Saturday, January 13, 2018

can you believe ....

Can you believe it's the middle of the month already - this month of January that often seems so long and usually drags by?

I've been working at finishing some of my stitched pieces along with some new projects for upcoming birthdays and even a Christmas project.  Sadly,  I'm not getting as much done as quickly as I'd anticipated - too much other stuff gets in the way.  I tried making one of those bowl cozies figuring I could make a bunch of these for home and the cabin and use up some of my fabric hoard - mine looks different -  nice but different - I finally figured out why - will try another before mass producing.   It was very cold here for Christmas week but last weekend saw temperatures up to 0C (32F) with sunshine - what a treat - I suppose it was the annual January thaw since it has cooled off considerably again.

  Here are a few things I've finished and all are 'gifts' .....

The x-stitch card is from Permin - they offer a free mini chart each month.  The kimono ornament is a Twinkle Patchwork design with a wee modification.  The hedgehog card is from an old Homespun magazine. 

the virtue lies in the struggle
not in the prize

Friday, January 5, 2018

reflection ...

Reflecting on last year ...
   We moved again - this time out of our rented mini apt. to our new home - it was a good move - we really like our new place and it has felt like home from the moment we walked in. 
      I injured my wrist the beginning of May - it's been a challenge.   Stitching was getting easier by year end - I really like Daffycat's reindeer and have stitched many of them ....

   Blogger corrected many of the problems that I'd been having and behaved itself for the latter part of the year - I was particularly pleased that it allowed me to leave comments on blogs again.  This is a good post about blogger.
  In December I celebrated another birthday - don't care for the number - 71 - but I appreciate that I'm still celebrating them - I even had a cake!

  I discovered that I quite enjoy hanging out on the internet - I spend too much time doing so - I'm an avid reader.    I have so many projects saved that I shall have to live forever to make a dent in them.  I admit that in looking at so many things that others have made I've lost my own creativity - or let it go by the wayside.  For this year I'm going to try to limit my time looking at what others have made and saving patterns/designs to do more of my own thing - once upon a time I came up with some good ideas.  
  I finally made some bacon jam and it is delicious - no photo to share - it didn't last long.  I made cranberry sauce with real cranberries and was amazed at how easy it was to make and it was delicious - didn't taste like it does from the can - this is the first time I've made it from scratch - won't be the last time.   
  The January tree ..... 

it's not who you are that holds you back ...
it's who you think you're not

Sunday, December 31, 2017


 This sweet fella is a design from here.

It doesn't seem that long ago that the whole world was fretting about the year 2000  -  here we are celebrating the arrival of 2018.
May 2018 be all that you'd like it to be!

 never regret a day in your life -
good days give happiness,
bad days give experience,
worst days give lessons,
and best days give memories

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas ....

Merry Christmas to all 
and to all a goodnight! 

it's not what's under the tree that matters
but who's gathered around it 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Yule ...

Yule or winter solstice - today is the day - a Primitive Hare design.

the darkest nights produce the brightest stars

Monday, December 18, 2017

a wee giftie ......

I received this lovely gift today - all the way from France.  Claire , your snowflake heart is a lovely addition to our tree - thank you so much. 

it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ..... 

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