Thursday, May 5, 2016

Awesome Organizer & Farewells

When I was visiting my girlfriend Liz, I noticed her awesome sewing bag. She said she had made it five years ago at a workshop in Mt. Brydges. I needed a bag, maybe two or three of these to get me organized this year.
 So here is the first bag & it is not for the faint of heart, it was a lot of work to make! The next bag will be easier with the hindsight I have now! lol

 The front, outside of the bag, is done in upholstery fabric & the ceramic houndstooth button is a lovely accent to the magnetic pocket closure. I also added the grosgrain ribbon for more variety.
The large front pocket is able to hold my Omnigrid cutting/pressing mat. Oh how I could have used this carrying case when I was taking quilting workshops!
This is the back of the sewing accessory bag. I plan on taking it with me when I travel. I love Canada!

 The inside of the bag I did in my favourite! black/white toile  & cotton ticking. See the center black line? That's velcro, you'll soon see how the layers,layer inside...

The large snaps in the corners hold the layers in place. So far I've found a place for 2 Sharpie markers. The pocket above that, is large enough to hold a magazine.

 Here, side by side,  are the two inside layers. I've already started filling the pockets with some of my favourite sewing tools. So much more has to go inside yet! Remember Molly Mouse & her pockets?!

                           The backs have hanging loops, very handy  for hanging, when using the layer.

Here they are hanging on the back of the door.

 First layer is placed on the velcro & snapped into place. See the velcro layer for the other layer?

I told Liz that the workshop was not a one day workshop...even if Eleanor Burns was teaching it! lol
It was several days of sewing & unsewing for me & the joy of working with vinyl. Thank you Ann for the tissue paper, it did make that job easier. So many zippers to be sewn it too & zippers & I usually don't have an easy time, in garment sewing anyway. They were easy this time. :-)


My Thursday stitching ladies, Bev, Lynn, & Deb, presented me with a going away wood turned, yarn bowl.

How beautiful is this! It truly is a work of art!

These are the ladies I will miss on Thursday...
 Bev working away on her cross stitch. She's inspired me to pull my 1990 work out & begin to work on it again. What's old is new again! I forgot that I even had work nearly finished. Oh to get organized with myself!
 Deb working away as a happy rug hooker! She's one of the most talented woman I know!

Lynn working on her last piece of Snow Days! It's a gorgeous piece now ready to assemble.

This is Gary & I, he is the published, wood turning artist that made this bowl & many other beautifully crafted items for friends & family. Bev your one lucky woman! He even dated & engraved the bottom of the bowl for my going away. Thank you Gary, thank you ladies! 

Then it was time time to see my friend Sandy. She & I love antique shopping together & will do it again, just in another province. Oh the finds we'll find! 

Speaking of finds! Lynn & I were out & about last week & look what I found in the Mission Bible Store!
                                                        Yes, Anne of Green Gables!
Her freckled face was beautiful. I looked up in Google, what was written on her neck. To my surprise , several years ago, she was Doll of the Year, for dolls over $200.00, Wow & I paid $5.00 for her with the stand!
What a find she was!
I'm really pleased at how the Autumn Fairy quilt ended up. It's now time to stitch the leaves on & I think I'll make a few more for the leaf  jumping fairy.
The parlour is loaded with 190 IKEA boxes for the new kitchen that's being built. 

The cats find the new perch of a washer & dryer fun these days. I had to cover them with a quilt because Rexton was biting & tearing at the plastic & the banning that held the packaging together.
The front room is very crowded these days. 
 Mr. Boots, sitting stylishly in the cat tree & Rexton snoozing on the quilt, covering the appliances.

Old Tommy, snoring away in the chair in the dining room. He just doesn't do heights anymore.

