Monday, April 28, 2014

Happy Monday!

Since my life is all about DIY right now I thought I might show you what it's like to be a weekend (and weekday evening) warrior such as myself :)

Step 1: Roll over blurry eyed and try to focus on the machine that is making that unbearable noise... 

Ugh. Yes that's 6:33... AM... on a Saturday.

Step 2: Find work clothing that isn't stinky. This is a constant struggle people, I kid you not. When you're spending every waking moment on a project there's not much time for laundry except what you can bring yourself to drag upstairs at the end of a long day. 

Step 3: Take care of your body!

Breakfast, Lunch, Supper, snacks, WATER - lots and lots of water. This is very important folks. You don't want to crash half way been nailing that nail, or painting that room, or sanding that piece of wood. 

I was tempted to say 'rest' here as well, but rest is for pansies! Gotta feel like the feet are about to fall off you to tell you if you really worked hard that day or not... I jest of course. There's nothing worse than this feeling and at some point in the day you know when it's time to give it up because you can't handle another second on your feet. This happens even if you take little rests here and there. Rather perhaps the tip here is to have good footwear! 

The puppies however get to rest all they like :)

Step 4: Take time to prepare.

It's no good to be running around and trying to find things just as you're ready to get started on a project. Make sure you've got everything you'll need within arms length. Spending 20 minutes looking for that footstool can be very distracting when you're in the middle of a project. 

Step 5: WORK! 

It's time to get'er done! And don't be afraid to get dirty while you're at it ;)

Step 6: Relax and reward yourself.

Some DIY projects are more rewarding than others. Some are just work work work and others fall more into the "Hey this might be a fun hobby" category. For some, the end result of a project may be the reward itself. Even so, I have found it still important to take a moment at the end of the day to take it all in a relax. A little bit of down time will help to rejuvenate you for the next day. 

If you don't take time for yourself, whether that's a nice cold beer or going to your friend's birthday party, or both, you'd better prepare to burn out. It doesn't have to be (nor should it be) all about the project. 

After spending weeks, days or hour after hour on a project, don't you think you deserve a reward ;)

Ciao for now!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Tuesday!

I'm happy to say I'm finally getting back into blogging again and am seriously trying to catch up on reading all your lovely blogs. I can genuinely say "I MISSED YOU!" :)

I was reviewing some of the older posts on my own little section of the blogosphere and saw this...


Seriously?! 6 whole posts in the first 4 months of 2014. What's wrong with you Melissa???? Get your butt in gear!.

1 Post for all of February and April and nothing in January. SERIOUSLY????

OH! And here's the kicker - I forgot about my Blogoversary!


I can honestly say I don't think I realized quite how absent I've been of late :( It's only recently that I've been getting a real itch to get back to the finer, less DIY more crafty things in life. I miss it terribly. There's nothing I love more than stitching a few 'x's at the end of the night during my favourite TV show or running a bit of fabric through the machine at the crack of daybreak. 

Myself and Phil took yesterday off from the house, and despite the fact that we were crazy busy during the day shopping for the house rather than working ON the house.... despite the fact that the only time I get to myself these days is often spent soaking the ache out of my bones in a bathtub.... at the end of the day, when the hand on the clock was headed for 7pm I found myself BORED OUT OF MY MIND. 

If I was still in my teens, this would be an excellent turn of events. I would have thought "YEY! 3 hours to veg out of the couch and watch TV or go for a drive with friends or even to play some sort of video game". While I still like doing some of these things even now was an adult, I find it beyond difficult to spend any down time I might have not doing something productive. I've turned into my teen self's worst nightmare. But you know what??? I love it! More power to you adult Melissa!!! 

I kid you not. I cannot wait to get home today and start the next project! Will it be hanging some doors? Or perhaps painting the study? Or maybe even sanding down the walls/ceiling of the living room????

