Thursday, August 28, 2008

Fibre I Have Hung

Thrifty Thursday is on hiatus this week. I wasn't organized enough to plan something out. Sorry.

The orange velour chair slip-cover is still under construction and while I have other thrifty things, I let it slide this week. Maybe next week Thursday won't creep up on me that fast again.

Instead, I present my newly framed Celtic Tree.

Oh, so pretty and now on the living room wall.

While pondering this new loveliness, I thought about other fibre-y things I have hanging in my house.

Which brings me to my antebellum lady. I stitched this when I was 12 or 13 . . . so a fairly long time ago.

It's a needlepoint pattern my aunt taught me how to stitch and I loved doing it, most probably because it was my first.

Next we have this Arctic folkart that I purchased when I lived in the Arctic, funnily enough.

It's made of felt, which is a common medium in the far north. I love that it's so simple yet so distinctive. It often inspires me to keep looking for my own fibre-y, arty voice.

I guess I don't have a lot of fibre on the walls these days but I do love the pieces that are up. I'm currently working on a quilted wall hanging to cover the closet door in my dining room. ETA? No one knows for sure. But it's on the list.

What fibre art do you hang on your walls?

Happy Thursday, Travellers, M

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Fungly Triangle Mania

Well, what fun this has been! Fungly is definitely a great way to let go of some quilting inhibitions and just create. It's been most freeing, and I like it!

Here's my fungly triangles so far.

I've been looking for an excuse to try the free-pieced letters from Tonya so I decided to surround the centre of the quilt with triangle words.

Being a math teacher for the past few years has really put geometry and all things triangular at my fingertips.

This one is going to be isosceles but I'm also going to add equilateral and, if I have room, Pythagoras.

I know you're all shaking your heads at me right now. "Poor little geeky girl" or some such thing is running through your minds.

But seriously? I am loving every nerdy minute of this quilt and I can't wait to curl up on the couch with it this fall and watch some wicked science fiction movies. Dorky dance of joy!!!

Have you hugged your nerd lately?

Happy Tuesday, Travellers, M

Friday, August 22, 2008

Tiny Yarn Animals

I absolutely could not resist. Didn't even try to resist. At no time did resisting even enter my mind.

I now own Tiny Yarn Animals by Tamie Snow.

I knew I had to have it the second I saw it over on Artsy-Crafty Babe's blog. She's even made a couple already. Go check them out.

I had to pad my order to get the minimum amount for free shipping , but it is so worth it.

I've gotta make me some pretty darned quick. They're soooooo cute!

Happy Friday, Travellers, M

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Thrifty Thursday - Part 2

You might think that I've run out of thrilling thrifty finds, mes amis, but not so. That weekend at the thrift store was particularly fruitful for my frugal little heart.

Along with my sewing machine, the blue desk, and the orange ottoman, I found this armoire.

It was part of a bedroom set and originally intended as a sweater cupboard/dresser thingy.

But, handy little me, I turned it into this:

I cut out the centre bar, removed and trimmed the shelf, then reinstalled the shelf at a lower level. It was a great excuse to use my circular saw - Girl with Power Tools! Woot!

The cabinet is the perfect size for my living room and when it's closed, I am in tv-free heaven. (Obviously during the Olympics, it's been open a lot, as you might have guessed by the beach volleyball image on the screen.)

The drawers below hold movies, music, and the like, adding a huge amount of needed storage to the room.

I priced out a similarly-sized unit last fall. They wanted $1600 for it. Uh, no thanks. This one? $125. No contest.

I don't think I can express how joyful I feel when I find a good deal, especially when it's a much-needed, much-desired piece that I've been searching for. It doubles when I get to modify it myself.

I know. I'm a dork. But my dogs still think I'm cool.

Happy Thursday, Travellers, M

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Everything Old Is New Again

After rearranging the books onto the new shelves in the dining room, I had big plans (okay, maybe medium sized plans) for the old book shelves.

First, I created a cutting table for myself. I am so loving how the drawers fit perfectly under the cutting surface.

I've never actually had a space dedicated to cutting before. I had to shift my sewing machine out of the way every time I wanted to use the mat. Such a big pain, especially when trying to do the free piecing method, where you sew then you cut.

Next I added one of the tall shelves to the room (see? by the window there?).

It lets me have all my yarn organized on the bottom two shelves, all my craft books on the top three, and lots of little bits and bobs stored around them. It's so much tidier and easier to get at everything now.

Finally, another little shelf on the side holds the radio, tv, dvd player and some favourite movies. I feel so spoiled with all these special features just for me. Wheeeeee!

Ever notice how when your crafting space is organized, you use it a lot more? Or is that just me again? Because seriously, I have loved being in there. Been working on my fungly blocks, finished up the baby blankets, pulled out some yarn for knitting dish cloths, that kind of stuff. All gloriously, deliciously crafty.

And the changes seem to meet with the approval of Sailor, as she climbed until she could find a place to nap!

Hope you're enjoying your own craft space today.

Happy Wednesday, Travellers, M

Monday, August 18, 2008

Utility Knitting

It ain't much but it keeps the hands busy whilst watching the Olympics. Go Canada!

