Friday, March 26, 2021

bunnies . . .

 I made these bunnies to give to our immediate neighbours.  A lot of folks are struggling with all the restrictions.   In February I crocheted some wee flowers to leave each neighbour followed by  hearts for Valentine's Day and  four leaf clovers in March - the bunnies are for Easter.    These minis don't take long to make and I understand that it's been a nice surprise to find one - I leave them on the purse shelves anonymously.   ^^   If such a small thing can bring pleasure to someone's otherwise mundane day I consider it 'mission accomplished'!  


These tags are a x-stitch design from  here .  I stitched them on some scrap pieces of aida and finished them as tags.  The tags are  kraft stock but photographed pinkish and the background is the same green as above  - some things defy a logical explanation.  I took the photo on a Monday - I've always liked Mondays - this particular one  was a day that went from bad to worse - and most of it was out of my control. ^^  

go the extra mile - it's never crowded


Monday, March 15, 2021

March . . .

 May the lilt of Irish laughter lighten every load,

May the mist of Irish magic shorten every road,

And may all your friends remember all the favours you are owed!

Lucie Heaton fairy

'Tis the Ides of March, soon to be St. Patrick's Day, followed by the Spring Equinox - dare I mention DST . . .  March is a busy month.  

follow your dreams - they know the way

Monday, March 1, 2021

welcome . . .

Can you believe it's March already?!  
This winter went by very quickly and I don't mind.

 A freebie from Plum Street Samplers. 

the slower we go  the more we see

Monday, February 22, 2021

 These are the pouches I made - assorted sizes - useful for all sorts of items. The black one shows the lining - lousy photo, I know -  I'm not going to sweat the small stuff.  ^^

Today I used up some fabric by covering my small ironing board - I rather like how colourful it is.  The wee tray is one that has been waiting to be assembled for months - today was the day!!  The centre portion is embroidered.

Our temperature reached +7C (45F) today - wow!!  And that was with a  mostly cloudy sky.  Snow has disappeared and there is lots of bare grass.   We had morning coffee break outdoors on the patio and sat out again after lunch - delicious!!  Hmm, wonder if it will get even warmer before the day is over. ^^

On the weekend I watched the movie "To Olivia" and this quote stuck in my mind . . . .

I can't unthink what I think

Monday, February 15, 2021

heart month . . .

 Valentine's Day has come and gone but it's still heart month. 

I've been working on my fabric horde stash.  I sorted, pressed, cut and even made a few things.  The pressing and cutting was back-breaking at times - I quickly learned to pace myself.  One of the most interesting items I made was a tote bag that is reversible and sewed up rather quickly - I found the design here.    I've also made several pouches in a variety of sizes - they come in handy to store all sorts of things from ear pods to patterns.   Some pillowcases were created along with a  swiffer duster refill that was quick and easy.  I'd received a free swiffer duster and really like it for getting into the little knicks and crannies but the refills are very expensive so I was pleased to be able to make one.

The good news is that the COLD weather has departed - woohoo!!

your happiness always begins with you

Monday, February 8, 2021

a confession . . .


Last month I did not finish a book that I'd started.  It turned out to be a collection of short stories - the first was quite good but the next couple were off the wall, so to speak, and I didn't waste any more time on it.   I started this one and what a fabulous read it was!  There is a sequel to it that I'm hoping to come across.  

Once again I'm working on downsizing the pantry and freezer - I started this a year ago and then the grocery shelves emptied for several weeks because of the pandemic panic buying  -  I quit using up everything since I couldn't replace anything when needed.  It's nice to walk into the pantry now and see empty space and to have space in the freezer again.  ^^

It's bitterly COLD just now but the sun is shining for which we're grateful.   You don't want to know what the windchill value is - really, you don't - it makes us appreciate being retired and able to stay home.  Perhaps this Arctic Vortex is payback for the mild winter we've had so far.  

an idea from

happiness is not a destination - 

it's the journey

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

dolce far niente . . .

I've finally experienced  'dolce far niente' - the sweetness of doing nothing -  I quite enjoyed it - I recommend it.  I'm not a workaholic but I try to keep busy and keep up with whatever needs doing so 'dolce far niente' is a new experience for me.

shoot for the moon

and even if you miss

you'll land among the stars