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The Briar Rose Quilt


Sometimes it is nice to sew with some pink. And strawberries.  And frogs.

Briar Rose Quilt

And sometimes it is nice to make a simple quilt and let the fabric do the heavy lifting.  Especially when it is so pretty.

Briar Rose Quilt

I spent a lot of time trying what to sew up with my charm pack of Briar Rose by Heather Ross.  I had many ideas and a couple of them even made to the design wall. 

But I just did not want to cut it up too much.  Those frogs. 

Briar Rose Quilt

Briar Rose Quilt

And the other whimsical goodies hiding the patterns.

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So I ended up a pattern I have done before-this quilt by Elizabeth Hartman.  It is a great pattern for a beginner and the fabrics can shine.

Briar Rose Quilt

I quilted it with my favorite wave and backed it with some girly purple polka dot. 

Briar Rose Quilt

Since I do not have any little girls in my house and the little one who lives here already has plenty of quilts, this one is going to be a baby gift. 

Briar Rose Quilt

I copied my friend Jaime’s great idea and put the quilt label on the binding.  It is unobtrusive and easy. Perfect.

When the fabric line comes up later this month, I may have to get some more of those frogs.  And maybe the strawberries. In a couple of colors.

A Navy Gallery Wall


So we bought a gallon of paint and did a little mini-redo on the upstairs gallery wall.  I was a little bit worried that navy would make the space look a little too dark.  And that if we hated it we could not paint it back to the original color because we did not have it.

But I loved it from when the first coat went on.

Navy Gallery Wall- Anything Pretty

And now looking at the before pictures I love it even more.

The boring Before (reminding just how much I want to paint the entire entryway.  And get a new light fixture.)-


And the After (a navy wall distraction from those thoughts)-Navy Gallery Wall- Anything Pretty

Navy Gallery Wall- Anything Pretty

Navy Gallery Wall- Anything Pretty

Painting a hallway wall was an easy and quick project that achieved in a couple naptimes.  We added some more pictures and frames as well-using the old paper on the wall method.

At night as you can see by the crappy phone pic.

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And I love all the new pictures that now got updated and added to the walls.  You can never have too many black frames with white mats.  And a cute kid and dogs help too.  Although one could make an argument a maximum number of those per house could exist.Navy Gallery Wall- Anything PrettyNavy Gallery Wall- Anything PrettyNavy Gallery Wall- Anything PrettyNavy Gallery Wall- Anything Pretty

(Paint color is Rainstorm by Sherwin-Williams).

Anyone else wanting to paint something navy?

Four Things


1. We are in full fledged summer mode. 



IMG_8949Baseball gaming, strawberry picking, family vacation mode.  Which is heavenly.

2. The garden is growing and I have decided to ignore the weeds and pretend I planted them.



Gardening with an almost two year old is much different than an almost one year old.  He now loves to help.  Salad ripping and spinning is one of his favorite activities.   If he would only eat the fruits of his labor.

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3. DIY is in full swing around here.  So many posts to write, so little time.  One of which is my new and improved craft room.  Should be ready for unveiling next week.  Or as soon as I have time to take some decent pictures.  It is my new happy place.


4. As I am sure you are aware, Google reader’s final day is today.  Sniff.  I have moved over to Bloglovin’ and would love it if you followed me over there as well.

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Hope everyone has a happy 4th!  We will be enjoying more summer fun.  And writing some posts.