Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A classy treasure???

This is from my red hat period.  I made a doll and called her, Lotti Patti Tude.   Seemed to fit her and was a nod to the pattern maker.

I also had a lotta purple and red fabric scraps to use up!  Mind you, I suspect her hot flashes were better at keeping her warm than a quilt!   ;^)

Monday, February 8, 2016

Its a blizzard planning day!

I had big plans for all the things scheduled for this week but the Rooster only made it part way down the driveway before he came back and said Snow Day!  eek!  Maybe I can get him involved in sanding the hallway and putting together the new chandelier!  ;^)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Well, that week was somming!

 I have had a remarkable week with a little help from the grand kiddies.  My planner is a bit behind but the to-do list is way ahead!

Josh is a helper, planner, keener and he has been visiting.

We set up a planner for him to use on his own at home.  And we multi tasked, getting school work,  chores, playtime and projects all done.

We tackled the hallway wall paper in preparation for the coming week's deco project.  I was ready to quit long before he was and we kept at it.  When he was ready to be done I saw the end and we 'got er done'!  thanks, Josh!

Because I didn't have the kitchen sink project in place we got a bonus project completed- the basement landing.  Not a perfect colour choice but one less paint can to store in the basement!  The hooks were bought ages ago and now have a home.  I can't remember where they were originally intended!  lol  The picture on the wall is perfect and the Rooster won it at the Christmas party at work.

We tackled some sketching videos and learned lots.

Then I traded the big brother off for the littlest sister and we scored big time on a light for next weeks project.

She needed a 'planner' also apparently!

Of course, Jolina needed some kind of book as well.  She is a fearless paint slinger!  oops, we got excited and forgot about aprons.  8O

And I didn't get too much time for my own mixed media but I did spruce up the coffee bar advertisement!  Luv subtle, understated, low contrast!

It was a VERY GOOD week!  :)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Blogging Benefits

My schedule for this week was kitchen but we aren't actually going to Ikea for the bottom sink cupboards until Saturday so ...

It has been over a decade that I have wanted to repaint the basement landing.   My seven, soon to be eight, year old grandson came for a long visit.  He is a helper so what should we tackle???  He likes to paint.  That landing!

 And after he left I had a new helper, my youngest grand daughter, Jolina, 3.   That border is another stash find.

 I may need to let that paint cure a bit more to get that old wall paper border to stick.  I am kind of impatient.  :(

I diluted the original caramel for the top and then ran the rest on the old cement.  I figured it'll stick considering a happy face one of the kids slapped on the cement lasted forever!  lol   Now if I can resist buying new colour coordinated brooms...  ;^)

The caramel paint was actually meant for this hutch as I was to repaint it cranberry and the back board a gold.  Decided to leave it the natural wood but I did  go back later and repaint it old white.  I also found some better door pulls than the stark black I had.  Looks great with all the white  dishes and stuff I collect.

I am sure luving the simpler look to my kitchen.  I have decided classic items and timeless colours are way better than trendy items and fads.  That is a KISS!

I see my assistant added her Hello Kitty glass to the shoot!  :)

So all in the interest of having a pretty blog post...

One landing made acceptable.

One can of paint and a wall paper border used up and out of the basement 'stash'!  I luv the benefits!!!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thursday 101 trade

The grand kiddies and I did some sketching at the library and I don't know about them, but I think I am improving even though the still life never quite manages to stay still.  lol

Josh's make do planner seemed to be a good fit until we closed it.  :(  I forgot to allow for those rings.   I had seen this binder before and thought it perfect for my little explorer and world fact finder.  So we went back and got it.  He had been such a big helper so I gifted him!

