Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Canada Day!

Today, July 1st, is Canada Day..... Happy Canada Day!


Friday, June 20, 2014

this and that

Are you familiar with Citrus Vinegar?  Curiosity got the best of me and I tried it out - I'm impressed!  I put the peel from a couple of oranges into a litre of white vinegar (in a jar with a lid)  and left it for two weeks, shaking it occasionally  - dilute it 1:1 with water or not - I didn't.






In cottage country there is a hunting and fishing lodge, Harvest Lodge, that serves a creamy chicken with wild rice soup that is to die for absolutely delicious!  You can check them out here and here.



Morning has broken ..............

I couldn't decide which one to post so you're getting both of them! 


And last but not least some Wave Pansies - I'd never seen cascading pansies before but I'm loving these fragrant ones.

Now just in case you think I've been living the life of riley at the cabin and doing nothing else  - I made this for a good friend for her b.d. .... not sure what she can use it for but perhaps it'll make a good bookmark.  Did I mention that she enjoys wine?  

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Little Dog .... gone fishing

We've been spending a lot of time at the cabin and enjoying it immensely.  Spring is a splendid time to be there since we get to see, hear and feed the variety of birds as they migrate north, and watch the leaves, etc. spring to life; along with that it is much quieter than in mid summer and usually cool enough to be able to use the wood stove.  Here's a slice of cottage life ......

Little Dog fell asleep waiting for another fish to bite; she and 'dad' had caught 3 already and she wasn't ready to call it quits.

Our first hot day this spring was on May 24th when the temp. hit +33C and the leaves popped out!  This is aspen and I love the tiny heart shaped leaves that burst forth! 

 I couldn't resist these twisted trunks on some shrubbery along the water's edge.


This was a complete double rainbow although I wasn't able to capture it in it's entirety ... I think I would have had to stand on the cabin roof to do that, lol.  I like how the rainbow reflected in the water and came right across to our place.


There is a family of tree swallows nesting here.  They are very entertaining and delightful to have around.  



These are Crowfoot Violets that are in abundance just now.  Fortunately, the lawn mower passes over them and we get to enjoy them as long as they choose to bloom.  

This is the river mist that we get to see on cool mornings as the sun is rising - I never tire of seeing it.  

 This beauty was in the mail waiting to be picked up when we arrived home ... isn't it gorgeous?!  It's a beautiful gift from Valérie. I love it!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

recycling or re-using?

I'm not sure if this falls under recycling or re-using  (maybe both) but it's a handy, dandy letter/pattern holder made from a wire coat hanger.   I used 1" wide strips but they were too wide - I'd try narrower strips next time.  Rather than wrap double sided tape around the entire hanger  if I'd done that I'd have been attached to the hanger  I used a small piece  of tape at the beginning and end of each strip to keep all the loose ends nice and tidy.  This would be a great project for 'kids', too.  You'll find the instructions here.   Have fun!



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 .....



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Monday, April 7, 2014

Hiatus

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.

TTYL


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.