Thursday, December 18, 2014

a sneaky peek ....

Since Little Dog likes fish/fishing so much she's getting her very own fish for Christmas and here's a peek .......
This is her stocking  - just in case you were wondering.  ^^

Saturday, December 13, 2014


12-13-14 ... the one and only time my birthday has been in sequence!   Perhaps I should buy a lottery ticket ........^^

Little Dog was helping me decorate .... and once she got untangled she posed for her Christmas photo.  ^^

My sister H sent me this paper pieced ornie - I like the colours that she used.  She included the pattern but I'm hopeless at paper piecing.  It's photographed on Emma's Tree from  this post.

I adore Lynn's mini cats and enjoyed stitching up her most recent one....

Look how beautiful the paperwhites are and the house smells so fragrant!

Monday, December 8, 2014

dresden plate and new finishes ....

I tried my hand at a Dresden Plate table topper and am pleased enough with it to share it with you.  For the centre I used two medallions (one smaller than the other) that I cut from a vintage tablecloth.

 Did you notice the label with my name on it?????  This was a gift from Lynn B who has the most charming x-stitch designs and tutorials and we've chatted via email - she's a very kind, generous, and talented lady.  Be sure to visit her blog and become acquainted.   She recently began creating labels and very graciously sent me some of my own.  Thank you, Lynn, these make me feel so posh!  ^^

I have a two new finishes to share with you - one from Daffycat ... I love her reindeer.  ^^

And the other is from Kincavel Krosses.  Both are photographed in front of the cedar creche that my husband made.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

housekeeping and such ....

Just a wee housekeeping post to say thank you to my new followers and to all who leave a comment .... I appreciate all of you and enjoy reading what you have to say.  Sadly, I cannot reply to the no-reply bloggers.  I follow several blogs via Bloglovin but it doesn't always let me leave a comment. :(

I heard from Ziplist the other day informing me they were closing their site and with instructions on how to save all the recipes that I had filed with them.  The instructions were easy to follow and now I just have to find where these went to on my computer, lol.  But this got me thinking about Pinterest and what if they closed their site - but that's too scarey to ponder.

I really like primitive/rustic décor.  When we lived in BC (British Columbia) that was how I decorated inside and out and it helped that we had an abundance of greens, etc. just outside our door.  Since we've moved back to the prairies and live in what I call a "cookie cutter" house in town the primitive/rustic décor seems out of place but I've been introducing a few pieces into our Christmas decorations.  This year I made a prim  gingerbread boy and a mouse (from Bustle and Sew) from pillow ticking and tucked them into the pail of branches and lights - I like them.  ^^

This candy cane rag swag is one I've had for years.  It's gracing the front door just now until I make an evergreen swag but I like it so much that I'm not sure I want to replace it with evergreens .... ahh, decisions, decisions.  ^^  It's made from fabric strips (rags) tied onto twine and embellished with bells and candy canes that my hubby cut out and I painted; it has withstood a few long distance moves and to me is timeless .....
I recently made this prim 'mini quilt' - the jute hanger  can easily be removed/re-attached so that it can be used as a candle mat or a wall hanging.  Do you see that blue line by the star over the i ..... it turned out to be a blue thread that I didn't see until I looked at the photo but we're not striving for perfection here.  ^^

Friday, November 28, 2014

made myself a present .....

  Thanks to Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts  I made myself a gift block table topper.    Wouldn't this make  beautiful cushion covers?  Be sure to check out the lovelies that Lorna made with this block.

I hand-quilted it and used a pale gold print for the backside.  I'd planned on adding a binding but after auditioning many fabrics none seemed appropriate.   ^^

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Stocking stuffers for the grown ups ...

I'm hoping these will make good stocking stuffers ...

I trimmed purchased tea towels with fabric 
to fancy them up and crocheted some
 Primrose dishcloths from cotton yarn - nice and bright for the job.
Hmmmm who gets what ....... 

And this lavender filled sachet is for a very special someone. 
 It's photographed on the tree from this post.
A chic parasol embellished with crystal beads from 
Happiness is Cross Stitching 

We got snow overnight and Little Dog likes it!

Today I'm linking up with Annemarie

Friday, November 14, 2014

more for Christmas ....

There still isn't any snow on the ground but it's quite cold just now - something to do with a polar vortex that's happened a bit early in the season.  I have some more finishes for Christmas to share with you ...

This is an Art to Heart design that I turned into a mini 
wall hanging.

Mug Rugs/coasters (reversible) for the coffee lovers - I cut 5" squares
 (charm squares would have been handy)
of front and back fabric, added some batting, sandwiched all the pieces and stitched around
 then turned right side out and top stitched - easy peasy. 
 The check fabric is what I used for the reverse sides. 

Here is another of the Advent Animals that I first
posted about here.  Isn't she just the most beautiful camel!

Cookies and milk for Santa is a freebie from Sandy.  The polka dot
 fabric is what I used for the back side.  This wasn't
my best finish but since I'd erred by cutting
the fabric a bit too small it is what it is.  ^^