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My passport arrived in the mail today! I'm one step closer to jolly old England! I kind of look like a hot mess in the picture and for some reason my face looks really red. However, I hate planes so I will probably be a red faced hot mess when traveling. Maybe the US Passport people do this on purpose? What sort of legal drugs are best for plane induced anxiety...Don't say booze because I will be too nervous to drink. Something in pill for would be best....or perhaps blunt force trauma to the head? And don't start with this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld
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and so is a 4th of July sunset. Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld
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My first quilt! All done! Technically, I finished my baby circus quilt first, but I started this one first. I actually finished it a while ago but I kept forgetting to take pictures. I know some of the fabrics are Heather Bailey prints...but I can't remember which line. Free Spirit, Fresh Meadow something like that. Anyway, now the quilt lives folded at the bottom of the bed in my guest room/sewing room. I should measure it but I'm too lazy...its throw size and kinda square. The next photo is the most accurate representation of the colors. I don't love the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld
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I love small projects because of their instant gratification factor. Unlike knitting and quilting...which many times by the time you finish the item...you never want to lay eyes on it again. This bag pattern by Keyka Lou is easy to put together in a few hours and makes a great present. Her patterns are "sew and sell" meaning, you can sell them in your own Etsy shop provided you give her design credit. This was a prezzie for In the Left Lane. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld
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It's true. Now I know some people love things to be all new and sleek, but to me that just lacks character. There is something to be said for a piece (or a person for that matter) that has some history. I think it's really hard to purchase modern home furnishings that look good and are not outrageously expensive. Although I'm sure some people would come to my apartment and think, "Holy hell, does she have a lot of old crap in this place." But, I love old stuff! I'm dying to go Lucketts Fair in Virginia or the mother... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld
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Recently, I saw a home decorating magazine with cute pillow on the cover. The pillow was decorated with a bright orange-red 2 made entirely of buttons. I decided to make my own. I used softer more neutral colored buttons and a linen-look fabric. I'm not posting a tutorial because I saw an artist on Etsy creating these...and it seems jerky to post a tutorial. It's not that complicated to create...you just have to decide if you want to spend hours hand sewing a billion buttons to a pillow. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld
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I'm going to the UK in October...London to be exact...to see Beth of In The Left Lane. I couldn't be more excited. I've never been overseas. Beth asked me what I wanted to see....EVERYTHING...duh. But if any one has any suggestions on not-to-be-missed sites please pass them along. I want to see all the museums, ride in the London Eye, have high tea, and check out knitting shops! I am not super enthused about the flight...claustrophobia...but there are drugs for that. I am also not enthused about only being able to bring one tiny bag. Beth assures me checking luggage... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld
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Oh the chaaaaaaaaaaaair. Upholstery is so haaaaaard. It wasn't so bad with the muslin, but once I started using the actual fabric....then I got nervous. Don't screw up! I only have so much fabric and I bought it a long time ago, I probably can't get more. I managed to get the top padded and covered with muslin. Please excuse my kinda blurry pictures. This last photo is a more accurate representation of the color. I still have to do the arms which includes putting in about 500 decorative tacks. It's really not easy getting the fabric to lay flat... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld
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Finally, a finished product! First we have some garage sale chairs. Note the darker chair. * On a side note, when looking for chairs, (or any furniture for that matter) to upcycle, check for wobble-e-ness. It is really hard to fix a wobbly chair. I'm sure it is doable for some people, but my carpentry skills are not up to the task yet. Anyway, a coat of KILZ primer, a few coats of Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze, a coat of matte sealent and a new seat....and we have an awesome new chair! I cut the seat out of plywood with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld
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My red chair. I'm so sorry you've sat striped of guts and fabric for so long. I think we are finally ready to move forward! I decided I didn't like the cherry stained legs and arms so I spray painted them a nice leafy green which coordinates with the green in the fabric. I spent quite a bit of time laying out the foam and trying to determine which angle to attack this project from. Finally, I realized I better just get to it. I put a layer muslin, one inch high density foam, two layers of polyester batting topped... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld
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My friend Calina invited me to tag along on her knitting night over at Graceful Arts Fiber Studio. Karey, the shop owner was busy at her spinning wheel turning some natural brown alpaca into cobwebby lace weight perfection. I commented that I was eager to try my hand at spinning. Karey generously plunked the wheel in front of me and gave me a crash course. I was a natural. A born spinner, if you will. No drop spindle for me, just set me up at the big wheel and I'm ready to go! Instantly spinning and plying and creating skeins... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld
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Sorry for my absence. While I've been creating plenty of blog fodder my computer has not been cooperating. I'm going to try posting via my iPhone...which pretty much means you can expect more typos then usual. The weather has finally turned in upstate NY, so I've been spending a lot of time outdoors. But when it was still chilly I got some quilting done. I'm decided to make a sampler quilt. I like the idea that each block is different. A mini project. Breaking it down that way feels less overwhelming and less boring then creating the same block 500... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld
I have approximately 437 projects in various stages of completion piled up in my small living room which I share with another human, a largish dog and two fat cats. Did I mention my living room is also my dining room and it's really on the small side? I don't need to you do any paint stripping or spray painting or sanding or sawing. I wouldn't ask that of you...I know you're busy doing things on a larger scale...a cosmic level, if you will. What I do need from you is to QUIT IT with the RAINING and the FROST... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld
