Friday, March 28, 2014

Happy Friday!

***Warning, this is a picture heavy post... but then mine always are aren't they ;) ***

While I've been posting about my crafty progress of late, I've been neglecting the real progress that is literally happening in my backyard! 

Some of you may recall that I'm on my way to home ownership - an adventure that started back in June. Much blood (yes blood), sweat and tears later we're now in the home stretch! There have been bumps, scrapes and bruises, sweaty blistering hot days and bitterly cold days, and tons upon tons of wood and basically any kind of construction material you can possibly think of. 

I've been spending weekends, public holidays and vacation days doing this and that for the house. 

A couple of weeks ago, it was insulation, last week it was spray foam and over the last few days? Picking up gyprock and cleaning up the plastery dust that now covers the floor. So long golden wood, hello grey rock dust!

I've also just finished picking out paint colours!!! I love this part :) It took a few days of playing around and looking up ideas but here they are!








I think the last time I posted a housy update the house looked like this:


Boy! It has been a while since I last updated you all about the house!

Now she looks like this :)

Yup we've still got snow... and more on the way. Feels like a never ending winter!


Brother and newly minted Fiance on hand with ze dogs.
They're in what will be my living room!

Kitchen

Office

Front Entrance


Bonus room! To be a crafty hobby studio :) Don't tell the hubby lol.
Cleaning up this mess it what I have to look forward to tonight!

Dining room after the gyprockers... lots of mess.

Front hall yet to get some gyprocking love!

Living room disaster area after the gyprockers!

Mom's cleaning helper...
or hindrance depending on how you look at it ;)

Kitchen

Future home owners... scared as hell but we put on a brave face :)

Lots of work done and lots more to come :)

Happy stitching everyone!

Melissa




12:44 PM Melissa
Happy Friday!

***Warning, this is a picture heavy post... but then mine always are aren't they ;) ***

While I've been posting about my crafty progress of late, I've been neglecting the real progress that is literally happening in my backyard! 

Some of you may recall that I'm on my way to home ownership - an adventure that started back in June. Much blood (yes blood), sweat and tears later we're now in the home stretch! There have been bumps, scrapes and bruises, sweaty blistering hot days and bitterly cold days, and tons upon tons of wood and basically any kind of construction material you can possibly think of. 

I've been spending weekends, public holidays and vacation days doing this and that for the house. 

A couple of weeks ago, it was insulation, last week it was spray foam and over the last few days? Picking up gyprock and cleaning up the plastery dust that now covers the floor. So long golden wood, hello grey rock dust!

I've also just finished picking out paint colours!!! I love this part :) It took a few days of playing around and looking up ideas but here they are!








I think the last time I posted a housy update the house looked like this:


Boy! It has been a while since I last updated you all about the house!

Now she looks like this :)

Yup we've still got snow... and more on the way. Feels like a never ending winter!


Brother and newly minted Fiance on hand with ze dogs.
They're in what will be my living room!

Kitchen

Office

Front Entrance


Bonus room! To be a crafty hobby studio :) Don't tell the hubby lol.
Cleaning up this mess it what I have to look forward to tonight!

Dining room after the gyprockers... lots of mess.

Front hall yet to get some gyprocking love!

Living room disaster area after the gyprockers!

Mom's cleaning helper...
or hindrance depending on how you look at it ;)

Kitchen

Future home owners... scared as hell but we put on a brave face :)

Lots of work done and lots more to come :)

Happy stitching everyone!

Melissa




Thursday, March 13, 2014

Happy Thursday Everyone!

I don't know about you but this whole Daylight Savings switch over has got me bushed. My eyes are stinging, I've been chugging coffee like it's gasoline for an empty car. Seriously, I'm just trying to get through this day...

I love you daylight and the fact that I no longer have to drive home in the dark... And I know that with the longer days that means we're just one more step closer to spring! But why oh why do you have to rob me of that one extra hour of sleep?! I'm actually shocked that I'm feeling this so much. I don't remember losing that one hour of sleep hitting me like truck so much ever before!!!! Gahhhhhhhhh. Here's hoping I can trick my body into thinking all's normal tomorrow!

This past week, before the time change went and played havoc with my internal clock, I made lots of progress on my next quilty project. As you may already know, in my last post I announced the opening of my Etsy shop The Wayward Needle :) This quilt is destined to be another addition very shortly if all goes well!

I spent 2 nights last week sewing together the backing fabric and basting this beauty. I haven't quite decided yet but I may just scallop the boarders. The colours, while from the same collection as my last quilt, are much more dainty. I think french country, spring mornings and Easter eggs when I look at it. So I think scalloping the boarder may just be the way to go on this one! 





