Tuesday, July 14, 2015


The summer cleaning chronicles continue here at Ashton House. So far we've culled 10 truckloads of donations and are nearly finished with the main level. I decided to commandeer half of an underused parlor for an impromptu sewing nook (The below photo shows only part of it—I'll share the part with my little pink Featherweight in a future post). I thought that would be a better use of space than the rare times we need an extra parlor to entertain guests—most of the time we end up gathering in the main parlor anyway. This was the perfect opportunity to bring this handy table out of storage. I'd been saving it for the perfect spot and last week, I happened to realize this was it!

All of this rearranging prompted me to execute some of the organization solutions that have been on the back burner for far too long—simple things like creating a pretty yet practical ribbon holder. It only cost me $7. I found a boring black paper towel holder at a discount store and spray painted it this vibrant blue. I'm ashamed I was too lazy to do something so simple sooner! I have no excuses. 

The paper towel holder takes on a totally new life with the fresh coat of paint and some happy spools of ribbon.

Originally a letter holder, this fun find (pictured below) now corrals some of my more commonly-used Omnigrid rulers (I still keep most of them up in my sewing room on the upper level but it sure is handy to have a few of the ones I need most of the time on the main level).

To celebrate my cleaning progress, I ordered a pair of Orla Kiely shoes when I discovered they were half price! They came in the mail last week and were everything I'd hoped for and more. My hubby thought they looked like fried eggs. Hee hee! After chuckling, I quickly told him they were supposed to be flowers with a pop of pink. They look like they would be uncomfortable but I'm telling you they are as comfy as the other shoes I posted earlier. I could wear them all day, and that's the kind of shoes I like. 

I wore them with my vintage-inspired polka dot halter dress to church on Sunday. It was the perfect day to wear such as dress as the temps were sweltering with a heat index above 100 degrees.

I'm still working on some other organization solutions for my sewing nook. One of them involves a nifty set of dies by Sizzix that I found at Quilt Market in May. I'll post about them next time!