MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

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

Friday, October 22, 2021

A moment (or maybe two) of awwwwwww

 First of all, how cute is my latest finished project???

This little sweetie measures in at about 12" tall. I used a crochet hook two sizes smaller than the pattern called for because I don't want any chance of any of the stuffing escaping. Pattern is THIS one and I used Bernat Velvet yarn.

And.....the last two of the long oven mitts are finished....



Update on the phone situation (and I know you were waiting to hear, weren't you!!)....nada, but more frustration.  Thanks be to Maureen who shared a link to the Better Business Bureau I have learned that I should run, not walk, away from Virgin Mobile.  I stand to lose the balance I have with them but it appears it will be a cheap price to pay.  Now I'm wondering what will happen when I attempt to cancel my account with them.  By all reports, it appears it might be a whole 'nother battle royal brewing.

- HERE is a great project you might want to make for Christmas giving.

- I do THIS when I'm cutting felt but perhaps some of you might not be aware of the trick.

- Have a look through the galleries of THIS artist!

- Sometimes a simple pattern is the best and I think THIS fits that criteria and would make great gifts too!

Today's quote is a poem from Edgar Albert Guest....

Have You Earned Your Tomorrow

Is anybody happier because you passed his way?
Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today?
This day is almost over, and it's toiling time is through;
Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word of you?

Did you give a cheerful greeting to the friend that came along?
Or a churlish sort of "Howdy" and then vanish in the throng?
Were you selfish pure and simple as you rushed along the way,
Or is someone mighty grateful for a deed you did today?

Can you say tonight, in parting with the day that's slipping fast,
That you helped a single brother of the many that you passed?
Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said;
Does a man whose hopes were fading now with courage look ahead?

Did you waste  the day, or lose it, was it well or sorely spent?
Did you leave a trail of kindness or a scar of discontent?
As you close your eyes in slumber do you think that God would say,
You have earned one more tomorrow by the work you did today?



Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Song and Dance

 And....we have another chapter in the ongoing phone saga.  As I expected, the visit to the actual brick and mortar phone store yielded yet another song and dance.  Of course they didn't have the phone I wanted in stock but gee whiz they can sell me a much more expensive one.  Nope.  Then I questioned the ability to set up the monthly plan and what I would have to provide in order to do so....still insisted that I needed to give them my social insurance number.  Nope.  What browned my apples is that I already have a phone/plan with them so why should I even have to supply any form of further identification??  Can they not simply sell me a new phone and continue with my existing information?  


Enter Part Three of the saga - came home and re-called Virgin Mobile and got a much more helpful fellow who told me that all I should have to do (key word there might be 'should') is buy the new phone and get it into my hands....and THEN they can simply switch my current balance over to the new plan.  That makes more sense although the doing of it might still be a challenge.

Enter Part Four - attempted to order the new phone online and the system flatly refused to accept my payment and it swore up and down that I don't live where I know I do.  Another phone call to customer service and it turned out their entire system was down.  So....tomorrow is another day.....

Now on to much more fun things although I don't have any finished projects to show you this time.  However, I can show you this....



When it grows up (out?) it will be a baby afghan for our expected wee one.  Late yesterday afternoon my Insul-Bright arrived so I'm now able to finish the last two long oven mitts that have been in limbo waiting for the mailman to deliver.  

- There is an amazing online art quilt show HERE (click through the pages to visit all the entries AND you can also see close-ups of the pieces.  Thank you Linda for the head's up on this one (and be sure to watch for her entry called 'Hanging By Threads')

- THIS is another one of those awwwww things!!

- THIS is a sweet little hat and mittens set for a baby.

- Have a look at the amazing creations of THIS artist!

- If you have a little girl on your list that likes dolls, prepare to lose yourself in all the possibilities of things you could make HERE.  Keep scrolling down and you can click on further pages of possibilities.  

