Thursday, June 22, 2017

throw back thursday design- victorian style

talk about victorian and images of gingerbread houses with wrap around porches and bright colors come to mind....elaborately decorated interiors with lots of flowers and knick knacks and rooms full of furniture....here's a brief history....

"During the Industrial Revolution, the middle classes were able to increase their prosperity and for the first time invest in the decor and design of their homes. The period between 1837 and 1901, the reign of Queen Victoria, saw the cheap mass-production of countless household items, making them accessible to people who could never have afforded them before.
They immediately began to emulate the aristocracy and filled their homes to bursting point with accessories, furnishings and fabrics, all designed to showcase their new wealth and status. A bare room was considered to show a lack of taste and so Victorian interiors appeared to be very cluttered compared to modern minimalist ideas. Here we look at ways to bring touches of Victorian nostalgia to your modern home without the need for costly remodeling."

the reign of queen victoria was a long one and as the decades passed- so did victorian ideas of design....one of the biggest fads started in 1876 and continued into the early part of the 20th century- crazy quilts...quilt making was nothing new but the crazy quilt shook things up a bit...they were more decorative than utilitarian...

"Early quilts made in the crazy style were more show pieces than functional and were often made as smaller unquilted "lap robes" that were used to decorate the parlor. They were fitting showpieces for the lavish interior decoration of the day. These quilts were usually made using velvet, silk and brocade fabric, cut and pieced in random shapes. What a perfect way for women to show off their needlework skills! Using silk thread, women placed lovely decorative stitches on each seam. Intriguing names like feather, herringbone, fly and chain describe just a few of the intricate stitches. The imagination and skill of the seamstress was the only limit."


i have a design in mind for myself to try using crochet...will keep you posted...




Monday, June 19, 2017

monday musings

this summer has been a weird one...the weather has been completely out of whack and it seems like everything breaks or goes bad at the same time...hills and valleys i guess...i am waiting to hear from the promoters of the craft fair to see if i got a slot...i'm optimistic but the 22nd is the cutoff date for applications, so it's looking like i have to wait until after then...

i have so many projects i want to start and only two hands and not enough time :) again, hills and valleys...i will say that i am getting increasingly annoyed by retail stores like ac moore, michaels and the lot...i went to ac moore here in my neck of the woods and they have shaved their yarn section way down...and they filled much of the space with what is apparently 'their' yarn...studio by nicole....never heard of it until i went to get a skein of red heart and they had barely anything...sooooo....i have to go online...it seems more and more outlets are like that...jo ann's here is similar and i don't even know if the michaels here carries yarn...walmart has slashed it's stash too...i only go to those stores for yarn...sooo...i'm happy enough to have it arrive directly from the supplier to my door...they all offer free shipping on certain sized orders...

so...i'll plan my projects accordingly :)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

throw back thursday designs

i had little idea what 'shabby chic' was when it started to become 'a thing' in recent years...

"Shabby Chic interior design presents a soft, feminine feel that differentiates this look from other vintage styles. It is a uniquely romantic way of decorating that first originated in the the 1980’s in the United Kingdom. Shabby Chic interior design consists of furnishings that are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear, or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. At the same time, a soft, opulent, yet cottage-style decor, often with an affected feel is emphasized to differentiate it from genuine period decor."
  • Furniture: Shabby Chic furnishings show signs of wear and distressed, time-worn and painted layers.
  • Fabrics: Fabrics tend to be cottons and old French linens. Whites and pastels are favorite colors.
  • Decor: Popular decor items are pillows made of vintage fabrics, vintage linens, chenille bedspreads, vintage chandeliers, and anything with roses on it.

not really my design style but i thought i could put a throw together with my own take on shabby chic....it's currently a wip that i featured recently and i am layering ruffled ripples of cocoa brown, creamy off white and whipped creamy white...i may call it cafe au lait :) but not everyone loves all white so i thought a bit of neutral color would pop a bit....