Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The results show

Happy new year and finally happy new house! While we still have a few projects and no house is ever done being made a home, we are pretty much moved in and enjoying our new place. We had quite a bit of fixing up to do as the place was rather sketchy. I've already posted about some of that and will hopefully post a few more before and afters and explain some of our DIY and resale shop finds, but for now take a top to bottom tour of our little home.
Ready for guests.
I have a desk of my own again.
Matt stacked up some old closet organizing shelves to show off family photos in the guest room.
Our bedroom is so calm and pretty now. I love it. We still need new lamps.
Matthew helped me make the really cool earring organizer. 

Got this awesome mirror for $10 from the restore.
Grandmas and Grandpas at the head of the stairway.
This arrangement is the thing I am most proud of.
I got the idea for the shelf as sofa table from this post on AT. The idea for reclaiming the old window came from these posts on craftynestand here. The window was a freebie from the restore and Matthew did most of the work, although I did major consulting and the painting.
overview of the living room
This is the final after picture for the powder room. I made the curtains and for once in my life my sewing machine didn't sass me at all and the project was smooth sailing. 
And finally: the basement bar. All we did here was clean it up and add some holiday cheer.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

perfect fit

What happens when an avid knitter discovers an inspirational home decor solution that involves knitting?
She blogs about it! (And in theory, actually makes the item in question.) When new passions meet old in a perfect marriage of craftiness, the knitted lamp shade is born.

This DIY tutorial posted today over on designsponge has me thinking cozy knitted lamp shades in lovely colors everywhere. I mean what lamp doesn't want a sweater?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

progress is paint

Today we picked up new night stands at a garage sale for $10! I just need to decide what color to paint them and change out the hardware and they'll be great. They're not even that bad as is. We also painted the bedroom today and it is sooo much better. I love, love, love it. Who knew so much happiness could be purchased with $35 and 6 hours of work?
Bedroom with fresh paint and the furniture moved around. We still need to add some art work and curtains, but it is sooo much better already. The color is Olympic "Going Grey"
Bedroom before. The wall color was vomit, ak.a. Sherwin Williams "Baguette," there is still al gallon left in the basement in case we want to change back to vomit.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

rental remodeling

I haven't been doing a whole lot of knitting lately, but with cooler weather bound to roll in one of these days I have lots of projects I hope to get to. I'm having some ladies over to the new house this week to kick off fall knitting and I'm psyched, because 1) I now have space in my home to have regular knit nights and 2) one of these days I will finish the trellis and vine pullover.

The three seasons porch after all of our (mostly Matthew's) hard work. I wish we had taken before pictures. It was moldy and mildewy with rotting carpet and peeling wainscoting on the bottom. Now it's just lovely (well, except the landlord needs to put in a new floor, but our lovely rug is good enough for now)
So, if I haven't been knitting, what have I been doing? As I alluded to above, we have moved to a more spacious abode and that has taken up a crap ton of my precious time. On top of all the moving, we've had to do some serious updating to this place because our new landlord way over sold what he was going to do to make it livable. For starters the place was filthy. It's pretty clean now and we've tackled two of the biggest projects we agreed to do (one of them because of previously mentioned over promising landlord's inability to do as he promised). I'm pretty proud of our handy work and it reassures me that once we get this place tip top, it will be awesome.
Powder room before. The wallpaper on the right was peeling, which made it easy to remove, of course it only revealed the really stubborn wallpaper underneath.
Powder room after. I was going to paint it a lovely shade of gray, but after the stupid landlord made a stink about paying for paint while we were doing all the work I decided to paint it with the leftover white from the porch. It is a rental afterall and it's still a hundred times better. Now, it just needs curtains.
The next project was going to be to paint the living room (light french gray - a lovely bluish gray), but I think curtains, a rug and some lamps will fix that up okay for now, the real need is in our bedroom, which has walls the color of disgusting bodily fluids. We're thinking a soft gray. There's really nothing wrong with the paint, except for the color, so we can't hold this one against the landlord, well except for the fact that he has bad taste. Anyways, I'll keep you updated as we beautify the new place. Here are some comparison photos:
Our new place (see the need for curtains and rug, also I hate that plant there, but it needs the light)
Old place. This is actually the old arrangement, I don't seem to have picture of it after we moved the little shelf thingy)
Should I even mention the state of our new kitchen? No, I'll just be happy with all my extra space - for now.

Monday, July 26, 2010


I so want to knit this, but am short on newborns to knit for at present. It's Susan B. Anderson's Buga Baby Bunting in Spud and Chloe Outer. I think it's the adorableness of this photo that makes me crave knitting it, and to be honest, it sort of makes me crave the baby to put in it too. Good thing my husband doesn't read this blog anymore!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Baby Sophisticate in Spud & Chloe

My good friend had her second child this past January and I just couldn't decide what to make him. The friend is a knitter, very, very crafty, and generous with her awesome crafty gifts, so I wanted to make something a bit more special for her new little guy. When I saw the baby sophisticate sweater by Linden Hefler, I knew it was perfect. I also knew that I must knit it in Spud & Chloe. The knitting was really easy, the yarn was fabulous, and I found the perfect buttons. Then it took me like two weeks to weave in ends, another week to sew on buttons, and almost two weeks to put it in the mail, but I sent it off last week and it has hopefully found its way to its new little owner and fingers crossed it fits. I read that it runs a bit small, but I added a little length all over and my gauge was spot on, so fingers double crossed.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I knit these cute bunny hats for babies

I'm guessing no one is reading this anymore, since I have all but abandoned it, but I'll just throw this out into the ether and see what happens. After over a solid year of friends having new babies every month in what seemed a steady deluge of adorableness the monsoon has finally slowed to barely a trickle and I can turn my knitting away from all things baby, but I've sort of grown to love making these tiny, fun, cute, and often quick little baby items. Oh well, I am sure there will be no shortage of opportunities to knit more.
I made two of these cute little hats. Both of Matt and my very oldest and dearest childhood friends recently welcomed their first babies, both little boys, and so I knit the same thing for each. One went off to little Graham in Oklahoma and the other to little Noah in Geneva, Switzerland (I think that kid has three passports already and he's only like a week old).

Pattern: Bunny Tail by Susan B. Anderson from Itty-Bitty Hats
Yarn: Knitpicks Andean Treasurer (leftover from my mom's Francis)
Needles: Size 5 Addi Clicks