#100 What says "love"???

Ain't NUTHIN' says "love" like hanging 50 million freakin' teensy white lights in the garden. In the wretched heat and humidity. With mosquitoes. And spiders. Just sayin'...

But...oh my....they look sooooo pretty all lit up and twinkling! Perfect for an evening wedding reception!!!

(photo captured from: http://autumnpark.myaptportal.com/around-town/festive-december-around-charlotte)

- karen anne


#99 Today's Thought

Inspired by an antique a dear friend has in her kitchen, this is a reminder I wish we could all heed. With so much harshness in the world these days, a little gentleness would be so healing, wouldn't it?

-karen anne


#98 Another project completed!

Got the slipcovers made for the sofas in the living room. I swear that I will never make slipcovers again. But that's exactly what I said after the last time I made slipcovers. I even made a pattern for them. Just in case. Sheesh. Go figure. 

Anyway, as promised, pictures:

Boy does it feel good to have these off my to-do list!

Now that they are finished, it's full speed ahead on the wedding gown. What a treat to sew on lighter-than-air silk after wrestling with these bears! They weighed 10 lbs. each so it was quite a workout trying to finesse all that fabric through my sewing machine and serger. Found some new muscles I think...

Now to get ready for a bridal shower that Emily and my sister Kristan are hosting here for Megan this Saturday. Promises to be a lovely event and I'll post pictures next week.

'til then...

-karen anne


#97 Working against myself...

All my recently completed projects have not helped my momentum to complete others. I've created too many wonderful places to pause...to sit...to contemplate my navel...

Case in point: the Summer Kitchen. I gave Emily the wing chairs that had been there so she could take them to Texas for her new apartment and brought down two chairs that were meant to be together but that had been separated in different rooms. (I can clearly remember climbing up on the tufted one - the one on the right - when I was two or three years old. It was HUGE back then and I love that I can remember thinking it was tantamount to Mt. Everest!)

I brought down the large red ottoman that I had recovered, too.

And the great bright yellow lamp I bought at TJ Maxx that has been living in one of the guest rooms.

What was I thinking???? 

The light from the skylights is soooo intoxicating... I mean, would you want to leave and go make slipcovers??? I sure don't!

And then there's the porch. Aaaaaah, the porch....now replete with a vase of flowers that includes snapdragons, echinacea, May Night salvia ,and Bridal Pink hydrangeas. White wicker and hydrangeas... please, please, PLEASE don't make me go upstairs and work!!!

I could sit here for eternity:

I've got to get busy, though - 41 days until the wedding!

-karen anne


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