Begining with the end in mind

I knew what I wanted it to look like and had 5 days to make it happen. Not that anything bad would have happened if it had taken longer but since Les was going to be out of town that would give me time to work late into the nights to get it done.

The project at hand was building out the master bedroom water closet. Not a huge space, but one packed with all sorts of challenges. I started with a place looking pretty much like this, slanted ceiling, wonky walls and tons of potential.
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The next step was the inspiration. It came from a quilt I had gotten for our bed. Very sweet and very summery with just the right vintage tones and patterns.
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Then 30ish hours of work later with a little help from the cats
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I bring to you the water closet of our new masterbathroom!
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Please step inside, sorry there is not much room in here.. but it's a one seater as they say. Points of interest are....
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My too cute toilet paper holder, which began it's life at HomeGoods as a piece of garden statuary I scored it for $20 since it had a small chip out of the back. And while you are looking this way please notice the curtains made out of a white quilted vintage bedspread that I picked up at the local thrift store for a steal of a deal.

Look a bit to your left... see that door in the wall?
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Can you guess what that is???
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Why yes, it's a place to hide all of those things that nobody needs to see in the bathroom. The Hy-dit was very easy to install and I am going to put one in each of our bathrooms as soon as I get a chance. They are made as a product that goes in AFTER the drywall.. making it an easy project for anybody but the most fearful DIYER.

The biggest compromise of the project was the flooring. In a perfect world I would have wanted ceramic tile on the floor but given the subtle movement of our old house that would not have been an easy option. So I picked out a very high quality (thick) vinyl in 12x12 size. It went it well, looks good and will be easy to keep clean...what more can you ask?
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Of course the pay off in any building project is getting to put in the fun accessories. Which of course means a whirl wind shopping trip to my local Antique/junk haunts and of course Homegoods and TJ Maxx!
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The ceramic compote was won in a silent auction at a local charity event but the Potpourri came from Homegoods. The metal locker basket (seen furtherback) full of TP came from a local Antique place and I scored it for 75% off!.. Anybody who collects those knows they are getting hard to find and even harder to afford!
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The black urn with roses was from Tj Maxx and the little nest was a sweet little bit from on top of a gift I got last year.

As a last peek I leave you with a shot of the ceiling and one of the roses that is making a break for it!
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Because life should always be fun.

You light up my life

A few days ago I mentioned the milkglass lamp base that I found.. The Milkglass was in great shape the but the brass? stem was totally rusted as were all the fittings and the wiring.. well lets just say that * I* personally was not brave enough to plug it in! So I pulled the whole thing apart and gave tossed the old wires and scrubbed down the metal parts with some steel wool and then shot them with some baby yellow spray paint. After that a quick run to the hardware store netted me a simple lamp re-wire kit.
I had seen the ~great~ Martha more than once rewire a lamp so I knew it was not going to be very hard and it wasn't. Can YOU say Underwriters Knot? This left me with needing to do something with the shade. It was in good physical condition but not cosmetic.. So I ripped of all the binding and extras and decided that it would be a wonderful way to use some of my favorite fabrics.
I am going to post the photos up that I took and pray that Blogger keeps them in order.. otherwise you are on your own!
First step was to produce a pattern off of one section of the ribs of the lamp.. I used some craft paper and just rubbed a section of crayon over it to made a rubbing of the metal ribs. I then cut this out with a bit of a seam allowance. (seems Blogger wants to play games .. the photos will be going from top to bottom i see!)
Second I traced the pattern onto 6 of my favorite fabrics and cut them out, then played with them to arrange a pleasing but hopefully random looking sequence... got to love that.. planned randomness.... yes the irony is not lost on me.
I also picked out a bit of bling in the form of little beaded fringe since at heart I really have all the subtleties of Dolly Parton!
I used the super sticky red two-sided craft to hold the sewn up shade slipcover to the old shade. Oooops... yes.. i sewed up the sections and kept adjusting for just a nice tight fit. To finish the top opening I also added a bit of flash with the blue rick rack... since who would not smile to find blue rick-rack inside a lamp shade?
A bit of the beaded fridge to the inside of the shade ( more red craft tape) and I was done!..
How cut is this?? I just adore it and it makes me smile each time I walk into my kitchen :) Better yet I did the whole thing, including the cost of the lamp for $15


Oh, oh oh.... I want things to slow down and I want to slow down with them. I want to go work in the garden and to sit in the sun ( over course with SPF 30 slathered on!).. but my day gave me time for neither and once again I am back to the place of figuring out what to adjust or cut out of my life to make some time for my life! ~sigh~
One thing that is going to have to go is my 6am Pilates class. I LOVE.. LOVE LOVE the instructor but the 6am is killing me. I am one of those people who MUST have 8 hours sleep to function. Bedtime here at Chez Kertay rarely happens before midnight for the Mommy and Daddy people ( little kids are in bed at 8 pm). Five hours of sleep is just not cutting it. Today I almost feel asleep while driving.. yeh just like those truck drivers! So hopefully my darling instructor will be doing an afternoon class at some time but until then you can now find me under the covers till 8 am every morning. I am sure there are other things and even to the point I think I will have regular blogging days like Tue/Thur or something like that.. that way i can get in a bit of what I like to do with all I need to do!
In news that is much more fun I have been working on my personal *Living with Vintage* pledge. I know so many people who have wonderful vintage things but save them up on a high shelf for no one to touch or use. I want to fully embrace life and use all of my treasures. So as a start we are now using our Vintage drink caddy for afternoon drinks on the porch and for pink lemonaid with Summer BBQ dinners. As our offical kick off to the pledge I got some of those super cute little paper drink umbrellas that amused the children to an extent that might not be normal but it sure made it fun!
In homeschooling news we have been all about the Hotair balloon and have constructed many versions over the past few days. Alas none have floated and most have died a death more like the Hindenberg ( a zeplin) but lots of fun has been had in the process
As promised, my new Hair Cut... I am very happy with it even if the crap-tastic self portrait does not revel the fact!
Now let us all pray, Blogger is acting very odd and will not spell check my post, I am going to publish and hope for the best... see you all on the otherside!