Sunday, September 30, 2012

the road goes on forever .....

This scene reminded me of Willie Nelson's "the road goes on forever ....."

 We've had the most fabulous, warm weather this past week with temperatures in the high 20s C (low 80s F) and it's commonly referred to as Indian Summer.  Whilst we spent a lot of time outdoors on yard work, etc. we also took advantage of the fine weather by getting out and about and even had a picnic.  Here is some of what we saw the day we went for a picnic, which incidentally was little dog's 9th birthday - I think she enjoyed her day.

This is beautiful Childs Lake in the Duck Mountain Provincial Park in Manitoba; it's commonly referred to as The Ducks.

Here we're at the head of a walking trail - little dog likes it here.

 This is what we ran into as we crested a hill.  The horses were quite shy of us  so I took the photo from inside the vehicle rather than risk spooking them any more.   Little dog, a border collie, wanted to lend a hand to the range riders.  The horses and colts were magnificent.  It was a stunning end to a gorgeous day.

If you're wondering ..... today is much cooler, mostly overcast, and windy.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

what a difference some trim makes

I found some appropriate trim and now the Titanic ornie looks like this .....

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Christmas countdown ....

Clare's Craftroom is having a countdown to Christmas  called 'Under the Christmas Tree', which made me wonder if I had made any Christmas items yet this year.   Surely I must have ..... this sent me  searching  and I was able to come up with a couple of items that are completed - whew.  You'll remember this stocking that I posted about ages ago but now you're seeing it with some filler, which makes it look a lot better.  It was a freebie
that I made earlier this year - does that count?

This card, showing front and back, also could be used as a mug rug.  The design was a freebie that I stitched whilst at the cottage this summer.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

a mouse on the pumpkin

This wee mouse and pumpkin is hanging on our front door just now.  I made it a  couple of  years ago.

Too bad I don't have a better photo although there is a reason I have an excuse for that.  I used to take pix of my 'creations' just for the record - little did I know that down the road I'd be blogging and would like good pix to post.

And these leaves grace a mirror....
 They were a design by Rosebud's Cottage from the Falloween Blog Hop in September 2010.

Monday, September 24, 2012


This fabric is luscious!  It was my September Bargain Lovers Club package from Sew Sisters - they never disappoint.  The problem is that I want to frame these since they are so gorgeous, lol.  What would you make with these fat quarters?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

a finish

I made this  in memory of my paternal grandmother who sailed from the UK to Canada at age 18 just 10 days after the Titanic sunk - I think she was incredibly brave and adventurous.  She was also a fabulous grannie.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Finally finished!

I started this project way back in June - note to self "do not start a new project in the summer" ... I finally finished it!  I wasn't working from a pattern and whilst I had a vague idea how I wanted the finished project to look it wasn't all that easy getting there ... the dresden plate and stitchery were the easy parts. The fabric for the dresden plate and the leaves was a Bargain Lovers Club package from Sew Sisters.   After seeing some "painting with thread" I chose that idea for the stem and the grass at the bottom and for the leaves I tried some reverse applique with straight stitching rather than satin stitching.  My thanks to Abbie and the inspiration she provided for the reverse applique.  I was the lucky winner of her book 'Pile and Plunder' on a Blog Hop this past winter.  Now if only I'd mastered stippling.....

 Now that you've seen this you'll know why I'm not a designer. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

morning has broken

I couldn't resist sharing this ......

Saturday, September 15, 2012

marble angel

 On our way home from the cottage we took a wee side trip to have a look at this beauty.  The story is that in the early 1900s Danylshen Luchuk took for his bride the district school teacher, Sophia who was Italian.  Unfortunately, Sophia died in childbirth within the year.  Dan ordered this marble angel from Italy for her grave but with times being tough he was unable to pay for it upon it's arrival; however, the railroad didn't want the expense of shipping it back to Italy so they left it behind. Apparently every July a single white lily blooms on her grave.   Sophia has had this exquisite guardian angel for over a hundred years!   Dan is not buried there which makes one wonder about the rest of the story .... 

Monday, September 10, 2012

a Fall finish

This pincushion was a freebie from Kaaren. 
Did you notice  I topped it with some of the trim I recently blogged about....perhaps it looks a teeny bit vintage.

Saturday, September 8, 2012


Look at all this gorgeous trim!!!!!  I think I've died and gone to heaven (smile).  This was on a very wide pleated valance that I didn't want and had designated for the thrift store - prudence prevailed and I removed all the trim .... there are yards and yards of it and I love it! 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

morning has broken

No words needed.