Saturday, 18 March 2017

Saturday Crazy....

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Woke up this morning still with pain in the kidney area but could still function so got on with my day!

Took my son to swimming and while there got a call from the house alarm company that the motion sensor had been set off!!!!  OMG.

Seemed to take forever for them to get back to me that they could not find anything wrong with the house.  Whew.....

Arrived home and found everything fine but I decided it was time to actually fix the front door lock.  So, I have now taught my son to fix door locks with a Phillips Screwdriver, a sock and a hiking shoe.   I could not find any of the very expensive tools that are owned in this household.  Thankfully I had a screwdriver hidden in my craft room.  The sock was to keep the door from getting scuffed while I used a steel heeled hiking shoe as a hammer!!!!  The door works great now.  I keep opening and closing it just cause I like the sound of the door opening ......and closing!  So proud of myself.

Since it was Saturday my son decided we should have pizza.  While making the dough I told him that the mom's group at church tomorrow would be making pizza pockets for their children's lunch.  Apparently my son had no idea what these things were.  So, we made a smaller pizza (it only had to feed two of us dinner) and made 6 pizza pockets:

Yummy!!!  Now hopefully I did not over stuff these and make too large for his wide mouth thermos☺

This evening I spent a bit of time in my craft room and made another 10 of the Anne of Green Gables Quilt Blocks from 4 Paws Quilting:

This now brings me to 22 of the 30 blocks for the quilt.  Hoping that I can finish it tomorrow as I really want to get it off to 4 Paws Quilting for the longarming portion of this ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Friday, 17 March 2017

PD (Pretty Darn Fun) Day...

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Today was a PD Day for my son.  After sleeping late and then eating breakfast we headed out for some FUN!

One of the first places we stopped was Donut Party!  We arrived a little late so our choices were limited.  We got a half dozen of Mint Rocky Road.  These doughnuts are HUGE!  The size of a newborn's head:

There are two left as we both ate one (I ate part of mine - my son at his and the rest of mine), we gave 2 to the neighbours and these will be breakfast (?) tomorrow...

We stopped at another place that is all about local made products and crafts and some yarn.....not much there.  I did buy a skein of yarn that was kind of pretty mostly because I felt sorry for the place.  No plans to go back there.

Then it was on to Zwick's Pretzels somehow I did not manage to get a plain picture without either my son or my face being stuffed with one of these, but they were DELICIOUS and I WILL go back there.

A quick stop at River City Yarns for their in house brand of worsted weight wool for a project I have decided I MUST do.

Then we headed home as my kidney stone was starting to bother me.

I had great intentions of finishing the Anne of Green Gables quilt kit that I got at 4 Paws Quilting as Sharon will be out doing a Pop Up Shop tomorrow.  Alas, because of the kidney pain I only accomplished 6 blocks today:

That will be all for this evening as I am medicating in advance as I really do not want to spend the night in the emergency. ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Cluckin' Along.....

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Worked an evening shift this evening so by the time I got home there was not a lot of time for any kind of sewing.

I did however get another of the Flock of Geese Blocks done using up more of my scrap fabric:

TAH DAH!

Tomorrow is a PD Day for my son so he and I will be off on BIG adventures no doubt.

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

One More...

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Super busy day today so after my son went to bed I took a little time to myself in my craft room.

Made another of the Anne of Green Gables blocks with the fabric I got from 4 Paws Quilting:

TAH DHA!!!

Now it's off to sleep for me as today will be another long day. ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Another One.....

Good Late Evening Internet Friends!

Tuesday is the craziest of days in our household so my quilting time is at a premium and sometimes non existent.

Tuesdays are get home from work, make dinner, get to piano lessons and Scuba Diving followed by returning home and getting the trash out for Trash Day tomorrow and all the other things for school and work tomorrow☺

After accomplishing these tasks this evening I only had time to make one of my Anne of Green Gables Quilt blocks with the fabric from 4 Paws Quilting:

TAH DAH!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Monday, 13 March 2017

Are You Kidding Me????

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Most years I complain, gripe and whine in general about time change because deep down I believe that nothing good can come from this event.  Yesterday, I took it my stride and was positive and even productive.

Fast forward to today.... as I prepare to leave my house I find out that the door knob will not turn!!!!  I am truly stuck in my house no matter how hard I try to turn the knob.  I use the back door to go around to the front door and try from the outside!  It is seriously stuck.  My son on the inside and I on the outside try turning the door knob....NOTHING..

Now, I am running late for work and I begin the frantic search through the mystery box of random keys in the house to find a key for the back door....eventually I found one that sort of fits but you really have to wiggle to get the door to open.  Better than nothing so off to work!

After picking my son up from school we came home and thankfully gained entry through the back door.

I decided to unscrew the door knob and found that the slider piece was totally jammed inside which meant I had to use every tool including the butter knife to get it out.

Off to the hardware store to get some parts and we now have an operational front door and at least know where the key to the back door is!!!

