Monday, February 1, 2016

News flash ....!

We have a finish!

I think part of my funk had to do with so many UFOs lying around. All of these hand embroidered blocks ... not pieced .... just waiting ..... and waiting while I start another hand embroider project.

This is just a fraction of what is completed. In that pile you have the squares for a couple of bed size quilts! Some, are small quilts a couple are much larger.

I decided to take Wendy's advice and just complete something. I finished the Black Cat on Moon wall hanging.

Used all scraps to complete this little quilt! It's a nice feeling when you don't have to cut into yardage for such small piece!

Off to complete another project! Catch you later!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Quilt racks and what not ...!

Last June Wendy from Snippets of a Quilter posted on her Instagram account the cutest little wall quilt rack I had ever seen. Don't you just love the way she decorates?

Naturally, I had to ask her if she could send me a picture of the front of the quit rack so that I could have DH replicate it. Being the sweetheart that she is, she actually took pictures of the quilt rack empty and send along measurements! Wow! It made his job so much easier.

Here is DH's version of the rack using Wendy's measurements.

I have an order in for a smaller version of the quilt rack to accommodate  the smallest quilts, which is approximately 15" wide.  I didn't want to rummage for larger quilts and just had to have it decorated for the picture!  Once my smaller rack is made, I will look for larger size quilts for this one. I'm sure I have lots in a closet somewhere! ;)

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Reading Between the Wine ....!

I've joined a book club! I thought it would help me get out of this funk ... and get out of the house a bit more.  I'm such a home body! I know, you would never think that of me. lol

You've got to admit, the book club name is so appropriate pour moi! I do love wine .... it's the French in me!

Last night, we discussed Splinters of Light by Rachael Herron. Great book! It is the story of two sisters, fraternal twins, their relationship and the transformation it undergoes when one of the sisters learn that she has early onset of Alzheimer.

In the beginning I had a difficult time getting into it, the book was all over the place. I kept having to refer back to see where the heck she was. You see, I hadn't read the synopsis. The author often places you in Nora's mind, as she attempts to cope with what is going on with her health. Nora is a journalist and the mother of a 16 year daughter. Once Nora learns of her diagnose, you have a clear understanding how her mind is working, the changes that are taking place, her concerns for her daughter, Ellie, in relation to Nora's twin sister, Marianne. Goodness, I think I cried throughout the rest of the book!

I'm not one to read a lot of adult fiction, so this book club is good for me. It forces me to read books that I would not normally pick up and ... enjoy a glass of wine when we have our gathering. The fiction I tend to read are more in the children's category. I recently finished Grenshaw by Katherine Applegate.

 I have to admit, the cover attracted me! What's not to like ... a kid with a baseball cap and a cat! What I like about children's books is that they deal with complex issues in a non complex way. Adults tend to complicate things, over analyze, over think everything making the situation worse than it seems. I can much better deal with a kid's mind than an adult's mind! Hum... what does that say about me? lol Yea, I haven't really grown up yet, have I?!  Cheers!

Friday, January 8, 2016

I'm in a funk ....!

I've been in a funk as of late and cannot seem to shake it out. All that means is that I am not quilting ... at all! I haven't even turned my sewing machine on for the past 2 months!! It's not that I don't have anything to finish ... I'm just in a funk.

What this means is that I've been doing a lot of hand embroidery. Yep, that's my go to work when my mind needs to empty out. I've started this cute little piece - When Witches Fly

You've probably noticed that I've been in a funk for quite some time. One of the problems with that is .... I have a lot of hand embroidery panels that needs to be finished. I either need someone to piece all of my work or I need to get out of this funk! Sigh!

To alleviate the issue, I decided to work on towels. They are already finished, nothing needs to be done except hand embroider a design. It doesn't become, yet, another UFO. What a relief!

So, I stitched up these towels from the pattern Victory Garden.

And ...

I just love how they turned out!

Do you think it would matter if I have a gazillion hand embroidered hand towels? It is my understanding that one can never have too many dish towels! ;)

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year...!

