Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Because they are both quite large they are going to be hung above the head of their beds.
The next one you have seen before, its was made some time ago for my son and dil. They are going to hang it in their dining room.
Thanks for visiting.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
We had a green Christmas, started in the a.m. with some freezing rain, then just rain but skies tried to clear later in the day. Highways were great for travel, which I was thankful for.
Christmas day I cooked dinner for eleven, I don't mind the cooking its the last minute things that have to be done just before serving that I hate doing, such a lot clutter in my small kitchen. We had a lovely meal with all the trimmings even flamed the Christmas pudding and we all received some nice gifts and everyone had a great time.
On Boxing day, eighteen family members came for a visit and gift exchange. I laid out a buffet table with finger foods, dips, veggies, chips, etc. etc etc. so everyone grazed all afternoon.
All of the days preparation, and its over within a matter of minutes. I am thankful that I am able financially and health wise, to do all of the necessary work for a meal for family, however, next year I have decided that I am going to make the food preparation and serving a lot easier on myself.
2010-- Christmas dinner -- Baked potatoes -- no last minute mashing, and pot to wash. BBQ steaks -- no gravy to make or roasting pan to wash. Salad -- no pots to pans to wash. A nice bottle of wine. Dessert -- gotta have a Christmas pudding, and trifle. Boxing day, -- pizza from the shop down the street, salad and wine, and shortbread cookies.
Today, I am going to do very little. As I sit at my computer the turkey bones are simmering away, ending up as soup for dinner tonight, add some leftover pie for dessert, easy meal for a Sunday.
My youngest daughter worked over the holidays, so was unable to take part in our festivities, so tomorrow, I have invited her and family for dinner, to help clear up the leftover ham and other dishes.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Years ago I remember going to school Christmas concerts, such lovely songs of the season were sung. We could say Merry Christmas. Now, the concerts must not contain anything that refers to religion because it may offend some people. We have to say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas as it might offend some one. I can think of two other words that are used so often in peoples conversations that offend people more.
I am going to continue to say Merry Christmas.
Thanks, I feel so much better now that I have go that off my chest.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Below are pictures of the five Santa's I painted when I was in my ceramic painting phase a few years back. The two directly below are closeups of the two faces that I like the most.
The last couple of days here have been dull and damp. Little fog in the air this afternoon, otherwise quite pleasant for this time of the year.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Hope this answers your question.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Have a great day.
Did you know that church groups and other organizations are using the outer printed bags to make sleeping mats for people in Third World countries.
The bags are first washed and dried, then cut into strips, these strips are then tied into long lengths and crocheted into a sleeping mat.
It takes 250 bags make a mat suitable in size for a child, 300 to 500 bags for an adult mat. A local group also purchases towels from charity shops and sews them to one side making it softer to lie on. These mats keep people away from the soil born parasites that are prevalent in these countries.
The mats are used as packing material for medical supplies also bring shipped to these countries.
They improve the life and health of these people, and it also eliminates all these bags going to our landfill, BUT---------
Are we making these countries our landfill sites.
Don't get me wrong I think it is wonderful that people are spending hours and hours of their time makes these mats but when of no use anymore, what happens to these mats. these countries do not have the facilities to collect and process this plastic.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Each year my youngest daughter and her family celebrate Christmas with her in-law-family on the 23rd, and DH and I are always invited. The dinner is not your normal Christmas fare , because each year the meal is the food from a different country. Her two daughters research the food for the dinner, (we decide if we can make it) and also the holiday customs of the country. So far, they have had French, Mexican, (making the fried ice cream was a hoot), Chinese, and Italian. This year is traditional, my contribution is one of the puddings. Going to flame them with brandy to bring to the table. At the meal we decide what country will be the featured food for next year. The second pudding is for Christmas day at my house.
My oversea parcels are in the mail, most of my shopping is completed, now going to start on my baking, tomorrow, because I don't want to be rushing around at the last minute.
Have a great weekend.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
The teacher does some beautiful work, using so many different types of fibers, even clothes dryer lint.
I will work on my landscape and when done promise to show a picture.
Friday, November 20, 2009
I will show a picture of my landscape when it is completed.