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I purchased this french provincial style vanity table at an estate sale. The sale also had a big tall dresser, a lingerie dresser, a low 6 drawer dresser with two mirrors, two night stands AND a headboard. I wish I could have purchased the dressers....but seriously who has the room to store all that stuff until you have the time to refinish it? I want to refinish it to look like this sideboard from Primitive and Proper. Look how amazing! The first order of business is to strip the top of the table. Time to break out the chemicals! I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld
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I purchased this mirror at an estate sale. Let's talk about estate sales. I have only been to a few. I love me a good garage sale, but I don't know much about this whole list signing-number taking-being in the first wave business. Basically, an estate sale happens when someone dies and the surviving kin decide to liquidate the estate. An estate sale company is hired to run the sale for a percentage of the earnings or sometimes the company buys up all the stuff and then holds the sale. This way the surviving relatives don't have to be hassled... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld
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I purchased this lamp for $4 at a garage sale. Months ago I saw a lamp at HomeGoods that had a similar feel. It was made up of a glass cylinder that you could put stuff inside. It was not $4. The glass globe in this lamp was filled with sand, pathetic looking shells, dried up twigs and milkweed fluff. The first thing I did was take the lamp apart, dump out all the nature crap in the globe and wash it out. I debated putting a little fake terrarium in the globe (KiRa's idea) or coating the inside with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld
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Yard Sale season is upon us! First, Plan your attack. Scan Craigslist and the local papers for sales. Google map that shiznit out for efficient travel time. Are you looking for something specific or are you just looking? Second, Morning of Preparations. Caffeinate. Wear comfy shoes. Bring cash...small bills are best. Third, Arrive early! Be prepared to dig through someone's dusty junk. Haggle (Nicely...of course don't be a jerk about it) I love yard sales. It's like a treasure hunt. Sure you might have to sludge through a bunch of garbage, but then there it is...the diamond in the rough.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld
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Knitting baby items is fun because you can use bright colors and silly buttons. I'm pretty the the whole point of having a baby is to dress it in goofy clothes. However, your baby will look more then chic in a little handknit smoking jacket. ...even if I do plan to add goofy green fish shaped buttons. Pattern is Baby Sophisticate via Ravelry. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld
The glass just popped out. It rests on this little ledge in the top part of the table. If your glass is glued in, trying to remove it could be a problem. I would just get some masking tape and news paper, cover the glass and spray paint away. If any paint does weasel it's way onto the glass you can just scratch it off with a razor blade.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2010 on This was ugly now it's not at countrygirl/cityworld
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Enter dirty rusty metal and glass topped patio table found on the deck in my rental apartment. Hello, poor sad table with bird poop. Time for a make-over. Step 1 First, I gently sanded the table to remove any peeling paint or especially rusty spots. I have to admit I didn't obsess over every nook and cranny. It's just a patio table, not an antique. Step 2 Next I sprayed the table with some primer to help with bonding the paint to the table and give a smoother finish. It's worth the time to prime! The finished result always looks... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld
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I have a lot of stuff. This is not a secret. It isn't that I am especially sentimental or have any collections. What takes up room in my place are supplies (and clothes but forget that for now)...cooking, knitting, sewing. These activities require supplies and tools and all that stuff needs space. Unfortuntely, there is only so much space to go around. I really hate clutter, but my house is always clutters...because of the aforementioned stuff. I love my stuff. I need my stuff. I'm not getting rid of my stuff, but the clutter must be conquered, because the crap... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld
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Who doesn't love a present in the real mail? For all the awesome speed of email, it really feels like a special surprise to get a physical piece of mail. I find it helps to have fancy friends, like over at In the Left Lane, because they can send you nifty gifties from places like The Button Queen. Clearly, a woman of such importance could only reside in London town. Beth, I think you should probably start sending me crafty gifts from all over. I mean clearly, now you've set a precedent. In the bag were some really lovely buttons!... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld
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When I left my job in NYC, my coworkers made a "Family Feud" style game of "Things Lindsay Loves" and "Things Lindsay Hates or complains about a lot." Who knew? I'm a complainer. Anyway, I won't go into all the things I complain about because that could be a blog in itself. On the more positive side of the spectrum...Things Lindsay Loves...Yarn/Knitting was high on the list. However, numero uno on the list was, "Buying stuff on sale and talking about how much she paid for it." I know...classy, but seriously who can resist a good sale...which is why when... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld
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Now that it isn't an arctic tundra of winter misery up here, taking the dog for a walk is a nice activity rather then a chore that requires multiple layers of clothing. Spring is just starting to look like it might become a reality in the near future. Although the long time locals have warned me we could get a March snowfall at any time...which might kill me. Ummm...whats this weird fragile looking clicking thingy in front yer face? Can I lick it? Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld
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There are parts of sewing that are fun. There are parts of sewing that are always a chore but necessary. There are parts of sewing that start out fun but quickly become boring and repetitive. Quilting is like this and be so honest I like picking out the fabric the best. Nonetheless I still want to learn more about quilting and the skills required to patch different kinds of blocks. Enter the dresden quilt. One particular dresden has been making the rounds due to its cover shot on a relatively new book, Material Obsession: Modern Quilts with Traditional Roots. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2010 at countrygirl/cityworld