Oh Boy!

I made this quilt for friends of ours that had a baby boy in December. I used a cute toy animal print and coordinating colours in a simple stripey pattern that came together quickly.

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I’m not entirely happy with how it turned out (almost too matching?) but Reuben liked it so that’s worth something. I haven’t done much sewing since I finished it in early January but I have lots of projects planned for the coming months.

Kitchen Reno II

The kitchen renovation only took about 10 days from start to functional (not quite finished, but usable again), helped along by family and a long weekend.  Living without a kitchen for a week and a half meant a few take out meals and doing dishes in the bathroom sink, but we’re glad the timing of everything (electricians, cabinet delivery, etc.) worked out and it wasn’t too long.

Here’s a few pictures of the actual renovation process.

Cabinets starting to come down

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All leveled and insulated

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Installing the cabinets

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Kitchen Reno

I finally got around to taking pictures of our new kitchen. It’s a hard room to keep clean since it’s used so often and that’s been my latest excuse. I know it doesn’t need to be perfect (some drawers still don’t have handles) but I didn’t want all the pictures to look like this:

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We’re really enjoying the new kitchen. We have SO much more storage and counter space now, and to say we like our dishwasher would be an understatement. Loading and unloading a dishwasher every few days is so much better than hand washing dishes every day, although I do feel a bit guilty about the energy it uses. Stacking the laundry and putting in a shorter window allowed us to use the space a lot better and we’re very happy with how it all turned out.

Here’s a look at how our kitchen has changed:

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Quilt for a friend

I made this quilt back in the summer for a friend’s baby. Part of me likes the crazy blocks, part of me isn’t sure, but I think overall it works.

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I was stuck for a while trying to decide how to quilt this one and decided to give free motion quilting a try. I used a simple loop and was happy with how it turned out, although I would probably do a different pattern if I could do it over. I’m glad I tried it though and am looking forward to practicing this technique on other quilts.

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Winter

Happy New Year! After a busy Christmas season, we both got sick and had a slow start to 2014. We’re now getting back into the swing of things and actually getting things done (finally took the Christmas tree down on Sunday!). It’s been quite mild here lately, with temperatures above zero for the past few days. I prefer this to the -30  degree weather we were having at the start of the year, but the melting snow piles aren’t very pretty. Ice storms are beautiful, even if they cause all sorts of problems. I took this picture of our backyard after the ice storm in December. . .before having to scrape an inch of ice off my car.

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Bathroom Reno

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.

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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. 

Autumn love

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.

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A walk in Limerick Forest

 

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Peppers in our garden

I went for a short afternoon walk to these places, both within a minute of our house.

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Kemptville Creek

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!

Another Quilt

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.

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I love the combination of green, blue and orange for boys, especially when paired with adorable farm animal prints!

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I backed it with a flannel stripe that picked up some of the same colours from the front.

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Lesson Learned

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.

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Fortunately, Reuben was able to make it home quickly and we drained the water before it reached the electrical panel.

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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.

A Quick Project

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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.

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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!

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Looking forward to making more of these!

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