Tuesday, November 17, 2015

It's A Steal

After spending a few days in the studio, I want to shift a few things around for better flow and light only that will have to wait until the suite is ready and until I have more energy. I'm so used to doing a lot that it's very frustrating how easily I tire and how little is getting done. This week, I'll juggle studio time with painting the suite. It's a priority to get that done and rented.

On Friday night, I opted to wait until the next day to put the buttonholes in my raincoat. Tired and buttonholes didn't seem like a good combo. It didn't happen. On Saturday morning, my friend had a family emergency and  needed to go home so I drove her to meet her partner so he could drive the rest of the way. There and back was a seven hour drive which would normally have been no problem but right now was exhausting. After that, buttons held no interest and the couch had become utterly fascinating.





Sunday was busy and Monday morning when the alarm went, I turned it off, rolled over and went back to sleep. I didn't get into the studio until mid afternoon after cleaning out the suite and moving things out to the shed. Once again, tired and buttonholes was a bad combo. They're still waiting but the coat is almost finished. It's Vogue 8934 with an added hood. I really like the pattern and may try it again in a non-raincoat fabric, perhaps denim.





The loveseat that was in my previous studio is now in the living room so I bought this one from the thrift store for $20.00. It was filthy but otherwise in excellent shape and now that it's clean, will work great. The brand is Birchwood Furniture which turns out to be a high end line made in Calgary quite near where my daughter lives. Cleaning included, it's a steal. There was a couch too but that's too matchy-matchy for me and I don't need both, just some place to curl up and knit, read, hand-stitch, or visit in the studio when friends drop by.





There are several thrift stores in town. The most popular is Churches. Inside, it's fairly organized but outside, it's a MESS. It took me a long time to learn how to thrift shop - I prefer things neat, clean and visible - but I have learned to dig for the good finds. At this store, the furniture is kept outside stacked under tents and tarps depending on the weather. There are no prices. You find something you like and then you find a staff member and they give you an amount. The Re-Store in Kamloops is much easier to shop at. I'll check there for some kitchen cabinets for the suite when I'm in later this week.





This skirt picture came in an email from Pintrest. I'm not sure who the designer is but this is the kind of thing that would be very wearable here. And fun. Perhaps when I have more time, I'll try figuring it out. Right now, there are a few other things in line first. Like painting. Which is what I'll be doing today.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - inspiration

8 comments:

  1. Healing can take quite a while. I find it hard to be patient with that process and I have all good wishes for your ongoing recovery and adventures in getting settled into your new home. It does seem like you are getting lots accomplished in spit of everything!

    Love the skirt at the end of your post. It reminds of a skirt I made with a Sewing Workshop pattern that no longer seems to be on their website for sale, but is in the gallery. It's called the lotus skirt.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion. From what I can see in the image, the fold on the Lotus skirt seems to come from the waist and the one in "my" picture is dropped with a more graceful look. I like the mix of folds it has as well instead of the one in the lotus skirt. Definitely a great starting point.

      I'm glad it looks like I'm getting things done. It feels like nothing is finished and I'm moving at a turtle pace so perhaps I should come look from your perspective - LOL.

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  2. Good to hear that you are getting stronger. Rest is the answer for injuries like yours. dCan you post a bigger photo of your coat? what is the fabric? Any special details you added?

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    1. Thanks. I'll post a bigger picture and details when it's finished. I'm slip stitching the facing this morning and will hopefully get it done either today or tomorrow. Details to follow.

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  3. So happy to hear of your progress both physical and settling into your new home.

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    1. It's getting there... slowly... but surely. Thanks.

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  4. Happy about your continued healing! You are getting so much done - I'm awed.

    Surely you didn't clean the sweet loveseat yourself? If so...how do you do it? I live near a reStore now, having moved to Portland, Or area, and there are tempting things there sometimes.

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  5. Happy about your continued healing! You are getting so much done - I'm awed.

    Surely you didn't clean the sweet loveseat yourself? If so...how do you do it? I live near a reStore now, having moved to Portland, Or area, and there are tempting things there sometimes.

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