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New Bathroom – It’s amazing what paint can do!

Our renovations are coming along, and in the midst of it I decided to add a little extra project.  (When you are swamped already, what’s one more, right?)

I wish I could share with you the first set of “before” photos from this bathroom.  It was in poor shape.  But, alas, those photos are on something very old-fashioned called “film.”  But suffice it to say, it was a mess.  We took it back to the framing.  And when we were finished it looked like this.

And for seven years I have loved my blue and white bathroom.  But, as the rest of the house has been finished around it, it’s bright colour started to stick out like a sore thumb.  And since the bathroom is the first thing you see upon entering the house, it needed a change.

Enter Hubby who happened to buy an extra can of the creamy ivory paint we were using downstairs.  Serendipitous.  Because look at our bathroom now.

Amazing what a change paint can provide.  It’s just as bright as it was before, but in a less vibrant way, which I love  even more than I thought I would.  And now, when you enter the house, your eyes aren’t immediately drawn to the bathroom, but take in more of the house as a whole.

Pretty awesome for a few hours work! :)


With a little help from some family (I seriously have the best parents-in-law ever!), we are once again making progress on the basement.  Although another coat is needed in a few places, painting is almost done!

If you missed it, take a peek here for the “before” photos.


Hallway – this colour is called “rich cream” and I love it!

Office.  Hubby picked out this colour.  I tried to convince him to go with something a little more subtle, but my man loves good, solid colour!  Luckily, this is the brightest room in the basement, so I think it can pull it off.

Future sewing room!

Main room, also in the “rich cream” colour.  (I know it doesn’t show up well in the photos, we don’t have all of our lights installed yet.  But trust me, it’s a beautifully creamy colour.)

There is nothing like a few cans of paint to totally transform a space.  And I really don’t mind painting.  Except for ceilings.  I will be happy to never paint another ceiling in my life….

Now it’s time for floors!  (conveniently, it’s also time for me to skip town for a week.  Hmmm…do you think hubby might get that done while I’m away?)  :)

What projects are keeping you busy this summer?

Gardens, and Renos and Projects Galore!

It has been a little quiet on the sewing front in the last month or so.  There have been other projects taking up my time.

The garden is in!  And now it’s just a matter of weeding and watering and harvesting (so far I’ve been eating lettuce and herbs and radishes.)  And yes, the big garden on the left is planted too, but so full of weeds I didn’t want a photo record of it.  A perfect gardener I am not.

And the renovations on the house are moving along at a faster pace since we recently found out we will be having a whole lot of family visiting soon.  And since the kitchen table is currently the only place to sit at our house at the moment, it’s time for us to get a move on!  Nothing like a deadline to get one moving.

But things are coming along.  I forgot to take “before” photos (but I remember keenly the pink insulation/pipes exposed/wires hanging from the ceiling look that our living space has been sporting for the past couple of years.)  As of today, we have….

New Stairs!

New walls!  (The cool opening under the stairs will one day be a built-in bookshelf.)

A bright and sunny office space.

A future dedicated sewing space!

Our future family room!  (We have been without television since the renos began in earnest a few months ago…..not that I have missed it any…..)  I can’t wait to be able to cuddle up to the wood stove on a cold winter’s day with a good book.

It has been a long project, this house of ours.  But I feel so incredibly blessed to have this space to call our own.  And though it may not be our “forever home” it is perfect for us right now.  I wonder what we will do with all our extra time when it is finally finished?  :)

What projects have you been busy with lately?


Handmade House for Japan

This year I have been trying to spend some time sewing for others, as well as for the shop (and our own home, of course!)  Making things for someone who is in need, or just to brighten someone’s day, is something I have always enjoyed doing, and as life gets busy it is one thing I want to continue to make time for. 

This little house is on its way to Japan, to bring cheer to the survivors of the Tohoku Disaster.   You can read about the Little Houses Project (and get involved if you are a sewer!) here, and the story behind the project (and other ways to help) here.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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