Guest House Bedroom and Quilts

Happy Saturday!  Another blazing hot day!   We are staying cool by staying inside today. I’ve been cleaning our kitchen from top to bottom–serious..scrubbing the cabinets, cleaning the inside of the cabinets, and even washing my jars of greenbeans that I keep on top of the cabinets.   I made the mistake of cleaning our self-cleaning oven today when it’s close to 100 degrees outside, and it’s been blowing hot air for over four hours.  Yuck  One hour left and it should be clean. Next time, I’ll do this on a cool day — winter!!

Mike and I have been pushing forward on our projects.   He has the dining room completely painted, and I’ve been painting the baseboards in the kitchen, and we’ll be installing new kitchen window treatments by Monday.   I’ll post pictures.   I hope they look good!

Finally, the guesthouse bedroom’s hardwood is down and while there are a few things remaining to be done, the room is essentially finished. It’s a very simple room, but I like the way it looks.  I stood in the closet and took this picture.

I just want to go over and crawl in that bed.  The room is so much cleaner than our main house master bedroom.   The hardwood floors that Mike installed make it look so fresh and neat. I painted the baseboard, and he made and installed the toe molding.  We didn’t even fight.  Much.

The quilt was made by a local Mendota quilter and friend, Joyce “Toby” Sproles.   She was actually a close friend of my mother’s (Leah Vivian Sproles Barker) and I went to school with her daughters (Lois, Sandy and Lisa).   She made it out of scraps, and I admire the artistry she used in putting the colors together.  I would not have known where to start!  It is perfect for this room, and everytime I see it, I think of Toby.  She has had some serious health issues, but she keeps on creating.   I want to get her picture with the quilt to add to my Quilt Project tab on this blog.   I hope to do that in the next week or two.  There is so much talent in this area.

I put some sheer curtains on the windows which were purchased at Walmart for a little less than $9.   At first I planned on buying a new black rod, but I decided to spray paint the existing rod (which is one of those real simple ones that cost about $1.00).    A new one might have looked a bit better, but I’d rather use what I’ve got and save the money.

The guesthouse is furnished with castoffs or extras, furniture that Mike has made, and a few things that someone had been intending to get rid of but gave to us instead.   I made most of the window treatments and throw pillows.  It reminds me of having a big dollhouse (until it’s time to clean it).   We are going to be working on the guesthouse during the next three months, and I’ll take pictures of the rooms as we work on them.

As you go into the guesthouse, which is really an apartment above the garage, you’ll run into another quilt.  It’s called Flower Garden, and my sister Nancy made it.  It was a Mendota Cemetery Quilt, and I won it during the raffle.  I bought a lot of tickets.

Pretty, Isn’t it?

I don’t mean to gush, but thank you to everyone reading this blog.  I love your coments.  Mike will look at me while I’m looking at my laptop and say “what are you grinning about?”  It’s you!  I’m reading your comments!   This has been so fun for me.


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  1. Celeste Stevens says:

    I love your place! The quilts are lovely. Such an inviting home like atmosphere!
    This will be a fun project!

  2. Beautiful! I love the quilts that you are putting into your house. Makes me want to begin re-decorating!

  3. Diane Malcolm says:

    Love reading your blog:) Nothing better than country living!!!

    • You said it!! There are many things I want to do with this blog, but the first thing is answer that question we get “Why would you want to live there?” Som many reasons!! Thank you for reading the blog and commenting. Hope to see you this week.

  4. Mary Beaule says:

    Guest house bedroom looks amazing!! Can’t wait to sleep in it:) I’m impressed!

  5. Terri McCroskey says:

    I am enjoying reading your blog:) Country living is what it is all about. You have lots of talents yourself. Have fun with this.

  6. Sue Cressel says:

    I miss living in the guest house. It was a wonderful place for me for 5 years. Loved it there. We had so much fun.

  7. Sue Cressel says:

    I was just wondering. You think Mike thought I was a guest after 5 years? LOL. AND, you know you have never shared with your bloggers that I taught you to can. Remember the first year we canned 4 bushels green beans? Paul Baker said I could get more beans in the can than anyone he knew. People think I know nothing about rural living. Those canning days are over for me. To busy being the “Queen of Botox and Lip enhancer.

    • Actually, I DID share that you taught me to can. I’ll find the post and send you the link. After five years you are family. Why don’t you come back? He’ll have the hardwood down in the kitchen in about three weeks.

      Yes, you are the Queen of Botox and Lips…and also the Walmart of both…best prices…best stuff!! 🙂

      What are you doing up so early?

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