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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas is calling


Yes it's been a while since I last blogged.   It's those good intentions....the sewing, knitting and crafting have taken up my time.  It has been fun.  Gnomes are new to me.  There are so many options, knitted, crochet and sewn.   As I didn't have faux fur I tried the chenille and yes green noses as the bauble trim was just the right size.


Simply lights on the patio this year.  It brightens the evening.




Recent outdoor visitors.


Our new Christmas tree.   


Festive bauble wreath, a gift from our daughter.




This December there are still blooms to be found.


Early November there was a bit of snow.  It was almost like someone had painted the snow on the tree limbs.




A rare moment to catch a photo of Sully.



December seems to sneak up too quickly and now the countdown is on. 

From our house to yours,
wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

another one bites the dust

I'm speaking of cameras.  My favorite compact Sony has for some time been doing it's own thing.  The final straw yesterday when I turned in on was the message read that the card was not recognized, really because it's the same card that worked the day before.   The card has been removed and all photos copied to the computer.  As for the camera, banished to the closet.   It's bigger camera cousin is on the way out as well due to the sensor doing the "oh, the light it's too bright" and takes a semi dark photo.  Sure with auto adjust colors it's a reasonable shot but the frustration in between time.  This was the case during our travels back in May.   Off to the closet it goes.  And from the back of the closet an older camera that does work.  Not all the bells and whistles and that is just fine by me.
Enough of  my rant.

Welcome October.   Sunny days continue but boy does it cool down overnight.  Again this morning turning on the compact space heater  provided welcome warmth to the family room.  Starting out the morning with 5 C    brrr.

Here is what  has been keeping me busy:

 


fabric pockets, knit pockets
placemats


When an idea comes together, a photo cropped and photoshop  image idea and finally a quilted hanging made.  And the finished piece mailed to Wendy.




all for now.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

seven to seven

Sunrise at 7 and sunset at 7, it is that time of year.    There is the crispness in the air. The displays of color are almost painted on trees.........Fall has arrived!

While the squirrels gather their nuts, in this household it's leaf gathering , drying and sorting in preparation for fall eco dyeing projects.  Akin to  yarn/fabric stash, one can never have enough.


My stitched piece hanging near my computer desk has the following:


the way to happiness

keep your heart free from hate,
your mind from worry

live simply
expect little
give much

scatter sunshine
forget self
think of others

till next time......

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!