Today's quote is from the Dalai Lama...."When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know.  But if you listen, you may learn something new"



Monday, October 18, 2021

Zip It!

 Yes, zipping it is a good idea here at Chez Magpie at the moment.  We have a huge influx of fruit flies and unless one wants an extra helping of protein, one is wise to keep one's mouth closed (in other words, zip it!).  We have little  plastic wrap covered bowls filled with apple cider vinegar/sugar and the little buggers are drowning by the dozens.  


And....I have finished the last pair of socks (at least for this year)...




My usual sock recipe that seems to suit everyone.  

There's no update on the phone issue because I 
haven't gotten to the store yet.  Hopefully I'll
have something to tell you on Wednesday!

- Remember me sending you to a post re using a great alternative to pre-made tape for joining quilt batting pieces?  Well, Vicki has posted some additional information that you might want to read HERE.  

- Have a peek at the portfolio of THIS amazing artist!

- If you're in to needle felting perhaps you'd like to give THIS a try.

- HERE's another of those things that just made me smile.

- THIS has to be one of the sweetest little baby hats I've ever seen!

Today's quote is from Shira Tamir..."Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day"


Friday, October 15, 2021

Polish...... polish....

 


Yes, I am putting a fresh coat of spit and polish on my soapbox preparatory to my latest rant.  Please feel free to either read on or simply move on down to the links.

I am old school.  I don't like cell phones.  I don't use a cell phone beyond for a couple of minutes once or twice a month to call in to the grocery store to tell them I'm there to pick up my grocery order.  I have an old-fashioned flip phone and it's only for emergencies.  I know, I should get with this century but if I don't need it why would I pay big bucks each month in order to have something I don't use.

OK - fast forward to the current times when the need is apparently arising for things called 'vaccine passports' in order to be able to use various services (like entering restaurants).  I thought I had successfully avoided issues by printing a paper copy of our proof of vaccinations.  Well, it appears that they've (the infamous 'they' who have nothing better to do than make everyone else's life miserable) already figured out how to forge the paper versions and now they are apparently  not going to be acceptable forms of identification.  Enter the new-fangled cell phone and the need for one.  I wouldn't care about entering restaurants because that's something we rarely do (and haven't at all since covid hit) BUT we're planning to fly out to see our #2 son and his family in February and, guess what, we won't be able to get on the plane without showing that dad-gum 'proof of vaccination' and....guess what.....it will have to be on a phone.


Enter the assistance of #2 son's technical expertise and a suitable phone and cheap plan was sourced (luckily my credit on my current cell phone plan is transferable).  All was good - until - the person on the other end of the phone informed me that I would need to provide (as proof of identification) my driver's license AND my Social Insurance Number.  Now....wait just a hot minute....it's against the law for them to ask for the SIN number.  The ONLY people who are allowed, by law, to require that are government agencies and employers.  I told her that and she said I was wrong and that it was the only way I would be able to purchase a phone/plan.  I told her that no, I believed I was correct and therefore would not be proceeding with the purchase at this time until I had time to check the facts.  

Sure enough, a perusal of the Government Of Canada web site proved me to be correct.  They are NOT allowed to ask for that information....well, actually they're allowed to "ask", but I am not legally required to provide same.  I wonder just how many other people have been caught up in that particular snare and been railroaded into doing something that's totally against the law.

So....tomorrow I will be going to the cell phone store in person and will be prepared to do battle.  We'll see what happens!!!  


- Another involuntary aww from THIS one.

THIS link leads to a PDF file for a really nice fabric basket.

- If you happen to be searching for ideas for Halloween costumes and decorations have a scroll through THIS site.

- I know I shared how to make one of THESE awhile ago but this is a different version. 

- There's a good tutorial HERE for adjusting the waistband in jeans for a perfect fit.



Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Um,mmmmmm......

