Saturday, January 29, 2011

Dream List

As we get closer to buying a house, I am dreaming of the things I would like to fill it with (key words being like to). My sister and I giddily talked about paint colours and design today. I guess we better slow down and actually buy a house first. Anyways. I wanted to share some of my favourite things.

A lovely old-fashioned screen door from Rona:
The following furniture is made by a local woman and she sells it online too. I already have a bookcase made by her and it is amazing! The Pine Cottage on Facebook is how to find her.
Cute potato bins made by the same lady.
Same lady, cute shelf.
I love this, minus the horse.
These mixing bowls have been used for well over a hundred years. I love the way they look. You can buy them off Amazon.
I miss my claw-foot tub in Kamloops. You can buy this one from Home Depot.
I love all the lighting fixtures at Barn Light Electric. There is a copper one that I especially want, but I can't find a picture.
An Apron sink from Ikea. Beautiful.
I love these two kitchens that were posted on the blog Twice Remembered.

And finally, a human powered lawnmower from Home Depot.

I also plan on having wainscotting and wide, old-fashioned baseboards.

But one step at a time. Buy a house first! Haha.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Go To Your Happy Place

I went to mine today. Physically, not metaphorically. I went to the National Historic Site to buy our family pass for the year. A $10 for a family for the year, plus 50% off the Bed and Breakfast there! Amazing deal.
I really love this place. I walked around the site after I bought the pass (which I found out is allowed during the winter - I wasn't sure). I visited the chickens, I wiped out on the ice, and I walked around the grounds. Right now, it is a lot of fun to walk off the path, on top of the snow. There is a fairly strong crust, so you walk on top, but you never know when you are going to come crashing down to thigh deep snow.

I wish this was me:

And this:

And this:
The man there did say they are hiring in April!

It's a Loooong Work In Progress

This is a project I started nearly four years ago. I've worked on it off and on for that long. I only have eight left to do. Part of the reason it has taken so long is that I wanted to paint each object from life and not from a photo, which means it takes time to acquire the objects. It is a nice project for in-between projects, though. And the end is in sight.

All the ones I have finished so far.

Here are some of my favourites:

It's an urchin, in case you didn't know!

This post has been linked to the Beach Cottage Blog!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sewing! Funky Star Quilted Bag

With great weeping and sadness, I have had to retire the beautiful purse that my lovely sister sewed for me ages ago. It has become ripped beyond repair (a puppy I met on the street was partially responsible for this). So I pulled out the fabric scraps and designed a quilted bag for myself. I used the same bag shape that my sister had used and I made a funky quilt square to sew on to it. I lined it all with pink ticking fabric. I love the mash of all those prints together.
Hopefully, I'll get as many faithful years of service out of this one too.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Spring Has Sprung...

...The grass has riz,
I wonder where the flowers is?

Well, it's not really Spring at all, not for a few more months, but it did get a lot warmer (we're in the plus degrees! Whoo hoo!) and some snow is melting. I opened all the windows to let inthe fresh air and I even went for a walk with my coat unzipped! Aaaand, my first daffodil bloomed this morning. I love growing things. I just thought I would share its yellow loveliness with you.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sewing! 1950s Inspired Dress

I actually started this dress back in October, but then got tired and left it unfinished until today. All I had left to do was finished the waistband, sew on some straps, and hem it.
Sorry, I am a bit of a goofball.

This is how my ideas start- I sketch my idea, find fabric swatches (I buy almost all my fabric and notions from thrift stores) and then do measurements. Next comes the patternmaking and sewing.

I made the pattern myself with the help of the most amazing book in the world! "Design-it-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified" by Cal Patch. Try it out if you are interested in designing your own clothes, but don't have any patterns. You won't be sorry!

All's Well That Ends Well

I'm still reading the Little House on the Prairie series. I'm on "The Long Winter."
I love this family's spirit. They face a lot of adversity and hard times. They battle raging grass fires, chimney fires, blizzards, plagues of locusts and so many other life or death situations. And after the danger passes it is inevitable that Ma will say, "All's well that ends well." They don't stop to dwell on the what-if's. They have lost crops and money and worldly possessions, but when their family is safe around them they heartily say, "All's well that ends well." They focus on the positive and keep going. I find it very inspirational.
I also love that when Pa faces trouble, he sings his "trouble song," (as Laura calls it).
"Oh, I am as happy as a big sunflower,
That nods and bends in the breezes, Oh!
And my heart is as light as the wind that blows,
The leaves from the treeses, Oh!"
Does anyone know the tune to this song? If not, I might just make up one and sing it when I need to focus on the positives.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Knitting! Gingham Cell Phone Cover

Well, I never had a cell phone. Not until we moved here did we buy one. We still don't use it, except for emergencies. But we were concerned that it was getting scratched, so a cover I made.

Gingham Cell Phone Cover
Gauge: 6 st = 1 inch in stockinette on 4.5mm needles.
Yarn: Red, white, and pink yarn, fingering weight.

Cast on 30 stitches in white. Follow the colour pattern provided in stockinette stitch for 21 rows, repeating the pattern to fit the length and width of the piece. The piece should measure around 5" tall, and 6" wide. Bind off in white. Weave in ends. With right sides facing, fold the rectangle in half width-wise, leaving a half inch lip. Sew the two sides up, and finish the exposed openings in a blanket stitch.
Make the straps:
Cast on 4 stitches in red. Knit in stockinette stitch for 8 rows. Then make a button hole:
K2tog, yo, k2.
purl 4
bind off.
Repeat to make another strap. Weave in the tail ends near the buttonhole. Using the other tail ends, sew the straps onto the right side of the opening with the extended lip. Sew each strap about 1 inch in from the side seams and 1" in from the lip opening. Fold straps over to see where the buttons should go and sew on two buttons.
Taadaa!!! All done!

Check out my other patterns (links at the bottom of that page too)on my blog and check out my store on Etsy!

Last day...

...Of cold weather. Hopefully. It's supposed to warm up to maybe even positive degrees this week. Until then...Long johns? Check. -40 wool socks? Check. Warm boots? Check. Toque and warm mittens? Check. Scarf wrapped around face a million times? Check.

Can you spot our car? We had to frantically dig it out this morning, sans shovel, for my husband to go to a conference (his ride fell through). Luckily a guy with a shovel helped us and my husband got away just a little late.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

They're Done and Up!

I've posted my new Country Gingham Wristers on my etsy site here. Take a look if you're interested. I really love these ones! Gingham is just about my favourite thing ever!


I am working on a new pair of wristers - Country Gray Gingham. They will be coming up for sale shortly on my etsy site. Stay tuned.
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