Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Trip to Metchosin

 The boyfriend and I went to Metchosin to see his mum and I went for a walk on the beach at Witty's Lagoon and visited the kitties of course.
Baby the cat coming for a walk with me, he followed me for a whole block on my way to the beach.

Suki the cat followed me to the bottom of the driveway

Himalayan blackberry blossoms 

 I tried to look up what kind of butterfly this is but apparently there are a lot of butterflies in BC

Stopped to pat these guys on my way

I love donkeys

These cows remind me of Ferdinand the bull

I thought this sap was so pretty

Here is the Lagoon

and the beach

American Searocket or Cakile Edentula

Stopped to visit this guy on the way home

and his buddy

and on our way home we stopped at coombs country market a snack and to visit the goats on the roof.
So there we are that was our adventure to Metchosin to visit my mother in law and Sister in law.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Coffee Table Paint

  I decided to paint the coffee table from the living room.
I've sanded it all down here and it's time to paint

I got the idea for this table somewhere online but I can't seem to find it again. The deer is the wood showing through the paint. I used bulls eye spray primer and krylon spray paint in pistachio.

My stencil didn't work out great as the aerosol seemed to lift it up despite using Krylon re-positional spray adhesive so there's a bit of white primer around the edges of my stencil, I ended up weighting it down with some rocks and it seemed to work for the green coats. I'm still okay with how it turned out though, I got the deer shape online and I can't find it either I should always book mark. 
I sealed it with some water based varathane (we're not good at using coasters)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Thrifted Chair Reupolster

I picked up a chair at the thrift store for $10.00 the other day and decided to give reupholstering a try.
the chair before
 Here is how it turned out I'm pretty happy with it for my first try.
and after
 I got the fabric second hand it was actually white when I got it but I decided to dye it in the washing machine using 2 packs of tintex in royal blue. When dying a piece of fabric always make sure to wash it before hand without fabric softener and you'll get much better results (as I've learned the hard way) I actually washed it pulled it out of the machine then got my dye ready and tossed it back in well it was still wet (always get your piece wet before putting it in the dye bath) super easy. I gave it a tumble in the drier on medium as well to set the color.
   For the arms I sanded off as much of the stain as I could then used Zinsser Bulls Eye 1 2 3 to prime them. Then I painted them up with some Origins by Benjamin Moore Semi-Gloss in Frozen Hot Chocolate.
It's my chair now it's got my hairs on it
   Dante was very quick to claim it as his own.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Faux Fur Scarf

I got a lovely but very small piece of faux fur at a second hand store a while back and decided I'd make a scarf to wear this winter. I looked up this tutorial by meg allen cole, who's tutorials I usually really like, but was a bit disappointed with it as she doesn't tell you how to properly cut or sew faux fur. Luckily I'd read a bit about faux fur in the past and knew something wasn't quite right with the way she was doing things, so I looked through my magazines and found a really great tutorial in Quick stuff to sew winter 2011 on page 16.
pg 16 of quick stuff to sew winter 2012
 So first of all Meg tells you to just hack into your fur all willy nilly through all the layers, this is going to give you a hacked up unnatural look that's just not going to look good. What you want to do is draw your pattern with chalk onto the back of your fur then carefully cut through only the back layer of the fabric DON'T cut the fur or at least do your best not to you will get the occasional piece that's fine and most definatly DON'T "clean" up "stray" hairs by hacking along the edge of the fabric on the back as meg does in her video, again it will give you a hacked off bad haircut you did yourself kind of look.

This illistration is showing you to mark your fabric and use small snips to carefully cut through the back layer of fabric only.
Now to sew your fur (this applies if you'r sewing fur to fur or fur to something else) you want to tuck the fur into the seam as your sewing so there not all stuck in the stitching which will make your seam stick out like a sore thumb. You can use a pencil a chopstick whatever is handy.

here is an illustration of the fur being tucked under with a chop stick
 A couple other things not mentioned in the video are if you have a walking foot use it or it's hard to keep your layers from slipping apart and secondly you will probably need to release your presser foot pressure to sew such a thick fabric.

Now like I said earlier I really like Meg's Tutorials she's normally very though and I'm defiantly not saying I could do a better job, this is her only tutorial I've ever really had issues with and I just wanted to share how to properly cut and sew fur so if you decide to do it you won't be disappointed with your results.