 Yawn.  Even I'm bored with me today.  Nothing to show you - nothing has happened that's saga worthy....even my soapbox is in need of a good polishing.  What's this world coming to?  My mind has been occupied with coming up with the baby quilt I have in mind but unfortunately modern technology hasn't advanced as far as being able to show inside-the-brain pictures.  


So.....onward, to the links.....

- I've never heard of THIS before!!  You learn something new every day.

- There are tons of fabric landscapes to see HERE

- Some of you, at least the sane quilters, might find this chart useful....


- Seeing the work of THIS amazing artist elicited an involuntary WOW from me!

- If I decorated for Halloween I'd be all over making one of THESE (and wouldn't it be fun in a Christmas theme too?).  I know you need to purchase the pattern, but I still thought it was a fun one to share.

- AND I think THESE are very cool!  I can imagine what my grandies would think of them!! (be prepared if you are grossed out by spiders)

- I can see using up some red scraps of fabric to make a bowl full of THESE for your fall decor.

Today's quote is from Brianna Wiest...."One day, the mountain that is in front of you will be so far behind you, it will barely be visible in the distance.  But the person you become in learning to get over it? That will stay with you forever.  And that is the point of the mountain"


Monday, October 11, 2021

Partially done

 Remember that jumble of fabrics that I showed you last time?  Well, some of them have been turned into these.....


The rest are heading that way too.....ten in all.  The project came to a screeching halt with the stash I had of Insul-Bright coming to an end.  More is on order so the rest will have to wait on the mailman.  The pattern came from HERE.  Hopefully oven mitts will be a welcome gift!

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QUESTION..... is anyone having issues with leaving comments on my blog and them not going through?  I had an email from Joy and she said her comments aren't showing up and that set me to wondering if anyone else has noticed a problem?  I'm not seeing her comments to approve them so there's a 'glitch' somewhere.  

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- If you are a crocheter and work with squares, have a peek at THIS pretty way of joining them together.

- I  love THESE!

- HERE is a great tip for using up all the small pieces of quilt batting you might have.

- HERE is a great tutorial for making a witch hat for Halloween.

This weekend is the Canadian Thanksgiving (not to be confused with the American one which is in November) so in that light, I found this quote from Neil A. Maxwell..."We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count"




Friday, October 08, 2021

Cut, cut, measure, measure.....

 All my cutting and measuring has resulted in this....


Horrible photo, but it's dull outside and NOT great for pictures I'm afraid.

Which will be turned into several 'somethings', but that will be revealed once they are.  There was some cobbling together too but I'm calling that design elements.  

AND.....there's a finish!  Those partially completed socks I showed you last time are off the needles and another pair has been started...



- Have a look through the galleries of THIS incredible artist!  You can use the 'translate' feature.

- THIS is a really sweet little project that could be used as a pincushion or for fall decor - and would make a really nice gift too.

- I know I've sent to you to a link for one of THESE before but this one is a bit different (gift idea perhaps?)

Today's quote...


Wednesday, October 06, 2021

In progress

 Today I don't have any finished projects to show so instead how be I share a few things I have in progress?  

First of all, the third advent calendar...




You'll note the use of pink-ish fabric for the border - doesn't look as though it should 'go' but it blends with the colours I used in the ornaments.






Still needs the hanging sleeve, the ornament storage pocket, and label.
(oh, and the ornaments still need their final decorative stitching once I manage to source some metallic gold crochet cotton)

Second, 1 and  1/2 socks...


Third, a knitted baby afghan....



I usually have a couple of different types of projects on the go at any given time, primarily because I get bored with doing one thing, but also to save my hands somewhat.

- I usually don't post things if I can't give proper credit, but THIS caught my eye and it's too good not to share.  If you know who made it, please let me know!

- THESE  are pretty incredible!

- If you'd like to make something to add to your Christmas decor, perhaps something HERE might intrigue you.

- For those of you with little girls in your life, perhaps creating one of THESE might be just the thing!

- I also stumbled across THIS and thought it would be a really cool thing to do for Halloween (or any time of the year really).

