Sunday, August 28, 2011

I can't resist sharing

Yup, another record-breaking day.   But look at what's coming ... days with temps less than a hundred are on the horizon.

Friday, August 26, 2011

My Prairie Gothic Wing Chairs

It's been a pretty lousy couple of weeks at sophie junction ... though maybe I'll whine about it later, since the week seems to be ending on a pleasant note. The upholsterer delivered these chairs this morning and I am very pleased with the result.

I bought the chairs when I moved to Dallas (after donating ALL my living room furniture in Michigan).  I found them on Craigs list.  They were in rough shape, upholstered in a pale green silk that was falling apart, but they had great bones and I could tell that they were once fine furniture.

Then I got stuck, both in making a decision about what fabric/color to cover them with and finding someone to do the work.

Earlier this year, I went on the hunt for a large scale organic print.  I remembered that some of Jane Sassaman's fabric had been printed on lightweight canvas for home deco ... and the hunt began.  I found an Etsy vendor, Imagine Fabric,  with a 15 yard bolt of this print from Prairie Gothic and I knew it was the one.

My re-upholstered wing chairs

Didn't John's Upholstery do an amazing job in  wrapping that large print around the chair (and getting everything to end up symmetrical and matching)?

Next home deco project on the horizon . . . painting a floor cloth using these colors.   I'm thinking thick and thin stripes in blue, red, green and pink.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

How to talk about the weather

Weather ForecastThe TV weathermen have gone from counting the days so far this year with temps at 100 or higher, to counting the consecutive "three-digit days" to counting the days with record-breaking highs . . . and now consecutive record-breaking days.

A friend kindly asked today if it wasn't better than the bitter cold of winters in Michigan–lately, I'm less sure.

This morning, my goal was to get to the Farmer's Market, run errands and get back home before the temperature made it to 100. I made it–when I got home and put everything away, it was only (only!) 94. 

I don't think I'm the only one with this mindset–the Farmer's Market near me was bustling this morning and lots of people were talking about the weather.

Farmers Market at the Mall

I Love Lucy

I love the clips in this Google-produced video to celebrate what would have been Lucille Ball's 100th birthday today. Some of my favorite episodes are here. How about you?
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