Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cone Head Rexton

Rexton had her one week appointment after her spay & she's to wear the cone around her head for another week. The vet, Dr. Rupi, said "All looks very good." She's getting use to her face halo. lol

            These two are hilarious to watch throughout the day. They surely make mine!~lol

Now Tommy's day is on his own...

                               Sleeping in a small wicker basket that holds my rug hooking yarns.
                                                             Wool is warm & cozy! lol

He's such a handsome olde boy. Years ago a fight with something with claws took his eye sight. He turns 16 this summer & stays close to home. Rexton will never have that opportunity of going outside. Four years ago a coyote or fox nearly killed Tommy, he's such a 'touch olde bird'. lol

If Tommy's not in the bay window bird watching, he's at the front window looking for movement.
The bronze bunny came from Newfoundland & I called her Jinny because I was going to go on the bus tour to USA to Jinny Beyer's studio but Used that money towards this bronze piece. It really talked to me & I've never regretted getting it!

More shenanigans from Rexton...

She just laid outside the basket with her front legs stretched out, weird kitty.

                                                           Then sat up & pondered?

This is so funny to watch! She licks Boris' head but can't reach it because of her cone. So she licks her cone & Boris lets her! lol

                                                 She's so happy when she finds her toes!

                  Look at this lazy girl, she is stretched out & I realize just how long she is getting.
                     Next week the cat tower can finally go upright, it takes a lot of floor space.

Boris is so tolerate with  Rexton, he shares his basket & blankets. I've added Rexton's yellow baby blanket to the mix & he likes it!
                                                                   Rexton hugs her blankie
                                              Her head is so small compared to her limbs. lol

Now for the sewing this week...

 The border is on the homespun table cloth & whilst I was in Florida I found this fantastic Wilmington duck fabric for $3.00 a yard!!

I hope you like it Mitchell as it's going to be a backing on one of your quilts, my Duck Unlimited supporter! XO

                                                                  Fantastic fabric find!!!

Another table runner.
This is the backing of the runner. I purchased this fabric in northern New Brunswick at one of my favourite shops near Loise Settlement. Thank you for introducing me to this shop Ursula!

It's a different scene then the roman shades I made last year however together it looks OK.
I just love the look of toile fabric. I once designed my grandson Emerson's nursery with the 10 yards of toile I hauled home from England & complemented it with a black & white country check.

This Christmas Paulette gave me a bundle of black & white fat 1/4's. Voila,  some of those fabrics!  Thank you Paulette. :)                                       
Here's the pattern side, I saw cousin Ann's Conneting Threads kit & love it. Thank you for the pattern Ann! I know you said it was easy...

Not when you use chevron fabric & want it all going in the same direction! Grrr lots of unsewing!

                                                I'm pleased & happy that it's done now!
                                       And it complements the floor tiles too! I have always loved the colours (black/white are not really colours) & use to wear black a lot. My husband once told me that I could buy anything in clothes so long as it was not black. He said "I could die tomorrow & no one would know your mourning!" I still use those 'colours' as my go to but I've added colour over the years.
I even prefer my pets black & white too! I've had three Dalmatians & now a Boston Terrier, yes black & white. I heard the song Ebony & Ivory the other day & it too made me smile! :)

This is my favourite door stop! It's a century piece that my girlfriend Sandy from the Red Door Shoppe antique store.  www.reddoorantiques.ca  She found this fellow on one her private shopping excursions. Thank you for making my day Sandy. I love him! he looks like my little man Boris Loree!

Next week is the week of drapery. I'm doing a lot of procrastination...however i do better under pressure! Bill arrives home from China next week & I will have the drapes done by then.

With so much snow & cold -  here is a warm saying that made me smile.

Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the flowers,
Kind deeds are the fruits.

Thank you for the visit & have a great week!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Rexton Is Spayed

Oh what a whirl wind I've been on in the past few weeks & now past the middle of January already!
Bill & I had a fun week in Clearwater Florida where the elevator code meets were held, I slipped on as 'added luggage' & was so glad I took the time to be with him. I forgot my camera bag at his apartment & so there's just one of me & my new Romanian girlfriend Gratziana. With our guys in elevator code meetings, she & I sunned by the pool & shopped together.
She's going to the code meetings the fall in Hawaii...not me because I'll be right where I want to be on the east coast. I was nice to be in The Sunshine State for a week though!

I called the vet yesterday at 9:30am,  to make rexton an appointment to have her spayed and was asked if I could bring her in at 10am!
As Bill stated to me, ( he was in the middle of putting the first coat of paint on the laundry room walls) it would be best sooner than later because I worry so much about having pets operated on. Back in the early 80's my Sparky the Dalmatian had kidney stones & was operated on,  there were complications & I lost him. :(
So with crate in hand I took her in for the procedure. The office called at 3pm to say all is well & to pick her up at 5:30pm.