Today's quote is from Mahatma Gandhi...."Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words.  Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviour.  Keep your behaviour positive because your behaviour becomes your habits.  Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values.  Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny"


Monday, October 04, 2021

A hodge podge of mumblings

 Some of you (maybe one or two) have likely realized that I have a slightly warped sense of humour so it will come as no surprise that seeing this on the jar of peanut butter label at breakfast this morning would set me off...


You'll likely have to embiggen the picture to get what I'm referring to.  I wonder if Loblaws REALLY expects me to eat that much at one sitting??  See?  Told you I was warped!

Resident Chef harvested his pepper crop from the balcony and turned some of these...


into these...


The rest are in the freezer.

Our trip to the apple orchard last week gleaned us some Honey Crisp and Paula Red apples.  The Honey Crisps are perfect for eating but the Paula's weren't crispy at all.  So....this was the result...


And, remember the wheelchair shawl I showed you a few days ago and that I wasn't happy with the stiffness of the yarn?  Well, there's been a remake and I think this is much better (Caron Simply Soft yarn).


The close up photo shows the colour much better.  


- Sometimes I come across something that I hadn't heard of before and THIS is one of them.  

- I'd love to make one of THESE for our grandies, but it would take a VERY long time methinks!

- A set of THESE would be fun to make for Halloween!

Today's quote...."The secret to a long marriage?  Never fall out of love with each other on the same day"


Friday, October 01, 2021

Done, done AND done

 Did you notice that?  Three done-zzz???  That's because there are now three little sweaters completed for three grandies that are heading into the Christmas box.  This is the third - same pattern, same yarn, just ever so slightly different colorway.... (you can scroll down to see the other two if you want to compare them).  


Yesterday we went on a short road trip which ended up turning into yet another of our famous (or infamous?) debacles.  Our destination was Algoma Orchards which is a great apple market in quest of a nice supply of apples.  Resident Chef drove there and, as usual, handed the keys over to me to drive home.  First mistake.  I, unfortunately for some, am one of those people who likes to go on the roads less traveled and often can be heard to say 'I wonder what's down this road?'.  Well, my wondering can lead to some pretty interesting adventures and yesterday was no exception.  We saw more dead ends than ever before and I did more backtracking than we'd ever done.  Poor Resident Chef was nearly beside himself as I wandered up and down trying to find something that would lead us home.  All those backroads had us oftentimes winding around and going miles out of our way in the opposite direction...all this with a gas tank that was flirting with fumes.  Ooops.  I guess we're simply getting too old for going on road trip adventures and from now on I'll have to be good and stick to the beaten path. 



But if I had, would we have seen these?



Or these?......





- There are some really cute ideas HERE for making bookmarks (perhaps to go along with a book you're gifting at Christmas?)

- I'm sure there is someone on your Christmas list that might appreciate one of THESE.

- I've often wondered how to make THESE (you'll need to scroll way down to get the tutorial).

- Some of you might find THIS to be something you'd like to keep in your files.

Today's quote...."A grandmother thinks about her grandchildren day and night even if they are not with her and will love them in a way they will never understand"


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Check -

 Yep, place a check mark beside another completed project.  This is a shawl created for a person who uses a wheelchair....just something to tuck around the shoulders for additional warmth and (theoretically at least) it's supposed to stay in place...


A close-up to show the pattern detail....


Pattern is THIS one and I used Caron Jumbo yarn.  The colorway is perfect but I'm not 100% sold on the softness of the yarn.  This one might just end up being a do-over project.  




- Some of us have an old glass coffee pot lurking about in a cupboard somewhere and perhaps using it to make one of THESE might be fun?

- If you, or someone you know, is into decorating for Halloween, making one (or more) of THESE might be on your list.

-THIS is cute for fall.

- If you have an old dresser perhaps some of THESE  revamping ideas will catch your eye.  

