Friday, January 12, 2018

January Thaw

It is a true January thaw today & what a difference one week makes!
                          This was looking out the great room window last week & so cosy on the inside with the firebox burning. Bill enjoyed ploughing the parking area & our lane both here & at Eel River, he even took Baxter with him. Bridget didn't go because she doesn't listen to him & Baxter & Bill have bonded. lol

                                           Baxter & Bridget like to cosy up together...

                                                               Right on top of me!

 We are the 'pack' but they're getting quite heavy now with their resting weight. lol
 They're as big as they're going to get now & their personalities are so different.

 But when they are sleeping, they're so precious, sweet, & still. I love their nap times! lol

 Next month will be a year since they came into our lives & now,  I can't imagine not having them in my life.The Boston terrier breed is a great companion dog & my life is so full of these two!

 Old Tom now preferences to sleep in the kitchen & Bridget insists that he be the keeper of their toy when it is not in use. Tom's always waking up to toys in his bed.Other than that the dogs leave him alone to sleep most of his day. Tom will turn 20 years old this July!

 See this foot attachment?!! Well, it is for quilting! I've had this machine for 10 years & I never knew what this foot attachment was. I was looking up how to use the buttonhole attachment when I saw this foot & its usage!

 This has been by far my favourite sewing machine & now just one more reason to love it!
The machine came with 14-foot attachments & I've not taken the time to get to know them & their uses. Winter is supposed to slow one down, I've not had that time yet but learning this made me take time with the machine & use the newest foot attachment, I love it!

January Thaw

 I looked out the window today to see grass again & the melting made a chevron pattern in the yard!

I ran upstairs to get a more aerial photo of the chevrons! I miss not seeing the blue water, everything will be white for a few more months. This thaw has been great for the dogs, they are not very high from the ground & wanted out several more times than normal today to smell the ground again.
Like the saying goes, 'This too will pass.'

 When I was upstairs I stared at all the boxes for the stained glass area. Bill will arrive next week with IKEA units to store the glass & four adjustable tables for grinding & soldering work areas.

 With the dogs chewing habits & for the safety of the chairs, I had the guys move the wooden animal chairs upstairs. I'll see what the room is like once the shelves & tables are installed.

 I'm going to enjoy teaching & working in this room. Right now it is chaos, soon comes the change!

The Newest Sewing Projects

 I made this little pillow for the library sitting area. The plaid is our province of New Brunswick plaid & the antlers came to me after using a napkin.

 I traced it onto heat & bond & applied it to wool & appliqued it onto the pillow.

 Bill hung the stained glass find from  Home Sense, it has been with me for years now & has been one of the few pieces that have survived the Plaster Rock trip, to get here.
The Centennial plaid drapes were also installed, giving the room a cosy warm feeling from the burgundy plaid.

 It really brightens this wee sitting room up with the window being the width of the room.

 I have wanted to make these overalls for years & after seeing the price tag that comes on ready-made overalls, I was game to give the pattern a try.  I had this Ralph Lauren floral sheet fabric. I fell in love with the feel of the cotton & the pattern & bonus that it was a Ralph Lauren design. I think I paid $4 for the sheet, at the used clothing store a couple of years back. I was going to make a summer housecoat out of it.

 I know that people use muslin to make their pattern adjustments but I only needed one done to the pattern, so I thought before cutting into a more expensive fabric I would give this sheet fabric a try & I'm really happy with my new spring/summer relaxing overalls.

 The legs are wide & should be cool to wear on humid hot days when you want to be covered & protected from the sun & mosquitoes!

 The buttonholes went in like a dream, I did need a refresher course on how to do it though & bonus to me, finding the 'quilting foot'!

 The bedroom design with the 'Horsie Quilt' is nearly done!! Just the bench needs to be stitched & stapled together. Bill will help me with that.
Bev Hackett owner of Edge Squared Quilting Studio in Barnaby did a wonderful job with all the quilting done to this project for me. Thank you, Bev!!!

