Monday, May 25, 2015

a moody Manitoba morning ....

We're just back from spending 10 days at our cabin in Manitoba.  I was up very early one morning and this was the scene that greeted me .....




At this time of year it's very quiet and peaceful there often with just the birds and wildlife for company.  On the way home we stopped at Beautiful Lake in the Duck Mountain Provincial Park .  This pair (and a spare) of mergansers were sunning themselves on the dock .....



I spotted this doorway at the bottom of a tree - it looks like the entrance to a fairy home ....



 and this one was just in the process of being carved out ...



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

a new designer

This past weekend was the first long weekend of the summer.  It's often referred to as the 24th of May, Victoria Day and/or the May long.  We had fabulous weather Thursday, Friday and Saturday then Mother Nature turned nasty with plummeting temperatures, strong winds, rain, and ice pellets or snow.  We didn't get the snow but got to use our wood stove.  Then on Monday the sun came out and we're having splendid weather.

I recently discovered a new x-stitch designer - new to me - Durene Jones.  I love her designs - they're whimsical and colourful.  I've only stitched one so far but it was such fun to stitch!! You'll find her on facebook -  google Durene Jones and her facebook page will come up which is where you'll find some of her designs  ... I couldn't make my link thingee work. :(



 I haven't decided how I'm going to finish this one - any suggestions?

Saturday, May 9, 2015

the butterflies .....

These are the butterflies that I mentioned in my last post.
 It was a good way to use up some odds and ends of yarn.
I've got these draped around some driftwood that stands in an umbrella stand but couldn't
get a decent photo of them that way. :(

 This is the link.





We spent a few days at the cabin that were most enjoyable.  We're home again to take care of some spring chores then we'll go back to cottage country and thus begins our summer of coming and going.



On April 30 our sweet Abby, aka Little Dog, joined Old Dog at the Rainbow Bridge where they await us.  We were heartbroken and miss her terribly.  She gave the best hugs and was so generous with them.  ♥

Friday, April 24, 2015

a gift, sort of ....

It's always a struggle to find something appropriate to give my 80 something aunt.  She doesn't want stuff - she's trying to get rid of stuff and I can relate to this.  Keeping this in mind I came up with these covered hangers and lavender sachets - I'm sure she'll use the hangers and the sachets will keep her drawers/closets fresh.  Next time we visit we won't go empty handed.


These are easily crocheted and I used cotton yarn - make a chain as long as necessary to reach around the hanger then single crochet (sc) as many rows as needed for the strip to wrap around the hanger then sew or crochet it closed.   I have crocheted around the question mark part of the hanger but it tends to pick up some grunge so it wasn't a good idea.  I embellish them by making a crocheted chain that I tie in a bow and these ones have a crocheted mini butterfly on them - more about the butterflies in another post. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

can we talk

Can we talk - Joan Rivers used to say that and we always knew we were in for a laugh. 
 Can we talk .... we all live busy lives - some are busier than others, some think they are busier than others.  I want you to know that if you read my blog do not feel obligated to leave a comment - if you want to leave one go for it!  Sometimes it's difficult to know what to say about a blog post - I understand.  It seems the trend just lately is 'if you leave a comment on my blog I'll leave one on yours' - I don't agree with that; one should leave a comment because one wants to and for no other reason.  I'm content to see that I've had viewers.

We've just had a week of summer-like weather with lots of sunshine then it turned cool/cold due to an Arctic blast.  Some folks had rain and/or snow yesterday - we didn't.  We could use a bit of rain to clean things up but with the river still in flood stage we don't need any more moisture just now.  Actually a dry spring/summer/fall might be ideal and would lower the water table.

I cleaned the oven this morning - I don't know which I dislike the most .... cleaning the oven or the mini blinds.  I used to enjoy cleaning, silly me.



This is something I'm working on - Lesley Teare's floral alphabet - each letter has a flower that starts with that letter ... so far I've stitched the A - only 25 more to go.  ^^   This one is for a DIL.

Do you remember this - now it looks like this - I changed my mind ....


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Meet Abby .....



Allow me to introduce you to our Abby aka Little Dog.  I added a crystal seed bead to each eye for the  glint of mischief sparkle in her eyes.  Abby is going on 12 and still mischievous - she is the love of our life. ^^

And here she is waking up from a nap .......



Monday, April 13, 2015

another block

This is another quilt block I had to try even though it was made from very tiny (tiny for me)  pieces.  It was too pretty to tuck away so I turned it into a mug rug/coaster. 

You'll find it here.