They are going to be on their own for these planners though. I say plural because of course now Eliana wants one.  She doesn't strike me as a planner but...   If they want me to print pages I'll assist but I don't really want another project.  The Very Helpful store owner is going to look for something  suitable for Eliana.  8{   It is all good , right!  Then the youngest tried to leave with a toy kitty from the toy box.  eek!   I'd have been returning even sooner.  lol

 But she thought it was now her turn to visit so I traded the oldest for the youngest.  She is staying  a short two days and a slower pace.  We scooped up an amazing deal at Canadian Tire!   We are in lighting section and the one I spied was over in the clearance section all by its self at about 1/3 of the original price.  whoo hoo!  I can't wait for next week!  And I'll be home alone for that!!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The art of work and play

I have had Joshua, my grand kiddie here for a goodly number of days.   He is home schooled so we do have to do some academics   But he is keener and we'd actually get a lot more done but for his questions.  ;^)  He is all about the 'why' and wants to know all the details.  So it was only natural that he would appreciate a planner to keep track of ideas and plans.

And we had to do some custom work on his dividers.  I had found an old 5 x 7 binder and we recycled some file folders, cardboard, and extra journal pages.  He picked the style of his printables and has already set things up different from mine but then that is what a personal planner is all about.  And he is definitely different that me.  lol

He is fascinated with the Titanic and the Eiffel Tower.  He is contemplating having a line in his new bedroom so he can see the Titanic when he comes in and then the Eiffel Tower.  LOL  His favourite colour is green.

 The watery theme also includes pirates and a page or two of the smash book are devoted to the swashbucklers!

 We gave a dip pen a try and did some dabbing with a sponge thru a stencil.

We also include sketching in our monthly art schedule so we watched some basics from Danny Gregory

And then we spread some paint around with a big brush!   It has been a good mix of work and play!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tuesday's Treasure

Which one is the treasure???
This Magic Tiles quilt was made when our Country Road Quilters group met for a day sometime in the fall of 1997.  Someone had the directions and we all set to work.

I chose a neutral palette of fabrics and black leading.  I have finally figured out that I prefer low contrast in my quilts so  I do quite like it and have managed to not give this one away.

I practiced my machine quilting skills by doing something different for each wee section.  When I had quite run out of ideas I filled the last half dozen that I'd somehow missed with X's.  :)  The border is various pieces from the blocks that I joined on the diagonal and were positioned to flow around the centre.

I like working with this principle of shuffling fabrics as it keeps my interest high.  I have made several without the leading and then used my sewing machines embroidery stitches to make Victorian Crazy quilts.  Since then I discovered the 'shuffle the deck' quilts that  Karla Alexander has made popular.

I am linking this to Throwback Thursday.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Monday's helper

Joshua is visiting this week and we  have a very big and busy to-do list!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Summing didn't add up!

The unplanner is working as expected.  Sheesh I'm a rebellious kind of gal.  I won't even do what I want/plan.  But the good news is that in order to justify not doing it I tackle some other complicated diversion.

Like stash organizing.

I had to do the grand kiddies ephemera and paper which pretty much included my stuff as well.  They were driving me crazy wanting to put 'everything' on their pages.  For them and for me , limiting creative options works best for releasing our inner artist.

While rearranging my fabric I let go of some old stuff and got excited when I found some great stuff hidden away under layers of stuff.  I did some preplanning for various rooms. While I liked this it didn't fit in the overall scheme of things so I got focused on what will make me happy in the end.  Low contrast flow makes me happy.

The bathroom should be ready for painting next season and I saw a great idea for a shower curtain.  I have yards of toile which I probably won't all use.  A toile shower curtain would be perfect!   I probably don't have enough black but this has made me look at some of my backing fabric in a new way. Heck, after a few showers I could still use it for backing and it won't be taking up shelf realestate!  lol

Then with the help of an old photo album I gathered all my old projects in order of oldest to newest.  I printed out a visual reminder.  I had an Ah Ha! moment when I realized I'd be adding new ones as the new deco plan swings into operation.  So this is really a never ending story.  There will always be a UFO list;  it never gets done.  I just need to come up with an acceptable limit.  I have 29 projects so I wonder if 30 might be my 'magic' number.  The grand kiddies mother has sent some orphan blocks but that is definitely Eliana's to-do list.  NOT mine.  :( 

Joshua's pirate pages will be for next week as he is staying over and will be my right hand man while the Rooster is at work.   I'd hoped to focus on fabric for February but I might need one more week to catch up on my own mixed media. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

A Necessary Room

First time I heard this term it made me smile!  :)  Yes, very necessary.