Let me know what you think!

Ciao for now :)

Melissa



3:28 PM Melissa
Happy Thursday Everyone!

I don't know about you but this whole Daylight Savings switch over has got me bushed. My eyes are stinging, I've been chugging coffee like it's gasoline for an empty car. Seriously, I'm just trying to get through this day...

I love you daylight and the fact that I no longer have to drive home in the dark... And I know that with the longer days that means we're just one more step closer to spring! But why oh why do you have to rob me of that one extra hour of sleep?! I'm actually shocked that I'm feeling this so much. I don't remember losing that one hour of sleep hitting me like truck so much ever before!!!! Gahhhhhhhhh. Here's hoping I can trick my body into thinking all's normal tomorrow!

This past week, before the time change went and played havoc with my internal clock, I made lots of progress on my next quilty project. As you may already know, in my last post I announced the opening of my Etsy shop The Wayward Needle :) This quilt is destined to be another addition very shortly if all goes well!

I spent 2 nights last week sewing together the backing fabric and basting this beauty. I haven't quite decided yet but I may just scallop the boarders. The colours, while from the same collection as my last quilt, are much more dainty. I think french country, spring mornings and Easter eggs when I look at it. So I think scalloping the boarder may just be the way to go on this one! 





Let me know what you think!

Ciao for now :)

Melissa



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Happy Tuesday!

As you can probably tell I've been head to toe deep in quilting lately. Well I'm finally ready to announce why I've been utterly neglecting my stitching in favour of this 'hobby'. A hobby no longer, I've taken the plunge and opened an ETSY shop!!! 

I present to you the Wayward Needle!


I decided to call my shop the Wayward Needle because you never quite know what you're going to get when you put needle to fabric. Quilting is much like a journey. There are plenty of times that I had a plan for a project, got it all together and when I finished at the sewing machine, voila! it's not quite what I was expecting, yet just as lovely and exquisite. 

The sewing process always manages to find some way to surprise me. Whether it is an unexpected challenge or that just the slightest alteration can change something to make it awesome. I can honestly say when I am finally able to take a step back and look at my finished quilt it's almost like magic. From tiny pieces of fabric, to the thread in the needle, it all comes together to make a finished product that is ever so cool. 

One of my goals this weekend was to finish the quilt I've been working on over the past number of weeks to get my new business started!

Here it is!







While stitching will continue to be my first love (gotta get some of those WIPs done!), I'm going to keep on chronicling my quilting adventures here. I have another couple of projects on the horizon, and I cannot wait to continue sharing it all with you!

Ciao for now!

Melissa 




1:26 PM Melissa
Happy Tuesday!

As you can probably tell I've been head to toe deep in quilting lately. Well I'm finally ready to announce why I've been utterly neglecting my stitching in favour of this 'hobby'. A hobby no longer, I've taken the plunge and opened an ETSY shop!!! 

I present to you the Wayward Needle!


I decided to call my shop the Wayward Needle because you never quite know what you're going to get when you put needle to fabric. Quilting is much like a journey. There are plenty of times that I had a plan for a project, got it all together and when I finished at the sewing machine, voila! it's not quite what I was expecting, yet just as lovely and exquisite. 

The sewing process always manages to find some way to surprise me. Whether it is an unexpected challenge or that just the slightest alteration can change something to make it awesome. I can honestly say when I am finally able to take a step back and look at my finished quilt it's almost like magic. From tiny pieces of fabric, to the thread in the needle, it all comes together to make a finished product that is ever so cool. 

One of my goals this weekend was to finish the quilt I've been working on over the past number of weeks to get my new business started!

Here it is!







While stitching will continue to be my first love (gotta get some of those WIPs done!), I'm going to keep on chronicling my quilting adventures here. I have another couple of projects on the horizon, and I cannot wait to continue sharing it all with you!

Ciao for now!

Melissa 




Monday, March 3, 2014

Happy Monday! AND Happy March :)

Today is a true milestone, it's my 100th post! Unbelievable! I've said it before and I'll say it again, I never imagined when I wrote my first blog post that both the stitchy world and the blogging world would become so important to me. I am so very grateful to able to write here every week and get to know my fellow stitchers of both the cross stitch and quilty variety! 

I'm also happy to say that the drought has ended on the stitchy front! Thanks to my contracting the cold and being quarantined for a few days last week. However, I'm on the mend! Feeling much better :) I was the last in my house to get this bug, which I had thought I had successfully escaped. Nope. I wasn't quite so lucky.

In any case it wasn't all bad. Being couch ridden, I decided to pick away at my cross stitching, considering that, besides moving your head to look at a pattern every now and then, no physical activity was needed. That meant no uncontrollable sick sweats, or exhaustion, or plain yuckyness ensued! YEY for being able to be at least a little productive while sick. Is there anything worse than feeling like a complete vegetable, laid up for days because you can't bring yourself to move a muscle????

I have finally managed to finish off part 2 of L*K's Holly and Hearts Sampler. Which has been tthhhhhissss close to a finish for just about forever.


The only thing that bugs me about Part 2 is the spelling of "honour." Not that I have a problem with Americanized English, but I've grown up with the British spelling. So things like the no "u" in honour drive the anal retentive side of me up the wall. I thought about changing the spelling having seen some people modify their's, but it always looked a bit too squishy. It was like two obsessive halves of me battling it out, one - the need to spelling things correctly (which given that I used to be a horrible speller would shock some of my childhood friends) and the other screaming that things need to look symmetrical.  In the end, the more symmetrical - artsy side of me won out, much to the chagrin of my spelling side. 

I also fished out Santa's Magic from my all but empty WIP bag (no stitched words in sight). I'm actually pretty proud of the fact that I really only have 2 WIPs. Santa's magic and LHNs Mystery Sampler (on which I also need to finish part 2... there's a trend here). Just before Christmas I had put tones of time in one Santa and needed a bit of a change in scenery if you know what I mean. But now he's strapped into the qsnaps and ready for some flossy love.



As you can see from the picture I've been using some lovely sparkly thread... At long last I have met Kreinik floss! Or can I say Kreinik sandpaper. As beautiful at this stuff is... it's horrible on the fingers. The tips of my fingers were near rubbed raw after only an hour of stitching. Ohhhh the trouble we go through to make things extra beautiful!

Anyway, I'm going to keep Santa on the stand and will myself to plug away at him for the next little while. 


Until next time!

Melissa

11:48 AM Melissa
Happy Monday! AND Happy March :)

Today is a true milestone, it's my 100th post! Unbelievable! I've said it before and I'll say it again, I never imagined when I wrote my first blog post that both the stitchy world and the blogging world would become so important to me. I am so very grateful to able to write here every week and get to know my fellow stitchers of both the cross stitch and quilty variety! 

I'm also happy to say that the drought has ended on the stitchy front! Thanks to my contracting the cold and being quarantined for a few days last week. However, I'm on the mend! Feeling much better :) I was the last in my house to get this bug, which I had thought I had successfully escaped. Nope. I wasn't quite so lucky.

In any case it wasn't all bad. Being couch ridden, I decided to pick away at my cross stitching, considering that, besides moving your head to look at a pattern every now and then, no physical activity was needed. That meant no uncontrollable sick sweats, or exhaustion, or plain yuckyness ensued! YEY for being able to be at least a little productive while sick. Is there anything worse than feeling like a complete vegetable, laid up for days because you can't bring yourself to move a muscle????

I have finally managed to finish off part 2 of L*K's Holly and Hearts Sampler. Which has been tthhhhhissss close to a finish for just about forever.


The only thing that bugs me about Part 2 is the spelling of "honour." Not that I have a problem with Americanized English, but I've grown up with the British spelling. So things like the no "u" in honour drive the anal retentive side of me up the wall. I thought about changing the spelling having seen some people modify their's, but it always looked a bit too squishy. It was like two obsessive halves of me battling it out, one - the need to spelling things correctly (which given that I used to be a horrible speller would shock some of my childhood friends) and the other screaming that things need to look symmetrical.  In the end, the more symmetrical - artsy side of me won out, much to the chagrin of my spelling side. 

I also fished out Santa's Magic from my all but empty WIP bag (no stitched words in sight). I'm actually pretty proud of the fact that I really only have 2 WIPs. Santa's magic and LHNs Mystery Sampler (on which I also need to finish part 2... there's a trend here). Just before Christmas I had put tones of time in one Santa and needed a bit of a change in scenery if you know what I mean. But now he's strapped into the qsnaps and ready for some flossy love.



As you can see from the picture I've been using some lovely sparkly thread... At long last I have met Kreinik floss! Or can I say Kreinik sandpaper. As beautiful at this stuff is... it's horrible on the fingers. The tips of my fingers were near rubbed raw after only an hour of stitching. Ohhhh the trouble we go through to make things extra beautiful!

Anyway, I'm going to keep Santa on the stand and will myself to plug away at him for the next little while. 


Until next time!

Melissa

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Happy Thursday,

It's been quite awhile! I've truly missed you blogland!

