Making a simple outdoor cover

I was browsing through the Canadian Tire website looking for a fire pit to replace my old one when I found this:

The design and shape caught my eye as there is something alluring about flames in a box. My old fire pit was more conventional. Circular with a basic lid. It lasted me four season before it completely rusted into a pile of metal. I blame myself for buying a cheap fire pit, but also for storing it poorly over the cold months…and by saying that I actually mean not storing it at all. I left it out to the elements without so much as a basic cover to drape over to prevent the onset of rust.

A basic cover for most of these generic brand fire pits is virtually never included. So, I decided to make my own.

I measured the sides in inches with a measuring tape.

I took notice of the pyramid-like shape to taper off the top of the box shape.

Using my serger, I attached all 4 pieces together.

To finish I attached a 13 x 13 inch square top to enclose the piece.

Now I have a simple cover for my fire pit.

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Madeira and its Landmarks

Part 8: A Visit to O Lagar Restaurant

East of the condominium in Funchal was a gem of a restaurant called O Lagar Restaurant.

In Canada the day after Christmas is known as Boxing day. In Madiera, it is considered part of the Christmas Holiday. Everyone is still relaxing and visiting their family; and the streets are calm.

We were invited by cousins of my husband to enjoy espetada in a family style dinner. The atmosphere was happy and the decor was festive.

The entrance of the restaurant was styled as a traditional Portuguese Santana house.

This portion of the restaurant served as a museum.

A view into the Santana from the entrance. This traditional style of home is often known as “grandma’s house”.

Notice the very small furniture pieces. A bed, night table, and baby crib. Notice the roof is made from grass like material.

Two mannequins posing in traditional Portuguese dress.

A Beautiful Madeira Wood Table.

The main entrance was decorated to the nines with lively poinsettia plants for the holiday.

A wonderful evening at O Lagar.

 

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Madeira and its Landmarks Part 6

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 5

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 4

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 3

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 2

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French Maid Gothic Sissy Lace Halter Top

 

Black velvet halter top.
Lined with smooth red polyester.
Black lace and satin ribbon trims the edges of this outfit, to pay homage to the traditional french maid design.

Made to order sizes available.

Made in Canada.
{Click here for etsy listing}

 

Madeira and its landmarks

Madeira and its Landmarks: part 8

Our Lady of the Mountain

Home to a beautiful set of botanical gardens, Nossa Senhora do Monte is found North West of Funchal in Madeira, Portugal.

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View of Madeira from the church at Our Lady of the Mountain

My last post on Madeira featured some of the sights around the park that is found at the foot of the main church. You can take a look by clicking {here}.

We took the cable car up to this beautiful vista on this occasion. Earlier in our trip, we walked the streets on Christmas Day in Madeira. This made for a quieter, secluded, and much more romantic tour of the area as very few people were around.

This second visit was taken closer to the end of our trip- when the days were becoming half filled with rain. Fortunately, we arrived to the Mountain after the rain had passed.

The main purpose of our second trip was to explore the gorgeous 19th century white limestone church located at the top of the mountain. This church has significance because it is the resting place of the exiled Hapsburg King Charles I (nephew of Franz Ferdinand) and his wife Zita.

 

The flight of stairs leading up to the church was exhilarating!

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Statue of Charles I

We did not stay for the church service that was about to begin. I was happy to have climbed my way to the top of the mountain to enter the church vestibule, but I would have fallen asleep if I tried to sit through a church service at 8 months pregnant.

So we enjoyed the views from the courtyard, and just admired the beauty of creation from afar.

 

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It is easy to see why I left my heart here in Madeira.

Read more stories and photos from Madeira, Portugal by Stephanie by clicking the following links!

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 7

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 6

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 5

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 4

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 3

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 2

Madeira and its Landmarks

 

 

Throw back art (TBA)

Spring is here!

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I started rummaging through the closets and found these two pieces from early 2015.

 

They were made at a time when I was just starting out. Self expression on canvas (that I had made from scratch).

The primary goal was not to create art per se.  The primary goal of making art was to see how many variations of colour experimentation I could do; the trick was that by making the canvas from scratch I would save oodles of cash!

“The average cost of buying canvas from retailers like Curry’s, DeSerres, or Michael’s Craft Store is anywhere from $20-$70 per canvas depending on the size. I was able to make sizes as large as 96 inches x 48 inches for less than $30.”

In earlier posts I have sung the praises of making art canvas.

I have even done tutorial videos on Youtube that you can find {here} and {here}.

 

The Bananas 2015 (c)- (Photo taken 14 April 2018)

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Gold Leaf Untitled 2015 (c)

 

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Silky Satin Sissy Dress Slip in Crimson Red

 

Continuing from my earlier post, this half slip/ petticoat is crimson in colour and features a beautifully concealed elastic waist band.

While making this version, I had to sacrifice on the size of the piece. I wanted to make the waist band around 46 inches, but was only able to make it stretch to a maximum of 42 inches. It still counts as plus size for a lady, but is a bit on the smaller size for sissy costumes.

It works as a companion to the champagne coloured slip/petticoat from the previous post you can see by clicking here.

This item is also for sale in my etsy shop. You can see it by clicking here.

 

Silky Satin Sissy Dress Slip in Champagne- Petticoat

 

This March: Revisiting my love for textile design

My recent design is a champagne colour Satin Dress Slip with cream lace trim.

I usually finish my pieces as economically as possible to save on cost and time; but, this time I opted toward beauty by beautifully concealing the elastic waist band.

Medium and Large sizes available ranging from 30 – 44 inches.

You can visit this listing on etsy here.