Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February Begins

This is the oddest February & today we will break a record for it being the warmest at 11C!
However this will end tomorrow night as rain will be turning to snow & winter will once again be here.

 I'm enjoying not having to shovel the snow & walking without the fear of slipping on the ice. ;-)

              Boris enjoyed his day outside with me, as I swept up the leaves on the concrete stones.

              I cleaned the walkway to the studio & got 6 bushel of leaves from the backyard!

 The aviary was also swept out & the feeders were refilled. I do enjoy watching the different birds as they come for their feeding. The cardinals, chickadees, woodpeckers, sparrows, juncos are some of my favourites.

 Boris is such a loyal companion & followed my every movement outside as I emptied the tug of leaves. He slept well that night! lol

 The view behind my studio, can you believe it's Groundhog day & that rodent said another 6 weeks of winter for us here in SW Ontario!

 I do think Bill will have to take the aviary east for me as I will miss not having it in the coming years.

                       Look at the gorgeous blue peeking out through the lacy looking bare trees!
                              I swept up Nick's backyard too, see the small patch of snow...
 This was the only patch of snow & was gone by mid afternoon, green growth is emerging now!!

 Remember the song American Pie? And the lyrics 'moss grows fat on a rolling stone' well moss is growing fat on this carpet! I just love the green colour of it!

 When I was spending my day outside I noticed how bad the 50 year warranty shingles looked. The shingles were installed by Home Depot in the latter part of 2008!

      This is my studio & the house, which is a two story has the same problem of curling shingles.
 This is the two story, Bill & I are visiting the store in person this Friday to see what can be done.

A Fun Afternoon Antiquing

My girlfriend Sandy (owner of The Red Door Shoppe) & I went to The Strathroy Antique Shop looking for a find & here's what I found!


 A five piece English made teapot/coffee set. It made me think of teatime whilst watching this seasons, Game of Thrones. lol

                       The handles on the pots were beautifully designed , yet very masculine!

                                                          How regal is this design?!
 Sandy was quite taken with it too! And it came from the 50% off booth, making it only $25.00 for this made in England tea/coffee set, with a matching trivet too!

          This whirligig caught my eye & I returned to it several times before deciding to get it.

 It moves back & forth over the waves & depending on the wind, you move it left or right of the swell.
                                                It's such a nautical piece & will look great out east!

                                             How sweet is this old child's rocking chair?!
 Such detailing in the design of it, I'm going to use it for a prop for civil war fabric made goods.

 You can see the scale of the size, with Boris sitting next to it. Thank you Boris for doing your 'sit-stay command, good boy!

 With Easter arriving next month, I found these vintage tin eggs made in England & the confectionery that was once inside was made in Ireland. Then shipped to North America for selling. They are Easter scenes from my past, the colouring & design is familiar to me.

But wait...there's more

On our way back home we stopped at the Bible Mission Thrift Store...

                            I found for $1.00 a 5" x 7" Lucy Olgltree, framed print for my potting shed!

                             And two vintage lawn chairs, in pristine condition  for the beach!
The one on the left that Rexton has an eye on( really it's Mr. Boots under the chair) is reclined & the one on the right is in the upright position.

                                 Each chair has four movable positions, how cool was this find!

And they fold flat for storing & transporting. They have been newly recovered & the backing is a canvas material. Thank you Sandy for talking me into them & driving & loading all my 'stuff' around. It was a fun filled, finding antique finds & vintage goods!


With my mind on other things these days my sewing frenzy has no mojo. So I quietly knit at night, I'm working on this Valentine/Canada Day Gnome right now.

Soon it will have the weight added to the bottom for sitting & a salt/pepper beard knit to complete him. I'll show more next post.

Thank you for all the condolences that were expressed to us, we really appreciate your thoughts & prayers. It was sudden to lose Eva & I'm at peace knowing that she was loved & is now with John,  her soulmate.
Thank you  again for your thoughts & prayers.

Thank you for visiting & I hope you have a great week!

