Saturday, January 18, 2020

let it snow ...


Since we're having a snow day this is an appropriate time to share this one. 
 It's a another one to add to my winter collection -
  a Lizzie Kate design (with some artistic licence).  
Stitched and finished!

expect nothing
appreciate everything

Friday, January 17, 2020

another winter finish ...


My stash of stitched but not finished pieces yielded another one for winter - this is one of  Lynn B's designs - stitched and finished!

It's been cold here this week - being January it's no surprise.



always start the day with a positive thought


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

zero waste ...

It's not easy being environmentally conscious these days but I try hard to have zero waste.  A trip to the supermarket can be very challenging to avoid packaging - perhaps it's easier in a big centre but in a small town it's tough.  I decided to try making my own produce bags and this is what I came up with - not as transparent as it should be but a trial run will see how it works - if successful I'll make more.  If I leave the top of the bag open before it goes through the scanner that should make the cashier's job easier and hopefully not annoy her too much.  I made this one with French seams but a flat felled seam would work well and a serger would make it very easy - my serger is at the cabin.



 There has been fresh snow overnight for 3 or 4 days - light and fluffy and easily moved - shoveling is a breeze (so my fella says) - the wind is creating large drifts - the fresh white is so clean looking and brightens up a cloudy day.

We were at the supermarket quite early in the morning on the weekend - only one cashier was working - she was a student, she was ill - I admired her for showing up for work - did not appreciate that someone who was ill was handling all my groceries.



if it's important to you,
you'll find a way - 
if not, you'll find an excuse

Monday, January 13, 2020

wrong season ...

It's the wrong season but a finish nonetheless ...



This one is a freebie from Lynn B at Happiness is Cross Stitching - Lynn is so generous with her free charts - I've stitched many of her mini cats.

the trick to ageing gracefully
is to enjoy it


Thursday, January 9, 2020

winter ...


Winter came back - there's fresh snow, wind to blow it into drifts and cooler temperatures.  I needed a few more smalls for winter - these are the newest additions ....





Winter Tree from Jardin Privé





Carolyn Manning Designs


This one makes me smile ...

sorry I'm late - 
I got here as soon as I wanted to

Monday, January 6, 2020

new trick ...

Who says you can't teach a new trick to an old dog!  ^^  I learned how to crochet a chain less foundation - it's my new favourite trick.
Here is a video on how to do it.  This technique made my life easy when I needed a chain of 145 stitches for this hanger cover. 



Crochet Hanger Cover:
 1. Chain 145 loosely (needs to be long enough to the  fit length of the hanger)
2.  Sc in 3rd chain from hook, *chain 1, skip next chain,  SC in next chain; repeat from * across
3.  Chain 2, turn, SC in next chain 1 space, *chain 1, SC in next chain space; repeat from * across
 4.  Repeat row 2 until the cover is wide enough to fit loosely over hanger; sew or crochet the two long ends together around the hanger

I usually crochet a chain tie for a bow and to this one I added a x-stitch scented sachet.


follow your dreams - 
they know the way


Friday, January 3, 2020

tempus fugit ...


Tempus Fugit - isn't that the truth - many of us ended the year talking about this.  This was in my stash of stitched pieces and recently added to the pile of pieces to finish - I'm steadily working my way through them.  I stitched this quite some time ago - cannot remember if I had a purpose and/or finish in mind.  ^^  

After Christmas I made a list of things to do, needed doing and/or would like to do - surprisingly, I have already ticked many of the items off the list.  Firstly, I had to sort through all the Christmas decorations/décor and decide what to keep - previously I had downsized to 3 bins and 1 box and am pleased to boast that now there are 2 bins - round of applause happily accepted.  It wasn't easy - when it came down to the nitty gritty I had to decide whether or not to part with the plastic canvas gingerbread house that I made a few decades ago - it still looked like new -  wouldn't fit in the bins so it went into the discard pile - I'm okay with that decision (surprisingly).    One other item that I'd been hanging onto was this Saint Nicholas - he even has wire spectacles that I made and real fur trim ...  

He joined the gingerbread house - hopefully both will find a home where they are appreciated.  

I'd like to thank all of you who follow my blog, read my blog and make the time to comment - you are appreciated.  If you don't have the time to comment I'm okay with that - I'm happy that you visit.


your mind is a garden -
your thoughts are the seeds -
you can grow flowers
or you can grow weeds