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New Carpet is Installed!

Living areaIt has been a week today, but the new carpet is in! I have some pictures of what the apartment looked like during the installation. They were in and out in just under 2 hours! Amazing!

The first picture is showing the exposed floor.

There was a bit of a pile up of stuff in the bedroom!


Living Area Jam

Then the living area!

Cocoa was hiding the entire time! What a fraidy cat!

Cocoa hiding

Nutmeg was in the closet but I didn’t get a chance to get a shot of her. She was very happy up on the shelf.

And finally, the installers working on the bedroom. They could not get the bed frame out so they just moved it back and forth. It was lighter than I thought it would be.

View to bedroom

So, after 12 years here, I was fortunate to be able to get new carpet. I had no idea the management would do that. They say apartment carpet life is 5 -7 years. I had double that!

It was hard work, but totally worth it. Of course, I do not know how long I will stay here now. I have a 12 month least but if a new job is far away, I may have to move. That remains to be seen however.

Not much movement on the crafting front as I prepared for the new carpet and then moved stuff back in. I have been creating stirs on Facebook with my Glenn Beck comment so I spent a bit of time on that. The furor has died down though. I want to get back to blogging and perhaps starting a different blog. Need to examine what my goal with that would be, however.

Enjoy the day!


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IMG_0255The red bedroom. I found the quilt for only 39 dollars at the antique mall and I thought it was a bargain. So, I started a red theme. The pillow was made by my sister, Colleen. It is Life is just a Chair of Bowlies. The finisher did an absolutely fabulous job finding the Mary Englebreit fabric to go with it. I just love how it all turned out.IMG_0254

Next a shot of the other side of the bed with my Mouline Rouge cross stitch piece. The boxes hold fabric and charts.  Before I did the red theme, I had not realized how much I already had that was red. I just wish I would get with it and declutter more.






Finally, a shot of the little round table I found. Warped and cracked and all, it is very shabby. But it was a steal and I might be able to see if I can get the top straightened out. If not, then it stays this way!







Ok, one more picture to add. I caught Nutmeg sitting very prettily on the table. She is mostly in shadow but it is the best one I have of this series. She never stays still long enough when the camera is on!


I gave my friend the cross stitch piece I made for her and forgot to take a picture of it. Not a great loss. I am back to working on Rhapsody in Red Ribbon Sampler but hope to finish the cat piece I am doing for another friend in the next week. I just needed a break from that one!

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I have been worrying about finding a job so have not been spending time on the blog. I have been busy though and started a new cross stitch project for a friend. I have about 20 projects in process right now. It is such an accomplishment when I finish one!!

I also took some apartment shots. I have spent absolutely hours going to vintage, antique type stores and mini mall places. I love doing that. I always seem to be “in progress” when decorating, too. So, a diversion from cross stitch today and I will show some of the home pictures.

A shabby chic vignette

A shabby chic vignette

Here is a shot of my chair and some decorative elements. The dresses were actually made by family members from central New York state. Possibly my great grandmother, Leona Hart. But they didn’t cost me a thing! And the partial picket fence was only 8 dollars! The lamp was rewired by me and a friend years ago and I recently had it painted white.

Shelf above the chair

Shelf above the chair

This shelf is new but the mirror looked like it was once part of a child’s dresser. I thought it quite shabby chic. Another bargain in my mind. $18
Pass through into kitchen

Pass through into kitchen

Just to the left of the chair and you see the pass through. The arrangement is rather haphazard right now. I am always moving stuff around.
I haven’t photographed any cross stitch projects lately but will do so in the next couple of days. I am definitely an amateur decorater, I don’t think I could do it for anyone else, but I do have fun decorating for myself.

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