenings.

A little while back I came across an exciting-to-me find in the bookstore – my shower curtain was included in Better Homes and Gardens New Decorating Book! It is only a very small picture (the green one with blue tabs in the center) but it certainly was thrilling to be flipping through a design book and come across something I made. You may remember the curtain was part of this BH&G basement bathroom story.

The warmer weather over the past weekend was motivation to finish up a few inside painting projects (who wants to be inside when the weather is nice!) and begin an outside project that has long been on my mind.

So Mr. RDH completed repainting the two upstairs bathrooms. Both went from SW Aria Ivory to BM White Dove. The change is subtle but one that was well worth the effort. The master bedroom no longer has a blue ceiling and now is more in keeping with the feel of the attached bedroom.

We spent the second half of the weekend removing a whole bunch of myrtle that we had planted years ago on a small hill next to the driveway. The plant was becoming invasive so it was time for it to go.

Now we are left with a dirt hill and no plans for what to plant. If you have any ideas please let me know. I was thinking lavender but I would love to hear your opinion. This area gets a good bit of sun and tends to be very dry.

Besides the above I have also been filling my time with a few sewing classes to learn how to use my new-to-me sewing machine! For those of you who have been followers for a while, you are probably very familiar with the story of my old sewing machine.

I purchased a nine year old Bernina and I am just so excited by all the new capabilities I now have at my disposal. It even does embroidery which will allow me to customize stockings with names in my Etsy shop. Although I absolutely love my Singer Featherweight and will never part with it, I knew it was time for an upgrade. I plan to share more on my new toy later as I have been making several new stocking designs – including the one shown above - for this upcoming holiday season.

Finally there is all the little behind the scenes prep work which needs to be completed for next week’s photo shoots. I have a few smaller projects which I am working on which might be included in a few of the pictures.

Have a great weekend! I look forward to hearing your opinion about our dirt hill.


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Wow, you've been busy Stacy! No wonder the week has flown by for you. I really like the paint color you used. I think I've just added another one to consider to our laundry room/garage entrance. : ) No windows or natural light here, so I want to go as light as possible.

Daylilies are always nice and they spread, {they also come in colors besides orange}; they are also good in areas where you have a mound type of ground area and are good for erosion. You'd probably want to put things in with different bloom times so there is always something.

Holly said...

I'd love to hear more about your sewing classes. It's something I've been wanting to learn more about and just haven't had the time, but it would be great to be able to whip up a few pillows when I had time with it. I'm not sure about the vacant plot - I'll have to think about that one.

Pine Tree Home said...

Happy Spring. We too are digging up the yard to spruce things up. P.S. White Dove is my favorite white...I am painting my hallway with it now.

Carla Aston said...

Congrats on the publishing! So cool!

Becca said...

First, I'd like to say that I'm very jealous of your sewing machine!

I love the idea of lavender on your hill. I recently came across a yellow variety of lavender and a beautiful white variety. I'd vote for the white for your hill. It would look great with your house, looks very cottagey, and it's different. It's not your every day lavender lavender. (Kind of feels strange to talk about lavender lavender vs. white lavender.)


Lori said...

I got a new sewing machine too...not so nice as yours, but I am very new to sewing so I needed to start small. I found you via the Master Designers and I just wanted to stop by and say Hi. I'm a new follower too. Stop by anytime and visit. Lori

An Eye for Detail said...

Stacy: Ideas for your hillside might include a variety of things: butterfly bush, verbena, rosemary and lavender. They can all tolerate the heat and dryness: we too have a south facing slope and all these are doing well!

One bolt short of a toolbox said...

Absolutely love the blog! just added you to my follow list, can't wait to see more updates!

Hope you find the time to check out mine!

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

Hi there,
Rosemary would probably be more manageable and better looking, long term. Lavender can look pretty ratty after a few seasons. You can trim rosemary into a hedge, or just use as a ground cover. Congrat's on the shower curtain!

Stacy Curran said...

That must be the MOST exciting thing to find yourself in w a bookstore!! I'm SO happy for you!

Anonymous said...

I really MUST get me a sewing machine..I want some new pillows in my sofa:) That book really seemed great.If you want some spring mood you can check out my new post:)
Have a awsome weekend

LOVE Maria

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