Tuesday, February 19, 2019

spring cleaning ...

I've been keeping busy doing some 'spring cleaning' - why wait till spring to do it when that's when I want to be outdoors.  So all the kitchen, bathroom, linen, and bedroom drawers, closets, etc. have had a thorough sorting and tidying, furniture and cabinets have been polished.  There is still the storage in the garage to be dealt with but it's just a bit too chilly in there just now.  There is also a box of paper to be shredded but since the shredder is at the cabin it will have to wait.

These are a couple of cards I made for neighbour birthdays this month.  I backed the x-stitch with interfacing then secured it to the card stock with double faced tape.  The envelopes were made from a pale grey parchment.  They aren't fancy but it's the thought that counts - right?! 

Our weather is totally not the usual and has us confused - makes me wonder if the wildlife and birds are confused as well or do they adapt better than we do.  This month has alternated between extreme cold and lots of snow.  However, we are enjoying that the days are longer and the sun is warmer.  Just the other day there was a flock of cedar waxwings dining at the cherry trees - what a sight that was!! 

kindness is free ...
sprinkle that stuff everywhere

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

i'm in love ...

I'm in love with this wee mouse ...

 When I saw this sweetie I simply had to have one - the designer is Little Muggles.

it's not what you look at that matters - 
it's what you see

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

a quickie ...

Last month when I was checking out my February pieces I was surprised that I had so few so this one was a quick stitch and finish.  I used DMC variegated red (115) on white and the fabric is a mottled red - poor photo, I know, but it is what it is.  It's a design  by Sandy.  It works up quickly so you have time to have it done before the 14th!

if you want a rainbow
you have to tolerate the rain

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

something different ...

It's obviously a good idea to take a photo before displaying since the camera picks up the loose ends, etc. - I was so sure I had this wreath trimmed up nicely until I saw the photo.   I made this to have something different on the door - the last one I made didn't make the move with us.

This is an oldie that I'm sharing again ....

and I think to myself ...
what a wonderful world

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

I simply love stitching sheep.  ^^    I actually managed to stitch and finish a new piece for February!

Thankfully, the cold weather was short lived but, alas, so was the sunshine. 

The chart can be found  here.

it's not what you look at that matters 
it's what you see 

Friday, January 18, 2019

apparently ....


Apparently an Arctic outflow is responsible for the chill in the air today - with the windchill it is -40C which is the same as 40 below F - the temperature itself is only -30C.  The good news is that this cold air brings lots of sunshine with it which we're enjoying.

I made this quilt block early last month with plans to turn it into a cushion cover - unfortunately, Christmas and the flu got in the way.  It is one block from a Christmas Quilt by Lorna.
Her instructions are excellent.  I stitched this one entirely by hand just to see if I could - I enjoyed the hand stitching so much that I'll be doing it again. 

I enjoy making soup and it's especially enjoyable when it's cold outside.  This is what was in today's  soup pot - an easy recipe that cooks up quickly and is delicious  - based on this recipe . 

 from out of darkness and cold,
the light and hope return

Saturday, January 12, 2019


 I decided to try making some facial scrubbies - the idea behind these is to be green by not using cotton balls/pads that get thrown in the garbage - good idea and I like to be 'green'.  So I tried out a couple of patterns - one has some nubbies (that you can barely see in the photo) on one surface that are created by making a single crochet picot - the other has a lacey edge - I prefer the one with the lacey edge.  ^^  I like them and now need to make more.  I use them with baking soda.  I like a sugar scrub for my hands when I'm gardening or painting/staining but don't use it on my face.

 You will find instructions here and here .

a friendly look, a kindly smile,
one good act and life's worthwhile