Thursday, 19 October 2017

Just Berry Pickin'

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Almost the END of the week.  Yay.  This week seems to have just dragged on.....

This evening after all my after work errands I took a bit of time to clean/organize my craft room.  That included finishing one of the projects sitting on my crafting desk taking up space!


TAH DAH!!!!

Fabric is of course from my local/neighbourhood (seriously) quilt shop 4Paws Quilting & Knitting.

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Grape Jelly Please....

Good Evening Internet Friends!!

At LONGGGG last I have finally completed my #Kindness Knit Along Socks.  I likely would have completed these long ago had it not been for the "unfortunate" mountain bike incident of September 2017.  

Knitting speed and overall productivity still hampered by the wrist at times but tonight I finished the toe and grafted closed:

These socks are made with a full skein of Amethyst and a mini skein of Light Through the Leaves both of which I picked up at 4Paws Quilting & Knitting.

I call these socks my Grape Jelly socks because as soon as I saw the Amethyst that is what I thought of πŸ‡.  Plus, toast and jelly just might be one of my favourite foods 😸🍞.

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy




Saturday, 14 October 2017

More FUN!

Good Evening Internet Friends.

Today was Day 2 of the Quilt Show.  I only attended part of it but still got to catch up with old friends and make some new ones.

Right now I have no itinerary or plans for tomorrow other than sleeping in until kiddo and dog decided to stampede the house.  I have made this weeks Sharon's Scrap Sack Star Block so that I can post it now:

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Friday, 13 October 2017

"Sew" Much Fun!!!

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Today I got to accompany my friend Sharon with 4Paws Quilting & Knitting to the Black Gold Quilt Patch Guild - Quilt Show 2017.  

It was "sew" much fun to see all the beautiful quilts and fibre art displays.  I think I was supposed to help but I had a jolly time meeting people and looking at all the wonderful quilt things available!!!

All set up!!!

This evening I am quite tired from all my socializing, but I did spend a wee bit of time in my craft room and made:

Another of the star blocks that should have been finished two years ago!!!πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸŽ‰

TAH DAH!!!

Now possibly a bit of knitting before I fall asleep as I promised to go back tomorrow and meet more people!!!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty....

Good Evening Internet Friends!

"Sew" the joke still stands that I am one cat away from being the crazy cat lady.  As such, I had to have the latest book that Sharon brought in to 4Paws Quilting & Knitting.  This evening I spent some time in my craft room and made:

A Kitty Cat Hot pad!  🐈

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy


Sunday, 8 October 2017

Scrap Sack Star Block

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Today was a really big deal of NOTHING!  Kiddo and I slept late.  Had a late brunch, finished reading the last of the Nicholas books.  We have thoroughly enjoyed reading these books and now I will be introducing my son to the comics by the author.

Later this afternoon we took the dog for a walk in the River Valley.  It was very beautiful but my lungs started to bother me.....

Since it is Sunday I also completed my 5th block of the Sharon's Scrap Sack Star Block hosted by 4Paws Quilting & Knitting:

I think I must still have pumpkin on my mind.....

I LOVE making these blocks because I feel validated when I get to dig through my scrap box and make something pretty from my scraps!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Saturday, 7 October 2017

More Pumpkin....

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Last night I baked the pumpkin so that I could have pumpkin for making pies today.  I ended up with 12+ cups of pumpkin mash so I decided to start using it up.

First off was breakfast where we had pumpkin oatmeal pancakes topped off with fresh raspberries and maple syrup.  Yum:

After breakfast it was time to prepare pie crusts for the pumpkin pie that I am taking to Thanksgiving Dinner this evening.

I discovered that I had no butter in the freezer.  No vegetable shortening either.....so.....I decided to use canola oil that of course I do have to make pie crust:

Filled with the pumpkin pie filling and off to bake:

Surprisingly enough these crusts turned out amazing!  I will definitely be making this substitution again 😼

Dinner was being hosted by my friend and neighbour Sharon and since I did not have a hostess gift other than the pie.....I made a Thank You card:

Dinner was fabulous and I think turkey brain has homesteaded as I am super tired and it is not even late. πŸ˜΄πŸ›Œ

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Weekend.

