I have the best hubby...

Monday, July 6, 2015

Thank you so much to everyone who left a kind comment on my blog on this post:

So completely uninspired and crazily overwhelmed

I have to say, I've been pretty bummed out and totally not inspired by my 'new' sewing space in the 'new' house.

It was dark and bleak and blech. We have had water problems which we've been trying to fix, but entailed ripping down the masonry wall, leaving studs and bare concrete exposed. This bummed me out even more.

But then my hubby surprised me with a fresh coat of paint on the remaining paneling:



... and it's much brighter down here now.

It's still a disheveled mess, but at least the color isn't dragging me down. He's got 2 coats of primer on there now, and it's ready for the pretty cream color I have left over from another project. I still have to prime and paint the doors and trim (hubby hates the persnickity stuff, and I don't mind doing it!) but it's sort of getting there. Much better for now, anyway!

Today is the first day in over a month I'm in the basement working. And it's great.

Hubby has been busy working from home every day but he's offered to give me a few mornings here and there so that I can get caught up on 'my' stuff, and I'm excited about it.

Now. Where do I start??
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So completely uninspired and crazily overwhelmed

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I lost my sewing mojo and I can't find it. Anywhere.

This summer has been absolutely non-stop so far with house improvement, medical appointments and assessments for one of the kiddies, and zero sewing.

Don't get me wrong - I love my home improvement - just check out my IG feed:

...but it's becoming a bit overwhelming, and frankly, really bumming me out.

The main culprit is our leaky, wet basement. Last month hubby removed all of the drywall on the masonry wall so that we could find the source of the water. Scratch that - sourceS.
panorama of the basement right now. Sh*tshow. 

It was dark and oppressive before, but now with exposed studs, all of my stuff in chaos, and no organization whatsoever I'm feeling SUPER bummed, overwhelmed, and totally uninspired.

The tough thing is:

- before we can close up the walls, we need to deal with the leaks.
- in order to deal with the leaks, we need to dig holes outside to apply waterproofing/sealant to the cracks.
- before we can dig holes, it has to stop raining.
- it would be a waste to paint the top walls since we're ripping them down when we re-drywall (I've considered doing this anyway...but it feels like I need to get as much of the outside stuff done around the house while the weather is warm...)

Then, when these non-stop thunderstorms finally cease, and we do manage to get the cracks dealt with from the exterior, we'll need to pull up the basement floor and seal the walls and floor just to make sure that no water ever (okay, that's unrealistic for Chicago, but minimal water) enters the basement. Which we can't afford.

So. I'm stuck in this crazy chaos for the indefinite future, and it sucks.

Does anyone know anyone at House Crashers or something? Or maybe a cabinet and construction and waterproofing companies which would like to give me an awesome space in return for some fabulous quilts??

I jest. Sort of. ☺

I'm trying hard to get my mojo back. But I'm bummed. And pretty much never stop moving with some project or activity around the house or with the kids.

Any tips you've found that help you get re-inspired??
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Sunday Stash Share: A little bit o' DS

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Oh, man.

If you're on Instagram, and you're a fabric-holic, you'll probably know what I'm talking about -

it's #thegreatfabricdestash

(The Great Fabric Destash)

and it's bad.

Very, very bad. Especially when you're on a tight budget.

So let's say - hypothetically speaking - a certain Canadian Expat, perhaps a little homesick and maybe a little down - spent an evening drowning her woes in gorgeous pictures of wonderful fabrics all over Instagram.

And maybe she realized that it had been forever since she really bought any fabric that was for herself.

And maybe, she went a little nutbar. About Denyse Schmidt.

OOPS.

Here's how it works if you're not on Instagram:

When you post a photo, you can add a hashtag and a search term immediately following it, like this:

#diy

...that hashtag term is clickable, searchable link, and will pull up every Instagram post of every person who ever used that #diy in their post.

So!

