We Bought a House!

And, we get possession tomorrow! It all happened very quickly. At the end of August we had the idea that it would be fun to find a house and fix it up.  We looked at a few places before we headed east on vacation.  Then, the first place we looked at when we returned, we finally saw some great potential in — that was just two weeks ago!  The property is big for being in the city with three gorgeous Garry Oak trees.  Tomorrow we start our renovations by gutting the main floor. It’s going to be a busy couple of months, but I hope to document the entire process.

Here are the before pictures, lots of wood paneling, a purple bathtub, and even a faux brick wall.

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Summer Festival Dress + Sandals

Last October, shortly before I jumped on a plane for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco, I quickly sewed up my second Alder dress.  I modified the neckline to remove the collar and add a V.  The fabric is hand dyed and printed cotton from Merchant and Mills.  The fabric is so light and breezy and the longer length in the back makes it perfect for sitting in the grass and listening to music.


And if you notice the sandals, they are my second pair of handmade leather sandals.  I used the same outline for the sole as my first pair and drafted the pattern for the uppers myself.  I used Birkenstock rubber rubber for the soles and coincidentally found two Birkenstock buckles from a local cobbler.  I treated the leather with olive oil and they darkened up quite nicely, and are even darker now after wearing them for a week in the sun.  Here are some photos…




Handmade Leather Sandals

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending one of Rachel Corry’s  leather sandal making workshops at Moonrise Creative here in Victoria.  Moonrise Creative is a beautiful space in Fernwood, one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Victoria.  And I can’t say enough about the workshop itself.  Look below, in one day I came home with a pair of these and this skills to make more.  I foresee many more to come, today I am wearing my second pair and am working on a third.


My first pair of leather sandals.


Here I am working on them.  There are many steps, including drafting the pattern for the uppers and the soles, cutting, glueing, skiving, scratching, nailing and more glueing.


And, here are all the wonderful creations made by students and Rachel.