Friday, November 30, 2007

Blink!!

I swear I just blinked and the week was gone!!! The days are slipping by so quickly as I engross myself in housely stuff.

But enough excuses for being a negligent blogger.

I give you the latest painted transformation - my bedroom. The befores are dusty rose. (If you look at the top of the picture, by the ceiling, you get a more accurate colour.)


Not that I dislike pink. It was just a very dark, gloomy, 1980's kinda pink that needed to be put to rest, like so much from the 80's.

I like this inbetween stage so I thought I'd share that, too.
Because it's wood panelling on the walls (under about seventeen layers of paint), I needed to paint the lines with a brush because the roller doesn't always catch them. The effect is a quirky geometric that I quite liked (be still my little geeky math heart). Fortunately, reasonableness (read boringness) prevailed and I realized it would probably feel more like a prison cell than a bedroom after a few hours and I decided to keep painting.

The result is a beautiful celery green bedroom that is lovely and bright to wake up to in the morning.


It still photographs yellow but whatever. It's green. I like it. I get to sleep in it.

I hope you've all had a productive week.

Happy Friday, Painters, M



Sunday, November 25, 2007

Yay! Needle In Motion

I have been quilting! My quilty heart is celebrating! I am hand-stitching the Moda Sweetheart charm square quilt for my niece for Christmas. Just a simple outline of each of the squares but my fingers are so happy to be stitching.



I'm kinda burnt out on painting after this week and I haven't even finished the second room yet. I assume this is because I know all the rooms in the house have to be painted and my subconscious is rebelling at the thought. My inner rebel can be quite convincing sometimes!

To help me with all my creative pursuits this week, whether painting, knitting or quilting, I've been listening to some audio books from the library. So far, I have consumed these two:


I loved Haddon's novel and I can't resist Agatha Christie. Very enjoyable.

I also finished reading this:
I haven't read mystery novels for many years but the Mary Kruger books have been fun. It's also nice to read something that includes fibre-y backgrounds. This one was set in a yarn store and the follow up was at a fibre festival. Lovely!

I'm going to spend this snowy Sunday stitching and watching the Grey Cup this afternoon. Go Riders!!!

Happy Sunday, Travellers, M

Friday, November 23, 2007

Pleasant Surprise

Remember my table runner, the first project of my renewed interest in quilting? Those fabrics and blocks came from a class that I took in Vancouver back in 1999. My dislike for the experience on that weekend kept me from picking up anything quilty for several years afterwards. Thank goodness I got over that!

My mom took the same class and had the same negative connotations. Unfortunately, she hasn't gotten over it yet. Lucky me, though, inherits her fabrics and partially completed blocks.


I've been playing with them a little, trying to decide what to do with them. At first, it was going to be another table runner of sorts but then I realized I could make a kick-butt quilt for my new bedroom (that I'm trying to finish painting). No final decisions yet. I'll let you know!

Having discovered that I can only do about two paint coats per day before my hands surrender in pain, I have been strengthening them with more knitting breaks in between (yeah, that's my story). The product is another hat.


This is another pattern from One-Skein Wonders, Elizabeth's Perfect Hat, also done in Lorna's Laces Watercolour. Have I mentioned how much I love this book? I've already started another project from it. Pictures soon.

Happy Friday, Travellers, M

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A Break In the Action

The painting action, that is. We have had some knitting action, though!

I even took a break from sock-knitting action to take up this gorgeous little skull cap.

Please forgive the bad photo. It's tough to take photos of the back of your own head. And since I don't' have my model this year, we improvise.

Here's a fuzzy "close up" (completely accidental but useful) of the lace edge.


The yarn is Lorna's Laces Bullfrogs and Butterflies in the Watercolour colourway. The pattern is my modified version of the Lavender Lace Beanie from One-Skein Wonders. Love the yarn. Love the book.

Today, we're back to the painting.

