As I was going through my older posts, I realized that my slacker ways conspired to ruin me. In a post from September, where I was gushing over some fabulous yarn, I promised you all an update on the infinity scarf that I crocheted with the yarn. And then…*poof* I scampered off and left you all hanging. My mistake.
I did finish the scarf…and it is glorious. I wear it nearly every day, and it’s part of my winter style. I used a simple Tunisian crochet stitch, and just made a super long scarf, then stitched the two ends together so that I could wrap it around my neck. I’m seriously considering making a few more of these, in different colors, because I love wearing them all winter long…so soft and cozy!
Please forgive my cheesy grin and bad lighting. Again, another iPhone photo, and one that I was snapping to send a friend for a quick “do you want one of these” question…so it’s not exactly Vogue. Oh well…you get the idea.
While on a quest for new and fun things to crochet, a dear friend of mine decided to up and move cross country for her husband’s work. While looking at housing in a small Connecticut town, she came across a gorgeous, vintage, 1950s house…complete with a pink kitchen. You
heard read me correctly…First Lady PINK (thank you Mamie Eisenhower)!!!
Of course, what goes best with First Lady pink kitchens? That’s right…vintage potholders. And, of course, they must be done in pastel colors! So, I raced off to Pinterest and Ravelry to find a few patterns (and ended creating a whole board full of patterns to look through in the future), and finally settled on an adorable flower potholder pattern.
I’ve put together a few of these now, but here’s the finished product of one. It’s double sided, so extra thick, and incredibly heat resistant if you use natural fiber yarns (like cotton). They work up really quickly, and the pattern was very easy to read. I used the pattern from Ruby Red Eclectic’s blog, and it turned out exactly as described!
Feel free to post photos of your own if you’ve made some awesome potholders…I’m always looking for new ideas!
It’s amazing how you always anticipate things running far more smoothly than they do in reality. This is true in so many different aspects of life: your job, your relationships, education, etc. Well, this master bathroom remodel was no different. When we first started discussing the remodel, I remember thinking that we could do it ourselves to save money, but that it would take longer. Of course, neither J nor I really understood just how much “longer” it would take.
780 days. Yep…that’s how long it took for the full project to be completed. We ripped up the first tile the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2013, and we got the shower glass installed on January 18th of this year. We did darn near everything to that bathroom…a full gut, moving electrical, moving plumbing, moving ductwork. We ripped out walls and built new ones. Installed all the cement board and drywall, did the seaming and mudding. Primed it. Laid underfloor heating. It was sporadic work…mostly done in the winter months and on long breaks from work. We ended up hiring out the tiling and the painting (and the shower glass…because as much as I love and trust my engineer husband, I don’t know if I trust him enough to install something that will encase my body on a daily basis and present some pretty heavy consequences if it were to fall off and shatter).
And though it took forever, and there were days when I thought it would NEVER get finished, it was worth it. It’s gorgeous, and exactly what we wanted, and feels ridiculously dreamy.
Here are some photos with before and after shots. The orange walls are obviously the before (at least, I hope it’s obvious!). They’re iPhone shots, so not my finest quality, but enough to give you an idea.
Hope you enjoy all the hard work! I know we definitely enjoy the spoils of our efforts! If you have any questions about the materials, progress, level of effort, etc….let me know.
After two very long years, several weeks spent covered in drywall dust, and many
arguments discussions on how to finish the space, the master bathroom remodel is nearly completely! As I type, the shower glass enclosure is being installed, and that will be the final piece!
I am so excited to finally unveil it on the blog…I feel like this project has been going and going, with no end in sight, and now we’re there! Of course, we’re already planning on what to work on next, but I feel like we’ve learned a ton and can be much more realistic on timelines going forward.
Stay tuned, I’ll be sure to post pictures over the next few days!