Thursday, December 27, 2012


Just a quick posting... I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas.
I came across some knitting by Megan Goodacre...  and I was completely inspired.  Here it is:

The Yarn is available through Quince & Co.  It is their Chickadee yarn.  Looks Scrumptious!!

Have a great day everyone....

Friday, December 21, 2012


Hey Everyone!  I am so sorry for being absent.  The last little while has been a challenge.  Between.... sewing for clients, Sciatic issues, Having ANOTHER cold, children with flu, sick cat, husband away (getting home today!!).....
Well I could go on and on but really everything that has been wrong has been a bit of an inconvenience and not life altering.
I will be in and out here intermittently until after the New Year.  I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah or just best wishes to go with whatever way you all celebrate this season.  I wish you all great health, peace, love and joy!

Here are just a few shots of the wreath on my front door.  I made it a couple of years ago and I love it still.  You all know me....  I am a Red, White and Blue kinda girl!

See you soon

Thursday, December 13, 2012


I think, no wait, I know that one of my favourite styles out there is Craftsman.  I love what it stands for in terms of it's mandate(aesthetics and function), I love all that trim, I love the lines that it creates.  I wish I could fully articulate how I feel about it.  All I know is that when I see a well trimmed out Craftsman it takes me to my happy place.  I hope that some time in the future I am able to build my dream Craftsman.

I thought that I would share with you all some amazing White Craftsman style Kitchens.  I know that a true authentic Craftsman Kitchen would be all wood.  However, I am a white kitchen kinda gal... So here they are:

The previous 3 pics are by Marianne Gassman.  I would link you to her but her website seems to be down/taken down.  I love the lines in this kitchen.  The amazing tile detail.

These two pics are from Goforth Gill Architects.  You should check them out on their website.  They have an elegant simplicity about their designs.

I will call the previous 3 pics a Craftsman/farmhouse hybrid.  But I had to put it in.  I just really liked the cabinetry, tile and counter top.  It was created by Buckenmeyer Architecture.

The previous 3 pics is by Gaspar's.  Again I would say that this is more of a Craftsman/Farmhouse hybrid. 

This final one... for today.... is one of my absolute favourites.

This amazing home puts me into the stratosphere of my ultimate happy place.  I am a huge fan of Warmington and North.  I so appreciate the detail they put into their projects-especially this one.  I don't even know where to begin with this kitchen.  The cabinetry, the soapstone counter tops, the tile, the wood, the banquette..........  I could go on and on.  You should really check out their other work- it is amazing.

Well there are a few examples of Craftsman I wanted to share with you all.  Are they TRUE Craftsman's?  No.  But I love the modern interpretation that has been given.  A true craftsman is wood, all wood.  It can tend to be quite dark in tone and feel.  But what I love about this style is the lines; very linear.  And as I said, I am a true white kitchen lover to the nth degree.

Have a great day everyone.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


I have always loved the idea of a bookcase entryway/ wall divider bookcase.  I love that it is both functional and aesthetically pleasing to the eye.  I love how it frames out a doorway.  So I thought I would share with you some great pics for inspiration:

I love how this frames out the fireplace.

This pic is one of my all time favourite entryways.  I love the detail.  I love how the shelves are not only great eye candy but they are very functional as well

True Craftsman detail.  This is how you do it my friends.  Charming and amazing!!

The two previous pics are some of my fav's.  I love all of the trim detail.  The wood detail above the fireplace,  and I of course love the wall colour---- Benjamin  Moore Wythe Blue HC-143!  One of my all time fav's!!

This little lovely is in a basement!!  One would hardly think they were in a basement with all of this detail! 

I hope you have enjoyed this little eye candy today.
Have a great day everyone.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Hey Everyone!  I came across this kitchen reno on Houzz.  How I love that site.  So filled with pics and inspiration.

I wanted to share a very special kitchen with you all.  As you know I love me some Red and Turquoise.  LOVE IT!!  So here is some Red and Turquoise love:

This lovely little reno was completed by Knight Architects LLC.  I think I made a little sound of glee when I saw this.  Such a happy and bright kitchen.  Just my kinda place to be!  It has custom cabinets, concrete counters and Elmira appliances.  I truly love this reno.

