Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Happy Rug

In November, I was contacted by a representative of Sukhi, purveyors of handmade rugs, asking if I was interested in a collaboration.

I have been asked about collaborations before and in only two other cases have I accepted because I didn't think the other products were a good fit for my blog or my decorating style.

Scrolling through the Sukhi website evoked memories of my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica when I taught school dropouts ranging from 15 to 70 years old.

Watching the video (click here) of the Sukhi team in Nepal made me wish that I had developed a similar program to help my students.

I liked what I saw and read about the company so I agreed to the collaboration and I was asked to choose my 3 favorites.

My first choice was a Berber pattern called Aicha which is made in Morroco.

My second choice was another Morrocan Berber rug in the Khadija pattern.

My third choice, and my very favorite, was a felt ball rug from Nepal in the color Jass.

In December, I was contacted to say that Sukhi would be sending me the Jass in a 80 x 100cm rug and that it would take about 4 weeks for it to be ready.

Over the last few weeks, this sweet lady was working her fingers to the bone to create my rug. 

I love that I was given her name, found her picture on the Sukhi website and was able to send an email to thank her for her hard work - got a response the same day that almost no one sends an email and that it would be translated and shared with Ram Maya Lama.

If you have visited my blog before, I am sure you are not surprised that I wanted the rug in red - it's so soft and feels great beneath bare feet.

 I am impressed with the quality of the felt balls and the sewing of the balls together - my hands would not survive the sewing of even 10 balls together.

I really would love to keep the rug in the entry because it pops against my white walls, floor and cabinet, but the clearance of the door doesn't allow it so the rug found a home in the guest room.

If you are in the market for a new rug, please check out Sukhi - not only would you get a beautiful hand made rug, but you would be helping a woman in a third world country improve her life and that of her family.

Lulu definitely thinks getting a Sukhi rug is a good idea.

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Off to a Good Start

It's been ages since I wrote a blog post, but I do have a good excuse.

Our family went to Kauai for Christmas 

and with 4 computers, 4 iPads and 6 iPhones competing for the weak internet connection, I was not on my computer for 8 days.

Added to that, my computer started making odd sounds as soon as we got home.

While waiting to see if the noises went away, I slowly started decorating the house after Christmas.

Colorful flowers

and greenery 

seem to be a recurring theme for January.

 I'm still struggling with ideas for the "post Christmas" decor

so I'm grateful for Trader Joe's

and my local nursery for helping me out.

The flowers have given me ideas for the rest of the house.

By the way, the noises on the computer didn't go away so I had to buy a new computer.

And now I am back reading blogs and actually writing a blog post.

I'm off to a good start.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Homemade Christmas

Thanks for stopping by today.

I have joined with 4 other bloggers for the annual Creating Christmas Link Party hosted by Jann of Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson.

I love creating and never more so than at Christmas - this year pillows seem to be my thing.

I made the little linen pillows and embroidered them in the summer on one of our long drives to and from Sacramento to see Andy.

Next I jumped on the plaid bandwagon with flannel - I chose a red, white & blue fabric that will stay on the sofa through winter.

I ordered a set of 8 tea towels from Bed Bath and Beyond and used 4 of them for guest room pillows.

I wanted one more pillow on the bed so I created an iron on transfer with a green background to break up all the red.

Things in the guest room were finished until I found flannel plaid gift sacks at TJ Maxx last week

and this wonderful vintage Santa gift sack.

I like to keep my options open for future projects so bed pillows are just stuffed into each sack

The red and white tea towel pillows ended up on the window seat in the dining room and they will probably stay right there through Valentine's Day.

The other towels ended up in the kitchen, but woe betide anyone who actually tries to use one of the towels.

 Steve says, "enough with the pillows!", but Lulu thinks the more the merrier!

Last winter I went on a walking tour of Los Angeles Kaari and Molly Meng of French General where I found cute little red hearts and candy cane beads for a garland.

The Christmas decor will disappear in a little more than 2 weeks, but the garland will easily transition to a Valentine vignette.

I had fun creating this MERRY and BRIGHT banner.

The letters are another iron-on project and you'll see from my next project that I've gone a little overboard with iron-ons this year.

I ordered wine sacks on Amazon and made a bunch of iron-on transfers.

We are always popping in at holiday parties and I like having the sacks on hand to grab.

By far my favorite and worst project this year was to make stockings for KC and her family.

It's difficult to tell in this photo, but they are done with the pick stitch and nearly killed my hands.

The creating time has finished and I'm spending the rest of the month having a Merry Little Christmas.

And now for a bit of "A Shabby Christmas", visit Debbie Goes Shabby.

 Cecilia of My Thrift Store Addiction shared  "A Rustic and Romantic Christmas".

Thursday Jann of Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson shared "A Dish Addict's Christmas".

Friday Katie of Let's Add Sprinkles shared "Nordic Christmas Ideas".

And now, it's your turn - please link up and show us what you're up to this Christmas.