Thursday, October 22, 2009

Some of this and some of that....

I have been busy --- with a little of this and that and not much of anything!!

I made myself a lunch bag to take my lunch to work with me. It is a pattern from the Moda Bakeshop blog. I made the bag much bigger than the pattern called for. It is the small bag for a charm pack. Makes up in to a great little lunch bag. Everyone at work wants one now!! Yah........... That will be my next project ---LOL. Although I did promise that I would make a Christmas stocking for the Craft fair in November.

I was at the Vancouver quilt guild's Quilt show last weekend. It was a very nice little show. There are a few pictures of the show floating around blogland. I ran into Wendy -- from Snippets of a Quilter at the show. It was so great to see her. I haven't seen her in person since last year.  Wendy has some great photo's of the show on her blog.  I went to the show with my Friday stitch group -- Gathered Threads... Krista has some great pictures of the show on her blog as well... at Poppyprint.    Krista's latest post is about her fabulous Halloween cookies.... worth the read!

I bought a bit of fabric from my favourite African fabric shop -- Kitambaa. This is African Indigo fabric!! I bought two bundles --- as they were different. Who knows what I will do with it. Love the buttons!!

Here is a nice picture of the new kitchen/dining area now that the furniture is back. Very modern....I am loving the new kitchen. It is so much nicer to work in --  bigger, it seems so much brighter as well even though the window is not much bigger than the old window it seems so much bigger. Maybe it is the fact that the area is not so closed in and we get light from the rest of the house as well.

The stone masons have been busy this past week. They are a group of men from El Salvador. They have been doing a great job but it is slow work because they can't work in the rain and we have entered our "rainy season" so they work only a day or two here and there. They were here again today and I will put up some pictures of the front of the house when I can take some pictures in the day light.

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Friday, October 02, 2009

I had a dream

It has obviously been a long time since I got to enjoy my hobby of quilting. Although not as long as it has been for Jim to enjoy his hobby - he hasn't made beer in 9 months - so he tells me.  And I have had a few quilting getaways - a trip to Sisters Oregon and an occasional Friday Stitch group.  I meet with a group of "Gathered Threads" on various Fridays throughout the month.

I have been working quite a few night shifts in the past month.  This week I worked Monday and Tuesday night and then on Wednesday the contractor was at the house all day installing the baseboards - so I didn't really get a good sleep.  I sort of napped on the sofa downstairs and noise and banging made their way to my ears as I dozed.  And for some reason Jenny decided she needed to be up on the sofa as I slept as well!!

And I had a dream.  I invited all of my Friday stitch group over to my house for a stitch day.  They were looking for some fabric to finish the back of a quilt.  I offered that they could chose some fabric for their quilt from my stash.... and they took ALL of my fabric away with them!!  I was so upset - calling to Jim to go after them.... they didn't even leave me a tiny scrap!!  What do you think that means!!  I think it is the stress of this topsy turvey house!!  We are certainly getting close but the tiler -- who was supposed to come yesterday is now not coming until Monday.... as we drag into another month.

I thought a cute little Hunter picture would cheer us up.  Poor little Hunter spent time this week at the Alberta Children's Hospital.  He had his tonsils and adenoids removed.  He had a sleep study done a number of months ago and the recommendation was to have the surgery and they got him in pretty quick.  Jessica spent the night with him at the hospital.  He is home now and typical baby -- much better.

Isn't he cute!!

There is a new blog in town!  A member of my Friday stitch group has started a blog and I think it will be a fun blog to follow.  It is called Poppyprint.   Krista is a very talented quilter and photographer.  Krista is the organizer of the "Quilting by the Bay"  ( aka QBTB) that we quilters are lucky enough to attend.  It is a day of quilting from 9 AM until 10 PM... all the food and snacks are provided and brought out to us just about the time we think we should be eating again --LOL  It is a fun filled day of prizes and visiting and a nice glass of wine.

At the last QBTB that I attended Jim BBQ'd up a nice Spring salmon for all the quilters for supper and I got a pair of hand knitted socked - made by Krista's mother.  I was just thrilled.  I love hand knitted socks.  Jessica is starting to knit - so I am hoping she can knit me socks.  She wants me to sew her a nice big knitting bag -- maybe for some socks.....

And at my guild meeting a couple of months ago.... June I think.  Was it really that long ago??
There is a woman - Pippa Moore - Kimambaa Designs  that has organized a group of women in Africa to make a few different crafts and then the crafts are being shipped to Canada and sold through Pippa with all the money directly going back to the women.  I can't remember if I blogged about this before - but I am on a bit of a roll here so if I did mention this before.... here it is again. 

This is my quilty content for today.  I bought these four placemats.  And we have moved the dining room table back into the dining room so maybe they will get put out soon.

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