Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Finally...a finished bathroom!

I wonder if we are the only people who ever planned a bathroom around a sink.  When our old, ugly bathroom (scroll down on this blog for the before pictures) needed remodeling, our dear neighbors gave us a gorgeous Kohler lav to use as a starting point.  It is a relatively new product designed by Kohler artists and we were thrilled to receive it.

You can see the completed lav set into a new vanity set.  Also there are photos of the bathtub and tile resoration, one of the taping job before the spraying and one of the completed work.  There are also two photos of the remodeling process, one of the vanity area, and one of the new floor being installed.  Other than dealing with an impatient husband during the three month process, the greatest challenge for me was photgraphing in such a small area.  I hope I've done it a little justice!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

July Fourth Traditions

As another July fourth has flown past with its parades, picnics and fireworks, I'm amazed at how little our  personal traditions have changed.  In most ways, I take comfort in these celebrations.  It is with gratitude that I enjoy the company of family and dear friends on this joyous occasion.  But in another way, with each year's closing fireworks, I reflect on the true sacrifices made by so many others that allow me to have such lovely experiences in such a safe environment.  The flashes , bright lights and booming noises that fill the skies seem more and more like battlefields in my mind.  And though I continue to enjoy the day, there is also a sadness and longing for a world more at peace.  Although I will not see that in my lifetime, it is my sincere hope that those who follow will catch a glimpse of that world.
The Esty Bloggers team asked us to share an item in our shop that reflects Independence Day.  The best example I have is in my peacoxtoo shop...a flag afghan with a large yellow ribbon gracing the blue field instead of the stars.  It is in honor and  memory of those who serve and have served this most blessed nation.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Fiber Art

Fiber art has always seemed daunting to me, but in the skilled hands of Tammy, of http://www.tamdoll.etsy.com it come alive with color, texture and style.  She creates dolls, jewelry, bags, clothing, and much more from largely upcycled fiber materials and offers them in her Etsy shop.  She loves the challenge of unusual materials that most of us would not think of combining to form lovely, original design pieces such as these fiber heart charms in shades of pink, white and green.  They're 1 1/4" across and have a ring at the back so you can add them to a necklace or bracelet.  They would also be darling as a pin on a hat, coat or sweater.  Take a few moments to browse her shop;  you'll be glad you did!