Six more weeks of winter for us & six more weeks of spring for others!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A Sad January Day

Last Friday my husband Bill & I went to visit Eva,  his mother, to find her dead on her sofa. The corner stated that she had an acute heart attack. Last July she had lost her husband, her soul mate, to cancer & I think the lonesomeness just broke her heart.
It was the first time in 75 years that she was ever alone, she had her cat Mr. Boots. Mr. Boots was our son Mitchell's cat & when he moved out west to Calgary five years ago, Mr. Boots moved in with his Grandma & Grandpa.
 Now with the pets here he is not alone but is lonely.
I watched him brush up & nestle into Eva's leather purse as it was sitting on the floor next to Bill's  chair, where he had been  gathering information from her wallet & just laid down beside it. My heart ached as I knew he was familiar with her scent & must be missing her so much.
He would meow out loud at Eva's place & did the same here for a day, now he has settled in & I've even got him purring when I pick him up & cuddle him.
Mr. Boots is huge, he weighs in at 20.8 pounds! Boris was afraid of  him at first but now they do tolerant each other. Rexton is the one with some issues & has turned into a bully, chasing that very large 8 year old down the hall. My jaw dropped, if Mr. Boots ever turned on her...oh my! he has the right of weight, twice her size!
Each day is getting better with all of the pets as time has a way if working things out.

RIP Eva, your Mr. Boots will be well cared for.

 He's big, bold, & beautifully marked in black & white. He fits right in with Rexton & Boris!

 Bill if your viewing these photos, furniture is safe, with the help of Nick, I cut the front & back claws!
                             I think as time goes on these two are going to be good friends.
                                                               They are both food driven!
 Mr. Boots on the left, with tail, Rexton on the right with his stub tail, they look like they're related!
                                    Rare shot of  'togetherness', they're both food driven! lol
 There's a lot of black & white in the home decor & now even more with one more pet! lol

He's looking to jump on the counter, a habit that we're working on breaking right now. I'm amazed how high he can jump being  a heavy 20 lbs. You sure hear him coming down the stairs.

It's been a sad time for our family right now but with past conversations, I had with Eva, her heart was so heavy missing her beloved John. No more as they're together now.

Thought for this week.

Family, like fabric, has neat seams and frayed edges.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit this week.
We are all born with expiry dates, you just never know when. So live each day to the fullest!

 Gone but not forgotten, I will miss you Eva Marie Richardson!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Fairies Are Done

I've finally finished embroidering all the Autumn Fairies & have started to put the pieces together.
                                                This is the fairy jumping into the leaves.

                                                                The dancing fairy.

                                                            The wee fairy elf flying on a leaf.

                                                                   The painting fairy elf.

                                              The painting fairy, she was a lot of embroidery work...

 The inside of the leaf dress had a lot of veins to work in it. I love the photo copy transfer for such detail that would be very hard to copy through a light box.

                                         The whole wallhanging will be done in batiks.

                                                 I've been auditioning different colours for the border.

I've got to go purchase some Heat n' Bond for the rest of the project, for all the leaves that are added after it is quilted.

This fairy has been with us for years & will be a statement piece with the wallhanging as I put together a vignette of fairies, when the quilt is done. Right now she sits on top of a bookcase, reading her book.
Old Tom Cat, was doing what cats do best, sleeping in the sun in the bay window. lol

This is Bill having fun with doing a 'selfie' of us on the plane in Orlando. They boarded us on the plane then we sat in our seats for nearly 2 hours at the gate waiting for baggage handlers to get our baggage loaded. There was a nasty storm the night before & a lot of planes were still on the tar mat, making a huge shortage of airport staff. Bill had fun & we were happy with just having each other. ;-)

We stopped to have breakfst at one of my favourite places in the USA, Cracker Barrel & Bill laughed when he saw this sign...he wouldn't purchase it so IU may have to make him one out of fabric! lol

Thank you for visiting & I hope you have a warm week where you are, it's so cold here & a even colder chill factor is added in.  I look at it as preserving oneself in the cold! lol