My husband will NEVER understand shabby.  To him shabby is wood waiting to be thrown away.  All the years we’ve been married I’ve tried to make him understand…no honey I don’t want it painted.  I want it to look just like it is!   Now, when he does paint something he’s come around to doing what he calls distressing.  Trust me he doesn’t know the meaning of the word but at least he’s trying.

When this little step stool arrived in the mail last week I was so glad he wasn’t home to see it.  I’m not sure he could have survived the shock. To think that I spent money on this shabby stool would be too much for him.

But isn’t my new little step stool great?  It’s old, chippy, distressed and the perfect backdrop for a bundle of Grunge fat quarters!   Moda “Grunge” reminds me of weathered wood in soft colors, painted to look distressed.  I love Grunge almost as much as I love my little step stool!

  I’ve got my own little shabby corner going in the studio…bolts of Grunge and vintage, chippy, furniture pieces that my husband isn’t allowed to touch.

When he ships any Grunge I know he’s thinking, “people buy this stuff”?

What do husbands know, right?

Before I forget, I have to tell you what I’ve been reading, thanks to all of you and your super book suggestions! I decided to read the “In Death” series by JD Robb because there were so many books available. I started at the beginning and I’m now on book number 20!


OMG I love this series.  Granted it’s a little steamy when Dallas and Roarke are by themselves, but the books are well written and exciting mysteries.   I  want the books to never end because when I come to the last in the series I’ll be going through withdrawal.  You’ll find most of the books you suggested here in this PDF file: Books to read from my blog readers .   I just can’t thank you enough for giving me a summer of reading fun!

Have a great weekend everyone.



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  • mimi'sdarlins - These fabrics just make me melt! The quilt shop owner passed around a bundle of FQs at the block meeting last week, and I wanted to keep them when they got to me.
    About shabby, I know what you mean. Guys see those chipped wood pieces and instinctively want to start scraping and painting. Your little stool is adorable….just keep it hidden :)ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Sharp - Shabby is kind of warm and friendly looking….you don’t have to worry about what you put on it. I guess dh doesn’t understand the Velvetine Rabbit either?ReplyCancel

  • Omajean M - Anne, try reading Louise Penny. She is absolutely my favorite mystery writer. I love her books!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle B - I have a close family member to your new stool. Like your husband, mine couldn’t figure out just WHY I didn’t want to paint it. It was built years ago by a family friend for his mother. It sits right here by my computer and holds those plastic storage things for hanging file folders. To me, these old pieces deserve to stay just as they are.They deserve to show their wrinkles just like ladies after a certain age. Don’t ask what that is, I haven’t decide yet! @Cindy: I wasn’t introduced to The Velveteen Rabbit until a friend gave a beautiful keepsake copy to one of my granddaughters and I read it to her. I absolutely LOVE that story!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra - Anne I love her books too. I have read, I have read the first 8 in order after I read Death in Strangers and I loved the story line so much I had to go back and start at the beginning, so I have read 10 altogether and I still enjoy them and I love Roarke and Dallas I think they are such a perfect match.
    I love your stool and tell your husband it looses value if you paint it.LOL. I am reading Charlotte’s Web to my grandson right now and I don’t ever remember reading it before so we are both enjoying. Keep on reading.ReplyCancel

  • Miss Jean - My husband knows better than to even say anything about the decorating. He has no word in it! He’s resigned himself to it so it doesn’t bother him.

    I’ll have to read the J.D. Robb books. They are written by Nora Roberts and I love her other books so these must be really good.

    Take care!ReplyCancel

  • Shannyn - It’s called “distressing” because it absolutely freaks out men who HATE to paint wood. Heh.ReplyCancel

  • Lynette - LOL, Shannyn :) Shabby done right (as you do, Anne, is fabulous and comforting – it implies infinite value in ourselves and our things, so that we will be loved our entire existence instead of replaced because we or our favorite belongings have a couple dings or chips.ReplyCancel

  • Pam Fredrickson - Which book should I begin to read first in the series of “In Death” ?..want to read them all>> I love the stool..too!!!ReplyCancel

  • Madonna Kay - Hi Anne, I’m sharing your Summer reading! I started with book one of the In Death series (Pam, I’d recommend reading them in order for character development) and have read 18 so far. My problem is that I don’t do as much sewing/quilting when I get into a book or books. The Grunge fabric looks interesting, haven’t seen it yet. Happy Summer!ReplyCancel

  • Denise J. - I love your little stool!!! And the color is awesome!!! My husband and I are drawn to antique stools and benches and own several. He uses them in antique displays. You can’t have enough of them. I’ve also read quite a number of the “In Death” series and enjoyed them. I have to admit I would skip over some of the Dallas/Roarke together paragraphs. Not really into that steamy stuff. But I did enjoy the story lines.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Zaloudek - Love your stool! I have a passion for stools–we go to auctions a lot and my husband always laughs at me and points out the stool he knows I will bid on! The collection of stools is growing almost as big as the collection of old suitcases stacked in the entry!ReplyCancel

  • Judy - Thanks to your request for summer reading, I started J. D. Robb’s “In Death” series and COULD NOT STOP!!! Didn’t want to put them down cause I wanted to see what happened next, so finished the last one (40+) of series a month ago! Of course, I didn’t get anything done while doing this! LOL!! Newest one will be available in September..thank goodness!!ReplyCancel

  • kathyG IN NC - adorable love everything:o) I am soooo excitedReplyCancel