Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Back to School Eve...

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Well, it is almost 2200 hours and the house is quiet once again.  The back pack is hung by the door with new shoes, binder, pencils you name it.  The lunch box is on the cupboard and the refrigerator is stocked for back to school lunches tomorrow.  The new clothes have been washed and are in the dryer already to be worn tomorrow ☺

I am always sad on the first day of school but this year as I watch my baby get ready for Grade 7 I am a little more sad.....where did the time go......???

This morning before he got up (I let him sleep in one last day) I spent a bit of time in my Craft Room because it is quasi clean.  For the past few weeks I have noticed that Hello Kitty spends an inordinate amount of time in front of the dishwasher....could the dust bunnies really be that big for him to be hunting them.....?  After taking out the trash I decided that I would dig around down and behind the water lines under the sink and see what I could see.  HOLY HANNA, I found the motherload of mouse droppings!  I HATE mice, I am not scared of them, I just find them to be vile and disgusting creatures that should not be in my house.

After cleaning that up with more cleaner than necessary I decided to go investigate my craft room as Hello Kitty also likes to site and peer under my sewing desk.  Oh horror, could there be a mouse in there as well?  I took absolutely everything out of my craft room, vacuumed, dusted and washed the floors and thankfully NO sign of mouse ☺  After everything was put away the whole room looked organized "sew" this morning I took some time for me and worked on a Quilt Kit that my friend and neighbor, Sharon at 4 Paws Quilting put together for me and she is currently cutting more kits for this quilt that has been dubbed Kathy's Quilt! ☺


There will one more navy and white stripe sets at the base of this quilt below the red and a few more at what is the top of the quilt.  It will be 80" x 80" of a flannel quilt that I intend to back with Navy Minky also from 4 Paws Quilting.

Since I have not linked up recently with The Needle and Thread Network and their Work In Progress Wednesday I will hop over there now and see what all everyone is making at this time of year!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Monday, 29 August 2016

Kathy's Quilt

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Allow me to introduce you to a project that I am referring to as Kathy's Quilt.  Recently my friend Sharon at 4 Paws Quilting brought in a whole array of solid colored flannel.  Two of the colors were navy and white!

If you were to look in my closet right now you would find at least 10 Ralph LaurenPolo, and or Chaps navy and white striped shirts; the other 5 or so shirts are in the laundry.  I am a huge fan of the navy and white color combo dating back to childhood.  I had several navy and white frocks growing up and at one point a navy and white church coat!

"Sew" I decided to make myself a quilt out of this flannel:

There are about 6 more rows to place on this quilt and then it is off to 4 Paws Quilting for the long arming.  I think I will back it with navy Minky and maybe ask for it to be quilted with anchors!

I showed a picture of this last week to my colleague who spends her day not only looking at my navy and white striped shirts but also my navy and white striped lunch bag.  Her response was "do you have multiples of these too?"  We all laughed.  

Now to get this finished so that I can put on my navy and white Sperry shoes and get this out the door to 4 Paws! ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Sunday, 28 August 2016

I've Got a Sock Crush...

Good Evening Internet Friends!

After our monthly dinner with my iBFF and her family last night kiddo and I came home full and tired.  Had the best sleep I have had in a LONG time (yes it was more than the usual 4 hours).

Waking up late this morning I had big plans for the day but after decided to empty everything out of my bedroom and dust and wash and vacuum everything my mojo depleted rapidly.

After lunch kiddo and I headed out to see Ice Age Collision Course (somehow we still had not seen it).

Afterwards we had a dinner of left overs from the dinner party last night including pumpkin cake (thank you Sharon and family).  

Since it was evening and I am on vacation I decided to sit down with my first ever box of Sock Crush.  I have subscribed to this for a three month duration just to see how I like it.  Most likely I can keep up with and use the sock yarn.

Here is what I got in my first subscription:

I love the colors of this yarn and the bonus nail polish was a nice surprise as it is a color that if I were to wear nail polish I would use.

Looking forward to next months subscription!

This evening I cast on and am currently 6 rows into this sock pattern ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Friday, 26 August 2016

Finally Friday!!!

