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.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I actually did do some stitching today, but haven't taken photos as yet, so I will share a picture of the delicious supper our #2 son made for us when he was home.  And, before you ask, yes he made those buns - from scratch!

Thought I'd also tell you about a very interesting article I found on Studio Kat's blog.  She discusses doing more of what you love, which will lead to a happier life.  I thought it was worth sharing with you, so go HERE to read it. 

Today the quote is from Tama Kieves.... "You can't cling to the old nest and soar to the flowering branches at the same time"

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Absence explained, and tarnished silver

Sorry about being AWOL from my blog for a few days but we've been enjoyed a nice visit with our #2 son and daughter-in-love who live in BC.  They decided to fly home for a wedding and we got to have them with us for three whole days!  Needless to say the computer was the furthest thing from my mind!

Here they are, having fun, with the tree they planted at
their wedding.

 One of the things I wanted to make mention of to you is something I read about on Mary Corbet's blog a few days ago.  I assume many of you are familiar with the beautiful 'Inspirations' magazine, but perhaps you were unaware that they are in danger of having to quit publishing.  It would be a huge blow to the world of embroidery if that were to happen.  They have put a plea out there for people to please consider subscribing so that demise won't happen.  They have come up with a novel way that makes it much more affordable for those of us that would love a subscription but can't pay for it all at once.  It's a 'pay-as-you-go' plan, whereby you pay for each issue as it's published and you can stop at any time you like.  Go to Mary's post HERE to read more about it.  I have done the 'pay-as-you-go' and can't wait for my first issue to arrive!!

Thought you might like to see my current 'collection' of tarnished silver pieces.  The piece on the left has a lovely lid so it's perfect to hold my sewing pins.  The rest are holding assorted pencils, scissors and such.  Would love to stumble across a large coffee pot that could be turned into a lamp.  I'm sure I'll find one someday!

Today the quote is from Martin Luther King.... "If a man hasn't discovered something that he would die for, he isn't fit to live"

Friday, September 12, 2014

I'm b-a-c-k!!!

Well, actually I've been back since Wednesday night, but had a ton of catching up to do so haven't had much time to be on the computer.We had a lovely time - very laid back.  So nice to not have to rush anywhere or do anything on any sort of schedule.  The weather was perfect which was a nice bonus as well. 

We had Irish coffee on our balcony outside our room.

We saw this view from the balcony.

We hiked on a trail.

We sat on this incredible beach.

We ate breakfasts that looked like this.

And, when we came home we made these.

The quote for today is from Anne Morrow Lindbergh.... "If you let yourself be absorbed completely, if you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly in those moments"

Sunday, September 07, 2014


Thirty five years ago tomorrow this man married me...

and I have never ceased to be grateful
for that fact.
Together we have two wonderful sons,
two amazing daughters-in-love,
and a brand new grandbaby.

Life is good.

Today the quote is from Oliver Wendell Holmes.... "Love is the master key which opens the gates of happiness"

The next three days will be spent on a honeymoon with my sweetheart.  Be good while I'm gone!

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Ominous skies and white

Last night we had a rather large thunderstorm roll through, complete with high winds, heavy rain and hail.  We sat in our living room and watched the most ominous-looking black cloud (almost looked like a blanket) move across the sky (one of the most scary skies I've ever witnessed).  I ran out with the camera and tried to get a decent shot.  This was taken at about 7:30 last night, when it should have been broad daylight....

Within a few minutes of taking this picture, the sky was completely black.  Definitely scary!!

To go to the opposite extreme of the colour spectrum, here's the latest section I just completed for my second white cloth.  I think there should be only one more left to do and then I can start to put it together.

Today the quote is from anonymous.... "We are each of us angels with only one wing and we can only fly by embracing one another"

Friday, September 05, 2014

Tears - of joy and pride!

I have a story to share today (being typed as tears drip down my face).  Our sons grew up with a special friend who became one of the boys that we loved as well.  Steven was in and out of our house all the time (as I know our boys were in and out of his).  He could be counted on to know the weather report inside and out, and he was the conscience of our boys.  Steven was, and is, incapable of telling a lie and if our boys happened to do something that was not quite up to our standards, we would be sure to hear about it.  With that hanging over their heads, I'm sure our boys thought twice about doing many of the things that would have gotten them into deep trouble!  Don't get me wrong - Steven was not a tattle tale - it was simply that his conscience would not allow him to participate in any wrong doing.

To illustrate that point....our oldest son was somewhat of a dare-devil and would do things that he shouldn't and one evening he thought it would be 'fun' to try something that he'd seen at school.  The premise was that you shook a can of pop and then inserted a straight pin into the side of it.  Removing the pin would then (theoretically) result in shooting the pop with great force into your mouth.  Well, as things are prone to doing, the pin shot out of the can with great force and then promptly disappeared.  The boys turned the family room upside down hunting for the pin and Steven finally came to the conclusion that perhaps, just perhaps, said pin had gone down RJ's throat with the force of the pop.  Despite huge protests from RJ, Steven did the right thing and got Mom and Dad.  Suffice to say, a scary trip to the ER ensued and yes indeed, pin was lodged in RJ's stomach lining.  Had it gotten loose it could have resulted in a perforated bowel or heaven only knows what. 

Despite all these goings on, Steven has remained a friend to all of us and, although he has moved away and we don't see him often he is still 'our' kid.

I think, by now, (if you have read this far), you will have figured out that Steven is a special needs person.  The 'pride' portion of this post comes from an article that is in the paper about Stephen being chosen as the Canadian Special Olympics male athlete of the year.  He has won many gold medals competing for Canada in the Special Olympics with his main sport being speed skating.  He also competes in the summer sports and does equally as well. 

If you would like to read more about him and about his competitions with Special Olympics, go HERE.    As you can see, we are SO proud of him!!

Today the quote is from Christopher Reeve... "I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles"

Thursday, September 04, 2014

As promised....

As I promised you yesterday, here are some closeups of the crazy quilted block I did for Pam Kellogg's calendar (which is available HERE). 

This is the lower left area.  It's the first time I have tried to bead a 'cabachon' (in this case, an oval shisha mirror).  It took me hours to do, but I like the effect I got.  

The lower right.  The wee house in the woods is cross stitched using waste canvas.  You can see the little crocheted snowflake that is beneath a sparkly button on the mid-left.  Web stitches with beads added for extra sparkle. A seam treatment using silver sequins for additional sparkle.  There's a seam covered in tatting, and also some pearls added.  All meant to give the effect of snow.  

On the upper left - the trees are a button and there's more beads added to stitching motifs reminiscent (I hope anyway!) of snow flurries.
Seam treatments done with the use of waste canvas.  

On the upper right - more seams done using waste canvas and more snow 'flurries'.  I tried, with a limited degree of success, to make the pine branch  dimensional.  I think, if I were to do that again, I would use much thicker threads.  In real life the 'snow' is quite sparkly - it's done with a nylon ribbon sold for Christmas decorating.  More beads for sparkle here and there, and some snowflakes that were originally sold for scrapbooking purposes.

If you click on any of the pictures, they should embiggen so you can see more of the details.

Today's quote is from Thich Nhat Hanh.... "People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle, but I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth.  Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize:  a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black curious eyes of a child, our own two eyes.  All is a miracle"