Monday, February 26, 2007

Delicate domestication



So what do you think of my studio progress above?? And the new do? Do you like my hair?

Okay sillies, this is the most beautiful, blissful picture though right? This happens to be Miss January from Bernina's 75th anniversary calender. One of the many little gifts I received as a result of spending some time with them earlier in the month. Such a gorgeous picture though, and there's that birdcage of mine too. If I could manage this studio with nothing but that swank wallpaper and those three items on her table, what simple days I would have. It will stay January here for the rest of the year, as I cannot bare to flip this dreamy image away!



So in the non-imaginary life of the studio I am making a little progress on some details here and there. In the old European tradition of fanciness that Miss Bernina lives in, I am using some otherwise stored away handmades from my Yiayia. Both windows that face the front yard have a special layer of delicate gold and emerald embroidered linens to boast now. This is a table runner that was so badly stained in the center, that it was never used.



And of course it was with a trembling hand that I actually cut into this. But I wanted to actually see this beautiful handiwork of hers. I wasn't enjoying it or putting it to any use in the drawer. Yiayia put everything to use. And the gorgeous work and color inspired the art deco style motif that I painted across the top of the shades.



The third window on the east wall has this sweetly appliqued and cross-stitched tablecloth filtering the morning sun now too. It's a square tablecloth that has nowhere to rest in this house of giant farm tables that feed masses. After receiving this as one of many wedding gifts from Greece almost 14 years ago, I think I'm pretty sure I won't have a square table anytime soon. Even on the most overcast day, the way the daylight looks through these fancies gives me a feeling of hand-washed linens drying in the sun.



Alot of the tables in here have also gotten a white bath as well as had their tops cozied up with a quilt of fabric swatches. This is the his of the his and hers computer tables. They make me feel a bit like I'm under a comfy blankey when I work on the computer. Happy yaaawn. More soon sweeties.

xo,AM

24 comments:

  1. I'm sure that Yiayia would be most happy to see her work in your windows and she would not have minded a bit that you needed to cut them to use them.

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  2. I love the personal touches in our homes that give us that good full feeling when we see them here and there.
    You Yiayia sounds like one of a kind.

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  3. Hi Anna!
    Looks like you have spring fever, too! Love the new look........have fun and enjoy the whole process of creating your own special retreat! Just think, you have a part of your Yiayia with you! She would be so proud and happy!!!!

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  4. I agree with you - it is much better to be able to see and enjoy your Yiayia's handiwork on a daily basis, than leave it in a drawer. They look beautiful against the sunlight.

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  5. I LOVE the his and her's computer table and your analogy that it's like your under a big comfy quilt. too cute!

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  6. I, too, have many hand embroidered white linens from my yiayia. I've emailed your post to mum as I'm sure she'd love to display them as curtains (unfortunately that particular look doesn't suit my existing decor).
    Thank you for the inspiration - again. x

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  7. What a cool idea! There is a second hand shop here (well, a warehouse really, its huge) and they have a lot of hand worked tablecloths - I've often wanted to 'adopt' them and give them a good home but don't need them for tablecloths. I'll make lovely curtains for my sewing room ... Ooooh, I can't wait!!

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  8. I think my grandmother has that wallpaper in her house!

    Your room looks so sunny and cheerful!

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  9. You are simply a genius...your creations are fantastic, your house are beautiful, your fantasy are without limits...I would want to link yours blog in mine..Can I?

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  10. Hi Angi-what nice words, yes, thanks for the link!
    xo,AM

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  11. jessica7:36 PM

    lovely...lovely. how is your quilted top sitting atop the his version of the work station? looking forward to hers... and that Bernina image from the past. oh my. so good.
    i love my bernina so much,
    a happy reader - Jessica in WI

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  12. looks like a wonderful place to work. I can almost feel the light breeze through those curtains!

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