Good Evening Internet Friends!!!

WOW!  It is finally Friday.....I was seriously doubting that this day would finally arrive.  So far this week I have had one day off.

One of my goals this year is to try and remember to take time for myself.  I do a really awesome job of taking excellent care of others, my family, my friends, my patients but at the end of the day I just do not set aside time for me.  

Unfortunately that has been most of this week.  This evening I decided that I would take some time to enjoy the wonderful fabrics in my sewing room.  Yesterday my friend and neighbour of 4 Paws Quilting got ready a couple of kits for me with the newest line of fabric she has brought in; Scandi 3.

One of the prints looks like this:

Originally we were not sure what to do with it but over the next few days you will see some of the ways I have decided to use this row of fabric.

This evening I chose to do the easiest idea I hatched:

I made a table runner that measures 33 x 15".

If you look closely I even put in a piping border with the red!!!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Monday, 22 August 2016

Quilting Along....

Good Afternoon Internet Friends!

Today is my turn around day as I am back to work Days tomorrow.  Usually I have two days to turn myself around but for some reason I decided to pick up a shift tomorrow way back when to let a colleague go on vacation.  Noble of me maybe, but now I don't think it was such a good idea.

"Sew" far today I have accomplished a whole lot of nothing other than I did manage to get another Row By Row completed:

TAH DAH!!!

This row is from Piece By Peace Quilting in Fort St. John.

I have now almost completed 4 blocks for this project, only the embroidery on one block:

The blocks are:
Quilter's Dream in Edmonton (vertical left row)

Ben Franklin Crafts in Havre (top row)

The Quilt Patch in Moose Jaw (middle row)


I think my summer adventure scrapbook quilt is coming along amazing and I cannot wait to see what the blocks all look like when I assemble them!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

The Stone...

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Today was my first day back at work this week and it was a long and tough one.

Sunday morning we woke up and decided to go out for brunch in St. Albert .  It was delicious as usual but towards the end of the meal I started to get an ominous back pain.....I hoped that we could get home and I could take my medications in time and avoid going to the Emergency Department.

Unfortunately by the time we were home I was in full blown pain!!  It was off to the Emergency Department.

I was diagnosed with a 5 mm kidney stone!  OMG that hurt.  Worse than the last one as far as I can remember ☺

I was so fortunate that my very dear friend came and stayed with me as hubby took kiddo home to bed. It was early Monday morning before she and I left the hospital.

Monday was spent sleeping and taking pain medications.  I am still not sure if it has actually gone or if the pain I feel now is just residual pain or if the stone has just nested somewhere.

Yesterday was my Birthday and it went off without a lot of celebration simply due to the pain.

Hubby did his best to bake a cake:

It turned out pretty good for short notice from the grocery store ☺

We went out for dinner but it was short as well as I did not have much of an appetite or want to sit for very long...

Arriving home and tucking into bed I decided I would work on an easy knitting project I started about 3 years ago:

It's a Waffle Knit Dish Cloth that I finished this evening.

Now it's off to bed as I agreed to pick up a shift tomorrow at a clinic I used to work at.

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Saturday, 13 August 2016

It's Saturday!!!!

Good Evening Internet Friends.

Today I had BIG plans to do nothing.  It was going to be a relaxing sleep in kind of Saturday.

Unfortunately the workers who are putting in the new gas lines were in my back yard at 0632 hours this morning.  Now I guess they did not start the jack hammers etc til 0805 but the trucks were outside running, they were planning their day, and unloading equipment and in general making a lot of noise at a very early hour.  I tried to go to sleep in another part of the house but that was no help.

After breakfast my son and I did some house work, then cut the grass, weeded the side gardens and tidied up the flower beds.

After lunch I took him for a hair cut.  Beat the back to school rush.

Then it was dinner time and after dinner we went out for a bike ride (sans puppy):

The city looked really pretty this evening:

Arriving home I decided that I would take some time to myself this evening and do some quilting.  Currently I am working on the 2016 Row by Row blocks that I have:

This row is from Piece by Peace Quilts (okay I still LOVE this name) in Fort St. John.  
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Off to do a little knitting before bed and hopefully the pipeline guys take Sunday off!!!!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Building Log Cabin.....Quilt Blocks

Good Evening Internet Friends!

