Tuesday, May 18, 2010

{So Much To Catch Up On!}

 First of all, I'll update you on Popeye's visit to the vet this morning. Thank you to everyone who asked about him! He and I feel very loved.   It was just worms, as we suspected, so he got worm medicine, his vaccinations and some flea medicine.  He did really well and didn't fuss hardly at all.  I'm super proud of him. :)  Okay, on to better stuff!!

Baby Sweater

The Mister and I have been busy bees on our long weekend! I told you that I finished a baby sweater, right?  Here it is!

Presto Chango by Valerie Wallis

I knit this cute little guy in Peaches and Cream 100% cotton, worsted weight, and it worked up like a dream.  It was kind of an odd construction.  You start knitting at the bottom of the back, add the stitches for the arms to either side, then knit up until you bind off the back of the neck, then knit down the front. hehe This was my first attempt at buttons, too! You see, up until now my family has been telling me that buttons on baby sweaters are a no-no, but I SUPER attached these ones with a ton of thread.  They aren't goin' no where! hehe

Craft Desk

The Mister and I both are pretty crafty people.  He enjoys painting models for war games that are very tiny and intricate and also does some woodworking here and there.  I of course knit, but then I also got that sewing machine for my birthday that I've started to play with and just well... it's annoying to always be hauling everything we need out to the dining room at the other end of the house and then have to put it all away again to clear off the table.  Our solution? We were inspired by Anna at Knock Off Wood to build our own custom craft desk across from our computer desks in the office.  We needed the surface area and we definitely need more storage for all our crafty accessories. 

That side of the room has a fireplace on it, but as you can see it's not functional.  We only rent this house, not own, so making the fireplace functional, or taking it out all together was out of the question.  It's a shame though because it takes up that entire wall and makes it almost totally unusable for any furniture.  That door beside it? One of THREE doors that goes in to the bedroom.  It's a little redundant.

Here's where we're at today:

There are three 20"x20" bases (the side one is turned because it's beside a dresser) made out of fiber board, and then the top is a really pretty stain grade pine that we bought 24" wide.  Lowes cut this ALL for us, which is so so awesome!  Seriously? With the pieces cut when we got home it went together just as easy as any piece of Ikea furniture I've ever bought.  About 2 1/2 hours to get all three bases and the shelf together.

We're waiting for a pretty day outside now so we can cut all the 1x2 trim for the bottoms, paint the base units white and stain the top.  I'm thinking a nice warm natural cherry colour, followed by some satin polyurethane. According to weather.com that won't be happening until Thursday.  And that ottoman?  We picked that up at the Habitat For Humanity Restore for $20!! It's a Pottery Barn Ottoman!!  I adore it!!  

I also got a Knit Picks box today, but I'll wait to show you that unit tomorrow! hehe


  1. Glad to hear Popeye's visit to the vet went well.

    Great idea for a dedicated craft table! (Three doors into the bedroom? Seriously? How strange.)

  2. I love the burning fire in your fireplace, so cute! But a much better use of space for crafting and storage :) good idea.

  3. Oooh, I love your new desk! So super functional, with lots of storage possibilities underneath as well. And I can't wait to see what you got from KnitPicks :)

    Maybe some Skype tomorrow night (for me)? If the computer co-operates, that is. Otherwise, maybe we could try out the MSN video version?

    Hugs / Jenny

  4. So glad the kitty is ok. That baby sweater is amazing. I love it! Awesome craft table. I know what you mean about lugging stuff out and putting it back. That's what I have to do, too. I'm kind of getting used to it. Kind of. :)

  5. Glad to hear about Popeye!! Looks like you have a wonderful new work area!!

  6. Glad Popeye is ok and he did ok at the vet. My vet has to pull out these HUGE gauntlets for my little Asher.
    I LOVE the construction paper fire, but I love the new craft area even more. And that ottoman? SWOON!

  7. The baby sweater is beautiful!! You did an amazing job :) -Amy

  8. Your fire definitely made me laugh. I love that you're building yourself a crafting space. I need to get my crafty stuff organized better.

  9. oh my - I am sooo in love with that little baby sweater! What a great job you did! I really wish I knew how to knit like that. I guess I'll have to keep practicing!

  10. I love the baby sweater. The color is so nice!