I just thought I'd start 2016 on the right foot!

Wishing you all the best 2016 has to offer! Cheers!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Chookyblue SSCS Swap ....!

It's been a busy holiday season for me. With Pumpkin's final exams taking place the last possible week of school, it made for a rushing of family visits here and there and every where! I hope you had a wonderful family celebration!

Every year, I participate in Donna's, chookyblue's, Secret Santa Swap!

I've been a part of it from year one. I wouldn't miss it for the world!

My secret Santa this year was Janice, from Australia.  The parcel arrived, so nicely wrapped.

I was allowed to unwrap one package before December 25, the ornament.

Don't they look pretty on the tree?

On the eve of December 24, I opened my main gift! I figured it was Christmas day in Australia .... I wasn't breaking any rules! Lol

This is what Janice sent me.

It's beautiful! The colours are vibrant! The picture does not do it justice!

DH suggested we use it on the dinning room table for our family holiday dinner .... NO WAY! He's not getting gravy on that gorgeous table runner!

Stephen is "suppose" to be working on a credenza for the dinning room. So I quickly took the opportunity to remind him that had he finished the project, that's where the table runner would go! I think I need to crack my whip!

Thank you again Janice for the lovely gifts! Cheers!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Tourtiere, a French Canadien Tradition ...!

Have you noticed that today very little that is sacred? We are so fortunate to have access to all types of foods throughout the year. When I was growing up, the seasons determined what fruits and vegetables we would consume. If it was "out of season", canned goods is what was served.

Gosh, I remember the wonderful Epluchette de ble d'inde (corn roast) that my uncle Maurice would host. It was the only time we had fresh corn on the cob! Delish! It was a huge family gathering, distant cousins were invited. Today corn is available all year long. How special is that?

Candy was not something I had access in my youth ... neither chips and/or soda. Those were reserved for "special occasions". I also did not have access to money that would allow me to buy candy at the corner store. Gosh did we look forward to the holidays! Halloween was such a treat, it had been so long since the Easter Bunny stopped by!

I find that today very little, in terms of foods and what not, is reserved for "special occasions". Most kids have access to candy all year around. What do you put in a stocking when candy is constantly in abundance? As you can imagine, I did not raise my daughter on candy. I kept those for "special holidays."

I guess you can say I'm a tad old fashion. I try to hang on to my family traditions.  For instance, a traditional dish that I make for the Christmas holiday is Tortiere (meat pie). My mother and I will get together mid December and bake all day. We even use my maternal grandmother's recipe. The dish is served at Christmas dinner along with turkey!

This is this year's batch!

It's wonderful to have left overs!

I think today, more than ever, we need to honour our family traditions. Do you have any family traditions that you cherish?

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Something naked .... I hope you like it!

Most of you know that I have a dear friend, Cheryl, who lives in Australia. She is such a generous soul, so thoughtful and ... has a warp sense of humour. That's one of the reasons why we get along so well! lol

Late November, she sends me an e-mail saying that she sent me something "naked".

"Some people do not like the naked look, but I tend to like it."

Ok, so Cheryl likes the naked look!

You can just imagine what was going through my mind! Hum .... something naked all the way from Australia ..... interesting!

Well the box arrived this week.

Oh goodie, I get to unwrap gifts! I cannot wait to see what's "naked" underneath the wrapping! lol

Oh .... Gorgeous Australian "naked" wool! It is stunning! I can see why she likes it "naked" .... So do I!

I cannot wait to plan a project with this gorgeous yarn. Any suggestions? There's also a couple of skeins of finger weight yarn ... I'm thinking socks!

As I knit away I can watch the Lake Eyre collection! I hope to one day visit Australia! Cheryl takes it upon herself to educate me regarding the culture and customs! I just love it!

Thanks for stopping by my little corner in cyberspace! Cheers!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have so much to be grateful! Thank you for being a part of my cyber family! Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration!

Enjoy the abundance in your life!  Cheers!

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