Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Wee Bit of Stitching......

I've been trying out some of the stitches from TAST in a bit of crazy quilting.

Mostly Fly, Feather, Chain, Detached Chain, French Knot and Cast On stitching.



Wednesday, May 6, 2015

I tell ya it ain't safe some days......

It was a really nice day and I thought I'd sit outside for a bit on the back porch. My son came out to check out the weather too.

Beside the chair I was sitting on is a big plastic storage box that we keep stuff it. Ususally garden books and magazines that my husband reads occasionally....fly swatters...garden candles....ya know...stuff.

My son and I were chatting away and just for the heck of it I decided to look in the storage box. I have no idea why I did but.....EEEEEK.

Staring at me was this big fat male raccoon!!!! It hissed at me and I dropped the lid.

My son looked at me and burst out laughing. I guess my face must have been picture.

From the SMELL...YUK...this raccoon had obviously been stuck in the box a couple of days. It probably was able to lift the lid and get in but it couldn't get out.

I'm sorry I didn't take pictures of the racoon but it seemed a bit annoyed at me for disturbing it.


Needless to say the men of the house had to eject said raccoon from the box. All the contents had to be thrown out because either they had been chewed or pooped on......sigh.

I think it was a good thing I discovered it when I did. Can you imagine the pong if it had died in there? Geez.

Of course my family thought it was hilarious as these types of things happen to me. It's like I have a sign around my neck.

We are finally in spring mode here. The construction across the street has started in earnest as the weather has settled down at bit. Yesterday they poured the cement for the basement floor. Quite entertaining :)

Take care:)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Neat idea......

I found this idea on Pinterest. The site it's on has no instructions except these pictures. Seems like such an easy way to knit some slippers. Or crochet?

Maybe even I could do this :)

Link

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Sounds of Spring and Summer.......

We live in an area of prime real estate. The two houses across the street and the house next door have been sold for a very nice chunk of change. 

The two across the street were sold to developers to rebuild. They have already taken down one house and will be starting on the second one soon I guess.

The sounds of a back hoe digging up a foundation....IS NOT....music to my ears :(

The view from my sewing room window......


They are building mega houses. The two that are going in there are ugly in my humble opinion.

One around the corner sold recently....it had a nanny suite, a 400 bottle wine cellar, a 7.1 movie theater, a gym and a built in office. You get the picture at how large the new houses are. The neighbourhood is really changing fast. We've lived here about 38 years and the neighbours that sold next door even longer.

We get realtors are our door and on the phone asking us to sell...it's tempting:)

I think it's going to be a long noisy dusty summer.

Take care:)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

And Then We Set It On Fire........

I found this interesting blog yesterday and I thought I'd share. Here's the description.......

"A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools."

Sounds like fun doesn't it?

Here's the link........And Then We Set It On Fire


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter Everyone!!!!!!

It is April isn't it? This is what we woke up to this morning.....


Ermmm..... Mother Nature......IT"S SUPPOSED TO BE SPRING!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Basic Quilting Course........

Kathy Shaw has just posted details of a new session of her Basic Crazy Quliting course. The registration is open until March 22nd.

For more details go to this link.....here .

Take care:)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Using beads in Crazy Quilting.....

Here is a video using beads in Crazy Quilting. The camera work is a bit annoying but I think you'll get the idea:) Nancy has more videos on YouTube if you're interested....link.

StitchMap Class Done!!!!

Last summer I started a Traditional Redwork class with a Yahoo group called StitchMap. For various and sundry reason I couldn't finish it and had to stop at lesson 3.

I joined a new session of the class and I'm proud to say I stuck to it and finished all six lessons. Most of the stitches covered are ones that everyone knows but it was really great to sit down and learn to do them correctly.

At the end we took each of the small embroideries we did and made sewing weights and a bag to put them in. The weights are to hold down your pattern when you are cutting it out. I'll be honest I'll probably never use them but what the heck.

Here are my weights and the bag I made.



Yes there is blue and green...these colours became popular in "redwork" embroidery in later years as the dyes they used for the thread became colourfast.

The bag even has a lining!!!!!


Before I took this class I did the Color Theory class on StitchMap as well. It was quite interesting. Here are a few of my samples for my workbook.




I think I'm done with classes for awhile....I'm pooped.....LOL

Take care:)


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