Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Odds-N-Ends

Remember my watercolor fruit? I finally got two of them framed and hung anyway.

The lamp I almost threw away(see below)-- up and working again.

The fabric (in need of ironing) I'm using to make curtains for that room. Designer: Waverly, Design: Heirloom Trellis, Color: Merlot--Yes, please.

New dish towels. Do not use the chicken towel. It is purely decorative. You may use the red towel. Thank you. These rules are necessary because my boys will do things like grab my cute new chicken dish towel to stop the bleeding on their toe-- the very day I bring it home.

Simeon starts a fifty states quarter collection. This holder came in the mail yesterday.

Simeon starts a chapter book bookworm. Let's wrap that thing around the room a few times, shall we?

A new lock box for all medication. After watching me pack everything in here and turn the key Simeon said, "Oh, I feel so much better now." So do I, my boy, so do I.

A cute carrot sink stopper Kristen sent me for no occasion at all. She's just sweet that way. Amazing how I want to keep my sink clean to "get the carrots." It's the oldest reward system in the book with updated style and flair.


Still not finished. This was supposed to be part of a quilt that would have had all the letters of the alphabet similarly stitched. The design is my own pencil drawing inspired by the illustrations in "A Little Alphabet" by Trina Schart. Once, my older brother saw me working on this project and said he would "eat a pound of dirt" if I ever finished it. Brothers!

Well, I haven't made it too far and I almost gave up entirely, but Alex found it, declared that this was his letter, "A" Alexander, and asked me to finish it for him. But, I'm at a standstill because I lost the blue floss of her dress and haven't been able to find more. What color would you make the top of her dress/sleeve?

Now taking suggestions...

32 comments:

Stephanie said...

Green! Pull the color of the leaves over to that side of the block, and if it doesn't match it's far enough away that it won't matter. (And I like that lamp too - glad you saved it!)

Anonymous said...

Yellow! A pale yellow so as not to overpower the rest of the picture. It would go beautifully with the red and blue it would be near. Fabulous drawing, you are very talented.

Anonymous said...

My first thought was to also go with yellow for the sleeves. It would add some color.

Muddy Mama said...

I'm with the two anonymous postings, go soft yellow. My goodness! How talented you are!

By the way, dishtowels no one is allowed to touch? Can you really DO such a thing? How lovely. I think I will try that!

Paul said...

I, for my part, will eat a pound of toothpaste if you finish it.

Suzanne Temple said...

Ooo Paul, now you're tempting me. Older brother eats a pound of dirt, younger brother eats a pound of toothpaste, I get a great quilt....hmmm...seems worth it. I'll be calling you the moment I put the last stitch in the letter "Z"

Mom to Four said...

First of all, shirt sleeve, beige or red.

Love the fruit framed.
Love the lamp - glad you didn't get rid of it!!!!

I have the same fabric in our bedroom!!!!! Pillows and lamp shades. Where did you find the fabric. I would kill to have yardage!!!!

We have the same state quarter book - so much fun to hunt!

And I can't wait to do the bookworm!!!

OOOOOOOH! and I gotta get a sink stopper for my best buddy!

What a fun post. God bless you!

J.C. said...

Love all your pictures! That quilt square is gorgeous!! You constantly amaze me, Suzanne... I defer to the other ladies on the sleeve colors, since it actually looked finished to me at first glance--a crisp white blouse under her pretty pinafore! I do have an unsolicited fruit watercolor request, though: pomegranite!

Melanie B said...

My first impression was I didn't realize the dress wasn't done: I thought it was a blue jumper over a white blouse. I suppose white would be boring, but if she were my daughter and I'd constructed the outfit, that's probably what color the sleeve would be.

The lamp: definitely worth all the effort to save.

I love all the bright reds. I'm not usually a red person, but I just got a happy red, yellow, and orange rug for our new kitchen and I love it. Now I suddenly feel a need for new red dishtowels to match. Bonus: they wouldn't show the dirt as much when baby drags them across the floor.

Kristen Laurence said...

How warm your house looks, Suzanne! My favorite are your framed fruit still lifes. They came out beautifully!

Cheryl M. said...

Oh Suzanne, lovely pics! Your framed prints are really lovely and I like the hand towel...I would also have to tell my family NOT to use the pretty towel. Soft yellow would be nice for the ladies' blouse...and about those brothers... psst. "do you need some help with those alphabets???" blogged pics of guys eating that much dirt and toothpaste would be hilarious forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :))

Amelia Marie said...

How does the Chapter Book Bookworm work? It looks cute and I would love to try it with my daugther.

Suzanne Temple said...

amelia, The bookworm is as simple as can be. The head is a freebie motivator, but each body section thereafter is a chapter book read. We have a circle stencil and Simeon chooses the color himself, writes the title of the book on it, cuts it out and on the ceiling rim it goes with double sided tape.

Suzanne Temple said...

Thanks everybody, I really like the yellow idea. I could do two shades, one for the inside sleeve and another for the back. hmmmm...

Cheryl, yes, yes I need all the help I can get.

Suzanne Temple said...

Mom to four, I purchased the yardage online. Google it! You'll find some, but do it soon because it is discontinued.

Matilda said...

I have a brother too and would love to help with the quilt. Was there anything in the original challenge that would preclude outside help?

Johane said...

See, I would do a white sleeve. It's simple, and very classic. Although blue and yellow are often considered "french" colours.

You must have a very lovely house, those items pictured are very nice... Almost as nice as the children that fill your home.

Suzanne Temple said...

Thank you johane, I have a very modest home, but I do try to keep it well and make it lovely in its own way.

Aimee said...

GAH!! Suzanne, come down here to PA right now please and save me from the artless vacuum that is my home! . . . you are one talented lady. I love your taste :)

Carmen L. said...

Suzanne, love the pics! I happen to have some watercolor apples and pears (not painted by me, but my brother-in-law) too. You've inspired me to get them framed for my kitchen! love the sink stopper too! I love beauty where one wouldn't expect to find it. It's perfect serendipity! -Carmen

Cheryl said...

Neat post. I like the bookworm and the quarter collection ideas and your home looks so cozy.

Karen E. said...

I think you know me well enough to know that my only suggestion is, "Pass the Merlot *this* way, please ...."

:-)

Suzanne Temple said...

Love it, Karen, love it!

Jennifer said...

Can you tell me where you found the quarter map?
Thanks!
Jennifer
jennifer4078@yahoo.com

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle said...

May I join you and Karen, Suzanne for a glass of MERLOT??

Suzanne Temple said...

Here's a glass, Donna, pull up a chair!

annemcd said...

And I thought I was the only one with "do not disturb" signs on my dishtowels! :) Luckily, I have two hanging spots, and the good stuff is just out of reach!

Cheryl M. said...

I'm commenting again to say I love the neat sink strainer and after googling "decorative sink strainer" I've found a lady in Texas with some that will be perfect for gift giving...shhh...don't tell the ladies in my family I bought them sink strainers in July for Christmas! ;)

Suzanne Temple said...

Terrific Cheryl!

Alice Gunther said...

I loved this post and pictures!

As for the sleeve, I trust you in any judgement you make! You are an artist!

Ana Braga-Henebry said...

Yellow, creamy, light yellow. Love the watercolors--my personal favorite
medium.
As for wine-- Port, of course-- by the campfire, under the stars!

Suzanne Temple said...

Ana, I have to agree on every point. I've started with the yellow and just love it. Watercolor is my favorite medium as well, and port under the stars sounds divine.