Have a great day.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
1. 1941 model with 68,000 original miles.
2. Exterior needs cosmetic paint job.
3. Original interior except for two parts that do not effect the warranty.
4. Engine runs good.
5. Brakes need shoes much too often.
6. Has a tendency to use fuel, needs topping up three times a day.
7. Rear end has a tendency to sag a bit.
Have a good Wednesday.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I have finished my challenge block for the International Ploughing Match. I wasn't liking the way it turned out but, it looks OK. I have not done any reverse applique before, and should not have tried to do it on this block.
The challenge was to use four of the five pieces of fabric in the package, with no additional fabric and make a 12 1/2 inch block. Here is mine, it not a very good photo, all the colours are a bit washed out from the flash. The butterflies are done by regular applique the flowers and leaves, reverse applique.
Hope you are having a great day,
Thanks for looking.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Visiting my Mother tomorrow, so laundry is on the go at the present time. My Father died November 11, 1991, so will also go to his grave tidy up the Summer plants and put on a winter wreath for him.
I am almost finished the International Ploughing Match challenge block that I am doing. I am not very pleased with the way it is turning out, (maybe I'm too hard on myself), but will submit it anyway.
Thanks for visiting, have a wonderful Sunday.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Tuesday, dinner and theatre performance with "girls" I used to work with.
Wednesday, all day shopping with #1 daughter and granddaughter, who was looking for a wedding dress. She had a good idea of what she was looking for, so only had to try on five before finding the "one" for her special day next October.
Thursday, took my youngest granddaughter to gymnastics and back home again, then to guild meeting.
Friday, dinner with friends that we haven't seen for a couple of months, had a lovely meal, and a nice visit.
Today, Saturday, to a quilt show, which is displaying quilts made by members of our guild.
Not much on our TV that I usually watch tonight, so may get in the sewing room for a couple of hours after dinner.
The weather has been wet, and windy for the past couple of days, bringing the leaves down fast and furious. Need to get outside and pick them up, tomorrow is forecasting a better day, so that could be the outside work for Sunday p.m.
Have a great day.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
It was thirsty work looking at all that eye candy, so we had a coffee and carrot cake to satisfy our sweet tooth. The pieces of cake were huge to say the least, at least a three inch cube with cream cheese frosting, yummy. My friend, does not bake often as she is a widow and lives alone, and she loves cream cheese frosting, so asked for the corner piece, frosting on two sides and the top, and got it. No, she doesn't need to count calories.
My friend is not a quilter, or even a sewer or crafty person, but she enjoyed all of the quilts and marvelled at what can be done with fabric and thread.
It was a great day,
Thanks for stopping by.
Friday, October 16, 2009
The weather forecast on TV last night indicated that we could expect a warming trend next week, so the temperatures could be back up to their normal range of 14 degrees C during the day.
Gotta go, errands to do this a.m. and then this afternoon meeting with my guild partner to decide what fabric we will use for our comfort quilt.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Today we took the canvas roof of our gazebo and also put the sun umbrella away for the winter. Emptied the water butt, and took the temperature controlled vent opener off the roof of the greenhouse. I don't think I can count on warm weather coming any time soon, so will have to put our garden furniture away too.
There is still some tiding up to be done in the flower beds and some bulbs to plant, which I hope to get finished later this week.
I decorated our front deck with some flowers, leaves and pumpkins for Thanksgiving, next week the pumpkins will have a face on them for Halloween, and I will put out our ghost for the trick or treater's.
Sounds as if we are almost ready for old man winter, which I understand could be arriving tomorrow with some (I can hardly say it) wet S s s snow mixed with rain. It is way too early for the "S" word. Where are those gloves and scarves, the winter coat and boots.?
Monday, October 12, 2009
My DH and myself = two
All three children and spouses = six.
Each couple have two children = six
Three grandchildren have boyfriends and girlfriend = three.
Two + six+six+three = seventeen.
I was amazed how much food that many can consume. My two daughters, daughter in law and a grand daughter contributed to the table and helped prepare. We had a great time.
