Weekly Photo Challenge: Layered

I was looking at some of my older photographs and came across this layered photo of an early spring flower from the spring of 2014Another Faboulus day 034.JPG



Satisfaction: A job well done–my 24 kitchen

I have a new kitchen. I call it my 24 kitchen,  All of the appliances are 24inches wide.

I took the leap last year and bought a condo outside of Victoria.  It had an old and tired feel to it.  Some poor soul thought that it was a good idea to paint it, so they did.  Everything including the counter.  It looked great on photos however keeping it clean was impossible as the painted counter top had a sand mix to make it look like granite, They forgot the last coat of epoxy and it was like cooking on  and cleaning  sandpaper.  So, we gutted it and started fresh. 


The first to go was the fridge and stove.  We had a good fridge and I would rather have a washer and dryer.  Next the counters, we took them out in stages with the old cupboards below.  To fill the needs of the kitchen we bought an old oak side board.


Then we budgeted and planed.  Ikea cupboards were selected as my partner and I were good at putting things together.  The Ikea planner was really helpful.  I found the appliances that would fit this small space (6*10) and then the fun really began.

Every thing but the kitchen sink was removed. The washer and dryer were movable and worked as our defunct kitchen. Yes, the kitchen sink is on saw horses.  It worked but was a pain to do much more than the basics and we ate out a lot during this part.



We sanded, primed and painted the walls.  The electrician came, ripped out some drywall and installed new lines for the new cook top, built in  wall oven oven and the dishwasher.



We called the plumber to properly hook up the washing machine, so more wall had to be removed, the plumbing was also updated with new lines and bits. 



We stared the setup for the new cupboards.  They reach the ceiling giving us more space and clean line.  This was fun, like putting together a Lego castle. The drywall was replaced, mudded, sanded, primed and painted. 


The blue is the plastic protecting the finish. It only came off as we finished working in that area.


We had removed the old sink and that meant dish duty was a laborious affair in the bathroom sink.  We used a toaster oven and some induction cook plates (for 5 years actually – long story!)


The plumber came back to hook up the sink and the dishwasher.  The dishwasher is the white drawer in the picture below.  Perfect size for the two of us.  Love it!


Then we had the electrician back to hook up the juice for dishwasher and cooktop. The empty space is for the wall oven that was damaged in shipping. Bummer but it happens.  And we couldn’t finish the bottom until the oven arrived.  All of the appliance in my new kitchen are 24 inches. So we had to do some serious mods to the bottom cabinets to fit the appliances.  And it worked beautifully!



So, after 11 month and 10 days, I have a decent working kitchen! The floor is next but will have to wait as I blew the budget. And for the first time in 5 years, I have a great working oven and cooktop. 

weekly photo challenge: Resilient


crafting is resilient to all of the modern gadgets and continues to be reborn. DSC01669

Happy New Year.  I needed to create a ball of cotton for knitting.  As I needed 350 gr for the project, I kept weighing the huge ball.

I was gifted some years back with more than a dozen spools of weavers cotton from the 1960.  The cotton is a lace weight and my Gemini Pullover by Jan Richards needed a heavier weight.  So, I matched two colors, rigged a rack and some poles to easily create the above ball of cotton.   


Cape idea 2 – from a single piece of fabric and some hemp thread!

Cape 2  from a  single piece of fabric and some hemp thread.

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Hemp Thread – yes Hemp!  It is .2mm and I think too big for my machines so hand stitching is in order.

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Recently purchased wool plaid from the thrift store was begging to be a wrap. It measured 172cm long and 155 wide.

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So, I started to fold at one corner 8 inches ( I use both metric and imperial in my sewing and cooking – it comes from starting my school years in imperial measurements and having to learn metric in middle school) from the raw edge and folded to the count of 10. Secured it with some pink hemp thread As this is only a test, I hand basted the raw edge of the plaid with more pink hemp.

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Then I got another Idea and it was not to pleat the left side but to bring it up in a swanky way.  To complete it I did a fast chain stitch on the left side to keep the folds in place for the drape of the hood.

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So this is what I now have hanging out with Daisy (yes, I named the thing that pretends to be me for these photo shoot.)

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The beginnings of a cape.  It is asymmetrical but has a nice look.  To finish this, I need to baste the bottom hem as it is the cut side of the fabric, craft an opening for the right hand and imagine a closure for the front.

But should I take the time to finish it or rip it apart and make a skirt? Or pants, or vest? you get the idea.  Feedback is always appreciated.

I have already started a new one but it is only pinned.  It is a dusty rose-pink from the 80’s,  a woven silk with a very nice drape. It is my next part of the little sewing no cutting capes that bellow from my fabric stash.