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Friday, 6 October 2017

MADE IT!!!

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Well......I MADE IT to the weekend.  Somehow this was a very long week.

This evening after the roast beef dinner I made in the slow cooker while at work today I chose to spend a bit of time in my craft room.  Plus, I was baking a pumpkin so that I have pumpkin to make pie tomorrow:

With more than 12 cups of pumpkin here there might be a LOT of pumpkin baking happening around here.  

In my craft room I made another two Anne of Green Gables Christmas blocks with my fabric from 4Paws Quilting & Knitting:

TAH DAH!!!

Here's hoping I can get organized to make some more this weekend.

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Thursday, 5 October 2017

I Think I can......

Good Evening Internet Friends!

It's almost Friday so that means I think I can make it to the weekend!!πŸŽ‰

Somehow this was a long week by Tuesday!

Not a lot of time spent in the craft room.  A bit of knitting while at extracurricular activities but that is all.  

This evening I took a few minutes to myself in my craft room and made another of the Anne of Green Gables Christmas Blocks from the Quilt Kit I got at 4Paws Quilting & Knitting:

Here's hoping for a productive weekend as I only have a couple of errands to run and a bunch of baking, and housework, yard work for winter, walk the dog and entertain kiddo some too 🚸, oh and since it will be warm maybe take the mountain bike out one last time before winter!!!🚡

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Monday, 2 October 2017

The Candy Bag...

Good Evening Internet Friends!

A fairly well known fact about me is that I LOVE candy! 🍬

One of my absolute favourite candies is the Starburst Jelly Beans.  

On my way home this evening minding my own business I realized it was delivery day at my neighbour Sharon's 4Paws Quilting & Knitting.

Of course I stopped the car!!!

I picked up the new Sew Easy Cutter and some Vinyl for a project I have been wanting to make:

New Cutter on the clean portion of the cutting table in the craft room.

Here is what I needed the Vinyl for:

A zippered and lined bag made from the empty candy bag!!!!

This was a fun project to make and I wanted Jelly Beans the whole time I was making it but alas, I did not want to use up all my insulin supply in the pump tonight and I only have 3 bags of this candy left......

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Made It....

Good Evening Internet Friends!

It has been a crazy busy/hectic week this week with all my commitments and my son's extra curricular activities.  On top of that the headlight in the car needed to be replaced and I refused to pay the price quoted by the mechanical shops 
so I bought the light and spent an hour Friday evening replacing the headlight on the car!!!!  πŸš—

Saturday was off to Canmore to the Quilt Show with my friend and neighbour Sharon.  Road Trip!!!!

This evening after all my tidying and prep work for the week I took a wee bit of time to myself in my craft room and made my weekly block for Sharon's Scrap Sack Star Block:

TAH DAH!!!

"Sew".....The Headlight; I made it work.
Got up early Saturday to help out at the Quilt Show; I made it.
The Star Block; I made it.
Finished before Monday; I made it.

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Sunday, 24 September 2017

It's Over......

Good Evening Internet Friends.

Well, it's official I guess.....the weekend is over! 😒

Today was boring ole things like house work and laundry, but I did make Butterfinger cookies for my son (I used the recipe straight off the package) and they turned out DELICIOUS:


Between loads of laundry I assembled my weekly Star Block for Sharon's Scrap Sack Star Block:

Any guesses as to what my favourite colours just might be????  

Yesterday while my son and I were out we went to a couple of the local market gardens and among other things picked up 2 cabbages!!  This afternoon I made cabbage rolls and while they were slowly baking my son and I went for a walk in the River Valley.  Specifically back to the area where I fell off my bike three weeks ago because I did not get to explore there properly last time.  

It was a beautiful day and I probably should have taken along all of my puffers because a lot of leaves have fallen.....πŸ˜·πŸπŸ‚πŸ

Cabbage Rolls for dinner with poached salmon and a green salad was perfect:

The other casserole dish has already ventured to the freezer.

Now to figure out what to do with the other cabbage this week....

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Starting Over......

Good Evening Internet Friends!

"Sew"....here's the news......I am stating over......on my quilting project 🀣.

Originally I had picked out a pattern and fabric to make the Anne of Green Gables Christmas fabric quilt that Sharon brought in to 4Paws Quilting & Knitting.  I made three blocks of this pattern, but just was not feeling it.

"Sew" today I have restarted this quilt.  I am going to use the same pattern as the first Anne Quilt I made last spring, and use the colours I have:

TAH DAH!!!!

This at least looks more like a quilt I would make.  

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Friday, 22 September 2017

Wait for Meeeeeeeeeeee

Good Evening Internet Friends!

This is week 38 of the Flock of Geese Block.  As of late this evening I have managed to complete 28/38 of these blocks.  That is almost 74% completion rate and that for me is kind of an accomplishment ✅.

Am hoping to get some sewing done this weekend but of course I get distracted easily "sew" we shall see.

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Strawberries!!!!

Good Evening Internet Friends!

"Sew"  I had to stop by and visit my neighbour this week just to be social...okay yes, social, but also pick up some fabric I just HAD to have.

One of the fabrics that Sharon brought in to 4Paws Quilting & Knitting was this Strawberry fabric πŸ“.  I LOVE strawberries, "sew" I decided to make one of her Market Totes from the fabric.  


TAH DAH!!!!  

Now, if there were only some farmers' markets left to take this too.  Guess I will be styling next year and for now will use it at the grocery stores.

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Seeing Stars...

Good Evening Internet Friends!

It is Sunday today and that means it is time to make the Star Block of the week for Sharon's Scrap Sac Challenge at 4Paws Quilting & Knitting:

Took me a while to make this block as still having difficulty sewing and using my right hand.  Back to work tomorrow so let's hope it holds up...

This afternoon I also made some banana, coconut, blueberry, strawberry bread.  I started with a recipe that did not seem to have enough liquid to it and so added more buttermilk and more fruit to make the consistency that I wanted.  The bread turned out delicious although it is highly unlikely I will ever be able to replicate this:

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Saturday, 16 September 2017

"Sew" "Purr"fect...

Good Evening Internet Friends.

Today I attended the Fort Saskatchewan Quilt Show with 4Paws Quilting & Knitting.  

There were "sew" many beautiful quilts to see.  I highly recommend this outing to everyone.

Of course there was a Vendor's Market and by end of day I decided that I really needed to add to my stash so here are a couple of items I picked up:

TAH DAH/  Cat Selfie fabric already sewn into a Zippered Pouch and a skin or Tuxedo cat wool ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Friday, 15 September 2017

Out to Lunch...

Good Evening Internet Friends.

Still not doing much of anything crafty.  Hand still hurts when I do too much of anything,

Went for lunch with one of my friends and her 3 month old baby.  I had missed their baby shower due to being on vacation in Quebec.  

Spent close to the last week trying to make a receiving blanket and literally just before leaving for lunch I finished it 😼:

Flannel both sides!!!

The other present that I also give a baby is a book, or in this case a set of books that I wrapped in the blanket:

Hope they love it 😼

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

And on the 9th Day......It Rained.....

Good Morning Internet Friends.

I am posting this morning because I have actually accomplished something BLOG worthy before lunch today.

I finished knitting my Hudson Memories colourway socks late yesterday.

This morning I got up early and grafted the toe closed because I wanted to wear them today.  The temperature outside is 8 degrees and raining.  Yuck!

TAH DAH!!!  They really do feel nice and warm and cozy today.  

Now, the real reason I got up early was because I wanted to make Whole Wheat Flax Seed Pumpkin Pancakes for my son for breakfast today:

Served with cinnamon whipped cream and maple syrup they were extra delicious.  πŸ₯ž

Hope this inspires your own creativity and keep warm today....

Kathy

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Day 8....

Good Evening Internet Friends.

Took the splint and pressure bandage off for a little longer today.  Fingers and wrist still get sore quickly when I do more than I should.

I did sew a pillowcase today because that was just plain sewing and not tiny pieces.  Sharon brought in this really cute fabric to 4Paws Quilting & Knitting and I knew that a not so little boy would think it was fun:

TAH DAH!!!  A camping/scouting pillowcase ⛺.  

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Monday, 11 September 2017

Day 7...

Good Evening Internet Friends.

Took the splint and pressure bandage off again for a bit today and tried to make a fist.  Still not happening but at least I think the swelling is going down.

