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Friday, February 15, 2019

A Whirlwind Week

Oh gosh this week was a busy one, yet it was wonderful too!  Work Monday, mammogram Tuesday (no changes) so I like to treat myself with a visit to a quilt store afterwards....well, I came home with a stack of Lori Holt Farm Girl Vintage fat quarters and a fat quarter stack of Kim Diehl's new fabric line, a charm pack and a pattern I have been eyeing up for quite awhile.  

I follow a lot of buy and sell pages on FB and I found this cart on one....picked it up on Monday after work.  I thinned out the kids toys as they really don't play with many of I will have to sell the toy organizer I used previously.  

Okay let's go back to Tuesday.......I had already had both hair and nail appointments booked for after school Tuesday so once I popped home and let the dogs out, I headed in to town and had my hair cut and my nails done.....gotta LOVE sparkles!!

Worked Wednesday and Hubby came home Wednesday night.  Yesterday we were off to Calgary to my Dr appointment there.  After my appointment Hubby drove me to a quilt shop and waited in the car for me while I shopped.....I finally bought myself one of these spray bottles for my Best Press.  Can't wait to use it!  (I also signed up for a Lori Holt block of the month for Vintage Christmas and received the first package and can't wait to make the first four blocks while I am off next week!!!!...or maybe sooner!)  Since I seem to be addicted to Lori Holt I also purchased a Bake Sale fat quarter pack and a jar of her buttons! 

We stopped for groceries on the way home and while I shouldn't have, we bought a cupcake for each of us since it was Valentine's Day!!  (more icing than cake!!!!)

To add to my already GREAT day, in the mail were two books I had ordered from Amazon!!!!  LOVE LOVE LOVE them....especially the Simple Friendships II!!!!!

I must work on my sewing area purge really soon...............I need to be ruthless and really really keep only my favorite kits, books, patterns, notions, etc, etc!  I would hate the thoughts of packing it up if we were ever to decide to move again!  HAHAHA!

Snowing today and I have to drive Hubby to pick up his truck this afternoon.  Then maybe, after laundry is done, I could cut out my new blocks.  I ordered some fabric that I will need to finish this project (pro active eh?????  I've only just got the first of the BOM packages!) because this fabric line is really hard to find. Looks like it will be a good stitching weekend..........

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Small Stuff

Hello!  I was doing so well posting on a fairly regular basis!  Oops!

Let's see......first, my stitching projects.  This first project was a February Challenge in a Facebook group I belong to.  Kathleen Tracy's Small Quilt Lovers.  It was fun to do....the hardest is picking fabric...all stash. Very small 14.5" x 14.5"

Then I wanted some hand work to do while watching the Super Bowl game last weekend so I quilted and bound this one (colors waaaaaaay off!):

The top I've posted a long time was made for my friend Erica.  She was battling cancer and we had had a conversation where I was motivating her to get off her couch and live each day (which she did!!).......I didn't get it finished on time....the top hung on my design wall for a long time as the thought of finishing it made me sad......but here it is, a reminder of my dear friend.💕

Yesterday Daughter2 brought out my Lyla for a sleepover!  I can't remember the last time I had her here all by myself!  It was GREAT to have her here and we crafted and played and had a great time!  This was to be a Valentine tree....her hand/arm are the tree and then thumb prints for the leaves.....well, this is how it turned out!  I like it just the way it is!

Then she continued on, painting several other pictures.

After bath time....a picture we sent off to Hubby/Poppa who was away at work!

Okay......I might have trimmed her bangs a bit too short.  ðŸ˜¬  Thank goodness hair grows!!!!  This morning she insisted on playing with play I whipped up a small batch.  This was after Ana and Elsa's birthday party....with Olaf of course!  

After her Mommy picked her up and I got the house cleaned, I went to put garbage out.  Well, I could hear this sound in the trees.....and there were a ton of birds eating the pinecones (or the seeds in the pinecones) and the sound was the pinecones falling.  I didn't get a great picture of the birds doing that (I think they are white winged crossbills....beautiful red birds!) but I got a (bad) pic of a chickadee enjoying the fresh seeds I put out in this feeder!

And this non feathered friend enjoying the seeds out of the other feeder!  Hey, squirrels have to eat too!  Usually there are blue jays at this one!