Today's quote is from Robert Holden..."Beware of destination addition, a preoccupation with the idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job, and the next partner.  Until you give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else, it will never be where you are"

Monday, September 27, 2021

Three things today

 First of all, I made these pillowcases over the weekend for three little 'grandies' who just need to have something fun to sleep on.  I used the burrito method from THIS great tutorial.  



Second, the mailman brought me a wonderful parcel all the way from the US stuffed full of wonderful buttons for my collection and inspiration.  The little green frogs are already in a baggie with some baby yarn to make a wee sweater.  Thank you Liz - you know I'll find a use for all of these!!!!



And finally, I finished off the cookie cross stitch ornaments.  Three of these are going to go along with a container of "Grandpa's Cookies' that will be mailed to the grandies close to Christmas.  The other one will be put aside for another Christmas  for our expected wee one.  



And....thank you to everyone who gave me ideas of what to create from the Scottie Dog cross stitch!  Some really clever ideas that I certainly hadn't thought of.  Now I have to decide on something!

- Sometimes I stumble across something that utterly astounds me and THIS is one of those things.  Who knew?

- Some of you, no doubt, are familiar with RAOK's (Random Acts of Kindness) and possibly took part in sending little surprises in the mail to unsuspecting people.  With the huge increases in postal rates most of us were forced to stop.  I came across THIS and thought what a great idea the little crocheted items are.  I've seen this done in the winter with people making scarves and hats and leaving them for people to find, as well as leaving books on park benches.  

- Some of THESE would make great front porch Halloween decorations!

- Have to admire those who come up with really creative ideas for recycling common items like THESE.

- Karen Ruane, embroider extraordinaire, has just announced her newest online class and you can find out more in her post HERE.

- THESE are rather cute - and a good use for scraps and a quick gift.

Today's quote...."Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and wrong.  Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these"

Friday, September 24, 2021

The end? For now?

 This is the final cross stitch project I had planned (hooray, sez you?) 

I wanted to make a Scottie dog for my Australian cousin and this design caught my eye.  Now I just have to decide what to turn it into.  It measures about 4" wide.   Any ideas???

- Have a look through the gallery of THIS amazing artist!

- And look at THIS!  It's crocheted by an artist named Beata Bylinka.  Unfortunately she only seems to have a presence on Facebook but at least this link shows just some of her work.

- There are a number of cute Halloween projects HERE.

Today's quote is from George Bernard Shaw..."Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance"


Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Two more things

 Here is the second completed sweater - done with the same yarn (different colourway, although still 'denim' blue)  and using the same basic pattern as the one I showed you in my previous post...



And....here's another little completed cross stich project - our #1 grandie is currently reading Harry Potter books so I thought he'd enjoy having a themed bookmark.  


  

The lettering around the bottom reads "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good'.  

- I came across something called 'Dignity Scarfs' which sent me off on yet another tangent trying to find the pattern to share with you and HERE it is.  What a pretty way to wear a bib (perfect for seniors homes I think).  You'll have to scroll down to see the photo of the completed project.

- THIS is a really sweet little project you might like to do.

- Those of you who enjoy quilts might like to follow along with THIS.  Every day over the next couple of weeks they will release new show and tells of quilts - a virtual quilt show!

- THIS guy just plain made me smile.

- Came across THIS cute pattern in my quest for baby things.  

Today's quote..."If I waited until I had all my ducks in a row, I'd never get across the street.  Sometimes you just have to gather up what you've got and make a run for it"

Monday, September 20, 2021

One (of three)

 I realized I forgot to share this completed project with you....



I used 'Jeans' yarn by Lion Brand and it is from the 'Wonder Years' pattern by Elizabeth Smith Knits and can be found HERE.  I love this pattern and have used it several times.  There's a second sweater currently drying after being blocked that I will show you next time, also from the same pattern, and I started the third one as well.  Three little grandson will be warm come Christmas I hope!

