Monday, March 11, 2013

Teach a Class, Take a Class

I have a couple of fun adventures coming my way in the near future. First, I'll be teaching a class next weekend at my LYS (local yarn shop), Trish's Crafty Corner. The class is learning the two-colour brioche stitch, also known as slipped-stitch colourwork. The pattern I'll be using is the NewsPrint Cowl by Haven Leavitt. Here's one I did for last year's Ravellenic Games in Patons Silk Bamboo:



The one I'm doing for the class is in a luscious Baby Llama Silk blend from Trish's store, but it's currently on display there to advertise the class.

I had planned on putting the money I'm earning from the class into our Spring Vacation Fund (Florida in May, baby! Woot!) and most of it will go there, but I'm taking a wee bit of it for myself and I just signed up for a class on creative lettering at Creative Workshops. The class is called LetterLAB and is taught by Lori Vliegen. I discovered Lori via this adorable photo on Pinterest:

c. Lori Vliegen

I followed the pin to her incredible blog Elvie Studio and fell in love with her beautiful and seemingly effortless hand lettering, and gorgeous watercolouring. Being a scrapbooker, the one thing I always wished I could improve on my layouts was the lettering. I've never had particularly pretty handwriting, much to my dismay. I consider myself pretty creative, and I used to draw and sketch quite a bit during my high school years, but the art of creative lettering has always proved elusive. I just recently started dabbling in watercolour pencils, so I'm doubly excited to dive into this class. I'm all signed up and anxiously awaiting my email invite to the class. I'll be sure to update on my progress!

You can sign up for Lori's class HERE.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

My New Craft Room!

It's finished! After 3 weeks of painting, furniture building and organizing, my new craft space is 99% finished and ready for crafting. Lots of photos ahead... you've been warned!

First up, some before and after photos of the space. We bought this house from Jeff's parents, and they've moved into the attached granny suite. These photos were taken before they moved out, so the space still had all of their things in it. The room used to be two rooms separated by a hallway.

First side of the room, Before:

After:
Those white shelves on the ledge still need to be put up on the wall to the left of the window. And I need to figure out what I want to do for curtains.

Before:

After:


And the other side, Before: 

After:
In the seating area, behind the half-wall, there is another coffee table (both from Ikea) that holds a tv and my Wii and exercise equipment (step, yoga mats, weights, Wii fit, etc). And that's my Shih-tzu puppy, Mya, on the couch :)

 Before:

After:

Now for some details (I warned you, there are a lot of photos!). I got a lot of the furniture from Ikea. The nearest store is in Montreal (a 10 hour drive), so I had to get it delivered. It wasn't exactly cheap, but it was worth it. My yarn is now living in a new Ikea Expedit. The I-was-so-excited-to-find-them matching bowls are from the Dollar Store, and the glass owl vases are from Stokes.


From here you can see the yarn swift Jeff made me, on top of the shelves. The brown glass owl I found at Marden's in Calais, ME. In the back is my antique Raymond sewing machine.

This little bookshelf holds my Bibles and study guides, some of my childhood favourites, a photo of my grandparents on their wedding day and a Peanuts Hallmark ornament (my favourite Christmas show).

This antique chair was refinished by Jeff's uncle and given to us as a wedding gift 14 years ago. It's not sturdy enough to sit on, so it holds my sewing basket.

The main crafting table. The trestle table legs are from Ikea, and the top is a sheet of plywood cut down to 4'x6'. The legs are adjustable if I ever want the table lower or higher. Right now it's the perfect height for me to be able to cut fabric without bending over and straining my back. I found the bar stools on Kijiji for $50 for the 3. The basket on the right holds scrapbooking supplies, while the one on the left has toys for when my knitting girls bring their little ones. 

Against the back wall behind the table, you can see the cedar chest where I store my fabric, and the vintage sewing box I found recently which is identical to the one my mother had when I was growing up.

This is my sewing corner. In the cabinet is my Japanese made Brother machine, on the shelf is the Japanese made Coronado. The shelves hold patterns, attachments, interfacing, my iron, and boxes of photos waiting to be scrapbooked. On the wall are a corkboard and magnetic dry erase board from Staples. It holds my grandmother's photo/memorial card. I have many fond memories from when I was a little girl, watching her sew clothes for my Barbie dolls. On the floor is a White sewing machine I only use when I need a zig zag stitch. 

 Also sitting on the shelf are these two little sewing mice, which I gave to my grandmother when I was about 5 or 6, and I inherited when she passed away a few years ago.

On the ledge in the corner is this cool tin-foil art I made from a tutorial on Make It... a Wonderful Life's blog, which I found via Pinterest. The kids and I each made one as an art project this week, and I loved mine so much I framed it :)

My owl Scentsy burner.

Buttons, sorted into Starbucks Frappuchino bottles:

A smaller work desk. On the ledge are my Cricut machine, glass jars filled with paper flowers, baskets of scrapbooking supplies. 2 more magnet/dry erase boards and another cork board to hold inspiration/notes. The shelf on the wall hold my Cherished Teddies collection from my younger days.

On the wall just to the left of that desk, a couple more baskets of scrapping bits, and a pegboard, painted to match the room. Pegs/basket hold adhesives and scissors. I got the paper holders from a local woman who used to run a scrapbook store out of her garage, for $1 apiece. The case on the floor holds file folders of paper scraps sorted by colour, and other misc.

And finally, in two bowls on the ledge dividing the two halves of the room, I keep a jumbled mess of ribbon.

And that's it! Thanks so much for letting me take you on a tour of my new craft space. I'm so looking forward to having a place where I can be creative, relax and hang out with my friends. Do you have a craft space of your own? Leave a link in the comments, I'd love to check it out!




Tuesday, January 29, 2013

M.I.T.M.A. (Missing in (too much!) Action)

It's been a while, but I finally have time to sit down and update my little corner of the internet. First thing, I had to update my background to reflect the cold, snowy winter we're having here in New Brunswick!

My family has been crazy busy the last couple of months with the purchase of a house and all that comes with moving. To make matters even busier, we bought my in-law's house (my husband's childhood home). It has an attached granny suite, which the in-laws moved into. So while packing up our mobile home, we were also helping them get the granny suite ready and moving them over. We moved the majority of our stuff just a week before Christmas, and then it was the mad dash to get unpacked and organized for the holiday. Once Christmas was over, life was all about moving the last of our stuff out of the old place and getting it cleaned up and ready to be occupied (we're doing a rent-with-an-option-to-buy deal with a guy Jeff works with).

So, that's what's been keeping me away from the computer. Now that I have some spare time again, I promise to reply to some inquiries I've gotten on here in the last several weeks... sorry for the delay! I'm also really excited to share photos of my new craft space that's almost finished here in the new house. I've always dreamed of having my own craft room, and this space totally exceeds my wildest dreams!