Monday, January 26, 2009

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall

As some of you have asked, I did finish the mirror for the girls' room. It proved a very satisfying first woodworking project. If you have an inclination yourself to make such a thing, I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have - I highly encourage taking on such projects. Working with our hands to create something beautiful for the good of our homes and our family life is extremely satisfying, and the result edifies not only through beauty, but by turning our minds to Him who gave us the grace and the hands to accomplish our work.

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room view "Before" pictures below.

16 comments:

elizabeth said...

Fairly new to reading your blog, it is wonderful! And the mirror - wow, I thought it was something you found and refurbished, but that you made it from scratch! Astounding. It looks so lovely, and girly! ;-)

regan said...

i saw this on your flickr and it is absolutely gorgeous. you are brave to take on a project like that. i don't have the patience for such things, but your hard work sure paid off! great work!=)

Amy said...

It's beautiful! Where did you get the onlays?

You are truly talented!

Jeannine said...

Heavens, it is beautiful! Truly gorgeous! Thanks for the photos. I know I say this a lot, but you are really an inspiration, Kristen. I have developed a more "able" attitude thanks to your example.

Heather said...

What a gorgeous room. I just love your handy work- great job! And welcome back!! I'm so glad to see you ;)Heather

Lerin said...

I browsed your archives this weekend, as you come highly recommended by just about every Catholic mommy on the web! ;)

If you have time to help me, I see you took up sewing last year and I was AMAZED at your progress/speed! I would love to find out how you learned so quickly. I have a simple Kenmore sewing machine, and really don't know anything... never even took Home Ec! :) But my goal is to start making at leats 50% of my girls' clothes. Any suggestions... books, easy patterns, anything? :)

Kristen said...

Thanks, ladies!

Amy, the onlays are from decoratorssupply.com, a Chicago-based company specializing in ornaments for woodwork-furniture. I highly recommend their Catalog 124 which contains something like 18,000 composition onlays and mouldings. They're all beautiful, and even better, they're affordable! :)

Kristen said...

Lerin, yes, DO take up sewing! I'd recommend starting with a basic sewing class. I took a 4 week beginner class at my local JoAnne's. (Try to go to a store that sells Husqvarna-Viking machines. Their classes are better.) A class is a good way to start because while you're making something fun, you can ask the instructor a bazillion questions to help you through the process and give you extra tips. And tell her, say on your 3rd lesson, that you want to try some of the more intimidating techniques, say, installing an invisible zipper or sewing button holes. Take advantage of her expertise! Other than that I encourage sewing items you're really excited about - don't just go for a pattern because it's easy or you'll lose interest.

Ruth said...

Stunning! Welcome back, Kristen.

sarah said...

This is very beautiful and elegant. Your daughters are lucky to have such a gorgeous bedroom. (And so tidy!!)

It's lovely to see you back again. I'm sorry trouble befell you before and wish you all the best now.

Cecelia said...

Kristen, I didn't realize that you were posting again! I am so glad that Jennifer at Conversion Diary linked your page. Welcome back!

Frances said...

Like Cecelia, I was DELIGHTED to find your new blog linked from Conversion Diary...I've missed the beautiful glimpses of your life and heart that you share.

Jeni said...

That is absolutely beautiful. You are very talented.

Christine said...

Kristen, the room looks great! What color paint did you use on the walls?

Kristen Laurence said...

Christine, the paint is "Rejuvenate" by Behr.

Christine said...

Thank you, Kristen! I hope to turn our old learning room into a bedroom and paint it this year. The girls want the room to be green and pink.