Monday, September 18, 2017

September and fall is coming

Once again I've dusted off the cobwebs on my keyboard....my mojo has returned.

It's been a summer, hot, dry, with smoke filled skies and the eclipse in late August.  The rains have come, along with cooler temperatures.    For most of the summer it seemed even the birds were missing.  Whether it was the heat or the smoky skies sightings were few.   Now in the early mornings it is a pleasure to hear their songs.

Space on our patio is getting crowded.   Sully knows it is his domain.   The hummers have a different view.  And the squirrel looking for places to stash a peanut isn't thrilled by the hummers or Sully.   As for the people of the house, you take your chances and find a chair and enjoy the outdoors.

for now......Happy Fall!

Monday, July 24, 2017

ah summertime

The past few weeks have blurred....I blame it on watching the Tour de France early every morning.

 Short of being there, the helicopter views of the race and the scenery were amazing.   From chateaus to mountains,to fields of sunflowers, to fields of solar panels, to the creative field art and of course the race itself it was amazing.

I had planned to try hand spinning (again) but didn't quite make it.  Hand stitching and knitting won out.

Has anyone heard of Row by Row?   It's an annual event where participating fabric/quilt shops offer a pattern (theme based) for a quilted row.  A single row can be made into a runner, block or what you like.  Many rows can also be joined to make a quilt.  Online there is information by province, state and country.  There is still time to check out your local shops as the patterns are free for in person pick up till early September.  After that, as per their rules, patterns, kits are held till November 1st for mail order sales.  I've got my eye on a couple of Rows.  Locally I've discovered two new fabric shops.  One  only sold sewing machines for years so who knew they have a wonderful selection of fabrics  too.   Touching fabric is akin to touching yarn.....pure bliss.

The forest fires burning in our province blaze on.  Although some towns are allowed to return home, many folks are still in shelters.   It's been a tough go of it.  Locally we've only had to deal with some of the smoke and air quality issues.   We do need some rain.  Over the past few days it has rained a bit but not enough to really help.

Patio time as far as Sully is concerned  is a blanket (folded just right), chew bone, sunshine and of course a buddy to sit nearby (remembering to sit in the right chair, the one nearest said Sully).   Works for me too.  It's a chance to enjoy our patio garden.

Happy Summer!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Last call to June

It's turned out a beautiful day with temperatures holding in the mid 20's C and a light breeze.

So here's a recap of what's been going on  here.

The stitching on this piece was completed early in 2015.  It was the last piece I was able to share with my Mom  and Dad for that matter.  Mom held up the piece and read it through taking time to study the stitching.    Now finally completed it hangs (for now) on the side of a metal bakers rack.  So as I type this blog message it is a pleasure to glance over and see it on display.

Hand stitches seem to be twisting and turning.   I'm still liking the slow stitches.

that's all folks!

all the days in between

June 30th ....really....the month has flown by.   The days in between have been productive with some finishes, some wip's  in a rotation of sorts and something new to jump in and try.

I recently discovered Row by Row Experience 2017.   It's definitely worth a look.  Check out shops in your area and go in for the free pattern row.  The row can be made up   solo and would make a great table runner or ?  Many rows joined make a beautiful quilt.   Thus far I've visited two local shops and have come away with patterns ( and of course some fabric purchases too).  There is nothing better than seeing and touching fabric...or yarn (but that's another story).

HAPPY CANADA DAY!!  Have a great weekend and enjoy!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June has arrived..

and our weather continues grey and cool.  Apparently there is hope on the horizon of warmer weather.

Meanwhile I had promised some photo updates, so here goes... the patio garden is showing a bit of color and promise...

In a previous post I mentioned the Spring mailart that I had joined.  Here is the lovely mailart I received from Joke in Holland.  It was mailed mid March and arrived in my mailbox last week.  It's had the most scenic journey!  Joke's stitching is beautiful.

A gift for my daughter for Mother's Day.

The applique parts on the tiny pieces were a challenge but it all came together. There is something special about hand work.  Slow stitches are simple pleasures.

I've waited a few years to see this iris bloom.  So nice.

On the needle, just a small piece.  The silk floss is lovely to work with.

June brings promise of more sunny days, garden plantings that might grow and summer days ahead.

.........from my garden...  fairy wishes.....

till next time