Monday, February 28, 2011

It's Done!

Yes, I am so excited...I finally finished my dust ruffle!

I finished it late last night and I could hardly wait to show it to all of you!

I must say that it wasn't the easiest home dec project to sew, but I think that it came out beautifully.  I feel so lucky that many years ago my mother taught me how to sew.  Otherwise, I probably could not have afforded such a lavish skirt!  I think that I may need to take a break from the sewing machine for awhile, but in the meantime I will be playing with a few fabrics to make some decorative pillow shams for the bed.  Here are some of the fabrics that I will be choosing from....

And because I am just so proud of myself, I must post one last photo of my dust ruffle...thanks for putting up with me!

Transformation Thursday

Stuff and Nonsense

I also joined the link party at Common Ground .

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

You're Invited...

Come join me for a cup of tea and a good book!

You see, I am taking a break from this....

As many of you know, I am sewing my own dust ruffle.  I set up a table in my bedroom, and have been cutting, sewing, and gathering strips of fabric.  Here's a sneak peak of the fabric I'm using...

Sewing for me is stressful, so I can only sew for small periods of time.  At the rate I'm going, this dust ruffle is going to take awhile!  In the meantime, I plan to enjoy my short tea breaks with a cute new teapot and a good book! 

The white teapot was a special valentine gift given to me by my mother at la vie quotidienne.  Of course, I am a huge fan of white dishes, so this fits very nicely with the rest of my collection!

If you are looking for a good read, I highly recommend The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.  It is a story about three generations of women and is filled with mystery, intrigue and deceit.  The story is predictable at times, but Kate Morton has a way of intertwining the stories that makes the book very readable. 

Well, thanks for taking a break with me!  Now I must get back to sewing!  Hopefully, this dust ruffle will be done soon!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Spring is Coming!

Last week, I posted a photo of my favorite place to sit.  One day, as I was reading, I looked out my window and saw this...

My ornamental plum trees  are in full bloom!
We are expecting some heavy rain tonight, so I really wanted to capture these beautiful blossoms before they are washed away.  Spring is definitely coming!

Sunday, February 13, 2011


I bought myself a Valentine.  You see, since Christmas, I've fallen in love with toadstools.  And, when I was at the card store buying Valentine cards, I saw this and just couldn't resist!  So happy Valentine's Day to me and to you!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Bedroom Cornice Boxes

Well, my bedroom stenciling project is done, so MacGyver husband and I moved on to hanging the lace curtains and making cornice boxes for the window treatments.  First, MacGyver husband built box frames out of ultra light MDF, and then we covered the wood with foam and batting.  Finally, we wrapped and stapled the decorative fabric around the frame.  Thank goodness for the electric staple gun!  It was a definite must with this project.  Next up, I will be sewing the bed dust ruffle.  Stay tuned!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Valentine Corner Cabinet

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I realized that I needed to get my corner cabinet decorated quickly.  My pink and white dishes are perfect for Valentine's Day and so is the striped backing I used in my Christmas corner cabinet . While digging out the box of decorations, I also found many old valentines that I had given to my grandmother years ago.   She gave them back to me, which at the time I thought was rather strange, but now I'm glad that she did!  I also sprinkled in some heart doilies, a valentine from MacGyver husband, and a few graphics from The Graphics Fairy.  Enjoy!


I also joined the link party at Common Ground.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Happy February!

A new month at Love and Life at Leadora means a new blog header!  There is a story behind the photo in my new header.  You can read the story here.  Happy February!