Monday, December 18, 2017

Disastrous and Dreadful ~~ With a Happy Ending

For all that was lost, my family is safe and sound, sleeping in my house as I write this post. On Thursday our oldest son and his family lost their house and all of their belongings to a fire. 

Will was offshore, working. The two teenagers were at school. Stacey and Dusti taking baby Milly Christmas shopping. No one was home. No one harmed. (I can't even think the alternative.) 

As the fire began to grow in the attic, two off-duty firemen happened by and tried to determine whether there were people inside the house. The two pets were home, one inside and outside. The dog barked and they forced the door open to free her. 

About the same time, in tears and panic, terrified of what she would find, Stacey called us. She turned to go home but didn't want to be there without us. Of course, we raced over. When we arrived the smoke had begun billowing from the roof. In only a few minutes there were flames. I was on the phone with Will telling him things would be okay, and we were there to help. 

Then I saw those terrifying orange flames and, on the verge of tears, told him to come home, now, to take care of his family. By the time he arrived via helicopter and truck, the fire had been extinguished, but everything lost.

Older homes in Louisiana (1960 and earlier) were often built of cypress planks. There was plenty of cypress available in the southern half of the state, it's a hardwood that lasts a century or more, and it's beautiful. 

Will and Stacey's home was hand built by a young couple who raised their family then retired. After the husband died, Mrs. B decided that another family would bring life back to the house. She kept in touch with Will and Stacey and they remained friends. 

Almost every piece of wood on the house was dry, dusty cypress cut and nailed 57 years ago. When Mrs. B got news of the fire she went over to console them and told stories of the house from its very beginning--she cut the wood, her husband walked on the rafters and terrified her, how they slowly added to the house over the years, and so on. How sweet is that? She must have been aching to see her family home reduced to flames but focused her concern on the people who were losing it. 

It took hours for the fire to do its damage. Houses of the era often had cross beams meant to slow down a fire as it travels up a wall. This fire began in the attic and did the fastest damage there, dropped down onto the ceiling, which eventually caved onto the floor and walls in the center of the house.

Meanwhile, volunteer firefighters with as many as 10 trucks did all they could. They fought the flames from one side while it roared to the other. More trucks arrived, so they cut a hole in the roof and used additional hoses to spray into the attic from the back of the L-shaped home, but there simply was not possible to fight from all sides. 

A draft, a shift in the wind, a bundle of something stored in the fire's path, so many variables can affect the route of the fire that it's difficult to know what to do, where to do it, and what to do it with. 

Volunteers train often and hard, but in rural places we know that the odds of saving a building are not good. Volunteers may be unable to come. Others may be not trained for the type of fire that is raging. (Ours was an electrical fire.) The gas, electric and water companies must all have men on site to assist in turning off utilities which can make situations even more dangerous. One doesn't realize the complexities of what has to be done or the safety protocols set in place until they affect your life and home.

Eventually they did extinguish the flames, then the smoking embers on the inside walls, and the "hot spots" that are most persistent. At last, the exhausted men and women were able to remove their heavy coats and boots and return home. Will had arrived and tried to assess the damage, but the cyanide gases inside the house prevented him from even looking in the windows.

The only thing left to do was to find a place to take a bath and try to rest for the night. In the morning they returned, unwilling to accept the devastation. But while they suffered a loss which breaks our hearts but is nothing compared to what could have been. 

They decided to come here for a day or two to regroup and shake off the nervous shock. Once they talked it over as a family, they decided to stay until after the holidays. So everything in my world is upside down and crazy. Quilting and blogging will be put aside so that I can help with the many, many details of finding a way back to living a normal life. But we are together and safe and that is all that matters.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Pin It Weekly #225

Are you ready for Christmas? I sent a text to my sisters asking who had won the game that we all play at this time of year: the-get-it-all-done game. It turns out that everyone still has time to win: no one is finished. In fact, by listing all of the things we have done, we began to realize just how much is left to do. Ah, the holidays! 

Holiday Embroidered Christmas Table Runner | christmas | Pinterest | Christmas Runner, Runners and Christmas Table Runners

Very often, when I am looking at Pinterest, I begin with something I'm interested in, such as this gorgeous table runner. But then.
1880's Dresses | All The Pretty Dresses: 1880's Sage Green Bustle Dress

I see something else that is interesting and that leads to something like this odd little garment. Whale bones, padding, ribbons. Who needs all this? And for what!?!

18th century accessories - Google Search

And that's about the time that I fall into the rabbit hole. Getting out can be, well, let's just say it requires a great effort.

Ca.1865 hoopskirt. Palais Galliera.

Danielle Jordan - Costume Technologist | DRAPING & STITCHING

Stays (corset) and panniers (hoops), English, 1770-1790. V Museum.Ivory panniers More

Pantaloons - undergarment worn by women under dresses. Before this century women wore nothing under their garments. However, during this time women's dresses became a lot lighter and sheer, calling for a garment like so.Image result for different types of crinoline

Medium Victorian Bustle Pad Available In White by SallyCDesignsDIY Side panniers tutorial by temps de elegance in French and English.

