Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sewing up a Storm

Several years ago Craig bought me a sewing machine for my birthday and I loved it, but was terrified of it. I even made Craig use it to sew two shower curtains together to throw over the pool table so we could keep the cats off. The thought of sewing anything proper and, God forbid, threading the thing gave me a panic attack. So it's been collecting dust and I've looked at it longingly and wished I was more talented and brave.

Then of course a quilter/sewing woman moved in next door and I have started coveting all the cool things she has in her house - mainly quilts, cushions, and throws etc.  So she's taught me a few things and guided me when I made my t-shirt quilt and now she's got me hooked. How have I not been into this before?  It's great! I can make things! The downside is that you get obsessed with fabric. That's not good for a person like me who doesn't do things in half measures. Still, an obsession with fabric is better than most other additions, right?

I have set up my little craft area (so long pool table!) in the basement and I've just finished a big project (more on that later). While I was waiting for more fabulous fabric to be delivered for a new project I thought I'd make cushion covers for two nasty, mustard-coloured cushions I've had for a few years. I found a really easy tutorial and got stuck in. I love the finished products so much I keep going downstairs to look at them.

Love my little sewing space
Mustard cushions get a make-over, tadaaa! 

Pocket cover. Not brave enough yet for zips. 

Number two nearly done

Father Forgets by Livingston Larned

I came upon this recently and it struck a chord about how I perhaps treat my boys sometimes. It's definitely worth 4 minutes of anyone's time....

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NaBloPoMo's Coming!

I've been such a slacker on this blog the last two weeks. In my defense I've been saving some things up because starting on Friday it's National Blog Posting Month!

I plan on posting every day for 30 days and posting tons of stuff; pictures, stories, updates on house projects and my monthly 1-second video. There's no 'theme" - just the usual malarky.

Friday, October 17, 2014

RIP Luke the Hammy

We had such a great night tonight at a Halloween event but came home to find that Luke the hamster had died. I told Jack while he was in the bath and his little face crumpled up and he cried and cried, it was awful. To see him so upset and so grieved is really hard. He also said that having Luke in his room gave him comfort, that he liked having somebody else share his room at night when he got scared. I feel so bad for the little guy.
Now what to do to make him feel okay about being in his room without his hamster buddy? Getting another one is not an option.