Nicholas gave me an early Mother's Day gift of a Fitbit & told me to get moving. I'm surprised with this little device & the motivation it gives me. It will vibrate to tell me to get moving or at the end of the day tell me that I need 250 more steps in 10 minutes to make my daily quota. I've even got Fitbit buddies & can see how they're doing...worse yet, they can see how I'm doing. lol It is also my watch & my calendar! It monitors my steps, then tells me kms or miles. It will help me get in shape, one step at a time! Thank you Nick! Your always the one to put me into better habits. Back in 1992, you were the reason I quit smoking cigarettes. It was not easy after having that habit for 22 years. Now to add fitness into my life, this really is a fun, helpful gadget. Thank you. XO 

It has been a busy time saying good-bye to everyone as I leave for my new east coast home. It's been a full two weeks & I have felt so lucky to have such special people in my life. It truly is a wonderful life & so much more to come!

Thank you for visiting & I hope that you too are feeling the spring fever as summer is approaching!
For now, winter is behind us.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Busy, busy...

It's been a busy week with a lot of fun, laughter, family, & friends.

On Monday, there was a rug hooking day with the Critchlow Rug Hooking Guild. What a fun day that was. I traced a couple of patterns onto linen burlap to do this year. And I took a original Bluenose pattern to show & share piece that I had purchased in New Brunswick a few years back.

I'm going to take a pattern off it & place this one in a frame, it truly is a work of art! To my surprise, Beverly was working on a Bluenose piece too! Another company has revived the Bluenose patterns & is selling them today. It is quite the story of the finds in the basement & trying to copy the old paper patterns. I stumbled on the story on the internet, looking for the rug above!

Beverly, displaying here Bluenose pattern. How lovely is this organic, beautiful rug going to be?!!

 Lynn & Deb, my Thursday morning stitching girlfriends. joined in to do a little rug hooking on their own. With Deb, little is not even on the radar...

This is Deb's first hooked rug! Go big or stay at home, right Deb?!! It's for the front of her patio door. This door leads to the garden & pond. This woman does everything & does it well! Kudos to you, Deb! She's the girlfriend that did the Crazy Stars quilt, via email, with me. What project will we do via email now?
I recognized Lee's work before I saw her. I've not seen her for a couple of years, her bear is coming to life. It was being drawn the last I saw it!
 I love white polar bears. With the global warming, their habitat is being lost. :-(

Norma worked on this sweet piece, in memory of her mother.

 Dorothy has been working on this ambitious piece. I just love what she has done & I have an idea on what to do with those worms!

 Dorothy used a variegated Briggs & Little yarn for the whipping on the edges, how clever is she?!!

The day at the church, with the Critchlow Guild lasted from 9:30am to 3:30pm, much like my weekly meetings with the Miramichi Rug Hooking Guild. I enjoy rug hooking & will be home to see them soon, after Mother's Day!

A New Gadget!
This product by Sharpie, is what the rug hookers have been using to trace their patterns out. There are never any black marks left as this sometimes happens with the 'permanent black marker'. Never has happened to me but, good to know & have hindsight on a white hooked area. Thank you Connie aka Vanna the hand person, for this photo! lol

 I've been working on this sewing bag...

 This is the outside, I was auditioning what button to place on the pocket. A Mary Englebriet, bowl button with a black & white checkered striped bowl? No.

     A black & white zebra? No.

A ceramic houndstooth heart? Yes.

If in doubt with choices, it really plays to audition the choices through your camera. I have even found mistakes in my quilting, with this technique.

I will show the bag that took me days upon days, to make on the next blog. It is one way to help keep me organized. This is the year of 'organizing'! 

I was at cousin Ann's place & fell in love with her front garden! How beautiful is the colour of spring?

 She has the lovely garden outfront, the one that boosts all the colours of spring. Next weekend,  I can't wait to see my 347 bulbs coming to life! Oh Mother Nature, bring it on!

 While I was at Ann's, her beloved 16 year old cat Eddie, was striking his natural poise. I got my camera out & captured him!
                               It's the way Eddie positions his paws that really caught my eye.

 Ann said 'Eddie always has had that poise'. And she purchased this pillow because it made her think of Eddie! How true, Eddie is a gentleman indeed!

Farewell Dinner With The Sew What's, Sewing Group

John, our chef for the dinner. And what a wonderfully delicious dinner he prepared for us! And our home hostess June, that greeted us all with open arms as we entered. Thank you both!!

