Sunday, December 14, 2014

No Snow...Like Christmas it's coming!

 The weather here has no snow...yet but the dampness in the air is chilly. These two love to love to  snuggle next to each other by the fireplace.
                                                                    Warm & cozy

                                                                  While visions...

                                                                     of pet treats...
                                                                    danced in their heads. lol
 This cat really thinks she's a dog! Boris still hasn't got her figured out. lol


My mom was institutionalized this summer & is happy to see me but isn't sure exactly who I am. The MRI showed she had two strokes & her memory has failed. I took cousin Peggy to visit her. Aunt Peg will be 90 this March & is as sharp as a double edged razor. Mom didn't know her but was happy that she had company & that we helped find her teeth! lol
                                                                 Aunt Peg & Mom

                                                                         Mom & I
She is getting use to being there & I'm glad that she has 24/7 care at Chelsea Park & she's only a 15 minute car ride away.


I had a lovely visit with my quilting buddy Paulette & she even came with a 'Show & Share'!

 She's going through a few Tilda book's & I think she's going to give the patterns a try!

 This quilt was done from the London Friendship Quilt's nine patch swap. So simple yet so effective, well done Paulette!
 She also finished this Kaffe Fassett quilt at a retreat. Paulette you never stop surprising me. lol
Can you tell this woman loves colour?!!


 Mitchell's tree ornaments are still being made. I got these done & I'm really pleased with them.
The idea came to me in Miramichi NB when purchases made were put in a paper John Deere bag...perfect for enlarging & making a pattern!
I started with the large green background, then the smaller yellow layer, finished with the green with the center pattern cut out & saved for another decoration with a green deer! Then the buttonhole stitch to hold everything down... I already had the felt in green & yellow, bonus!!

 Packing has begun for our trip to Elnora Alberta for Christmas. I'm going to take this wall hanging for Mitch, to decorate his home. His first Christmas blanket is going too, I'm going to place it under his tree as the tree skirt this year.
 Rexton has been exploring all the new things coming in for Christmas.
 She's going to be such an excellent mouser!

 I hope everything is going to fit! We never check our bags...this will be interesting. It's a direct flight so the luggage will be safe.
 More snowmen for the tree.


What to do with 'frog fabric'

       I'd purchased this fabric last year for making my girlfriend Sandy something & never had time to materialize it into anything...

This year the sewing began...

 I used the character fabric on the outside of this 'car trash bag' & lined it with the green chef frogs.

Now the idea came to me to make a trash bag holder...
 The doggie poop bags are used inside the trash bag & the ice cream lid will hold the bag open!

I used Bill's Olfa cutter to cut just the rim off , it was easy with the right tools!
 Then a piece of twill tape to tie it in...
 There's the bag inside, sitting neatly opened awaiting trash.
 Voila!! A finished trash bag. I cross hatch quilted the exterior to make it sturdy & washable.
 Same fabric...

A reversible apron!
                                          Version One...

                                          Version Two!
Sandy is going to be styling it in the kitchen in the New Year!

But wait...there's more!
A wee runner, I fussy cut some characters added the chef frogs & finished it in black...
So on the reverse side you'd never know that frogs resided on the other! lol


 Look at these two...& those legs hanging out! lol
 She does have the Manx legs!
                                              I wonder if they'll always sleep together?!

                                                                    Sweet Dreams!


 Bev made me this last year & I added snow flakes to it this year. We don't have any snow left now but this gives the feeling of snow falling on the snowmen!

A few years back Bev gave me this wonder snow globe & it was packed last summer & I was afraid it was in the garage in NB with the other Christmas things. Luckily it was still packed in the trailer & Bill went through 12 large boxes looking for it...yes it was in the last box!! lol
I was so afraid that it was going to freeze & crack. Thank you Bill for your patience with me. ;)

                                                           How beautiful is this globe?!

                                                And by a push of a button the snow starts!


 Still sewing...
 This quilt as you go French braid runner works up quickly. One has already gone out as a gift to Aunt Alice in Montreal, this one will go to Alberta.

                                           The backside of the runner works well too!

I played with my paint crayons to colour the Five Little Monkeys hanging & added button hearts & stars. It's now done!

The Christmas tree is all decorated & I'm enjoy looking at it. t
This is the tree that I'd leave up year round in my studio. Christmas is my favourite time of the year & I try to hold the spirit of it year round.

Thank you for stopping by this week.

Thought for the week...

Invest in yourself.
It will pay you for the rest of your life.


  1. Hi Cynthia, it's good to see you've been creating magnificent things again with your creative sewing talents. Everything looks so pretty. I love the reversible apron. Your eye for details is amazing.

    Those two furry babies looks so spoiled and content.

    Have a wonderful trip and merry Christmas.
    No snow here either. We lost it all in this warm spell.
    Stay warm and cosy.


  2. Love the wee 5 Monkeys quilt! Reminds me of a quilted postcard you sent me once, you must have a thing for monkeys ;)

    Safe trip and happy holidays to you and yours!