I've caught a cold...of course....and will take medicine tonight and get my diffuser going with Thieves.  A busy week Monday, mammogram Tuesday (then hair and nails in the afternoon), work Wednesday and then Calgary Dr appointment Thursday.  Hubby will drive me to that one so I hope parking will be easy!!  I hope we can go out for lunch afterwards and celebrate Valentines Day.  No school the following week and I am excited about that!!!!!!!!!!!  I hope the weather smartens up and it warms up a bit but not snow!  (😂 wishful thinking!)  We are most definitely in a cold snap....or "polar vortex" (the new phrase!)  I sure hope it passes soon!!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Unicorn Party and My Loves

A great weekend just passed......all of our kids were together at our granddaughters 3rd birthday party!  Both grand babies too....and no picture of all of us altogether!  Argh!  

Daughter1 decided on a unicorn theme for Lyla's birthday party and Daughter2 bought this fancy cake!  I had to cut it and it wasn't an easy task!  I started at the back incase I really messed up but I think it went okay.  ðŸ˜‹

Here is the birthday girl....all wired up after gymnastics and ready to party!

We did manage to get a picture of Hubby and I with our grand babies.  ðŸ’•

This guy...what a bundle of energy!  LOVED having him with us all weekend....and his parents of course...and uncle!  His mommy wasn't feeling the greatest so I tried to help out as much as I could.  

Sunday morning I made a big breakfast and everyone loves a german pancake....this one really poofed up over the edge!  Yummmmmy!

After they all left around 12:30 (Hubby had left for back to work at 4:30 am) I got to work cleaning the house and doing laundry and bedding and towels.  Whew!  It was done and I was ready for another work week.  I am beat was a busy day at work as it most definitely is time for bed!  ðŸ˜´  The roads were awful driving to work....yesterday it had rained early and then snowed most of the day! Sanding trucks were out in places but I will have to watch again tomorrow morning as the roads weren't that much better on my way home.  I really really dislike winter driving!!!!!!!!

Okay.........nighty night!  

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Cheri Payne, Lucky Socks and an Oldie!

Cheri Payne was a quilt designer, fabric designer, embroidery designer and painter.  She had several last names over the years.  I am assuming she was married more than once?  Her style is very primitive and when she taught she told her students to just go with their mistakes.....nothing was "wrong".  I follow a FB group dedicated to her work.  Her husband has allowed the administrator to share patterns with us....Cheri lost her battle with cancer last April.  Here is a Stitch Along we were challenged to do on the group for January.  Her pattern included a few patterns and this is the one I chose.  Heart with Flowers.  I loved making it and I love the end result.  Cotton fabrics for the background and wool for the appliqué.

I mention at the beginning of the month the dachshund socks my friend Kim gave me for Christmas.  Here they Lucky Socks.  I wore them to work on Monday......not sure they were lucky for me but a fellow EA lived to see another day!  ðŸ˜ ðŸ˜ðŸ˜³  (It's been one of those weeks with her although she wasn't there one day and it was BLISS!!!!)

A gal I know from my hometown posted this OLDIE on Facebook this week.  I was a figure skater there for many years and then after our kids were born, I got into coaching.  Just incase you don't recognize me (HAHAHAHA😂😂😂) I'm the one with the ponytails on the right!

Gosh that seems a lifetime ago!  It was, really!!  And to think I started dating Hubby three years later! (I didn't have the hair although I'm sure he still wishes I did!  ðŸ˜)

Happy happy weekend coming up! All my kids and grandkids will be together for our granddaughters third birthday party!!!!!  I haven't seen Jude since before Christmas...oh and his parents too 😆 I can't wait!!!!!

Off to take our little Pixie to the vet to see what this little lump is on her tummy......praying it's nothing serious!  I can't take anymore bad news!!!!

UPDATE:  Vet doesn't think there is anything to worry about.  I am to keep an eye on it and look for any changes.  I think it's getting smaller so fingers crossed that continues!  

Sunday, January 20, 2019


My dear sweet Molly has not returned.  

A lot of memories were made in the short time Miss Molly was with me and these last few days have been really tough because every room I go in or even when I walk outside, those memories come flooding back and then the tears would start.  If I was in my sewing room I would picture her sleeping on whatever project I was working on, wanting cuddles or on my sewing chair when I needed to sit down.  ðŸ˜Š  If I was in the bathroom I would picture her playing in the tub or ripping down the whole roll of toilet paper (which I moved so she couldn't do that but moved it back today 😢 ).  When I go for a walk I picture her walking with us and running through the trees and playing tag with Phoebe.  I had to pack up her things today and store them in the garage.  Every time I walked by them I would tear up and it was hard.  There is a missing part of my heart.  
I wonder how much loss a heart can take?

