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I made a Duvet!

Last year I shared Mike’s and my busy Labour Day weekend with you and in it I showed you a picture of the duvet cover I made for our bed. While I am crazy proud of it, I have to admit it was crazy simple to make. If you want to make one too (it is so hard to find ones that I like) this is all you have to do. Get a sewing machine, some pins and two flat sheets (for a queen duvet I used double sheets). Yeah, there really aren’t many materials that you need.

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What do we do now? Well, but the nice sides of the sheets together and pin all the sides, if you have a pattern you can try to match them, I got around this by using one side patterned and the other plain. Allow cats to “help.”

Next step? Sew three of the sides shut, leaving the bottom. I then did a little bit of sewing on the sides of the bottom, about 6 cm from each end. Then to make the new cover stay on my duvet better (I hate how they always slide apart), I attached little scraps to the top inside corners and added a fabric loop to the top corners of my duvet.

That’s it! It’s just that easy. I really don’t know much about sewing and even I managed to crank one out in about 1 hour and the only reason it took that long was because I three kitty “helpers.”

Good luck if you decide to give making a duvet a go 🙂

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New Apart . . . wait, HOUSE!

**I wrote this post back in October and forgot to publish it! Well, now you can finally see the house!**

Okay, so maybe it isn’t exactly new at this point since I moved in back in June, but I haven’t done the post yet . . . let’s use our imaginations and pretend that today is July 15th and we’ve just finished unpacking all of my stuff and getting our house set up. Ready to go on the tour with me? We’ll start upstairs;

The dinning room, love the built in for wine glasses and uncommonly used items.

From the dinning room you can look straight down to the entrance (we are a split level home).

This is our living room. Huge windows means lots of light, which means I’m super happy 🙂

Our surprisingly spacious spare room. Yes, we are willing to welcome visitors 🙂 There is a bathroom beside it, but didn’t feel we needed photos of it!

The kitchen. I seem to spend a fair amount of time in here – I do love to cook and bake after all!

Now onto the basement – I chose not to photograph the bathroom and laundry room, so we only get to visit two places;

The master bedroom. Again, nice large windows, lots of space and a pretty good sized closet.

My crafting/sewing room/library. I LOVE this room. I can go down here, get creative, make something, pick a book/magazine to read.

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It’s Literally Labour Day Weekend

Ah Labour Day weekend – the last weekend of the Summer when every one heads to the beach, cottage or a party. Sunshine, fun and relaxation. Right? Well, maybe for everyone else, but in this house we worked our bottoms off ALL weekend. Mike and his friends built a new railing for our front porch, finished off our stairs and installed closet organizer for me. Mike followed that up by spending a full day staining the new railing! Me, I was pretty busy too. Picking blackberries and making jam (that was the fun part), laundry, cleaning, organizing the library/craft room, re-potting several indoor plants, setting up our entry way, gardening and my first ever big sewing project!

Ready for some photos of the weekend? Here they come!

The new front porch railing – in the process of being stained

Some staining action

Some jam and other preserves (only a portion of what I did this weekend and week)

Our new front entrance – look no shoes or junk on the floor! Best Zellers purchase EVER!

The new duvet – flannel, oh it’s going to be so warm and snuggly (I’ll do a post about it, since I have a few other photos)

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Yet another apartment

After two great years of having Mayfly and her Mom C as my roommates it was time for us all to move on.  C bought a condo and wanted to move in with her boyfriend and frankly I was ready to try this living alone thing.  For this reason as of June 30 we officially stopped being roommates and said good-bye to the old place.  To be fully honest, we had unofficially stopped being roommates mid-May when C and Mayfly moved into the condo, but I still think of them as my roommates! 

I decided to go wild and crazy with this move and get a one bedroom apartment all to myself, my only roommates are the cats (who have taken quite well to this situation I might add, though I think Barkis does miss Mayfly).  My own apartment…awesome!  I then decided to take it a step further and move across the harbour and join the Darkside.  Yep, that’s right, I am not in Halifax anymore, but instead am living in Dartmouth.  It’s a little weird being on the same side of the bridge as work, my dentist and my vet, but so far so good.  Of course I’m still crossing the bridge to hang out with people, for Guiding related stuff, doctor visits and babysitting.  That said, I’m glad I made the move, rent is cheaper on this side, it only takes me 5 or so minutes to get to work, I have outside space (deck and grass) and a working wood fireplace.  Yep, a fireplace – that was the big selling point of my new home.

Let’s start the tour (feel free to compare to the last two apartments by going here or here).

From the living room through to the dinning room.  Right behind the fish tank is the way to the washroom and bedroom.  The door right behind my table is the storage room/hot water heater room.  The kitchen and front door are in the very back.

Looking through the dinning room to the living room (note the FIREPLACE!!!).  That sliding door leads to this…

A backyard of sorts!  I can hang ALL my laundry (sheets included), BBQ, or pull out my folding chair and enjoy a book and beverage 🙂

My kitchen.  I love that it’s larger than most apartment kitchens and it came with a dishwasher!  So much easier to keep the cats out of things and off the counter when I can just load dirty dishes in the dishwasher.

The bathroom…nothing else to say about it really.

Last but not least, my bedroom.  You can’t really tell from this picture but it’s quite large, larger than the last two!

I hope you all enjoyed the quick tour of my new place, it’s not too shabby eh?  Most importantly, it has a fireplace!  In case you’re wondering, that is the reason I chose this place, simply for the fireplace.

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