My Bliss

April 19, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Posted in decorating, sewing | 6 Comments

After years of waiting for this room to be built I’m finely getting very close to finishing my sewing room.  I’ve mentioned before that I have agreed to be part of the local house tour this June.  I knew this would motivate me to put the finishing touches on my house and complete some projects that need doing.

Today, I made two pillows for the pull out sofa in this room and I love the way they turned out.   I used some bark cloth from a set of old curtains I picked up at a junk store and part of a chenille bedspread which I dyed hot pink quite some time ago.  I used some Belle fabric from Amy Butler and some Lotus on the back of the floral square pillow.

I made the curtains last week and sewing on that jumbo rickrack just about did me in.  I know there is probably easier ways to do it but, that’s not my way.  I machine sewed down both edges, zigzagging back and forth along the way.  Crazy, I know.

I made the bird cutout from some  vintage wallpaper left over from my husband’s parent’s cottage.  I have a case of assorted patterns.

I also  repainted this bookcase which my friends so kindly donated to me.  I used stem green from Benjamin Moore and I used the new Aura paint in Satin.  Covered well and looks great…To me.

I’m really happy with how things are turning out and can’t wait to get some serious sewing done here.

The other side of the room is nearly done and I’ll take pictures when I’m happy with it.

Mama went shopping

April 3, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Posted in Life | 1 Comment
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On  Good Friday I went to the One of a Kind Show in Toronto.  They have these shows in other cities like Chicago, Vancouver and New York, and they are so worth while to go to.  You get to see  and often meet craft people, designers and artisans from all over that create beautiful pieces of work.  I usually just go to the Christmas one with the intention of buying gifts for family and friends.  This time it was all about ME.  I felt a little guilty but in the end I am so happy I splurged on myself.  I ended up buying some wonderful  jewellery from here.   I bought a  ring in silver (shown above)  and a necklace.  But wait that’s not all.  I’d seen this shop at the last show and hummed and hawed about buying something.  It only took me 4 months but Ifinally bought a couple of items.  A  top and skirt that I am so excited about.

The top I bought is this same colour as the one in the photo below, but the print is of a flower.  The skirt I bought is green with silk screened leaves.  I think it will be my market skirt.  That’s exactly what my daughter thought when she saw it too.  When I told her how much they were she was a little surprized that I had spent so much on myself, but she said I deserved it.  I think so too.  As much as I love sewing for myself I feel really good about these purchases.  They are both from Canadian companies that are trying to produce quality goods. 


Guilty Admission:

Even though  I did buy a Canadian made bug box, small wooden toy and two decorated cookies  from the show for the two baskets I did up this year I also bought some crappy chinese stuff  from the dollar store.  I felt terrible about it and that is at least a step in the right direction.  I promise to be more organized for next year and make some items for their baskets or at least shop smart.

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