Friday, March 27, 2009

These are a few of my favorite things.

This week was a little crazy. John started night float (so he sleeps during the day), and we had something going nearly every day. And sometimes two somethings. Monday was _______ (I'll fill the blank in when my brain starts working again and I remember.) and family night. Tuesday was visiting teaching and sewing group. I volunteered at the school's book fair Wednesday afternoon and then went to a jewelry party (very fun, and such good food, Bobbie) Wednesday evening. Yesterday we had Wives' Club at the park and Enrichment at night (where I was teaching a little class on thriftiness). My kids are incredibly good sports with all the dragging from event to event.
So, my house is a DISASTER, my kids are exhausted, and I want to crash. And when I mentioned last night at Enrichment that I still had to make loads of cinnamon rolls for the PTO's Pancake Breakfast tomorrow (with a look of devastation on my face, I'm sure), Bonnie offered to come over and help me. I was so glad. Because look how fun it is to make cinnamon rolls with friends. And don't they look beautiful? I must confess that when I accepted Bonnie's help in making these delicious treats, I wasn't actually thinking that I would make her do all the work, but that's exactly how it worked out. She got out all the ingredients while I did my dishes. And she mixed up the dough while I straightened and vacuumed my family room. And she rolled out the cinnamon rolls while I checked on the kids. So really, I'll have to direct all thanks from the PTO to Bonnie. Who cares, though? Just looking at these beauties makes me happy!
And look at these other things that make me happy.
I found this pattern on Heather Bailey's website. (I can't link directly to the pattern, but they are called Paper Globes, and the download can be found about halfway down her page on the right side.) They make me feel so springy in my very neutral living room, and after the Easter/Spring season, they will find a new home on a shelf in my girls' room.
And my craft supplies are reorganized. Don't they look cute in their cheap cheap containers of old tin cans and scrapbook paper? I love them. I want to kiss that button jar and that can of paintbrushes. I do projects like crazy when John is gone at night. (Hence the paper topiaries and decoupaged cans above.) I don't sleep well without him in the house, so I have to work until I'm drop-dead exhausted. And this week I really didn't sleep because I had one exciting project so close to completion. Look at this. I found this chair (and its identical twin) at a garage sale last summer for $1. One dollar! However, this picture definitely looks better than the chair actually did. The fabric was BRIGHT kelly green and quite shabby. But not anymore. Drum roll please. Look at her now! This greyish-aqua (what would you call that color?) is much more my style, and I'm quite pleased with how my first reupholstering project has turned out.
I thought I would have to replace all the stuffing inside, but it turns out that the springs and horsehair (yes! Real horsehair!) were in fantastic shape, and the detachable cushion was filled with real down. So it lofted right back up after being given a good shake. The other chair is not quite done. Its cushion needs to be handsewed closed and the button-tufting added. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Aaahhh. There's nothing like a feeling of some good finished work. I love spring.

13 comments:

Lyle said...

Way to go, Piskel.

Liz said...

I'm exhausted now. And I didn't do any of that. Em, you are Super Woman!

Susanne said...

Emilee I love your remodeled chairs. They look so nice. Bless Bonnie's heart. What a nice friend.

Bonnie said...

I had such a great time! I didn't even realize I made the rolls until you said something! You did cut and sprink and cook them! Your projects turned out so great! Thanks for sharing all your fun ideas! and anytime you need help making yummy food count me in!

Cynthia and Steve said...

Good job on your crafts- they look great!

Story Family said...

Holy Schmolies, Em! Homemade cinnamon rolls, cute crafts and organizing, and REUPHOLSTERING?? Wow! I am truly impressed and EVERYTHING looks so great. Way to go!

Lindsay said...

Look at you! The paper globes are super cute. Did you also restain the wood on your chairs? The finished product looks darker. The chair looks great.

Emilee said...

The wood does look darker, but I didn't do anything. The thought of sanding all that detailed wood was just beyond me. I did think of painting it at one time, but since the actual color is closer to the second picture, I just let it be.

bec said...

Em those chairs are beautiful

Shelly and Ken said...

I love all your craft projects. I love even more that you post pictures of them so that we can copy them. Although, I don't think I could copy your work on the chair. I am not nearly as talented as you. They all look so cute.

Sara said...

Fantastic Emilee! My goodness, you get a lot done when John is gone at nights. Phew!

Outlandish McCandlish said...

Why must you always shame me? Now I feel so-o lazy.lol! You are a beautiful wonder... woman. I love you.

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