That left very little crafting time.  I managed to make one more of my Anne of Green Gables blocks with the fabric from 4 Paws Quilting:

TAH DAH!!!

Now it's off to bed as tomorrow is another work day ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Sunday, 12 March 2017

A 4 Paws Kind of Day....

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Today was slightly more productive than yesterday despite being time change day which usually wrecks havoc with my day and psyche. 

I managed to get all the laundry washed, folded and put away!!!  YAY ME!!! ☺

House cleaning also done!  Bonus points here.....

Then I baked Andes Mint Chip Cookies.  I used the recipe on the package but I think for our dry Western Canadian climate next time I will add less flour than what the recipe calls for.  That being said though the cookies are still DELICIOUS:

The recipe made 52 cookies but as you can see a Cookie Monster found them.....

For dinner I made baked sweet potatoes topped with taco beef and toppings which is one of my son's favourite dinners:

He even eats the skin of the sweet potato when served this way .....Super Health Benefits...+++

After dinner I took kiddo and his horse dog for a walk in the -14 Celsius (7 Fahrenheit) temperature and with the windchill it was more like -27 Celsius (-17 Fahrenheit).  Returning home I even shovelled the side walk (I live on a corner lot so extra BONUS points for me for that)!!!!

After getting my son off to bed and organising lunches and such for tomorrow I took a bit of time to spend in my craft room.

As you likely know by now my dear friend and neighbour has started 4 Paws Quilting.  While I still quilt as hobby I now sometimes can request quilt things and or when she brings in new things I get to see and or try them out ☺  Plus her store hours are convenient for me.....I can show up with cookies and get in the door ☺

Yesterday I showed you the Anne Of Green Gables fabric I requested.  This evening I made 2 more blocks for the quilt:

And...

I love how these are coming along.

This evening I also used another couple of items that I asked Sharon to stock at 4 Paws Quilting.  The Soak line of products.  I love the Scentless Flatter spray because it has NO fragrance.  The other scents are light and smell delicious but I am not sure how my asthma would react to the scent when using the iron.  

What I love most about the spray is that when the block is complete I lightly mist the back side of the block, turn it over to press the seams and get PERFECT sized blocks!!!! 

In addition to the spray I also asked for the Scentless Hand Cream.  It is very smooth on the hands after a day of household chores, being outside and working with fabric.

For my sewing this evening I also used another item from 4 Paws Quilting and that was a Pre Wound Bobbin.  When I first saw these I thought....OMG....how lazy do you have to be to not be able to wind a bobbin?  Recently Sharon convinced me to try a package of these.  I got 100 pre wound white bobbins for $25 (GST included)!!!  When I did the math I decided that at $0.25 a bobbin it might just be worth it...have rationalised that my stitching thread will last longer now. ☺

I sewed both of the above blocks tonight completely uneventfully.  Who would have thought that $0.25 of a bobbin would be so peaceful!  Another +++ for today.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend as well.

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Slow Start....

Good Late Evening Internet Friends!

I seem to be running in low gear today.  I have accomplished very little and at a slow speed on top of that ☺

Got my son to swimming lessons barely on time this morning (he was not too impressed with that).  Then did a couple of errands that were along our route and returned home early afternoon with all sorts of crafty plans.

I fell asleep knitting and from what I can deduce.....I "napped" for almost 2 hours!!!

After dinner I picked up my knitting but was having difficulty staying focused so decided to quilt a bit:

Meet Block # 1 of my Anne of Green Gables quilt of which I got the fabric brought in by special request of me from 4 Paws Quilting!  This block is currently 12 1/2" square.  

This block as you may notice combines two of my favourite things:  Anne of Green Gables and my beloved Star Block!!!

I am seriously happy right now with this quilt block, but am tired so shall go to sleep.

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Friday, 10 March 2017

All Cut Up....

Good Late Evening Internet Friends!

It is finally Friday!  Groceries were picked up at Costco this evening.  Laundry has been started all in an attempt to have some time to quilt this weekend.  

As you may be aware .....I am a devoted fan of Anne of Green Gables!  Earlier in the year I found out that there was going to be Anne of Green Gables Fabric!!!!  I begged (seriously) my friend and neighbour Sharon of 4 Paws Quilting to bring in this fabric line.  She did (she really is an awesome friend - although secretly.....she hoped I would not find out about the fabric)!☺

I am so excited to make up this quilt as not only is it my favourite childhood but timeless story, it is also an integral part of our Canadian identity (and as you may that is kind of a BIG deal this year). ☺

Well, as of this evening I have now accomplished cutting up all the required pieces from the Fat Quarter Pack and the yardage (except the large borders):

As of right now I am planning for tomorrow to be a "Sew" What Day!!!!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...


Kathy


Thursday, 9 March 2017

A New Start...

Good Evening Internet Friends!

My friend and neighbour Sharon and I decided to be brave and participate in a local Quilt Guild Meeting.  Neither of us had ever done such a thing "sew" it was a first for both of us.  We plan to attend next month's meeting now as the ladies were very welcoming of both of us and as a bonus several of them knit while the meeting was conducted (I like knitters).

