The long beach, update

The long beach, update

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

52 week Photo Challenge – Mobile

Two forms of mobility in the Canada Day parade in my town. Smile  I have no idea what vintage this car is but it is pretty cool.  The bike tires and the car tires look almost the same!


Linking up with Shaz at Alsha's Space.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Friday Night Sew In Report

I had big ambitions for FNSI but I was too tired to do anything more than some hand sewing.  I made the hexie flowers for my July swap partner in the Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap.  She asked for florals with plain centers and this is what I made.


I like the pink one more than the blue…. but what is the saying about divas and chorus lines – you can’t have one without the other or something like that…

I hope you had a great sewing time for FNSI too!


Piggy Bank Challenge

Val at Val's Quilting Studio is hosting a year long piggy bank challenge and invited me to join.  At first I waffled because a) I didn’t have a container, b) I spend my change on tea and pop, c) I really don’t need to save for more fabric, d) I was being a party pooper. 

But I love to see people trying to create some fun in blogland and so I decided to join.  We are supposed to identify a container for our piggy bank and a purpose for our savings. 

The challenge closes July 20th!

First I needed a container.  I found one at a garage sale last weekend when I was at the Atlin Arts and Music Festival (photo below copied from their site)

Photo: Another wonderful festival weekend came to an end. Three fantastic, magical days! Thanks to YOU! <br />And thanks to the artists, sponsors, volunteers, tent- and techcrew, staff and helping hands for making this event so very, very special!!!<br /><br />We will post a festival album in the upcoming days!

Granddaughter and I painted it with acrylic paints and then I baked it to set the paint.

piggy bank collage

I have decided that each Friday at the end of the work week (when I remember) I will add what ever change I have left in my pocket from the week, except for the loonies and toonies.  For those who don’t know Canada no longer has paper $1 and $2 bills.  We have coins.  Big, heavy coins.  We call them loonies and toonies.  Here is my addition for this week.


We no longer have pennies in Canada either, so my collection will be all silver.  This will be interesting. Hot smile

Linking up to Val's piggy bank challenge, which by the way ends on July 6th, 2015.  And what will I do with my moolah?  I haven’t really decided yet but I may have to host a five year blog birthday party with giveaways…. as my blog will be five years old on June 29, 2015. Smile


Monday, July 14, 2014

Photo Challenge Calm … and the Excitement of Sewing!

The word for the 52 week photo challenge this week is calm….  My friend was very upset yesterday after a phone call from her mother and we were talking about how to calm yourself instead of reacting when our emotions get triggered.  We ended up doing a grounding exercise – feeling the solidity of our connection to the ground and the chair that we were sitting on, letting go of tension from parts of our bodies and picturing ourselves in a place that we find calm and peaceful.  So I got to think about where is calm for me.  Although many places would qualify at different times, this is one of my favourites… my yard…The grass is patchy, there are lots of weeds (or one could call them wild flowers) and the landscaping is sort of non-existent, but it is lovely and open and sunny, and as you know I see wild animals there. Smile 


And now that we have been calm, and I have linked up to Alsha's Space, let’s have a little excitement!!

I won another giveaway about a month ago; this one was from Deonn of Quiltscapes.  The package arrived on Thursday – a nice little selection of happy fat quarters and some scraps from Deonn’s projects with this fabric.  Thanks Deonn!  I was immediately inspired…


On the weekend I was going to a little party where we would be celebrating three friend’s birthdays.  So I had to whip up some gifts.  Three pouches…


Three backs…


Three interiors…


I used this tutorial from Amy's Creative Side although just for the pouch construction, not for the paper pieced panels.  I took the inspiration for my panels from Deonn’s scraps.  Smile

And if you click on the link to Deonn’s blog above you will find that she is having another giveaway!!


Monday, July 7, 2014


My grand nephew Julien is now three weeks old and he is 3.53 lbs.  He has gained about half a pound.  Isn’t he sweet!

My other new grand nephew, Ryan.  He is eight weeks old.  Also a cutie!


Grandson caught his first fish all on his own this weekend.


And granddaughter is learning how to make friendship bracelets.


And the birthday girl in far-off Newfoundland finally received her birthday postcard!



Sunday, July 6, 2014

52 Week Photo Challenge–the word is PACKAGE

I DID get a package in the mail this week!  How fortuitous!!


This is not a very exciting looking package.  Dull grey – the only colour is the pink on the postage meter slip.  And it is wrapped in plastic.  What’s with everything being plastic these days? So unappealing.  What happened to brown paper and string?  So much texture and old-fashioned goodness in that.  The only thing really interesting about this package is that it only cost $3.29 to come from New Jersey to here.  I paid more than that to send a LETTER to Australia last week!

But then I got to open the package….  Oh, lookie here!!


I won this lusciousness from Chris at Made by ChrissieD in a Meadowlark blog hop back in June. Thanks Chris!!  I have linked you to Chris’ post for the hop so you can go and see what she made from this fabric.  I just love her table topper!  I am not sure I have enough fabric here to copy it, but maybe something similar.  A view of some of the different fabrics.


That’s my package post.  Laughing out loud Smile Open-mouthed smile  I’m linking up with Shaz at Alsha's Space.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Friday Night With Friends Report

I love Friday Night With Friends and Friday Night Sew In because once I sign up I feel like I have made a commitment and I actually get some sewing done! 

