Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian followers:)

I made my usual stuffing...sausage meat, celery leaves, onion, fresh sage and parsley from my garden, garlic, basil and oregano plus my all time necessary ingredient Paxo.  I stuffed and cooked my first turkey when I was 16 so I've been using Paxo for at least 50 years:) I've tried other stuffing products but they aren't the same at all. 

The original Paxo stuffing I first used was made in Great Britain but now it's made here under license to Campbell Soup Company by Pepperidge Farm.  I don't think there is much of a difference to be honest.

The recipe was originally created in 1901 by a butcher from Eccles (near Manchester) called John Crampton.

Mmmmm.....the turkey is in the oven and now I can smell it cooking......yum yum:)

Have a great day everyone. 

Take care.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Intermediate Crazy Quilting Class - Task #13 - Embellishing a "Silkie"

I think there are two more tasks left. I'll be very sad when the class is over as I'm enjoying it very much. The good news is that Kathy is working on some advanced classes for those of us who want to continue.

This task was to take our block with the "silkie" and embellish the picture using machine embroidery thread, beading thread or silk thread. I of course had none so I used a single strand of regular embroidery thread. I think silk thread would have been preferable but I didn't want to go out and buy more stuff.......I have TONS of embroidery thread.


My "silkie"was very pale and hardly showed so I cheated a bit and coloured it very lightly with my water colour pencils. I use them for doll faces so I figured it couldn't hurt:)


I picked out my stitching several times as I was undecided  as to how much to do. I think it's possible to overdo it. She stands out much better now I think.

Take care:) 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Intermediate Crazy Quilting Class - Task #12 - Kathy's Rose

This rose is so beautiful if it's done right:)...take a look here.

I see now where I went wrong in laying down my petals. But time I'll do a better job.  The trouble with silk ribbon is that if you do a stitch wrong it's mega difficult to back it out.

Take care:)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Crazy Quilt Basic Class (CQBC)

Exciting news!!!!

Kathy Shaw is offering her free Crazy Quilt Basic Class once again. Registration will be open until midnight CST on 12 October 2014.

Here is the link to Kathy's blog post about her class......LINK

It is a fabulous class for anyone who has wanted to try CQ and needs that extra push and motivation to get started.  


On the personal front....I was summoned to attend for jury duty last Friday October 3rd. This was my first time and everyone told me what was to be expected....HA!!!

I got special treatment.

I was led into a huge courtroom There were so many of us selected that some had to be in another room to view the proceedings by camera. I sort of freaked out when I saw several policemen standing at alert. Having never been in a criminal court I wasn't sure if this was normal or not. The judge entered and started the proceedings. He then asked the accused to rise to be arraigned. I hadn't noticed that there had been a young man sitting between the policemen all that time. The counts were read and my heart sunk.

What a minute...what was going on! No one told me it would be like this!!!

It turned out I was one of 400 people selected for what will be a very sensational trial for us here in Toronto The Good. It involves gangs, shooting, two deaths and many injured. Lucky me:(

I so did not want to be there.

Random selection made me juror number 138/400. So Monday I went back for the next part of the process....the interviews. Each prospective juror was to be interviewed privately by the judge and counsel for the defense and the prosecution.

We all  sat there waiting to be selected in our own little islands of unhappiness. Many expressed dismay at being involved in such a sensational case. Time passed..... I was really starting to sweat it. They were just starting to prep juror number 126 to go in to be interviewed by the judge and counsel when the court clerk announced that the final selection had been made. We could all go home. Whew:)

So close. I can't tell you how happy I was to get out of there.

Take care.