Tuesday, April 22, 2014

opening the cabin

While driving home from our first trip to the cabin this year I was mulling over what we'd seen, what we'd done, and the photos we'd taken wondering if there might be an interesting blog post somewhere in there.  That led me to thinking about the ice going out - it happens so quickly and did you ever wonder where the ice goes .... one day it's there and the next it's gone.  It's interesting where our thoughts take us because that led me to thinking about that time many, many years ago when I was a volunteer at one of our local  Personal Care Homes (we've had 3 long distance moves since then).  I usually met with the same residents - they were the ones who were willing to do or try anything and we became good friends.  It was at one of these gatherings that I was introduced to quilting and, as they say, the rest is history.  The lone fella who participated in everything had quite a good sense of humour and a keen mind  and was confined to a wheel chair.  Knowing we had a cabin he was always interested in what was going on there and one spring he asked if the ice was out and where did it go ... a good question and one that none of us had the answer to.  Do you know where the ice goes when it breaks up? 

Here are a few pix of cottage country and as you can see Spring is VERY late arriving this year .....


Monday, April 7, 2014


Hiatus - an interval during which continuity is suspended: break, gap, etc. 

 That's what I'm going to take - a hiatus from blogging.    I'm not a good story teller and am not one to talk about myself;  I'm not a designer so I can't offer free patterns and/or designs; and there are the issues with Blogger that have been time consuming to correct.  I shall return with a post now and then if/when I think I have something that you might enjoy.  

The weather has warmed up and the snow is disappearing - finally!   We're being told this was a record breaking winter but that gives me no pleasure.  With Climate Change record breaking events are happening more frequently.    Soon we'll be spending time outdoors and at the cabin where we are technology challenged ... ahh, the joys of the backwoods.

Here's my Spring/Easter candle mat. 
   Cedarberry Stitches offered this design on Facebook.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

some geese are back .....

Spring arrived by the calendar but our weather turned COLD upon it's arrival.  There are some Canada Geese back already, which we considered a good sign although we're wondering if they're as confused as the rest of us.  Anyway, I've managed to get all my inside spring cleaning done so that I'll be able to tackle the outdoor stuff as soon as the snow disappears and it dries up.

 I had accumulated so many 'things' that I'd made over the winter that I was able to package them up  and send to friends.

I stitched this candlemat with a Val Laird design that is a favourite of mine and sent it to my best friend  - now I need to stitch one for myself.

A new primitive welcome for the front door.

Monday, March 17, 2014

May your blessings ......

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day we have a new candle mat.  The
design is from Bumble Bean Inc.

May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow
And may trouble avoid you wherever you go. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

odds 'n ends ...

 With Spring on the way I've been finishing up a few pieces .....

The Spring Basket is home to St. Patrick's, Easter, and Spring items.....

The turquoise butterfly is crocheted from embroidery floss - the butterflies are for the Spring Basket.  The coasters and lavender sachets are gifts.

We've had wonderfully warm weather this week and there is lots of water running in the streets.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

a mouse in the house!

There's a new mouse in the house and she's settled herself in the Spring Basket - here she is posing alone.

This book was a good an excellent read!!   I'd spent so much time in the sewing room this winter that I decided to surface to the sunshine-filled living room and read this book for a few afternoons.

And I finally have a finish to share .....  It took me awhile to come up with a finish with which I was satisfied - this poor Nigel has been 'through the mill' whilst I fiddled with ideas.  I neglected to take a photo of the backing which features a squirrel - he'll never be alone.

In our neck of the woods March is usually fickle and not to be trusted.  The month came in like a lion - according to the weather guys (does extreme cold count as lion like?)  - so we can hope it will go out like a lamb.  This week saw a warm up but with more snow ... it's encouraging.  Unfortunately, the long range forecast is for spring to show up about mid April - Mother Nature is mean this year. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

luscious ....

I've been working through my stash for almost a year - I haven't purchased any fabric, yarn, or needlework supplies until now.  Look what arrived in my mail box just the other day!  I'd nearly depleted my yarn supply over the winter so I treated myself to this lusciousness .....

I heard on the weather report that this is our coldest winter in 30+ years!!  I remember the previous one and so I ask, "Is it fair to experience two such cold winters in a lifetime?"   
To make matters worse the forecast for March is for below normal temperatures.....