Friday Favorites #78~New House, Knee, What Next?

cabi Abbey Road cardigan (similar) | Knox Rose top | Hydraulic jeans | French Kande necklace | Patricia Nash handbag | BOC sandals (similar)

The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den.  They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.  Isaiah 11:8-9

Hey, friends!  Welcome to the first Friday of October!  Today, there's a lot of info in this post to share with you an update of what's going on around here, so settle in for a couple of minutes!  

1) Tie Dye Pants All the Ways.  Hahaha!  This is only one of all the ways to wear these pants.  I'm going to throw tie-dyed inspired outfits out every once in awhile so you can see how versatile these pants really are!  You may remember the Target Knox Rose top from a previous Friday Favorites post.  With the dark shade of the top, I preferred a lighter colored topper.  For some reason, it looked more balanced to my eye.  This is one of those times where the warm beige color of the cardigan isn't in the pants, but hovers somewhere between the caramel and mustard colors that are in the design.

2) Knee update.  My left knee is doing well.  It's still stiff when I first get out of bed or up from sitting.  I'm still doing PT on my own and it bends 126° (which is where it should be) and is able to straighten out all the way.  It's also still swollen and could be for up to a year.  Remember my right knee's replacement surgery was scheduled for this coming Tuesday, October 6? Well, there was some sort of mix up at the doctor's office, I believe it was because the wrong scan was done at the lab.  The tech actually caught it and called to confirm, but was given wrong information and it takes 6 wks. for the joint to be made after the scan.  (It looks like it was due to the inexperience of the PA, who is no longer at the job.)  My new surgery date is November 10.  If you think this has thrown our plans off, you'd be right.

3) We closed on the house!  Since my surgery is being delayed, there's no reason for us to wait to move till the end of October.  We haven't lined up movers, yet, but will be doing so soon.  Adding to the flexibility, we can move any day of the week and don't have to wait for a weekend.  Since a majority of our stuff is in storage, it will be just a matter of packing up the apartment, which is a lot less daunting than doing an entire house.  Steve and I are really looking forward to having our own place again, especially in light of staying home so much with the virus.  There's quite a few things we want to do with it (which is often the way, isn't it?).  I've already mentioned updating the kitchen.  The other big thing is replacing the tile and carpeting for hardwood in the common areas (not the bedrooms).  There's also a lot of delayed maintenance for the outside as the former owner was a widow.

Cutting Corners Fabric Store

4) My first love.  Because of the Dallas Design Center, there's a Mecca of fabric and furniture stores near the downtown area.  For as much as I've sewn for myself this past year, my first love is sewing for the home.  About 10 years ago, I worked as a decorator for awhile.  Then, I owned a furniture and home decor consignment store for a few years.  I'm going to have the pleasure of our blank slate of a house to start working on again.  I was actually really wanting to update our former home, but we knew moving was eminent. 

(Top left artwork I own photo source, bottom left the area rug I kept.  Fabric swatches from Cutting Corners store.)

5) Now what?  As you may remember, I got rid of almost all of our furniture before we moved.  From what the contractor we had out for an estimate said earlier this week, we should put the flooring in after we have the kitchen remodeled, which is looking roughly several months* down the road.  And, by the way, it's better to have space for the crew to work, so it's probably best not to get a bunch of furniture.  There's no way I'm going to do nothing for that long.  We're having a designer out next week to look at the kitchen.  She and I are also going to go through the house and discuss general decorating.  She will be able give me a better handle on what can be done and when.  I'm hoping picking out flooring, painting and starting window treatments are all on the "do sooner" list.  There's also a chair and ottoman I'd like to reupholster.  That would be an excellent project to get out of the way, but I have no idea what fabric I'd want to use.

*We aren't going to start the kitchen till the first of the year--if that takes three months...

Consequently:  Since I want to put time and energy into moving and the house, plus surgery is on the horizon, I'm considering cutting back my blogging schedule.   While my operated-on knee is doing well, it won't be at 100% for some time so I get tired faster and have to take breaks.  I'd like to check in, even if it's "what I wore to pick up paint!" 

That's it for this week!  I imagine things will be moving along briskly over here for the next several weeks, anyway.  Ya'll have a great weekend!   

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Don't forget:  We would love to have you join the next Style Imitating Art! Outfit submissions are due to me at by Tuesday, October 6 and will be included in our recap Wednesday, October 7.  Below is the artwork. See the current Style Imitating Art Inspiration post for more details!


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