When the house is finally allll finished, I'm not sure if I could ever go back to a slower pace of life. I imagine doing more crafty projects, I imagine making curtains for my new house, I imagine more DIY projects. I don't ever want to stop :)

SO prepare yourselves for an influx of blog posts! This girl got a lot to show you from here on out!

Until next time!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy Wednesday! :)

First off I want to say thanks to everyone who commented on my last post. I really try and get back to all of you, even if it's a simple thank you :) I may have missed a couple because I've been so crazy busy, and honestly I have a brain like sieve. It hearten's me so much to have your constant support. So Thank You ALL so very much.  

As you have probably guessed by now, I haven't really been around to write many a blog post lately. This is primarily because we're finally getting into the final stages of completing our house!

I'm beginning to think I should have called this the St. John's Stitcher and DIY blog!

On the stitchy side of things I have surprisingly been able to stitch quite a bit over the last few weeks. I'm not sure how, but it seems that I'm fitting way more into one day than 24hrs generally allows. I don't have a picture for you but I did get a huge part of Santa's sleeve stitched.

To be totally blunt, Santa is probably going to stay untouched from here on out, at least for the next few weeks. It's now looking like we're heading for a late May move-in for my house. PEWF! I'm seriously getting butterflies just thinking about it. Both excited and terrified!!!!!

I mentioned this in my last blog but the last few weeks have been ALLLLL choosing the finishing touches for the house. Hardwood, tiles, trim, lighting... paint. I basically live at Home Depot now. In fact, I was in there with my better half not so long ago, made it 10ft into the store when an associate walked passed us and said "Back again!" There's something comical yet pitiful in this scenario I swear.

That day we were looking for doors. Lots and lots of doors.

In this pic we're prepping the doors to be spray painted as our plasterer offered to do it as he was also set to prime our walls the next day as well. Killing two birds with one stone? Yes please. I'm thankful that these are one thing that I will not have to paint and they'll look so much better spray painted with and even coat than if they were painted with a brush and roller by yours truly. 

I started painting the upstairs little more than a week ago and the first order of business was to get the bathroom done. My parents may live just up the road but I think I'd prefer not having to jump into my car with dirty clothes all in a hurry to make it to the bathroom!

Saturday was a busy day in particular for painting. I'm thankful that I have friends who will spend a Saturday painting when they could be off to the mall or watching a movie. All much more entertaining than getting full of paint. But they made the day more exciting than most day I've spent down there. We all did lots of work but had tons of fun doing it together.

At the end of the day who can complain when you get to have a feed of fresh of the grill steak and an ice cold beer. 

My very own art niche! Perfect home to highlight my finished cross stitches I think (when I get around to framing them that is ;) ).

 Current workshop / future dining room!

Now! I know what you're thinking... "Jeez, that looks unsafe/precarious". While yes it is rather precarious, we've got supports on the bottom of that ladder. Believe me when I say it's not going anywhere! That being said... there is no way on this earth that I'll be getting out on that board LOL! 

The Master bedroom. I only have the ceiling and the accent wall painted so far. But the walls are going an off white colour so it won't look much different than it is here right now. Just much more polished.

Room #1 is my master ensuite and that room at the very end is my walkin!

I got out on that thing. Not as scary as it looks, but still not fun when you're looking down 12ft to the first floor!

This is the first spare bedroom and WOW it looks lime green here! In actual fact it's a yellowish celery colour. Of all the rooms in my house this is the brightest. I'm still not sure if I'm in LOVE with it but meh. It's not my room haha. 

And last but not least is the final spare bedroom. This is my favourite colour out of all the colours I have picked for this house. LOVE IT!

The one place that won't have as much painting as the other rooms is the dining room! I've decided to do wallpaper. Here's what I picked up the other day on yet another trip to yet another hardware store!

I may have no clue how to wallpaper a room, but I seriously love this to bits! So cannot wait :)

Anyways folks that's all for now! I'll be back with another housey update or two before all is said and done for sure :)

Have a great day!


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