Saturday, 31 December 2016

Done!

Good Evening Internet Friends!


Yesterday our family cat named Hello Kitty passed away.  Not sure why or from what.  He had been acting strange the previous day but not suspicious enough for me to take him to the vet.  Yesterday was a hard day for all of us.  For now I am DONE with having a cat.  That may change in a while but it will again have to be a special kind of cat.

This afternoon I finished up knitting my August Sock Crush socks.  These socks are an Afterthought Heel sock and have taunted me for 4 months now.  Here they are completed and I am victorious over this process.  I do not think I will under take this style of sock again any time soon:


TAH DAH!!!!  I am DONE!!!!

For some reason over my hiatus from the real world I discovered a knitting phenomenon known as the Temperature Blanket.  It's basically a blanket that you knits according to the weather outside and a chosen set of colors.  I live in Alberta where temperatures will range in either the Celsius or Fahrenheit scales from below zero to ridiculously high in the summer months.  These are the colors I have chosen for my project:

Normally I do not knit with Acrylic yarns but since this is going to be a rather large project I did not want to spend a lot on a most likely goofy looking knitted blanket!  These are all skeins of yarn that I picked up in Spruce Grove the other day as part of my road trip and my latest soap box mission of not shopping in Edmonton or as little as possible (bus tickets for my son).  DONE!

This evening we are headed out for dinner and the fireworks in Sherwood Park to bring in the New Year.!!!!

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and overall wonderful 2017 and hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Thursday, 29 December 2016

One Day At a Time....

Good Late Evening Internet Friends!

Today was the first day since Christmas Vacation started that my son and I were up at a civilized hour.  We even went to bed on time last night.

The reason; we were making a road trip to my friend Julie's farm for the day and staying for dinner.  Julie lives on a farm about an hour away from us.  There are two quilt stores, a craft store, a bakery and a kitchen store that I stop by when travelling to her farm so we needed to leave in early enough time to get to these places as well.

I will show you some of these treasures in the next few days but alas, have not yet taken pictures.  

Julie lives on a mixed farm with the more of the emphasis being on cattle.  Of course this means butchering the cattle for meat.  I always pet the cattle when I'm out there which of course they (cattle included) look at me like I'm nuts.  I thankfully grew up with dairy cows so petting and hugging them is totally regular.   

The last butchering that they did they remembered that I have a giant dog.  So they saved four Maverick sized dog bones:

Maverick is so EXCITED!!!!  He has four cow legs to chew on and no other pet can take these away from him!!  ☺

Since I was still wide awake when we got home I decided to make Block 17 of my Scandi 3 quilt.  Still trying to see if I can get this done before I go back to work....

Now it's off to bed for a long sleep hopefully as I did not have a nap today....

Hope this inspires your own creativity...


Kathy

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

I Lost Today...?

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Okay, so I have no idea where today went!!!!  I really did nothing yet here it is almost midnight and I have not much to show for it and the day is gone.  This is almost as bad as a work day yet there at least I could say I was employed for 8 hours (notice I did not say I worked for 8 hours).  On top of that there was not even an afternoon nap today!!!!

I did complete another Scandi 3 Quilt Block this evening:

This is Block 16 of the 25 I am currently making.  Tomorrow I will hopefully start on the next colour of blocks.  I still LOVE this quilt.  I got this one from my friend and neighbour Sharon of 4 Paws Quilting and am really hoping to have this finished soon so that I can get it to her for long arming next!!!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Another Stay At Home Day!

Good Evening Internet Friends!!

Today was another Stay At Home Day!  Once again, we slept late.  I cannot remember the last time that I have slept for 10 hours straight.

After breakfast I did one load of laundry and that actually has taken all day (just recently put it in the dryer).  Did a bit of applique on my block from yesterday, a few rows of knitting, watched a movie and after a late lunch took a nap!

Before a late dinner my son and I shoveled the side walk and then took a box of cookies over to the neighbours and then walked the dog down to the River Valley Trails.

This evening I finished the applique on my 2016 Row by Row block from Along Came Quilting:

TAH DAH!!!!

