HD bag

Most hotels offer hairdryers in their guest rooms.  But many times when staying with family or friends, a hairdryer might not be available when you need it.  So when Mr. Aitch and I traveled across the country this past summer, we bought a small hairdryer to take with us for those times when we didn’t stay in a hotel.

The hairdryer was attached to the wall in some hotels but some were in a cloth bag on or under the sink area.  That gave me an idea for our “travel” hairdryer.

I made a simple drawstring bag to protect it in our suitcase and make it easy to find.

Two fat-quarters and a length of cotton cord later and I called it done.

Cotton for the outside and a piece of heavy flannel for the inside.  French seams keep it neat (no exposed seams).  A piece of batting sandwiched between the outer and inner fabrics and/or quilting would offer more padding but I didn’t think of it at the time.

This will stay in our guest bathroom when we’re home but can go with us at a moments notice.

Guest info

Do you have guests coming to your home during the Thanksgiving and/or Christmas holidays?

I do.  So I made up an information sheet with our WiFi password, home phone number, and address so if they need access to these things, they can find it quickly. In case of an emergency, the home phone number and street address is right there.

It fits in a 5 x 8 frame I got from the dollar store and sits on the nightstand in the guest bedroom.

Click WiFi-Phone-Address to print your own information.

 

Improvements

While I was procrastinating cleaning the basement and our walk-in closet, I decided to repaint the front door.  And not only repaint but change the color. From a tired, faded, dull-looking red…

…to a deep, rich, shiny, olive green.

Plus I cleaned up the brass hardware.

I’m not sure I like the new color.  Change can be difficult.  I think it’s the shininess that has thrown me.  And I usually have something hanging on the door but I want to let this paint harden before I decorate it.

 

The ottoman

I finally finished the reupholstery projects I began last year.  I reupholstered two wingback chairs, one from my mother’s house and one from iPad aunt’s house.

My mother’s chair had a matching ottoman.

I didn’t like the way the top cushion was attached to the base as it was not secure and would wobble no matter how I many times I tried to straighten it.  

Plus it was too fiddly to try to recreate.

To give it the look of two cushions, I cut the side pieces a little bit longer than necessary and sewed a piece of cording about half way down.  Simple.

No progress pictures, just the final.