Sunday Sevens – Aug 7 2016

Good morning all, and welcome to today’s Sunday Sevens. Sunday Sevens is a round-up of sorts, little bits of your week that don’t really need a full post. Pop over to the creator Natalie’s site, Threads and Bobbins, to see if you’d like to join in. It’s fun, easy, and has no real rules. What follows are bits of my last couple of weeks, in no particular order.

No more blue room

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Bedroom is now primed, and finish coats go on today. The color will be richer, a nice soft cream – this is just the primer – 50% saturation. Trim is glossy white. Hmmmm, what colors now to use for linens and such? I’m leaning toward a darkish shade of turquoise perhaps with printed curtains over white sheers? Maybe some coral? Any ideas?

Curvy corner closet


This will be my closet. Since it is so tiny and shallow, we will opt for shelving with some hooks for scarves, belts, bags, etc instead of a hanging rack (that will to go in another room). The tiny corner shelf already in place will hold my hat boxes. That is, if I had hat boxes, they would stack there. I’ll surely find a good use for it.



This might explain why sewing has been so SLOW to get going. Until my sewing room is finished, I’m squeezed into a very warm (yes, it’s really hot) and crowded laundry/storage/”where-will-I-put-all-this-stuff-from-the-blue-room” room! Can you spot the sewing center in this embarrassing shambles?

In spite of the mess, I have started a new project…

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My new blouse! Pattern printed, assembled, and cut from muslin. Gotta love finally seeing some progress.



My oak leaf hydrangea outside the kitchen has transformed. Now that the bees have had their fill, the once vivid white flowers are now green, deepening to pink. So lovely!

Off to the races


We went to the local racetrack. Our friend’s son was in the main event, and although he didn’t finish well, he did finish. And in a crash-filled race, surviving with body and machine intact was a huge accomplishment.

Scary seats


The racetrack and the bleachers have been around for decades. It might be better not to watch your step when clambering around these seats; if you don’t see all the holes it feels less precarious. Pay no attention to the wobbly steps. Ack!

Relaxing weekend visit


After a sunny, Friday afternoon followed by evening at the fire pit, I awoke to a wonderful, misty morning.

Bridging the gap

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We nearly drove past this jewel of a spot, but quickly turned around to see what it was…


Was this originally a railroad bridge? A foot bridge? What is it now? Next trip, we’ll make time to investigate the surroundings and story of this old bridge.

Fun fest


We made our first visit to the Park Avenue Summer Art Fest. The weather was ideal, there were arts and crafts, home services, and food choices a’plenty! We opted for poutine, a delicious mess of French fried potato strips covered in gravy. I chose the vegetarian version, and pretended it was calorie-free and absolutely healthy. The residents along the avenue were out in force, playing music, even offering cheap lemonade from front porches. Businesses also were open for business and they were packed! We found a coffee purveyor, serendipitous as we just finished our last bag. Timing is everything.

Well, I guess that just about covers the last couple of weeks. Hope your last weeks were lovely, and the next one even better!






19 thoughts on “Sunday Sevens – Aug 7 2016

  1. LOVELY POST!!! Delighted to see you online, and whilst I did spot a chair & sewing machine (covered) plus the iron & board, your pattern & fabric really say “sewing again.” That corner cupboard is darling, and you must locate vintage hat boxes – after all, you can put anything you’d like in ’em! If you want to really use all the available space, look at The Container Store’s etsy system. I used that when in DC with 1 minuscule closet, and was delighted with it. They do have sales – details off-line. 😉 Beautiful scenic photos, too. Sigh. Am sooo not into the scrub pine so plentiful here.

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    • Thanks Del! I really am trying to enforce my sewing times. I do love that closet, it was such a sweet surprise to discover it. That Container Store systems seems perfect, I’ll check it out. Oh Del, the scenery here is so amazing. Coming from a dry area in California, the abundance of green has been a constant source of wonder!

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      • Couldn’t agree with you more on CA vs. East Coast greenery. That’s a big reason why I kept moving up the SF Peninsula & outta Silicon Valley: miles of brown & asphalt parking lots. Good for you for enforcing your sewing! Talk later!

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  2. The blouse will be lovely. In terms of colours to live with – anything will go well with your nice neutral colour scheme, but if you white is yellowish then coral or turquoise are good choices as they both have some yellow in them.

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    • Thanks Kate! The white is a total chameleon; changes dramatically according to the light. Cream to yellow to nearly pink! But at this moment, turquoise is my aim, and I’m sticking to it. I think. 😉


    • Thank you! At first I wondered why it was hidden upstairs, but now that it’s going to be my closet in our new bedroom, it is absolutely perfect. (funny how that happens) I share your love for all the old home quirks and delights.


  3. I love the quirkiness of your curved corner cupboard and its hat-box shelf. I have hats in boxes, but am sadly lacking a lovely curved cupboard. Mine are shoved on top of a wardrobe in the spare room:(

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  4. Hi, Jen, thanks for your comment on my blog. I’m so glad you found me again, and I hope your trip to Wales is wonderful (and not too wet). I love your curvy closet – I’m having Craftsman envy because I would love to have that kind of house!

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