Posts Tagged ‘furniture’

new old stuff

Last week when we went to Seattle, we stopped in Tacoma and picked up a table that matches the coffee table I got a couple months ago. My friend came over and helped with arranging the furniture ( I really needed a new set of eyes to look at the room ). Now, I have the picture that was somewhere in my head –  and a closeup of the new table: .

This was in the paper here –  and I have to agree with Sarah that I never thought I’d live where this was (almost) normal. This girl was crowned, then went hunting, got her buck and touched up her hair and makeup and went to the dance! All in an afternoon.

I nearly have the quilt top done for Richard. Here’s a shot of the layout of the blocks:
  and closeups
I sewed the blocks together yesterday, now it’s a lot of pressing and attaching the borders. I love it.

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Seattle came and went quickly. Saturday was the dash in, helping Ryan some, and his bbq. Sunday was dinner at Gretchen’s after working on the quilt, which I was able to completely finish. Thank goodness for mom’s quilting machine. A couple of shots before the binding went on:
    and a detail of the stitching that shows on the back – this quilt has a ton of stitching on it:
and . Worst part is that it is too small for our bed, so maybe it will be an alternate for the guest room.

The Richards arrived here on Sunday, so I felt compelled to get back home by Monday. The weather has been great, so today we went to the beach where we got the mantle log to look for some driftwood that they could make into a bench or two for the yard. We explored the huge washup piles of wood, and the two younger Richards got to work on a fort, while my hubby and I went on a short hike. Along the path    were tons of ripe salmonberries – and a few ripe wild huckleberries. When we got back to the beach, the two younger Richards had completed their house:    did I mention that their dog, Souxie, is the cutest?
While I was in Seattle, Richard finished the fence, and Sunny is happily free of the zip line and any tethers. She is one happy dog, and is relentlessly persuing the chipmunks and squirrels. So far there’s no desire to get beyond the boundry – here’s hoping it stays that way.  This is the first time she’s actually been able to explore a lot of the property. Oh, and I nearly forgot to put in a couple of pics of the coffee table. I think it is from 1962 or thereabouts.    it opens up via a swivel, into a long or angled bi-level affair – like so:  
It got a good cleaning today, and now I just need to re-grout a couple of the tiles in. I might just keep my eyes open for the matching end table. Or not.

With the weather so nice, I’m hoping to finally get the trim and deck railing painted.

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done! (almost)

So, the fence project is finally nearing the end. The weather was perfect today ( finally ) and we did everything but complete the last two gates. This will be wonderful once we’re done – to be able to let Sunny out from anywhere and not have to hook her up on the zip line will be heaven. Of course some of the neighbors think we’re nuts ( they could be right ). Yesterday we had a goofy guy ask us why we were fencing " is all of that for the dog???" I sort of want to start a rumour that we’re getting a couple of horses just to drive a couple of them crazy. Anyway – he suggested that we could use ‘liquid fence’ aka deer repellent aka wolf pee in a bottle to help keep the unwanted beauties ( deer) from grazing our plants and flowers. No, thanks.
I’m leaving in the morning to go to Seattle for the weekend, Richard will stay home and build the gates. And wait for the arrival of the Richards, as they’re supposed to be here on Sunday or Monday. I’ll finish up the quilt at Mom’s, see the boys, and bring home my new ( old ) coffee table that I had Mom pick up for me that I found on craigslist. I’m excited. Here is the asked-for shot of the new ( old ) sofa: She’s in pretty good shape (given that she’s about as old as I am). But, she smells worse, and I’ll need to do some spring re-tying. (the light spots in the pic are just sunlight )If anyone has suggestions for the smell other than fabreeze ( I’ve used two applications so far )- please share.  I swear it didn’t smell at all in the shop – I even sniffed it all over, but out of that environment, well….. It is getting better with leaving the doors open during the day.

We’ve had a few really low tides this week – in the minus 2 region. I took these pics the other day:     Pretty cool to see how the contour of the beach looks without any water on it.  It was really, really out there. But still no people.

The evening before the low tide there was a huge racket coming from a bunch of crows – they were in the tree down the street. It was a little spooky seeing them all hanging out in the tree hollering.  And when we walked by in the morning on the way to the beach there was one dead one – do they indeed murder? Is that why they call it a murder of crows? ewww. Glad they weren’t in my tree. Though, maybe my neighbor went a little nuts over the racket – who knows.

So a week from now it will be the big fourth of July here – with a zillion fireworks on the beach. Richard has been working on the old jeep in the hopes of going for a fireworks lit beach drive next Saturday night. Here’s hoping he gets it finished.  

