Monday, September 26, 2011

The Craft Area

The Craft Area ('s capatalized...because it's A Very Important Area), doesn't actually exist right now.  It really never has.  In my old house I kept craft stuff in boxes in a designated spot in the basement.  It was always a pain.  I never knew where anything was.  Go figure.  The box system was unsuccessfull.  Really not much of a surprise.  Now in the this house, I still don't have a craft room.  I will eventually.  When my oldest daughter moves out.  That will be the room.  It's an upstairs attic room, with charming sloped walls and white painted floors.  Todd and I had many heated debates about that floor, I really really wanted white floors.  The floor is actually just the subfloor and is a rough grade of pine.  The slats aren't tightly spaced and stuff collects.  Still I won the white floor debate, I told Todd that it was going to be "my" room and that if he didn't want me to decorate the garage he was going to have to give in on white floors.  I'm in no hurry to have my daughter move out.  So it could be quite a while before I have an area.  I embroider.  I want to start quilting.  I have lots of really neat stuff to do tons of other crafty stuff.  But I'm still on the inefficient box system.  I would show you pictures, but I'm too embarrassed.  I've decided I'm going to set up an area in the unfinished part of the basement.  I have a large desk and there is shelving available.  Posting this will (hopefully) help motivate me to start working on this.  Pinterest and a million blogs have such inspiring rooms to drool over!  Here are a few I've been collecting for inspiration.  I am under no delusions that my own area will look half as pretty as any of them.  I'm setting up in an unfinished basement.  However, there isn't any reason not to try!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Time Moves at Warp Speed

How does that happen?  It's the end of June when last I posted and now it's edging into fall.  I meant to...I thought about it...I wanted to...but summer got the best of me.   I feel like this is one of those the dog ate my homework moments.  I'm going to stop apologising because was a busy summer.  We had a lot of fun...and did a million things and I'm going to do a mini photo journal of what we did this summer.  So I can remember at least some of those wonderful moments!
On the animal front... The cat that I rescued from the busy road?  Has gone back to live with my son and his girlfriend.  I'm happy to say that she is adjusting quite well,  and the quiet pace of their home has allowed the cat to relax and become pretty social. So after  a lot of turns and twist in that cat's life, all is good, on a side note the cat went to the vet to get spade...and low and behold...the operation had already been done...!
We have expanded our animal family with a new cat of our own.  We couldn't have gotten a more loving little guy than Sam. Kittens are hilarious...we haven't had such a little one in so long I had forgotten just how crazy and energetic they are.  The mile high jumps and dashes throughout the house...well...he is very entertaining. 

This is the first day we got Sam (we got him from kijiji).  Kind of a weird thing...when browsing through the ads there was one warning of a person that was trying to get kittens for consumption purposes.  I didn't know if it was some kind of bad joke...horrible...I sure hope it was a joke. 

Here is Sam on the cat shelves.  We put these shelves up a couple of years ago for our older cat, Louise, but she never really liked sitting on them.  The new guy can watch the animal wild life (squirrels, birds) from this prime location without being bothered by the kids.  He doesn't seem to mind all the mauling he gets though.
I went to several plays this summer in Stratford too.  Some with Claire, most on my own.  I saw Camelot, Jesus Christ Superstar, Twelfth Night and  The Homecoming.  Do you know the book, The Book of Awesome, well one of the things considered "awesome" is that moment just before a play starts, the anticipation and excitement and how great it feels (sorry can't remember the exact words)...but that's exactly how I feel about seeing a play...they just take you somewhere else...and hopefully if well executed to somewhere worth going! My Mom has always loved the theatre and I can thank her not only for getting me the tickets to all those amazing plays but for watching the little guys while I actually went! Apparently Stratford's production of Jesus Christ Superstar  was so well received it's going to Broadway this year, after it's run in Stratford.  Another cool Stratford outing that Claire and I did was to go to a behind the scene tour of the festival (their main theatre) no pictures aloud there though and then we went to another tour at the theatre's prop and wardrobe location.  Very cool furniture and amazing amazing costumes.

The flower pictures were taken in front of the main Festival Theatre.  They have beautiful gardens there.  Have to stop here...this is part one of summer holidays...the natives are restless!