Thursday, 28 May 2009

Build Week 18 (floors and lights)

We are looking across the open stairwell out to the front door.

Our bedroom, dramatic red - I am thrilled with the look of the wall sconces (and the other light fixtures also).

A glance into the study, you can see the ceiling fixture, wall sconce and the bamboo flooring.

This is the space where the his and hers sinks will be. Watch for some drama here!

A look across the "Great Room" bamboo floor into the kitchen.

This is a warm and welcoming home, stop in for a visit!

Response to Sweet P : interior space is approximately 1,650 sq ft.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Wild women shopping

A weekend break from house stuff; a weekend refueling my fun individual self - quiet, raucous, giddy, silly, tranquil, unconstrained, wild.

A lucky stop on our Saturday shop hop is "The Currant" in Parkhill. We wandered in and Angie offered us tea, served in the beautiful china tea cups that I adore, and we could sit on her comfy sofa and relax - just for the pleasure of relaxing in her shop. The shop features clothing in hemp, bamboo, organic cotton, soy, nutritionals, books and a few other natural-based good things. As I wandered the store my tote bag whimpered so I asked if I could let my little dog out of the bag.

Yes, I do wander around with a "Shiraz in a bag", the four-footed, warm and cuddly white variety. Angie did not mind a dog in her store so that was it, the dog was out of the bag and we had a lovely afternoon. I found 2 dresses, and 3 tops that felt great (after having tried on a dozen items). My friends also shopped so Angie's warm welcome of a pot of tea certainly helped meet her sales quota.

Angie is really lovely, her clothing , teas and hemp-based products are wonderful. Too bad I cannot share a link since she is not on-line. If you are ever in Parkhill Ontario, please stop and visit her shop at 216 Main Street.

I may be able to handle the next month or two. I can hardly wait until I have my studio set up again and can get back to the seriously fun pleasure of creating and quilting; and no longer have the distraction of decision making. I merely want to go to work each week day then go home to play.

Shiraz on the beach.

Trilliums in the woods.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Build Week 17 (slate floors / technical details) and leftover April treats

These are some of the hidden tehnical details in the house; the geothermal sytem mechanics and HRV system as well as a septic system (a necessity for rural living).

We have chosen rustic slate for the halls, laundry room and washroom floors. It is wonderfully textured and the colours range from deep grey to an oxide orange. Tim suggested a brown grout; this sounds great to me. The house is filled with deep earth tone colours. The slate has deep colours and feels so intriguing to walk on because my feet love to feel the varying surfaces.

I am feeling very much at home; there are still a few weeks till we can move in.

This place feels so warm and welcoming to visit!

April Leftovers:
Liberty Fabrics! DD#1 went to London and visited Liberty fabrics; super sweetheart that she is, she brought home fabrics. She let me choose 2 pieces. I chose a blue paisley and a sweet garden print.

Quilt Pocket Jamboree 2009 (Part 3): Silk scarves

There is a little silk shop in the Pike's Place Market. I bought 3 scarves. One was given away as a gift to a special friend. It was taupe with random soft loops of orange, yellow and green (maybe?). A second is delicately sheer for gently draping around my neck. The third is a three-way delight; it can be draped as a scarf, wrapped as a shawl or worn as a vest when the frog is closed at the front. It is very soft, features 2 little pockets and is lined with black silk. Lucky me!

As far as my handiwork: KNITTING

I am working on a pair of socks (for the first time). I found some of the variegated yarn that knits up resembling fair isle. I want to knit 2 pair. These happy feet for me and a toned-down brown for Sweetie. I am getting ready to take part in Socktober.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

House build week 16 - painting now, floors next

Click on these for a better look at the colours. Most of the main painting is completed. The white wall area (an angled wall) will be painted the same as the dining room wall. This angled wall will be the display wall for featuring quilts.
I have wanted a display wall to feature my own textile art since 1979, during the same time period that I decided I hated white walls. We were living in a brand new apartment, in a new apartment building, with our new baby girl and I was craving colour. This was in the West End of Vancouver (where you don't tan, you rust). In 1981 we moved to a rented house and thereafter I have never left a wall white; except for the time period between priming it and painting it - then of course I learned that primer does not have to be white either.
NB: These photos are merged together with Canon photostitch software.

My Mother's Day flowers still look great - 1 week later

I took these photos with the camera built into my Blackberry Curve (and reduced the file size to upload here)

Thursday, 14 May 2009

My refrigerator door, what does yours look like?

Here are photos of one of our kids, relative's kids, friend's kids, and kids forever at heart; plus a lot of other stuff that makes me smile or I feel an obligation to try to remember (but not so obligated that I want to waste brain space on it).

