Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Lighthouses Abound

As you know, I have been up to my ears in paint. Here are the photos of the finished guest room. I used a grey wash on the walls.



The center attraction is my framed lighthouse RR. The framer did a wonderful job and I am very happy with it.
Scattered around the room are gifts from many of my stitching friends - lighthouse goodies. My father made the boat shelf. On the bed is my Hello Neighbor RR made into a cushion. I think of you all when I enter this room. Would you like to come and stay for a bit?

We had a lovely visit with our friends and my parent's quilt is finished. The quilter did an amazing job. Each block has a flower in the corner and small leaves in between. The outside sashing has larger leaves  (family tree). This is my left handprint on the quilt.  I did the left hand for myself and my two left handed nieces. The top section has my parent's dates, their original wedding photo and a photo of the entire family taken last summer. My friend and I sewed on the binding while visiting. She taught me how to do a proper blind stitch and I am so much happier with this hem.

I won Joy's 6th blogaversary recently and this is the wonderful package she sent in the mail. The fabric is gorgeous, the threads just so delicious and fondleable (is that a word? LOL) and the Just Nan design - just perfect. It was on my wishlist. I am trying hard to resist picking it up until Fairies are done. And the tea towel - isn't that just so cool.
Thank you so much Joy for your generous gifts. 

I did all the back stitching in the latest section of the Fairies. I love how the fairies just pop from the design with a little outline.

I picked up my Jardin Prive and stitched away. I stitched that bleeping little bird at the top three times before I got it in the right place.

I added the beads to my Band Sampler RR and pulled out the pink row and changed it to light blue. I could just feel that pink glaring at me saying "I don't belong"


Finally, I have read through 265 blog posts. As you can imagine, I did not comment - my eyes were crossing just reading everyone's adventures. You all continue to amaze me with your skill and beautiful choices.
I will try to be a better commenter!

My DH has gone away for the weekend to do some work at our cottage. A couple of stitching friends are coming to stay for the weekend. Will hopefully have lots of stitching progress to show.
Until then, keep those x's crossed and may the counter-stitching frog find some other pond to swim in.

26 comments:

Bonnie Brown said...

Great painting job and progress pics
I love your little saying at the end of your post.
See you Saturday :)

Jules said...

So many lovely WIPs going on in your home. I absolutely adore the lighthouse themed guest room! Great job!! And the paint is just perfect. Makes me wanna come and stay, hehe. I really like that band sampler you are doing. I look forward to seeing more of it in future posts!!!

Rachel said...

I would like to transport that room into my house please :) That is my dream room right there, lol.

All your stitching looks wonderful, as always! :)

Pumpkin said...

Great job! I love the decor theme and that lighthouse R&R is gorgeous!!!!

Beautiful job on the quilt. What a gift to cherish.

Your WIPs look like they're coming along nicely :o) I'm still waiting for my fabric for the JP piece :o(

mdgtjulie said...

Amen to the frog!!! It sounds like you are doing well. The guest room looks fabulous, as do your lighthouses! Great frame! That's a lot of blogs to read. I read about fifty to seventy five per day, but I'm a little behind now too. Love to see what everyone is up to though!! I just got behind with Father's Day as so many people posted a father's day blog!

Beth said...

Beautiful room!! I love the paint job, and your lighthouse piece is fantastic. Your other WIP's are coming along great. I envy you the many opportunities to stitch with friends. I only have once a year at MB for the PALS retreat.

Beatrice said...

What a wonderful display of lighthouses and the paint job is perfect in real life too!
All your wips are terrific.

Brigitte said...

Your guest room looks very good with the lighthouse theme. And your framed lighthouse RR is just a dream.
What a great idea to make this parent quilt. It turned out so beautiful.
Enjoy your stitching weekend.

Lynn said...

Oh Kathy, I don't know where to begin! Your lighthouses look fantastic all framed up and you have the perfect room for them. I love what you've done with the walls. Is it difficult? I definitely know I wouldn't let Bob anywhere near to try, lol!
The quilt is amazing!! What a lovely way to express your anniversary wishes to your parents. The quilter has done an awesome job. I love the leaves in it.
Hope you have a great stitchy weekend!

Patty C. said...

Love the quilt !!!!!
I am painting my home as well - It takes a long time doesn't it - I didn't get as creative as you did - Solid colors -easier - But I think your looks lovely :)

staci said...

Your lighthouse themed room turned out cute...and the lighthouse RR looks fab there :)

Meari said...

Your guest room looks great, as does your newly framed lighthouse RR. The quilt is great, too. Congrats on winning the blogversary giveaway. You'll be dones with fairies in no time!

Vonna said...

What a gorgeous beautiful quilt for your parent's 50th wedding anniversary...it is so lovely and filled with all the special things they helped make ;)

Your stitching is divine as always sweet Kathy...have a fun weekend with friends while Papa bear is away :)

Parsley said...

You've been quite busy indeed. Love the quilt and stitchy.

Carol said...

Well done on the painting in your lighthouse room, Kathy! It really adds so much...I've done a painting technique in our family room in the basement and just loved how it turned out (think it was called "ragging off")--it has held up well for a good 10 years...

Such pretty projects--hard to name a favorite, but that JP is amazing. Sorry the little bird gave you such problems!

Heidi said...

Hi Kathy! I will come and stay and then you can come back here and stay with me. Oh the stitching fun we would have! Your Jardin Prive is coming along. Mine had been neglected but I picked it back up again these last couple of days.

The house is so nice. Are you feeling well at home now there? It is great fun to decorate with wonderful handmade items both made by yourself and friends...

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi

Katrina said...

Wow, lots of fun pictures!!! Love your lighthouse decorating :-).

Andrea said...

Love the transformed 'lighthouse' room. Your stithed items look fab in there.

Yiotas Cross Stitch said...

love the room and lighthouse decoration

Dani - tkdchick said...

It was a great room to sleep in! Thanks for the great weekend!

Bette said...

That quilt is gorgeous! And I love the room.

Siobhan said...

Beautiful stitching progress! I love love love that quilt. My 17 yr old is getting interested in quilting--I'm hoping to steer her towards applique, since it's my least favorite. ;)

The room looks great!

Jennifer said...

Would I like to come and stay? YES PLEASE!!!!

Aussie Stitcher said...

The guest room looks wonderful, I would love to come and stay. The quilt is amazing, your parents will love and cherish it.

Suzanne said...

Thank you for the kind comment that you left on my blog after Felix's birth.

What a wonderful weekend you had with your stitching buddies. All your stitching is looking beautiful. I love your lighthouse decor.

Michele B. said...

Your lighthouse themed room looks wonderful - your RR is amazing. What an inspiring and special gift that quilt is. I love the tea towel. My blog has a version of the saying that reads "Keep Calm and Cross Stitch" - we should all follow that advice!