Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Handmade beauties and orange curtains

Today is devoted to long-postponed chores such as cleaning the shutters in our laundry room, polishing the bathroom sink and getting our paperwork sorted out and in order. The floors have also been cleaned, again, so overall I think it's already safe to say this has been a productive day. In between, I wanted to share some lovelies with you...
The very cute baby sweater and hat were knit by my friend Brenda. Aren't they adorable? Dear Brenda, I thought you'd like to see another glimpse of the creation you so lovingly made. And hopefully, a baby will wear these soon enough.

This beautiful little blanket was sent by another talented knitter, Kit. I posted a close-up so you can all admire this lovely, original pattern. I'm still taking baby steps with knitting, so you can imagine how impressed I was by this lacy, lovely masterpiece.
We finally put up the curtains in our bedroom, and they are a lovely, bright, glowing orange. I know they may seem too bright to some, but I love the warmth of this color. In the first house where we lived, we didn't have curtains or shutters in our bedroom, and the sunshine used to wake us very early in the morning. So we draped the window with a dark orange sheet - it wasn't very classy, but it did the job. And I loved the warm, orange glow in our bedroom. I'm glad to have it back.

You can catch another glimpse of our curtains in the mirror. You can also see my bedside table - I'm not proud of how cluttered it is, but haven't figured out a proper place for all those knick-knacks yet. By the way, both the drawer chest with mirror, and the bedside table are hand-me-downs that we got for free. Same goes for my husband's bedside table - it doesn't match mine, but we don't mind too much.

PS: I hope my Jewish readers had an easy 10-th of Tevet fast. For obvious reasons, I'm released from it, but I sure hope it wasn't too difficult for those who aren't. May we all see the Holy Temple rebuilt in our day, and rejoice with Jerusalem.

29 comments:

Sophie said...

Your bump has dropped so much! That baby's really getting ready to make her way out. Hope you're not pushing yourself too much, physically. Every day when I check Google Reader I'm excited to see if you're announcing the birth. With very best wishes for a safe, easy, quick labour and birth,

Sophie x

Elizabeth said...

The handmade things for your little one are beautiful - thank you for sharing pictures! And the orange curtains are gorgeous. I don't think they're too bright! :) They're so warm and cosy! And you're looking well ...

Prayers and hugs!

lady jane said...

My Lizzy would **love** your orange curtains as she has that shade in her room as well. :o)

Anna, you look beautiful in your glowing state of pregnancy. You're holding life within your womb. How utterly miraculous, isn't it?!

Praying for you and yours, dear friend. Bless you dearly.

Tracy said...

Anna,
You're adorable, and ALL BELLY!

I like your orange curtains-they're very cheery! I remember how many times my floors were cleaned before my first little one arrived. (He was 2 weeks late!)

Tracy said...

So glad your getting things done and ready for your baby!! The sweater is beautful!! Do you have any baby names picked out yet??

Blue Castle said...

I love your curtains! I painted our bedroom a tangerine color and absolutely love it.

Sparkly said...

Hi Anna - thanks for answering my question about the Sabbatical year.
I wanted to say that I like the way the air vent/panel has been decorated - did you think of this or was it there already? Seems to match the curtians :)

Sparkly

Mrs. Anna T said...

We pretty much had the names (for boy or girl) picked right from the start, but we're not announcing anything until the baby is born. :o)

Ace said...

I LOVE the curtains! I pick curtains based on how they look when the sun comes through them too!

Our first bedside tables were moving boxes stacked up, secured with duct tape and topped with a glass circle and fabric. LOLOL We loved them. It isn't the money spent it is the love.

Many Blessings :)
Ace

Mrs. Anna T said...

Yes, we love the way the air vent was decorated, too! Someone very artistic lived in this house before us, so we have those little painted decorations on the walls, and some paintings on our doors, too.

Mrs. Lindblom said...

Oh, those curtains are beautiful!

Neuropoet said...

