Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday the 13th ....

Today is Friday the 13th - I always consider it a lucky day -  I was born on a Friday the 13th.  
 January is moving right along and that's unusual - after the hustle and bustle of December it usually drags by.  January weather has been a mixed bag - some snow, some wind, some cold days, some mild days - no long periods of any of it.
  This is my latest project and they are inserts for wooden coasters.  The coasters themselves are in storage so I won't be trying these out until spring and I'm hoping that I correctly remembered the measurement - if not I'll find another use for them.  The leaf design is by Durene Jones in WOC and I used DMC variegated threads.

We had decided to celebrate the end of the old year and the beginning of the new with a bottle of bubbly when reality hit  - all our stemware is in storage (along with most of our belongings).  We have some standards (haha) and weren't about to drink bubbly in a juice glass so on the way home we stopped at my favourite thrift store and luckily they had two - only two -  champagne flutes - nice ones - they were a steal of a deal at fifty cents each.  My fella noted that all the other stemware was ten cents each and wondered why these were 'so expensive'.  lol

the best thing about the future is that
it comes one day at a time

Monday, January 9, 2017

a decision .....

As the anniversary of my blog approaches I've been pondering whether or not to continue.  I don't like a lot of the changes that Blogger has made.  Many bloggers have disappeared - have they moved to another platform, taken ill or worse?  Every day there are more blogs on which I am unable to leave a comment - I feel like I'm lurking.  'No reply' comments are becoming more frequent - I feel impolite when I don't reply.  Blogger has decided that some comments shouldn't be sent to my inbox - this apparently depends on what email service the commenters use.  The 'social' aspect seems to have disappeared.   Sometimes blog posts, mine included, are more like show and tell, a 'look what I made' - I'm uncomfortable with that. I don't like the blogs that are always trying to sell me something - most of these I have discontinued following or reading.

 I have decided I will play it by ear and continue blogging for now.   Please do not feel obligated to leave a comment - if you read my blog I am content with that.  Sometimes it's difficult to know what to comment on a post - I've been there, done that. 

And since I know that there has to be an enticing/interesting photo posted to attract one's attention, I'll share these polar bears that I made ages ago ......

 live life to express - not impress


Saturday, December 31, 2016

a new year .......

Happy New Year!
the best is yet to come 


Friday, December 30, 2016

snow .....

The big storm left us with only 5-6" of snow but the wind blew it into big drifts - other locations got more - highways were closed - lots of snow removal has been happening - more snow is on the way.

 I have a collection of snow people that I usually put out for December and January but this year they're all in storage.  Earlier this month the local thrift store displayed these little guys - of course I had to have them and would you believe the sum total of all this loveliness was $5?  The little guy at the front is so sweet with his dangly legs.  Santa is a hook but we're not allowed to put anything on the walls here -  next year he won't be laying on a shelf I assure you.  ^^

in the meadow we can build a snowman ....

Friday, December 23, 2016

oops ....

When I tea dyed this - actually it was coffee and vanilla and smells good enough to lick,eat, drink - the red thread ran .... but I like how it looks.  Don't you love it when an oops becomes something you really like.  This thread is one I use frequently but it ran on this piece - must have needed the exercise. ^^

I stitched this as busy work and haven't quite decided if it will become a cushion band or a tray runner or something else - stay tuned.  Obviously, it's not something I can give away since it looks like something went awry but it suits me.

There is a snowstorm on it's way for Christmas Day and Boxing Day and that's unfortunate for those who have to travel.

it's not what you look at that matters...
it's what you see

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

it has arrived .....

Winter, yule, winter solstice - whatever you call it has arrived .... if you're wondering how we've celebrated in the past you can read about it here.  

For the occasion I stitched this cutie from
 Primitive Hare .....

Do you see what I see -  it's stitched on 18ct - I haven't stitched on anything but 14ct for years - I must have my second sight.  ^^ 

Back in the late 90's I was living elsewhere and was a volunteer at one of the local personal care homes - I loved it.  One of the ladies who lived there, Dolly, was an avid reader and I mentioned to her how amazing it was for a lady of her age (late 80's) who did so much reading and didn't need eyeglasses - her response was "oh, I've got my second sight".   I didn't understand then but have an inkling now of what she meant.  Oh, the stories I could tell about my time spent at this PCH - it was a lot of fun! 

even the darkest night awakens in sunshine

Friday, December 16, 2016

hoo's this .....

How could I resist this Christmas owl.  Woudn't it make a cute package tie-on and/or tree decoration?!?!  You'll find the pattern here

And how about this cute stocking from here ...

 Have yourselves a merry little Christmas ♪♫♪

if christmas isn't in your heart
you won't find it under the tree