And, this is a teeny little glimpse of another project I have underway...


- THIS would be a handy gift for the tv-watcher in your household provided, of course, the brain could be trained to actually USE it!!!

- I think THIS would make a wonderful little gift if it were accompanied perhaps by a pretty mug and maybe some packets of hot chocolate.

- Those of you who are owned by a cat might find THIS a fun project that will be appreciated by your furry friend.

- There's a tutorial HERE that gives great info on using colored pencils on fabric.

Today's quote isn't a quote but something that made me laugh (hope it doesn't offend anyone!)

Friday, September 17, 2021

Good eating and ornie update

 The four little ornaments are ready to have the beading added but I have to wait for the mailman to deliver what I need.  I have tons of beads but they're all too large for these.  



The white area around the outside will be trimmed away before they are finished with felt on the back.

The mailman very nicely left me a package that held a piece of this fabric...

...which I hope will work well with this fabric I got just  a little while ago...


...to make a little baby quilt.  Now I've let my fingers run amuck and I've ordered the coordinating 5" squares in the first fabric line to bring the panel up to the size I need for a baby quilt.  I love both these fabrics and I'm pretty sure our daughter-in-love and #2 son will be happy with it.  


Resident Chef made this recipe and it's definitely a winner.  Good  for breakfast OR you could serve it with a dollop of ice cream for a dessert.  Good either way!

CRÈME BRULEE BAKED OATMEAL
2 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
2 T. butter, melted    ½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda   ¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon        1 ½ c. milk
1 c. vanilla yogurt            2 eggs
2/3 c. brown sugar, divided
     350 degrees – 9” square pan. Combine all
but 1/3 c. brown sugar.  Cover pan with foil &
bake 20 mins.  Remove foil and bake another 25
mins.  Sprinkle with remaining brown sugar & broil
3 – 5 mins.

- THIS fellow is quite adorable and could be put to a number of uses.

- If you decorate for Halloween perhaps THESE might be fun.  I might be tempted to simply use paper plates (if there wasn't any rain in the forecast!).

- Have a peek through the works of THIS amazing artist!

- THIS would be a really cute addition to your fall/Halloween decor too. I think you could easily applique triangles for eyes and perhaps use some black buttons to form a mouth if you wanted to go in that direction.

Today's quote is from Honore De Balsac...."When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt"

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

New little stitcheries....and yet another debacle......

 I came across a fun little cookie-themed cross stitch design so I decided I would make each of the 'grandies' a Christmas ornament.  Resident Chef makes cookies and sometimes there's a care package that heads out in the mail to our grandsons so Grandpa is pretty cool in their eyes.  Each ornament will be slightly different but the basic outline is the same.  Right now I'm awaiting a shipment of tiny beads to add here and there for additional sparkle.  When we send the ornaments of course there will be a box of cookies to go along with them.  



These are done using perforated paper which is a first attempt for me.  I think I'll be doing more.  

Just to show you that this blog is never predictable (Hah!!), the subject of mold came up on another blog and it reminded me that I have stumbled across a good product that seems to help with that issue, at least in a bathroom.  We've been battling mold in ours for several years and I've tried numerous different things - bleach, vinegar, and a baking soda concoction I read about on the internet.  Nothing worked for any length of time.  Finally I read about a product called 'Lysol Bathroom Bleach Cleaner' (purple label) and thought I'd give it a try.  Best results yet!  


Oh the adventures that await us upon awakening here at Chez Magpie boggle even the mind of your intrepid reporter.  Yesterday morning Resident Chef undertook to clean out the fridge which should (note the key word I used there....should) be relatively uneventful.  Suddenly there was a monumental crash and the ominous sounds of something breaking, followed rapidly by some rather colourful language.  I hit the doorway running and immediately saw a flow of ooze.  My first thought was 'NOT THE CARPET' because we just had it cleaned.  More by luck that anything else the goo remained on the kitchen floor.  But HOW in heaven's name can one little bottle of kefir manage to spread itself across half the kitchen floor??  Yeeeewwwww.  

