Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Switching Things Up

Here is something weird that is going on  with a wind chime my grandson gave to me.  It is on the front deck and we have watched a wasp kind of bee go in and out a few times. It's close to one of the patio doors, so I sure don't want it and it's clan hanging around.  So, I went out to see just what that dang waspy bee was doing.  The tube was plugged, so I poked it through with a skewer and that thing on the top right picture is what the bee had been creating.  Anyway, it's gone now.  The bee has been back but is not re-building whatever that was.
Remember when I painted the living room walls when we bought new carpet.  Well, that was a few months ago and I never decided what decor I wanted to put on the one of the walls.  I dusted items that were on shelves in other rooms and gathered all my collection together and here is what I put on one wall.  I absolutely LOVE Bison.  If I HAD a Bucket List, I would definitely have seeing them in Yellowstone on the list.

I have always loved shades of aqua and turquoise.  When I saw a can of Seaside spray paint, I bought a couple of cans because I was absolutely positive that I would use it.  One of the things that I have wanted to do is to spiff up my laundry room which is really a room that leads to the garage and to the hall going to the back door.  There are closets along the hall.  The background of this picture is the louvered door to the hot water heater closet.  I plan to paint all the doors in the hall this color.  Then I saw the totes at Walmart in close to that color and bought two to replace the gray totes I keep dog food in.  And just because I couldn't resist, I bought a notebook binder in the school supply section. I have bedding this color and it looks really great in a room that has burgundy carpet.

I have been looking for other ways to refresh the look in the house.  I think I should "buy" this or that.  Then it just really struck me.  Why in the world would I even THINK about buying it when I should be thinking MAKE, or SEW.  Especially since I have some really great fabrics with this color.

I got the purse pattern that I ordered and selected fabric I want to use.  However, it takes three different fabrics.  I have two I love but could not fall in love with a third choice.  So I surfed my favorite on line fabric store...The Fabric Shack in Ohio...and OMGOSH am I really going to say I ordered fabric!?!!

Grateful:  Today I am especially grateful that I had a Mammogram and it was clear.

What about you...tell me what color attracts you the most right now.
xx, Carol

22 comments:

Barbara said...

Wow, we have two sets of similar wind chimes and have never had this happen. I’ll be looking more closely at them in the future. Nice redecorating of a wall, and your favorite colors remind me of a beach house!

Jeanna said...

Oh I'm so glad you got that bee nest thing out of the wind chime and hope that pest goes far away. I detest stinging critters!

You did a nice job on the wall decor. Sounds like you are on a roll with refreshing your home. Blues, seafoam greens and others in between are my colors.

Looking forward to your next projec!

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol lovely post and i look forward to seeing your purse made,glad you had fun online shopping my friend xx

jinxxxygirl said...

If you see my comment Carol... i think you had a mason bee up your windchime.... :) Hugs! deb

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Sounds like that bee was planning on setting up housekeeping so it's good that you interfered with his/her plans. Enjoyed seeing your bison collection - they are magnificent creatures (even tho' the only time I've seen one was in the zoo). And fabric therapy is never a bad thing...looking forward to seeing your purse. As for color - I love blue...and purple. They have always been my favourites, but I don't have too much of either in our home. Apartment life means we have to stick to neutrals pretty much.

Pamela said...

Blue is my favorite color - all shades of blue!

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Momma Bear said...

you know me, I'm every color all at once girl! I go through phases and working in a fabric shop here in woodinville doesn't help my hording, ehem, I mean "collecting" tendencies. I've been trying to go through my "too small to use but to big to throw away pile for a year now, Ive made 4 quilts (big ones!) with it and instead of getting smaller the scrap basket gets bigger, how does thAt work? I'm cheating right now with some quickie panel quilts so I can get to practicing on the longarm. Everything seems to be blue right now with splashes of green and gold.

Momma Bear said...

oh and BTW those were probably mason bees. great pollinators non-honey making, nests in small places and are mostly harmless, bees.

Debra said...

If that was a Mason bee, they don't sting and they are very good creatures. I also love those blue shades. And your bison collection is gorgeous.

Jan said...

Might your bee like wasp be this? https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/58817932/list/meet-the-grass-carrying-wasp-a-gentle-pollinator-of-summer-flowers

Jan said...

I like your bison wall, so much better than a real stuffed head mounted! I love those colors too although I don't have any accents in my house using them. I use them in my art though. Aqua, so lovely. Sometimes our fabric stash just doesn't have the perfect fabric and we must needs purchase a bit. Good for you if you refrained from going crazy and buying more than what you truly needed. I know, it is hard!

jenclair said...

Switching things up is fun! Something to focus on and give the imagination and creative faculties a useful target. Love the Seaside paint color--cool and crisp. :)

Quilt Inspiration said...

HI Carol, We love your buffalo collection, and we love aqua and turquoise shades! They are perfect in quilts, wall paint, or just about anything else. We know that your hall closets will look beautiful ! Blessings to you, from Marina and Daryl Lynn

Danice G said...

Congrats on the clear mammogram. Praying for Terry's sis in her battle. The color I am currenly loving is olive.

Mary Ann Tate said...

All shades of green and purple are my favourites. That aqua is a favourite of mine too. My neighbour has a special nest for mason bees. They started nesting in a hanging outdoor candle holder she had on her deck. She doesn't mind bees but not when she's trying to enjoy her deck. Here is a pic of one similiar to hers. She has it hanging in a tree in her backyard.

https://www.brecksbulbs.ca/product/bee-nesting-house?p=1205143&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI3YHHwOet3AIVUtbACh3HtglQEAYYASABEgLFlvD_BwE

Linda in Calif. said...

The same color and you, Seaside! I have several things around my house sprayed with that color - include a little metal side table on my front porch. One of my bedroom walls is also very close to that color. I do hope you will be able to make a trip to Yellowstone. It's one of my fondest memories to have see the bison there. And those moose with their babies.

Robbie said...

Whew...glad you noticed and took care of that nest...and it was a nest or start of one! i think you are becoming (or always have been!) Martha Stewart! You go girl...love the colors you picked out!

Susan said...

This will probably sound strange, but I'm so sick of the color of every wall in this house - it's a dark beige - about the color of the background on your blog. LOL It's fine for the blog, but it's overwhelmingly depressing on the walls. I want a good Navajo white to brighten everything and contrast with stuff. Yay on the mammo! Your closet doors look fabulous. What an odd construction for that buzzy creature!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

I'm glad you got rid of your wasp nest or whatever it was. They would not have been good near your front door if they turned out to be wasps. We have lots of bees and butterflies this year, which I'm grateful for. I think they like our heatwave. We even saved a bee that was flailing on its back by putting it on plate with a solution of two spoons sugar and one spoon of water - something my son learned to do that from a David Attenborough program. Apparently, it's how to hydrate them so they fly home to their hive and it certainly seemed to work. Your decorating is going well. I like your bison display and the aqua colour. I've been painting the wood (windows porch etc) on the outside whilst the weather lasts. It's an improvement but just white so not very exciting. Another colour would be nice but then we'd have to do all of it at once which would be unmanageable without a heatwave for a whole year and scaffolding! I'm grateful that anything is managing to stay alive in our garden with the lack of rain this year and I'm glad your mammogram was clear xxx

Kit said...

We had a problem too with cutter bees making a home in the shop wall. I couldn't sit on the patio so my hubby had to seal up the crack and I feel bad for the returning bees wondering what has happened to their home. But I can't have them there. Bison are so cool! We have a few ranches with them south of us. They are huge! I love your wall decor. Have a great week! :) Kit

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

This IS the one. I will definitely not disturb future nests if I see them.