Wednesday, March 30, 2016

How to fit Five People in One Room

My house will be full this weekend and with all available beds taken we needed to come up with a way to fit a family of five into one room.
Roger and I had talked about this last year when we found out about our latest addition (Baby James) and that our current sleeping arrangements would need to change when everybody visits. 
So here is our plan. Custom made bunks!

We used two by fours, plywood and mattress foam. Roger made a simple design that can easily be unscrewed when they are no longer needed or we need to move them. We cut them to measure five feet long which gives them plenty of growing space but still leaves room to move around the room.  These beds would make a easy addition to a cottage or bunkhouse as well. We laughingly said we have the room we could go three beds high which can be done if your short on space but have plenty of height. 

The total cost including the foam was $160.

Believe it or not there is also a playpen and a rocker in this room and I can hardly wait for the little ones to try out our bunks. :)

P.S. Roger tried the top bunk and I tried the bottom so besides being a little on the short side they are more then sturdy enough if longer is what your looking for. 
P.P.S. Check Pinterest out for other bunk ideas!!!

Foam was bought at Len's Mill Store
Wood was bought at Rona

Monday, March 14, 2016

Blame it on the Woodstove.

It's been three whole months since I appeared here and my disappearance was due to some bodily rest. Since finding out at Christmas that my vitamin d levels were still loowwww it has taken a toll on my health in the form of osterarthis. My hands really don't function like they use to so projects are slow and sometimes sit there for weeks while I move to something else to rest my hands. Not that this is a sob story by any means just an explanation. I'm getting into a better groove of things and will have outfit and furniture posts plus some tales to tell. This just happens to be my first tale to tell.

In the fall we put a wood-stove in. With all the free wood we were and are going to get it only made sense to heat our home with wood. For the majority of our married life we've had a wood-stove so having one is nothing new and boy did I miss the cozy warm heat it gives. In this house for the past seven years we hummed and hawed about where to put one and finally decided in our basement directly under our dining room. (free wood will always give you a much needed push) We found this awesome grate last summer to help bring the heat up at a really good price. We cut and plopped it in the floor. I say that like it was easy. It was not since the cut had to be perfect and the grate stay flush with the existing floor boards.

So with all those warm cozy feelings, my wood-stove has started to impart a more simple life.

 For almost 3 years 95% of my clothes are either thrift or up-cycled  and I'm always on the hunt for thrift store fabric to sew up my vintage looking wardrobe. The longing for more simple doesn't mean my sewing won't still reflect the vintage wear I love so much. In my opinion I'm just that more authenticly vintage. HaHa! 
My shift into canning more and sourcing my goods more locally has become pretty important. When your body starts to do funky things you start thinking about what your feeding yourself and what can you do to make it better. A couple of years ago I had watched Wartime Farm  and they mentioned that after the war the British people were actually the fittest and healthiest they had ever been. This has stayed with me and really made me start to think about where my food comes from. If this is when an entire country was labeled as being it's healthiest and obviously everything was grown and raised pretty locally I'd say that it's a pretty good endorsement for the "Eat Local" mantra.  Growing up on farm you know exactly where its coming from but living in town I now want to be able to go to the source. Luckily for most everything I can and I can see some field trips happening to show you just that.

So as I branch off into this new/ age old lifestyle I shall take you along on my journey of sourdough bread and komboucha making. I'll share with you my gardening trials in a small space plus the other fun stuff we do around here like this Christmas present Roger made for Ashley and Darryl.

He's made another one and has wood to make more. Hopefully I can show you how he's made this simple table/bench in the future.  In the meantime we've got some cute custom made bunk beds for some cute custom made kids that is sitting in pieces that need to be put together.  :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Jammie Dodger/ Fruit Creme Knock Off

A long time ago in a Galaxy far, far away.... It feels like I've been gone for months from my little old blog but what really happened was Roger was laid off. That means in my world you get everything that you can possible get done before winter snow flies because you don't know when he'll be called back. It meant for us putting in a wood stove so finally my big old house can be warm and cozy. It also meant piling wood in the basement, going thru Christmas lights and hanging them up on one of our freakish warm days in November which now brings me to September. Isn't time travel great!!
Back in September while watching an episode of Doctor Who, the eleventh Doctor has in his hand a Jammie Dodger for a split second. From my view point it was a Peak Frean, Fruit Creme. Now I do watch these shows fairly fast so you may correct me if I'm wrong and maybe this cookie is one in the same. Either way it got my mind a thinking.
Isaac loves these boughten cookies but I don't buy them all that often. I really don't buy cookies in general so I wondered if I could knock these cookies off. 
Pinterest showed me sugar cookies with jam but not the creme filling I wanted to add like the Fruit Creme. Then I found one cookie that had lemon butter creme and jam and I felt like I was getting closer. What I wanted was a cookie that had icing like an oreo cookie that wouldn't ooze out when I bit into like a butter creme might. It also had to stand up to being made the day before, not make my cookie soggy and had to travel well.
From my Pinterest fail of the Oreo knock off I thought just maybe the icing from that would work and in the end I got exactly what I was looking for. Here's how to make your own.

