Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Youngests - Edition # 3

HOWDY Y'ALL

Well I’m back and all tanned and rested up from our vacation in Palm Springs, California. Two girlfriends and my patient BF went to a 3 day Country music festival “Stagecoach”, it was a blast.


I’m now re-energized and ready to tackle this Hungarian sewing desk. ….. Where did I leave off? Oh right we were all primed and ready!

Now comes the finicky part, the Painting. I have been dreading this part and that may be why we did a whole vacation before we attempted to tackle the painting of the desk. I have been doing everything I could think of besides doing the painting. I even opted one day to clean the washrooms over painting the desk =S
Now it’s down to the final hour and I have to get this desk done. We were living in a bit of chaos with the garage and front room in shambles. I have a somewhat fuzzy idea in my head of what I want this room to look like. The BF and I decided the best plan of attack is to get the cabinetry and then match the paint colour for the desk off of that.
 HI HO HI HO it’s off to IKEA we go – we head into the big city to pick up the cabinetry from IKEA



We all know that putting together IKEA furniture can be like pulling teeth and have caused many divorces hahaha. With that said I am rather impressed with the BF and I. I only had to leave once because I was getting Hangry. Hangry - it means to be angry as a result of being hungry. SO I promptly left the front room whipped up a quick dinner of lemon butter shrimp and rice for the BF and I, problem solved.

After a couple hours, dinner and a visit from our neighbor and their beautiful little girl we finished!Next stop is the paint store but we will leave that for another day. Oh and how could I forget that I need to start filling those shelves with stash =D

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Youngest's Edition - #2

I have a vision for my sewing room, with the help of Pinterest. https://www.pinterest.com/morgan_vb/
I’m going for a bright room with a pop of colour that is simple and uncluttered. YEAH right, uncluttered… in a sewing room! Well I figure that’s what I’m going to aim for, might as well aim high if I’m going to aim at all.
Step 1 – Sell all of the current furniture (THANK YOU KIJIJI)
Step 2 – Well I wasn’t sure what step 2 was until my mom emailed me a picture of a desk
Step 2 – Okay step 2, buy desk and refinish … and convince BF to help

And so starts the adventure of the Hungarian sewing desk!

My mother had the find of a century. She found the desk I had envisioned in my head on KIJIJI (THANK YOU KIJIJI). All I had to do was sand it down and paint it white … sounds easy right HA that’s what I thought. My mom went to look at the desk for me as I was stuck up NORTH at work. Turns out that the gentleman “Louie” who was selling the desk ended up coming over to Canada from Hungary on the same boat as my mother’s parents and older sister. What a small world! The desk Louie was selling belonged to his late wife who was an exceptional sewer and painter.
Looking at the desk sweet Louie reminisced about his wife sewing their children’s clothes and costumes. As my mom listened to his stories she knew this was meant to be. My mom reassured Louie that this desk will remain loved and cherished in a Hungarian home. Now comes the fun part… the refinishing. As I have never done this before I took to the internet and with the advice from my new best friends GOOGLE and BOB VILLA the refinishing didn’t seem so daunting.
Good ole Bob instructed me to use my handy dandy multipurpose sander to sand the entire surface of the desk. Only problem I definitely do not own power tools, and this seemed to be the one power tool my BF did not have. Well have no fear da da da RONAs here! As fast as The Flash we went to our local hardware store RONA and purchased a very shiny and new power sander.

I was at the ready with the power sander in hand. I had a good go at the desk and got most of the clear coat off. My BF jumped in and finished all the fine tuning, he did an excellent job. With each pass of the sander we could see the desk transforming and coming to life again.


Again thank you BOB VILLA for the next helpful tip: Use a good spray paint primer as suggested by Bob we used white Painters Touch Spray Paint Primer.


Now all primed and ready for the first coat of paint my BF and I packed up and called it a day. We had one more week of work and then we were off to Palm Springs California to see my good friend and enjoy some Country music, sun and pool time; a well-deserved vacation.

Until we meet again,
The Youngest

Sunday, June 14, 2015

There's a new kid on the block!


What a beautiful day it is up North, the sun is shining the birds are chirping and the heavy haul trucks are running. Whoa wait did I say North... heavy haul trucks?  Yes that’s right I did! I have a confession to make this is actually the Youngest writing. I have commandeered my lovely mother’s blog for a little bit while she takes some much needed time for her hand to rest up before her surgery. Don’t you fret I won’t be on here forever, Mom will be back in no time; those hexi flowers can only wait so long.
SO what will my first Blog post be about??? Well why not about my new sewing room ☺ To give you a little background last summer I moved into my very understanding boyfriend’s house. I previously had a house of my own which was fully furnished and had accumulated the normal amount of “junk”. Before I moved in I purged like it was going out of style. Now if you ask my BF he will say I still have too much stuff, but we all know the truth… boys are crazy!

With the furniture I couldn’t bare to part with we placed it in the front office/sitting room. There were two grey modern sofas across from each other with nice glass and wood coffee and end tables. The room looked nice however we already had TWO living rooms what the heck were we going to do with a third.
 
 


Our nice front sitting room turned into the space that no one ever went in … and I mean ever. These brand new couches were used all of ONE time.
From the time I moved up North and purchased my own home to moving back down South and in with my BF I had been sewing on any surface I could find Kitchen tables, Islands and yes even the floor at one time. Needless to say my sewing in the last few years has not been very … shall we say productive.
As my mom mentioned previously I entered my first quilt into last year’s Festival of Quilts. The quilt I entered was a surprise for my BF it was a Black and White quilt with a small touch of Blue. I feverishly worked on the quilt at my mom’s house while my BF was away up North at work.
 

The weekend of the quilt show my BF and I went camping with a bunch of friends and I had to convince him to leave instead of staying an extra day just to go to the quilt show. I was exhausted he was exhausted … I even had mud in my hair from quading ha-ha. Well we made it there, not without a little convincing from me.
We met my mom at the front gates and started to walk around looking at the quilts. We stopped at one … my quilt and paused there for a moment. My mom gestured to my BF to read the label, that’s when he realized why I was so persistent in going to the quilt show. I had made a quilt for him! Long story short from that moment on my amazing BF understood how much sewing meant to me. Now here we are redoing the front room so I can have a space of my own to sew.
 
 
 
 
 And so the redecorating/room change adventure begins ……
Until Next time – The Youngest


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Treadling Along!

While I treadle along and look out the front window now and again...the birds feed to the right and then take off again on their way! They are nesting now, but I don't know where!  I'm working bit by bit on my string quilt! So super easy and I get to use those scraps that otherwise would have turned to dust over the years! I'm liking how it's coming along and it goes so fast!


While I treadle -- Chef is up to his regular in the kitchen and in this case out on his grill! So super easy - I showed him this one! The meat is just pounded out and then a Laughing Cow triangle is spread out over the meat. A couple of asparagus spears that have been steamed a bit are then put in the middle and rolled up. Once grilled, they are sliced and plated! The peppers are just a combination of different cheese - anything you have - and a few cubes of feta. A bit of greek seasoning is added as garnish. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over and put it on the grill until the cheese starts to melt! Delicious! The Cesaer salad is from scratch. None of your bottled dressing here! Chef makes the BEST cesaer salad! It's a sure sign of summer when we get "grilled" for dinner! We do grill though out the year, but of course more so when the sun is still high and evenings are extra long! Gotta love summer!



Bon appetite! and of course...Happy Quilting!

Margo