Thursday, August 1, 2019

WOW! August Already!

It is August already & I have heard the cicada bug singing its song with the wings on a very hot day.
I now am embracing summer like never before because in about 8 weeks we will have our first frost.

Great News!

Our middle son Mitchell is now engaged to the love of his life Nicole.
Bill & I could not have been happier they compliment each other so well & have such great energy together.

 A photo of Mitch & Nicole on Vancouver Island.

Nicole has a one of a kind white gold diamond engagement ring.

 He has given his great-grandmothers wedding ring which was in white gold & the engagement ring was a solitary diamond. He designed a new ring from the old for his new bride to be.
Bill & I are over the moon with this announcement!

 An onlooker thought something was going on & took this photo of them, it is Mitchell proposing to Nicole. The onlooker then went over to them to find them both in tears of joy! He told them what he had done & sent them this photo, a true Kodiak moment to cherish! Does it not make you smile & tear up?!

Pet Antics...

 Where did those colourful feathers come from? Yes, I'm talking to you!

have those colourfull 
 Baxter & Bridget you both have those colourful felt feathers...

 And I found the bird that they once belonged to! You two were in my sewing room!

Here's a little angel feline sleeping in my quilt cupboard.

 Rexton usually takes her morning nap in there whilst I sew at my machines.

She loves the hum/purr of the sewing machines & sleeps for hours as I sew.

Raspberries - Laframboise!

 I was picking up my sale flyer last week & saw red raspberries lining the laneway.
I went & got a litre box & filled it, twice!

 How could I have been here for six summers & just see them now?

 I think with all the building going on I was too rushed & the animals got them first.
Not this year, Bill & I have been out every three days picking, washing, & freezing raspberries for the winter & enjoying fresh ones with ice cream yoghurt. No pesticides on these berries! Mmm good.

 Lovely Lilies!

 The lilies are lovely this year, I think is all the heat & humidity that we've been having.

 So summery to see such colour & beauty!

 To think that just six months ago they were buried under more than 10 feet of snow!

 Mother Nature has a plan with each season & this one is one to take in & enjoy.

 That huge box is from the arrival of the leather couch & Bill has filled & overflown it with wood chips from his chipper. He has been opening up the woods & wants to make woodchip paths through it. That job kept him & the Bostons busy for most of the day!

 This is the opening for Bill's new garage that will be 36' x 40' with a 16' overhead door.

 The pond is smaller but the banks will not be overflowing into the shallow area as dump trucks have been coming & going all day building the area up.


 As I was hanging out bedding today I saw a wee squirrel go running up the pole.

 As I watched I noticed that is where she had her babies!

 I don't know how the birds are going to feel about this next spring.

 The little would be looking out & she would go to the hole & push the baby back down.

 Then she sat on top of the bird/squirrel house & watched me.

 I do have a soft spot for little squirrels as I had a pet one in captivity for 10 years.

 They have chewed the opening larger for easy access inside.

 This is the first time I've noticed them & I do laundry & hang it out often.
I wonder how long they will live there?

Napan Fair Entries

 I've been sewing a lot lately trying to get this outfit finished. I made two of these back in 2001 & thought I'd just whip up just one this time. Oh my, it was a lot of work, see the cross-hatching on the vest, cuffs, & skirt band, well it is all done in gold thread 1/2" intervals, And I made two back then!

I love the sailor-style collar, the dress has so much detailed work to it. I think about 30 hours of sewing has been done to complete this dress & vest & matching dolly outfit.

 It also had the matching dolly outfit to go with it too! And yes, back in the day I made two!!

 I purchased this doll at the Salvation Army for $4 & had different plans for her but she does look great in the matching outfit & I'll keep her with the outfit.

It has been underlined & a slip with crinoline & lace underneath to give it its volume.

 It is a sweet Christmas dress & the two girls that I made it for back in the day were beautiful in their outfits & those dresses were passed down to their little sisters.

 Remember Kewpie, well I made her a pair of black leather shoes to complete her outfit.

The velcro closure makes for an easy on & off. Baby has new shoes! And next week everything will be going to the fair to be judged & displayed.

I hope you are enjoying your summer wherever you are.

Something to think about.

LISTEN and SILENT are spelled with the same letters.
Think about it.

Stay safe & healthy.
Very Best,

Sunday, July 21, 2019

July - It's Summer!

It sure is summer here!

Best get a nice cool drink & sit down for this visit!

The days were filled with rain at the beginning of the month & that meant the Boston's could not play outside.

 The sunporch was the spot to be in the afternoon on a lazy day. Bridget is so like a Snoopy dog on top of the sofa, it's her favorite spot!

Then Baxter gets on the back of the sofa to join her, nap time!

