Month: April 2012

Finally! After four years….

….our interlock is sealed!

It has been a project on our to do list for a looooong time, but it never got done. Part of it was fear — “What if we do it wrong? What if we wreck the patio?”

It was also very daunting. We have a large patio in the back — a lot of surface area needed to be covered.

But, after so many years of neglecting this must-do job, we finally did it. We couldn’t have had a better weekend for it — sunshine, still air and comfortable temperatures.

Doing one coat of sealer took about three hours.

The fumes? Noxious! Even outdoors.

I swear, I was high. My fine motor skills were compromised and my head was pounding!

Four cans of sealer later, the first coat was done. We still have a second coat to go, which will bring the colours of the interlock out even more.

The backyard has come a long way since we bought the house. One day I’ll pull together a “before, during and progress” post. It’s been a wild ride!

Completing this final step is kinda a big deal!

Operation Craft Space

It’s no joke that I have been sewing a lot (more on that herehere and here.)

My makeshift sewing spot consisting of a TV tray and couch is just not cutting it — my poor aching back! The lack of storage and useable work space is also driving me batty.

For almost a year now, I have been dreaming of having a dedicated craft space. The logical spot to put said craft space is in our finished basement. But, for the longest time, I had a large small roadblock.

This bad boy on the right.

We purchased this air hockey table right after we moved into our house. While our basement renovation was underway, it sat in our garage waiting to be put into place. I think Ted had big dreams of hosting legendary air hockey tournaments with his friends. That never happened. Well, minus that one Christmas in 2007 when my Dad kick our asses in a few games…

Sadly, the table was taking up valuable floor space right next to our office area. This space was just screaming for another work area because of the great light from the large windows and the ample room to accommodate a sizeable work space with storage.

After almost four years of collecting dust, I convinced Ted we agreed to part with the air hockey table. Up on Kijiji it went! (We opted to keep the fooseball table, as that does get regular use.)

With the table gone, I have been planning and pinning all sorts of ideas for the space. There is a lot of inspiration out there on the web, which has helped me narrow down my wish list, which includes:

  1. A dedicated sewing space with storage
  2. A counter-height workspace (complete with bar stools) for cutting fabric and working on other projects
  3. A storage unit of some kind to organize all of my fabrics, equipment, craft supplies, etc.
  4. A dedicated space for my Silhouette machine (my current desk doesn’t have enough space to accommodate it)

This weekend I was able to nail down #1 on my wish list with this Sauder Sewing and Craft Table from



This cabinet will provide enough work and storage space for my sewing equipment. It will also tuck nicely under the window and still allow enough floor space for a counter-height table and storage unit. Plus, the cinnamon cherry finish of the cabinet will blend in nicely with our current office furniture. All of the reviews for the cabinet are positive — I hope I feel the same way!

I placed my order for the unit and it should arrive in Niagara Falls, NY, within a week or so. To my fellow Canadians living near the border: offers free shipping to their stores. We ordered our backyard fire pit this way and were pleased with the overall process. Oh, the joys of being a Canada/US border dweller!

I’m excited to get my craft space set-up and in working order over the next few months.I’ll keep you posted on my progress!

Disclaimer: I was not paid, perked or otherwise compensated for this post by or Sauder Woodworking Company. In fact, they likely have no idea this blog exists or that I am writing about their products! 

I’m on a roll!

After a full day of work in the office, I was itching to get home and sew like a mad woman. After giving Mason a pat hello (and a quick break outside), I ran down to my make-shift sewing space (read: TV trays in front of the couch) and got busy.

On my lunch hour, I found the perfect woven fabric in navy to complement some ikat-inspired fabric that I picked up in Buffalo at Jo-ann’s. I love a deal — and the woven fabric was exactly that at just $2/metre from Fabricland. Score!

I’m very pleased with the finished product, especially the custom piping.

I love how the navy fabric on the back highlights the piping and gives the pillow an entirely different look. I’m also loving the concealed zipper — it’s very forgiving and looks rather sharp.

I’m very pleased with how the textiles for our living room/dining room are coming together. The space is now bursting with colour — navy, orange and white.

Since I started undertaking this project and sharing it on this blog, Twitter and Instagram (you can find me by searching: The236), I’ve had a few requests for custom sewing work. Such a lovely compliment — I just wish I had more hours in a day to sew for others! Maybe one day! In the meantime, I’m having fun scouring fabric shops and sewing to my heart’s content.

In case you are looking for me…

…I’m still trapped behind my sewing machine.

I say “trapped,” but, really, I’ve been gleefully sewing away. Every spare minute of my weekend was spent behind that machine. And, of course, I made sure to have some trashy TV on the tube.

I’m on a roll, folks! I shared a sneak peak of my living room drapery last weekend (more on that here) and this weekend was dedicated to throw cushions. Glorious, feather-filled cushions with piping and hidden zippers.

If you are interested in learning how to sew throw cushions with piping and hidden zippers, Anna from Shiny Happy Art has two great tutorials on YouTube that I found very useful:

Sewing a Cushion Part 1 – Piping and Zip

Sewing a Cushion Part 2 – Zip and Finish

Now, if you will excuse me, I have more sewing to attend to.

I’m alive. Promise.

Contrary to popular belief, I haven’t fallen off the face of the blog-earth….or Twitterverse.

Things are still chugging along at The 236. Think about it — will the projects ever end? NEVER! We love a good project.

But, lately my mojo to write about said projects has been MIA. I still owe a bathroom reveal post. Just trust me when I say that it’s lovely, magnificently functional and beautiful. I will share the final reveal soon. Promise.

So what exactly has distracted me from blogging?

Well, lots of things. Mainly, I blame Spring — my favourite season. Being chained to a desk and laptop every day at work makes me want to be outside. All. The. Time. We’ve been…


Tuning bikes.

Decorating for Spring.

Hanging at the park.

Watching Mad Men. Sunday’s episode had me almost jumping off the couch!

Cooking delicious food.

Satiating my Pyrex addiction.

Fabric shopping.

Sewing — and lots of it.

And, more hiking with Mason, of course.

Life is really awesome right now.