Last week, I stopped at my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore, just to browse. As I passed the tile area, a small box of pretty vintage yellow tile caught my eye, but it wasn't nearly enough for the bathroom. But a couple of steps later, I hit the mother-lode! 400 full-size tiles piled on the shelf, along with a box of bull-nose and pieces! A few short minutes later, they were mine! Even after my calculations (which showed I needed 450 tiles and 40 bull-nose tiles), I wasn't sure I'd have enough for the bath area. So I came up with a design that worked in slightly smaller new white tiles (since the fixtures are all white). Here it is mostly finished before grouting: And here it is after grouting. The only thing remaining to be done is putting the shower head, spout and escutcheons back on. I think it looks really awesome. But after it was finished, I realized that I really do have enough of the tile to have done the whole thing in yellow. You see, they were made a little bit bigger back then (just like ice cream cartons!), and I had also rounded up to the next full tile in my calculations. Oh well, there will be enough to save, until I find more and can do the walls, too!
I split my time between my history research, my family, and my pets. I enjoy working on history - whether it's on the 19th century or family. The photo of me is a bit of history - I was four! I also delight in both written and artistic journals, knitting, design, and the written word, whether I'm reading it or writing it. I also adore the design of the mid-twentieth century. I am a student of history, particularly an obscure little battle in Lewisburg, West Virginia in 1862 (of course, the town was in Virginia at the time). My grandchildren keep me young and at the same time, constantly remind me how very much I wish my late husband was here to see them, too. My dog and cats keep me busy as well, but are worth every effort!