 Bev quilted with two battings between the flannel backing & the quilt topping, it is so warm to sleep under. The windows face the shore & that is also the north & do we ever get some nor'eastern's here!

 The euro shams were quilted also with the same quilted pattern as the quilt.

 These vintage horse lamps were my inspiration for my new bedroom design & when I saw the Equestrian quilted fabric collection from Toronto's Sew Sisters this summer, it was love at first sight!

The quilted bench is the last piece to upholster & the ideas that danced in my head will be finished.

Mr Boots is loving the new quilt too, he feels all warm & cosy on the quilt & is the same colour so he is camouflaged into the quilt! lol
I just love my new winter bedroom collection! Thank you again, Bev, with all your machine quilting, it really looks great!

We are having a lot of rain today & freezing rain on the way. I don't feel safe on ice, walking or driving. Everywhere is having a strange winter.

Thank you for the visit & I hope you are surviving your winter, wherever you are.
It is as Joni Mitchell puts it in her song named The Circle Game, it's one of my favourite songs!
This is my 60th winter to come & go now, & spring will be here before we know it,  but tonight the house is making noises from the strong winds!  lol

Have a safe weekend!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Another Year Behind - With A New Year Ahead!

 The Three Little Kittens, all grown up! lol
The weather here, as in most of Canada, is very cold! The cats love the firebox at night after Bridget & Baxter, the year-old Boston terriers are put to sleep. Those two Boston terriers just terrorize the cats, well maybe just Rexon the Manx.  The cats love the radiant heat of the fire on the dog's bed! lol

 Before the family arrived I made some new pillows for this year. The merry pillow was a free download & the 'R' cross stitch was from my thread working days in the 90's.

 The Buffalo check in red & black was to be the Christmas theme this year. More will be
The word merry is 100% wool from a Scotland scarf I had purchased at the Sally Ann. I have used it in the past on some snowmen.

 I love this winter scene fabric & have fussy cut out the animals as applique. With luck, the stream looks like it flows & is not pieced.

The cross stitch was outlined with black thread & it was ready to be incorporated into the centre of the pillow. It was outlined with some red/black piping was purchased with the Buffalo flannel at Nadine's in Neguac NB. my favourite quilt/sewing store in the area.

 This 22'' x 22'' pillow was constructed with a cotton Buffalo fabric I purchased at Nadine's in the fall. It complimented the redwork I did back in the 90's. The piping was used again to outline the embroidery. The sofa that these pillows sit on are much needed as the depth is too wide.

 The year was embroidered on the bottom when I finished it. Oh my, time just flows by, it was 1990!

 The Boston's Christmas stockings were done ... just in time for Santa Paws arrival!

 This flannel was purchased a few years back for Boris Loree, I finally cut into it & created the new stockings for Baxter & Bridget's 1st Christmas with us. They were born on Dec. 19th, 2016.

Mantel Is Installed!

 The support post from the old kitchen was saved for this install. With a firebox, you have no mantel. That detail was really missed for me since our century home had mantels on all three fireplaces.
It really warmed the outside wall with the warm walnut wood texture too!

 The beams in this Hardwicke house came from a barn circa 1970 install. Bill did a great job, sanding, staining, & satin finishing the beam.

                                                   Now to find the studs to lag into!

 Special drill bits had to be found to do the install, the walls in the great room are for exterior use!

                                       And they were all busy with the figuring it out! lol

The attaching to the wall was ready & the drilling began...

 And the levelling of the mantel.
 Voila! The battery operated candles, on a remote, were then put in place, thank you, Nicholas!

The floor was vacuumed by Mitchell & the look of the mantel was complete! Thank you, Bill, Mitchell, & Nicholas for making my vision a reality!

 Remember the merry Buffalo check pillow? Here I am in my onesie & the boys are wearing their Buffalo PJ bottoms!

                                               Bill joins in with the morning merriment!