Let's say you need to destash a bit of your fabric. And you want to sell it quickly, and not muck around with an online site.

You can post your destash item with the hashtag #thegreatfabricdestash and people (like the crazy Expat mentioned above) can search that term and see what people are selling.

I may have relieved one IG user of some of her Denyse Schmidt stash:

Denyse Schmidt, Freespirit Fabrics, "Franklin"
Denyse Schmidt for Freespirit Fabrics, "Chicopee"

I also may have added some of Bonnie and Camille's gorgeousness to my stash this week - come on, Vintage Modern? On a bolt? In 2015?! I had to - see the post and pictures {here}...

I'm cutting myself off now.

Jeepers.

Talk about falling hard off the wagon.

Linking up to the fabric-stashing, textile-hoarding enabler, Molli Sparkles for his Sunday Stash Share!
Molli Sparkles
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Aurifil Lecture with Alex Veronelli

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Today I had the great pleasure of doing three things:


  1. Hanging out with a bunch of my Chicago Modern Quilt Guild buddies
  2. Shopping. For fabric. Of course.
  3. Learning about gorgeous Italian threads made by Aurifil...

I attended a lecture given by none other than the very Italian, very handsome Alex Veronelli - the self-proclaimed marketing guru and brand Jedi of Aurifil threads.

If you haven't noticed by my previous posts about Aurifil, I love this thread. Like, love it. My machines love it, my quilts love it, I love it. 

Whenever I have a few pennies saved I have a very difficult time deciding between one of two purchases: Aurifil or fabric?

Decisions, decisions.

It's virtually lint free (I learned why today!), melts into your fabric like the two were meant to be married in some blissful, harmonious relationship, and it's smooth. Super smooth. I don't know how else to describe it. Sewing with it is like taking a hot knife to butter.

I have to say, I didn't know what to expect from today's lecture, but it was really, really interesting. It takes literally days for a spool of Aurifil to be constructed, and 15 individual steps. It's crazy.

If Alex ends up coming to your town, or close by, you should consider attending. Check out his Facebook page to see if he's posting about a lecture in your area.

It really gave me a better appreciation for the thread, the science and quality control that goes into it, and, of course, the perhaps slightly higher price point of the product therein.

Totally. Worth. Every. Penny.

The lecture was held in a fabric shop about 40 minutes from my house...so, come on, I had to purchase some goodies, right? Right??
Some gorgeous Aurifil swag & samples, and then I found some out of print gems -
namely Vintage Modern and Marmalade prints by Bonnie and Camille for Moda!
A huge thank-you to Alex for his wonderful, informative lecture today. We all loved it!

I had a blast hanging out with my Chicago MQG girls. We did some damage at the fabric store today.

Oops.
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VOTING OPEN!! The Blogger's Quilt Festival! Have your say

Friday, May 22, 2015

How is everyone today?

Busy busy I bet. I seem to be run off my feet - perpetually.

This week I'm on vacation in my hometown of 'sunny' Vancouver (← that's a Vancouver joke. It rains there, constantly...sunshine is more liquid than light)

but!

I thought I'd pop a post up to remind all of my readers to head on over to the Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side and cast your vote in each of the categories for your favorite Blogger's quilts!

I entered this cutie patootie in the Small Quilts category:

And the back:

This elephant quilt is travelling with me in Vancouver right now, and its recipient will be receiving it on Sunday at her shower! I hope she likes it.

Here's my original post on this quilt, with a ton of sweet pics:

A quilt for Little Ellie

I have also entered a quilt into the ROYGBIV category- my "Fractured Churn Dash" quilt:


You can read more about this quilt over here: 


and see some more pics of this rainbow creation.

Please head over {here}  to vote on your favorite Blogger's quilts in all the different categories! Have a ton of fun, there are always so many talented Bloggers linking up!

A special thank-you to Amy of Amy's Creative Side for hosting the annual Blogger's Quilt Festival.
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