So....the least decrepit of us (read that, moi) was down on the floor once again trying to mop up.  Of course it managed to ooze it's way beneath the fridge itself along with the cabinet on the other side.  

What caused all this (beyond the fridge cleaning)? One of the shelves in the door of the fridge decided that it should come unattached launching the contents downwards.  To Resident Chef's credit he managed to catch two of the bottles of kefir but not being in possession of three hands was a definite drawback.  Maybe I should send him to juggling school?

- Further on the bathroom theme, how about THIS?

- Pocket shawls seem to be all the rage at the moment and THIS is a nice pattern.  You'll need to scroll way down to get the pattern.

- HERE is a cute wee Halloween cross stitch design.

- THIS is just plain fun!

- THESE made me smile.

Today's quote is from Leo Tolstoy...."If you see that some aspect of your society is bad, and you want to improve it, there is only one way to do so: you have to improve people.  And in order to improve people, you begin with only ONE thing - you can become better yourself"

Monday, September 13, 2021

Knees up? And I'm not Mother Brown.....

 Well, folks, I hope this is the final chapter in the ongoing saga of whatever-it-is-that's-happening-here at Chez Magpie.  (and here you thought I was done....).  The removal of small table from the living room to take up residence beneath the small fridge in the storage room left a gaping hole and 'stuff' that didn't have a home.  Hmmmm.   Whilst out and about Friday morning Resident Chef made the clever suggestion that maybe we could just have a wee peek at the thrift store to see if there might be a nice 'little' table (please do note....the usage of the word 'little').  

Alas no tables but (and here's where the NEXT debacle began) there just so happened to be a really pretty bakers rack.  Hmmm....said I.  And Hmmmmm. said he.  Out came the measuring tape and yes it would fit.  Okay - done.

But...ummmmm - how to shoehorn it into the back of our Rav4.  3 men working their so-called magic after much pondering and test fitting....all the while refusing to listen to the one lonely woman who just 'happened' to have an idea.  Funny thing....they finally resorted (under much male testosterone duress, I might add) to using my idea.  Unfortunately said idea, altho' good in theory, ended up with the passenger seat pushed as far forward as it would go.  Have I mentioned that I have a 36" inseam?  And that the passenger seat is where I sit?? Now you know why you have an ear worm stuck in your brain...."Knees Up, Mother Brown" or maybe a mental picture of a can of sardines.

And then.....then.....came the question of how to haul it up to the apartment.  Yet more raised eyebrows in  the building lobby as we trundled through with said baker's rack on our trusty little cart.  Sometimes I think we live here just for the amusement of the masses.

Oh, and did I mention that Resident Chef then decided that he could take said rack apart so that I (note.....the use of the word 'I' as opposed to 'HE') could paint the wooden shelf part?  That, of course, meant crawling about on the floor and the inevitable beached whale syndrome when trying to get up again.  He also decided he would remove the wine rack part because we very rarely drink wine.  Altho - I might JUST consider taking it up if all this upheaval continues.  

Not a great picture, but here it is in situ....

To the left of the photo you can just see the corner of the cabinet that houses our tv.  Sorry about the mess below the new rack - I bought some artificial grapes and washed them and they're still dripping so there's a towel on the floor to absorb the drips.  Just in the very front (on the floor) you can see my silverware chest that once belonged to my grandmother.  I took a course in furniture refinishing many years ago JUST so I could learn to refinish that chest.  It will, once the grapes stop their drip, sit beneath the grape bowl on the bottom shelf.  To the right is our couch and just above you can catch a wee glimpse of a beautiful poppy picture that we bought for one of our 'special' anniversaries (25 years, maybe??). 

- The crazy quilters among you might find THIS a fun little project - and even if you're not a crazy quilter, it's STILL a fun project!

