Friday, August 7, 2015

I'm Alive & I have a new porch

I'm back from my unintentional bloggy disappearance; and while I wish I could say I was living off-grid somewhere exotic, or won the lottery, or any one of a million other things...the reality is that I've just been in a really really strange funk mixed with working ridicously long hours.

I completely lost my sewing mojo in early April and now...all these months later, it has started to make its slow re-appearance. Yet, while I've been "gone", stuff has been I have lots to share with you.

First porch

What little downtime I have had was spent renovating my porch; which has been one of those projects on my list since I bought my home back in 2007. From what info I can find about my 1880s farmhouse [see House History, 1870s-Present], there was a previous porch; but sometime in the 1970s it was removed. I know this for two reasons.  First, because the following photo appears in Foundations of a Community: Oakville before the turn of the century, a book which has been a lifesaver in helping me pull together my home's history.  Second, my assumptions were also confirmed by information from the Missouri Office of Historic Preservation.

Porch Renovation // St. Louis Folk Victorian - Kristy Daum

Sometime after that photo was published, a new porch was added; which meant that when I bought the house years later, the porch was already 30-40 years old and desperately needed a makeover.  Not only was the paint peeling; but the stairs were crumbling and the railings were loose. My Sister said it reminded her of something out of a horror movie and I would have to agree.

Porch Renovation // St. Louis Folk Victorian - Kristy Daum

I needed something that was functional; but had a good amount of character...being that I don't go for typical things. This of course meant that it would be mostly DIY, and my Dad was on board, although he hadn't realized at the time what he signed up for.  Sorry Dad!

He graciously cut out and painted nearly 60 of these balusters, that I designed; which make up the vertical guards to the railing, and he painted them...along with all of the new floorboards, staircase pieces, etc.

Porch Renovation, New Balusters - DIY // St. Louis Folk Victorian - Kristy Daum

The porch wasn't a total demo, as its bones were still good. We spent the next several weekends revitalizing it piece by piece, sanding and painting what would remain, and replacing one floorboard and railing after another.

Porch Renovation // St. Louis Folk Victorian - Kristy Daum

The project wasn't without it's hiccups, whether that meant miscuts, or making last minute trips to the hardware store; but everything worked out in the end.

Porch Renovation // St. Louis Folk Victorian - Kristy Daum

I still have lots of touch-up painting to do, and the porch skirt to build, and while someday I do hope to add a little fretwork or gingerbread near the top of the posts...for now, I'm thrilled with the result and happy to be able to walk on my porch and not feel like I'm going to fall through it.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Windham Fabrics - Free Quilt Pattern (Mountain Pass)

A few weeks ago, one of my newer patterns for Windham Fabrics was made available to the public.  It uses a collection of theirs called Market Road; which you can find at your local quilt shop or online.

I'll be back to blogging soon, as I have lots of things to show you; but in the meantime I wanted to pop in and let you know about this pattern which went live.  As always, this or any of the other patterns that I've written, can be found by clicking on the Buy My Patterns or Free Tutorials link at the top of my blog header.  

Mountain Pass // Free Quilt Pattern - Kristy Daum, St. Louis Folk Victorian

And remember if you make a quilt using this pattern, please send me an email or tag me on social media as I would love to see it.

- Kristy
Sunday, May 3, 2015

Spring Bloom BlogHop Winner

Thank you to everyone who commented on my last blog post, celebrating Spring Bloom, the first collection by designer, Amanda Caronia.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your responses to my question...

What is something you are looking forward to this Spring?

Random Generator chose a winner...#17, which was Sarah J.  She's already been contacted and her mailing address confirmed.

I'll be checking in later this week, with an update; but in the sure to check me out on Instagram  @KristyDaum