Add tassels? I don’t think so.

I’ve been looking for some pillows to add a punch of color to my sofa and love seat, but haven’t found anything I just can’t live without or want to dish out $$ for.  So two days ago I decided to sew myself a new pillow.  Now, what you have to understand is….I dont’ sew!  I attempt to sew, but I will be the first in line to admit, “I don’t sew”.  I made a short set for my daughter YEARS ago when she was about three.   She loved shorts and pants with pockets (she still does), so I even sewed pockets into the shorts.  I bought a pattern and followed it very closely.  Or so I thought.  As she was modeling her new outfit, she stuck her hands in her pockets and I about fell over.  I had sewed them in backwards!  Instead of her hands going to the front of the shorts, they went to the back around her butt.  She could have cared less.  She wore that that short set time after time.

So once again, I have decided to try my hand at sewing.  I own a nice sewing machine, which I have used a total of once.  Mr. bought it for me for Christmas several years ago and and I made scarves for a craft show.  That was the end of my sewing.  Haven’t had it out of it’s case since.  Until Monday.  My mom and I ventured to the local Hancock’s (which isn’t very local, as we don’t have one in our quaint, little, industrial town that doesn’t have much of anything except an Atwood’s, Tractor Supply & Wal-Mart).  Anyhoo, I found this great scrap of material for only $2.50!   It has the same yellow gold color of my lamp.  I was really excited.  My mom on the other hand thought it was pretty ugly.  At least she’s honest! ;0)  The lady behind the counter told me that I should add some tassels the same color of the bird to it and how great they would look.  I told her, “Yeah, but I don’t sew“.

After digging my sewing machine out of the downstairs hall closet, I set about sewing me a pillow.  It only took me a total of two hours and $10.00 to make this bad boy!   I think it turned out pretty darn good, since I didn’t have a pattern and really had no clue what I was doing.  (Tassels would look good, wouldn’t they?)

So over the safe beige!

We moved into our new house a little over two years ago.  The walls were painted a soft khaki-beigy color.  I thought “this is good.  It will go with everything”.  Yeah, except my living room furniture is the same safe, boring, blah khaki-beigy color!  So for two years, I have sat and hated this house and how boring it is.  It’s really a pretty house, though.  I finally decided if I have to live in it, I’m going to liven it up!  So about two months ago we painted an accent wall Apple Orchard in the living room.  I sat and stared at that color for two weeks!  One word….yuck!  I wasn’t too upset as it was free paint.  Ace Hardware was doing their free quart promotion and I took them up on it.

So while my Mr. Husband was out of town I head back to the paint store.  But this time I head to my trusty Lowe’s store.  (my favorite store in the whole world)  After much deliberation, I’m back home with samples of two colors.  What a great invention…little jars of sample paint!   I paint two more different colors of green on the wall and stare at them for a day.  Finally, I choose  Jekyll Crane Cottage Green.  Back to Lowe’s!  I decide to start painting at 8:00 that night. (I get bored when Mr. is out of town) I have everything ready to go…drop cloth, base boards & stair case taped off, ladder, brushes and rollers.  No wait….I can’t find any rollers!  I search the entire garage, opening every cabinet and looking on every shelf for one roller.  No luck!  So instead of waiting until morning and head back to Lowe’s, I decide to paint the entire wall with a brush.  A 2″ brush, no less.  I didn’t think this through very well, did I?  I finish painting around 12:30 am.  It takes awhile to paint a wall with a 2″ brush. ;0)

But here is my Jeckyll Crane Cottage Green wall.  I love it!