Happy Wednesday, Travellers, M

Monday, November 19, 2007

Michaelangelo, I Ain't

Seriously, the Sistine Chapel would never have been finished if it had been up to me. First, I am not fast at this. Second, I hate painting the ceiling. So Pope Sixtus was wise in choosing that other guy.

I'll understand if you're getting tired of home reno pictures. However, as this will be consuming my life for the next few years while, you might want to buckle in for a long ride or take the bypass to the next blog.

Over the weekend, I managed to finish the rest of the living room, unpacking and all. So here's the obligatory before picture, especially for my friend, Pat, who wants to see every step.

(Again the golden rod colour is coming out peachy but it was a very dark, dreary yellow. Believe me - dark, dreary.)

And now it is a bright, cheery, delightful green.


In other news, the Riders won the western final against the Lions!!! (Because I used to live in Vancouver, I have predictably emailed my friends there to gloat!) This means the team is off to Toronto to play the Blue Bombers in the Grey Cup! These two teams are famous for their devoted fans (because we don't have any pro-sports teams but football in either city) and Toronto will be inundated with prairie folk come next weekend. Go Riders!

And believe it or not, there has been knitting. Minimal knitting, but knitting none the less. See.

This knitting mostly gets done between coats of paint. Ever heard of "watching paint dry"? Well this would be the knitter's version. :)

Happy Monday, Travellers, M

Thursday, November 15, 2007

New Beginnings

With a new town, new house, new life, I've decided that the blog needs to be updated.

Because I do so many more crafts than just knitting, the blog needs to be a litte less limited by it's name. I'm calling the new domicile Sugar Bowl House, because it's such a beautiful place that fills my life with sweetness. I'm also changing the name of the blog to the same thing because so much of the sweetness of life comes to me through my creativity, among other things.

I'll be working on the look of the blog over the next while. Please be patient if you find something that isn't working and let me know if it persists for too long, as I may have missed it.

Speaking of renovations, my friend, Pat, has asked for before and after photos as I go through the house. I expect this to be a multi-year process but the initial changes will be the most dramatic colour-wise and will hopefully come through in the photos.

The first room I'm tackling is the living room. After being here for several weeks and not unpacking my books because I wanted to paint before I did that, I couldn't stand it anymore. A place never feels like home to me unless there are books on the shelves and this is what motivated me to get started with the brush and roller.

Being that I'm on my own while I do this, I have to do the more complicated rooms (like the living room) in stages. Firstly, I pulled the desk and tv stand out from the corner and did some patching. You can see the golden rod yellow (although it seems quite peachy here) that motivated me to start as soon as possible.


Then there was priming of the walls, painting of the ceiling in that section, and edging. Next to the white primer, you can see that the new colour is a sunny green (called Cabbage Green on the sample card).


And here is the finished corner. It looks a very pale yellow in this photo but trust me when I tell you it is very green. A yummy, bright, happy green that makes me smile and urges me to do more painting today!
It's funny how a fresh coat of paint can really change the feel of a room!

Alrighty, then, that's how it's been going around here the past couple of days. I'm pretty sure it's going to continue along the same path for the next few weeks. At least, I hope so!

Please send good painting mojo! M

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Friendly Place

It was a grand long weekend around here these past few days.

Cindy came in to the city and we tootled around shops and restaurants for a couple of days because these things are always so much more fun with friends.


In this shot, she's talking to her mom back in Prince Edward Island, checking to see if her dad is watching the CFL football game that's going on in my backyard (well, practically) on Sunday afternoon.

I live just behind the stadium so we could hear the roar of the crowds on every play. It was a very tense game but the Riders came through in the end with a 26-24 win over the Stampeders. The Riders get to move on to the Western final in Vancouver this coming weekend. My fingers are crossed for them because I'd love to see them go on to the Grey Cup two weeks from now.

I'm not a die-hard football fan but I do enjoy a game now and then, especially if the Riders are doing well. And this is the best season they've had in a long time. Plus with the new house being so close to the stadium, there's no forgetting when the games are. I think it's fun. And Rider fans are pretty hard core, so if nothing else, it's great to people watch around here on game days.

