Monday, May 21, 2018

Pine Floors

I have an antique pine floors in my den which I just LOVE.   The honey colour is really warm and it is all beat up and dented.

I wanted to duplicate that look when I put wooden floors upstairs.   It was really difficult to find.  In Canada no one has pine floors.   I had to go to a specialty floor store and custom order it.   They had to mill specifically for me.   The installer says this is only the second time in his 30 year career that he has laid pine.   It is too soft and marks easily ... just the attributes I want.

I started by wanting to lay wood in my sewing room because it would be easier to clean than carpet.   I kept dropping pins, they got lost in the carpet and only found when I stepped on them.    Then I decided to do the whole second floor.  And ... it is amazing.

Office:   Before... all cleaned out for the install/after

Master Bedroom... cleaned out for the install:  Before/After

Guest Room:   Before/After


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Getting Ready for the Wedding

We are having a wedding party on Saturday.   It starts at 4:00AM!!!

A lot of prep is happening.   The kitchen will be busy making a very English repast ... fancy sandwiches, petit fours, scones and cream and many pots of tea.

I am making the toppers for the little cakes.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Another new storage solution for my kitchen cupboard

I had an additional cabinet added to my kitchen recently to fill a desk area I never used.
... and I love adding storage solutions to my cupboards.    I ordered this acrylic wine rack and it arrived today.

I have so much room in my new kitchen, there is still have a lot of empty space.   The two drawers in that section are empty, as is the bottom shelf.   I also have a really deep drawer with nothing but my purse in it :) 

Good problem to have!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Shoe Shelf

Shoe Shelf ... say that three times quickly .... hahaha

I'm organizing my closet because I am getting hardwood installed on my upstairs level this week.   In order to get everything off the floor, I installed another shelf between the existing shelves for more shoes.  It was wasted space as it was.

Easy, peasy and now all my shoes are off the floor.
Good exercise.   It shows that most of my shoes are black and that I need more colour.  I need to get out shopping :)

Then I'll need a new shelf.  It never stops does it!! 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Update to the Kitchen

I had a new kitchen installed last year.  It included a desk area, but I found that I never sat at it.  So I decided to fill in the opening with more cabinets.

I needed storage for cases of water, wine, etc., so rather than additional large pantry drawers, I had a unit with two upper drawers and two doors that would allow for larger storage.
I think it will be perfect, and I think it looks more finished.  :) 

Friday, January 5, 2018


I typically make quilts from civil war fabrics, which tend to give them a darker, historical look.

For a change I wanted to create something light and whimsical.   I think this quilt does it :)

I finished it before Christmas and altered the pattern to add my favourite birds:

A Blue Jay (living outside Toronto, definitely need a blue jay)
and a Cardinal (a bright spot in our long winters)
plus a couple lesser known varieties, only seen in my backyard: