Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
All of the furniture was either left behind in the house or repurposed/found old furniture of ours so I only had to buy paint and fabric -- my kind of a redo! I still don't approve of that ceiling fan and have plans (and fabric) for a red-and-white-triangles quilt (of my own design, hence no links to patterns -- sorry!) but this is the most-liveable room in the house, thus far.
Checked fabric for pillow shams (which were meant to go with the planned red and white quilt, not this one) from Brooklyn General. There's still a little bit of random stuff piled near the door but this room is mostly organized.
The curtains are of a combo of my favorite fabric ever (sorry, can't find a direct link at the moment) from purl and some checked linen from mood (that linen was a bear to sew!), lined with cut-up sheet. I wanted to leave the tie back in the middle of the curtain so that the gingko pattern would still show. Here's a detail on flickr.
Our new (or semi-new -- she's been with us for 2-1/2 weeks now) kitten, Beeker, approves. Especially since she can easily see out the window from the bed.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I know this is off of my usual crafting / house topic but it is such a major event (to me) that I think it's worth mentioning.
The latest version of Metropolis, including footage found in Argentina in 2008, is spectacular! Although it seems as if each year a new version of Metropolis is released, every time with new materials, this latest footage is well worth a look. Even if you were hesitant about the 2 hour version (it is a silent film, after all) this 2.5 hour version feels shorter than any of the older versions. It makes more sense and has far better / more exciting pacing. Particularly during the sequences of the workers' revolt. Where before they tended to get a little tedious and rushed at the same time, now they are actually suspenseful. Several characters are given more clear places and functions in the plot. Not to mention the whole new dimension added by being finally able to use Fritz Lang's original score. And how often do we get to see footage from a 1927 film which was thought to be lost forever?
Well worth the trip to Film Forum, if you're in the area! (I also hear that the film is soon to play in theaters around the country)
Monday, May 10, 2010
Must stop sewing as I ordered a bit more fabric early last week and if I don't stop sewing soon, it won't make it into the quilt at all! I'm going to switch off my machine, put down my scissors, and take another trip to the post office to see if the fabric has come in.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Before and After.
I read about this idea on Melissa's blog two years ago when she first posted about it but I wasn't sure about how it would hold up so when I decided to redo the bathroom window coverings, I decided to buy some manufactured window film. This was, for me, a big mistake. I just could not manage to make that window film lay down flat. It's all bubbled and funny looking (it's in the downstairs half-bath but I don't have a photo of that one just now). Although I do like how much light it lets through the window. So that's its plus side. But if I were to have to choose again, I'd choose the fabric-and-starch method every time.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Some more great friends came to visit (photos of their room soon to come -- hopefully the sunny weather will hold out so I can get some good shots this afternoon). Coffee was consumed (by most) from the new Italian coffee maker given as a housewarming by generous friends the weekend before. (Patrick has always used an electric percolator -- which isn't supposed to make good coffee anyway -- which I bought for him for his high school graduation!)
Impatens were planted in the sadly neglected window box (when we moved in, it contained 10-year-old fake greenery).