Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Junior High ... revisited

Were you popular in high school?

Were you part of the "in" crowd?

Were you cool??

I wasn't.

I soooooooooooooo wasn't.

I wasn't athletic.  I was so-so smart.  I wasn't pretty.  And I definitely wasn't popular.

I could knit .... and I could knit well.  And I sat in front of a 1951 Singer Sewing machine for hours ... and frustrated my mother as she tried to teach me to sew.  I did learned how to use a seam ripper well.    ;)

Trust me, you will not be a popular girl if you carry sharp sticks and scissors with you at all times.


And to this day .... I am still the same person.  Un-cool.

And that brings me to Miss Eff's County Cozy Christmas Bazaar.

Wanna know what you will find here?

Well .... you are not going to find the coolest, newest, hippest items in town.  Whatever they may be this year!  I am so un-cool, I don't even know what is cool now.

What you will find are carefully made products with a sense of tradition, durability and environmental stewardship.  And hopefully, heirloom quality items that can be passed down to the next generation.

You will find pillowcases with antique linen lace.

You will find tea towels with tiny hand-embroidered stitches.

You will find hand knit fingerless mitts and fluffy warm scarves.

You will find aprons with flirty ruffles and aprons that are so practical ... they are reversible!

You will find slippers ... just like Grandma used to knit.  Why???  Because it is the pattern that is burned into my brain ..... still today.

And you will find practical items .... like clothes pin bags, tissue cozies, cute produce bags for the farmers' market and washable fabric bowl covers like this one.  (Don't you LOVE this reproduction vintage fabric??)

Simple.  Practical.  Natural.

That is how I describe Miss Eff's Country Cozy Christmas Bazaar.  We will be handing out warm cider and homemade cookies from 9 to 3 on December 5th, 

And hugs.  It's Miss Eff's.  We do hugs.

Please come .....   Because if you come, it will be cool.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Coming Attractions......

My favorite part of the movie theater attractions was always ..... what is coming next.

Well ... I have got a biggie for you now.

It is countdown time for the 2nd Annual Miss Effie's Country Cozy Christmas Bazaar.


Julie and I will be back at it again .... trying to create and make fun Christmas gifts for you. 

Everything is handmade.  We ship no products in from China.  Embroidered, sewn, thrown, knitted, spun, felted and cooked....... it is done by Julie or myself or purchased directly from local friends ..... that make the products themselves.



So mark your calendars for Saturday December 5th ... from 9 to 3 at the Summer Kitchen at Miss Effie's. Christmas on the farm .... the ducks, cats and chickens will greet you.  (Great help and cheap!!!!  They work for chicken feed!!!)

My own personal crafting focus is two-fold.  I try to make environmentally sound products from quality materials that my Grandmother would recognize.

As I say ..... she made a mean fried chicken dinner but had no idea where the "nugget" came from.

I am super excited about my latest sewing projects ....

I've had these on my to-do list for a while but finally got to them on Sunday.

Instant. Love.

Washable ... reusable ... bowl covers that eliminate the need for plastic wrap or foil.

They are lined with a fabric that can easily be wiped and will prevent liquid from seeping through the fabric.


They fit an 8" Pyrex bowl as well as a 5 quart Kitchen Aid mixing bowl.

They are only $10 ...... there will be larger ones for $15.00.

Wanna know the BEST thing about these????? 

I got to buy more fabric!!!!

Remember .... Country Cozy Christmas Bazaar .... December 5th!!!!! 

(Don't worry ..... I'll remind you again.  And maybe again.)


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Decisions. Decisions.

When it comes to a kitchen remodel ... all you seem to do is make decisions.

What will I store there?  Where will I put this?  What color of trim?  What kind of hardware?

But this should be easy for me .... after all, I spent 25 years of my working career in draperies, flooring, furniture and kitchen design.  Piece. of. cake.


Today .... I will talk about my flooring decision ... and how I haven't quite made it yet.

Currently ... in our kitchen we have wood.

Sixteen years ago ... I talked Honey into ripping out Congoleum 40010.  Little brown brick like thing.  You've seen it.  Once upon a time ... it was EVERY. WHERE.

And underneath the brown bricky vinyl was a 4" fir floor.

The original floor in the house.

My heart fluttered.

I was in love.

We had it sanded.   And I talked Honey into painting the floor with a floor paint.


First a dark green and then a deep orange-y terra cotta.  The terra cotta color would wear ... and we would get the green ... like years of wear on the floor.

And we got this.

And I loved it.  And I still love it.

Sort of.

First ... I am a messy cook.  I bake bread a couple of times a week ... so flour is on the floor.

I make noodles and pasta .... so more flour is on the floor.

I can tomatoes .... so water and tomatoes are on the floor.  Mixed with the flour.

I make jam .... so sticky stuff is on the floor.  Mixed with the flour ... the tomatoes and the water.

And I regularly drop eggs on the floor .... cuz I am certain there are no more eggs tucked into my hem of my shirt!

Need I say more????

The 120 year flooring is currently on life support.

And now ..... looks like this.

Every where ... the tongue and groove are breaking out leaving splinters and flourtomatoestickystuffeggdirt material  in the grooves of the floor.

Great vintage farmhouse look ......

Not so much on the clean-ability.

So ... I want something that works for me and we chose Forbo Marmoleum Click.

We talked about doing a pattern but by the time the table, the hutch, the bookcase, the island, the cupboards and 5 doorways are accounted for ..... you won't see any pattern anyway.  So it will be a solid color.

Forbo's Click is a DIY dream .... you can put it down on any floor and "click" it together.  And you can't see the seam.  It fits extremely tightly together for a very smooth finish.  It comes in 12" squares or 12"x36" panels.  We chose that size as it will be even easier and faster to install.

It has three layers ..... a solid environmentally sound linseed oil-based linoleum layer, an engineered wood substrate and a layer of cork that deadens sound and helps "float" over the floors imperfections.

I sound sold, right???? 

I am but ............................

What color do I choose???

The main cabinets will be the ivory on the right with a flat panel shaker style door.  The sink base and baking center will be the willow wainscotted cabinets with a coffee glaze with furniture styled features.

In the store .... I was convinced I wanted the center sample or the sample to the left.  But the left sample (Barbados) blends into the cabinet so much .... there is no difference in tones.  The center (Caribbean) seems too gray for me ..... and I hate gray.

Except for hair ..... I like gray hair.  :)

Finally the right sample ... is Van Gogh.  A little more yellow than I thought I wanted.  I keep going back to it ... which should be a sign.... but its not quite a billboard yet!!!!

Wall color is Sherwin Williams blonde which is a chameleon of a color and the original wainscoting -- is an antique white.  Yea .... the original wainscoting is still in the kitchen.

You old house lovers can be jealous now.  ;)

So ............ talk among yourselves.

Let me know if you have a consensus.

I need to look at countertops.