Between travelling last week and company this weekend, there hasn't been a lot of crafting going on. However, while Cindy and I were in the bookstore, I managed to catch up on many of the latest knitting, spinning and quilting books.

I picked up these.

I love the one-skein ideas as I have many choices of yarn to use for these ones and get tired of knitting the same things over and over. And now that I have my spinning wheel with me again (I picked it up when I went up north), I am seriously looking forward to getting back to it.

Well, I guess I better get on with this day. So much non-crafty stuff to do and so little motivation for those things.

Happy Tuesday, Travellers, M

Friday, November 09, 2007

Northern Voyage

While winter is still being staved off here in Regina, my trip up north was like going to another planet - at least weather-wise. Look at the highway I was traveling on.


Despite the weather, or maybe partly because of it, I sure do miss my northern home. I had such a great visit with everyone and hugs were endless. The landscape is so beautiful, so familiar, so comforting. It was relaxing and peaceful and I had a strong pull to start my winter craft hibernation, which I'd be doing if I still lived there.

But alas, I have come back to Regina to settle into my new house and get on with the adjustment to a new place. The fact that it's the second time I've done this in six months is a bit exhausting but this too shall pass.

I'm hoping to make it to the knitting circle at the LYS tomorrow. It's a long weekend here this weekend and I'm expecting a friend to come visit for a couple of days. Lucky me!

Hope you're looking forward to winter crafting.

Happy Friday, Travellers, M

Monday, November 05, 2007

Stash Management of a Different Kind

It was a productive weekend around here, in oh so many ways. Although things are not exactly unpacked yet (and are not likely to be until some painting gets done), I've been making some progress in getting organized.

The latest acquisition towards this is a leather ottoman. It fills the spot beneath the living room window very nicely and has the added bonus of extra storage.


The makers call it a blanket storage box. I had a different idea.

As you can see, in addition to too much yarn and fabric to comfortably contain, I also have an enormous dvd collection that seems to be in constant danger of taking over my living room.

Seriously, I am taking steps to get my addictions under control as moving and housing them are becoming a royal pain in the butt!

By Sunday night, I was pretty tired out and decided to sit down, relax and listen to War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. This allowed me plenty of time to finish up the binding on my heart table runner.
I've said this before but I do enjoy the binding process of a quilt. It always amazes me how polished and finished it looks when I'm done.

I'm going up north for a few days this week. I need to visit all my friends up there and give my former students some love and support.

I'm going to pick up some audio books today for the 8-hour drive. I love that I live in a city where I can get them for free at the library now. It's the little things that bring me joy!

And on that note, I'll sign off for now.

Happy Monday, Travellers, M

Thursday, November 01, 2007

“Electricity is really just organized lightning.” George Carlin

Did I mention that I live in a 100-year-old house? And with a 100-year-old house comes the need for some upgrades. Today it was Steven and Trevor, the electricians, who came to work on my "quirky wiring."


This is Steven braving the attic. He's trying to figure out why that 2nd outlet in my bedroom won't work. Apparently, I have a choice between either the light switch working or the outlet. I chose the switch because what greedy soul needs two whole outlets in their bedroom?!


They were also removing some unsightly things from the house. Not that ceiling fans don't have their uses, but the ones in here were self-installed by previous owners and were so low that there was a real danger of decapitation. Anybody want a ceiling fan cheap?

I've already found a LYS that is heaven for my knitterly soul. There is spinning, weaving and knitting going on. With classes in all three areas, handspun to the ceiling and an owner who keeps alpacas, I think I have found a place for me to hang out and knit my fingers off!

Despite my already heavy stash, I couldn't resist buying some of the store's Opal sock yarn. I've never used it before but have wanted to try it for longest time. Here's the start of a sock in Hundertwassers 697, "Rainy Day on Dear Waves."


I love how the colours seem so unplanned. But with only one ball for two socks, my plan to keep them as identical as possible is going to be more challenging. I'm up for it!

So that's the latest at our house.

Happy Thursday, Travellers, M