A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Still gone

We made it safely  across the country  and are thoroughly enjoying  baby cuddles and spending time with our  son  and  daughter-in-love.  See?.....

It's not a great picture because it was taken with  the  camera  on my  tablet . ..sorry.

We have another few days  here and then I'm prepared  to  shed copious  amounts  of  tears when we leave.  It's unlikely  we'll  see them again for a very long time so it's going to be terribly hard to  leave.  Tring not to think about it!

Hope you're  still having fun amongst yourselves .

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Woo hoo!

We have a new grandson!  Born at shortly  after 7 this morning.  Mom, Dad and grandparents doing well.  He was 7 lbs 15  oz, which was really big considering  how tiny his mom is.  His name, unless it changes  is Theo.

The car is being packed today  and we'll  be on the road  across Canada  early tomorrow  morning  and expect to be gone a month.  I'll check blogs as much as I can  but if I don't comment as much as usual you'll know why!

Be good while I'm gone!


Thursday, September 08, 2016

37 years ago

Thirty seven  years ago today I made the best  move of my life and married the man I hope to spend at least 37 more years with.  Love you   Jack!

I'd  include a picture of him if only I knew how!!  My main computer is in for repair and I'm relying on the tablet and so far pictures elude  me..along with  a  whole  lot  of  other  things!  I have some mumblings I could  share  too, but unfortunately  I don't know how to do those either (some of you are probably  quite  relieved about that!).

We await THE CALL about  the  arrival  of  our new grand baby but so far he's  stayed  put. It would be a nice  anniversary  present if he were to  arrive  today.

I  do have a quote for  you  today  though, from Henry  David  Thoreau . ....  The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Old sayings

You know that old saying that it never rains but what it pours?  Well, it seems to be pouring here but not of the type that falls from the sky and helps the earth.

I told you yesterday that Jack`s sister passed away and that we`ll be dealing with her funeral the first of the week.  Most of you know that we are awaiting the imminent birth of our second grandbaby and will be driving across the country to meet him.  Well, the car had to be checked over prior to such a big trip - and - four new tires later we`re good to go.  This morning I had to take my main computer in for repairs and the service tech very chippily told me that it`s quite likely I will need a new one.  NOT what I needed to hear!  He did say he might be wrong, so I`m hopeful.  Mine is only a year and a half old so I hadn`t better need a new one!

So....this post is being done using the tablet which is definitely not comfortable to type on.  Because of that, please excuse any typos!!  And - being that I haven`t the foggiest idea of how to post pictures, obviously there won`t be any.  Of course it`s going into a long w`end here and back-to-school as well so I doubt there`s much hope of repairs until next week.  Needless to say, there might  not be too many posts happening!

Your quote is from an unknown source...Life has many ways of testing a person`s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once

Thursday, September 01, 2016

A mixed bag

Once again there are no pictures of anything that's stitchery related happening around here.  We've had a family death (DH's sister) and so my thoughts have been not quite on being creative.  

So - instead of my work, how about yet more mumblings?

- First of all, Pam Kellogg has announced the release of the brand new crazy quilting calendar for 2017!  It's filled with great eye candy from the 13 winners of the contest and there is some really beautiful work to brighten your walls each month.  Not only would the calendar brighten your own wall, but how about thinking of Christmas gift giving as well?  


You can go HERE to order copies!

- While we're talking about crazy quilted calendars, please think seriously about entering the contest we're running for 2018.  The theme is 'Musicals' which leaves lots of room for interpretation.  The guidelines are as follows:

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We'd love it if you helped us out and
spread the word on your blogs!
The more that know about the contest,
the more entries we will get and that just
makes it more fun for everyone!

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- there's a really cute pouch pattern available HERE - more Christmas gifts perhaps?  And stash reduction at the same time.  Win/win!  

- for your fall decorating, how about a maple leaf mini wall hanging from HERE?

- Vicki Boster has announced the release of her latest series of woodland nests and you can find more info HERE.  If you haven't seen her nests, please go and have a drool!  I am the proud owner of one of her beauties!  While you're there, scroll down to the bottom of her post to see how you can help with her latest charitable venture, the Kindness Quilt.  

- there are links HERE for some pretty crochet patterns

- how about making yourself a new bag for fall?  This one is supposed to be anti-pickpocket.  

Today your quote is from Carson McCullers...."How can the dead be truly dead when they still live in the souls of those who are left behind?"

Rest in peace Jean.





Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work....

Well, I'm not the one going off to work, but it didn't stop me from creating these...


and while I was at it, I made
matching mittens...


The pattern for the socks is 'Get To Work!-Baby Socks' by Laura Sapergia and can be found HERE.  The mittens came from a generic plain baby mitten that I changed the colours around to make them match the socks.

- There is a really sweet little pincushion pattern HERE.  This pattern is definitely a keeper!!  Perfect for gift-giving.

- If you have little ones in your life that want to help out in the kitchen, how about making them an apron?  Go HERE for that.

- I would imagine many of you have the same issue as I do with messy cords lying about.  There's a fun solution HERE that uses up scrap fabrics....win/win.  

- Kathy Shaw has opened registrations for her FREE online traditional quilting class.  Making mug rugs is the perfect way to learn how to sane quilt, as well as creating some useful items that you can either use yourself or give as gifts.  Go HERE for further info (registration closes Aug. 31, so you'll have to hurry!).  

Sometimes someone has a brain wave and wonders why they never thought of it before.  Such is the case with the brilliant solution my DH came up with on the weekend.  We went to the local market and came home with large 'bouquets' of kale and swiss chard.  It, of course, needed to be washed and dried before refrigerating.  DH had a lightbulb moment and you can see the results...


The veggies came with elastics around the stems to hold them together and simply hanging the clumps on the cupboard door handles directly above the sink makes for a perfect drainage system.  Please ignore the messy counter though!

The quote for today came about when I researched possible quotes to reflect brilliant ideas and is from Sue Grafton...."Ideas are easy.  It's the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats"   I don't think I'll tell DH about this one - he might not like the comparison!




Monday, August 29, 2016

Grandparenting joy!

One of the joys of being grandparents is that we get to do fun things like take our grandson (and his mommy and daddy!) to the zoo.  Yesterday we did just that, and a great time was had by all. 


Grandpa, Daddy & Logan
feeding the giraffe. 

Mommy and Logan
Very first pony ride!

and, just because of the cuteness factor...


Elmvale Zoo, just outside of Barrie (Ontario, Canada - for those not from the area) is a wonderful little zoo and well worth a visit if you live anywhere close.

And, because we can't have a post without mumblings...


- I've discovered several really nice crochet basket variations and those can be found HERE, HERE and HERE.  Great way to use up stash AND perhaps create a few Christmas presents at the same time?

And for those of us who are stitchers, how about checking out the following links|:

 - 17 Needlepoint Eye Stitch variations HERE

-   30 Needlepoint Tied Stitch variations HERE

- Needlepoint Cross Stitch variations HERE

- Needlepoint Leaf   Stitch variations HERE

Don't forget that many of the stitches used for needlepoint can be also used with waste canvas in our crazy quilting projects!!

Today's quote, very fittingly, is about grandparents and comes from Rudy Giuliani... "What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance.  They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life.  And, most importantly, cookies"   (and in case you're wondering, yes, we took cookies....some of the ones you saw in my post a couple days ago).