I have been busy getting ready for our national Convention, which is held only every two years. I am taking the Shabby Cottage for the display area, so I need to get it a little bit more finished. Of course, there will still be a lot of little touches to be added as time goes by, but I didn't want it going to Convention with the little boy's room looking completely empty, so I have been trying to make it look a bit more lived in.
I bought some printable computer fabric (AND I got it here in NZ - I get a bit sick of having to order things in from overseas all the time, so I was delighted to find it in a NZ based online quilting shop. YAY....it only took two days to arrive!!) I printed some gorgeous Kath Kidson and Greengate patterns and have made some cute little cushions, pillow and blinds for the shabby cottage. I really like the pillows on the little boy's bed! They are so cheerful. I think I will make some blinds to match. I am a huge fan of blinds (that's because I am so crappy at making curtains. I used a cute strawberry print for the blind in the kitchen.
I also used the unprinted edges of the fabric - the bit that was outside the margins - to make some plain white blinds for the bedroom. I had pictured beautiful diaphanous curtains here but the blinds will do for now and I can figure out the curtains later. I also made the little patterned cushion on the bed and the big square lace-edged pillow.
And this little cushion for the living room.
I had to take the shelves out of the little boys room and redo them - they were all wonky and the shelves were sloping and sagging. I pulled it all apart and sanded it back, then reglued it back together with some spacers in between the shelves to try and hold them straight. And at the same time some friends called round, so I was making cappucinos and talking at a million miles an hour, while hoping that it was all straight because the glue was drying. Another coat of white paint, and back in it went. On the shelves you can see all his toys....he even has a tiny rock collection like my "real" boy! And lots of books, but I need to make more - I want to make some old-looking Biggles books, as my own Matthew really likes reading those! That will have to be done after Convention.
This is the table in the boy's room....he loves nature and butterflies and you can see that he has all sorts of things that interest him on his little table.
Thank you all for coming to visit my blog - I love reading your comments! Wish me luck at Convention!!