The menu: Turkey, roast beef, gravy for each, potatoes, turnip casserole, peas, corn, stuffing, two salads, rolls, horse radish, and cranberry sauce. Pumpkin pie, strawberry rhubarb pie, apple crisp and ice cream. Wine, juice, milk, tea and coffee.
Everyone had a full tummy.
Note made to myself to increase the shopping list for Christmas.
There is just enough leftovers for hubby and I for dinner, so no cooking for me today.
I plan on doing a couple of hours sewing this afternoon.
Have a great day.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The next picture is a close up of the church and some of the houses.
They don't show the quilting very well, but I tried to follow the bricks and textures so as to make they look more realistic.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Was able to find some backing fabric for the Tuscany wall hanging which is almost finished. Also, some fabric for my eldest daughter's wall hanging C-mas gift.
DH came with me for the ride, don't think he is feeling well at the present time. No energy and is very tired, sleeping way too much during the day. I think he had a little nap while I was in the fabric store, the sun made the car real cosy perfect for 40 winks.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Last week our quilting guild had a sewing day, the first time we had got together since our dinner meeting in June. It was great to see what everyone is working on. Was able to get quite a bit done on the Tuscany wall hanging. The top is almost finished then I can start the quilting. Pictures coming soon.
I have three rough designs completed for the entries that I am submitting to the International Ploughing Match which is being held in our area October 2010. A competition for all of the entries will be held in May 2010, so should start on these soon.
I have put aside the English Cottage quilt for awhile, but should get back to it soon also, it is taking sooo much longer than I had hoped, but life keeps on getting in the way.
My honeysuckle is out in full bloom again and is being visited by some hummingbirds, they are starting to prepare for the long trip south which they will be doing in the near future. The yellow finches have been busy getting the seeds off the flowers that already have bloomed.
Have a wonderful Tuesday. Patricia
Thursday, July 30, 2009
My daughter, "Mum, I would like to have a different cake this year!!".
Me, "What are you thinking for the design?
Daughter, "I really don't know, just something different"
Me, "OK, let me see what I can come up with. Can I use the picture on your wall?" It is a picture of the Great Wall of China.
Now I have no idea how to decorate a cake, so to the library I go. Read, read and read some more. I buy fondant, food colouring, icing tips and bags, etc etc etc.
I have no cake pan big enough , so order an uniced cake from bake shop. Then I start, mix butter cream icing, roll fondant, cut fondant into "wall" shape, paint , add chocolae "rocks," add grass, etc. etc. etc.
I finished the cake tonight at 9:30p.m.What do you think.?
Thanks for looking. Patricia
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Today, we have some blue stuff above, what is that? I was beginning to think that the sky was grey, and there is a ball of fire there too, it must be the end of the world.
Hopefully when August gets here we will have a change in the weather, keep your fingers crossed.
Have a great Friday. Patricia
Friday, July 17, 2009
The picture below is what I have completed so far, daily living and Summer, (Summer? what Summer? but that is another post), have got in the way of doing a lot more on this quilt. Today we have a rainy day so I decided to do some more of this project. The most time consuming part of this quilt is cutting all of the fabric into 1 1/2 inch squares. I usually have a session of cutting and then a sewing session at a later date, it makes me think that I am accomplishing a few more blocks a lot faster.
I am planning to hand quilt it, (now I know that I am crazy), do you have any suggestions, one of my quild members suggested outlining the cottage, trees flowers etc. what do you think?
Thanks for looking Patricia
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Lobelia, Sweet Potatoe vine, and Geranimums are in the pot at my front door.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I also wrote a letter explaining the picture when I presented them to the parents they were all moved by the words and wall hangings that they had tears streaming down their faces.
Thanks for looking, Patricia
Hope you like it, thanks for looking. Patricia
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Thanks for looking, have a great Wednesday. Patricia
Monday, July 6, 2009
Thanks for looking. Patricia
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Thanks Hazel for info re: email address.
Took DH out for Father's Day brunch yesterday, visited my Mother and put an arrangement of flowers on my Fathers grave.
It was nice to have some sunny warm weather for a change.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I have also started Tuscany wall hanging, shown. All of the houses are made and in the process of being appliqued to the base fabric. I love the way it is coming together. Patricia