Monday, September 18, 2017

We Have Arrived!

Yesterday afternoon, we officially moved into our new home in Nova Scotia! It's hard to believe that it has finally happened. Lots of unpacking to do . . . I spent today getting the kitchen set up. There are lots of cupboards and lighting in all the right places. All the cupboard doors have pull out drawers which makes them perfect for storage. Tomorrow is another day of unpacking.

I will share photos eventually.

The first job will be setting up my new studio. That won't start until sometime next month. For now, I have to concentrate on preparations for the Needle Felting Workshop at the Espanola Fibre Arts Festival in Ontario.

Gale's purple mittens fit perfectly. She was delighted with them!
I do have a few things to share as soon as I find them in one of the boxes!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Moving day is getting closer! This weekend I'll be heading to my new home in Nova Scotia. Sure, I'll miss my friends, going to the quilt and embroidery guilds, and much more (NOT the wind) but I will be with family, especially a six year old. So new adventures are definitely in my future!

I was just reading that Heidi Wulfraat WoolWorks Studio will be opening soon in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. See, I'm not the only one off exploring new places. Have you seen Heidi's scrumptious yarns and felting fibres? Can't wait to visit their new location.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Batiks-Go-Retro Blog Hop

As most of my friends know, I love Batiks! I like their vibrant colours especially when using them for my stuffed starfish pincushions and hanging fish, (Pisci Fantasticus). Well, I just found Batiks-go-Retro Blog Hop which started today. It's interesting to see how different quilters are use this line of batiks.

Here's a tip:
When I designed these fish, I stitched on a tiny clear glass bead at the top of the fin. An invisible thread was then threaded through the bead, tied in a loop for easy hanging. No sewing required if thread breaks!

Pisci Fantasticus

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Off the Topic of Quilting or Stitching . . .

I'm sure most of North America has been carefully watching the weather systems down south. The storms are causing such destruction and are stronger than ever before. And some claim there is no global warming! Enough said.

It's been pouring rain here all day and into the evening. In fact, there is no sun in the forecast for most of the week. If I wasn't getting ready to move to another province, I would be in the studio, sewing or doing some embroidery. I did get another mitten almost finished tonight.

Here's the front of our house, taken in July. I'm so glad all the perennials need very little care as this is the first summer we have been home in years.

Hopefully, someone who likes to garden, will purchase our house. It's not on the market yet. It will be move in ready when it is.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thursday, September 7, 2017


HOT!! That's what it was like here in St. John's today. Back garden thermometer registered 31C and that was in the shade. I don't know if it broke the record from 1948 or not. It's now 9:00pm and it's still 25C.

Several of my stitching group (we call ourselves the mini guild girls) took me out for lunch. Thank you so much. It was lovely. (I'm moving to Nova Scotia on the 16th).

My garden is still in bloom. According to the old wives tales, the abundance of dog berries, means a long, snowy winter. It's too early to even think of that since last winter was extra long and the dog berries were scarce. Go figure . . .

I've been slack sharing links these days but hopefully, when we move, I'll get back on track.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Finished - finally!!

Well, the purple mittens are finished! YAH! They are the first pair I've ever made. I've been knitting since I was seven (my Gran taught me to knit) and I've knit most everything else except socks (leave that to my sister, Joan) and mittens. There is enough wool left to do another pair as I found out when I weighted the mittens and then the leftover yarn. Digital food scales come in handy for lots of things. Info on the yarn HERE.

I wish every one a Happy Labor Day Weekend! If you are out and about, have a safe trip home. That means you, too, Joan.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Never a Dull Moment!

My sister just told me I haven't posted in a week! So, for some news!!

We now have a house in Nova Scotia and we are hoping to be moved in by mid September. One large U-Haul truck load of 'stuff' has already reached its destination. Most of my 'crafty' things were included. Our granddaughter has already asked which bedroom is hers - sleepovers in our future!

My plane ticket to the Espanola Fibre Arts Festival in mid October, has been purchased. A couple of years ago, I was invited to teach needle felting, specifically, how to make my Fibre Art Pendants. Now I have to finish up some things for that and prepare a kit of goodies.

