Sweet, sweet curiosity.

This blog is all about things I have made. You can find intense embroidery, paper quilling mania, crazy gingerbread houses, masks, puppets, steampunk clothes, ornaments, wackiness and sculptures on this site. So have fun and check it out!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Day 6 of the renovation!

 Well, it is now Day 6 of our renovation... Things are going really well. The Electrical took a little longer than expected and there are a lot more holes in my walls than there were before, however it's safer and updated so that is very good.  By fixing all the electrical though we added two more rooms to be painted as otherwise they would have big gaping holes in them -ugh... So the bathroom was one of them. 

The above wallpaper ( sorry about the photos our camera is on the fritz..) was underneath a 1985-1990 renovation which was worse than this - it was kind of dusty rose and pale green splatters. eww... This wallpaper is bright pink, yellow, orange and brown. It was interesting- on first glance I totally hated it, but then I looked at all of the elements in that space and I thought, well, that actually all works well together for the time.  It's going to be painted over, but I can appreciate the previous owner's choice!
 Here you can see the wallpaper in the kitchen and the archway of the living room/ dining room with it's first coat of paint on it. The paint colour is "wondering thoughts" from Home Hardware.  I think perhaps we should have chosen a colour called "focus" or "concentration" or "task oriented" but they would probably be ugly colours... hehehe.
Here is the hubby using our 1960's kitchen, pretending to be a housewife. I really like having a stove that high, I don't have to worry about the dog sticking his nose into a hot oven. He can't even jump that high.

At first when we saw this kitchen I was reticent but it has really grown on me. It is really well made. It is stamped in all the drawers with "Hanover Kitchens" which is a local Cabinetry place.  I am really impressed with how it is constructed and how well it has held up. We have already moved most of our kitchen stuff in there and I can not believe how much space is left.  I am not used to the luxury of tons and tons of storage!

The backsplash had wallpaper on it that has now been removed. Unfortunately in both the bathroom and the kitchen they had wallpapered over unprimed gyprock which has meant a lot of plaster and sanding and probably two coats of primer. 

This weekend we really did get so much done. It is really starting to feel like we actually have a house now!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Day Three of Renovation!

 The Demolition has begun! Now my house is without carpeting upstairs, without wallpaper on some of the walls, without the built in twin bed upstairs. As well, some of the wood paneling is gone and we made a lot of interesting discoveries.

 We discovered that the wallpaper in the Living room was on top of primed gyp rock, which was great because I had heard all of these horror stories about trying to get wallpaper off of an unprimed wall. I was also kind of afraid there would be paneling underneath the wall paper. It came off pretty easy which was a blessing!

This was one of the most awesome discoveries we made. We were very curious as to what was underneath the wood paneling in one particular room. Well the answer? Underneath the Wood paneling to the left was the wood paneling to the right. Both of equal "not awesomeness".

 We took down the above pictured vertical blinds and discovered that without them, our house looked so much more modern! The window casings were really well done and seeing those made the space just look lovely. Also Creme and pink are lovely colours, they just are not my style. 

We also discovered that there were some interesting/unwise choices made regarding the electrical work.  So we are trying to fix the "bones" of the house first before we get to a lot of the aesthetic stuff (which is what I really want to do!) For instance there is a dimmer on the light in the bathroom, which I thought was great because I could turn the lights down and have nice intimate lighting for a relaxing bath, however the electrical outlet in that room is also on that same dimmer.. not cool former home owner, not cool.

My mom and dad are here helping us out and I can not tell them enough how much I appreciate their help.  We really are lucky to have extra hands as we are both still working as this is going on.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Featured in the British Horological Journal

Have any of you recently read your copy of the British Horological Journal? NO?  Well, it is a journal or magazine specifically made for Watch Makers and I am featured in it. Why? Because I am the butt of a joke, a joke I let myself be the butt of ... ( this is starting to sound bad..) anyways... For the April Edition of the journal they wanted to play a prank on the readers so they put my Gingerbread Clock in and wrote the weirdest article about it that barely made sense, a lot of it was in Latin and very much lost on me.. One of my British friends read it and said "Oh, this is funnier if you are British.." I could only laugh!
The good news is this is the first time I have ever been published in a magazine and I am going to take that as a win even if I am the April Fool!

It is a bit silly really on it's own isn't it ? Anyway, If you would like a copy you can go to to the British Horological Journal website and get yourself one...

Friday, April 6, 2012

Day of the Dead Embroidery and Batik

 Say Hello to my little day of the dead lady.  I made this for a swap, my partner liked Day of the dead faces as do I, but I wanted to do a little experiment as well.  I have used this technique before do my banner for the blog, which is a faux batik with acrylic paints and glue.  I really wanted to try it more with embroidery and this is what I came up with. 

I had a lot of fun making this lady and I think I will try out this technique a couple more times, I just think it adds a really interesting dimension to the embroidery which otherwise wouldn't be there.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Our new house...

Although my blog is generally about needlework, crafting and quilling, in the future I will be branching out even more (blog writers everywhere are saying "no, don't do it!"). However, I have bought a house which is very exciting but my amazing house needs some serious aesthetic changes.  I intend to share them with everybody on my blog because, I really doubt that I am going to have time to a lot of crafting or time to blog about crafting that I am not doing as I will be tearing down wallpaper and painting and moving and, and, and.... oh boy there is so much to do!

Here is some "before" photos to wet your palette... If you have any ideas for my humble abode do share!!!
 Some lovely floral basket wall paper - Which is not to my taste so that will be gone along with the doily curtains... The Home inspector suspects that there is wood paneling behind this wallpaper..
 Basement: Paneling, paneling paneling... and this neat little stair detail...
 Paneling and white paint... there is a lot of this in the house.. this is a bedroom.
 Paneling and stained plywood, This is another bedroom...
 Stairway to upstairs... Wallpaper....
Kitchen backsplash, raised vinyl wallpaper right beside a different pattern of wallpaper...

As you can see I have my work cut out for me! We are on a tight budget as we will be "house poor" for a bit but I suppose that is to be expected when you buy your first house! Despite all of the aesthetic stuff about the house we really love it. The garden is fabulous and I can't wait to have a vegetable garden...

Any good/crazy/interesting ideas out there?