Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Mouse Trap...

Good Evening Internet Friends!

It has been a crazy busy weekend and this is the first time since Saturday evening that I have spent any time at all in my craft room.

I have the privilege in living in an older neighborhood and that means big yards with mature trees.  It also means that when the city does remember that we also pay taxes and our infrastructure needs repair they spend all summer digging up the area.  One of the side effects of that was the disturbance of a bzillion mice!!!!  

The pesky critter(s) have made their way into my house!  I CANNOT stand mice.  I have tried every device from the home improvement store and nothing worked other than the tri-fold glue tent that the mouse got partly stuck in so took it with him!  I am missing a glue trap and there were disgusting tiny glue foot prints all across the floor until I lost the trail on a different flooring surface.

Very early Monday morning I decided that I need to resort to the only effective solution to mouse control.  

The smallest one was Madeline, she was not afraid of mice.  

Meet Madeline, named after one of my favorite book characters who is not afraid of mice.

We brought Madeline home last night.  Almost immediately she was tracking and she has spent a ridiculous amount of time investigating the sump pump area of the basement where I thought the entry portal for the critters might just be.  She has been in the house just over 24 hours and I as SUPER pleased to say........no signs of mice 🐭 

That meant that this evening I could spend some time in my craft room and make:

Another block for the Star Block Challenge that I started almost 2 years ago!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Scrap Star Block

Good Early Morning Internet Friends!

This is just a quick post and check in with my weekly 4 Patch Star Block:

TAH DAH!!!

I really do love making these blocks and using up my scraps. πŸ™«

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Barnyard Quilt...

Good Morning Internet Friends!

Yes I should have gone to bed by now but my sleep pattern is all wonky right now thanks to all my puffers.

I have been struggling with my asthma as it is fall, but additionally being in contact this week with someone who was drenched in essential oils to help some health symptom she had.  πŸ™DOH!

I did finish the Barnyard Quilt Kit:

I loved this fabric as it reminded me of my son's favourite book as a toddler; Duck on a Bike.  If you look closely you will see duck (okay it is a goose) appliqued outside of the fence as duck has escaped the confines of the quilt fence. πŸ¦†

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Sick Day...

Good Evening Internet Friends.

My son and I have been battling sore throats, achy muscles, sore ears, headaches, plugged and or runny noses and the wimpiest irritating cough for almost a week now.  Last night after another long night of no sleeping, and for him coughing til he vomits, I decided that we would take a sick day.  

Both of us did a lot of sleeping and chilling.

I did start on my newest pair of socks.  These are from my Super Amazing Awesome Yarn Club. The subscription is now in hibernation mode with intent to start again in early 2018.  

Along with my new freshly sewn knitting pouch here is the progress I made today:

Now to go get some more sleep and hopefully I feel COMPLETELY better tomorrow.  If not, at least it is my regularly scheduled day off.  

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Monday, 23 October 2017

Seeing Double!

Good Evening Internet Friends!

No, I do not need to see my optometrist, but I AM seeing double this evening.

The great thing about dumpster diving in the scrap box yesterday was I found more of the exact same fabric that could be cut into the right size for another two of my zippered pouch bags:

And then there were two 😁.

After getting the second pouch made I decided to wind my most recent shipment of the yarn club from Ancient Arts.  I really love this colour and want to get started on the sock pattern that was enclosed in with the shipment.

Now to hopefully cast on before I go to sleep.

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Dumpster Diving........For Fabric ☺

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Well.....okay.......maybe that is a bit of a stretch, but not too far.

My neighbor was on the road with her fabric this weekend and sold out of ALL of her sample Zippered Pouches!

She messaged me that she needed more samples and since I did not have any yardage of her current fabric lines and I was too lazy to walk down the street to get some (plus I might have taken more than I needed) I went diving in the scrap box 😼.

Here is what I found:

TAH DAH!!!!  One bag was all I could manage to make from the scraps and random zippers I have on hand.  I really gotta stop making these for her.  It's not fun any more....

While waiting for the 357th load of laundry (not really an exaggeration today - EVERYTHING has been washed), I decided to bake some pumpkin muffins.

Here are all 24 - I mean 23 muffins (the teenage eating machine happened upon these)!

There was enough left over pumpkin puree in the jar for me to make Pumpkin Oatmeal for breakfast tomorrow.

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Scrap Sack Star Block

Good Evening Internet Friends.

Well, since it is almost Sunday I am going to post my version of the 4 Patch Star Block.  

This is another block made completely from my scrap stash.  I LOVE making these quilts because NOTHING goes to waste.

Here is this weeks block:

TAH DAH!!!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

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!!!!

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 from Ancient Arts.  

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 4 Patch Star Block:

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Friday, 13 October 2017

"Sew" Much Fun!!!

Good Evening Internet Friends!


It was "sew" much fun to see all the beautiful quilts and fibre art displays and meet with so many amazing quilters.  

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 this book.  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 scrap block I designed to help use up scraps quicker:

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 neighbour 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 Christmas Anne fabric:

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:  

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.  

While out shopping recently I picked up some Vinyl for a project I have been wanting to make:

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 neighbor.  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 4 Patch 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