The purple mitts I started are almost finished - a thumb and a half left to go. Packing, painting and hanging out with family were priorities this past couple of weeks. Knitting was on the back burner.

I did manage to find a few links to check:

Thursday, August 24, 2017


It was a very hot day. The second one in a row with above average temperatures. In fact, the evening is still quite warm. My flowers are doing well even though they have been rather neglected this summer. Isn't this clematis just gorgeous! The colour is so vibrant. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Temari Ornaments

Here are a few more of Verna's gorgeous Temari ornaments! Aren't they stunning . . .

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


I'm still around but things are hectic with the move in a few weeks and I also have family here! My sister has been a great help (thank-you Joan). More family to arrive this weekend. It will be fun having a 16 month old toddler around (Joan's granddaughter from Texas) for a few days.

I have one mitt done except the thumb and the cuff of the second. It's 'The Yarns of Richard Devrieze' and is 100% merino, worsted weight, superwash. Very soft!! Finding time is the problem. By after supper, I'm too tired to pick up any needles.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Flew the Coop

We had a family of 5 baby birds nesting in the garden just under the overhang of a raised flowerbed. The mama bird was very wary of any one out in the garden and would twitter her displeasure! Today, they flew the coop! For awhile we didn't see them hiding in the flowers. All of a sudden, each one tried to fly up to the next flower bed. A couple had to make several attempts before they got the hang of flying. It was amazing to watch these tiny things take off with the mama bird.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Anniversary Quilt

Our 50th anniversary was in June. Joan, my sister, brought her gift to us this week. Of course, it's a queen size quilt. She knows I'm not much into hearts but she said these were not hearts (ya, right) but stylized J and L for our names. The white background has gold on it to represent the 50 years. The letters and numbers on the back are pieced. The 150 is for Canada's birthday.

It's a beautiful quilt, Joan. Much appreciated by both of us. Thanks!

Friday, August 4, 2017

My Life in Boxes

My studio is totally dismantled. My life is in boxes! The move to Nova Scotia is very real. Yes, we bought a house just minutes from Bridgewater in Pine Grove. Over an acre of beautiful, quiet country living, no busy traffic, no flight path of planes going to the airport . . .!

So my hands on creativity is on hold until the move.

However, I can still roam the net and find interesting sites to visit!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Nautical Theme

My sister, Joan, arrived at noon from Tennessee. She had a long drive to get here. Of course, my birthday present came with her. I had posted about this Nautical Octopus Beach Bag on July 12th. and mentioned that I loved the pattern. So Joan downloaded the FREE pattern and made it for me. It was a total surprise! I love it. The colours are perfect for me. The bag also had some fat quarters and the blue fish. The fish will be going in my new garden in Nova Scotia. Thanks, Joan. You are a special sister.

We just bought a house near Bridgewater, NS - close to family and sleep-overs with our granddaughter. Gale and I will be planting bulbs in the fall. New adventures ahead!

In my back yard

I'm pretending the fish is swimming among the river weeds.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

International Embroidery Day

Apparently July 30th is International Embroidery Day!! You can read more about this day HERE. See the English translation of the Manifesto HERE. Interesting, to say the least.

A few blogs have posted about this day too:
So, do you have any embroidery that you will be working on today? Unfortunately, all my embroidery is packed away. I just started knitting a pair of mittens so I might find time to do some of that.  

A piece by Constance Howard, Royal School of Needlework, UK. Photo by yours truly

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


It's amazing the things you find when sorting and packing! Occasionally, I would hold up something and wonder  "Why did I buy this? or "What was I thinking!!" My advise to all my stitching / quilting / sewing buddies: go through your stuff every few years. Go on a sorting mission and decide what's useful and good to keep and what's ready to leave the house.

Most of my studio is packed up. I'm leaving the downstairs stuff until my sister arrives either Sunday or Monday.

Everything I pack is either in plastic totes or plastic lined cardboard packing boxes.  I'm also using a yellow duct tape to designate my 'stuff'! Each box is labeled with a list of the contents and ready to be shipped to its new home!

Just some of my sewing machine threads.

