Monday, July 21, 2014

Lady in Red

I'm about 3/4 of the way finished weaving the "Having a Party" moebius cowl so when a new weave-a-long challenge came up on the "Weaving in the Saori Way" forum on Ravelry I was excited to jump on board.

Next warp

If all goes as planned this will become a vest titled "Lady in Red". 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Party Continues

I've been so busy with other things lately that my weaving has been neglected. Still, with a minute or two here and a minute or two there I've got the weaving of  the "Having a Party" möbius cowl about 1/2 done.



I think I'd like to do something RED as my next project.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A Sink With No Water

New sink and faucet.



Hook up is in progress. Hopefully I'll have running water when it's time to make supper.

25 Years Later

When we first moved into our home 25 years ago we knew the countertops just had to go. They were a repulsive "celery" yellow. For years I chopped directly on the countertop trying to ruin them but with limited success. I also tried the "if you can't beat 'em join 'em" tactic and attempted to decorate around them. For a while the kitchen was painted yellow. Then during the sponge painting era we went with a mottled blue but kept a yellow accent in a floral wallpaper border in an attempt to harmonize with the very ugly but nearly indestructible countertops. Yes. I did say sponge painting. It was tres chic back then I think. Maybe? Anyway, at the time I liked it.

But years went by. Years and years actually, we're figuring nearly 20, and sponge painted walls were beyond dated and into the laughable category.

Here's the best photo I could find that showed both the countertop and at the same time (behind me) the sponge painted walls, a bit of the floral wallpaper border, and above that the white wallpaper with a tiny blue flower. Look I'm so embarrassed I wore a mask! LOL

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Still we avoided making any redecorating decisions. Every time we thought about making changes it would start with countertops (because they just had to go, remember?), but maybe we'd replace the cabinets at the same time? Of course the cabinets needed to be the wonderful organizing kind with the fancy schmancy self closing operation. And if we were going to do that we'd go for an updated sink. Oh and while we're at it perhaps remove an exterior door to make room for more cabinets. How about a work island? There would be room for one if we decided to knock out a couple of walls --- and create a real dining room ---  and on and on it went. Soon enough we'd realize that we didn't have the budget for all that and we'd stare glumly at the dated, sponge painted walls and try to forget how hideous that countertop was.

Finally, not too long ago, I admitted that we were not likely to commit to an entire kitchen renovation any time soon but the actual countertops were not that big of an investment and we could do that much right now. I made an impulsive decision, grabbed hold of a corner of the worn wallpaper, and tore a good sized chunk out of it. There! Damage done and we were now committed!

So here we are. The Hideous Celery Yellow Countertops and backsplash are gone. Sweet!

Countertop installed

Still lots of work to do! The walls are in the process of being painted. This is the colour scheme we are working with.



 Then once the walls are completely painted I'll reevaluate where I'm going with the table and chairs. You may recall that I'm working on painting the chairs red?



The idea was for the red to be a splash of interest in an otherwise beige world, though I'd also add an item or two of red on the other side of the kitchen to provide balance. The chair painting is not going well. I'm having a horrid time with drips, even when applying very thin layers of paint --- LOTS of layers too! It will take a minimum of FIVE coats of paint just to cover the white primer on this first chair and each coat takes several hours to do. If I decide to continue I will definitely be having the primer tinted!

The plan for today is to stay out of my husband's way as he installs the kitchen sink. Although new it is not really an update. It looks very much like the one that was removed to make way for the counters. I'm okay with that. The size and style of the previous sink worked well so 'meh, good enough. I will be getting a new faucet though. The old one was awful. We haven't chosen the faucet yet but we know the general idea of what we are after.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Soon, Very Soon!

The counters are coming! The counters are coming.



The installation guy should be here within the hour.



It's been a big job just getting the old countertops off and the wall behind the counter prepped for the installation.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Back With a New Look

So obviously I've been having problems posting lately and my blog was all but abandoned for quite some time. I'm giving Blogger another chance after installing a new browser. Perhaps now it will allow me to post photographs?


Ok, YES! Blogger is letting me post pictures from Flickr using the GoogleChrome browser. We are back in business!

Many, MANY changes happening in my life right now -- all good I'd say, though some are causing me to be frantically busy at times. I'll give you a short run down on them over the next few days, as time allows. The biggest change I'd say has been in my personal appearance. Not that I look hugely different or anything, but because this change in my appearance has had a profound effect on how I feel. I'm feeling more confident, happy, and calm.

The changes started with the haircut pictured above. Going for the asymmetrical look was an idea I was mulling over. I took the idea to my very talented hairdresser, Jenn Grasslin, and she did a superb job. I've had the haircut for a few months now. I'm gradually working on growing the left side into a angled bob while keeping the right side short. I LOVE the look. I love it so much, and it feels so ME! Jenn is very talented at blending the two sides so that it all works and doesn't look odd.  (If you live in or near Chilliwack and would like her to work her magic for you shoot me an email (my email address is on my profile page) and I'll get you her booking phone number. 

But I didn't stop at just the haircut. About a month ago, through a post on a weaving forum, I was introduced to "Dressing Your Truth", a very interesting energy profiling system. Initially I did the FREE week long, short daily email profiling, but after enjoying that very much and seeing the benefits, I committed to the full program. I feel it was money well spent! I feel so much better now that I am "dressing my truth". I have a better understanding of what colours look good on me, what to look for in the style lines of my clothing, and how to accessorize as a "Type Four, bold striking" person. If you could use a little boost, give it a try. The initial profiling is free, so no risk there.

I'll be back soon to tell you of some of the other changes going on in my life. After about 20 years we are finally redecorating our kitchen! Not a full on reno. We aren't ready for that sort of financial commitment, but we are finally replacing the ugly countertops that we said HAD TO GO, way back in 1989 when we moved here!

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Sewing a Lot Lately

I don't know if I ever showed the beginning pictures of this blouse? Perhaps only on Flickr? I've been having such a time fighting with Blogger.com that I'd almost given up on blogging after 10 years of regular posting. So here I am trying out WordPress. I hope my regular readers are able to find me.

Anyway, some of the blog readers that also follow me on Flickr will have seen this blouse in progress.

It's now complete!

It's from an old pattern I purchased through eBay. The pattern looks like it was torn from some old sewing and stitching lessons from the 1980s or something. I'm happy with the way it turned out but it is rather large on me. It's comfortable though.


 
I've also been sewing a few pairs of pants. They are a loose fitting pull-on pant sewn from a mid-weight, knit fabric. They are super comfortable, less sloppy looking than sweat pants, less revealing than leggings, and not as hot as jeans.
 
I initially made one black pair but when I discovered how comfortable they are I went back to Fabricland to buy enough for a navy pair and discovered the fabric was on sale. Buy one get two! So I bought enough for three pairs for the price of the intended one pair. Khaki, navy, and burgundy. The burgundy is not as bright nor as red looking as it shows in the photo.  
 
 
While I've been doing all this sewing Shelby has been waiting patiently at my side, silently begging to be taken for a walk.
 
 

By the way, I DID take her for a walk, but she had to wait until I finished my project..

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Zenawii's New Shoes

Zenawii has been clomping around in his only footwear for months, the boots to his Starfleet uniform! His new shoes finally arrived last week. I don't know about him, but I am super pleased with them.


For anyone who might be interested, they are shoes meant for 17" Tonner men/Matt, but they fit Minifees very well.



Sorry for the grainy, blurry, over exposed, quick, iPhone picture. When I'm not so busy with other hobbies I'll dig out my good camera for a better photo shoot. I've been hankering to sew them some new clothes. I know that would inspire more photos.