I feel a little embarrassed to have been absent from my blog for so long. It is strange how quickly the time has flown by. Thank you to those who have commented and emailed asking about my shoulder and checking up on my extended absence from the blog. I've been busy with caring for my Mother who has Alzheimer's and dealing with the time factor since my dh retired!! It takes some getting used to having him home 24/7...my schedule has gone by the wayside, esp. since cold weather has kept him under foot inside.
I am enclosing pictures of the fireplace that we finished last month. We do LOVE the convenience of push-button flames, and use the fireplace a lot.
We really enjoy having the television enclosed behind doors and not staring at us all the time! We painted the cabinet doors and mantel with Dutch Boy paint called "Lacey Things" - it is basically a wash that was created by mixing a glaze with the paint. It allows wood grain to show through and looks really primitive in person. Some areas in the wood have a lot of grain, so dark "streaks" and patches appear. We really like the look.
I also found a great antique wash stand that I have placed in my living room in the spot where I did have a large table. I think it looks much better in the space! It is a poppy color, and we like the little bit of color it brings to our neutral room. Again, my husband is not sure that this is the perfect color, so we are looking at paint chips to see if we can find a color we like more. I want to keep the time-worn look, though, so I'm hesitant to paint it. We'll see...we are living with it for a while before we decide if we really want to paint it.
My shoulder is much better, but I have only recently attempted to do any rug hooking. I started working on my large horse rug and will post pictures in a future post. I have gotten back into the enjoyment of looking at your blogs and seeing your wonderful projects and am determined to make more time to get back into my rug designing and hooking. I found some great wool skirts today in the local Goodwill store and am planning to over dye them.
I apologize for my blog neglect and hope to post often again. Thanks for your loyalty in coming to my blog even in my absence. I appreciate you all so much. Thank you.