   Anyway here is my scarf
Scarf and a tank top nice. I guess it's a little early for a scarf but it will be nice in the winter.

I'm pretty happy with it I had to unpick it the first time I sewed it as I didn't let off the pressure on my foot and I didn't use my walking foot so my seam ended up all wonky with a bunch of leftover fabric hanging over the bottom piece of fabric (did that make sense I hope so I should have snapped a picture) after i redid it though it worked out and I hand stitched the ends .
Well that's my 2 cent's worth I really hate to rip apart Megs tutorial but I really felt she just did it wrong I guess you can't win em all (boy do I ever know that ha ha). So Anyway have a good day and I hope you give faux fur a go.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

More 1912 costumes

I had a couple of costume events to go to as it is the British Columbia Day long weekend here in BC. Here I am on Sunday the 5th...
here is a photo my mum snapped before I left, I guess she was pretty hot and tired as it's just a little of center ha ha

Here is me with the other ladies, I'm the 3rd from the left. There costumes where all so wonderful they are all such talented ladies.
and here I am today, august 6th, out at a local steam mill that has been restored.
another group shot I'm the one in the back to the right, hmm kind of a loner aren't I

Patricia and I

and a lovely shot of Patricia

and poor Trisha crying because she has to do the laundry, it's okay I'd cry if I had to wash my laundry on a board to.

Now this is terrible but this lovely ladie's name has escaped me. I'm trying so hard to get everyone's name down.
Here's Trisha again I guess typing is less upsetting

I guess some things never change ha ha, they had these naughty photos up in the old bunk house
So there we have it my British Columbia Day long weekend a wedding and some costume wearing. Hope anyone else who is in BC enjoyed themselves as well.

Sunday, August 5, 2012


   I was at my uncles farm out in the country for the first time in a long while the other day. He used to have brown cows but got rid of them when I was probably about 13 or 14. He rents his fields out to a guy with horses now, so I got to have a visit with them and got a few pictures. They where friendly and all came over to give my a sniff.
Here they all are in the field

Hello there
These to seemed to want to hang out together
I also took a look at the old barn the roof caved in a few years back and the hayloft is now exposed to the weather. There is fire weed growing through the debris now and I thought it looked kind of neat growing up there, it's amazing how resilient nature can be when given a chance. I wonder how the seeds got there I suppose they could have been in the hay or maybe the wind blew them up there.

fire weed growing in the roof debris

it's a green roof ha ha
Well I now in my last post I said I was going to bed but it's terribly hot and I couldn't seem to fall asleep so I took a cool shower and hopefully I'll be able to fall asleep now. Hope it's not to hot where ever you are. Anyway until next time and have a wonderful day

Saturday, August 4, 2012

My Cousins Wedding

    I went to my cousins wedding today and it was very lovely, I just have to share the handmade decorations my Aunt (the grooms mother) put together.
light up center piece

nest on the center pieces

Sorry this one is very blurry but you get the idea

the flower on the corner of the head table

I loved this little butterfly on one of the center pieces

These butterflies where all over the blurry trees above

 The colors where lime green, purple and purple-blue.Below is a photo of a finger print tree I made for the guests to finger print I didn't get an after picture I totally forgot but here is what it ends up looking like as well as the template for the tree I used. I couldn't figure out how to print the template and just ended up drawing my tree from the picture onto a piece of artist canvas.

Below is my outfit and a purse I made to go with it

I didn't get a before picture of this dress but I got it on sale for $20.00 (it was $90.00 regular) but it was a super ugly brown and a maxi dress so I dyed it a nice chocolate brown with tintex deep brown in the washing machine (for a great tutorial look here and check out her blog here well your at it) and hemmed to just above my knee. I really like how it turned out.

I made this purse to go with my dress from the cuffs off of 2 pairs of pants I turned into shorts.

The beaded part was tan but I mixed tintex dyes until I got my desired shade of teal and then used this pattern and directions for my purse

I had a small piece of sateen I had picked up second hand that I used for the lining, all my things fit in very well it was a very nice size.  

and these clips where another second hand find, and the square ring was off a purse that I tossed a while back. I always  save the hardware off my worn out purses as it lasts forever and it expensive to purchase at the craft store.
Well anyway hope everyone is having a good day, I'm off to bed now as it's past my bedtime, but I just had to share the decorations my aunt did a fantastic job of pulling together a very lovely wedding on a very tight budget.