I don't have much in the way of excuses but to say that life took over for a while and I simply have not been focusing much on anything internet related. But I have been missing reading all of your lovely blogs out there my dears. I actually logged on to my reader last weekend this is how many posts I have missed out on over the last month or so... 1,678. HOLY COW! You guys are certainly prolific little buggers aren't you. I'm afraid I'm not going to be able catch up on all those lovely posts, but I'll certainly try!

While I've been MIA from the blog world I've certainly not been missing from the crafty world. I've got a few plans in the pipe and can't wait to tell you about them, but that's for another post all together.
For now a crafty update will have to suffice :)

During the Christmas holidays I started another quilting project. The fabric is Honeysweet from Moda (I think) and below you'll find I've grouped them all up together (thank god for the banister...)


Beautiful pallet isn't it! Out of these jelly roll strips I made two lap quilts. So far I've got the quilt tops finished and planning to get them completed within the next couple of weeks or so.




Christmas also brought this awesome cross stitch stand. To say it's revolutionized how I stitch would be a huge understatement! I love it. I stitch soooooooo much quicker and am a total convert now - especially for larger projects. 



On to more quilty crafts I've started yet another quilt (just because I ran out of fabric for my other quilts that I was doing above). As you can see I've completely taken over the dining room and have a pretty good set up going.




You can see here I've laid out some block combinations to be put together. AND my gorgeous new sewing machine! Another x-mas gift :)




And finally, the last big development over the past couple of months is...... I got engaged!!! So happy :) I think he did pretty good on the ring ;)


I'll leave you now with a picture of our little Arya (who's not so little anymore) attempting to drag around a bone that was bigger than she was and that she could hardly fit in her mouth. 



Until next time!

Melissa
3:20 PM Melissa
Happy Thursday,

It's been quite awhile! I've truly missed you blogland!

I don't have much in the way of excuses but to say that life took over for a while and I simply have not been focusing much on anything internet related. But I have been missing reading all of your lovely blogs out there my dears. I actually logged on to my reader last weekend this is how many posts I have missed out on over the last month or so... 1,678. HOLY COW! You guys are certainly prolific little buggers aren't you. I'm afraid I'm not going to be able catch up on all those lovely posts, but I'll certainly try!

While I've been MIA from the blog world I've certainly not been missing from the crafty world. I've got a few plans in the pipe and can't wait to tell you about them, but that's for another post all together.
For now a crafty update will have to suffice :)

During the Christmas holidays I started another quilting project. The fabric is Honeysweet from Moda (I think) and below you'll find I've grouped them all up together (thank god for the banister...)


Beautiful pallet isn't it! Out of these jelly roll strips I made two lap quilts. So far I've got the quilt tops finished and planning to get them completed within the next couple of weeks or so.




Christmas also brought this awesome cross stitch stand. To say it's revolutionized how I stitch would be a huge understatement! I love it. I stitch soooooooo much quicker and am a total convert now - especially for larger projects. 



On to more quilty crafts I've started yet another quilt (just because I ran out of fabric for my other quilts that I was doing above). As you can see I've completely taken over the dining room and have a pretty good set up going.




You can see here I've laid out some block combinations to be put together. AND my gorgeous new sewing machine! Another x-mas gift :)




And finally, the last big development over the past couple of months is...... I got engaged!!! So happy :) I think he did pretty good on the ring ;)


I'll leave you now with a picture of our little Arya (who's not so little anymore) attempting to drag around a bone that was bigger than she was and that she could hardly fit in her mouth. 



Until next time!

Melissa

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Happy Sunday!

Well you knew it wouldn't be long right? Yup, I've started yet another project... seriously... what is wrong with me???

Scraps ball!
I'm seriously beginning to doubt my sanity here...


Gotta have a system!
Just when I thought I had enough of something, I head back in for some more????? Didn't I just get finished with complaining about having too much to do????


Extra mini!
I once heard that the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again expecting different results. Yup! I guess that seals it - I'm insane. 

But there is a bright side here! No pressure :) Meaning, this quilt is not for anyone. I'm just doing it because. If it comes out beautiful - yey me! If it comes out horrendous and I have no other choice but to burn it - YEY me! So I guess you could say I'm officially addicted. My stitchy bug has taken a vacation. She's been replace while on haitus with the quilting bug (if that's what you call it).

This one is made out of a set of fat quarter precuts by Moda, called Seasonal Elegance. I simply love the muted Christmas colours. Certainly seems to be the trend this winter actually. But I love that the colours are not overtly Christmasy at first glance. Instead the mix of the mild green/reds/silvers blend wonderfully with the unique patterns that are in this collection to put it in the "Christmas Category".