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(food, fabric, family, furniture, fence )

I made a trip to Portland to return the old dining set to Kirsten. We had a great visit, as always, but, as always, it was too short. While there I went to Powells Books – a rare treat. You could easily get lost for a day in there.
After leaving Powells – I drove by a interesting sort of food court downtown. On a vacant city block, there were over a dozen food vendor trailers set up – sort of like at the fair, but with normal food. Soup, bbq, crepes, salad, sandwiches, coffee, etc. complete with Port-a-potties & picnic tables. It looked to be the spot to go for lunch or early dinner in the middle of the busy downtown area. I saw this same concept again on Friday driving through the Hawthorne district, but with fewer vendors. Its as though Portland is getting into it’s version of the street food thing. 
The plan had been to hit up several vintage furniture shops along Hawthorne. I didn’t make it past the first one. Lounge Lizard was bigger than I expected, and a great shop. The folks there couldn’t have been nicer.  I ended up with a sofa in the truck to bring home. So, the other shops will wait until next trip. Portland has several, and the prices seem to be way more reasonable than in Seattle.  From there it was the obligatory stop at Fabric Depot ( sale!).  A few more stops on the way home – part of which was in some crazy driving rain! 

Ryan came out for a couple of days. We went to the (not so ) Garlic Festival. Generally lots of crap, with one or maybe two booths reflecting the garlic theme. Who thought this was a thing for here? In Gilroy, sure. Ocean Park? Someone tell me why they don’t have a crab, or a cranberry festival here. Where you could get a real flavor of the area. It seems like I should write a letter to the peninsula toursim board and to the paper. 
Speaking of the paper, there were two things in the Sheriff’s Dispatch Reports this week which caught my eye:

June 14
At 10:03am, a woman reported that her toaster oven was missing and she thinks it was taken at the same time her $10,000 was taken.
is that where she was keeping the money???
June 17
Fraud and theft of a house was reported at 10:50 am.
tell me how you steal a house.

We are trying to get the fence finished – however the weather isn’t cooperating. We have all but one post in, and if it quits raining we may get more wire up. Here’s a couple shots of the project so far:
     The goal is to be finished up soon, as there is company coming ( the Richards ) and they’re bringing their dog. It’s an issue with two dogs here, so if we can finish…………     Looks like they will arrive on Saturday.  Richard only has two gates left to build, and  there is still some figuring of a couple of details.

Time to get to work, I suppose. The sky is lightening up.

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I’ve been in Seattle for over a week now, and at this point I’m missing the better weather at the beach. You can’t say that too often, but it does happen now and then. Here it is raining, hailing and even snowing some. Yuck.

I drove in last Wednesday to help Ryan do some work on his house. We made progress ( though not as much as I thought we would ). He has decisions to make before it can go any farther, and I have to leave that to him.  
Its been a nice week, and Richard joined me here a couple days ago; he rode the bus from Ocean Park, switched to a second bus to Longview/Kelso and got on the train headed north. I picked him up in Edmonds. It took all day for the ride, but he enjoyed the laid back pace of the whole adventure.  
In addition to working at Ryans’ house, I went nursery shopping with Mom. There are trees and plants that I want for the house, and I’m anxious to start making my own mark on the neglected ‘yard’.  We also went to a quilt show on Sunday, and took a long drive around Lake Sammamish en route to a couple nurseries. Wow, has that area changed. Looks to me like any house more than ten years old that was lakefront and sold recently was razed in order to put up an obscenely huge, lot-filling house.  I feel really bad for those who built there thirty years ago, now being surrounded by monster houses.  Yesterday I got a haircut – not yet ready to have someone from the beach area do that.

I also got to go to Snohomish to have lunch with Deb; dinner at Gretchen’s; dinner at Justin’s; dinner out with nearly everyone and just plain hang out and talk with all of my family that is here. Nice.  

I did some furniture shopping with Ryan, and have come to some decisions about interiors for our house. I am really leaning to flooring from this place for the downstairs. Not sure which style or color(s) yet. Seems pretty utilitarian, without being cold. And, it’s interesting, colorful, and low maintenance to boot. I’m also rethinking the idea of a leather sofa to match the loveseat that we already have in the living room – its soo cold to sit on ( the cool was nice in So. Cal, but not here). I’m looking into wood framed vintage Danish Modern styles, like this one, (but not so pricey!) and I would recover the cushions in an Ultrasuede material. I think I’ll be on the hunt for awhile before I find the perfect one.  Seems like there are some good vintage furniture shops in the Portland area to go looking at. 
Yesterday Richard and I also went to a fireplace shop and looked at wood inserts for the upstairs ( main ) fireplace. There are some more modern type ones out now, from a company called Scan versus the more traditional type from Jotul. I’m not sure which style we will end up with, but by next fall there will be one of those in the to-be refurbished fireplace to help offset the high heating bills of the colder months. 

Today was spent helping Mom finish up a quilt on her quilting machine, and staying out of the yucky weather. Tomorrow we’ll see more family, and I think we will head home on Sunday. 
I’m hoping the weather there will be better.  I don’t think it could really be worse.

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