Friday, December 8, 2017

needless ...

Late last winter I stitched a whimsical design for a special Christmas card.  Everything I stitched whilst in our mini apt. was packaged up and taken to the cottage for safe keeping and then brought to our home in town this fall. When the time came to 'finish' the piece as a card I couldn't find it - hunted high and low - found all the other pieces that were with it - couldn't even find the chart - time was running out - ended up stitching a new design - made myself a lot of needless extra work. 

 I have now  located the original one (and the chart) but will gift this one.  I was annoyed at myself for having to stitch another one because stitching is still slow going for me.  I finished it as a tag rather than a card - I have no idea why - I think I got carried away - I'm not getting smarter as I get older. 

give what you have ...
to someone, it may be better than you dare to think


Thursday, December 7, 2017

old is new again ...

These have been packed away for a few years  -  it was a treat to open the box and reacquaint myself with them - what's old is new again - they were made quite some time ago - the quilty piece on the back of the chair is a Gail Pan design - the snowman, lamb and rabbit was a panel 'do you see what I see' - the upper cushion is wearing a cushion band and the lower one has a cushion cover.

Currently the tree looks like this .....

too much of a good thing can be wonderful

Friday, December 1, 2017

can't find it ....

   Now that we're settled in our new place I have a sewing spot set up and  had great plans - but I can't find my sewing mojo - or maybe I'm just spinning my wheels - I have no idea which it is.  I've dabbled at a few things but am not pleased with the end product - there's so much I want to do/make that it's easier not to do it - there's a wee pile of x-stitch pieces to finish, too.

This is for my aunt who is now living in a personal care home - she doesn't need stuff - I'm hoping it can hang up year around ....

And this one is proof of an unsatisfactory end product.  I struggle with sewing small pieces - could never sew Barbie Doll clothes.  I practice with Temecula Quilt's small quilt blocks - need lots more practice. 

On the positive side, I made a fruit cake - sort of - more like a fruit filled pound cake - for the Christmas season - smells good - no photo.

no matter how far you've gone on the wrong road,
you can still turn around 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

a cutie ......

This  fella is a cutie - he's a  Tomte - aka Christmas Gnome.  He's a bit bigger than I anticipated - if he were smaller I may have had to make two.

memories are simply moments
that refuse to be ordinary

Saturday, November 18, 2017

the hurrier i go ....

It seems that the hurrier I go the behinder I get.  I recently spent a day running around doing errands and feel like I've been away for weeks.  I went to the post office to mail an overseas parcel - I wanted to beat the rush and long lineups - ha ha.  The lineup was to the door and parcels were piled everywhere - I feel sorry for post office workers during the Christmas rush - I never expected the rush would have started mid November.  We also made a trip to the Mall - thought it would be a reasonably quiet time - wrong - big time wrong - so much for getting our bit of shopping done early.  I really wanted to get a Christmas gift bag with doggies on it - I was unsuccessful - two of the stores that sell these didn't even have their Christmas items unpacked yet - climbing over boxes yet to be unpacked was the flavour of the day - have to give them credit for not having their Christmas items out too early.  On the positive side it was quiet at the grocery store - we enjoyed that.  This is what's on it's way .......

once you're over the hill you seem to pick up speed

Sunday, November 12, 2017

a wip, a finish, and buttons

Here's a Christmas finish to show you.  It's a free design by Isabella.  It's skimpy because this piece of fabric was small - the bells look hokey but they sound like sleigh bells.  Marly has done a really nice finish of this design.  The second photo is the fabric I used for the backing - I love chickadees and the colours worked with the stitched piece.

 I made these button cookies - they were delicious ....

And this is what I'm working on - bowl fillers from Quilts by Cheri ....

nothing says holiday like a cheese log

Saturday, November 11, 2017


The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month