While I'm in the Christmas-y mood here's one for road:



Happy Holidays!

Melissa



9:23 PM Melissa
Happy Sunday!

Well you knew it wouldn't be long right? Yup, I've started yet another project... seriously... what is wrong with me???

Scraps ball!
I'm seriously beginning to doubt my sanity here...


Gotta have a system!
Just when I thought I had enough of something, I head back in for some more????? Didn't I just get finished with complaining about having too much to do????


Extra mini!
I once heard that the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again expecting different results. Yup! I guess that seals it - I'm insane. 

But there is a bright side here! No pressure :) Meaning, this quilt is not for anyone. I'm just doing it because. If it comes out beautiful - yey me! If it comes out horrendous and I have no other choice but to burn it - YEY me! So I guess you could say I'm officially addicted. My stitchy bug has taken a vacation. She's been replace while on haitus with the quilting bug (if that's what you call it).

This one is made out of a set of fat quarter precuts by Moda, called Seasonal Elegance. I simply love the muted Christmas colours. Certainly seems to be the trend this winter actually. But I love that the colours are not overtly Christmasy at first glance. Instead the mix of the mild green/reds/silvers blend wonderfully with the unique patterns that are in this collection to put it in the "Christmas Category".

While I'm in the Christmas-y mood here's one for road:



Happy Holidays!

Melissa



Thursday, December 19, 2013

Happy Thursday!

2 posts in two days! Must be a record :) But I really couldn't wait any longer to show you!

A couple of weeks ago I made my way to Michael's to finally get Nantucket framed. This is the first piece of needle work I have ever had framed :)

I was going for an old world kinda feel when thinking about framing. Actually, 'old trunk' is what I had in mind. I wanted the frame to look like it could have come off a ship somewhere. I think it turned out pretty good!





How did Nantucket get framed if you have many finishes and none framed, you ask? Well because Michaels had a sale on their framing services. If you can call it that... I still ended up paying a minor fortune to get Nantucket framed. So what was the deal? Well 60% off plus an extra 20% off. Now that in my mind means 80% off... Nope it's an extra 20% off the total after 60%... makes no sense. Anyway, I didn't get quite the deal I was hoping for but I really wanted to get her framed!!! SO I ponied up the $150. 

I was so excited by this 'sale' that I actually brought a couple of other pieces along with me... but alas they will remain in my finished pile for a while longer. 

I can't quite believe that $150 is considered a sale... I mean I've gotten a couple things  (non-stitchy) framed before for around that price normally. I think Michaels prices must just simply be astronomical and I would NEVER shop there without a coupon... EVER. E.V.E.R!

Anyway, I digress. 

The REAL question I would like to ask you all is... Is there anyway to frame a piece of needlework yourself??? I've heard of Frames By Mail but I'm a huge scardy cat because I have no idea how it works exactly. I have so many lovely pieces that I want framed but I simply will NOT be dishing out $150+ to get them framed.... 

HELP

Yours truly,

One desperate stitcher.




10:04 AM Melissa
Happy Thursday!

2 posts in two days! Must be a record :) But I really couldn't wait any longer to show you!

A couple of weeks ago I made my way to Michael's to finally get Nantucket framed. This is the first piece of needle work I have ever had framed :)

I was going for an old world kinda feel when thinking about framing. Actually, 'old trunk' is what I had in mind. I wanted the frame to look like it could have come off a ship somewhere. I think it turned out pretty good!





How did Nantucket get framed if you have many finishes and none framed, you ask? Well because Michaels had a sale on their framing services. If you can call it that... I still ended up paying a minor fortune to get Nantucket framed. So what was the deal? Well 60% off plus an extra 20% off. Now that in my mind means 80% off... Nope it's an extra 20% off the total after 60%... makes no sense. Anyway, I didn't get quite the deal I was hoping for but I really wanted to get her framed!!! SO I ponied up the $150. 

I was so excited by this 'sale' that I actually brought a couple of other pieces along with me... but alas they will remain in my finished pile for a while longer. 

I can't quite believe that $150 is considered a sale... I mean I've gotten a couple things  (non-stitchy) framed before for around that price normally. I think Michaels prices must just simply be astronomical and I would NEVER shop there without a coupon... EVER. E.V.E.R!

Anyway, I digress. 

The REAL question I would like to ask you all is... Is there anyway to frame a piece of needlework yourself??? I've heard of Frames By Mail but I'm a huge scardy cat because I have no idea how it works exactly. I have so many lovely pieces that I want framed but I simply will NOT be dishing out $150+ to get them framed.... 

HELP

Yours truly,

One desperate stitcher.