Happy Spring

March 22, 2016 § Leave a comment

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And throughout the land
A collective sigh was felt
Sprouting daffodils

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It’s still pretty chilly here and it’s not quite warm enough to get out and do yard work. Sure is nice to see the grass and the sun again though. In the meantime, I’ve been busying myself with making a few decorations in honour of Spring and the upcoming Easter weekend.

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Awwwwwwwwwww

July 8, 2014 § 2 Comments

I was right, Mom was tickled and thought the outfit was adorable.  Little one seemed nonplussed but wore the bonnet anyway.  I think it’s because Mom has always been a stickler for protective head wear and she’s used to it.

Either way, she wore it long enough to get a bunch of too cute pics and I’m happy.

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Not too shabby for 50 cents worth of fabric and less than an hour of my time.

If anyone is interested I’d be happy to post a sketch of the pattern and instructions, just leave me a comment.

A Little Bit of Inspiration

July 2, 2014 § 2 Comments

And some LEFTOVER fabric…

Turns this…

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Into this…

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And then you end up with…

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Cute eh?  It’s a birthday gift for a friend’s 3 year old daughter.  Mom will love it for sure, as for the little one I can only hope.

Oh well, one nice pic of her wearing it and I’ll be good even if it end’s up at the bottom of a closet.  It cost nothing to make and took at most an hour to put it all together. Hardly blood, sweat and tears.  😀

 

 

 

 

Making Lemonade…Figuratively

April 16, 2014 § 2 Comments

Since I can’t do anything about the weather, for now I’m stuck doing indoorsy stuff until Mother Nature sorts things out with Ol’ Man Winter. Oh well, it’s not like there aren’t a dozen little projects around the house that need attention. (Today I actually scrubbed the shower tiles…yes, that’s how bored I am.)

But yesterday I did something a little more up my alley and way more fun than today’s date with Scrubbing Bubbles.

I sewed myself a long coveted duvet cover. Hubby and I have been using the same green plaid comforter that we got as a wedding gift 19 years ago…I know, eh? We’ve gone through four beds/mattresses in that time but the blanket remained the same. It was always just one of those things…meh, we’ll get a new one sometime.

Anywho, a few weeks back I ordered two coordinating sheet sets on-line. It was a Groupon deal and I was really excited because the colours (purple/white with purple paisley pattern) would go perfect in my newly painted (light purple) bedroom. Unfortunately, I didn’t read the fine print and I assumed the sheets were 100% cotton, I wouldn’t have ordered them at all had I known that they weren’t.

Not that I have a huge grudge against polyester, I don’t, but I prefer to sleep on cotton bedding. Well, what a waste I thought. I washed them anyway, and though they softened quite a bit, it still wasn’t the same.  Then it occurred to me that I could make a duvet cover out of the top sheets and still get the look (if not quite the feel) I was going for.

So, right sides together I sewed all the way around the sheets with an inch seam and left a 5 inch gap in the middle of the bottom. Voila!  That’s all there was to it. I turned it outside right and stuffed our trusty comforter inside.

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What a difference and it only took about an hour.

 

Cleaning Closets and Purging Purses

March 31, 2014 § 1 Comment

I will say this for the delay of Spring, something positive I promise…

I sure am getting a tackle on the cobwebs and the wrangling of dust bunnies.  It’s even been nice enough today to have the windows and doors open.  All four cats are on the back steps noses in the air. Oh, happy day.

Not wanting to waste the motivation from the fresh air,  I emptied, swept, mopped and reorganized the front hall and coat closet.  Unfortunately, I didn’t think of it before I started and there are no before pics…all’s the better I say, I hadn’t cleaned it out in a few years and it was a real mess.

I did snap a few pics of what I found in there that I’m purging.

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Here is the pile of coats, jackets, sweaters, boots, a bubble wand, an unused box of Hallowe’en lanterns and a pair of flip flops. Not shown are the mass of reusable shopping/grocery bags that I’ve accumulated over the years.