 Oh, what to do when it is raining outside?
They look like Boston Bookends! lol

 Bridget & Baxter just watch the rain, oh, what to do?

 They finally just lay down to snooze the rainy day away.

 Bill asks 'Bridget what have you got on your mouth?' She looks away like she's thinking that she has no idea what he is talking about.

This is what was going on earlier...

 Bridget looks her stuffies, unstuffed for snuggling & does the job herself at the unstuffing.

 She carried it around for about a day before doing this but Bostonflesh is weak...

 And she wanted to snuggle with just the deflated stuffed toy dog.

 Bridget is quiet when she is busy.

Getting Organized!

The Amazon shoe organizer arrived & Bill put it together for me. :)

It worked out perfectly for me. I measured the area I wanted it in, which was the only place to put one, then found one that would be vertical and voila!

Thirty-six pairs of shoes are now visible & neatly tucked away!

Bridget & Baxter just could not understand how happy I was to have such an organized area

I knew something was needed as I had several boxes/bins with shoes three to four deep & when you found one you were still looking for the other!

My Kate Spade Boston Terrier shoes give character to the shoe organizer. Thank you, Elizabeth for finding those at Winners & thinking of me!


Bill purchased this cute little cement fox & placed it under the urn, he (Bill & the fox) makes me smile! lol

The hummingbirds got a surprise too with two new feeders, the centers are glass & will withstand the harsh summer sun.

I crotcheted a cat mat for Rexton for her morning sun sleeps in the laundry room.  That is where the morning sun is & she likes to watch me do laundry.

So Summery

This gorgeous delphinium that Heather gave me is thriving this summer, it is so beautiful!

When the sun shines on it the colour is so vibrant & it has, even more, blooms on it since this photo.

This is one of many trees that are going to be cut up for the bonfire area.

This stack will be spliced & stacked for the winter.

I'm hoping to get the window & window box installed on the ends of the potting shed this summer.

Love, love this flower & its gorgeous colour!

Jocelyne's retirement bush has flowers this year, that was a pleasant surprise!

The grapevine is thriving in this wet weather with heat & humidity, maybe we'll have some grapes this year!

It needs to have something attached for some more climbing, Bill's 'Honey Do List' just keeps growing. lol

Bonar Law Kitchen Hook-In

Marsha made this hooked design & it hangs on the kitchen wall. Well done!

What a fun afternoon I had with the Kent Rug Hookers!
Sophie was learning to punch needle for the first time & was working on her sheep.

Helen was working on her wool strip hooking of a Maud Lewis design & Jane was working on the nautical design, I loved both!

Helen's Maud Lewis, I can't wait to see it done!

Jane's nautical scene, so summery!

Marsha was hooking away on hooking her design too between all the laughter & conversation with us. She had the best seat by the screened window!

Cute little knitted dolls & a cornstalk doll enhanced the area.

Bernice was working on a large nautical lighthouse scene too. She is very prolific in many crafty arts!

Doesn't that just make your heart sing?!!

This was hanging in the kitchen. it's a Deanne Fitzpatrick design.

I'm so glad I went, I tried to get others from the Miramichi Guild interested in going so I would have company but they are all in summer mode. Maybe next month!

I'm so glad Marsha put the invite out there, thank you, Marsha, for a lovely afternoon.

And Jan our Bonar Law, costume dressed hostess,  thank you for greeting me at the parking lot & looking after all of us with sweets & tea!
The weather that day could not have been any more perfect than it was!

A great day was followed by this sunset that night!

Summer Guests Arrive

The next day was the arrival of Jim & Karen from Ontario. They had been over in Newfoundland (home of her grandpa & dad) for three weeks of shivering. She had to purchase mittens in July as the weather was only 4C. It was summer here!
They set up their summer home for several days of visiting, it was great seeing her again!

 We went to Chatham to visit some shops & when I was in The Hospice Store, I found this sweet cross stitch that was custom framed for $15.00!!
I knew I had seen that photo before in fabric that I've had in my stash/inventory. lol

 This is so precious & beautifully stitched, framed it measures 16" x 19".  Notice the notched corner for the cross-stitch, this is a custom order!

 And yes, it matches that fabric perfectly! Just love when things unfold in such a delightful matter!
A quilt in the making!

 They were happy to wear summer clothes finally! lol

 This lovely couple celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary on NFLD Island last month.

 We had quite a few laughs together & she won the cribbage match that the three of us played the night before they left. I'm going to practice more now...until next time! lol

 And then they were off, heading back to Ontario.

Safe travel my friends!

I'm so glad that summer has arrived & they were here to experience it with me.
It is so beautiful here, so glad you too stopped by for a visit!

A thought to ponder:

Love doesn't make the world go round,
But it certainly makes the ride worthwhile.

Have a great summer week & stay safe.