Kitchen Vignette

I had to start my post with a promise that I would not be informing you of the local weather report here today.
It seems to have become my favourite subject of late!
So sorry about that, ladies.

Instead I’ll talk about some happenings in my life that I’ve forgotten to mention to you.
Starting first with my kitchen corner redo…
 You see, I know just how much more exciting it is to you to know about my little furniture rearranging in the kitchen than it is to hear about how slowly the snow is melting in my back yard. Ha!
Well, it’s definitely more exciting to me at least.
You might remember that I had this small china cabinet here before, but it is now moved into the spare bedroom were it has become a blanket cabinet.
Yes, it’s true.
That photo will follow later.
I also forgot to tell you that I started work on painting my bathroom cabinets last week.
Whew, was that a job!
I first sanded the cabinet surfaces. Then I washed them down. After they were dry I painted the cabinets with primer. And lastly, I applied three coats of paint to the surface. I still need to go back and apply another coat in some places. So not quite lastly yet!
Of course by the time I got to the second coat and realised this wasn’t doing the job, I remembered I’d read somewhere (Pinterest, no doubt) that you should mix a bit of your paint colour with your primer to avoid having to apply so many coats over the bright white surface.
As always, a day late and a dollar short!
I spent today gathering ideas for a new bag that I want to sew as soon as my bathroom project is finished.
Bag #1



All of the bags are styled very similar and each one has great tutorials to follow.
So what do you think?
Which one would you choose?
Happy Monday All!



Barn Living

Have you ever considered barn living?
Today Tim, his mother and I took a day trip to view a barn home property.
The photo above is the huge unfinished area of the barn.
Can’t you just envision what this could look like completely finished?
I can see it now as an open kitchen/dining/living area with a woodstove to warm the space and several scattered rug to warm my feet.
Yes, I’m good at dreaming!
There is a small finished apartment in a portion of the barn.
And I do mean small!
The above space is the kitchen, dining and living area.
But it is nicely finished, I think, don’t you?
Above the living area is this nicely sized bedroom.
This is the view from the bedroom balcony.
There is another nice barn on the property as well.
The red barn belongs to the neighbors.
I’ve always loved a claw foot tub, but honestly I never knew that they ever made them as small as this one was!
Pint sized, for sure.
Works well with the pint sized bathroom.
The exterior of the barn needs to be sided, which to me is a plus. This would allow the purchaser to put their own personal touch on it.
The property has over 26 acres.
It is such a beautiful place.
I think I could live here!
I have taken such a liking to barn houses that I’ve recently started a Pinterest board.
You can check it out here if you’d like.
Have a good day!

My Sewing Closet Conversion

Well, here at long last is the sewing closet that I finished last week.
I’ve put off sharing it because I am not at all happy with the photos of this little nook, but for some reason even with the many adjustments on the camera I’m still not getting clear pictures.
Onward with what I have…..
I’m not sure whether you can tell, but this is a full sized closet. Somehow it doesn’t look like it is!
Here is how it all happened….
First Tim and I removed the tons of Winter coats that were hanging inside. Next he made two new shelves for me. He built a large bottom shelf to hold my sewing machine and another shelf above for much needed storage. The very top shelf was there already.
As you can see, I went a bit crazy with the scrap paper wall quilting again.
I can’t seem to help myself!
Honestly though, the reasoning behind this is very sensible.
 One, I hate painting! Which I’m sure I’ve shared with you so many times before. And secondly, I love the bright and colourful patterns on the five dollar scrap paper book that I had purchased at Wal Marts.  I don’t scrap book so they had to go somewhere-hence the closet walls!
I opted for just painting a frame I had black and hanging a clipboard to write my future projects on instead of a cushioned bulletin board.
In case you’re wondering how I attached the paper squares, it was done with homemade Mod Podge.
I have everything quite cluttered nicely arranged on the shelves: my scissors, rulers, threads and bobbins, most everything I need for sewing.
My favourite storage unit is the white drawered cabinet on the left that my father made for me many, many years ago. It was his first attempt at making something with drawers and they are a little bit wonky.
This makes me smile whenever I look at it. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how special it is to me…
And lastly, here is my sweet little doggie who so faithfully holds my spectacles for me until I need them to thread the needle!
Which is always.
Now I just need to get with it and get on to those many projects I’ve been wanting to work on lately.
Shall I list them?
No, I will save that for another day. This post is far too long as it is!
Blessing to all and have a good weekend
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