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Imagine wearing any one of these accessories. 
I can barely stand a bra and panties. The poor women who wore all these extra undergarments!

The purpose of all these extra wires, whale bone, and fabric? To push the breasts up, squeeze the belly in, and give the hips extra padding. Ha! I can't imagine wanting extra padding anywhere or for any reason. Even in a rabbit hole. Which one do you think is the oddest of the undies?

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Christmas Glitter

I love Christmas. The sparkle. The glitter. The beauty. 

Mercury glass balls are the perfect accessory...(really, balls of any type!) @Jen Hekhuis Nelson

Rose gold, gold, and silver Christmas treeI think white is an amazing colour because it is snow colour. White colour makes perfect Christmas decor. Well with the help of white you guys can have a wonderful white Christmas scenes at your homes. You must try the ideas given below.

Fill column vases with ornaments or silver and gold sprayed small natural items (nuts, little pinecones). Dollar Tree has these vases for only one dollar, although they're a small version, but could be grouped by the half dozen and raised to different levels with stacks of coasters or something underneath.

Floreros para decorar en navidad Vases to decorate at Christmas #Centrosdemesanavide├▒os #Comodecorarennavidad #Decoracionesnavide├▒as #Florerosparadecorarennavidad #ideasparanavidad #Navidad2016

Christmas living room with silver and gold mantel display

Okay so not quite this intense but I love the colors. Imagine with just a hint of light teal!

Victorian Christmas Wreath, Silver and Gold Christmas Wreath, Elegant Christmas Wreath for DoorA trio of lantern filled with inexpensive silver and gold ornaments from HomeGoods for simple, beautiful front porch holiday decorations (sponsored pin)

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You may not find many large quilts in silver and gold, but you will find many quilted table runners, tree skirts, and stockings. 

Quilted Table Topper in Gold and Silver Christmas QuiltedRustic Glam Decor Quilted Table Runner in Neutral Shades of

Excited to share the latest addition to my #etsy shop: Silver and gold table runnerChristmas Table Runner, elegant, handmade, quilted, fabric from Kaufman Flourish Line Measures 46.5 x 15.25 inches Made by Chris This gorgeous fabric has beautiful brilliant silver and gold metallic with the most gorgeous ornaments, poinsettias, medallion and blue snowflakes etched

MAKE NEW FRIENDS by Wendy Sheppard: Pair classic silver and gold for a beautiful wall hanging quilt. To create this pretty wall hanging, Wendy Sheppard used triangles that seem to float!

Gold Regency Dupioni Quilted Stocking Main

Already dreaming of Christmas. Channel Quilted Velvet Stocking | Pottery Barn

Our sweet, snowy tree skirt features sparkly, embroidered scrolls on a bright white backdrop, wrapping your tree with the magic of a glistening white Christmas. It makes the perfect place to put your expertly wrapped presents.

Silver and Gold Quilted Christmas Tree Skirt

Gold tree skirt.

Do with silver and gold with driftwood! Love

Item #: C226 Holiday quilted ornament, no sew folded fabric technique, three layer ornament. This ornament is silver and gold themed. The center of the ornament is crafted with gold glitter cotton fabric. The second row is alternating gold glitter fabric and white/silver glitter

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Pin It Weekly #225

What colors have you been pinning?

I'm going with gray and a soft blue because I have to choose colors for our bedroom so that we can finish the bathroom. Since I'd like the two to coordinate, I have to decide now. Ah, the stress!

Soft blues have the ability to make a space feel tranquil. My favorite soft blues are those that have a grayish undertone. In my opinion, they look more sophisticated than that of a baby blue. Depending on the lighting and the other colors in the room, some may come across more gray or green. With that said, here are my favorite grayish blue paint colors. Sherwin Williams- Sleepy Blue Benjamin Moore- Summer Shower Benjamin Moore- Smoke Benjamin Moore- Yarmouth Blue Benjamin Moore- Sant...

Something neutral like this for a second guest room. Light blue with tan.

This room is aesthetically soothing by its use of a monochromatic color scheme. The use of varying tones of soft blues is a great way to freshen a space while the white adds a level of sophistication.

Bedroom with a Peaceful Color Scheme - Walls painted in Benjamin Moore's 'Silver Gray 2131-60'.

25 Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas to Brighten Up Home Interiors and Add Vintage…Pinspiration: Brighten Up Your Apartment Decor For Summer

Beautiful blue bedrooms for girls. Or for a guest room or anything!! So light and clean!

INSPIRATION: 10 Ways to Hotel-ify Your Guest Room | The Everyday Home

Andrew Howard Design -perfectly balanced bedroom retreat - Soothing palette of blues, whites, gray, soft blue, seafoam, sage - nailhead trim, bench - White Bungalow 5 three drawer side table - crown moulding - patterned drapery, panels

These soft, bluish grays seem to be winning out. I'd like for the room to have a calm, neutral feel so that I can change out quilts on occasion. I have several that we use in the camper, but because they don't fit in the bedroom decor, I've never put them on our bed. That is about to change.

So I'm late with Pin It Weekly, but that's been my life all week. Sorry. Enjoy your pinning!