Anna, you look soooo lovely! Your carrying your little one so low now - it shouldn't be too long until she's in your arms!

Prayers and blessings coming your way,
~Jenny

Cynthia Berenger said...

Dear Mrs. Anna,

You sound as if you're "nesting." :)

Agape always,
Cynthia

Mrs. Anna T said...

I think I carried low from the beginning, because even though I noticed a "drop", I didn't notice it's easier to breathe like I was told I'm supposed to feel. But yes, now I can really feel the baby's head pressing down there.

A. said...

I think we have the same taste in curtains! I firmly believe that one should have a bit of fun with her window treatments :)

Allison

Zoe said...

Dear baby,
C'mon out! We're ready to meet you!
Love,
Your internet aunties.

Mrs. Anna T said...

No, baby... stay in there at least a couple of days, until Daddy puts up that bathroom cabinet, and your crib and bedding, and gets that stoller back together after I washed its covers! :o))

*Big smile*

Lillian the Ponderer said...

Wow that is an utterly adorable baby sweater, and the blanket too, - you have some very talented friends.

I pray for a safe delivery for both you and the baby.

Anonymous said...

You look beautiful!! My oh my. You really have that glow. And your orange curtains - so lovely. It creates such a warm atmosphere and matches your room.

Wishing you a safe and uncomplicated labor. Can't wait to see the precious little one.

Prayers,
W

Bethany Hudson said...

Oh, I do love orange! One of my roommates in college was from Hawaii and loved bright colors, but particularly orange. Her side of the room looked like a big, orange hibiscus flower :) It always cheered me up.

I was just reading in the book of Ezra about the laying of the foundations for the second temple in Jerusalem. I love Chapter 3, verse 13 (I don't know if you have the same chapters and verses that we do in the Christian bible) where it says, "No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of the weeping..." Anyway, your comment about the 10th of Tevet made me think of that. I always think it's so marvelous that you get to live so close to all these places we read about everyday in God's Holy Word.

~Bethany

pearlsoftruth said...

I am very excited for you and your dear husband Anna!

Love the curtains, and the lovely soft pattern on them. Looks like a tinge of gold through them? Beautiful...

Amanda

Tammy said...

What pretty baby things!

...And your "baby bump" is lovely :o) Won't be much longer!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE curtains! Honestly! I love orange, I love colorfull home! And I love handmade stuff! You are beautifull!!!!

Rose said...

I like your orange curtains Anna!

Beautiful knitting, thanks for the close-up of the lacework. Rose

Susan B said...

Dear Anna,
Thank you for sharing your baby's gifts. They are both beautiful. And you look wonderful, thank you for sharing your pictures. Praying for your delivery. Blessings to you and your family.

Sasha said...

You look amazing.Like a ready mother. Your curtain and bedroom are very beautiful. Don't all the cosmetic products fit into the table? And it's very lovely to have your loved one picture near your bed.I wish you an easy birth and beautiful baby.
Your friend always,

Sasha said...

And one more thing - did you make the coloring around the air conditioning by yourself?It's very beautiful.

Maria said...

Wow, this is so great!
I really hope the birth goes smoothly and you and your new baby will be healthy!

Blessings,
Maria

(P.S. - The curtains look awesome!)

Anonymous said...

Hi Anna! I feel like I've been "out of the loop" for a while now....our computer is away being repaired (or cleaned up, or whatever they do to gt it running right again)....I'm typing away here at the public library's computer. Not as comfy as being at home, but I guess it gets the job done! Once again, I'm so pleased that you like the little sweater & cap for Baby T. I so hope they suit your little one once she arrives. :o) And Kit's work.....Oh, my gosh!! I'm drooling with envy. She's a wonderful knitter. It's been a while, now, that I've tackled a larger lace project. I really have to get out my patterns for pieces like that.

You're looking beautiful & healthy, Anna. Wishing you all the best of things. :o)

Brenda