Thursday, December 18, 2014

Kitchen Reveal ... at long last!!

I'm just going to plug in a whack of photos here so that you can see my kitchen makeover complete!

(well almost complete) 

A rather poorly stitched photo of three

These kind of jobs (painting walls etc) just lead to more things you want to change. We've decided to get new countertops in the new year, and a new backsplash, and two new lights ... but for now, the hard work on my part is finished. My husband said he can manage the countertop, which will be a dark laminate.

There's also the back of the lower cupboards that have to be covered over with a bead board. The wood there is much splintered and we've decided to just cover it up completely (you can see a bit of it in the middle photo, above and in the photo below). We have the bead board now, and it just needs painting and fixing in place.

I've already picked out the lights I want to get, and the ceiling fan/light will be picked up over the holidays. Weirdly enough, every one of the blades of our current light broke off!! (you can just see the bottom of it in the above photo). The first blade snapped off when we were all in the family room watching a movie (which is in our basement). We heard the large clunk! on the floor and then the fan was lopsided and was making a horrible crashing sound as it continued to spin. We couldn't use the fan anymore, but the blades continued to snap off one by one over the next year or so. The metal brackets holding the blades just weakened, failed and fell to the floor.

The range hood will also be replaced with a black one (below).

I want a simple wrought iron chandelier over the table, and the ceiling fan has dark blades but white(ish) lights. It's going to look great, but we're really happy with the transformation at this stage, and nothing more will be done on it before Christmas, except that I will mess it all up with some baking real soon!

One day we'll even get new flooring, but I think we're going to go vinyl there. This vinyl floor has stood up really well for the 20 years we've lived in this house.

I've put out a few Christmas things, but I'm really loathe to add to much out here. I want to keep it simple and clutter free as much as possible.

Below I have a ceramic cookie mold hanging on the door knob, and a snowman cookie stamp below. The blue & white ceramic pot holds tea bags.

Below is our chalkboard countdown calendar where we've been marking off the days. The pottery plant pot holds a few rolling pins from my collection, and Mom's maple cutting board is leaning behind.

Below is Mom's old breadbox with my hot drinks tray on top of it.

We're ready for hot cocoa, tea and even mulled cider (the mulling spices are in the bread box).

We bought the two light switch covers shortly after we moved here. I love the hillbilly ready to shoot the rabbit in the log ... but the rabbit of course has out-tricked him and is calmly watching behind. The three ladies having tea reminded me of me and my two sisters.

These two jars above my pantry cupboard hold some of my tin cookie cutters. The green-lidded jar is antique and belonged to my great grandmother. The silver-lidded jar is a reproduction.

do you see my tiny mouse up there?
Here he is a little closer. He's made to hang over the shelf.

Cody is trying hard to be in all my photos.

I picked up this little plant pot at the thrift store a while ago. I thought I showed great restraint in only buying the one of two that were there. Of course, now that I see how well the poinsettias look in the pot, I wish I had bought them both!

To see previous photos of the kitchen, just search "Decorating", and the posts featuring them will pop up.  Here are a few shots of what it looked like before ...

Well there you have it! I hope you enjoyed the photos. I'm not sure what my time will be like in the next few days, but I hope to have at least one more post when I can show you some more of my Christmas decorations.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


A little sheep made from a homemade pom pom,
felt face & googly eyes glued on, bell tied around the middle.

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Clock is Ticking

The clock is ticking, and time is short. This post is going to be short too! I promised Diane a photo of a bear who lives here in our house. I made him a little corduroy hat and coat a few months ago. My dad had some pants that no longer fit, so rather than throw them out, I salvaged the good bits and there was just enough to make this up. The hat is from a fairly new pattern. The coat is from an old pattern from the 50s or 60s that my mom passed on to me years ago..

 If the battery on my camera hadn't just died, and if I already had the pattern out, I would have shown you the pattern too. I believe it was Simplicity, and I noticed that Simplicity has brought back a lot of these old doll clothes patterns ... same pictures on the pattern envelope and everything! 

Right now I have to get back to my tree and finish getting all of this ...

hung from the branches! 
Oh yes, and then there's the matter of sewing a bathrobe for my 6' tall son ... no pressure.

Thanks for stopping by :)


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Passing the Deadlines

Good Morning Everyone! I feel much lighter this morning now that I've finally got my brother's package off in the mail yesterday. He has two young boys, and I never know what to get them for Christmas. This year I left the shopping far too late and missed the mailing deadline for guaranteed Christmas delivery. Not too worried about that, however, as it's only two days past the deadline. 

At the very last minute I decided to make my nephews some pillowcases in addition to their other presents. They have recently acquired a second daschund (wire-haired), and are quite in love with all dogs (including Cody of course). Off I went to the fabric store to find a dog print, and was happy to find one in two colourways ... blue and brown. As soon as I got home, the fabric was tossed into the laundry for pre-shrinking, and then it was a sewing frenzy that afternoon and late into the evening.

It's the details that slow me down. Seams were finished off nicely. A little contrast fabric on the ends, topped with jumbo rick-rack. And a pocket was added to each pillowcase for a furry friend. 

Even though my nephews are getting past the plush toy age, I know they still secretly like them. And I found a little plush dog to go into each pocket after searching in every store I went into yesterday, I finally found two while buying the mailing box in the office supplies store of all places! Don't you love those pleading eyes on the tiny golden retreiver ... "Please take me home". His new owner will be my quiet, shy nephew, and the fox terrier will go to his rambunctious brother.

The parcels were all wrapped, boxed, addressed and popped in the mail by late Saturday afternoon. I was exhausted by the end of the day!

I had already had a long tedious drive to visit my dad on Saturday morning. A tractor trailer had rolled over and spilled paper products all over the highway, and only one lane of three was getting through. so. maddening. And then Dad, who was alert, in a good frame of mind, who knew who I was and I thought everything was going to be good ... fell asleep half an hour after I got in. Well, at least we decorated his room with a bit of Christmas cheer. I took over his own pinecone wreath and a small tree and he helped me put the decorations on the tree, then ZZZzzzzzz. I stayed on and knit him a little snowman and hung that in his window before I left.

Today is "Put up the Christmas Tree Day" ... also later than normal. I think I'll be pressed into baking some cookies this afternoon too. The living room is still slightly disheveled, but not too severe with all kitchen things back in the kitchen. I took over the kitchen table with my sewing on Friday, and I have to get that packed away too. It's going to be a busy day of setting this house back in order and getting it decorated properly. 

It's pretty gloomy out there today, so probably no photos of my decorations and kitchen until it brightens up. 

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you're all enjoying your weekend!