While I was vacationing in Europe last June, Reuben was hard at work fixing up the bathroom. I was glad I didn’t have to live through that reno (since we only have one bathroom) and was very impressed that he got it all done before I came home. Especially since he had to pick out a paint colour on his own! Here are some ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots.
I mostly liked the bathroom before, but since it needed to be insulated we had to tear everything out. We tried to reuse what we could and I’m very happy with how it turned out. We’re still debating putting a medicine cabinet over the sink though which is why the mirror hasn’t been hung yet…
The kitchen is just about done now too and I will share some pictures once the rest of the countertop is in.
As much as I love summer, I think fall is my favourite season. It’s nice enough to be outside yet cool enough to bake, and the changing leaves are so beautiful! Add to that lots of fresh garden veggies and some apple picking, and it makes for such a wonderful time of year. We’ve had perfect fall weather these last couple weeks and I’ve tried to make the most of it while it’s here.
A walk in Limerick Forest
Peppers in our garden
I went for a short afternoon walk to these places, both within a minute of our house.
In house news, we’ll be starting the kitchen reno soon. I’m not looking forward to living without a kitchen for a couple weeks, but hoping the end result will be worth it!
I made this baby quilt for Reuben’s newest nephew who was born at the end of June. We knew he was a boy, and as much as I love surprises, knowing the gender made picking fabrics for the quilt lots of fun.
I love the combination of green, blue and orange for boys, especially when paired with adorable farm animal prints!
I backed it with a flannel stripe that picked up some of the same colours from the front.
After ignoring some strange noises in our house for several days, I woke up yesterday without any running water. We’ve had frozen pipes before in the kitchen on really cold nights, but it hadn’t been that cold and this was affecting our whole house. Reuben asked me to open the hatch to the crawl space to get an idea of what might be going on, and this is what I saw.
Fortunately, Reuben was able to make it home quickly and we drained the water before it reached the electrical panel.
Turns out our hot water tank had rusted through and water had been leaking out, slowly filling up the crawl space (that explained the noises…). Yesterday morning, water got to the point where it lifted the pressure tank up, so our well was continuously pumping water straight into the crawl space. After five hours of draining the water, installing a new water heater and fixing the plumbing (thanks again for your help, Jack!) it seems to be back to normal.
Moral of the story? Don’t ignore strange noises in your house.
I made this little blanket for a coworkers baby shower over the weekend. Finding out about the shower only a few days before meant I needed a quick gift.
I had been thinking about trying something like this for a while, so now I had the perfect reason to make it. And I’m so glad I did! It was quick and easy, and paired with a set of booties, made a great gift!
Looking forward to making more of these!
While Reuben keeps busy with work and home renos, I’ve been spending some time quilting. Inspired by online projects, I took up quilting almost a year ago and quickly became addicted. I love choosing colours, coming up with a design and sewing it all together to create something unique. Here’s what I’ve created so far.
My first project – a simple patchwork quilt for a friend’s baby
All wrapped up and ready to be given
“Limerick Forest” – For our newest nephew. Appliqued owl design on the front and backed with a super soft Minky fabric
A polar bear quilt for my sister
I’ve got another quilt in the works and have big plans for many more in 2013!
Last spring we decided to build a garden shed in our backyard for some extra storage. Although Reuben finished it a while ago, I didn’t get around to taking any pictures of it until recently. We found a couple doors in our garage and decided to use one of them in the shed, along with a window from one of Reuben’s past job sites. Hopefully we’ll get around to staining the shed next year. In the meantime, we’re looking forward to having this extra space for storage over the winter.
The bedroom renovation is almost complete and we’re well into renovating the dining room. I was able to help a little bit with drywalling both these rooms, which made me more appreciative of all the work Reuben does on our house. Here’s a picture of what our dining room currently looks like. I will try to post some ‘after’ pictures soon.
Our bedroom renovation is well underway. The plaster and lathe is gone, its insulated and the drywall is starting to go up! Thanks to all those who have helped so far!
Here’s what it currently looks like in there.
And a picture of our growing garden:
It’s been a great long weekend so far and with the help of family we were able to accomplish a lot. The weather has been beautiful so we spent much of yesterday outside, finishing up the vegetable garden and working on the lawn. Reuben’s parents brought over their rototiller and riding mower which got put to good use while Reuben’s mom and I went to get plants at the local nursery. We were able to plant peppers, onions, beans and beets and there’s still room for more! It’s so nice to have a bigger garden and I’m looking forward to eating fresh garden veggies later in the summer. Many thanks to Jack, Margo, Ben and Luther for all their hard work! Thanks Reuben for building the garden and shovelling in so much dirt!
Our new ‘terraced’ garden
Father and son team working on the roof