When I was shopping on Saturday, everywhere I looked, there were cat things.......hit me right in the was tough...maybe Molly was sending love.  I hope so......I miss her.  ðŸ’”

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Where Are You Molly????

 My sweet, cuddly and bratty Molly, goes outside most nights.  I don't think she travels far and is ALWAYS at the front door when I let the dogs out in the morning.  This morning she wasn't.  I have walked all over calling her, several times today (if she was outside and I called her name, she usually came within moments); I talked to the neighbours but no Molly.  So this afternoon I cried.  I cried when I walked by her toys.  I cried when I walked by her food dish.  I cry when I look out the front window expecting her to be sitting on the ledge wanting in.  I am crying now just typing this.  Hubby will be home tomorrow and can take the quad out and drive further to see if he can see any signs of her.  We had quite a bit of snow through the night and there were no tracks for me to see.  My heart is breaking.  I try to think of the song 🎶 "The cat came back, the very next day. The cat came back, we thought he was a goner but the cat came back, he just couldn't stay awaaaaaaay." 🎶
 I sure hope she comes back.  ðŸ˜¿ðŸ˜¢

If you are the praying type, please pray for Molly's safe return. 🙏  ðŸ’“

Last weekend I spent some time organizing this bit of fabric in my sewing area.  These are my reproduction prints in my old copper boiler.  The first pic shows the fat quarters on the bottom then the second shows the yardage folded on top with some neatly folded jelly roll strips in the bag.

Today I organized and tidied up my linen closet before and after my hair appointment and looking for Molly.  I didn't take a picture!  Who needs to see that?  ðŸ˜‚  I need to get through all the other closets in the day.

Well I am going to hit the hay.....and try to sleep.  Darn pets.....they sure snag a piece of your heart....praying she is waiting for me in the morning.........

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Santas, Books and Organization..In That Order

I forgot to show you the Santa's my youngest brother carved for me to paint with my grandkids.....aren't they amazing??  I have a vision of what I want them to look like but I'm not sure it involves my almost 3 year old grand babies!  LOLOL  ðŸ˜‚ He carved shoe horns with long handles for my Dad and other brother...they were amazing too!  Might have to put in an order for one!

A stop at the mail yesterday brought two parcels....both from Amazon.  One parcel had this book:  The Gentle Art of Domesticity.  A blog I follow, Jenny of Elephanz (the link is on the side) is doing a book study of this book as it is also her business name.  I think it will be kinda fun.👌 I read the introduction which is the requirement before next week.  It's not an easy book to find....this one was a used one but is in really good condition.  I'm happy with it.

In the other package were several books....a Weight Watchers cookbook, which I mistakenly ordered 2, are being returned.  What a cheap publication, few pictures and the ones they did have were black and white and no point values on the food.  It was tiny and I paid over $10 for each which was way too much!  I've never returned anything to Amazon before but it was easy peasy!  Now I will have to wait to see how quick they refund my money but so far I am pleased with how smoothly it went.

The other book in the package was this one:

Written by a woman from High River and it recounts peoples experiences with the flood.  My friend Shannon is featured as well as a couple of other people I have met.  I can't quite bring myself to read it.  I thought I would be excited to receive it and then dive right in but looking at it makes me tear up......I was a ROCK when we were going through it all.  I was matter of fact and moved forward every day.  When I would realize another "thing" I had lost I convinced myself it was only "stuff" and put on a brave front and continued to move on because there was nothing I could do about it so I wasn't going to dwell on something I had no control over.  I do remember the first year anniversary of that day hit me a little hard.  I remember having a little bit of a release of emotions I didn't know were bottled up.  But it is in the past.....5+ years ago to be exact and here I am, staring at this book with a bit of a lump in my throat not quite ready to crack it open and start reading it.  I day.

Now this picture I borrowed from my friend Kim.  I have these pages printed off and will be doing what she is doing......getting organized in the sewing room! 

Here's my start this morning!  Doesn't look a lick like organization to me!  I have filed some books and magazines and those patterns in the basket have been sorted so I can file those too.  I ran out of page protectors 😮 but when I purge my patterns I will end up with a bunch.  It will be a huge job that won't be done in a day or two.  I took a break to eat (and because I'm not feeling very well) and am looking around my house in the daylight realizing I really should be cleaning up here!!!!!  Maybe doesn't take me long.....or maybe tomorrow.........

Might be tea you have any organization plans for the new year?