Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Chaos & Weekend Warriors

This Family Day long weekend was one of change & creativity.
The laundry room nears completion & Bill & Nick did a fabulous job on this unique laundry room!
However in order to have change one must first have chaos!!

 This is the central upstairs sitting room, soon to become the TV room. It's between the front staircase & the back staircase & has all rooms running off of it.

 All the tools needed for cutting  & cleaning were placed there...

Just outside the laundry room & every other room upstairs! Chaos to create this change...

 A new plywood floor was glued & nailed down. A new dryer vent was installed also. There was so much noise on the second floor this weekend!

Then it all started to happen...

The new laminate, waterproof floor was installed. This flooring will also be added to the two upstairs bathroom with their renovation next year, adding a continuity throughout the upstairs.

Bill showing me the new & improved - laundry room! Wow, I just love that rooms improvement.

 The crown molding was installed...

 And cursed several times as the angles must be perfect & the trim had a profile that was cut perfectly...upside down! *%#* a lot of yelling at one point. lol

 Yes Nicholas crown molding all around the room! He asked me ' Mom who has crown molding in the laundry room?' Well the answer was easy - me!

The new appliances were installed & Rexton as already jumped into the dryer to investigate these new shiny pieces. Bill also installed the safety tray underneath, just in case of a malfunction with the new washing machine. We've used this room for over 15 years without one & no mishaps however one must not have a sense of false security as what is up does come down!

This light switch has been hanging out of the wall for over a decade & Bill jokes that it will be the last thing fixed in that room. It's the first thing I touch going into it & it has always made me natter at him. He laughs & calls it job security. lol

The laundry room is neatly tucked away behind this large hinged mirror. When the new wood floor goes down next year?? the baseboards will wrap around the room & the bottom of the mirror will have its own baseboard attached, creating a real hidden look!

Here's my new hidden gem in the house!
Thank you Bill & Nick for bringing my ideas to life! Handsome & handy guys!

And the back staircase is done!
It now will have the crown molding added around the down stairs part & just going up the stairs is such a pleasure now. This century home is really coming together. :)

So while the guys worked upstairs - I sewed downstairs!
I was procrastinating on making Mitchell's drapes. I had spent a whole morning measuring & cutting them at cousin Ann's studio. She has a wonderful open space & large cutting table that she generous let me spread out all the fabric & blackout on. I had done it a couple weeks earlier on the living room floor...all to the wrong measurements!!! The same fabric was found at another Fabricland & purchased, wow that was an expensive mistake. One that I'll have huge hindsight to! Measure twice...cut once. So I procrastinated all that much more because of it!

 Bev was doing a kit of a BOM for April & I saw the rabbits & just had to do it too!
So I challenged myself to do it in blues to go with my blue/white dishes at the cottage.
It still needs more blocks & the weather this week is frigid, so I'll sew!

 This is the dining room - an explosion of creativity!
Creative minds are seldom tidy...very creative indeed. lol

 The sapphire blue is 100% wool as is all the green leaves/stems & orange carrot.
I also worked my William Morris fabric into it, I'm going to like this piece!
Next post should have the completed hanging.

Then it was time to clean up all the blue & white fabric & pull out the drapery fabric. I started with the bedroom drapes first as there was only one pair of those to do & it was done with what I think was upholstery fabric & were they heavy. On that note - they're going to be a great insulator from the Alberta winters & the hot summers. I also lined them with a heavy blackout lining too!

With the bedroom drapes done it was time to do the living room drapes ~ two pair were needed & these were the drapes I cut at the wrong measurement. I cut them to finish at 40" when that was the size of the window...I needed the finished measurement of 52"!!
This is Mitchell's living room after being painted.

This is the living room with the furniture & now it will have drapes! Theses too were done with blackout lining for more warmth & coolness.

I never took pictures...so I'm hoping Mitchell sends me some when they're installed!
It's great to see that he uses the quilt I made for him! I enjoy seeing my labours of love being used.
He made my Valentine's Day! Mitch sent me a limited edition, silver heart, with a pink stone & diamonds, for my Pandora bracelet.
Thank you Mitch & I hope you like your drapes. XO
By the time I got the drapes done my hands were covered in band aids, those darn straight pins would grab me, prick me & make me bleed on the fabric as I handled it through the machine. I'd put on a band aid & continue...sewing with band aids, so my DNA was not all over the drapery! lol
Now with that done & the 5 roman shades are waiting in the que...

 I'm going to finish the April BOM wall hanging & several UFO's first.
The temp is warming up a bit (chill factor this weekend was -38C) & thankfully the snow has stopped. The east coast has been digging out daily & I've been thinking of them daily too!
My guardian  gargoyle seems to have had just about enough too! lol

 Inside I try to fool myself with fresh cut tulips, this is their 2nd week & I love the colour of them as they open fully & gently fall off.
I put out the ceramic rabbit pitchers too.

 This little guy is up on the kitchen shelf, rabbits are so spring like. Soon it will be spring, it's just around the corner but the depth of all this snow is going to make things really wet this spring...before the April showers!

 The weather man made joke of winter being in Ontario & Quebec & the maritime's were the snow banks. Wow have they had the snow this winter & the winds that create horrible drifting!!
So much snow!!

Thank you for stopping by & I hope your winter a season is of health & happiness.
Cozy in for the rest of this winter season ride & let those fireplaces blaze!

Procrastination is the thief of time ---- but I do work well with a deadline!

Enjoy your drapes Mitch!


  1. Your guys are amazing and never loose a minute of home renovation no matter where you are living. They are simply awesome in my book. I hope that you know how lucky you are.

    How nice that you can hide your laundry room but now I understand why your son was wondering why you wanted crown moulding in the laundry room, lol... It's so nice that you've documented all your renovations to both places.

    Spring will soon be here and winter will only be a bad memory, I hope.

    Your little blue rabbit hanging will look very nice at the cottage.
    I love a nice colorful vase of tulip too this time of year too.

    I'm flying home this evening and should arrive around 9:30PM. then my old work routine will resume. I had a good vacation but didn't go out as much as the last time I was here. It was so miserably cold.

    Take care and stay warm.


  2. Hi Cynthia,
    Know what you mean about measure twice cut once .... I measured three times then cut the backing for my April Showers door hanging and still managed to cut it wrong :(. Are you getting close to getting the renovations done?

  3. That room looks like the perfect place for the washer and dryer. The vent pipe also looks so clean and neat with the way that you installed it. We have one of those flexible vent pipes, and I accidentally crimp it each time I push the dryer against the wall and forget it is back there. Wish I had that type dryer vent pipe.