Monday, March 21, 2011

My annual weekend creative blitz!

Happy Monday to you!  Today, I awoke feeling refreshed and recharged, after a 3 day weekend retreat as my family left for Oregon.  It's an annual trip that my hubby and daughter make together, allowing them some wonderful time to bond, and me some well loved quiet time to create! 

This weekend my main project was to re-do the room divider "curtains" that I made several years ago...back when southwest country style was, that was a while back!  This oak divider was made by my hubby, and it was designed originally to mimick the curves of our dresser mirror.  I have rarely kept it in our master bedroom, as it works better in the front room (or in this case, the entry) to divide up the open areas of the home.  The fabric was a wonderful thrift store find of home dec weight toile (4 yards/$4!). 

The little desk/chair combo was a discard from my hubby's great aunt, and we've kept it for over 10 years, intending to restore it.  I wish I would have taken a before shot, as it was a dark walnut stain, and completely falling apart.  The chair was entirely detached and the curved part of the desk was warping outward.  We believe that this piece is from the 40's or 50's and was perhaps a telephone stand?  It also resembles a old fashioned child's desk, as the seat isn't very large (I can fit in it, but wouldn't want to sit there often).  Hubby completely stripped this piece and restored it to a beautiful light cherry stain color.  Next up was the chair pad, which I made this weekend.  I first spray glued a thick foam pad, and then covered with a sturdy cotton fabric which was stapled on.  Next I made this hand needle felted floral design on black wool and made it into a slipcover for the pad, complete with zipper.  That way if I want to change it out, I can. 

Needless to say, hubby was both surprised and happy to see me finally complete these projects.  I have to say that I'm pretty happy with them too...and feeling pretty lucky that I have such a talented woodworker just a kiss away.  Have a wonderful day!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Bring on Spring...OFG Celebration Style!

It's nearly time for a spectacular OFG Spring and Easter Celebration! I've been busy putting together several new creations to debut on Friday, March 11 for this wonderful attraction. Here's a sneak peak at what you will find at Happy Valley Primitives. To see all of the great celebration items, go to, and type SECOFG in the search button. Celebration dates are March 11-25!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

One last winter blast?

This winter's weather has been generally pretty mild here in NW Washington; however, last week provided an extra winter break for the kids from school and dumped an unusual amount of snow north of Seattle. The major interstate had to close for several hours one night as too many folks were abandoning cars in the quick flurry that dumped 24 inches just north of where we live in just a few hours. We didn't get quite that much, but we did enjoy some sledding down the driveway hill, and even though Nic is getting bigger, she still managed to hitch a ride on Dad's back for a trip that lasted a good 500 feet down to our barn. Sometimes it's a load of fun having such a great hill on the property!