Ok, not really! I am one of those people who does not normally decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. I feel like Thanksgiving is the forgotten holiday. Retailers are in such a big hurry to make a buck that they start putting the holiday stuff out long before even Halloween. Mom and I were in Hobby Lobby in July and they were putting out the Christmas stuff!! Thats insane!!
But, as I sit here on November 2, I find my thoughts drifting toward holiday decor....only because we host a Christmas open house here in our home and shop on December 3rd. It takes me a solid week or two to do it properly so in all actuality, I need to start my decorating on November 15! So, because I want to come up with some different ideas I have taken to visiting my friend Pinterest for some inspiration.
Look at this bedroom below (not mine), but oh, how beautiful! It makes me think that my bed needs a new bedspread.......
Perhaps I'll use some of the feedsack material I sell in my shop for the top of the bedspread with a gathered coordinated tobacco cloth ruffle.....
...and I also want to make some new curtains for our living room. I purchased this fabric today. Funny thing is that I bought this same fabric 4 years ago when we lived in Missouri to make some small valances. It's very nice and vintage looking. I think I'll make some tiers for over sheers. I like to hang sheers in the winter as it brightens the room with the light coming through and in the winter we need as much "bright" as we can handle.
The Open house is the little boost I need to get going on projects in the house that we've been putting off. I bought an antique farm sink a couple years ago. It's fabulous...but quiet shallow with a tall back. It has been in the barn for the past couple years and has acquired a few chips on it, so Friday it's off to be refinished, then it will be mounted in a piece similar to what you see below. I am going to show this to the Amish fellow who makes our store frames in hopes that he'll be able to get it done in time for the Open house. The sink will sit nicely on top. I will ask him to put open shelves on the left for baskets of toiletries.
And of course Christmas makes me want to bring out all the quilts and display them on ladders, benches, cupboards, the foot of a bed. Check out this lovely quilt below. I love the colors. (This is not my quilt, but I do have one that is similar, wear and all.)
When I'm not dreaming of how I'm going to renovate and decorate my home I have been putting pen to paper and getting some new designs out. Here's a fun little one that's been in my head for some time....aptly called "5 Little Crows". This will be added to the website tomorrow for rug Hooking and punch needle.
And more homage to Cora, the original mistress of our home. This is the second rug I have named for her and is called "Cora's Star". Very reminiscent of an antique pattern. I love this one! This will also be added tomorrow for punch and hooking....
When I'm not sketching or browsing Pinterest I am currently working on my "Christmas Star" tabletop tree skirt for punch. This is a beautiful design and is already available for Rug Hooking. It's a nice size to use on the table for your smaller trees. The hole and slit do not have to be left open, can be hooked in if it is to be used as a solid star rug.
Here is the hooked version:
And here's my buddy! He hasn't been feeling well lately, has a bad cough. We'll be visiting the vet tomorrow. I'm afraid. I hope he's ok.
So, that's what's going on here. Never a dull moment. Keep watching for new designs and to see how those little home decor projects turn out.
Until next time...