- THIS is another cute little project that would make great gifts.

- And HERE is another one!

- If you're thinking about making coasters as gifts, perhaps something in THIS list of possibilities might catch your eye.  Some are free and some are paid.

- There's a link HERE to download a very lovely magazine (free, too!!)

Today's quote..."Life doesn't allow for us to go back and fix what we have done wrong in the past, but it does allow for us to live each day better than our last"

Thursday, September 09, 2021

A trussed up chicken?

 Why, no, not a chicken but a mattress!


You can't see in the photo, but it's tied to our wonderful little cart.  Resident Chef pushed and I pulled our way to the elevator (only bumped into the wall a couple of times....and they're painting them anyway, so it doesn't matter). I'm blaming his driving skills on that.  Waited til the dark of night to attempt this rather dubious enterprise and wouldn't you know, there would be a man in the lobby who took one look and wanted to know what on earth we were doing.  I'm sure he went away talking to himself about the crazies that live in this building.  If nothing else, we do provide a certain amount of entertainment to the masses.

Now we hope the recyling guys picked it up before it gone rained on this afternoon.  

And, further on the fridge saga - it is now residing quite comfortably on top of the table and Resident Chef is happy.  It's loaded with all the preserves and doing the job quite nicely.  Now....to find another table to replace the original in the living room.  Yep - it's the galloping ick at work once again.

- I think THIS is cute - and useful too.  I might consider embiggening the pattern just a bit and it would be perfect to carry a mask.  

- All I can say is wow over THESE!

- HERE is an idea for something you could make for kids (or adults too, for that matter).

- Have a peek through the galleries of THIS artist.

Today's quote..."Don't compare your life to others.  There's no comparison between the sun and the moon.  They shine when it's their time"


Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Chapter 2 - and 21, 22, and 23...and 42

 I'm beginning to wonder if the Saga of the Fridge/Mattress is ever going to draw to a close.  This morning I booked the recyclers to come and pick up the mattress but that will mean getting it downstairs.  To my mind, throwing it over the balcony whilst shouting 'LOOK OUT BELOW" is good enough but Resident Chef refuses to entertain that thought.  So, he arrived in my sewing room doorway this afternoon wondering if I was doing anything.  Ummmm....you need to ask???.....However I, being a dutiful wife, followed him into the living room where he announced that he's figured out a way to transport the thing.  We will just fold it up and tie it and then it will fit on our cart.  Me, being a skeptical wife, yet as above-noted, also dutiful - was commandeered to throw myself bodily over said mattress to hold it in place whilst he tied it up.  Long involved story short (and under much trepidation on my part, having all sorts of mental images of said mattress uncoiling and throwing me upwards towards the ceiling) the mattress is now trussed up like a chicken, awaiting the next part of the process, that of tying it onto the cart and wrestling it into the elevator.  If you don't hear from me, you'll know said mattress has thrown me down the elevator shaft....

Oh, and a further side note to the storage room/small fridge debacle?  Now Resident Chef has decided that he simply doesn't want to bend over to deal with what's in that fridge and therefore it needs to be 'up on something'.  Of course, that 'something' is ALSO just a half inch too big to go in without....you guessed it....moving that shelving unit again.  Our 42nd wedding anniversary is today and I suspect he's leaving wading into that project until after we've gotten through the day because he's quite sure I might not be speaking to him afterwards.  Wonder whatever would give him that opinion?

The final three ornaments (minus one, that's awaiting knowing what the baby's name will be) are stitched....


Santa is part of another design - as is Mrs. Santa.  The owl design ended up becoming a snowy owl and I re-designed his feet because the originals were much too large.  

- Have a look through the galleries of THIS artist!

- THIS is for those of you who like panda bears!

- THIS is perfect for a little girl (big girls too!)

- There are some fun ideas HERE for making bookmarks (gifts, perhaps??)

Today the quote simply has

 to be an anniversary wish to the love of my life!