Almost empty!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


My studio shelves are empty! Lots of filled boxes on the floor.

Have a look (no, not my studio) at some of my plants instead. The warm weather has been very kind to my garden. It usually takes care of itself as we don't usually be home in the summer. I will have to do some weeding this week before my sister, Joan, arrives! It will be nice to have her home again for a bit.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Cast On, Cast Off

A couple of days ago, I dropped by Cast On, Cast Off to get some yarn. They don't have a web site but they are on Face Book for those of you interested in seeing their yarns. Don't you just love the name of the shop?!!

Go HERE & HERE  for two previous posts to see some photos of the shop.

Here's what I purchased:

My sister knits lovely socks but I'm going to try my hand at mittens. I've never made mitts before but I've knit many other things so this shouldn't be a problem. Guess who gets the first pair? Someone who loves pink and purple and is 6 years old. This colour will match her purple and lime green winter jacket.

Wish me luck!

The pattern I'm using is a free one: The World's Simplest Mittens. Lots of free patterns there too.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Roses and Other Stuff

Another HOT, sunny day in St. John's! I can't believe the heat. This is the first summer we have been at home in at least 10 years. My garden is glorious. Look at the roses. This rose bush was a gift from the Cabot Quilt Guild in 2008 as a thank you for chairing the National Juried Quilt Show at Quilt Canada (CQA) here in St. John's. The link above showcases the quilts we had on display here for that show.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Row by Row Kit

Today was so hot - too hot for walking! This was 11:00 am when I came from physio. It went up to 31C in the afternoon.

While at Fiber Lily on Saturday, I purchased their Row by Row Kit. It will look good in my new future studio! Those row house buttons really do look great on the wall hanging.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Fish Batik

Nineteen years ago this month, I was in Pennsylvania visiting relatives and visiting as many quilt shops as I could find. I came across some fish batik fabric in a little shop. The owner had ordered it in for herself to make curtains and a quilt for her young son and it wasn't for sale. However, I did manage to get a yard of it (lucky me). It has been a favorite batik. I had enough for a table runner and two place mats.

Today, I found the same fabric here in St. John's at Fiber Lily . It had been posted on face book so I knew I had to get some as soon as we got home.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Morning Drive

I visited Avonport Discount Fabrics this morning. The Batiks are beautiful and lots of them. The rest of the fabrics are plentiful and there is fabric and notions to meet every quilter's needs. I spent some time looking at the variety of bag / tote patterns and sizing up the finished ones on display.

Talking about totes:
They have moved a few things around. The book section is down to one display instead of two and the Sashiko supplies aren't as plentiful. But don't let that stop you from visiting the store.

NO, I did not make a purchase - this time! The lady at the cash tried to entice me with chocolate. It didn't work and I walked out empty handed. I think that's a first for me.

If you are ever in the area, Avonport Discount Fabrics is a must stop for sewers and quilters!

appliqued octopus_tote_bag_tutorial

Sunday, July 9, 2017

What's New?

I just came back from a walk. Thankfully there was a bit of a breeze at times because the temperature was hovering above 27C here at my brother-in-laws house, Brooklyn, NS (near Windsor as there are two Brooklyn's in NS). The view is amazing and the internet is perfect (not like at the RV park).

My creativity has taken a bit of a holiday the last two weeks although I did attempt a little stitching on an Embroidery Guild Stitching piece. It didn't get very far!

Enjoy these links:

summer clipart: Summer theme with food and objects illustration

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Explosion of Colour!

My internet connection hasn't been great these last few days.
Today is the last day of the Pop-Up Art Gallery showcasing my daughter's art pieces. She was interviewed yesterday by CKBW News. Here's the link.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Morning Walk

The weather is gorgeous! I had an early morning walk today before it got too hot. These wild roses were along the roadside.

Rose inspired work:

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!!

To all my family and friends living in the USA - have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

uly 4th clip art

Monday, July 3, 2017

Pop-Up Gallery in Bridgewater

My daughter, Jill, was offered a gallery space from July 1st to the 8th in Bridgewater, NS. Here's her body of work:
I do like how the paintings show on the different wall colours!


Standing Rock Series is her latest body of work