Here are the 7 rows that I have managed to complete "sew" far:

In order from the top these blocks are from:

Calgary, AB
Fort St. John, BC
Swift Current SK
Lethbridge, AB
Moose Jaw, SK
Havre, MT
Edmonton, AB (vertical block)

Now only 15 more to go!!!!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Monday, 26 December 2016

A Canuck Kinda Day

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Today was another successful DO NOTHING DAY.

We slept late, even the dog after the long walk yesterday ☺

One of my presents yesterday from my dear friend and neighbor Sharon of 4 Paws Quilting was:


HBC tin (I LOVE HBC for many reasons) filled with:


Cookie Cutters!!!!

I LOVE this gift!!!!

This afternoon my son and I baked sugar cookies:

And iced them ....(I ran low on red food colour gel):

After left over turkey for dinner I did the red applique on my Row by Row from Along Came Quilting.

Then I decided to knit while I watched the World Juniors game.  I chose to start a new pair of socks.  I have had this Team Canada Hat Trick yarn in my stash now for close to a year which meant watching the game tonight was the perfect time to start on these socks.  Maybe by the finale I can have these done!!!!!


Likely not, but hey, I have a goal.......

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas Internet Friends!

I hope that all of you had a wonderful day with your family and friends.

This morning my son and I (and even the dogs) slept late.

My son wanted Ebelskivers for breakfast.  While making these a friend of mine stopped by to drop off fudge.  She partook in some fresh from the pan Ebelskivers too:


After breakfast we opened up the remaining Christmas presents.  Always so fun to watch the fun of Christmas in a child's eyes!

Then I started about the dinner preparations.

First I made a poppy seed cake:


It was dressed up for Christmas Dinner Dessert with a cream cheese frosting:

So YUMMY!!!

While the turkey was in the roasting my son, dog and I walked down to the river valley to find some sledding hills.  The snow was more of a powder we found out though so not very good sledding conditions but the walk was beautiful!


After dinner we watched a couple movies and now it is time to retire for the night.  As my son said when I tucked him in "only 365 more days til Christmas"!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Merry Christmas Eve!!!!

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Well it's HERE!!!!!  I LOVE Christmas.  I wait for it all year and it's arrived.  I LOVE everything about Christmas and I feel incredibly blessed to live in Western Canada where Christmas usually contains the picture perfect snow.  That was actually today!!!  We slept late but awoke to snow that had started yesterday evening.  My brother stopped by on his way home to Saskatchewan and informed me had been driving most of the way from Fort St John in snow.  Although I felt bad for his road trip I have to admit I was excited for a Christmas snow storm ☺

This is my front yard this afternoon:

The streaks in the picture are snow flakes falling!!!  It's so beautiful outside.

I have been busy finishing a couple of last minute gifts the last two evenings but I finished everything today in time to go out for a late lunch early dinner with my son.


 A Fisherman's Wife Cowl for my colleague and friend.  We will be attending church with her and her family this evening.


A grocery tote bag for Sharon's sister.  This is fabric that Sharon brought in last fall as a special order at 4 Paws Quilting.  


Home made (of course) Chocolate Toffee for friends and neighbors all packaged up. ☺

Lastly, the very last of the baking; Cookies for Santa:


Classic Shortbread cookies for Santa.  So YUMMY!!!!

Hope this inspires your own creativity and wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas!

Kathy


Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Three Days....

Good Evening Internet Friends!

This evening after getting my son to bed I went to my craft room again.  

I chose to make a few more Christmas cards.  Again, nothing special, but I got to have fun making these cards!  I am not trying to keep up or impress anyone with these cards so they were just fun to make!


Yes....I put glitter on the branch berries!!!!  I thought it looked fun!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Four Days Before Christmas....

Good Evening Internet Friends!

It's officially 4 days before Christmas according to the count down calendar on the buffet and I have decided to start my Christmas cards!  Yup.  You read that correct.  

For the past few years we have been in the mountains for Christmas and I would mail my Christmas cards from there so that they had a Banff post mark.

This year my son and I are staying home for Christmas and making our own traditions, which I believe this year will include getting my Christmas cards written, and walked to the post box.  Seriously!  

Here is what I have made so far:

Nothing "over the top" fancy or talented, but simple and classic and I like that.  I actually had fun making these.

