Music From The Four Seasons

I designed a paper pieced music notes quilt block about a month ago and since then I wanted to make a mini quilt with colors from the four seasons.

Spring brings new leaves and new life.  Summer is for light colors, carefree time for being a bit nostalgic and daydreaming under a starry night sky.  Trees in fall are dotted with bright and gorgeous orange, red and brown leaves poised to be swept away by the wind.  Winter is my favorite season where the sparking of the stars matches the sparkling of the snow underneath.  I wrapped the seasons with green, the color of nature, and bound it with brown, the color of wood.

Four Seasons quilt with paper pieced Music Notes pattern

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Dinning Room Done

It all started with these Ikea Granas chairs.  Then I wanted to paint the dinning room.  After a couple of Home Depot runs, the colour was decided.  It’s Marina Isle from Behr.  On a rare rainy Saturday here in southern California, I finished painting the dinning room.

Dining area

For the left wall, I used four photos I took in Scotland at the Border Abbeys.  The pre-cut mats that I bought didn’t fit.  So next Saturday, I spent about an hour cutting the mats and then framing the photos.  I used only about 2 inch gap between each photo because I wanted the four photos to act as parts of a bigger picture.

Dining room left wall

For the right wall, I used two small watercolor paintings I did.  To keep with the same theme, these are painted from photos I took in Scotland as well.

There is also a tile board there that I have had for a few years now.  I use that to note down whenever I am running low on  ingredients; I can then very quickly write down my grocery shopping list off that.

Dining room right wall

Last weekend we went to pick up a darning foot for my sewing machine and it was close to lunch time.  We popped into a rug store to kill a little time before grabbing a bite.  Within a few minutes we found the perfect rug.  I am glad we didn’t pick blue as the main colour, but a rug that has a bit of the same blue in it as the wall colour.

Dining Room Carpet

The final list – (mostly things we already had from before)

2 gallons of Marina Isle paint from Behr – New

Dinning table from Pottery Barn

Chairs from Ikea – reupholstered

Rug from a local store – New

Clock from Restoration Hardware

Six picture frames from Michaels – New

Two pre-cut mat boards – New

Four custom-cut mat boards

Stand lamp from Home Depot

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Ikea Granas Chairs

Our dining area is fairly small and I tire easily of shopping for furniture.  So after looking for a set of lightweight chairs with little result, I decided to just give our old Ikea chairs an overhaul.  I finally got all the materials and finished them about a week ago.  They are much sturdier and more comfortable than the original chairs.

The first chair taken apart – (I had to get gloves for the rest of them to avoid getting splinters.)

Ikea Granas Chair taken apart

Supplies – 1/4″ plywood to glue to the frame, wood glue, clamps to hold them together until the glue dried, 1/2″ foam, batting, cloth, staple gun, scissors, drill and screws.

Ikea Granas Chair Upholsterey Supplies

The bottom of one of the chairs –

Ikea Granas Chair Bottom

The final product –

Ikea Granas Chair Upholstered

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