Check this out: EQ3

August 17, 2015

Recently EQ3 moved locations to a larger space on Granville Street in Vancouver. South Granville is my go-to location for all the fabulous decor shops! EQ3 invited me for a peek into their store. Kevin the manager of the store gave myself and Michelle a personal tour. Love the airy, bright and modern feel of the store. And love that they have Canadian made upholstery!

They are also a licensed Herman Miller dealer, so you can peruse their site and pick out your dream chair! Another bonus is they are also a Merimekko dealer, carrying select fabrics and accessories. I have my eye on a few pieces!

All photos are courtesy of EQ3

If you are ever in the area, make sure you pop in.


#LoveYourWood Contest - Potting Bench

August 11, 2015

** Disclaimer: No husband was used in the making of this project! **

If you have been following me on Instagram (and if you aren't, you should) you would have been given peeks to a project I have been working on ALL BY MYSELF sponsored by Varathane Canada. AND this project is entered into a contest where I can win $2500!!! 

Varathane provided me with a mystery box that contained stains, 5 items and a $75 Visa Gift card to purchase materials for my project. My project needed to use the stain provided along with 3 of the 5 items.

After going back and forth as to what to make AND because I have VERY limited woodworking capabilities, I decided I would make a potting bench for my back yard. 

Using pine 2x 4's that I had pre-cut at Home Depot, along with pine shelf boards my parent's were itching to get rid of, I created a potting bench that was built my me!

(OK, not the whole truth, my dad came over to cut the pine boards with our skill saw as hubs was out of town and I was afraid I would saw off my fingers)

Cool Metallic Finish in copper -can't really see the sparkle, but it's there. I have a sparkly potting bench.

Mystery items....

Here are the items I used in my project:

Varathane Ultimate Wood Stain in dark walnut
Varathane Poly Effects Metallic Finish in metallic copper finish

In addition I purchased:

2 knobs
deck screws
Varathane Diamond Finish Outdoor Clear Coat in Matte
Rustoleum Painter's Touch in Black Canyon in a flat finish
pine 2 x 4's
pine shelf boards
I am quite proud of myself as I truly built this almost 99% by myself. 

SOOOOOO....VOTE for me.

Visit Helping You Finish Facebook page and vote for my project. You can place one vote per day. Voting ends on August 31 11:59 PM (EST)
You can also win a Varathan prize pack just for voting!

The winner of the #LoveYourWood challenge wins $2500! 

YUP - $2500!!!
What would I do with $2500, well for starters I have 2 children attending university....enough said.
Or finally splurge on some area rugs.
Or a new family room sofa.
Or finish our master bedroom.
The list could go on.

May the best blogger win.


Oh Brother! Embroidered Napkins

July 29, 2015

One of the greatest things the Brother Canada Inno-vis NQ3500D computerized sewing machine could do was EMBROIDER! Without switching into embroidery mode, you could create embroidery borders and patterns using the 290 stitches the machine had programmed. Here is a sample of a few that I tried on a scrap piece of fabric.

But to embroidery designs, words or monograms you needed to switch the machine into embroidery mode. The true embroidery aspect of the machine was out of this world. You could use many of the pre-set designs, along with many Disney designs, but the awesome feature was that you could create your own pattern or import designs as it had a USB portal. I wish I had the machine for more than a month trial, there was so much you could do but would need many months to truly uncover. The only limit was your imagination.

I ran out of time to try a design that required several thread colours, didn't have time to run to the fabric store to get them, so I decided to embroider some napkins for my daughter's basement suite with a few short sayings. 

First up I needed to add the embroidery unit that slides onto the side.

 Next, I needed to figure out the placement of the design.

 Using the computerized touch screen, I was able to enter in what I wanted to say, adjust the size of the font, direction, and the placement on the fabric.

Once all the information was entered, it embroidered HANDS FREE! You just sit back and watch the machine go.


Afterwards, I cut away the stabilizer that needed to be ironed on for best embroidery results.


Stay tuned for a video in a few days....still trying to figure out iMovie!

XO Barbara

* I was given a Brother Canada Innov-is NQ3500D computerized sewing machine for a one month trial. All my opinions are my own.

Oh Brother.....Sewing A Box Cushion

July 21, 2015

It was Christmas in June here at me casa, as Brother Canada had asked me to try out their Innov-is NQ3500D computertized sewing machine, valued at approx. $3800.

 How could I say no?

As an avid seamstress, I have always wanted to try my hand at those fancy schmany machines. Little did I know that the machine came with a nice thick manual, one that I could NEVER go through in the one month trial period I was given. So I decided, I just need to come up with some projects and just jump in.

My parents recently downsized from a house to a condo, and I was gifted this vintage Ikea wicker chair. By vintage I mean it is over 20 years old. It had a cushion cover circa 80's that I made in high school, it was time for an updated version. I am very pleased with how it turned out!

Chair is vintage Ikea and fabric is from Tonic Living.

Moving on....this should be all about the Cadillac of sewing machines. So I finally unpacked and put it together and bravely turned it on. Folliwing the manual I managed to get it threaded and change the foot so I could make piping. It had a piping foot! Cue: angels singing again!

This machine sews like a dream. Fully computerized and partially automated, it was such a fun toy to play with! It has a touch screen where you can adjust the stitches, the length, width and type of stitch. There is an automatic presser foot release, needle drop and at the end of stitching you can have the threads cut at the touch of a button. Quite fun! There is also a speed control button where you can adjust the speed of the pedal foot, which is awesome for sewing control. I have tried to take a few videos to show you a few of the bits and bobs, which I will share in a few days. There were endless stitch options and embroidery options that I could have easily played with it for a year and still not use it to its full capacity. It was a sad day when I had to return the sewer's dream machine.

Look at all the stitch options - all 290 of them!

Pop by later this week when I show you the embroidery aspect of the machine along with a video. It was my first time using iMovie, so please don't laugh....

 Using the embroidery option I made a little something for my daughter's dining table - be sure to pop by.

XO Barbara

* I was given a Brother Canada Innov-is NQ3500D computerized sewing machine for a one month trial. All my opinions are my own.

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