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Saturday, 6 February 2016

A beautiful winter storm which made everything so pretty.  I had my three grandchildren down for the night, Sara, James and Owen. We had a great time. Of course Sara and I did crafts played cards and watching a few episodes  of  Last Man Standing. Sara likes Tim Allen.  Here is Sara with a couple of her projects.


Sara made this beautiful table runner for her mother for Valentines day. A pattern from SewCanShe. I changed it a little for her to make it easier. She appliqued the hearts on.



Sara helped me to make this candle holder that I saw on Pinterest. So cute and looks perfect on my mantel.
The  boys loved the new rec  room and Netflix. They watched TV, played games and had a lot of  laughts.



They look pretty comfy. They didn't spend the night as they had hockey pretty early this morning.

Now to pick James up at the rink and take Sara and James to racquetball.  I haven't seen them play yet so will stay and watch them. A nice weekend.


Saturday, 30 January 2016

My new room

I wanted to share a few pictures of the renovations of my reck room. It is a room that I have wanted to redo for years.  They give it a good name, "reck room" because it was a reck. I am so happy how it turned out. I have had a lot of years picturing how it was to look and I must say it turned out that way.
I just need a TV so my grandchildren will have a place to watch Netflixs and my grandsons favorite You Tube Mindcraft. Right now they sit in my bed and sometimes when I go to bed there are a few crumbs.LOL but I love them anyway.


The TV will go on the mantel when we get one to put there.





My Christmas present to myself. Everyone should always buy themselves a Christmas present. It is so pretty especially at night. It will have colors that show up blue, red and yellow. So pretty.




I love how the curtains turned out. My first time putting grommets on. Very easy once I got the spacing right. I ended up with over a meter of material left. There was no waste. I will have enough for a couple of small pillows. My big luxury. The material was not cheap, but I love them.

Now that the room is done I am suffering. Really bad pain in my shoulders and upper back now,  today it has worked into a headache. Can hardly move. It was worth it though.  I have a massage booked for Monday afternoon. I have a sewing day with a group of ladies Monday morning. I don't think I will take my sewing machine. Can't seem to lift much right at the moment.  I am sure I will find something to work on. Looks like a good day to take my cross stitch.

Next week it will be time to get back to the sewing room and finish some projects that I have started over Chriatmas. A friend wanted to do a sampler quilt which we work on on Tuesday afternoons. We now have six blocks done and all the borders and binding cut out. I am also working on a scrap quilt which is coming along well. Here is a picture of the top half. The bottom half will have five rows of blocks.



I love it. My box of 1 1/2" and 1" strip was over flowing.  Also finishing up on a couple of other things also. My granddaughter was over and found a pattern for a handbag on crafty that I printed off for us to make the next time she comes down. I will need time to study that one. There was quite a few pages. Next time I better pay attention to what she picks out.

We had a beautiful snowy day yesterday. It is so clean and freah. A good day to rest the shoulders. It's hard for me to sit still but I need to. Can't wait for that massage on Monday.

So I hope everyone is having a wonderful day.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

I hope everyone had a very nice Christmas. We had a great Christmas. It went by really fast as usual. I had my Christmas dinner for nineteen on Christmas eve. My best friend from Ontario was home and was able to join us. Her mother and sister and family joined us also. So many laughs. It was a great night. I always
look forward to her gift of a snowbabies. This year was  called Heavenly Chorus. So very pretty.


I am getting quiet a collection. She thinks they should end. I suppose she is right. But I do enjoy them.  Here is my collection.




So hard to get a good picture. 

Boxing day and the pot of turkey soup is on. My husband has the flue so has been in bed most of the day so I headed back to the sewing room. We are also babysitting our sons black lab, Jake. We went out for a nice walk and also went for a nice walk with a friend. The weather has been so nice this Christmas. Looks like it might change tomorrow. Not sure what we are getting but it is that time of year. 

I was not sure what to work on so decided before Christmas to dig into my boxes of scrapes and an old telephone book. 



Also these pieces that are left over from other projects and also 6 meters of black. I wonder what it will be. 
This is a great project to work on without really having to think. I have a few blocks done and it is going to be very pretty. 

Looking forward to 2016 and all the new challenges out there. 


Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Merry Christmas evryone.

I have a whole week left before Christmas and probably this is the first time since I have been married that I have all my gifts done, wrapped and sitting here wondering what I should do. A whole week that I can do anything I want.  I wonder what I should work on.

Here is the last gift I had to make. A runner from Connecting Threads for my mother. She should like this.



So pretty.

We now have snow on the ground so it is starting to look a lot like Christmas. My friend Marjorie was up for a visit and had a hard time getting out of my driveway. It is that time of the year.

My granddughter  Sara will be coming Monday night and will stay until Christmas day. We will have so much fun baking
Christmas cookies, pies, cheesecake and our Christmas dinner for Christmas Eve. I am hoping that my other granddaughter Lauren will be able to join us in the preparation.  They helped me last year and it sure made Christmas.

Hope everyone has a great Christmas.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas  from my home to yours.

Saturday, 12 December 2015


So very pleased to have these finished. I love the Shepard Bush patterns. They make such a nice size Christmas sock. These are for my son's family who lost their home over a year ago. I hope they like them. 

I just have one more Christmas gift to finish and I just have to machine quilt it. Then I need to do some wrapping.  It's hard to believe that in two weeks Christmas will be over  with.

I also made eight dozen peanut butter balls today and made a batch of almond bark. A good start on my Christmas cooking.  

Our Christmas concert at our church was tonight. It went very well. The kids love saying their pieces and exchanging gifts.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Christmas Post Card

I received a beautiful Christmas post card from a very talented lady in Australia.  Thank you Maria. I learned so much from yours. The one I sent you was my first card. I will do better next year.

Here is my card from Maria.


It looks so pretty in my tree. I won't post the one I sent incase Maria hasn't received hers yet. 
Is everyone almost ready for Christmas. Almost done here. Just a few things to finish up. Tomorrow a group of us ladies will be meeting for a day of sewing. I have two projects to take with me. I hope to finished them and there will be three more gifts done. I always seem to sew right up to Christmas. But that is the fun of it. 

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Maple Sugar Quilt



Another finish. This could be one of my favorites.  The colors are so pretty in this little lap quilt. It is a quilt kit from Connecting Threads called Maple Sugar.

Now that the Christmas movies have started and the Christmas music is playing
it's  time to start getting my gifts ready. This is one for my mother n law. This is one of her favorite blocks the bear paw. It should look nice on the back of her couch.

We had another sewing day at a local church yesterday and had a great time. Lots of ideas and lots of laughts. There was ten of us there. Working on a Christmas wall hanging called TheTwisted Christmas tree. Will have some pictures when I get it finished.

Today was such a beautiful day. Just like summer. Maybe I slept ed through winter and summer is here again. No such luck. We will take all the nice days we get. I really enjoyed my walk today. I also have my grand son for the night. His older sister made the high school basketball team and they won their first game. I knew I should have went. Next time.