Thursday, April 4, 2013

Fitting Very Big Things In A Very Little Car

Well I've been back from my road trip for almost 2 weeks. But I haven't managed to write very much about it yet. I've got a bunch of pictures that I edited during my visit to Downton Abby so I'm going to write what might be the most disorganized post ever.

You might remember that the reason I took the road trip was because my son and his new wife were holding a reception to celebrate their marriage in LasVegas in January. 

It was a pretty casual affair and everybody had a great time.

Of course my favorite part was the cake.

They really liked the gift I made for them.

Then we went and had a little (more) cake to celebrate Mr Quirky's birthday, which just happened to be the same day as the reception.

This is not a great picture and a cake as delicious as this one was should have a really great picture. My sister made this for him. I'm going to make one soon so I can share the recipe with you. It was strawberry with cheesecake in the middle. And scary good.

My sister is a teacher and was on spring break so I got to hang out with her quite a bit. We like puzzles and generally do one together whenever I visit. This is a GREAT puzzle. And it was hard. Really hard. It took us 3 days to put it together. My kids helped a little as well.

She's a wonderful teacher and has great 1st grade kid stories to tell. I love this little note that she has framed.

One of my favorite things in her house is the valance over the picture window in her kitchen. It was my idea. I like to pat myself on the back!

I would love to have a better picture of it but it is incredibly difficult to take a picture of a giant window with the sun shining through. UPDATE: You can find out how to hang an multi-level plate arrangement here.

I usually stay at my daughter's home while I am in Oklahoma City. She's a bit like me and does a little thrifting and painting and fixing stuff. I love this set of lockers she found.

And I love visiting the lampshade that I made for her.

I covered it the same way that I did this one.

I think I will refrain from putting in the rest of the pictures since this is getting really long....
except I still need to show you what "IT" is that I had to pick up on the last leg of my trip. The VERY BIG thing I had to save room for. The reason I couldn't pick up a cute little wagon for the garden at what is now my absolute favorite antique store.

To make a long story short, this dear blogger was graciously bequeathing her living room rug. The one she was getting rid of to make room for a brand new one. You see she is in the middle of redoing both her dining room and living room. It was fun to see a blogger home in real life. It's funny how sometimes rooms look bigger than they really are in pictures and sometimes they look smaller than they really are. She lives in a wonderful neighborhood of Chicago and we were able to walk to a place for lunch. When we came back from lunch it was time to load up the car with the rug.  

She didn't believe that the rug would fit. Because it was BIG. I was confident. Confident that it would fit. Not quite as confident that we could actually get it into the car. I thought that it would fit running from the passenger floorboard, running through the entire car, and ending in the trunk. It was very challenging. Cramming 12 feet of rolled up wool rug into 11 1/2 feet of car interior space is not easy. Especially when there are torn tendons involved.

But we did it. Then I had to put my bags and traveling paraphernalia back into the car.

I had to shift gears very carefully. The only bad part was that I had to pick up Mr. Quirky at the airport on the way home. That meant that I had to find a place to sit. I ended up fitting into the little pocket where the lampshade that you see in the picture was sitting. It was small. And a bit uncomfortable.

But we all got home safe and sound. The next day we pulled out the rug and I vacuumed it over and over (they have a dog) and tried out a spray cleaner on it. It was only moderately successful so eventually I will have it cleaned professionally. I'm not going to use it until I paint my living room this summer so I've got plenty of time to worry about that.

I'm going to use it to go with my red sofa until I finally get to buy a new couch - which probably won't be red. Then maybe I will get to start looking for a new rug. But this one is kindof fun. I like the orange and the turquoise. It might be fun to play around with those colors. We'll see...

Thanks so much Linda!

Make something wonderful today!


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Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Your son and his wife are beautiful! And both cakes look yummy. And I'm still baffled how you got the rug in the car ... and it looks so much better already at your house! I'm happy it found a new home with you, my friend. It was such fun to meet you in person -- and thanks again for lunch!

:) Linda

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

What an adorable couple!
Of course, my eye is also on the cakes. :)
We do crazy things when we need to drag things home, don't we?

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

What a fun post to read! Cute couple and looks like a good time was had by all! Cake twice in one day is a good day in my book!

Unknown said...

I'm with Danni on this one - what a fun fun post to read!
Love your daughter's lockers - and love the color she painted them ( and the lamp shade you made to match )
AND love that dress ( cake ) and now I can't remember what else I read lol
but I know I liked this post lol -
Oh Yeah - I remember - I'm absolutely in love with that plate valance - it's gorgeous!
Have a great wknd

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Oh my gosh I love that rug! And your son and daughter-in-law are adorable!! And that dress cupcake cake is so awesome!! Sounds like a great trip!!

Bliss said...

Wondering what Linda will give me if I drive over? Now I'm not going unless there is a prize involved!


Lorraine said...

What a great time!! OMG that valance is pin worthy!! You need to get some great pics of that and post it! You're a genius! Your son and new daughter are just adorable the bow tie...takes a confident and Quirky offspring to sport that!!

Little Miss Maggie said...

Wow, where do I start? The rug is fabulous and oh so colorful. Good thing you could fit it in the car. Your green lamp shade is beautiful and your idea for the valance in your sister's kitchen is over the top. What a fabulous idea. And last but not least, you had to tell us about that cake. Looks wonderful. I love cake too and maybe a little too much.

Art and Sand said...

Love the lockers, but the valence of plates is one of the cutest things I have ever seen.

chateau chic said...

Sounds like a great time! The window valance is amazing!
Mary Alice

Marti @ SewLicious Home Decor said...

Sounds like you had a great time....I love the cake dress and the plate valance...too cute!!

I would love for you to link up at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase.

Just follow the link....


kim said...

OH, would you, could you PLEASE post a tutorial on the plate valance???? I'm in love with that as a window treatment.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Kim, I don't have another way to contact you so I'm just going to put the answer here and in case you check. I will do a tutorial. But it will be a while. After I visit again in late June I will do it. I'm glad you like it!

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

What fun the wedding party looked to have been and that kid's note is the cutest! As for patting yourself on the was MUCH deserved. That is the cutest valence I ever saw. Fabulous idea and what sweet plates she has!

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