Last night I made these blocks for Nolene in the Paper Pieced Swap.  They were supposed to be done by the end of June…. I started making a block one day last week but totally messed it up and decided I was too tired to concentrate.  But they are done and in the mail now…. only four days late…


I hope you had a productive Friday Night With Friends!


Monday, June 30, 2014

52 Week photo challenge–Red

I love red!  I put some red in almost every quilt I make.  I like to wear red.  And I love to look at red.  A few years ago I did a little red photo shoot in my town.  These photos are old but still good.





Linking up with Alsha's Space for the photo challenge.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Flowers Galore!

I had a great time with my grandkids, but it was a whirlwind and I was very tired for quite a few days following.  I only took one picture… this was the day we headed out to see Papa at his worksite and they got to ride on the quad.  Always a fun event…


The rodent situation continues.  Last week when the grandkids were here we discovered  three mice in a 5 gallon bucket in the sunroom.  One was dead but the other two were alive.  I can’t imagine how they got in the bucket, why they got in the bucket (it was empty and clean) and how long they had been there but I think it was a while.  We took them up the road and released them in the bush.  Grandson carried the bucket and said they were so cute and he wished he could keep them.  Confused smile  Then this week there was a drowned squirrel in one of the rain collecting barrels.  Thankfully hubby came home this weekend and dealt with it as I wasn’t going near it.

The wild flowers are coming out fast and furious now.  These are wild strawberries.


And beautiful wild roses….


I have some sewn flowers to show as well.  Smile  I received two sets of second round hexies from Christine in the Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap and here they are sewn on to their flowers…Pretty huh?


I also made a postcard birthday greeting last weekend for a certain little girl (DGD in Nfld) and hopefully she has received it by now…


And I received this lovely postcard from Brandy in the Maple Leaf postcard swap.  Ingenious how she used the wool to cover the joins in the fabric. 


Here it is posing with some flowers in my sun room.  (no mice in the photo)Smile with tongue out


That’s all I have to show this week.  I hope to get more sewing done in the next few days though as Tuesday is a holiday from work for Canada Day. Smile 

How are you doing with your rodents… er, I mean your sewing?


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Friday Night Sew In Report

I managed to get some sewing in last evening while watching a movie with the grandies (I do like that word Smile).  Two flowers for my June partner in the Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap.  She asked for blues and greens.  I think these fit the bill…


How did your FNSI go?


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

What a week!!

Last week that is…  It started out on Monday night when I saw a fat mouse run down the hall in my house.  I HATE mice.  They give me the heebie jeebies and I have been known to actually scream at the sight of one.  And I am NOT a squeamish person.  I won’t give you all the details; suffice to say that it took four days, three mouse traps and three assistant mice hunters to catch the mouse. 

The catalyst to solving the problem was on Wednesday night when I went out to visit my hubby at the place he is working.  I managed to lock my keys in my car.  This is an hour away from any professional service that could open my car for me and would cost probably about $200 to get them to drive out there.  And it is two hours from my home where my spare key was.

On Thursday DD # 1 kindly drove to my house to pick up my spare key and while she was there sought out the missing mouse traps (yes that mouse had dragged them off from where I had set them, but was not caught!!).  She reset one of them by the door and voila!  On Friday morning there was the mouse in the trap.  Another assistant had to come in to remove the mouse and trap for me.  Ugh!!

On the weekend we had a quilt retreat right here in my home town.  It was an international event with three ladies from my town, two women from Whitehorse and four women from Alaska attending.  And one of those ladies from Alaska is actually from Kansas.

Then on Sunday night we got word that my nephew’s child had been born.  His girlfriend, Christina, was due in September.  The baby is 10 weeks early and weighs 2 lb, 15 oz.  His name is Julien Thai Nann-Constable.  He will be in hospital for at least two months.  He is beautiful and perfect, just much too small.  His grandparents, my brother and his wife, ask for prayers from near and far for the baby, his parents and the rest of the family. 

This week I have my two grandchildren visiting for the week.  We spent four hours at the swimming pool yesterday and we all slept for about ten hours last night.  Their two dogs are here as well, although my little pup is away with hubby.  We are off to take them for a walk once I say the word.  Right now the kids are making things with little elastic bands.  It is called Rainbow Loom and these two will spend hours making things.

Some photos from the retreat…

IMG_7948Anita, who was making 50 or 60 table runners for her mother’s headstone potlatch.

IMG_7949My friend Linda with her amazing trunk display of her work.

IMG_7950Dahn whipped up two baby quilts over the weekend.  Here she is enjoying the sun.

IMG_7951Louise was frustrated with the quilt. She kept sewing the triangle pieces on the wrong way.

IMG_7952Diane is from Kansas and is in Alaska visiting her sister for the summer.  She isn’t a quilter, but she is an incredible good sport.  She pressed, ripped stitches, helped pin and fold, gave advice on colours and placement and had a great time. Smile 


Lori plugged away quietly at her sewing.  I thought I had a photo of one pretty one she was working on, but…. no…


Linda was making an awesome colourful quilt.  She was missing a few pieces of fabric, but I was able to find what she needed in my stash.  Who me?


Dianne was only able to come on Friday and Sunday, but still managed to take two quilts to their end stages.

I worked on several things.  Borders for Easy Street…


Some fmq on this quilt that I started working on before I went to Australia.  Eleven blocks left to do – six in this pattern and five in stitch in the ditch on the adjoining coloured blocks…


And I made this block for my June Canadians Quilt partner.  She wanted summery colours and no batiks…


A display of some of our work…


Hope you had a good week too!