I asked John to write down what we had for the dinner & here is our Indonesian Dinner menu! 

Babi Ketjap - Pork tenderloin in a Sweet Soy Sauce with spices

Sambal Telor - Hard boiled eggs in a coconut/curry sauce

Nasi Goreng Ajam - Chicken Fried Rice

Gado Gado - Blanched Fresh Vegetables with a peanut/coconut sauce

Chicken Stir Fry - Fresh vegetables stir fried with chicken & spices

Dessert - Fresh Fruit Salad

And a wonderful evening unfolded...

 June has a very large dining that comfortably housed 10 of us sitting around the table. John was also our server for the night, you can see him in the far background in the kitchen preparing our meal.

 Left to right.  Lou, Ann, Elaine, & Pat, a waiting patiently. Everything was presented so beautifully!

Cynthia & Cynthia,  the only Cynthia I've know in this lifetime, I'm going to miss you my friend!

 Mibsie, Susan, & Cynthia are a waiting for the meal to begin...after a few photos... And what a meal it was!!

 I think everyone had seconds of their most favorite dish, me I had seconds of everything!

 This Gado Gado Salad, was just one of my favourites! Indonesian food I had never tasted, ever. And I think I'm going to look for that food elsewhere. Very different than North American eating.

 June told us that John was preparing for days for this meal & wow was it good!!! Thank you John, I know June has told us that you like to cook & last year I missed that meal but I'm sure glad that the group scheduled this dinner around my leaving & it was my farewell dinner. What a sending off for me.

 The dinner then finished with the fresh fruit salad, with exotic fruits. Mmmm seconds on that too!

Then it was a sit around time looking through Junes magazines.

 Elaine, looking over the magazines with Cynthia on Tea Times & the food that goes with it.

 Pat looking through a quilting magazine. She's a longarm quilter & works at Fabricland, you could say she lives & breathe fabric! lol

John also put together 'doggie bags' for those that wanted to take some food away. Of course I took some away & had it for lunch the next day. It had to be all gone before Bill's return as he has a nut allergy. So I made that happen! lol

Susan, the Magnolia Tree

 Nick's tree is now budding out. I just love this tree & it has taken hold & is blooming.

 The colour is everywhere in our neighbourhood, as several trees are blooming, all in different stages, depending on the sunlight they receive.

 Susan the Magnolia is in its beginning stage. See the little hat it wears? As it blooms the hat is thrown off & a beautiful, fragrant,  bloom will appear!

Napping Rexton

 Bill & I laughed as Rexton covered her eyes for her afternoon sleep in the sunny lounge.

 She has turned out to be quite a character & is bossy with Mr. Boots. Beware of Mr. Boots Rexton, he has twice, the right of weight on you!

Old Tom is going into his 18th year & wants nothing to do with those other two & he likes it that way.  To keep his coat healthy, I have to brush him regularly now. I love this cat! He's so easy going & touches me with his paw to have his head & body pet, so affectionate.

Well I've touched base on fun & freinds, now for the family. I went to the nursing home to see my Mom. She's now 84 years old & with the numerous mini strokes has memory & speak problems.
She cried twice whilst I was there & I would just comfort her, the frustration she must be having with this life change in a very controlled nursing home. She cannot live on her own anymore & is well cared for there & is safe.

Mom & I, doing a 'selfie'.

She thought that this was a great thing, a selfie photo & was looking & laughing.

A nurse came in when I was leaving & asked who the beautiful woman was, who was visiting her? I looked around too, she was referring to me, how kind! Mom replied 'This is my daughter.' I nearly fell over as she usually doesn't remember much. She knew me, maybe not by name...but she knew me. She then walked with her wheeled walker, down to the elevator with me. Hugged & kissed me good-bye, I don't know when I'll see her again but she knew me. :-)

Next week will be one of deadlines as I pack to go home again.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.
Have a wonderful week...mine is going to be a blurr!

Thought for this week. 

'May you do what you love and love what you do!'