After getting home I decided to cast on my Downton Abbey Yarn with my new set of 4 Square Interchangeable needles that 4 Paws Quilting now carries thanks to your truly.....You're Welcome!

I have chosen to knit a shawl with this yarn as that seemed most appropriate in my mind for the theme of the yarn ☺

Now it's off to sleep as one more day of work this week!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Yak....yak.....Blah...blah...

Good Evening Internet Friends!

This evening I finished my November 2016 Sock Crush socks:

The wool was a Yak/Wool sock blend from Yarn Indulgences.  For this subscription I used the pattern that was included with this wool.  I do have to confess though that I have once again tried short row heels, and FINALLY decided that I really do not like these heels!!!!  It's not that they challenge me or that I give up on them....I just really do not like the way that they look ☺

One of the things that I love about Sock Crush is that it challenges me to try new things.  By trying new things though I also learn what I do and do not like, and this is one of those!

Now the fun begins as I get to start a new pair of socks with my brand new knitting needles!!

My friend and neighbour Sharon of 4 Paws Quilting went to pick up an order of supplies last week at the warehouse.  She took me along, but in the end I ended up taking her shopping for all my favourite things!  One of the things we found were a brand of wooden knitting needles that I really did not want to like due to where they are manufactured, but I now LOVE these needles and the sock needles come in three different lengths which is a fantastic idea for different areas of the sock!   Plus I picked up cable needles too!

I shall show you these needles hopefully tomorrow as I am now off to wind my next skein of sock yarn......which shall it be??????

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Star Block Challenge

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Today was all about getting all the errands done that I did not accomplish yesterday and a hair cut on top of that!

This evening after piano lessons and getting my son to bed I spent a wee bit of time in my craft room (I have to work tomorrow) and made another of my last years Star Block Challenge:

It's not that these blocks are hard or difficult, in fact they are quite fun, I just somehow lose track of time in which to accomplish them ☺

Here's to hoping that by the time my Flock of Geese Challenge is completed so will last year's block/quilt be too!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Monday, 6 March 2017

Flock of Geese Week 10!

Good Late Evening Internet Friends!

Today is my turn around day to get used to being back in the day light world.  

To be honest I either wasted or slept today away.

This evening while son and hubby were at Boy Scouts I managed to make:

Somehow, not sure how, but I am still on track for this year!!!   Fingers crossed I can finish somewhat close to on time this year!!!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Friday, 3 March 2017

Finally Friday!!!

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Today my friend and neighbour Sharon spent some time organising all the FUN stuff that we picked up or yours truly added to her shopping.

This evening I spent some time in my craft room and made one of my Star Block Challenge Blocks using some of the new things I asked Sharon to carry at 4 Paws Quilting.

First off my very pretty and all made from scraps Star Block....6 1/2" of scrappy goodness:

Now here is one of the "FUN" and little things that I asked Sharon to bring in:

It is a 2 1/2" square ruler!  I used it for making all the half square triangles measure up exactly today!  It was just too irresistible to leave behind.

Of course still using the new very thick but very smooth cutting mat.

Another thing that I asked Sharon to stock is:

This is Soak Smoothing Spray.  I LOVE these products because they are made in Canada, there is a whole line of scentless products for people like me and they work amazingly well on all of my delicate hand knit items.  4 Paws Quilting will now be stocking the Flatter Spray (in a all the scents), the wash, and the hand lotion ☺  You're welcome!!!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Week 9 Flock of Geese

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Today my friend and neighbour Sharon of 4 Paws Quilting went on a road trip to the warehouse to pick up a 4 Paws Quilting shipment and also stopped to pick up our Block of the Month that we are "slightly" behind on.  

I am now telling everyone that Sharon may have taken me shopping but in actuality I took Sharon shopping.  Over the next few weeks you will see some of Kathy's favourite products showing up at 4 Paws Quilting ☺

After all the excitement today I did spend a wee bit of time in my craft room this evening and caught up on week 9 of my Flock of Geese Block from A Needle Pulling Thread Quilt Shop:

TAH DAH!!!

You may notice that there is a grey coloured mat underneath my block tonight and that is one of the new items that Sharon now carries in the shop.  It is a really smooth surface on which to cut and there is no resistance when cutting fabric on it.  I LOVE this mat! ☺

Now to see what my son and I can get into this evening.

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Look What I Pulled Out......

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Finally finished my portion of the regular work week today!!!! ☺  Have to work the weekend but since it is also Teacher's Convention for the next two days my son and I will be up to a whole lot of nothing and or maybe a couple of excellent adventures.

This evening I decided that I would pull out my unfinished Raise the Roof quilt.  I sewed one row together and then attached it to the rest of the quilt:

The Good News; I have only two more rows to sew together on this quilt and then the borders!  I love this quilt but somehow it is just a slow process on this project ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy