Tuesday, July 5, 2022

CQJP2022......Block 3

So I'm getting into the swing of things again after a bit of a creative slump. I have finished my block for March 2022.  When I first put these colours together I thought maybe not but I kinda like them now.  They look very bright in this pic but in actual fact they are bit more subdued in reality...honest. 

No complicated stitching...chain stitch, outline stitch, French knot, fly stitch, lazy daisy stitch and wheat ear. I had a lot of one of beads in green left over from other projects so I used them to secure some dyed hem tape. 

I am very proud of my itty bitty spider.

Take care :)

Friday, July 1, 2022

Finish Friday and CQJP2022...................

I belong to a Facebook group called Crazy Quilt Divas and they have started a new thread called Finish Friday. The thread is designed to get you back stitching on an abandoned CQ project. I really don't have a lot of those (itty bitty fib) but I will join in when I can.

This is a before and after of a block I did last year. I'm really not sure what I was thinking of when I did it?? I never finished it because I couldn't decide what to put in the middle. 

The first pic was taken inside last December and the second taken today outside on a cloudy day. I can't believe how washed out the first one looks. The second is pretty close to the actual colours. 

Basically all I did was take out the beige seams and using the three main colours in the embroidery redid them. Then I used those colours for the small flowers in the middle. I'm calling it done. 


The second finished block for the Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2022.  Yes I know it's July 1st and I'm a wee bit behind but whatever 😀

I have even started my third block.......I'm on a roll.

Take care :) 

Happy Canada Day..............


Thursday, May 12, 2022

Hello...I'm still here.....

It's been awhile since I last posted. I haven't been doing much creating for some reason. I did decide to join in the Crazy Quilt Journal Project for 2022.  

Er...I'm a wee bit behind the schedule.

This is my January entry.

I'm doing hearts this year created with fabric I had in my stash. This one was a challenge because of the colours and the fact that it has two strips of fabric plus two small bits. Bad idea. When I made the heart it looked okay but when I started adding stuff it sort of melded into one dark background. Oh well. I'm calling it done. 

The beads on the braid are some really pretty yellow blue green beads that I bought many years ago. You can't really see how nice they are in the pic. Ah well. 

Take care 😀

Friday, March 4, 2022

More Cross Stitch......

 A few more cross stitch Christmas decorations. This is another pattern by Pamela Kellogg called "Crazy Christmas Stars".

I think I'm done with Christmas for awhile. It has kept me occupied while I listen to audio books. I'm listening to some by Terry Pratchett. A little escapism from the realities of world events. 

Take care :) 


Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Cross Stitch Christmas.....

I've been doing some Christmas cross stitch. Both these patterns are designs by Pamela Kellogg of Kittyandme on Etsy. I love her work.

This one is Crazy Trees ....

.... and this one is Crazy Holly Leaves.

They are for perforated paper but I opted to use Aida cloth. On paper they would make ornaments but also very unique Christmas cards. 

I didn't have all the colours she listed in her directions for a couple of the designs and since I have a lot of embroidery thread I substituted colours.  There is a site I use called Thread Bare that has a tool for matching to the closest DMC colour. 

I reinforced the cut edges by painting them... on the back edge...with Liquitex clear gesso as I just happened to have some and it worked great. They will not fray ever. To finish I added a ribbon then used white felt on the back to hide all the stitching. 

Take care and keep safe 😀

Friday, December 31, 2021


I found this cartoon on Facebook. I wish I could give credit to the artist but there was nothing to indicate the source.  

Take care 😀

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

CQJP 2021........

I'm not really sure what happened with the CQJP 2021 challenge. The original admin had family health issues early on and she had bowed and a new person took over. The FB page and the blog had not been updated since June/July but I noticed a few new posts on the blog recently. Hopefully the blog will be updated at the end as there are some really lovely blocks. They have already created the blog for the 2022 challenge and are calling for entries.


I did make up four blocks to finish the year out and I did make a start on all of them but then I had the issue with my glasses so....

Now I'm sorta having second thoughts about my original idea too. Also, I think I've lost my CQJP 2021 incentive so I'll put them aside til later.

Here is one partly finished. I don't know whether to fill in the middle or leave it blank?

Take care and keep safe 😀

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Technical Difficulties Part Deux.....


My tech support (the son) suggested that I download Google Chrome and use that for Blogger. Lo and behold it worked. I now have an acceptable (to Blogger) "Google" profile so that I can leave comments on other blogs as well as reply to comments on this blog.  It's the same profile I had before but because I'm using a Mac with Safari as my platform there is a disconnect. 

On another technical front. I now have a smart phone. I've never owned a cell phone in my life. I'm not sure I really want one but it's become a necessity with the lack of public phones available these Covid days. 

Take care :) 

Friday, December 17, 2021

Technical Difficulties.......

Hello:) I have been away from blogging for a bit doing other stuff as you do :)

I wasn't doing much sewing anyway because the lens fell out of my good glasses. I did have an old pair from eons ago which I could use and I did for awhile and then guess what? The bridge bit split right in half while I was cleaning the lenses. Drat. Luckily I had another ratty old pair that I could use but threading a needle was not happening. Finally I am getting a brand new pair on Monday. Can't wait.

On another matter.  I'm having trouble with Blogger. I don't seem to be able to leave comments on some blogs. I just changed from a PC to a Mac.  I don't know if that is the source of the problem or not? 

Is anyone else having problems recently?

Take care :)


Wednesday, October 13, 2021


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Go get a mammogram. It's worth it .

Made with a design by Jenny of Elefantz for Breast Cancer Awareness

As someone who has had cancer twice...uterine and breast.... I am more than aware that you should get a mammogram at least once a year. In my case twice a year.  

So far no issues in years.....:)

I didn't get tested last year because of Covid but I did finally get a call on August 19th this year to go to a new clinic that they had just opened. In a very weird building. Like a huge factory and absolutely no one about. Kinda spooky. I had my test and went home.

Then I waited. And waited. Covid has delayed a lot of things I guess. Then I got a call to go into the breast clinic at the hospital on September 14th......oh oh. The last time I was there it meant surgery. So with a bit of trepidation I went. 

I was there for three hours. After three mammograms...ouch.... and an ultrasound they sent me home. Usually you get a to see a doctor to give you the results but not this time?

And....I waited to hear the outcome. Nothing. No calls. No letter. I finally had to call my family doctor to get the results. Because he isn't seeing patients in person I had to make a "telephone" appointment for the next week. More waiting.

My poor doctor was upset. He didn't realize that I hadn't heard anything back from the clinic.

So the outcome...two months later....is that I have a benign cyst. The reason for the multiple tests was because they just couldn't get a good enough picture.  The wait was because everyone/someone assumed I had my results.

I feel like I've been holding my breath. Needless to say the stress on me and my family wasn't fair but Covid has changed a lot of how things are dealt with these days I guess. The hospitals are dealing with bigger issues. I know I should have called earlier but the system has always worked in the past and I waited. It took a month to get back to me with my first test results right? No news is good news maybe?

I get to go back in February...lucky me :)

Take care and keep safe.


Sunday, October 10, 2021

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving.......

It's hard to believe that tomorrow is Thanksgiving again. I'll be cooking a turkey as usual with sausage and onion stuffing.This year I'll be using my favourite stuffing bread crumb mix called Paxo. It's so hard to find here and it's been years since I've used it. 

I'm also making a Halloween costume for my granddaughter. Dorothy of Oz. I don't have a pattern so I'm winging it. Hopefully it will turn out okay. 

Take care and keep safe :)