Friday, February 4, 2011


Refreshed living room paint.  After:


FYI, my house was not built in the '20s, it's a few decades newer than that.  The new paint is Mineral from Behr (Home Depot).  Loved the two-in-one primer/paint, it covered really well in two coats.  It's a beige-gray, and although I knew it was going to be lighter than the green, I definitely expected it to look like colored walls.  Alas! the only reason I know for sure it is not white is because the mantel is white.  Other than that, I love the new airy quality it has brought.  I repainted the black parts of the fireplace (including the brass door frames), and am planning to paint the brick surround.  I was going to paint it white but now I wonder if it will be camoflaged, so I'm thinking perhaps white wash.  What do you think I should do?  Since I haven't decided yet it has not gotten done.  It definitely has to be painted, BFJ and I were a bit liberal when we re-mortared the bricks.  Oops.

You may or may not have noticed that I refreshed my blog header.  I also added a bunch of blogs to the sidebar.  I find artistic blogs so inspiring, whether they are cooking, photography, knitting, paper crafts, or other arts.  Check 'em out; I hope you discover a new blog to tickle your fancy! 

Speaking of family news, my sister and her husband are expecting a little girl in early summer!  If you know of any fabulous baby-related knitting patterns, please let me know.  I am on the lookout.  If you know of any fabulous crochet patterns, you can send those too, as Nana is looking for projects also.  I am also on the hunt for the perfect cardigan or other sweater to knit myself; I have my eye on a couple from the latest issue of Knitscene.  Red, of course.

I was going to do the 365 project but I missed several days in January because I simply had the blahs and could not get myself out in the winter light.  I may start another month.  In the meantime, I am thinking of doing the photo scavenger hunt.  I wish I'd started that in January, I know an ideal tombstone or two! 

PS Thanks for all your comments on Finding Contentment!


Thimbleanna said...

YAY! Please join the scavenger hunt -- I'd LOVE to see your photos!

Love the new look. You're very brave. I'm stuck in limbo with all the updating that needs to be done around here -- I just don't seem able to make any decisions.

Have you seen Chic Knits for Stylish Babies? I blogged a teeny bit about it here
There are some cute items in there. (Hope that link doesn't grash this comment LOL!)

Shawn said...

Oh my,I just clicked on A Friend to Knit With, I think I may be spending some time I bookmarked A Creative Mint a while ago,she has such a pretty blog. Love Fresh Figs and I'm working on a quilt using her fabric today.. Your paint does look refreshed, great work ~ Layla would be proud, nice mantle decos too!!!

~Niki~ said...

I really need to do this with my home, as well. The paint in the lv room is old and I have words painted on my walls~i get sick of looking at them now. lol. hey, check out the redheart yarn website, they have tons of fun patterns. hugs.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Love the new look around your getting that done in mid-winter has lifted your spirits.

Judy said...

I love the jar of red yarn! The paint job looks terrific. Perfect knitting weather.

Stephanie D. said...

Love the refreshing photos and the blog color, of course! But the blue letters are very difficult to read against the red background.
Maybe a darker blue would be easier on the eyes?

Have you tried any vitamin D this winter? I did a post on this last March with a link here:

My gynecologist ran another vit D level on me this year, and though I started taking it 3 days/week in November, my level is still a bit low, so she wanted me to increase it. Seriously, the difference in how I felt once I started it last year was amazing!

Minniestiches said...

When my daughter was pregnant I had lots of fun knitting from Susan B Anderson's books Itty- bitty Hats and Itty-bitty Nursery. Visit her blog!
I also made booties from a book by Kristen Nichols and another authur. They were called stay on booties and a great hit with the recipients. My cousin's granddaughter was pregnant at the same time with girl and I had fun fun knitting for both. There is a sweater in both books that I liked but didn't make as a friend made them sweater sets and blankets.

audreypawdrey said...

I have lots of sewing patterns for little girls, but not knitting.:) I know you will make her something beautiful!
The paint color is beautiful. It does seem light,airy and calm. I love the idea of the photo scavenger hunt; I may try that one myself! I wanted to do the photo 365 challenge, but I failed miserably within the first week. Maybe I will start afresh!