Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Another day of winter wonderland!

Again this evening on the News the stories out of Australia are terrible about the devastating fires. I hope and pray all the fellow Australian blogger are safe and I sure wish I could send you some of our weather to help you all out. Maybe if we could just meet halfway with a nice even temperature of 22 C. all the world over.

This is what I woke up to this morning. More snow!!

Poor Jenny, I had promised her a nice walk today as I went off to Costco with Eric yesterday - even though it was nice and sunny and I should have taken Jenny out yesterday. And today it snowed - again - and it was COLD.

Although I was very happy today as I found something exciting!

There is a story to these two bars of soap. Last summer I went to visit my friend and fellow quilter (and nurse from UBC days) -- who regularly travels the world - mostly Spain, Italy and Mexico. When I was there she gave me a lovely little package of writing paper and a bar of soap - from Italy. I put the soap in my bathroom and a few months later I opened it up. I remember the look of the packaging - sort of - and threw the package away and started using the soap. It was the most wonderful soap I have ever used in all my 50 years! Better than any body wash/body lotion soap. It was so creamy and soft and wonderful. And it lasted the longest time - months. Now the soap is gone and I phoned my friend to ask what was that soap and where can I get more. She emailed me the website for the company - Nesti Dante They don't have a great website but I looked around it and I found the soap. Il Frutteto - I can't remember the exact soap - I think it was the pure Olive Oil because it didn't seem to have a real fruity smell. But it was so soft and rich and creamy - ah.... I sent the Nesti Dante company an email through their website asking if they sold their soap in Canada - or if they shipped to Canada and I never got a response back from them. I was very unhappy - almost ready to call upon my blogging friends in Italy to search it out for me.

But -- today, I popped into Caulfield to mail of an envelope at the Pharmasave there and what do I find - but the soap! The Tomato soap smells heavenly - I think I will try that one first. They didn't have any of the pure Olive Oil soap but they had a nice selection of the Il Frutetto - I got the Pomegranate and Black current to try. That made the drive in the snow all worth it!

And now for something quilty.

Jim is away in Portland this week so I have been doing a bit of sewing. I have a few UFO's to work on. I have three UFO's listed with my quilt guild to be finished by June.

This table runner I started in November at the Bowen Island retreat. I layered it and started the machine quilting on it this week. I have been busy with the African Wedding quilt as well. The centre of the top is together and I am working on the rows and borders for it now.

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  1. I can't believe you've got yet more snow!! About 75% of the snow we've had is gone because we have had a couple of really mild days. I'm sure we'll get more snow, though.
    That soap sounds wonderful. I've got to see if the PharmaPlus carries it here.

  2. OMG thats a wicked Table runner!!

    Hint hint nudge nudge! We need a table runner! our table seats 8 regularly and 10 with the leaf in Hint hint! Nudge nudge! KnowwhatImean! KnowwhatImean!
    I like the black and the coffee fabric! tres cool mama!

    Did the Soup come for free? or did you place an order? They just surprised you with soap! thats so cool! nice score!

    Im an internet freestuff junky. I got so much free stuff and formula and diaper samples from online sites before the baby was born! :( now I never get any packages anymore. Better start filling out some more sample requests~! I love surprises in the mail!

  3. More snow, it looks pretty! Try to enjoy it, you normally do not get much snow up there do you? When I saw the soap picture I thought it was tomato sauce or soup in a carton;-). Love the table runner. Every time I see a picture of a table runner I want to make one again, they're lovely little projects to make.

  4. The snow is beautiful! This winter has been a killer for so many people. The soap sounds wonderful,but I don't think we carry it here.

  5. Your tablerunner is relly pretty, love the fabrics you used!

  6. Wow, that snowy picture is enough to keep me down here in AZ, for sure! The table runner looks great. That was probably a nice break from working on the African Wedding Quilt.

    That soap sounds interesting. I'm glad you found some. We are really pleased with so little, aren't we? I use soap made by a good friend of mine. It's the nicest stuff and she puts whatever scent in it that I want. I'm currently going for fresh clean sea breeze, but she even used my favorite perfume oil last year.