Monday, May 30, 2011


The regular readers of my blog know that I live in S.W. Ontario, Canada, this area experienced a Winter that started in November with cold temperatures and snow, snow and more snow. When it finally stopped snowing it rained and rained and last night during a thunderstorm it rained once again. That was depressing.

In Canada we have a retail store called Sears in our shopping malls, they also have a mail order catalogue, you can go on line or call their order desk to make a purchase. Your item is then mailed to you oryou can go to their local pick up store. After purchasing an item from the catalogue they send you copies of all of their catalogues, large ones for Spring and Summer and Fall and Winter, and ones of "Specials", "End of season Sales" etc, etc. and the list goes on and on.

The Spring and Summer one arrived in the middle of Winter, am I depressed... today is May 30th. Summer officially starts on June 21st. and the Fall and Winter catalogue was in my mail box today. I don't want to be reminded that Winter weather could be only six months away, so I refuse to open the plastic wrapper to look inside.

On a happier note the rain is suppose to stop for the coming week and we will see that big ball of fire in the sky with temperatures in the high 20's or even low 30's. I can see and hear my lawn growing already, now all I have to do is try and get my lawn mower to stay running so it can be mowed.

Have a wonderful Monday.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Got it right this time....

After taking the handles off and putting them back on correctly I am really liking my new tote. Finished in time for my vacation coming soon. It's not only a vacation, I will be attending my second eldest granddaughter's wedding in Cuba.

I purchased the lilac fabric a couple of years ago, with no project in mind I just loved the colours and the pattern. When I saw the tote pattern in November/December 2010 issue of McCall's Quilting I knew I had the perfect fabric for the bag. I was going to use some bamboo handles, but they just didn't look right so I made mine from some of the fabric. Also added a fabric and button closure for security. The pattern called for a piece of cardboard to be inserted in a rectangle of fabric in the bottom to give it some stability. I used a piece of the crafter's plastic (the plastic that looks like cross stitch material) instead and it worked a lot better than the cardboard. I also included a couple of compartments on the inside to make it easier to find everything.

Here are a couple of photo's, my lilac bush was the perfect place to hang it, don't you think.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Tote Bag

Today I finished a tote bag that I was making and planned on showing a picture. I kept on looking at it, putting over my shoulder and holding the handles........something wasn't right, but for the life of me could not figure it out what is was. You know how you look at something and look again, well, it finally it dawned on me, I put the handles on wrong, instead of putting each handle on one side of the bag I put one end on one side and the other on the opposite side.

Its not big problem to change them but, the patterns instruction indicated that they should be sewn with four rows of stitching to make them secure, which I did. I am going to be doing some froggie work, then put them on correctly and then take a photo.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

To be delivered tomorrow...

Finally I am going to be able to give my grand daughter and her husband the quilt I made for their wedding gift. They were married in October 2010, so it's only seven months late!!!

A lot of the fabric I chose for this quilt has small hearts on it, so I had the "quilter man" (the husband of one of my guild members), use a heart pattern for the quilting.

Included in the label is a piece of lace that was on my wedding dress.


Saturday, May 14, 2011


For the past week my part of the world has had beautiful weather, blue skies, sunshine and warm---- hot---- temperatures. So most of my time has been spent in my garden pulling the weeds and mowing the lawn, to some this is a chore, but I enjoy gardening. The annuals are doing well in the greenhouse, hopefully, at the end of the month, when all risk of frost is over they will be mature enough to plant in the garden. These pictures show the garden around the pond as of this morning, and close ups of some of the flowers.

Take a look at this magnificent tree, I call it a tulip tree but I believe it is a magnolia. Yesterday, I was at the cemetery where my DH is, and this tree was so beautiful I went home to pick up my camera to take a photo.

Rain is in the forecast for the next few days, a chance to get my housework caught up and also make the churn dash block for our guild meeting next Thursday. Last night I finished sewing the binding on my Grand daughters wedding quilt, its only seven months late!!.

Have a great weekend.


Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Late Afternoon Post Today....

Why? That big ball of fire was up in the sky again today, the second day in a row!!
Early this morning the bedding was stripped off the bed and was blowing merrily on the line all day. The first time this year I have used the clothes line.
This was certainly not a day to stay in and sew, my sewing machine is going to be wondering what happened to me.
Three hours in the garden, cleaning up the winter kill and weeds. It was so nice to get the dirt under my finger nails again. A robin sitting on her eggs in the nest she built in the honeysuckle, scolded me when I got too close. The waterfall in my pond gently trickling down the rocks provided a backdrop to all the other birds singing as they were busy catching bugs or gathering bits and pieces to use in building their nests. It was such a lovely warm day, you could almost hear the leaves opening on the red maple tree.

Why am I so happy to be in my garden working? Gardening is my hobby, during the nice weather, and it has been a long time coming this year.

Gotta go, all this work has given me an appetite for my chicken dinner.