But it might not be so readily apparent why it is necessary to have a bathroom post it in my home decor project.   If I count all my various areas in the home I have enough posts for the season.  I also use them as to-do lists.  This week the Rooster is working on the trim that has been leaning in the corner far too long.  I also need to organize the shelves and declutter.  I won't show that but it is good to have those things done.

It also buys me a bit of time while I rip wall paper off the hallway, prep some art canvases and organize my sewing projects!  lol  And that is definitely a necessity!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

art 101 revision

The grand kiddies and I were off for an artist date and some sketching.  But the car was making its own sketches on some pretty icy roads so I found a good spot to turn around when things didn't appear to be improving.  eek!

In an attempt to help the kids be creative, I needed to simplify.  KISS  I was giving them too many choices in an attempt to let them do their own thing.  I found limiting choices for myself helpful so I am going to do the same thing for them.  I sorted everything into a few general groups and then come art day I'll chose a few things for them to chose.  That'll also help me because I won't have to look in five spots for one thing.  :O

After I did the art stuff I lifted the cover on the fabric stash and got that back to a neater condition.  It also revealed UFO's (unidentifiable fibre objects), some groupings of whims (works hidden in my mind) and some genuine wips (works in progress).  I needed to make a list of the keepers for Vicki's UFO Busting.  Today was the day!  I would be farther ahead but updating the Projects 2016 page had some operator error occur and I lost the first try.  No automatic save on that draft!  :(  I have ten so far and should pick up speed as I have been trying to do oldest to newest.

I also had a fun time organizing some new fabric groupings for possible decor options.  :)  I'm feeling the sewing mojo motor purring!  But I won't be adding anything new until I get some ufo's crossed off so I hope I can keep all my wheels firmly connected to the blacktop!  well, here is hoping!  ;^)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A path for the Wanderlust

Well, I lost sight of the path to Wanderlust when I was putting away all the paper and stencils in preparation for playing with mixed media this morning.   Mind you, we are experiencing a big white snowfall so paths really are disappearing.  lol

I pulled the white curtain back that hides the fabric stash before putting my new rolling cart back into that corner.  Eek!  I decided to tackle the fabric shelves because in the original reshuffle I'd just jammed things in.  One thing led to another and I got into shopping mode because good ideas were happening and I could see a good and general long range pathway.

The good news is that I shopped the stash as I reshuffled some old projects.  I doubt I will even need to do much actual shopping. ha!  But it also helped with this week's goal to identify which old UFO's I don't have any interest in finishing.  It also will save me time in the long run as I revive the patiently waiting sewing and fibre art list. :)

I found some fabric I'd bought for a winter fibre art jacket.  This totally changed my thoughts for the hallway wall hanging.  This will be better.  And totally saved me from going down a rabbit hole.  I am a visual person and when I lay things out and walk from room to room and view the groupings I can see what works and what doesn't.  I'd lost my focus and KISS motto!

Hallways are kinda important to get somewhat right because the other rooms lead off of them.  So aqua is the base for the hallway's various seasons but not the base colour for the other rooms.   Nothing like making things complicated!  lol  This isn't fixed in stone but hopefully I won't cut up something that is essential to 'The Plan'.  ;^)

Keeping true to KISS means that not every room and every flat surface needs a quilt however small.  kiss!!!   :{  But the sitting room does need lap quilts and sets the tone for pillows in the nearby front room.

And while the basket quilt in toile fabrics that I have had on my to-do list forever made the cut,  I will be sure to update some of the fabrics.

  I want to remember to save enough of this Bali for a pillow though!  I expect my pink transferware will always stay in the china cabinet in the front room so pink will figure in somehow.

My hall area rug is the colour theme for upstairs.  I bought it with my first earnings and I've not been sorry.
The up hall will have a wallhanging and a pillow but again, it has four doorways off it.  It also has a bit of a different feel than the more public rooms downstairs.   This plan needs more thinking but the snow has stopped so I need to shovel all this back into place, label the shoe boxes, and clear the art room for the rest of the week.  Its been fun though!