Lilacs, beautiful and very old lilacs

These lilac bushes have been growing for well over 60 years in this yard, and they were transplanted from Spruce Street before then.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

In-between-days and blessings

Sometimes I get stuck in the land of "in-between-days", you know, that space where you have just been somewhere or done something and you have something coming up to do but you can't get to it today.

I am here this week. I have to pack up and move out a slew of boxes so that I can list this house for sale (anyone interested in a great house filled with good vibes and ready for pretty well any way you want to live in it?). After the packing there is furniture to move out and to move around.

Before one tries to sell a house, one has to move most of their life outside of the house. For some stuff this means - to the land fill, to a garage sale, to someone else's house, to a thrift shop or to a storage spot. Does it make practical sense to move out of your house before you have to move? Not really.

In any case, I am sorting and packing and wishing I could just sit back and live in my house. Either of my houses - there is the new one being built and there is this one being prettied up. Both are taking up so much time and mental energy there is no time left for regular living, quilting or stuff.

So here in the world of "in-between=days" I am stealing a few minutes to blog. I should be ironing shirts and crawling into bed, even better yet I should be quilting. Not tonight.
I am trying very hard to notice all the beautiful flowers as they arrive. I will be taking pictures of our lovely 4 generations+ lilacs in the next day or so. They smell heavenly. They are so luxuriantly abundant and cheerful. The bushes here were transplanted by Sweetie's mum from his grandmother's home (that is how I have counted the 4 generations+).
Along with these lilacs there are sour cherries, no longer the original tree but babies of babies of the cherries that have fallen over the last 60 years.
I will also be moving Mum's peonies along with my lovely yellow magnolia tree. These are the roots of our new garden. They are the corner posts of this old garden.

I am very grateful that I really enjoy being where I work. I truly appreciate that as a blessing because I have worked in some very under-valued jobs. There are places out there where, no matter how hard working, dedicated and resourceful you are, no one would notice. Work is a good place, in its proportionately life-balanced time slot. I am very happy at my place of work.

Other things to ponder and appreciate:
*Amazingly wonderful loving adults who were my kids once upon a time. They are loving and considerate, responsible, fun and smart. Definitely blessings.
*Friends, all of you... those that come to share a cup of tea or cappuccino, those that send me quick emails, those that think about me and wish me well, those who share my passions and smiles, those who indulge my silliness, help me smile and those who choose to be with me when they don't have to even be aware I exist.
* Sweetie (absolutely my superstar and the foundation of my life)
*Family-all of you - you know who you are and that you really matter in my life!
*sunshine, blue skies and the endless variations of the colour green.

...and what makes me sad... losing touch with special people. Hugs to you all.

Friday, 8 May 2009

End of Week 15 - building in Lakeside

We have an empty garage now (the kids will understand this).

Check out the window trim - there is just the apron below, the rounded edges and look at how deep they are.

Here is the start of the walk-in-pantry, shelves along both sides; very nicely angled in the front. I expect they will continue across the back as well.

Here is the transporter pad. Not really, it is the dining "room", the hole on the right is the stairwell.

This is the door to the study, just off the front hall.

Looking down the hall (east) are: coat closet, powder room and one of the doors to the studio. The dividing wall you see is the back of the dining room.

This is Sweetie standing at the living room windows as we look into the kitchen area, and as we look into the back yard.

There are three doorways through to the studio; a pocket door to the kitchen, a full-lite door to outside and a regular door (with transom) to the hallway (and powder room).

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Quilt Pocket Jamboree 2009 (part two): the loot

Click on any of these to have a closer look!

(sorry about the orientation, I lost the fight with the software)

Purchases from the LaConner Museum

Purchases from Keepsake Cottage Fabrics

Purchases from Under Cover Quilts

Purchases from the Quilted Gypsy (set up right at the hotel)

Purchases from Pieces Quilt Shop the La Conner quilt museum
...and yes we did go out into the sunshine someitmes

Lots of goodies courtesy of fellow QP'ers, and due to Yvonne's hard work, some sponsors and donors. These were collectively "goody bag loot", table favours, door prizes and general party gifts. I probably forgot a book or pattern and I definitely ate some of the chocolate.

Susie's Hometown Swap was so much fun; my new friend and I are twins!

(I tried uploading this photo 6 times and no matter what it keeps rotating to its side, just like the fabric photos above)

I have beautiful yellow magnolia blooms on the tree that Mum gave me as a special Mother's Day gift ten years ago. This is the first year it was covered in blooms that actually opened.

Last year there were over 50 buds but a late freeze killed them all off before they were able to bloom. Every other year there were no more than 3 or 4 blooms. It is a beautiful tree that we are planning to move out to the new place with us.