Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Super Week!

This past week has been super! We had the 'Super Moon' ...

 I did see the eclipse at 1:30 am & never had my camera out or even thought to photograph it.;(
These photos were taken at 7 am & the moon was still beautiful & full.

 It looked lovely over the water.

How perfectly round! It has awed us century after century & the eclipse that happened will not happen for another 30 years...hope to see it again at the age of 88?!

Until then...I've got these photos & memories of this historical event!

Super Rug Hooking Event In Riverview

Ursula & I took the road trip together for this event & turned it into an adventure as we missed the street & kept on driving...I've never made so many U turns as I did that day!

These lovely registering ladies, are taking a break from registering all those rug hookers in the background!

 Door prizes & a ticket basket! I purchased my tickets after registering.

 Those lovely cellophane 'eggs' where locally made maple syrup, Marg won one from our table!

And the other Super Week for me was I won one of the ticket baskets!!!

 Lucky me!! with the last 4 called as 3660, I sighed & said  'How close, I've 3662.' Then the number was called again, oh my... I then realized I had purchased seven tickets in a row & was looking at the last number!! Yes, yes, it was me! Lucky me!!

My basket items~~~~~~~~~

 Orange lanterns for decorating, apple jelly,maple syrup, a book on colour theory, Briggs & Little skeins, bottle, wool pieces in creme, check, oranges, red, & a strip of green with the words, Past Time Matters, from the Rug Hooking & Area Rug Hookers of Moncton.

 Lovely wicker basket...
 A Deanne Fitzpatrick pattern of the "Mixed Farm".

 A flask of 'Happy Elfin' Holidays' I already know who's Christmas stocking this will be going in. lol

 And my favourite item...a necklace of a wooden hand turned rug hook! How precious is this?!!
Yes I sure was lucky to win that ticket basket!

 The orange lanterns are nestled in the the dishes & being the complementary colour to blue, show well as a fall decoration.
                                                            Yes, lucky me, blessed me!

               Nine of us Miramichi Rug Hookers attended this hook-in & what fun we all had!
            The room was just a buzzing with like minded people doing & sharing their talents.

New to me this year was a man (his back to the photo) & two young children joining in the event.
The meal was excellent too!

Here are some of the rugs that caught my eye...

 There were rugs on the table...hooked rugs on the floor...

 Oh yes, Bonar Law. See the barn behind the house, well that's were Rexton the kitten came from!

                                                       A lovely prodded project!

 The day just went too fast & it was time for Ursula & I to head home.
I've changed calling my anxiety of being lost to an 'adventure' much more enjoyable.
We sure did get turned around trying to get home again! Finally in a familiar area, we took the back way that Ursula & her husband George would take, very scenic in the fall.
I'm going to show Bill that way next time we do a Costco run to Moncton. All in all it was a fantastic day & winning the basket made it, super!! :-)

My Thrift Store Super Find!

I found three Wedgewood plates to add to my blue & white transfer ware dish collection. What luck on that day the store had 20% off all purchases. The plates were .50 cents each full price, what luck to take another 20% of of that! Super find!

Some Sewing~~~~~~~~~~~

 I've been sewing pillow cases for the quilt sale. There pillow cases & treat or treat bags on Halloween night! My kids always used their pillow did I. Could it be a tradition out of necessity?! lol
 I made two hangings & hoping only one sells & I don't have to make myself one! lol

Thank you Liz for the pattern & the 'corn' fabric, I finally got mine done!

Grape Jelly Again.................

I asked my friend Donna for some grape vine to decorate with & she offered grapes with that. I made grape jelly several years ago with her grapes & what a hit those jars were!
She helped me pick a bag, that bag weighed 9lbs on my bathroom scales. I needed to know the weight, to work a recipe for the jelly. I made two batches, here's the first.

 The grape colour was just so rich & I added my three bunches off of my our wee grape vine too.

                                 Oh my the colour of grapes sure does a number on the fingers!

 I made a bag to hang the nine pounds of cooked grapes. The real problem came with no upper cabinets in the kitchen. As I looked around, I realized this was a challenge! The oven door was the solution I came up with. I wrapped the handle in plastic wrap & tied the heavy bag to drip for a few hours. I was challenged with keeping the door at just the right height, a wicker side table from the greatroom was added & voila! We now have grape jelly for the winter months ahead!

Thank you for visiting me, to share this super week! I hope you come back again.

And this week is a busy one with the Richibucto Rug Hookers, hosting us for lunch on Thursday( the rain is to stop by lunch that day) & the set up for the quilt show in Miramichi on Friday.
Busy week again!

Miramichi Quilt Show is Saturday 10am - 5 pm & Sunday Noon - 5 pm
Photos to follow!

Have a great week!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Canning, Mowing, & Sewing

The past week has just flew by with all the canning that has been done Zucchini Relish & Spiced Salsa, all fresh courtesy of my neighbours garden & their bounty over flow. The garden had a slow start & sure made up for it this month!
The lawns have been mowed & it may need one more mowing before the cool fall temperature stunts the growth. It sure has been lovely weather this week, warm by day & cool by night.
I've been sewing up a few things for our Miramichi Quilt Show in less than two weeks! The quilt show only takes place every other year & is before Thanksgiving & Halloween. People come for the fall warmth of ideas & a bit of an early Christmas gift shopping, for that special handmade item.
It's only 94 sleeps till Christmas! lol

Well that's the verbal of my time this week, here's the visual!

 Remember the magic carpet ride into the woods? See in the distance those three dirt piles?

 I got to see the trench fill with water after one of the hard rains we've had since it was dug out.

The water stayed for a few days in the trench then it was gone again. This is going to stop the flooding in the woods this spring. I'm curious to see the bridge design that Bill plans on welding up for the trek to take the tractor,  farther into the woods.

 The Hosta bunch have started to bloom, last year there was hardly any bloom to them.

 They are really pretty to see!

 The Aster is doing well in the copper pot.

 The Hydrangea from Easter has gone into a full bloom again.
 The blue ones look good too!

 Who would have thought that the hydrangeas would do so well here? I wonder if they'll survive the winter here? Time will tell.
 This Costco hanging basket has been doing great since May! I feed the petunias Miracle Grow, tomatoe plant food, it really does make a difference & helps keep them flowering.

I started drying the lavender today. I'm using the sunshine method on a wooden board. This technique in the sun usually takes about one week.

 Loads of tomatoes to come...salsa to make again!

 Boris has been noticing the shorter cooler days, he's seen each season 11 times now! He knows what's coming! lol

 Butterscotch pudding was the inspiration to this table runner! I love butterscotch anything!
I used the dress left overs from the rabbits fall dress.
                                                            Here she is sitting pretty!


I made several Halloween pillow cases today. I use to make them for my kids/grandkids for Halloween. They were on their beds with a pillow as a fill & on the evening of Halloween they were the Treat or Treat bags, filled with their goodies from the door to door treats!

Rug Hooking~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 I'm so pleased with the Briggs & Little yarn we found in Bathhurst at the Spinning Wheel.

                             I've hooked the year into it & I plan on finishing this year too! lol

And to date this is what has been done so far...each day a bit more is hooked in.

 This is me standing on a stool, doing a selfie with my feet. Lynn gave these to me for my birthday & I just love them!

 How crazy are these?!! Slippers with character & oh so warm too! Thank you Lynn, I think of you every time I put them one. They give me my daily smile. :-)

 The Sunset~~~~~~~~~~

                                                Tonight's sunset was just beautiful!
                                                                        Different angles---

Gave different views, the line in the water was very interesting. The colours were just spectacular!

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.
Have a great week as it truly becomes fall.