Here are some additional pics from this house:

You should really check out the other projects they really are stunning.  Ahhhh... to dream.

Have a great day everyone.

Monday, December 10, 2012


Hey Everyone!   Hope you are all well.  Either I am having lingering issues from my Sinus problems I was having or I have acquired something new!  Either way not feeling all that great today... but must press on!
I saw an amazing Blanket pattern and yarn at Purl Bee.  For those that are unfamiliar... the Purl Bee is a great blog that provides great knitting/crochet patterns, yarn, fabric and other craft ideas.  Ideally it promotes it's yarn,  which I am all for by the way.  It truly is a great way to promote oneself when one has a product to sell.  They have amazing yarns and if you are ever in the New York area then this should be on your places to see list.  I however, have not had the privilege to make the pilgrimage YET!!  I have however, an amazing dear friend that has been known to hook a girl up with a thing or two when she makes that said pilgrimage.  Your other option is to buy online.  Thank goodness for online purchasing!
Anyways..... I saw this amazing blanket....

As you all know I am more of a knitter than a crocheter...... but seeing this amazing blanket makes me want to take up the hook!!  I LOVE this pattern.  I love the use of colour.  It is such a great modern interpretation of an amazing classic.

Now.... it is made with this amazing yarn:

It so amazingly squishy!!  It is 100% Peruvian Merino Wool, 100g, 87yds, 11sts/4.  No matter the project it will knit up quickly.  Gotta love instant gratification!  It is pricey though.... $19.50 US per skein!!  Which is fine if one were to make a cowl. 

In the above blanket it takes...... 58 skeins of various colours, info is on the instruction page.  58!!  Now if one were to calculate that.....  $1131.00US!!!!!  Now that would be one amazing gift or heirloom.......
The rest of us however live in the real world and CANNOT spend that much on a project.  Oh to dream....  Well... even if I did have the means I don't think I could bring myself to spend that much on a blanket... but who knows!
Anyways there are many other options out there where you don't have to completely drain your savings to make this lovely beauty.
Some other options would be....

This would be my first option as it would have a similar(not exactly, I know, but it is close-ish!!) feel to the Purl Bee yarn.  I believe it sells for $7.99/skein.  But as we know you could use your Michael's coupon to reduce the price by 40%.  So the Giant project would cost $331.18.  Still pricey but way more affordable.
I have used this yarn in the past and it is really lovely and cozy.  The yarn content at 50%/Wool/50% Acrylic which  makes it really soft and not scratchy.  I made my own blanket out of this yarn and the kids love to snuggle with it while watching TV.  The gauge is 9sts/4".  Which makes it slightly bigger but totally doable!!

Another option is:

This yarn is another great option.  I believe it sells for $9.99 here in Canada.  But, once again one can use a coupon to help lower the cost.  If one were to use their 40% off coupon then the total price would be....
$414.12.  Again... pricey but way better than the original cost with the original yarn.  This yarn is *0% Acrylic/20% Wool.  The funny thing about this wool is that you would think that it would feel softer than the cozy wool, but in my opinion it does NOT feel as nice as the cozy wool. The gauge is 9sts/4".  Again the gauge is slightly bigger but that is easily adjusted.

A final option would be....

This final option would be great for people that do not want any Wool whatsoever in their yarn.... I know a few of those people myself!  It is 100% Acrylic.  I myself have used this yarn for little projects and it is super soft,economical and really nice to work with.  If you are new to knitting and don't want to spend a fortune on yarn or want to try a thicker gauged yarn then you should try this one.  It's gauge is 11sts/4".  I believe this yarn usually sells for $5.99, however, with the coupon this project would be $248.24.  This is by far the most economical.  And if you aren't that jazzed with a blanket with wool then this might just be your yarn for this project.

I just want to say that I love the yarn that the Purl Bee staff made this amazing blanket with.  However, for those of us on a budget or could never possible buy the yarn used I have provided a few economical options for making this amazing blanket.  And, if you are lucky enough to find a less expensive yarn then drop me a line and comment here.  I know that we all love to see a bargain!

Have a great day everyone.