Friday, January 27, 2017

have you noticed ....

Have you noticed the dearth of sewing posts on my blog?  There's good reason for it .... I'm not doing any and yes I miss it, very much - I usually do most of my sewing in the winter.  In our tiny apt. there is no spot to set up the sewing machine and all the other paraphernalia required to cut and piece.  This also explains why I'm doing so much stitching and crocheting. 

Here's an appliqued wall hanging that I made many years ago - it resides at the cabin - it was my first attempt at hand applique and now I wish I had used thread that matched each object rather than one colour for all ..... hindsight and all that. 

♪♫♪ do you want to know a secret ♪♫♪ -  do you want to know one two  -  I've begun my sixth year of blogging - I celebrated my seventieth birthday last month - no one is more surprised than I.   

the biggest risk is the one not taken

Friday, January 20, 2017

butterflies, bunnies and toques ...

We're having the most wonderful weather this week - warm, very little wind and lots of sunshine ... best part is that the temps. have been anywhere from 2C to 7C (36F-46F)!!!!!
I've been going for 2 or 3 walks each day and how wonderful it's been to shed the hat and gloves!  On the weekend we  took a drive out to the cabin .... oh my, it's so pristeen and quiet there - there were a few critter tracks in our yard and the chickadees welcomed us  .... I wanted to stay.  On the downside  I think the mild weather has addled my brain - I've been a day out all week ... I thought Tuesday was Wednesday, Wednesday was Thursday, etc. I think I'm finally on track today. 

Here's what I'm doing to keep my fingers busy ......

A design  from The Primitive Hare.

A poor photo of the hat, beanie, toque I'm crocheting using
a pattern from here.

serenity at the cabin 

the only difference between a good day and a bad day
is your attitude

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday the 13th ....

Today is Friday the 13th - I always consider it a lucky day -  I was born on a Friday the 13th.  
 January is moving right along and that's unusual - after the hustle and bustle of December it usually drags by.  January weather has been a mixed bag - some snow, some wind, some cold days, some mild days - no long periods of any of it.
  This is my latest project and they are inserts for wooden coasters.  The coasters themselves are in storage so I won't be trying these out until spring and I'm hoping that I correctly remembered the measurement - if not I'll find another use for them.  The leaf design is by Durene Jones in WOC and I used DMC variegated threads.

We had decided to celebrate the end of the old year and the beginning of the new with a bottle of bubbly when reality hit  - all our stemware is in storage (along with most of our belongings).  We have some standards (haha) and weren't about to drink bubbly in a juice glass so on the way home we stopped at my favourite thrift store and luckily they had two - only two -  champagne flutes - nice ones - they were a steal of a deal at fifty cents each.  My fella noted that all the other stemware was ten cents each and wondered why these were 'so expensive'.  lol

the best thing about the future is that
it comes one day at a time

Monday, January 9, 2017

a decision .....

As the anniversary of my blog approaches I've been pondering whether or not to continue.  I don't like a lot of the changes that Blogger has made.  Many bloggers have disappeared - have they moved to another platform, taken ill or worse?  Every day there are more blogs on which I am unable to leave a comment - I feel like I'm lurking.  'No reply' comments are becoming more frequent - I feel impolite when I don't reply.  Blogger has decided that some comments shouldn't be sent to my inbox - this apparently depends on what email service the commenters use.  The 'social' aspect seems to have disappeared.   Sometimes blog posts, mine included, are more like show and tell, a 'look what I made' - I'm uncomfortable with that. I don't like the blogs that are always trying to sell me something - most of these I have discontinued following or reading.

 I have decided I will play it by ear and continue blogging for now.   Please do not feel obligated to leave a comment - if you read my blog I am content with that.  Sometimes it's difficult to know what to comment on a post - I've been there, done that. 

And since I know that there has to be an enticing/interesting photo posted to attract one's attention, I'll share these polar bears that I made ages ago ......

 live life to express - not impress