After dinner and walking the dog I decided to spend some time in my craft room.  Here is what I managed to get done with pre cut squares from my (stash fabric not cookie): πŸͺ

TAH DAH!!!  Another Flock of Geese Block.  I really love this block. 

This is week 37 and as of tonight I have completed 27 πŸ˜•.  

Hope this inspires your own creativity...


Kathy

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Day 6....

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Happy to tell you that I have a little more range of motion in my fingers and wrist today.  Of course once I found out I could get some movement all caution I have developed with regards to my hand over the past few days disappeared and I very quickly felt pain that lasted most of the day.....😒

My son and I took the dog for a walk this afternoon because the weather was beautiful.  Fall is in the air of course so I had to take my puffers along with me.  πŸ•πŸšΈπŸπŸ‚πŸƒπŸŒž

Attempted to do a bit of knitting with a 3.5 mm knitting needle today (much bigger than the 2.25 I usually use).  Did not get very far.  Doing a test knit on a pattern that Sharon developed for a yarn she brought in to 4Paws Quilting & Knitting:

It is a very fine but fun yarn to work with because of the gold "bling" pieces to it.  

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Day 5......

Good Evening Internet Friends.

Another uneventful and kind of long day as there are things I would like to do but my hand just will not cooperate with me.  It is getting better, the swelling is decreasing and I have some movement to my 4th and 5th digits.  I am also getting better at protecting the area and not reaching for and grabbing objects with my right hand.  πŸ˜ƒ

I found a Flock of Geese Block on my desk that I actually finished last week before my injury "sew" I took a picture of it and will post it today....better late than never I guess....

TAH DAH.

Might try knitting with larger and straight knitting needles tomorrow and see how that works. 

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Friday, 8 September 2017

Day 4.......

Good Evening Internet Friends 😸

Attended the Creativfestival with Sharon today.  Got my hand bumped a lot so was not really feeling especially creative.  Got a meter of sheep cotton and a couple of buttons as nothing else sparked my interest.

Had a nap before dinner and that is the extent of my day.

After dinner again attempted to do a bit of quilting as today is time for the second scrap star block:

TAH DAH....

I had all of the pieces cut so assembly was not too hard but getting the perfect 1/4" seam started with only one hand and a pokey finger from the pressure bandage proved challenging and now my hand hurts.  "Sew" that will be all for today. πŸ˜•

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Day 3....

Good Looooong Evening Internet Friends!

Nothing exciting at all today.  

Stopped and checked out the new yarn that had arrived at 4Paws Quilting & Knitting this morning.  Then had a nap, lunch and read a book my colleague brought over for me and watched a wee bit of tele.

After dinner this evening I thought I would try and see if I could do some quilting with my paw.....

TAH DAH.

With a lot of Ouch and Ewwweee I managed to sew (not well mind you) six pre cut strips on to a fussy cut block.  

I give up for today.  Maybe tomorrow my hand will be all healed....😿

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Day 2 Drags Onnnnnnnnnnn.....

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Day 2 of the hand looking like a giant paw is almost over.  

After getting my son to school I needed more pain medication and that of course meant a nap.

When I woke up I felt good and wanted to take on the world but with a paw that is kind of hard to do.

So, I wood oiled my barn ladder and then put the quilts back on it 😼

After dinner, walking the dog and getting my son off to bed I attempted to do some crafting.  Other than some stamping nothing else worked.  "Sew" I made Thank You cards for my friend and neighbour Sharon at 4Paws Quilting & Knitting:

TAH DAH!!!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Back 2 School

Good Evening Internet Friends!

It seems that summer is officially over as today was back to school for my son.  I cannot believe that my little teeny tiny preemie is going in to Grade 8 πŸ«πŸŽ’

Up early to get the new school routine in .  Pancakes, poached egg and strawberry/raspberry/blueberry smoothies.  My son thought he hit the jack pot πŸ₯ž.  Lunch was packed and contained Sugar Cookies that we made yesterday:

I found the ABC/123 sprinkles in the cupboard and decided they were a perfect addition to the cookies.  