My work week is finally finished!  I am super excited to be done for this week as I have come home with a headache every night this week due to the stress on my eye.  

This evening after dinner and walking the dog I took some time and went down to my craft room to work on my  Row By Row  blocks from Piece By Peace in Fort St. John.  I love the name of this shop because it is "sew" clever it combines quilting and geography in its very name!

"Sew" far I this evening I have made almost four of the six blocks I need to make to form this row:

TAH DAH.

Now I shall go rest my eyes, most people would go to sleep, but not me! ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

I'm back......?

Good Evening Internet Friends!

I have not posted for a while now and that is because I have had my creativity diminished physically over the past few days.

I was doing great last week getting all sorts of kitchen and quilty things done and then Friday happened.

Thanks to my allergies earlier in the week I managed to scratch my cornea while scratching my eyes...seriously.

Friday started with a trip to the family doctor regarding the eye pain, then to the optometrist and then to the ER where my eye was fixed, patched and I was heavily medicated.

Yesterday was the first time I left the house.....sunglasses and a very large hat of course.  Although I spent the weekend at home and could not go anywhere, I also could not do any crafting!!!!

This evening after getting some things tidied up around the house and organized after no house work in five days I went to my craft room and made:

Alas, my eye is hurting and the headache has returned so that is all for today!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Thursday, 4 August 2016

It's Salsa Time...

Good Evening Internet Friends!

It's Salsa Time!  No, seriously, really it is!

I have got all kinds of tomato things going on in my world right now.  There are the ones that get a little soft that I throw in the freezer, the ones that looked like they should go to the freezer and a couple that freshly grew on the plants outside.  

So, I gathered them all up this evening and made SALSA:

From the left overs that I scraped out of the pot when all 6 jars were filled; it's very tasty!  

YUMMY!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Hospital Fun Bag Treats

Good Evening Internet Friends.

My friend is still in hospital with pregnancy complications and we are not sure she will be getting out any time soon.

This has been quite trying on her three year old son.  To help with the dilemma of his mommy being in hospital I assembled for him a visit mommy at the hospital back pack.  The back pack stays with mommy and he gets to play with it when he comes.

The bag is filled with little toys for a three year old boy, cars, trucks, horse figures, crayons, coloring books and a couple of short read books.  Every day when I visit I also bring a snack to leave in the pack so that he has an afternoon treat.

This evening I quickly made Peanut Butter Marshmallow treats with fish sprinkles for him:

Yes, I sampled some just to make sure they were tasty!  They were ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Itch....Sneeze....Scratch....Snuffle......Wheeze....

Good Evening Internet Friends!

I awoke in the wee hours of this morning with all of these wonderful allergy symptoms.  I really could be a cast member for an allergy medication most days of the week but this morning was especially bad.  I did go in to work for a couple of hours but looked so awful that I got sent home.

After some Benadryl and a prescription antihistamine eye drop I woke up this afternoon feeling a little better.  Not perfect but better.  So while my home canned chicken soup cooked for dinner I put the borders on my Strawberry Table Runner that I got from 4 Paws Quilting:

I think it's just "sew" pretty and summery!

It has now been dropped off for Sharon at 4 Paws Quilting to do the long arming on because I just don't want to spend the time quilting it on my own machine! ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy


Monday, 1 August 2016

Monday......

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Somehow the August Long Weekend has slipped through my grasp.  I am not any more rested but at least I can check off a few things completed!

One of the things that I completed today was to make Beet Leaf Buns.  These are something from my childhood that are a ritual/passage of summer.

I got up early this morning and made bun dough:

I even let it rise twice to make sure it was super soft! ☺

Washed the beet leaves from my garden:

Dough just slightly bigger than a golf ball:

Dough stretched out:

First layer in the old time roaster drizzled with whipping cream, chopped green onion and dill:


Second layer place on top and then let rise again.

Bake covered at 350 F for about an hour:

DELICIOUS!!!!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy