Saturday, December 11, 2010

I traded my neighbour and fellow junker for this china cabinet! I gave her my old cupboard, which she spent a little time on and made fabulous again, and she gave this.

I painted it creamy white and stuffed it full of dishes.
 My kitchen is teeny tiny itty bitty and the uppers aren't deep enough to fit today's dinner plates. And I do have lots of dishes...

...and bowls. But more on that another time. :-)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

On how to postpone going for a run...

It's grey, cold and wet. I'll go for a run tomorrow. Really.

Yesterday afternoon I took my sewing machine in to a nearby quilt shop/Bernina distributor for repair. It has to take a long roadtrip ( 4 hours ) to the manufacturer's repair shop in Toronto. It needs a new brain. I likely won't have it back for a month or so. Anyhoo... while I was there, I bought a meter of this. It's difficult to see because it's so dark, but you get the idea. 

and this too
and my plan is to make some tops using this pattern called the Juliet Tunic by Serendipity Studio .  I cut out the white on white already, but now that I've thought about it, she also had a black and white coordinating that added to the black, white and red would make an adorable dress. I think I'll make a quick trip on my lunch hour next week.

I also stared this

It's a cowl, or a capelet. I got it at the Kitting Nimrod Collective when I visited my Mom last weekend.  It's made with Suri Prism and the pattern is a promotional giveaway when you buy the yarn. If the rain keeps up I'll have it done by end of day.

Coming soon, pics of finished projects!  

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Two Signs of Spring

First a howling blizzard woke us
Then the rain came down to soak us,
And now before the eye can focus -
- Lilja Rogers

I love crocus... they make me happy.
The second sign I've noticed is not so pleasant as the first and leaves me frowning. Why is it that it took 9 months of running 5kms four times a week to lose 10 lbs and 1 measley inch from my butt, but only 3 months of hibernating to gain it back? I'll be hitting my Greenway first thing tomorrow morning! Definitely!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

4 unfinished tops
Calendar Quilt - Happy February!
sweater vest
quilt blocks soon to be reincarnated as potholders
Hello there!
This is my first post on my first blog. I'm inexperienced but enthusiastic and welcome any advice anyone can offer. Most of my life I was a stay at home wife and mother. I am now pretty much on my own and working full time in an office about a 45 minute commute away. Somehow I've managed to get caught up in the speed of life and have stopped doing all those things that I used to love spending my days doing. Quilting, sewing, baking, knitting: the simple pleasure of making a house a home. I decided to gather up some unfinished projects that have been put away for too long and have committed to complete them. I have four quilt tops that need batting and backing ( plus one that's already pinned and half quilted ) and a knitted vest. I ordered patterns on-line to sew a few skirts for spring and already have the wool needed to make a little cabled capelet for my daughter Haley.
So, this afternoon I'll be curled up in a cozy chair knitting and one evening this week will be spent finishing up some potholders. I scavenged some quilt blocks from a project that I'll never complete because the directions are way too complicated and wasted too much fabric.