Thursday, April 24, 2008

Moving Right Along...

The sink is in, and so are the granite countertops.

Yes, the sink is black. One of D4's friends told her it doesn't look like a "real" sink--she thought it looked more like a liner. It's black granite, and one of the nice features is that it's the same material all the way through. So if it gets scratched, it's just scratching down to another layer of the same color, and shouldn't show.
Stove corner. No stove yet, but it's coming.
Well, first we have to buy it. Then it has to be delivered.
THEN it can be installed!

Front door has been painted red. No special reason, just kind of like the idea.

However, the doorknob is now broken, so it won't open from outside with the key. New lockset, anyone?
and: there is carpeting in the bedroom and closets upstairs, and on the stairs, too.

This picture was taken while the carpet-laying was in progress, so I didn't get a shot of the stairs. They were covered with guys nailing down tack strips, not the most inspiring sight.

Unless, of course, like me, you're counting down the days till you can go home again. I think we will give the carpet solvent fumes plenty of time to dissipate, though. I need my last few remaining brain cells!

Corner of the house, showing the new colors. The trim is a dark blue, which in the color chips seemed to have a lot of green. In daylight, and on the house, it seems to veer off to the purple part of the spectrum. Just like the Purple People Mover, aka Yarnmobile. Guess I'm doomed to purple-iciousness no matter what.

Seeing double: CoffeeCat Patty brought her twin sister to our Monday knitfest! Such fun, meeting the charming Dr. Jenny! And, she's a speedy knitter just like our Patty!

And, finally, a look at one of my "older" quilts. That's the nice thing about passing them along in the family: they occasionally resurface and can be enjoyed all over again.
This one is a pattern called Massachusetts Cross and Crown, and it's from a book by Marsha McCloskey which is currently buried in the bins in the driveway, or I'd tell you the title. This quilt is on the cover, though.
When I was working on it, I took it along to work on during a "quilters' weekend" at a friend's cabin in the mountains. She was trying to start a business, providing weekend getaways with a quilting theme.
Anyway, that particular weekend she'd invited several people including the then-president of one of our guilds, who'd decided that she didn't like this quilt. Every time I took it out to work on it (and it's a fun, addictive technique) she would make a comment, finally declaring that it was the ugliest quilt she'd ever seen!

I don't happen to agree with that assessment; in fact, it's always been one of my favorite things! It now lives with D5, who's been sheltering her mother and sister during these last few weeks of rootlessness. She brought it out for us to sleep under, and it's quite cozy!

I love the scrappiness of it. And blues are always right! By the way, the white fabric with the blue streaks in the lower left star happens to be one of the earliest batiks that was offered for sale commercially, at least in "our" neck of the woods. Now, batiks are really popular, but back in the late 80's they were pretty rare!


Larry said...

I can only imagine how excited you must be to be so close to moving back home. The new kitchen is great!

Christine at Unraveled has some Kaffe Fasset fabrics that she is going to be putting out for sale next week. I haven't seen them in great detail but they're pretty colorful, as you might expect. Anyway, I thought you might like to take a look. You know, just in case.

jillian said...

Wow - everything is really coming together and it's so beautiful. It will be almost like a new house!

Fun to see a picture of Dr. J.

Annette said...

That quilt is so not ugly! I know. Everyone has their own tastes, but I think that woman must have had bad taste. ;)

The house is looking great! I love a red door too!

Madge said...

I've begun drooling at how gorgeous your house has become. It's looking great, and you know I love your Bloomsbury red door. I'm still holding out for a housewarming knitting party, too, so don't think I've forgotten!

As for your quilt being not up to snuff...well, that lady was on crack.

Anonymous said...

Red door, purple trim, what poem does that remind you of....? Foosh

Ellen Bloom said...

Ooooo....fancy schmancy kitchen! I'm drooling on those black counters...but of course, it won't show!

The trim color looks great!

My Mom has always been and blue & white fan...I like it too. Must be our genes/jeans! sorry.

Knitting Linguist said...

That's a lovely quilt! (What a horrible biddy for saying negative things about it.)

The house is looking great -- soon, soon, it will be done, and you will be settled in and everything will be the way you like it :)

crosstoc said...

THe cabinets and granite are awesome. So is the carpet. You must be getting so excited.

Sheepish Annie said...

The sinks are amazing, as is the rest of the house. I can see how you must be champing at the bit to get back in there!

I also love the idea of a quilt that was made to be used. Quilts are, in essence, something for warmth and for using up fabrics, if I remember my history correctly. I think the "homey" ones are the best! Besides, that one is just purty!

Priscilla said...

I think that quilt is quite beautiful! Your then-president must have had bad taste.

Oh, now I see that Annette said the same thing. Listen to us!