I made a quilted heating pad "cozy". I did it because the one that was on it was gross (to me), and because I feel sure I will find it somewhat touching and a little funny to pull this out as a little old lady. It actually turned out great, very easy. If these two fabrics look familiar, its because they were included with the Denyse Schmidt "Quilt It" kit, as a pillow. I didn't really need the pillow, so it all morphed into what you see here. There is a pattern and instructions for a heating pad cover in the Denyse Schmidt quilt book, but I didn't follow those (her version has some great patterns and colors mixed together, I just wasn't inspired to spend THAT much time on this project), just kind of made most of it up. So you see, yes, there are people who spend time making cozies for their heating pads (the same people who buy the gnome lights). I don't even use this heating pad (the cyclist in the house has). But...I might now.
Thank you guys for all the gnome love, I knew you guys would get it. I won't even tell you what he brought home for me yesterday. Let's just say this newest knick knack is red with white spots and supposedly poisonous...and its in my living room. Its cool. Although I keep waiting and hoping he'll bring me home the ultimate kitsch. Yes, I would really like one.
The next project around here is to tackle slipcovers for the two living room chairs. Pep talk me guys...I think I can do this, I really do, but scared to death to dive in and do it. I bought two lovely colors of linen-y fabrics that will be so nice (one chair in each color), but I keep wondering if I can get away with just draping the yardage over the chair and call it done. The reality is that it isn't a good look, even if you squint.
I had a brunch date with Daria on Sunday and treated myself to one of her rings while eating my omelet. I chose the black with the pewter center, after much pondering (Daria probably thought I hadn't given that much thought to a wedding band). All those rings are so pretty, its not easy to decide. She gave me this cute "dear heart" print, which is on my kitchen windowsill for now and one of her "snip it" cards. One of the nicest perks about blogging has been meeting people like Daria. The two of us pretty much picked up where the last conversation left off a month ago at least. So fun to bounce creative blather back and forth over good food.
Two things that resonated today over my afternoon tea-
I also love that the latest J Crew catalog has a swimsuit model who looks a bit more rounded than usual. Speaking as the mother of an 8 year old who is well aware already that she is "skinny" (not due to any comments by me), I love seeing normal sized, healthy looking women and hope it continues.