We had a huge rainstorm last spring that caused some water damage in our breakfast room. There was red and white checked wallpaper hung by a previous owner on the wall before that rainstorm.
All the water pouring in loosened the wallpaper adhesive, and it is WAY too tempting to eat a meal in there and not peel away at it...especially for a 4-year-old little boy. The most rewarding part for him was peeling a big piece off and hitting his sister with it while she was taking a bite of cereal.
So I decided maybe I should strip it and paint. It took all summer.
But thanks to a friend with a steamer, and another with 4 inch blade scrapers, and a helpful husband to watch the kids, it finally got done. I found some blue and eggshell and primer in the basement (thanks again, previous owners), mixed up some paint and we were ready to go.
New room. Uninjured sister. Bored 4-year-old boy. Not too bad.
You know, I thought I was being all Martha Stewart putting those apples in a bowl on a tablecloth we never use...and then I got closer and saw that Someone had needed just a little snack. Good grief.
Lately, the tear in the seat of this chair has been bugging me. It's apparently been bugging Svea too. This is "her" chair at night when she and Henry watch a video at the computer (he gets the big desk chair, of course) and the tear has grown in the past 2 weeks as she picks and pulls at it:
I got this for my birthday, sweet Husqvarna Lily:
Then fabric was on sale and Amy Butler's inspiring Midwest Modern was available at the library and viola! Slip cover solution!
We have hurried up to slow down all summer long it seems. Now we are home. For a few weeks, at least.
At the beginning of the summer I started collecting haikus from various friends. These verses had to be about things that cannot be hurried. I encouraged them to hurry up and write, of course. Appropriate of me.
I will post one a day (M-F), keeping artists anonymous, through August as a reminder to all of us to hurry up and slow down already - the summer is coming to a close.