Tuesday, May 24, 2011

$13.99 Plus Tax

Many years ago, I purchased this basin. I got it cheap. Real cheap. Many years ago. Did I mention that already? I've used it to display folded up towels with pretty soaps in the bathroom. That's pretty much the use that I got out of it. I never once used it to serve pasta or a salad. It would have worked well but I didn't do it. Not once. Ever. Honest. But the past many years (fifteen or more) it has been tucked away waiting for its next purpose in life. A few times it did cross my mind to give it away but I never did. I held on to it. However, I got an idea. There is nothing like snooping around a garden centre on a Saturday morning. I just love looking and getting more ideas. And I did...

See my basin's next purpose in life? I saw these stands at the garden centre and thought "Hey, I can do something with this!" and immediately came up with "bird bath". So there you have it folks. A bird bath for the grand total of $13.99 plus tax. I'm not sure if anyone has used it yet. It doesn't matter cause it looks pretty next in my flowerbed.



Wednesday, May 11, 2011

On the First Day of Reno...

On the first day of reno, my true love gave to me...a crow bar and stud finder (giggle, giggle). In case you were wondering, it finds studs in the wall not these kinds of studs...



Oh George. Where have you been?




Alec Baldwin then, not now. But he was pretty good in "It's Complicated"? Wouldn't ya say?




Oh Harrison. Same goes for you. You were really looking like an "old geezer" in "Morning Glory". But not in "Indiana Jones". Gracious!! Mercy!!


Okay, back to the renovations. I'm working through another "Ugly Room Makeover" in the house. Next is the spare bedroom. It has so much potential!! I really needed to think this one through. And did I ever think about it. All winters worth! That's what I do on my commute to work. I think! And think! A lot of the times, my ideas come in the middle of the night and then I can't get back to sleep because it's hard for me to shut it down.




See what I mean (minus the junk). The ceiling has this "butt ugly" office tile. Grody! It was a handy man special.



So, this morning I tore out the ceiling using my crow bar and remove about a million staples that held the tiles up with a pair of needle nose pliers. God, I love ripping things apart. It has got to be one of many favorite things to do. When it comes to renovations, I do the thinking/planning/prep work and then Neil helps me with the building stuff cause he's the man with the tools (snicker, snicker). He has a garage full of every tool that you could ever want or need. Also, he's pretty handy to have around. Next step is to do some measuring and make a trip to a sawmill for some cedar. That's all I'm going to tell you. You're just going to have to wait until I post another updated pic.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Twenty??

Twenty you ask? What's all the fuss about twenty? No, it's not my age. No, I haven't reached my goal of losing 20 lbs. Actually, truth to be told I'm down about 10 lbs. but have another 10 lbs. to go in my mind. If you know me well enough, you will recognize that I do like to ask a lot of questions during conversations especially if I haven't seen you in a while. (Ask Neil. He'll sometimes as a joke count off the questions that I'm asking him and then shuts me down when I get closer to only a few left. I will then hear him say, "That's it!! No more questions. Time's up!! He's no fun!!)

Back to the theme of "Twenty". Well there are a few "twenties" happening this year. First one is that I have had over "20,000 hits" to my blog! Thank you so much. I am very humbled and appreciate your comments and hopefully have entertained/informed you in some way with the use of my blog. Or, just keeping you posted on the latest happenings in my little world in Brockville, Ontario.




More "twenty" reasons...


Back in January, I was purging/cleaning my studio and came across a handwritten receipt for a quilting class that I took "twenty years ago". My very first quilting class ever! It was a Lone Star quilt top. The block pieces were cut big for easy piecing. I recall that I had to get "pexiglass" from the local hardware store and have them cut templates for cutting and marking. There were no Omnigrid rulers or mats in those days! I also had to walk five miles, both ways, knee deep in snow, lugging my Pfaff sewing machine to attend this quilting class!! (Okay, that part was a "down right lie" but it sounded pretty good!) I made the Lone Star into a wall hanging and my Mother still owns it!! How's that!!





Because I have been quilting for twenty years now, I am going to have my first ever "giveaway" on my blog for all my regular readers to participate in. There are a few "contest rules/requests":


1. Reply with a comment by answering the following question:

"How many years have you been quilting?" or answer this one "What is your favorite TV program that you cannot miss"? I do have readers who are not quilters and I want to be fair to everyone who would like to enter.
2. After making a comment, could you please post on your blog my "twenty" themed giveaway!

Thank you!!


In "twenty" days time (May 25th), I will take all the names entered and pull out a winner. The winner will be posted on my blog and will receive a "surprise" from me, in the mail or if you live locally it will be hand delivered. It will include a "quilted article" of something, a couple of fat quarters, some trinkets and depending on where you live, like far away/across the big lake, I will include something "Canadian". Either way, your prize will be well worth your effort and custom fitted to the winner. It just might "tickle you pink".


So, pass along/get the word out/do tell all your quilting friends/non-quilting friends/the milkman/the postman (you get the idea) about my "first ever contest" on "Working For Fabric".
Would it kill ya to leave a comment? Not this time! Good Luck to all who enter.




Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Oops, I Did It Again...


If you are one of my regular readers, you will recall that for the past several months I have been following the "Twelve Step Program to Fabric Addiction". It has been a guide for my addiction/compulsion of purchasing copious amounts of fabric that I know I will never use in this lifetime. The program recognizes the following:
1) admitting that one cannot control one's addiction/compulsion
2) recognizing a higher power that can give strength
3) examing past errors with the help of a sponsor (like another quilter to take over my stash)
4) making amends for these errors (my credit card can attest to this)
5) learning to live a new life with a new code of behavior (huh??)
6) helping others who suffer from the same addictions/complusions (you know who you are!!)

Things had been going well. No internet searches. No road trips to area quilt shops. Learning to say "Oh, no thank you. I have enough fabric". I was becoming more confident and determined to kick my addiction until we made a trip home for Easter. I knew well ahead in advance that we would be driving past a particular quilt shop outside of Elmira known as the "Quilter's Nine Patch". Lord have mercy!! How can you turn a blind eye? Yes, it's true. I fell off the wagon but I had a mission in mind. You see, they have the very best selection of Amy Butler fabrics that anyone has ever seen. They not only carry her current line, they also have her previous one! I couldn't help myself. Neil was of no help. He just dropped me off at the front door and said "Take your time. There's no need in hurrying. We have all afternoon"!! (Yes, it's true. He did actually say that!!) I was in the shop for so long that he fell asleep in the car. Well actually truth be told, we had left Brockville at 7 a.m. and Neil really isn't used to getting up that early in the day especially on a Saturday morning. So, if you look at the pic above, you will see what came home with me. I do have a quilt in mind and I'm really excited to get working on it. I'll keep you posted cause it's a really "groovy quilt"!