Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy 2015!

Happy Hogmanay and Happy New Year!

May 2015 be a wonderful year for everyone!

Friday, December 26, 2014

just stuff .....

We've had  delightful warm weather this month and lots of snow disappeared so we were able to ditch our winter boots for shoes - hooray.  Needless to say we were out and about quite a bit and Little Dog enjoyed longer runs than usual. 

 We  made and received lots of  "Merry Christmas" phone calls, which we enjoyed immensely.  Interestingly, it's now cheaper to make a long distance phone call than to buy a stamp ...  things happen for a reason.  ^^  

Christmas is quiet for us - the family is scattered far and wide. BTW Little Dog enjoyed her fish and unfortunately discovered how to make it squeak louder - she has hidden talents.  ^^

Holly Hare tag is a design from  The Raspberry Rabbits
Tree Farm pinkeep is from Heartspun Quilts
The dapper Snowman mat is from here
From our house to Yours is a Maria Diaz design.

I'm linking up with TGIFF.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Finished just in time  ...


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.  ^^