In a recent post I gushed about my obsession with blue velvet and it just wasn’t going away so I decided to do something about it. Enter an old worn out but very comfortable chair that has been the favorite lounging spot for no less than 3 dogs along with numerous humanoids. Not one to let it go to waste, I decided to reupholster it in none other than a vintage blue velvet. Seattle has many wonderful places to shop but is very lackluster when it comes to fabric stores. Somebody please open a fabric warehouse, but I digress. This minor hitch gave me the perfect reason to visit MOOD in LA and lucky me I got there 15 minutes before they closed knowing exactly what I was looking for. Not realizing how huge it was I could have spent an entire day perusing the place if it weren’t for my single-mined journey to find the perfect blue velvet; albeit an affordable one.
These images are before photos. A couple of things I discovered about the reupholstery business is; as a profession they are in decline but the flip side to that is the ones who are still in it have a long backlog of work to do and it’s not something you can “speed up”. My chair is at least 8-10 out before I can post after photos unless I get lucky and find someone who can do it sooner than later. I am so excited to see the end result.
What are you doing on this day before the day before the last day of 2015? I’m dreaming of spring only 3 months away.
Beautiful photographs by Tim Durkan needs no words.
Every summer I visit the lavender farms in Sequim, Washington.
Everything is offered, dried flowers and leaves for sachet, small
bundles of the whole stem with flowers on them that will dry
naturally when placed in a vase or basket, soaps, lotions, and
essential oil for bath, potpourri and sachets are just a few
of the uses. The farms have been there for many years and
visiting is like stepping back into an old world garden.
Bless the bees who pollinate.
“And lavender, whose spikes of azure bloom
shall be, ere-while, in arid bundles bound
to lurk admist the labours of her loom,
and crown her kerchiefs witl mickle rare perfume.”
by William Shenstone The School Mistress 1742
Did you know….
- Lavender is a herb in the mint family.
- Lavender is edible and can be used in cooking and making teas.
- The benefits and use of lavender has been known for over 2,500 years.
- In perfume, scented bath oils, and even mummification, the ancient
Egyptians used lavender profusely.
- Lavender in water can be used for cleaning floors and furniture.
It is an excellent and aromatic cleaner which can be used for laundry also.
- Nurses bathed the wounds of soldiers with a lavender wash, for its
healing properties, during World War I.
Lavender is edible
Sugar the Westie loves walking the fields
What to do on a sun drenched spring day? Visit the beautiful San Juan Islands in the PNW.
Good Morning! I want to wake up to this
every. single. day. Simply stunning.
Taken with an iPhone4, Seattle, WA