 At 5:30 last night I picked her up & a hefty vet bill too...turns out she was still in heat!! That will cost another $42.00 on top of the total! It's all done now & she's going to be an inside cat so I'm hoping that was her last vet bill.
I was also told that she is to wear her head cone for 2 weeks! AND she's not to jump!!
Well this cat lives to jump, she loves heights & can get there with ease.
I put her cat tower sideways for the two weeks, it now takes up 1/2 the lounge floor. lol
Oh the concessions we make for our beloved pets!

                                         Here is Rexton wearing her fashionable head cone! lol

                          I kept her in the crate till the drugs wore of, she was so wobbly.

 Then Boris went crazy to go outside, he saw a bunny rabbit that he wanted! I enlarged the picture...see it in the next yard by the black urn? Nothing wrong with his eyes!

 I gasped when I saw this colour all over her & they reassured me it's just iodine from the surgery.

 Such a small incision for such a large bill, I wish we had a vet in the family!

                                                        Boris is real careful around her.
She feels better having him around too. Last night I slept with Rexton in the crate, on the bed & Boris slept next to the crate. Rexton & Boris both slept through the night, I was thankful as I had my worries of an interrupted sleep. All is well. Now to get through the next 2 weeks!

I want to go into my KYROTIME...
Playing with blocks! These blocks have fallen so many times that I was going to fix this with wood glue!
                                                            This looked too twisty...

                                                         This looked too leaning towerish...

This look was 'just right'. So all these blocks are now one & I'm going to place them over my studio bookcase out east. Everything these days is about 'out east', I think I'm homesick but the weather there would be nasty. I watch the weather & the temp there is 7C, the temp here is -4C, who has the good weather now?

This week will be a busy one making drapes for Mitch's livingroom & bedroom. I also want to do a John Deere baby quilt for baby Konred, to keep him warm,  he's due to arrive next month. Congratulations to Jess & Kelsey on their first born!

Thanks for stopping by & I hope you too have a great productive week.
Let us sew, let us sew, let us sew! LOL

As Winston Churchill once said "Failing to plan is planning to fail."

Saturday, January 10, 2015

And Sew This Is January :)

Oh baby it's cold outside! And it's too cold to snow...for now.

Sugar withdrawal has not been as bad as I had expected. I'm getting creative with making veggie soups too. Easter is going to be the hard one with all the temptations everywhere. But again, one day at a time is working for me.

My next-door neighbour, Pete has been a God sent to me, he snowblows out my laneway for me & then does our streets sidewalk. I know our postal people are thankful for his efforts of making winter a little more accessible.

                                     It's so cold & windy that even the Mrs. Cardinal is having a bad hair day!

                                             And yes she has something to say about it! lol

                               She is beautiful but Mr. Cardinal wears the colour in that family!

Sad news...
Carmel Bernetta Jagoe

A fellow rug hooker &quilter passed away recently & that was a shock to me. Yes she was 80 years young but so full of a passion for life.
I will also remember her for her laughter. RIP my friend.

 I finished my Christmas Present from Paulette, for such a small piece there sure where a lot of stitches! lol

                                                        How sweet is this little runner?!
 It was suppose to be a pin cushion but for now I have an abundance of them, so I repurposed it so now I can admire it as it's new life of a mini runner.
Thank you Paulette, I love primitive styling & you hit it on the head with this wee kit.

 You know it's cold when... these two snuggle up together in front of the fireplace!

                      Old Tom has a patience for this young kitten, some days more than others.

                                       But Boris...well that's a dog of the same colour! lol

 I played this week with the grapevine wreath I made in the fall & added pinecones to it. The florist wire holds them in place as I plan on using it outside, once I've filled it with more 'found nature'.
A good spray of varnish & it should be good to go next fall for outside decorating.

 I also finished a table runner, all hand sewn with perle cotton thread. I'm finishing what I started with many projects in my UFO piles. The primitive styling is so cozy on these cold winter days.
 This is the back of the runner. On runners of wool there's no batting but I think I should have inter lined it with flannel. Time will tell.

My heart goes out to Bill this weekend. Bless him, he thought the second coat would be done then the roman shade, light covers, all the things to make the back hall right again. Wrong!! The second coat of paint was not the same colour mix as the first pail...the difference is noticeable. He's off to Canadian Tire to get a third gallon of Serene colour paint & the back hall & staircase will have a 'third coat' applied. Just when you think your getting ahead...

This month has/is so cold & the weather network said it will finish with below temps too!
I'm going to sew away this month & of course shovel snow inbetween!

Thank you for stopping by & stay warm & healthy as those of us in the cold are being preserved!