Thursday, March 31, 2011


Bring on summer. (image courtesy of House to Home)

We have had such a cold long winter. Now we are into spring and its temps are below normal. COOOOOl....
Don't you just love white geraniums? Have a great day. Linda

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Lavender, I love Lavender

I'm in the process of doing a mini makeover on our main bathroom.
So I'm on the hunt for lavender accents.
Went shopping and found that there were none to be found at this time of year. So do the next best and make your own. This is a mini tutorial on making a Lavender
Went to Dollarama, picked up 3 stems of lavender, moss and had the rest at home.
What you need... a pot
, florist foam, 3 stems of lavender, moss and a glue gun.
First I cut the foam the size of my pot opening and placed it in.
Next I measured the stems
and cut them to fit.
Now press them into the foam
making sure they go to the bottom of the pot.
Now you are ready to add the moss.
Make sure you heat up your glue gun and now start layering glue and moss
till the pot and foam is covered. That's all there is to it.
One down
, now on to the next curtains.

Here is a plant I did find. Purple Heather
and I purchased this cute pot for it to go in. Don't you just love the bees.

Until next time

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Checkered Seat Cushion Covers and Tutorial

Well this has been a busy week so far.

So I thought I might as well start on the kitchen seat cushions , they are in need of new covers, don't you think.
Here is how it went.

Measure your width of your cushion, mine was 18" and add on 2 " so now my width is 20".
Measure your length of your cushion, mine was 17" and add on 17" plus add on an additional 4 "
for a total of 38".

Double the fabric right sides together the length of the fabric. so your fabric width is 20" and your length is now 19".

Lay your cushion on top of the fabric, and trace around the edge with a fabric marker. Make sure that the front edge of the cushion is at the fold.At the top trace in about 4" .

Mark off where the ties will attach and leave that space open and mark off at least 7 " for your opening.

Pin the layers together, and sew on the traced lines. At the top you will sew on an angle to the traced lines and continue sewing leaving the areas open for the ties and the opening.

Trim to about 1" all around.

Now you can turn your cushion cover right side out.

Now you are ready to make the ties.

Cut your fabric 4"X 35". You will need 8 ties in total. Iron in half then iron in 1/4" along the length then fold in half and sew down the side to form your ties.

Insert each tie into opening and sew closed from the wrong side of fabric. Once they are in place stuff your cover with your cushion.

Now its time to sew up opening. I found that if I hand basted it first it was easier to sew on the machine. No Needles to get in the way.

Well there you have it. 4 finished cushions.If I have left out any steps, please don't hesitate to email me.

until next time,

Valances done in....

I went with the Toile.
I love the English countryside or maybe a little France. Tour around my kitchen and you will find roosters
, ironstone and many English transfer ware dishes. I have one plate that I love right in the middle of my hutch. Can you see it there. The red and white one. So that's where I took my inspiration from and decided to sew with the Toile fabric.
These sewed up quite fast once I measured my windows.
I also lined these valances with muslin
. Muslin is another fabric that I like to have lots of.
With the leftover fabric I made a table
runner. Yes you guessed it I lined it as well with the muslin.
Tulips in yellow really make everything pop with colour.
I have decided with the check fabric to make new cushion covers for the chairs.

Since it's National Puppy Day, here is Fergus
and Max wishing all you puppys out there Have a Super Dog Day.

until next time, enjoy your day,


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Finish and a Parcel

Hi everyone. Well I finally finished the binding on this cute baby quilt.
Here are some pictures
of the baby quilt. It measures 42" x 42" and if you recall I made it reversible. Also a pillow to match.
Yipee the postman came and delivered a package
that I have been anxiously waiting for.
It came from Sew Unique Creations. Thanks Tara, the shirtings
are gorgeous.
One fat quarter bundle of Andover fabrics
. Can't wait to get started.HMMM what will I create..

As well my package came from Hancocks, 10 yds
of Kona solids white. I Love my white for backgrounds.
Well I must get back to finishing my kitchen valances.

intil next time, enjoy your day

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Getting back to my old self

Thanks for all the Get Well wishes. It sure helped.

So pour yourself a tea or coffee and sit awhile. I have some catching up to do.

Well this past week was March break for the kids. I had my granddaughter come stay for a few days and she loves to do crafts with her Nana.

So out I pulled my box of styro foam balls and paper clay and we started working on snowman. I have never tried paper clay, but found it quite easy to work with. Did I tell you she is just seven, So after a few hours we came up with these. I know there is a long way to go before they are finished . But not bad for a first.... These now sit for 24hrs to dry and then we can continue adding on more clay...
So while these are drying we went and played a game or two on the Wii.
I promise not to exert myself and cause another asthma attack.

Well I did mention about the family room in my last post and how it looks so lovely painted. Here are some more pics of the finished room. I just love itIt's so bright and airy.

I have done some sewing/quilting... you don't think that I would have let that go

did you. Well here is the pillow finished and the quilt still to sew on the binding. Did I happen to mention I made this reversible.

The fabric is Fandango. This is a baby quilt for my new great grandaughter.

My granddaugter wanted a quilt that was modern not your average baby quilt with teddies and such. So I know she will be thrilled when she sees this one.

I have this fabric that I purchased some time ago. The toile and the checked.

I would like to make a valance for my kitchen window. I'm torn between the two.I have an all white kitchen with red accents. So either one would do. But what one?

I also have doors leading out to a deck. I would like to add some colour there as well.
I'm sure there is enough for cushions for the chairs as well.
Guess what my next project is going to be.......

Mr Lavenderridge has been busy in his shop making more wooden toys. We have ten grandchildren and he is going to put their names into a hat and each one of them will receive on of his gorgeous toys

.He is currently working on number 10. Can you guess what it might be?

Enjoy your weekend,
until next time,