Sunday, February 12, 2012

Organizing my Dresser

Since Colin and I moved into our house I have had nothing but storage and organizing issues.  Our house is a small war time house, perfect for just the two of us, but limited on space in general!  few closets, and small rooms.  So I have decided to create space in every room, one room at a time. Starting with the bed room. 

 Here is my dresser,  I put all my necklaces, face creams, morning ritual stuff on my dresser. But it looks like this and half the time i can't find what I want.

When I was looking for ideas on DIY projects for my wedding I came across my new favourite website.  Tip Junkie 
This website has tips on cleaning, organizing, party planning, crafts, everything!  I'm so glad I stumbled on this website.

So anyways I was looking around and saw this 
calendar holder 
That was posted by the Fabric Market.  This idea inspired me to create a holder for the necklaces my aunt makes me.  I found some pieces of wood in the basement (I guess Colin was right, they would come in handy sometime hahaha) Some fabric pieces, small hooks, staple gun and the wall hanging things.  I'm not sure what it is called.

So I took all this stuff and turned it into this!

Much nicer eh!   Much thanks to the folks at Tip Junkie and The Fabric Market!  

I do plan on making the Calender Holder when I get to the kitchen.

Monday, January 16, 2012

I'm Back!

Happy New Year everyone!  Well it's been quite the year for me which I why I have not been updating my blog.  Colin and I moved in to a house so we have been very busy making it our own.  We also got engaged! Planning a wedding is no small feat I will say that much!  The wedding will be in October and I can't wait! 

We also adopted 2 cats!  Ronnie an 8 year old male brown tabby, and Leena another 8 year old female black cat.  Both enjoy batting at my knitting and laying on my sewing.

I have been working on a few things which I will post later!

Friday, December 17, 2010

A Few Things I Have Been Working On

I must apologize for not blogging for a couple of weeks,  I started my new job this week and I am completely warn out by the time I get home.  

Here are a few items I have made in the last while.

Here are 2 hats that are going to be Christmas gifts.  The top hat in from the Lion Brand website. It's called First Fall Knit Hat.Link
The pattern is super easy to knit.  A great pattern for a new knitter.

The bottom hat is from Ravelry.  The hat is called Classic World War II Watchman's cap. Link

Both of the above scarves are from Ravelry as well.  The pattern is called Mustard Scarf
Also an easy and fast knit.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Ode to Grandpa & Merry Christmas to Me!

This past week I have been much to busy to blog.  My Grandpa past away so I went home to be with my family.  The event was not all tears since my aunt and cousins came up from the States for the funeral.  We don't get to see each other very much so it was good to see them and other family members.

It stopped snowing and the sun came out just in time for the funeral and all went well.  The service was beautiful and touching, and I know my Grandpa lived a full life without regrets.  He will be missed.

While I was home my parents took me to a little sewing shop to look at sewing machines since mine no longer works.  (it was a little cheep machine that I got for Christmas a few years ago.  My parents didn't think I would use it as much as I did!)  This was not a surprise since I knew they had been looking to buy me one for Christmas.  I figured it would be a nice heavy duty used one.  I love my dad's 1970 singer.  

The owner of the store set me down at this amazing computerized sewing machine and shows me all of the different things it can do.  I was just excited to see that it threaded the needle!  My dad asks me if I like it and I reply with an " of course I like it! But I know I'm not getting it!"  Then I hear "Merry Christmas!" In complete shock I practically started to cry in the store, my machine was in the back corner all nicely wrapped with a bow.  

To make everything even more amazing I got a lesson on how to use it and I get to use it now, I don't have to wait until Christmas!

  So here is my new sewing machine.  It's made by Baby Lock called the Quilter's Choice, and came with everything seen here ( not the fabric) about 10 different feet including a walking foot which I am very excited about, I also got a quilting table top. 

I spent the entire evening playing with it and making a sewing sampler of all of the different stitches.

This is not all of the stitches it can do, I started to run out of room.

This is the complete list.  It has three different font types.  
I'm so amazed at everything it can do since my last machine only did 3 types of stitches. 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Finished WIPs

With Christmas fast approaching I finally decided to finish some of the WIPs I started in the summer as they are all to be gifts.  I need them out of the way so I can focus on what is not done.  Which is unfortunately most everything!

The first being a hoodie for my nephew Thomas.  I purchased the pattern this past summer while I was visiting my brother in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

The shop is located in the Hydrostone Market which was built in 1920, to replace the area of Halifax that was destroyed in 1917, because of an explosion due to two ships colliding; one being an ammunition ship.

The area destroyed was rebuilt using large hydrostones so the buildings and houses would be livable faster than using regular sized bricks.  
Ok, so there is the little history lesson.  While we were exploring the market I discovered a yarn shop called LK Yarns  I instantly fell in love with all of the yarns and patterns available in this shop.  If you are ever in the Halifax area I strongly recommend going to this shop.  The pattern I purchased is called MinO by Purl Grey which is a local pattern maker.  

I still have to block the sweater but other than that this WIP is done!

Next on the list is this diamond patterned scarf.  A special thanks goes out to Colin and his Movember mustache for being my model.  I started this scarf LAST summer....not the summer that just passed, the summer before.  I got half way finished and became bored with it. I know it's bad to do that, but I found more exciting things to knit, so the scarf was abandoned.  But it's now finished and can be crossed off the unfinished list. 

 The next two items only needed buttons, so I found my button stash (pretty funny that I have a huge button collection since my last name is Button!) and sewed some on.

The neckie pattern if from Jimmy Beans Wool Link

The two-toned pocket scarf was given to me by a friend who wrote it out of a book that she got from the library, and she cannot remember what book it was.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lest We Forget

"In Flanders fields the poppies blow
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields."

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae 1915

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mothers Always Know

Colin and I went back home last weekend to pick up some winter items and visit with family and friends.  The night we got to my parents house, I began to tell my mum that I thought I would like to spin my own wool and that I had done some research on spinning wheels.  Right in the middle of my story my mum pulls out a hand spinner and some cotton and wool!

 She said the week before she had gone to a spinning shop in Colborne called Spinning Wheel Repairs, Restoration and Sales with her Retired Teachers group.  While she was there she "had a feeling"  I would like to learn how to spin so she started asking questions about the different kinds of wheels, and pricing.  She even went as far a locating a wheel for me!  But she did not buy it since it had been damaged, and she also didn't know if I would want it.  How funny is that? 

After she gave me the hand spinner, my dad started to look on ebay for wheels! A wheel would be fantastic, but I don't have any money to buy one nor do I have a place to put one, so the hand spinner will be perfect.  Until I figure out how to use it that is.  I have read the instructions I'm just too scared to start! I looked on line for a video but I have not been able to find one so I think tomorrow I will spin some wool and cotton.