Pick your favourite sugar cookie recipe (I think everyone has at least one favourite in their recipe box) and cut out your cookies. 
I cut out my cookies with a small biscuit cutter then took a large piping tip and cut out my centers, but pretty stars or hearts would be darn cute.

Here are the bottoms.

I did used the oreo icing using lemon juice as my liquid...

and added a dollop of raspberry jam. You most definitely could use any jam.

And ta-da!! Your own Fruit Creme Cookies.

These are going to make it onto the annual cookie Christmas list. :)

P.S. He's back to work.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Spooky Brazilian Times!

You know what's fun, watching a bunch of kids who've never done Halloween do Halloween. For some it was planned even before they arrived to Canada in August. Others checked out Halloween sections in stores after they got here. They went big I must say and had loads of fun.

The invisible man is Isaac which as a true Canadian kid was put together that morning. He's had the morph suit for a while but as for the rest, he tried it on that afternoon. He was the trick or treater host for the Brazilian kids.  Nathalia on the other hand knew what she was going to be way back when. I think the second day in our home Corpse Bride was mentioned. Luckily on my search I found an old white dress for a $1.50 along with some sheers for another $1.00 and with a bit of a revamp came up with this. 

It's been a while since there was this much hub bub at my house on Halloween and I think this night will long be remembered by them... at least I hope so. I know I will. :)

Pictures where take with just my ipad on this cold dreary night. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Frankly my Dear...

Since I've been feeling better I've been playing catch up on so many things. Fall cleaning for one. Does anybody do a fall and spring cleaning anymore? Room by room I've been purging away, leaving my most dreaded craft room till last. It's actually my favourite room but it really needs a few days( ok truthfully make that a week) of my full out attention.
We've also welcomed a Brazilian student who will be staying with us till January. We've had some major laugh out loud moments as we try and understand each other. She's is improving in English but we are failing miserably at Portuguese. Ha
Most of my projects have been left on the back burner ( as usual it seems) but this past weekend being Canadian thanksgiving and autumn being in full swing I thought I'd channel my inner Scarlett O'hara. Finding some awesome fall looking drapes at the thrift store they seemed perfect for another easy circle skirt.

I've lost my picture taker to work right now so although I wore this just the other day it went on my dress form for pictures. A tri-pod and remote would be nice right about now!! and some not so rainy cloudy weather. 

Hello little leaf pin.

Do you think it's alright to wear  this outfit two weekends in a row? :)

Sweater- handmade by me
Blouse-handmade by me from a thrifted set of sheers that I've worn many times.
Skirt-handmade from thrifted drapes which I paid $3 for. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

What's my Style?

Over the summer I began thinking more about what type of clothing I really want to add to my wardrobe, what actually is my favourite era then I realized I don't have one. I end up going by what show or movie I'm watching at the time and it becomes my new favourite. Which is making for a fun wardrobe!!
So this past spring/ summer I watched
Land Girls / Agent Carter  for my 40's look.

Granite Flats  geared me to a 60's casual summer style.

Then I headed over to Miss Fisher and made myself a 20's inspired outfit.

( All the fabric for this was once again thrifted so it was an under $10 outfit. The hat was made from a pattern I got from Etsy)

Now I'm onto Doctor Who which has styles all over the place and worlds, hehe and I must say I am more partial when he travels to the past then the future. For the past couple of years my mind has been in and out of Steampunk. Mostly because it's a modern twist on the Victorian era (adore) which to me kind of suits the weird world of Doctor Who. 
When I was looking for a jacket pattern this one kept popping up in the Steampunk category on Pinterest. I just thought it would look great as a 50's style too so I'm seeing this pattern resurrect itself as Steampunk.  

I'm seeing a lot of plaids and ruffled skirts in my future but not the full blown corsets that is often associated with Steampunk. If I can get what I want in my head transfered to the sewing table I'm liking the results. Although my head and my hands sometimes disagree so we shall see!  I already have a chair though.  :)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

On the Hunt for Lola

Meet Lola (or her look-a-like). This is Director Coulson's flying car in Agents of Shield. Yes I've said it before and I'll say it again I'm a Marvel geek.


                                                                                            (  source )

         This past weekend was our annual Beanfest and Car show so this year I was on the hunt for Lola.

We came close.(Sorry these were phone pictures)

Then there is my soft spot for the pick-up truck. It stems from growing up on a farm and never being without one.

I could take either one of these babies home.

This car show never disappoints with over the 1000 cars that show up throughout the day and I'm pretty sure we've never picked the same car twice as the "one". :)