Wednesday, July 29, 2009

More kitchen updates

Here is today's progress on the kitchen. My new microwave has been installed along with the doors to the top cabinets. I was told that everything should be put together tomorrow...we shall see.
And yes mom there will be covers for the bottom of the cabinets and stainless steel handles..

Oh and yes Cheryl I am sick of eatting out..if you look you can see I actually cooked today...yummy fish.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sewing project list

I decided to make a list of all the sewing projects that I have in the works. Some of these I have started while others I am working on getting the fabric for. For some reason I think of something that I want to make but I haven't had the time to finish it, or even start it. I also will think of something else that I want to do so I work on getting the fabric for that before I have even started or finished other projects. Oh well, such is life of a sewer and fabric addict!!! Ha!!

Ok so here is my list of what I have in the works and what I want to make:

1. Deer Valley quilt--- this one is in the works I need to finish the blocks and then sew them together to make the top
2. Amy Butler Mid Mod quilt--- another one in the works, I need to sew the blocks together
3. Mendocino ripple quilt--- in the works...alot more cutting and rows to work on
4. Amy Butler Nigella quilt--- I just came up with this idea and I am working on getting the fabrics for it. I am going to make this for the couch in the living room. I already have pillows covered with the Nigella fabric so I think it would be good to make a quilt that matches.
5. Daisy Chain quilt---I have the fabrics for this but I haven't started it yet. I have a great idea for this quilt that I found on flickr and I can't wait to do it. It just requires alot of cutting and pressing!!!
6. Erin McMorris Wildwood Quilt---I want to make a quilt with this fabric using a circle pattern. I haven't done any circles yet and I think this fabric would be cool with it. I have some prints but I need more.

I also have some Anna Maria Horner Good Folks Fabric stashed and saved for something... just don't know what yet.

These are ready to be quilted and have the binding put on them:

1. Pinwheel Quilt
2, Tula Pink Flutterby Quilt
3. Moda quilt from jelly roll club

Oh and lets not forget my first ever quilt top, my Blooming Nine Patch quilt which I still need to sandwich with the batting and binding and then quilt.

I'm trying to wait on quilting alot of things until I get a new sewing machine...hopefully a Janome. I'm sick of straight line quilting and I really want to do free motion. My poor little Singer machine just doesn't cut it when it comes to free motion. I have tried over and over again and it just doesn't work for me.

So yeah that's my sewing project list. I have alot of stuff in the works and alot of fabric sitting in my sewing room just waiting for me to get to work. Now if only I could find the energy to finish something.

Kitchen Updates

Here are some more updated photos of the progress on the kitchen. Its slowly coming along but I am starting to get excited. We ran into a few issues, I had to take a cabinet back and get another size for the bar side of the kitchen but it looks good now. I still need to go back to Ikea to get another side panel because I am one short.
Incase you ever decide to do a kitchen with IKEA cabinets you must know that the sides of the cabinets are the color of the interior of the cabinets, so you need panels for all exposed sides, you also need panels for the bottom and for the top if you want trim. Also, Ikea cabinets do not come put together and they are put in individual boxes. So for one cabinet you could have over 10 different boxes/bags to go with the cabinet. You will notice this when you check out, each cabinet has like 10 things listed and its all priced separately. The door fronts are what make the cabinets expensive. I chose the Adel Medium Brown which is in the mid price range. The most expensive cabinet is the glossy red which is awesome but just not good for my style of house, its more modern and good for like a loft apartment or something.

We also had a dreaded issue today, dare I say MOLD! Um yeah behind the kitchen sink there was mold along basically the whole wall. So we have bleached it and now its drying and I am going to put some Kilz on it. Definately something that I did not expect, nor would I have ever known it was there unless we tore the kitchen apart. So I guess its a good thing that we did.
More to come soon.

Friday, July 24, 2009


I think we have now fallen into the........

WHAT THE ____________ was I thinking category!!

Seriously, any extra "stimulus-first time homeowner's money" we may receive from the government is way gone... and that's not even including all the labor and the counter yeah figure it out. WE ARE FREAKING OUT!!
Well I'm not really cause It's my dream kitchen and its only money right? I will eventually get more so whatever. I know it will be worth it in the end, plus I have my own house now, so I might as well put what I want in it.

Anyways, I think we are getting granite counter tops (If Tom ever comes out of his coma from $$$ shock) I will get him out of it, I just need to give him a few days and he will be perfectly fine with it all.
Stay tuned, tomorrow all of the cabinets should be together and starting to be installed.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Random happenings

Sleeping Dog...

New cute!!

Kitchen demolition...

That's pretty much my week in a nutshell...

Monday, July 6, 2009

More weekend sewing projects

Here is the second bag that I made over the weekend. I had already sewed the patchwork pieces together a few weeks ago so that's why I was able to get this done. The patchwork is quilted with batting and the inside lining has interfacing on it to make the bag sturdy. I modified the handle from the Birdie Sling pattern to create this handle. This is a great bag for the beach or just for stuffing lots of stuff in.
I entered this bag in the Amy Butler sewing contest. Wish me luck!

This is a patchwork pillowcase that I made on Sunday. I love love love this!!! I used Heather Ross's Mendocino fabric that I have been saving for a while. I pieced the fabric together in random order and then quilted it. I added a lining on the inside. I think I might make another one of these.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Fourth of July Weekend

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July. Sorry I didn't bother to call anyone. I was kind of in a bad mood and didn't really feel like talking. Maybe there is a full moon out there? I dunno. Anyways,
Friday night we went out to Anna Maria Island for a party at the Beachhouse Restaurant. We got to enjoy some yummy free food and beverages and then watch fireworks on the beach. It was a nice time.
On Saturday (the fourth) we went out to Josh's house on Siesta Key and had a cookout. We had some delicious steak and brauts and then we walked over to the beach. Jason, Laura, Josh and Tom went swimming in the water, for which seemed like forever, while I just hungout on the beach looking at all the crazy people. Have you been out to the beach lately? Man there were some weirdos out there. Then the fireworks started and we headed back to Josh's house. After the fireworks ended we tried to leave Siesta Key, but the traffic was backed up for miles and miles, so we waited for almost 3 hours. Finally the traffic was gone so we went home.
Today, I went grocery shopping and did some sewing. Now I'm just watching tv and relaxing. Sometimes I like the days where I do absolutely nothing the most. I like not having any place to be except home. I am not looking forward to going back to work tomorrow. Blah!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Finally a sewing project...

I have had this idea for a while now. I have wanted to shrink down Amy Butler's Birdie Sling bag. So today I went to Kinko's and had them shrink down the pattern by 25%.
After making the bag tonight, to me it looks like the bag is much smaller then only being reduced by 25%. I was a little worried after I finished the bag that it would be too small, but luckily its perfect.
A perfect purse size that fits under my arms and holds all of my stuff. The only thing is that I wish that the opening would be a little bit wider.
Maybe I should have shrunk the pattern down by only 20%, I don't know. I didn't think that it would turn out this small. Maybe the lady at Kinko's messed up?
Still came out nice though, and finally I did some sewing!! Yeah to that.

See how small it is compared to the original Birdie bag, weird. It just seems soo much smaller then 25% reduced....