                          Nicole's onesie had the Buffalo check hoodie with matching socks!

 Bill made the traditional Pillsbury cinnamon bun Christmas tree. Yum, with morning coffee & tea!

Now Santa Paws had to make a decision about Baxter & Bridget, they were on my naughty list!

Just weeks before Christmas, one of the pups chewed the corner of the custom made stairs!!


                                             The nose of the wooden carved monkey chair!

The braided rawhide chew was not tasty enough?!! I was horrified when I saw this scenario & when I asked the pups who did this, they both ran for their crates! The crates are their safe place till mom cools off & they know it! lol

                                  Santa Paws had filled their stocking with eats & treats!

 I laughed when they both wanted the skunk! Mr Racoon took 2nd place, later that day both the toys were well played with. lol

The Ugly Sweater Christmas - Gifted by the Alberta Family! LOL

 Lucky me! Mine had Mrs Claus on it & I can't wait to get it out early for next Christmas!!
Black leggings & my outfit will be complete! lol

                                                       Bill just loved his Santa sweater!

                                              Santa Bill took to his helper elf, just like a son! lol

And the gift-giving couple, wearing their ugly Christmas sweaters. What I couldn't get over was Mitchell's sweater...I had him wear a turtleneck & a quilted Christmas vest that I had made him when he was a toddler! What a flashback for me seeing him in his sweater! lol
I loved each & every sweater, thank you!

Mitchell was happy to have a Ford rug hooked mat for his truck console. It was a busy handmade Christmas for Mrs Claus!

I purchased the large Mustang sign at the Miramichi's Largest Garage sale last fall.

Nicholas has joined in as he too owns a Mustang now! And the signs were cheaper if you purchased two of them!

Bill was happy to have his console rug hooked mat too! I was happy to tell them that it was Briggs & Little yarn, made right here in New Brunswick!

This all flannel chevron quilt that I made for Nicole & Mitchell will keep them warm in Calgary AB. I thought that the colours will make them think of mom back at the shore. Christel did the longarm quilting & it was all done with pentagram anchors. I was so pleased with the way it turned out & the kids just loved it!

With the leftover fabric, I played with the free Temecula pattern of the 12 Days of Christmas. This is a miniature quilt that can be used like a placemat on the coffee/side table. It's made up of 12 - 3" blocks. Day 1 is one piece, day 2 is made with two pieces of fabric, day 3 with 3 pieces & so on.

Warm Restoration Hardware hats & hand muffs where given to keep Nicole warm, Mitchell had his hat on from the time he opened it, wore it to the shore in the blizzard to make the beach bonfire & had to dry it next to the firebox!

As it was drying... I saw a face take shape within the hat! Just the way the wet spots created shadows or an overload of candy & chocolate creating hallucinations! lol

I have a photo of Mitchell holding Boris Loree with a hat on for his 1st Christmas last 2005. Here are Baxter Loree & Bridget Loree in their hats for their 1st Christmas!

                                             The day ended with the Christmas turkey feast!

                                              A photo before going to the Moncton Airport.

                                     Mitchell playing with my Canon camera...doing selfies!!
I'm going to the fridge in the background & he's still playing with my camera!!! LOL

The sunset Christmas evening, using the new lens covers that Nicholas gifted me with, gorgeous!

Canada Eh Quilt Is Hung Up

The quilt is about 18 ft high on the wall. I chose this wall because it doesn't have direct sunlight on it.

It is viewed from the mezzanine on the 2nd storey, a nice bright area of the house.

This barge was in the Miramichi Bay on New Year's Eve! Quite the sight when you looked out the dining room window!
Each season has its own beauty & now it is a winter wonderland!

This is all of us on the beach having our Christmas Day Bonfire.
Nicholas was experimenting with his drone on this blustery Christmas Day.
This is a photo of his video of us.

I'd like to take this time to wish you & yours the very best health, happiness, & prosperous New Year.

Welcome to 2018!