Sometimes my life looks like an episode of This Old House. Our little lake house has some amazing views, and we love the location. But since it was built in the 1920s as a summer cottage, we definitely have some work to do. While the chestnut trim around every door and window adds character, we do not enjoy the un-insulated plaster walls.

To be honest, by the time this blog post goes live, the renovation should be in the AFTER stage. In that post, I’ll post a video of the progress. I decided not to edit the photos below… because I didn’t feel like it.

You might think our bathroom LOOKS fine when you go through these photos. Let me tell you the unfortunate realities:

When we first moved into the house, the soap dish just fell off the wall when Eric put soap on it. This revealed some mold damage behind the tile. We knew we couldn’t afford to do anything about it at the moment, so he just liquid-nail-glued it back in place.

You should NOT ignore mold in your bathroom, but it didn’t smell and we could breath fine. We put it off for a while.

Then one day Eric went into the basement while I took a shower, and he found out that water was running through the wall and down into the basement….

That’s like kind of a big deal.

Through some investigation, we realized the previous renovators only put sheet rock over the “lath and plaster” walls. Without using cement board under the tile or any kind of vapor barrier, the wall began rotting away under there.

This bathroom officially bumped up the priority list now, but we wanted to add a bathroom before tearing apart the only bathroom in the house.

Unfortunately, the plans to renovate our upstairs were too expensive for us this year, and we decided to get started on this bathroom ASAP.

Another fun fact – the tile was installed badly and too close together, so some pieces had no grout holding them to the wall anymore…

Also… what is this tile?? Vanilla Bean?? why not just plain white?

While we can’t add any square footage, we will add a larger cabinet for better storage.

Since the medicine cabinet is original to the house, we will be keeping it after some cleaning and spray paint.

Yes, the bathroom is TINY: 5’3″ square…. But we’re looking forward to replacing the tile with something more fun. Instead of this boring tile.

I can’t wait to show off the result of this project (as I write this, I can’t wait to finish it!). If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see progress photos and maybe a sneak peak!

And just for reference, this is my inspirational photo. As in – I ordered the same exact fixtures and almost the same tile 🙂

via Beginning in the Middle

If you want to see more posts of our house, check out these posts:


This was actually a Christmas gift for my Grandma, but since it was a spring print, I waited to share until now 🙂

I used a really great Jelly Roll quilt pattern from the book Jelly Roll Quilts called Garden Trellis. This is a new favorite pattern, because it came together really quickly and looks more complicated than it actually is! Because I really wanted the corners to actually be perfect this time, I did all the trimming on each block 😛

trimmings from the garden trellis lap quilt jelly roll quilts by View Post


I love the Marthe Blouse, but last time I decided the size was too large. This time, I made it a few sizes smaller, and now it might be a little too small. Anyway, I knew I wanted to make this pattern in velvet because of the velvet trend this year, and it looked like it would be a comfy option.

Marthe Blouse in Velvet

Marte Blouse in burnt velvet from joann's fabric by MostlySewing

Can we talk about how this fabric is so beautiful?? Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pics while I was in church, playing violin, or at family dinner…. So we’re stuck with only these dress form pics in front of my pretty Christmas tree (don’t worry, I have officially taken down my Christmas Tree).

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Gold and Black fabric from joann's fabric used in simplicity 1873

Simplicity 1873

After making my own dress for Christmas Eve last year, I knew I had to make another one. This was a really hard choice. I bought this beautiful fabric without knowing what I would make… and I kept searching, searching, searching patterns until I found the right one… Eventually, I found Simplicity 1873.

I made Version C without the tabs. This pattern works really well with a thick brocade-like fabric so that it gets poofy with the pleats 🙂

I can’t believe I sewed a beautiful lining and everything! The fabric itches and frays a lot, so it definitely needed the lining. I will probably add a skirt lining to make it perfect. Labels always finish it off.

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I know the “holiday season” has ended, but I wanted to share my 2016 Christmas details before they’re too far past. didn’t really feel like sharing them during December 2017…

Christmas Eve Morning

Stef and I started the day off well by playing at the Cafe during breakfast. The store is open from 7-3 for customers picking up their Christmas dinners, and we love playing music to spread the holiday cheer!

Christmas Eve tradition! Playing Christmas Carols at the cafe with my sister! 🎶🎻🎶 #wilsondecemberdaily

A photo posted by Danielle Wilson (@daniellewilson1228) on

Looking forward to next year, because we realized our favorite duet publisher came out with a new Christmas book! No one ever complains, but we’re a little bored playing the same songs each year…

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Every time I visit my mom’s house, she mentions she doesn’t have a Christmas quilt yet. Well, it’s finished! I bought a charm pack from Moda’s Jol Collection earlier in the year and fell in love with the little reindeer as well as the Scandinavian color scheme. My mom loves all things grey and white, so it was perfect!

HST Triangle quilt from the Moda Jol charm pack! Obsessed with these little reindeer!

Inspired by Then Came June’s star quilts all over her Instagram account, I made the star in a solid, with the Jol pattern around it. With a flannel on the back, I love love love it!


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If you’re reading this blog, there’s a possibility you’re a sewist and you know what you want for Christmas… but if you’re looking for a gift for that crazy crafty cousin, then you’ve come to the right place! Here’s a compilation of my favorite tools and books that would be great for any level of sewist!

The 2016 Gift Guide for Sewists by

Gifts for Sewists:

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A few months ago my mother-in-law found a few quilt blocks that she hadn’t assembled. She started over 20 years ago and then left the blocks in the attic.

She gave me more yardage of the fabric, and I was able to finish it up for her birthday!

double T quilt block in red and white

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Getting ready to start a big project with the Les Fleurs collection by Cotton & Steel! Lots of HSTs and I'm not totally sure about the layout yet...

So I FINALLY started cutting up my Les Fleurs fabrics. I’ve had the plan for a while now, but never actually cut into the fabric.

And by plan, I only mean I wanted a Half Square Triangle quilt…. I still haven’t decided on the layout yet.

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