Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Hair and Now

It's a good thing you gals leave comments. Thanks Becky! I had planned to post a recent photo of Daughter #2 the next day and totally forgot. Here she is... Daughter #2 is on the right, daughter #1 on the left.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Waiting for Spring

Here in the arctic er, the Maritimes the winters can be long, cold, and dreary. What's a snow hating, cold hating couple do on these long winter evenings? No, not that, we sew, we quilt, we... wait, that's all I know how to do!
My husband is a renaissance man, he can build, he can teach, he can preach and he can also sew! He has made all the curtains in our home, slipcovers and upholestry too. My mum was an avid quilter and I always knew that one day I'd be sorry I never learned. Well, that day arrived a little over a year ago when my mum passed away. After going through tons of my mum's quilting fabric, patterns, etc. the DM decided he would make a quilt and he did. This is that quilt. The cute little girl you see in the picture on the right is me. 'nough said.
I on the other hand make pillows. I used a silkscreen to make the one pictured above. So that is how we fill our long winter evenings except for Monday when 24 is on!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Meanwhile...back at the bathroom?

I know you girls have been wondering where my craft room is. There's been a major delay because the Dear Man herein referred to as DM decided to finish the bathroom first. Oh yes, ladies the bathroom is torn apart too. He has to get bathroom supplies he stored in the craft room out of there so DM decided he might as well just finish the bathroom instead of moving everything around 100 times.
So here are some pictures of the bathroom to assault your senses. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Breaking up is hard to do

Several ladies out here in blogland have recently given up sugar. This is a good idea for several reasons not the least being losing weight. I decided to join the crowd a couple of weeks ago and I am pleased to report that I have lost weight but more importantly, I found I just feel so much better generally.
So goodbye Pepsi, goodbye Tim's double chocolate donuts (sob), goodbye iced tea(sniff). I have loved you lots but it's time to move on. From now on its water, hummus, and carrot sticks. Yessiree I'm living large. (no pun intended)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Spring IS Coming

I'm sitting in my kitchen this morning huddled around my woodstove watching a blizzard outside my window. Yesterday my husband surprised me with a gorgeous bouquet of yellow tulips. They make me feel so hopeful for spring. Thank you darling man.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Just shoot me Monday

This is our horse pasture.
This is the view from my front door.
This is the day that the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. (sigh)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

My hero!

Jack Bauer is coming tonight and not a moment to soon!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Our living room

My husband upholstered these chairs and made the drapes. He's good like that.
Notice I don't stage pictures!
I love this room but I'm tired of the traditional look.
Oh, I silkscreen those pillows too. The two wing chairs I have since given to daughter #2. I'd like to lighten up the room and clean out a lot of things. I have the dreaded decorating ADD. I can't finish one thing before starting another!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Last minute wedding cake

Okay blogger posted these backwards, but here is the finished cake. TaDa!

We had an unexpected wedding this past September. Daughter#2 was recently engaged and set her wedding date for October 2010. However in her true impatient fashion, she decided to get married the end of September this past year. We had one week to pull a wedding together! After everything was done I decided I had a new career called Last Minute Wedding Planners. She won't let me post a picture of her but I am going to post her wedding cake. I made it. I never made a wedding cake before (and hope to never again). Baking it was the easy part, decorating it not so much. I watched 20 million youtube videos on buttercream icing and fondant. My hubby is a handy guy so he helped me.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

To paint or not to paint

This picture really doesn't have anything to do with today's post except that I'm housebound and wondering what I should do next. The floors in my craft room need something done to them and I'm not sure what to do. I was going to sand and stain them but my impatient gene kicked in and said Paint! Paint! The problem is I don't know what colour to paint it. Can anybody out there help me? Please? Remember the walls are creamy white.

Friday, January 8, 2010

A walk in the clouds

Gee , I think I`m starting a trend of giving my blog post movie titles! I just finished painting my craft room. I always use Benjamin Moore paint. I`m not getting paid for this or anything I just love the quality of their paint. My favourite go to colour is Cloud White. See my post title? Get it?? I surprise myself sometimes with my wit. Anyway since we have an older home re: very old I love using the Benjamin Moore historic colours but my trim is pretty much always Cloud white. It has a tiny bit of cream in it so the white is not stark or cold. When (if) I finish the craft room you'll see I did the whole thing in white. So my husband sees my paint job and says he loves the white, he says we should paint the whole house white. I am seeing red, I said"you wouldn't let me before!" Of course he denies saying that!! If I can get my groove on, the dining room may change too. I'll show photos of that room soon, we did a lot of work in there awhile ago.
Have a good weekend!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A room with a view

This is the man behind the mess. Thanks for vacuuming honey!
This is what my craft room looked like this summer. A little drafty for my liking! That little building out back is an outhouse, a one holer. Bigger than the one in the house! Original plumbing too.

My beautiful daughter #1

I just love this site. So much fun designing your own magazine cover!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New craft room

This used to be our den when we first moved into our home. We never really used the room so I've decided to make into a craft room just for me. Sorry I don't have before pics, our old computer died and every thing on it! I'm at the painting stage and then I want to redo the wooden floor boards. My husband and I do most of the work ourselves.

My first post

I have been following home renovation and design blogs for about a year now. My husband keeps telling me to start blogging so finally here I am. This will mostly be about our 208 year old Loyalist cottage and how we are trying to keep the integrity of the home while living in the modern world.