Over the past few years I have to admit that I lost interest in card making as everyone was making bigger and better and all I wanted to do was make something that made someone else smile and feel special.  These do that for me.  I love the sentiment, the thought and the overall simplicity of these cards!

Now to do a bit of knitting before bed as still have three more days of work before Christmas Holiday Vacation ♫

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Re - Starting......

Good Evening Internet Friends.

Well, as my son would say "Re-Starting".  The weekend is over and it's back to work and school for one final week before Christmas Holiday's begin for both of us.

Yesterday was ridiculously cold.  Somewhere in the -35 C (-31 Fahrenheit) and the wind was strong.  We did not leave the house yesterday.  It was a pajama day.  We watched movies, made popcorn and had hot chocolate a few times.  In between fun I organized my quilting patterns and knitting patterns into their proper folders, organized some of my craft projects, sewed on a couple of projects and made Sticky Pecan Buns:

Finished wrapping the Christmas presents for under the tree.  Put the extra leaf into the dining table and started to put out the Christmas runners and placemats.


And yes, we are currently using up a stash of party napkins that I found from various birthday parties over the years ☺

Today we ran a few errands and got parcels in the mail (late.....I know).  

Then it was off to my friend Sharon's for Sunday Roast Beef Dinner.  I LOVE these dinners.  Of course while there I did a bit of shopping at 4 Paws Quilting.  I will post pictures of the AWESOME fabric I got and maybe even show you what I plan to do with one of the fabrics!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Friday, 16 December 2016

Friday Sewing.....

Good Evening Internet Friends!

I have been busy this week and simply did not have time to post any of the Christmas things I have on the go....too many projects.

Earlier in the week I did obtain more fabric that I just HAD to have.  As you may know from following my blog there are certain products that I am super loyal to.  My friend and neighbor Sharon at 4 Paws Quilting knows this I think ☺

Last night I got the fabric and this evening I made:

A Grocery Tote!!!  It's not Diet Coke but I love the bears.  Thanks to Coca Cola introducing Diet Coke when I was a child with Juvenile Diabetes I will always be a fan of their product.  It's not that I drank a lot of it, but it was the simple ability to have a treat that no one could try to make me feel guilty over.....ice cream, even chips were all things that I was "judged" for eating.  Diet Coke gave me the freedom to have a treat that I did not have to take insulin for or watch my blood sugar.  



Inside the bag!  

Of course while sewing this I could not help singing:  I'd like to buy the world a Coke!

Now that you have that song stuck in your head.......

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Monday, 12 December 2016

It's SEW Cold

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Okay, seriously though it is REALLY cold.  I know that the thermometer thinks that the temperature warmed up today, but I am still frozen solid, so I'm not feeling it.  I actually put my parka on to get the mail and yes I still have doorstep delivery!

My original plan today was that since I do not accomplish anything on my turn around from weekend evening/night shift that I would work a part day shift and that would at least make me functional in the real world again for Wednesday.

Arriving home my son was coughing and sneezing and looking generally ill.  So, since hubby had to be elsewhere I took a "mom" day and crawled into bed.

The temperature outside is extremely cold so I was not too sad to stay home,  It seemed like it should be a "SEW" day.

 I did not accomplish anything of significance however.  When we finally woke up it was a toast lunch.  Television this afternoon.  Turkey soup with garlic toast for dinner.  A hot bath and back to bed for my son.  He seems to be breathing easier now, so should be off to school tomorrow.

After he went to bed, I opened the door to my craft room.  It is still perfectly preserved from the way I left it almost a week ago!  Seriously, have not been in the room for anything at all!

"Sew" I decided to make another of the Scandi 3 quilt blocks for this quilt.  I purchased this fabric through my friend and neighbor Sharon of 4 Paws Quilting.  

This is Block 14.  There are 25 blocks with different coordinates.  My hope is to have this quilt top completed and over to Sharon for long arming before Christmas.

Before you laugh yourself silly.....remember I get to celebrate 2 Christmas', so the likelihood of my being completed for Christmas is favorable!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy 

Sunday, 4 December 2016

I think Winter is Coming.....

Good Evening Internet Friends!

I have lived my entire life in Western Canada (except Manitoba).  One would think I would be used to winter and be ready for it.......nope.......never....  It's COLD out there.

