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Tanya (pronounced like the color TAN) : ))

Monday, May 31, 2010

Americana Living Room Tour ~ Part Four

Happy Memorial Day everyone! Hope you're enjoying your holiday weekend! We've had some extremely HOT weather and a huge storm blew through our area last night, but otherwise we've enjoyed it so far.
Many, many thanks to all those who served and/or are serving our country for the precious gift of our freedom! Thank God for all of them!
I want to thank my Dad and my brother for serving in the Armed Forces. My Dad who is almost 90, served in not one, not two, but THREE wars for our wonderful country, a total of 24 yrs. in the service. My brother was in the Coast Guard for over 5 yrs. So just wanted to say a special thanks to them!!!

Now onto the rest of the living room tour. Here is the newest quilt I've aquired. My MIL made the quilt TOP a few yrs. ago and gave it to me for Christmas that yr. She had given me the backing and the batting to go with it, but I never did anything with it until recently. I always had plans to hand-tie it myself, since she no longer hand quilts, but finally decided to have it machine quilted w/a star design.

Click on for a closer view of the star design. Click on any pic for a larger view.

Here's how it looks draped on the loveseat. Please excuse the workboot in the background and the spot on the hallway wall. We haven't finished the repainting the hallway yet. LOL

Here's how the furniture is placed like an L shape. The room off to the right (in the background) w/the dining room chair showing is the kitchen.
This view is exactly opposite of the big couch. You've already seen pics of the rocking chair from an earlier tour, but here is where it sits in front of the big picture window, which is 8 ft. long. I got the curtains from JC Penney and the shears were from Wally World. I wanted to do a little different window treatment in this room this time around. We used to have just a valance up above, then Americana shutters that sat on the window sill all the way across, but it didn't give us much privacy.

Here's a tall prim chair that I found at a craft shop up in Ohio. It seems to fit perfectly on the other side of the sofa table to give some balance. The pillow is a stitchery I made from a Buttermilk Basin pattern. I grubbied it up w/cinnamon.

Here's a close-up of the cross stitch picture that sits below the prim chair. I think it's a Blackbird Design pattern from several yrs. ago, but I left the border off. I painted the frame to match and framed it myself. It is stitched on Vintage linen using overdyed floss, my fave, tee hee.

Here's a closer view of the sofa table with the penny rug I made a few yrs. ago out of wool and wool felt. I actually first made it to fit on a smaller prim bench that I used for a coffee table before we re-did this room recently.

I actually changed the pattern just a little bit from a Backyard Friends pattern.

I cross stitched this from a Glory Bee pattern on vintage overdyed fabric, then had it framed last summer.
Oops! Sorry about that crazy cord. I need to hide it better! LOLI added a few resin sheep around the penny rug for a little fun. Hey, they needed somewhere to graze! LOL

I love using overdyed wool. Gives a more mottled, realistic look.And of course I had to have a flag somewhere on it!
I mostly used a buttonhole stitch on all of it, but a chain stitch on the flagpole.

Well, I think that's everything in my living room that I can think of!. Phew! I hope you've enjoyed the tour. I've sure enjoyed showing it to you!
Many of you left the sweetest comments about this room and I sure appreciate each and every word! You are a great bunch of blogging buddies! Be sure to stop by anytime just to say hi. Wish we could all get together in person, but this is the next best thing. Thanks so much for your visit and please come back again soon!
In a future post I will show you my front porch, which is also decorated in an Americana theme as we get ready for summer. Still lots more to come!
Don't forget if you haven't signed up for my Americana Give~away, you still have until this Wed. night, June 2nd at 10pm. Eastern time. Just scroll down to the previous post before this one and sign up.
Have a great week everyone!


michelle said...

looks great !

Country Prims said...

Keeping the best wine to the last?

I really loved the previous pics, but these goodies are amazing-don't know where to start in commenting!!!!

LOVE that quilt, in fact I am coveting!!

LOVE the curtains and LOVE LOVE the prim chair. Your window looks great and as for the wool penny runner-well you know my weakness for wool and saltbox houses!LOL!

Have a great week,
Blessings, Shazy x

Donna~One Simple Country Girl said...

Everything looks great! I love your penny rug!

Christine said...

Hi Tanya! Well, this post was even better if that's possible, than the previous one!
I see soooo many treasures that are gorgeous!
But I rally want a table top wool felt runner with saltboxes and flags like yours.
Best wishes

Nanna said...

girl you've been busy! everything looks great!

Valley Primitives Gift Shoppe said...

Love your quilt! It's so pretty :) Your penny runner is just adorable too, love it!! Your pictures are all so wonderful.

the primitive country bug said...

Hi Tanya~
I've been enjoying seeing all the pictures on your Americana make-over. There are so many elements that are my favorites... the quilt... awesome! The high back prim chair, so cute! Your stitheries are all wonderful and that wool and felt penny rug I LOVE!!! Keep up all the fun projects.
Blessings to you~ Birgit

myhouseofprims said...

Everything looks great! I love Americana as well! I always have something red, white and blue out. I can't wait to see your portch. Thanks for posting these pics.

Angie Berry said...

I love it Tanya! How neat to put a star design in that quilt! I just love how it turned out.

An 8 ft. long window would be hard to cover but yours looks great! It doesn't even look that long in the picture.

Your stitcheries and penny rug are adorable! You do wonderful work. I agree with you... the sheep need somewhere to graze. They are so cute!