Happy Monday, Travellers, M

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Thrifty Thursday

I've read a few other blogs who have had Thrifty Thursday posts. Of course, now that I'm trying to find them, I can't. So please trust me when I tell you that this is an actual phenomenon for us thriftstore types.

Now, to start at the beginning - back during the same thrift store scavenge where I bought the blue desk and my glorious 1936 sewing machine, I also bought an ottoman. It was this colour (please apply protective eyewear now).

Ahhhhhhhhhh! I know. It's - very - bright - orange (although maybe I'm playing up the colour a bit in this photograph). I bet you're thinking to yourself "Why, oh why, would anybody buy any piece of furniture in that colour?"

Well, honestly, it was the shape of it that grabbed me. The price was pretty darned good, too. So I looked past the hideousness of bright orange velour (that's right, I said velour!) and home it came with the rest of the thrifty finds.

Thankfully, with a little sewing magic from my Mom, it now looks like this:

See how lovely it is? (Imagine Vanna hands all up and down and around.) Great square shape, simple lines, very versatile. Now so pretty with new fabric.

Here you can see it complete with decorative cushion against the pretty green wall.

Unfortunately for your eyes, you can also see the matching orange chair just to the right. That is the next piece of furniture slated for a facelift, and the sooner, the better for my retinas!

Happy Thursday thrifting, Travellers, M

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Home Sense

For my dearest friend, Katharyn, who loves me and my house (even when we were both a wreck), I present pictures of my newly completed dining room.

Looking from the living room towards the window to the backyard. It's got new floors, new bookshelves, new paint, new light fixture, new desk, new table cloth - even a new cat, Stella.

This view is from the kitchen door into the room at the other end. That's the desk on the right, next to Shadow.

In honour of SBH's 100th birthday, I bought this gorgeous little carpet on the weekend. Sailor is being so kind as to model it for us. She loves it because it's so soft!

Too bad for her, though, it's to sit the rocking chair on so the floor doesn't get marked up. She won't be sitting on it for long, lest she lose a tail!

And that's the latest installment in the continuing saga of the rejuvenation of Sugar Bowl House, may she stand another 100 years.

Happy Tuesday, Travellers, M

Monday, August 11, 2008

Fungly Challenge

I'm a bit behind again. This challenge has been out there for a week already. The idea started at Tonya's place (Go read her challenge post. It's hysterical.) and has been spreading all over since then.

The general idea: Fungly = fun + ugly.

Use up as much of your ugly, out-of-date, non-matchy-matchy, leftovers fabric in a quilt. Then you can use the quilt for anything and everything, guilt free. (Like fat-free, zero-calorie yet delicious chocolate - do they even make that yet?!)

Here's my contribution to the cause thus far.

My theme is triangles (uh, obviously!). I chose them because 1) I am a geeky math person who loves geometrics, and 2) it allows me a stress-free way to finally use the free-piecing technique I've been wanting to try. Yay!

"No seam-ripping" is an important part of the fungly challenge, just take it as it comes. You can see under the pin in this pic that I am totally taking it to heart. And might I add? Love, love, loving every second of it.

Here's a little fabric-fracturing, too.

I was inspired to try this method while reading Gwen Marston's Liberated Quilting. It's a very stimulating book and makes me want to try all kinds of outside-the-box sewing.

What great motivation this challenge has been to try new things. Thanks Tonya! It's been a blast so far and I can hardly wait to see how my quilt turns out.

Happy Monday, Travellers, M

Friday, August 08, 2008

Happy Birthday Sugar Bowl House!

You look fantastic for 100!

Cake in the house tonight.

Come on over and celebrate with us.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Guess I Wasn't Quite Done

I posted on Sunday and then made this on Monday.

Pretty rocking chair cushions in yummy floral fabric. So nice!

It also has lovely ribbon details on the ties.

And when I was finished with that, I started stitching together three baby blankets.

Two pinks for girls and a pretty green for a not sure yet.

It's not the most imaginative sewing but it keeps my little stitchy heart happy. :)

Happy Thursday, M

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Long Weekend Life

As promised, I provide a pic of the blue desk in it's new incarnation, all lighter and prettier. In front of the window, it makes an ideal cat perch and a lovely computer desk.

I spent the greater part of yesterday cleaning up the last of the scarey corners of the yard (left by the previous owners). Bags and bags of garbage were hauled to the dumpster and now my backyard is actually visible.

Towards the house - ooooh, aaaah.

Towards the garage - ooooh, aaaah.

I'm really torn about the little shed you can see in this pic. I would love to be able to restore it and turn it into a greenhouse but it might just be easier and safer to tear it down and start over.

To finish off the yard work, early this morning before the heat of the day set in, I painted the fence. It's all clean and pretty now, too. More oooohs, more aaaahs.

(Doncha just love the Enormous Satellite Dish of Doom in the neighbour's yard? Thankfully, when the tree is in leaf, it's mostly hidden. Kinda uglier in winter, though.)

And our final pic of this weekend's domestically-inclined activities, Soup!

You know I love my soup!

This one is another fav. It's called hamburger soup. Made from any vegetables you have in the house added to hamburger, onions and garlic, it's delicious and easy. Who could ask for anything else?!

Happy long weekend, Travellers, M