Sunday, October 17, 2010

CH CH CH CH CHanges...

Hello sweet blogger friends!  I have so sadly neglected my blog over the last 6 months or so...partially because I have been busy with this:
Bella, the Yorkie, aged 4 1/2 months.  She is such a sweetie, but it is really like having another baby.  If anyone has any helpful hints on the potty training thing, please send a comment my way.  She just can't seem to wrap her little brain around the fact that the entire house is OUR kennel and we don't do our business on the floor.  Ugh...

Then, there was some of this:

With these wonderful fellas:

 Can you guess why they call this Lily Pad Lake?

I took a little time off from work and cosmetically redid a downstairs bathroom.  I painted the walls, added some pretty baseboard molding which was SO much better than the rubber institutional "am I in a prison?" stuff that was there before, made a shower curtain because of COURSE nobody on the planet seemed to have a ready made one that I liked, and I made a great shelf using some old architectural salvage that had been in my basement forever, just waiting for this project to come to the top of the to do list.  The shelf was my favorite part because it allowed me to display my favorite blue and white transferware which had been waiting patiently in my cupboard to be put out for view.  I love it.  Next on my list is to replace the vanity and the light fixture, but it will have to wait for another time when time, energy, and money prevail.

I decided years ago that I wanted to slipcover my living room couch in white denim.  This summer, I finally took my money that I had saved and had it done.  I also had a white denim slip made for my bench ottoman and had a pair of yard sale chairs redone in a fabulous taupe on cream toile.  This, of course, led to wanting some pillows made out of the incredible antique German grain sacks which have been all over the blogging world.  I made a few for myself to accompany the reproduction one I got from Jeanne d'Arc Living.  This then led to a rather major obsession acquiring several antique grain sacks and sewing more and more and more pillows to sell on Etsy.  I'll give you the heads up when I actually get them listed.  I am very excited since I think they turned out very nice.

Then, I guess on top of everything else, I have just been feeling restless about my blog.  I have loved its look for the last couple of years, but I've been wanting to redo it in the last few months.   I've been putting it off and putting it off since it seemed a little daunting.  Tonight was the night that it finally happened.  I really like the look of it, I hope you do, too.   I admire you blogger gals that shake up your look periodically.  I may at some point have to get more fancy, but for now, this will have to do.

If you are still reading this and you haven't totally lost interest, thank you.  I am always amazed that anyone would be even remotely interested in what drivel I might post on my little piece of cyberspace.  I will try to be more faithful with my posts since I do enjoy it once I get off of my rear end and do it and it is a great incentive to see what that Canon Rebel can do.  

Until next time,

P.S.  Not even 24 hours have passed and I have yet again updated my look.  So funny but when  I started blogging a couple of years ago, your blog design was all about the bells and whistles...pretty backgrounds, gadgets, and gizmos.  Now its all about the pictures.  SO, we have come full circle and are looking for the clean, uncluttered look of the page that allows the photos to shine.  Ah well, like I said in this post title, "CH CH CH CH Changes"!

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  1. Hi Judy! So nice to see you posting - love the new blog design! I could so relate to this post...we've been plugging away at some remodeling too and it seems to progress so slowly yet also consumes a lot of free time. And once you start it's a slippery slope, each change made seems to spawn more changes that could/should be made...nothing is safe from my paintbrush lately! And so the effort of taking pictures and writing a blog post just doesn't happen as much as I'd like it to these days. Anyway, love your blue/white china! And that face on Bella, too cute!

  2. Oh, I'm with you. I have two new puppies, and summer with my daughter was wonderful, so didn't get much blogging done either. Your pics are beautiful. Lily pad lake...gorgeous!

  3. Judy,
    Welcome "home"! Good grief, if I could get all that done, I'd take a break too! Problem is...I'd just sit and think "which way do I go, which way do I go?"!
    Everything (including your new blog design) looks fresh and fantastic. Love the sofa and pillows.
    Spending time with the family should always be top priority and your photos say it all. Bella is a little heartbreaker and looks like whatever she wants...she gets!
    Good to hear from you.

  4. Welcome back! Yes, Yorkies are notorious floor pottyers! Good luck. Mine is about the same age and its a struggle. What works is to keep her either on a leash, and with me at all times, or in a kennel if I'm not home. I also just leave the door open to my studio on nice days and she wanders in and out. That way, I can let her off the leash. She wears a jingle bell, so I can keep track of her and know where she is.

    Our pups are just about the same age, aren't they just the best? So sweet and funny.

  5. Hi Judy,

    Welcome back and adore the new look to your blog.
    All the beautiful linen in your blog header and your sweet new baby. Bella is adorable and wish you well with the training.
    Loved seeing the family photo outing and your room makeovers.

    Have a happy week

  6. hi dear judy, nice to hear from you again, and so should be busy with the most important things in life...the ones you love, and of course blogging is fun but it does take a lot of time, and sometimes it's better to take time for other things...but how I love your opening pictures with the cushions...

  7. Open arms my dear, we welcome you back with open arms! Love your new look and all the beautiful changes you have been making to your home in your absence. Time with your adorable family and your tiny new member... we missed you but are glad you have been living the good life. Thanks for dropping by to let me know you have come home to blogland!


  8. Beautiful living room. I love the pillows.
    Yes those little four footed family members can be stubborn!
    Enjoyed paging through your blog.

  9. What a very unexpected idea for your bathroom,I love the colors and the displaying of transferware on that beautiful shelf certainly makes the room unique. I love that, it is decorated using all the things that make it "your own". Nice job, I like it!

    Debbie Kay

  10. Love the transformation - both the couch and the ottoman look fabulous.

    Leeann x

  11. Hi Judy,
    Love the new look of your blog... it looks beautiful!
    Your little Yorkie is a cutie! Potty training is such a drag (ugh!)! Ours seemed to get the potty training thing at around six months old. Maybe yours is just a little too young to get the whole potty training thing yet. :)
    LOVE your couch and vintage grain sack pillows... just gorgeous! I'm looking for exactly those kind of pillows... can't wait 'til you list them on etsy!!
    ~ Jo :-)

    P.S. Thanks to your comment, I realized I was giving the wrong name for my roses... they're NOT French "Vanilla"... they ARE French "Lace" roses from David Austin (800-328-8893), so THANK YOU! Sorry for the wrong info! :)

  12. Since I am a new follower, I decided to go back through your older posts to visit and I noticed the blue transferware on this one. I love it too as you can tell from my header.


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