I made an egg bake and a serving of hashbrowns for breakfast this morning.  It was warm and delicious:

Then we watched a Christmas movie on the tele.

After lunch I started on one of the quilting projects that I picked up at the 4 Paws Quilting sale yesterday.  It is a panel that has cut outs to make the quilt 3 D.  There are probably several ways to do the cut outs, but I chose to cut the pieces with about a 1/4" border and press the border back:

Then I placed the tree shape on my batting and cut along the edges of half of the tree.  When I was done that I shifted 1/4" the entire tree cut out and cut the batting along the other side of the tree so that the batting would fit inside my folded edges:

I pressed all the edges down once again and then placed on the panel and appliqued around the entire tree:

TAH DAH a puffy tree on the quilt panel!

Then I decided I need a quilting break and my son, his dog and I took a walk down to the River Valley.  Not too long into our walk it started snowing:

It was a creepy feeling crossing the bridge today as we could hear the ice flows getting split as they came in contact with the bridge pillars 😓😓😓

The snow was starting to stick to the trails and drift by the time we crossed the bridge.


On the way back we could no longer see down town!  By the time we got back to the house the wind and snow were almost like blizzard conditions!!  I HATE winter.  Seriously.

After dinner we put the last few ornaments on the Christmas Tree and put the boxes back in the cupboard.  The last 2 ornaments to go on my tree:  

These two ornaments are the last two to go on every year because they require a special spot.  The Snowflake is an ornament that was made by a Grandmother of a patient that I looked after on ECMO fifteen years ago.  During her time on ECMO her Grandmother made these snowflakes for each of us to remember Bethany.  Bethany was originally from Nova Scotia.  I was given the Nova Scotia Angel by my mother in law who has now also crossed over.  I keep these two ornaments together so that the Angel is able to watch over the snowflake.  It makes me happy that way and it feels right.  

Now it's time to get prepared for tomorrow and maybe get some sleep.

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy




Saturday, 3 December 2016

Saturday Adventures

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Today I went and did some Christmas shopping (for me) and some Christmas visiting with friends and neighbours.  My friend and neighbor Sharon had a Pop Up Quilt Shop at her house along with her long arming 4 Paws Quilting.

I made some Christmas cards for her earlier in the week and last night I stamped her shopping bags:

I thought and so did everyone else that these cards and bags with the dog theme were really neat ☺

This evening after dinner my son and I watched the marathon of Home Alone movies and I knit on my Reyna Shawl:

I am using one of my Sock of the Month yarns from Sweet Georgia Yarns.  I am not sure which month this came from because I put the tag in the recycling bag before taking note of the information ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Friday, 2 December 2016

It's Friday!!!

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Today I got into all sorts of crafty activities!

I white washed half a wooden box.

I knit a few rows on each of the three pairs of socks I have cast on right now.

I knit a few rows on the three different shawls that I have cast on.

I started cutting more paper for some Christmas cards I am making.

I made two packages for a modified Advent Calender for a quilting friend of mine:


I used Designer Series Paper (retired/expired Stampin' Up), my Advent Stamp Set (retired/expired Stampin' Up), a package of tags that I found and left over red yarn from some fingerless mittens I knit last winer!

I was pretty excited about how these turned out!

This evening I did a couple of baking things for the 4 Paws Pop Up Quilt Shop tomorrow afternoon:


Skor Bar Square with frosting (had some recently without frosting - just not as good)


Drop Sugar Cookies with Christmas sprinkles!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Thursday, 1 December 2016

4 Paws Christmas Cards

Good Evening Internet Friends!

It's finally my version of the weekend!!!

This evening after dinner and getting my son to bed I spent a bit of time in my craft room.

As of now I have made 16 Christmas cards for my friend and neighbor Sharon of 4 Paws Quilting to include in her Christmas orders and at her sale this weekend:

I had a lot of fun making these cards!

Might get me motivated to get started on my own Christmas cards soon ☺

After making the cards I decided to make another Scandi 3 Quilt Block.  Meet Block 13:

TAH DAH!!!!   

Feeling somewhat accomplished for tonight.  Now to do a bit of knitting and then off to bed as tomorrow is a long day or errands.  

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy