Sunday, April 21, 2013

Apartment Update

Well I've finally unpacked the three boxes of "kitchen" stuff and some I tossed/recycled and others I washed and put into drawers etc.  Then I dismantled the three plastic towers I had of craft/fabric stuff and rearranged them into four and when Harold has time he'll come over and somehow anchor with elbows my countertop from Margot onto these and VOILA I'll have a proper height cutting table in my sewing room not on my freezer!!!  After that I put together the small 4-tier wood shelving (has funky coloured baskets within) and will maybe use for patterns to have on hand or other sewing stuffs!

This morning Bruce and Angela came over and he switched the ceiling fixtures with my ceiling fans so now I's ready for some spring-like weather to roll in!  While he was doing that Angela helped me out with some furniture ideas and I LOVE them and will be changing my mind in regards to the kitchen table I'll be getting.  And she said once I've got some of these boxes out of the living room she'll come and help me with decorating and showing off my paintings/quilted projects too!  She has such AWESOME taste and I just loved her ideas today!  Now just to find the time to act on her suggestions!  Thank you my friends!

Next it will be Harold coming over to sort out my cutting table, possibly my cork/peg board for the sewing room also and I would like one more shelf added to my storage unit to extend in an "L" so I can put the lighter not used/but have to be kept stuff to up there and leave the other shelf for in/out stuff.

Yep if I continue doing some here and there I'll soon have my apartment functional and then to buy the easy chair and kitchen table/chairs and who knows maybe a loveseat too. That would be just awesome!!!

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Saturday's Finds

Not sure why I didn't wait with the previous post to include the pictures - not thinking I guess!!!  LOL!

So first off Karen picked up this lovely wall hanging for my sewing room while down in Weslaco TX this year and as Michelle said it's perfect for me!!!  Thank you Karen!!!

Then at the Antiques Collectibles in Selkirk (downstairs in the Gallery on Main St.) I found these treasures for myself.  The Oriental pincushion is something I've wanted for a while and here's one in GREEN!!!  Then there was this old suitcase holding various doilies, towels etc and I limited myself to this one with the butterflies and cluny bodies.  Then found this huge stack of lovely cared for hankies and could not resist picking these up.  I can see some awesome angel ornaments one of these days from them except for the two Irish ones.  
See the trip I'm going on to Ireland, taking in the International Quilt Festival of Ireland has asked for "hand blocks" from participants and I'm hoping to add the Shamrocks one as a cuff at the base of my hand.  Will see if I can pull it off.  Then when I get back home and have some time I'll do up another hand block to match and add the daintier Shamrock as a cuff for myself, maybe add some particulars of the trip etc in the block.

Val's Solo Quilt Show

Well my day started off with stopping into Michaels and picking up a 50% off quilt batt, then off to get a hair cut and then zipped back to Michaels for a 50% off oval embroidery hoop and other stuff on sale as they won't let you use two coupons together now!  That's OK as I was in the area so I just returned.  Then I zipped over to pick up my two friends and off to Selkirk for lunch at Barney Gargoyles - awesome food.

OMGG Val CONGRATULATIONS on a beautiful "solo quilt show"!  My friends from Lewiscraft were with me and they both thought you are AMAZING!!!  We had the place basically to ourselves for our own leisurely perusal.  Now I've had a few questions on how you did some of the threadwork on the guys especially the facial stuff.  I answered that it was all machine stitched and then quilted in places.  Am I right?

BTW we had no problems at all travelling (more snowfall was expected today) except for trying to avoid the potholes and for me not enough spending money!!!

See after the quilt show we went "downstairs" to the AWESOME collectibles shop and I dropped a $20 easily there and the prices on my items were very very reasonable.  I wanted to buy lots more unique hankies, doilies and pot holders but restrained myself - maybe another time if she sticks around.  Beautiful shop and very well displayed and marked.

Then we went next door to the second hand store and I just found a couple more balls of crochet cotton and chatted with a clerk who also makes charity quilts and crocheted blankets for donations.  Then naturally over to Selkirk's unbelievable Dollar Store in walking distance for a few greeting cards and look around at the unusual decorated/household stock they have.

We finished off with going back to Barney's for sharing of a pumpkin cheesecake (even left some on the plate) and coffees before heading back home!  YEPPERS an awesome day!!!  I can't wait till I retire and get to do this anytime - not just on weekends!!!