After dropping off my son at school I went to see my physician.  Three days post injury, ice, pain medications and my hand still really hurts.  Good news:  no fractures in my hand.  Still have sturdy bones.  πŸ₯›  Bad news:  I have a "VERY bad" sprain of my pinky finger and wrist.  As such I am now wearing a slab, fingers are buddy taped and all wrapped up in pressure bandage.  Worse yet news: I cannot go to work because my hand is all wrapped up and poses risk for hand hygiene/infection control.  This also means that I need to find things to do a home with minimal hand use.  πŸ˜Ώ


Being at home with absolutely nothing to do I have discovered is ridiculously boring!!!!   I decided that I could make a couple of birthday cards this afternoon so that is what I did:

Took a long time to do this and hand hurt afterwards.  Drat.

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Monday, 4 September 2017

??? Bedtime????

Good Evening Internet Friends.

Well things in my house are back to normal I guess.  I am writing my blog post in a completely quiet house.  My son is in bed and asleep, the dogs are both on pillows at the foot of the bed and fast asleep.  Not quite sure what to do with myself.  It's like the circus just left town with no wrap up....

Tomorrow morning should prove interesting as none of them wake before 1000 hours of late 🀣

Today we got school supplies, back packs and lunch bags and containers all ready to go.

For lunch I made Oven Baked Pickles (much easier than the clean up with the deep fryer).  

In case you are wondering how I made these.....well....no recipe so here goes:

I used a jar of my homemade dill pickles and cut into 1/4" slices

Dipped the pickle slices in flour

Dipped the floured pickle slices in a beaten egg 

Dipped the floured, and egged pickle slices in crumbs (I used about a handful of flaked rice cereal, croutons), a heaping tablespoon of ground flax seed for good measure, a heaping tablespoon of the dill I dried a few weeks ago.

Placed on SILPAT and placed in the oven at 425 for about 20 minutes.  

I made some ranch dip while these were baking and it was a fabulous day before school lunch 🍲

My hand was feeling a little better today so very slowly I cast off the knitted insert for the Knitting Mugs with Biscotte Yarns that I picked up at 4Paws Quilting & Knitting.

All I can say is J'adore!  These really and truly are my favourite sock yarns and I super excited that 4Paws Quilting & Knitting has them in stock 😼

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Nothing to See.....

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Not much of any accomplishments today.  Managed to graft the 16 toe stitches of my #KindnessKAL sock that is part of my Knit Canadian with Canadian challenge:

Other than this everything else hurt so I did nothing.  Napped a bit this afternoon, and even did something I hardly ever do.....watch television.  Now I remember why I do not watch tele😼

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy


Saturday, 2 September 2017

HELP!!! I've Fallen....

Good Evening Internet Friends!

This post will be short as both of my wrists are extremely sore.  

Today I decided to try out a different set of riding trails in the River Valley with my son.  The ride was beautiful and it was an area of the city that I had never experienced.  I will go again as we did not get very far into it.  On a corner with some rough terrain I lost control of my bike and took a spill 🚴.  Thankfully I was wearing my helmet and yes I will need a new one as part of my face and the helmet visor contacted the pavement.  


I did make another Knitting Project bag with the 4Paws Knitting and Quilting Knitting Bag Pattern before we went out.


TAH DAH!!!

This might be the extent of my crafting for a bit.  I am in too much pain in my wrists, ribs, shoulders and knee to even knit tonight.  I am dreading the pain tomorrow when I wake up. 😟

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Friday, 1 September 2017

Starring!!!

Good Evening Internet Friends.

Made Strawberry French Toast for breakfast with Beef Bacon from Real Deal Meats.  My neighbour Sharon joined us.

After breakfast we did a bit of knitting and I found out that some really FUN things have been ordered for her shop.

Starting today 4Paws Quilting & Knitting has instructions for a block to make weekly from now until May 2018 when quilting winds down for the summer for gardening, camping and vacation ⛺

I was super excited to find out it was a 4 Patch Star Block.  This is another quilt with the purpose of using up the Scrap Fabric Stash.

"Sew" I made my first of these blocks and it turned out FANTASTIC!!!

A bit of knitting and watched a movie with my son this evening.  Now it's time to head to bed as summer vacation is drawing to a close.  πŸ˜’  Must make the most of the next couple days.

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy