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Forcing Spring

Here is a teaser for my Point of View post tomorrow. This is the brooch I made to go with my skirt! Love the colors and fabrics. And totally off topic, but can I just say what a difference quality cotton makes in a project? I am very thrifty (of necessity) and usually don’t splurge on quilt quality cotton, but I’m a believer now! {if I can just get my budget on board we’ll be set}
I am DYING for spring to get here for real. We’ve had rain and cooler temps the last week and a half and I’m gunning for some high 50’s low 60’s! It doesn’t seem like too much to ask does it?

Last week in desperation I had my sister meet me at our local thrift store to see if I could find something to brighten up my front room. Well, that was a bust, but I did talk her in to coming out to my house and helping me style my room to make it a little brighter and more colorful.
You may notice in these photos that some things are still in process, the small white pillow in the club chair is now this pillow and the table topper isn’t bound. {I’m telling you this so when I blog about it you’ll be impressed. ;)}

This wall is where the front door opens up. I’m loving the wreath on this wall, it opens up the room a lot. Thanks mom for the hand-me-down! {she has good hand me downs}

This is the front half of the room. I inherited the secretary from my Aunt. It used to belong to my great-grandmother. I think I’m going to paint it white. I love the shape and function of it, but the color is a little heavy for me.

All the furniture in this room needs to be re-covered in some way. I’m hoping I win the slipcover DVD Char is giving away over on Crap I’ve Made. Speaking of expensive fabric {we were, weren’t we?} I’m not looking forward to the price tag on fixing these, but I’m sure it will be cheaper than buying new furniture. Any takers on doing the slipcovers for me? No? Bummer. 🙂 Guess I better get to it.

Get on with it already Spring! I’m ready for you!


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  • Amy @ Increasingly Domestic
    March 24, 2011 at 5:38 am

    I say paint it YELLOW and then glaze it to tone it down. Amazing piece.

  • Gwen @ Gwenny Penny
    March 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I love the brooch… so cute! Can't wait to see the skirt that it goes with. It SNOWED here last night. I am not happy. It was all gone, now there's almost two inches out there. Yuck!

    The secretary is beautiful. I'm afraid to paint furniture, but it always looks so nice when people do it. I say go for it.

  • Crafty Girls
    March 24, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Love the pin! Yes, I agree…you get what you pay for! So, the better quality product, the better the craft turns out! I also love the wreath on the wall. I am "spring" decorating at my home too. Not so much with new pieces, just trying to lighten up!

    Oh, you can so redo the couch! Just take off the existing fabric and number them, use them as a pattern, and reattach! See, easy! 🙂 I have recovered a ton of furniture in my time, it is very intimidating, but you can do it!

    Have a great day~

  • Toyin O.
    March 24, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Good luck with your project, your home looks lovely:)