Friday, September 2, 2016

All Right All Ready, I'll Write A Post

I'm sorry, sorta, I know I haven't written for a million years, and some of you have been kind enough to email me to see if I'm OK.
(or to nughe me) nudge 
I don't know how to spell nughe, and auto correct doesn't know either.
Or it doesn't know what I'm trying to write.
I'm going with the first scenario..... 
I flunked spelling in third grade, and it's only gone down hill since then.
EVERY REPORT CARD the teachers mentioned my abisomal spelling.
Now I can't spell abisomal.
Oy Vey.
Let's pretend I'm doing this for comedic effect!!!!!!!
It's nudge!!!!It's NUDGE!!!!! my brain just unlocked!!!!!
spellcheck is useless when your spelling is so far off that no one has a clue what you mean.
My brother suggested that I just write a post telling everyone that I am busy as hell, and that I will post in a year or two.....
but that seemed mean,
today I will show you guys my new slipcovers.
I briefly showed them to you last fall, but today I've taken better photos.
This is my TV/Family/Eating/Reading/Napping room.
The slipcovers are made of a 100% cotton fabric that the slipcover guy prewashed for me so they wouldn't shrink when I washed them.
The prewashing also took the shine off the chintz which I love much more.
The name of the fabric is Althea, and it is one of the Lee Jofa signature patterns.
Even though
the wallpaper has been discontinued and the chintz has been discontinued.
It is still available in linen.
I was lucky to get the last of the cotton.
I freaked out and bought all the remaining yardage.
62 yards.
All mine.
ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!
My family room used to look like this.

I also changed the rug.
I had had a cotton woven plaid rug from Pottery Barn, that was wearing out and getting a lot of holes in it.
So I decided to spend the money and buy a woolen striped rug from Stark in green and natural that has the appearance of jute.
It will wear like iron, and it is also the small rug in my kitchen area.
I had two made for my kitchen, the extra one is stored in my basement for future use when I destroy the current one.
Below is my view in the morning when I read the paper on my iPad and drink my tea.
It looks out on my little terrace.
The chair to the right and below is my super duper TV watching chair.
I turn the ottoman the long way, and it makes it feel like a chaise.
Betsy's rule # 1374
When one is watching TV, it is important to be in as lazy a position as possible.
To help with my lack of effort to have a lack of effort, I use a lumbar pillow to support my back, so my back won't need to support itself.
I needlepointed this pillow around the time of my 40th birthday, when my Mom 
(after my begging)
allowed me  to take the family name of Klee as my middle name.
I had no middle name, and it was very hard to have a good looking monogram with just two initials.
(Actually, for the record, for accuracy, she didn't make me beg at all.)
(When I tell my father this story he gets that look he gets on his face when he thinks I'm out of my mind.)
(Now that I think about that, he gets that look a lot.......)
I just love the way a room looks with lots of the same pattern.
I find it very cozy.
I also love slipcovers with gathered skirts.
But the skirts have to be a loose gather, not tight because that's too much fabric and looks too prissy to my eye.
I've had this chair since 1986. I remember when I bought it.
It first looked like this.
oy vey
I thought I had a picture of this chair straight on, but all you can see in this shot is the back of the arm.
This was my living room in Watertown in 1986.
This was a  photo shoot for the Boston Globe Magazine that Eric Roth shot.
Then the chair had another life as a greeny.
Some of the bobbles on the fringe are missing due to my brothers cat, but we don't want to point any fingers......
you know who you are.....

On the back of sofas and chairs I like to hang throws.
This accomplishes two things.
1) when you get cold, you can snuggle up!!!!!!!!!
2) it keeps the back from getting dirty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I got the one above from Pottery Barn, last year.
I gave some thought to whether or not I was going to do contrast welting.
I usually do, but in this case I felt that the look I wanted was one of smooshiness, not crispness.
These are very important design terms that I just made up, so take notes 'cuz there will be a quiz.

I'll let you know when that is.
I am grading on a curve.
So you better hope that there are no smarties in the class, especially ones that can spell.

on that note,

P.S. I'm am balls to the wall working on my fabric.
We're hanging the line this month in the Boston Design Center in Studio 534.
I am a good way into designing my next collection.
Josh, my partner in crime, wants me to crank out at least one a year.

As for those of you who have asked after my parents, my Dad turned 101 in May and my Mom is 95, so they are just ticking right along. Thank you for your thoughts.
Once again,
Latah, Gatah
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