More astonishing however, and only I can take credit for it, was this…

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…the plethora of purses I’m purposefully purging.  (Sorry, I had to.)  Anyway, some of them I haven’t used in years and a couple still had the thrift store tags on them. Ridiculous.

If I were to set any goals for the rest of the year, one would be to stop buying stuff I don’t need, even if it is from a thrift store or second hand shop.  Just because something is cute and cheap doesn’t mean I need it anymore than if it were gorgeous and expensive.

Anyway, it took me a good two hours from start to finish and it was well worth it.

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You wouldn’t believe how much crap was hung on the hooks and stuffed on top of and beside the bench. The space looks twice as big now. Yay!

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Look, we even have extra hangers for guests.  😀

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After noticing the wasted space above the shoe rack I thought maybe I should get some shelves.  Not wanting to wait for the gratification of getting it done today, I opted to use tea cup hooks and hung our hats.  I could actually move them around a bit and get a few more in there.

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…my beloved shoe rack. I bought it a few years ago…actually, the last time I cleaned out the closet and I love it.  It fits nicely inside the hall closet and holds all our non-winter foot wear, my purses (I’m keeping five) and two empty backpacks.

All in all, I’m pleased and even more motivated to get at the rest of the house.

My First Quilt – Part Two

March 26, 2014 § 1 Comment

I finished up the seams on the bottom layer of my quilt and I’m quite pleased.  Though it would take a fraction of the time I’m putting into this if I opted to use my sewing machine, I rather enjoy doing it by hand.

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Besides,  it’s awkward to run a pedal while lying in bed watching re runs of Downton Abbey.  Hand stitching however, easy peasy.  😀  Besides, the hand work appeals to the romantic in me.

I often envision myself sitting in front of the roaring fireplace on a cold winter’s night with stitching in hand a hot toddy close by.  I’ll have to try it sometime because I haven’t yet…there’s no television in the library.  😉  But I digress!

Here’s the top of the quilt laid out, good side down…

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Once I first realized that I indeed was making a quilt I wanted to make it single bed size. That idea lasted less than two days when I got itchy to get to the next stage. Really, I was just getting bored of adding squares. On reflection though, it’s still a bit big for my first quilt…I should have gone a bit smaller and cut larger patches.

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Here’s the top with the batting over it. I did my utmost to center it keeping in mind that on the front, the top and bottom edges are going to be wider than the sides because of the edging on the back.  Confused?  I certainly am and I know what I mean.

This where I got nervous because I’m not sure where to go from here.

My gut tells me to put in stay stitches through the top and batting before attempting to put it all together.

I could also just pin the crap out of it and hope I don’t bleed to death before it’s finished.

However, I have decided that I’ll be using the “stitch in the ditch” method of quilting the whole thing. This way, all I have to do is follow existing seam lines. In the meantime though…

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I’ve neatly rolled up the top and batting and put it away until I’m feeling braver and have done some research.  I’m no longer comfortable just winging it.   😀

 

 

My First Quilt – Part One

March 19, 2014 § 1 Comment

*Before I start, I’m having wordpress/gmail issues and can’t comment directly to any comments at the moment. I have to get someone smarter than myself to have a look at it. I’ll ask Daughter later.

Anywho, it’s still winter here in full force and the only thing chasing the blah’s for me lately is watching Netflix and working on my quilt. I’m not sure exactly the moment that it actually became the beginnings of a quilt because I didn’t set out to make one.

I was sorting through some fabric and found some coordinating fleece that I thought would be fun to play with. I cut out a few squares and before I knew it, I had this…

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I didn’t use any pattern and just randomly added squares trying to avoid putting two of the same colour next to each other. I failed in a couple of places but overall, it turned out pretty good.

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This is the finished top. I just randomly decided I was done, eager to get on with the next stage. In the meantime though, I had extra squares and I cut out some hearts and added an extra dimension the quilt….some applique.

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I’ve got the back/bottom almost done now too…I just have to finish up the last corner.

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Part Two will be about putting the top, bottom and middle (quilt batting) together. Did I mention I’ve never done this before?  This is NOT a tutorial.

😀

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