Thursday, 28 May 2009
Saturday, 23 May 2009
A lucky stop on our Saturday shop hop is "The Currant" in Parkhill. We wandered in and Angie offered us tea, served in the beautiful china tea cups that I adore, and we could sit on her comfy sofa and relax - just for the pleasure of relaxing in her shop. The shop features clothing in hemp, bamboo, organic cotton, soy, nutritionals, books and a few other natural-based good things. As I wandered the store my tote bag whimpered so I asked if I could let my little dog out of the bag.
Yes, I do wander around with a "Shiraz in a bag", the four-footed, warm and cuddly white variety. Angie did not mind a dog in her store so that was it, the dog was out of the bag and we had a lovely afternoon. I found 2 dresses, and 3 tops that felt great (after having tried on a dozen items). My friends also shopped so Angie's warm welcome of a pot of tea certainly helped meet her sales quota.
Angie is really lovely, her clothing , teas and hemp-based products are wonderful. Too bad I cannot share a link since she is not on-line. If you are ever in Parkhill Ontario, please stop and visit her shop at 216 Main Street.
I may be able to handle the next month or two. I can hardly wait until I have my studio set up again and can get back to the seriously fun pleasure of creating and quilting; and no longer have the distraction of decision making. I merely want to go to work each week day then go home to play.
Shiraz on the beach.
Trilliums in the woods.
Thursday, 21 May 2009
We have chosen rustic slate for the halls, laundry room and washroom floors. It is wonderfully textured and the colours range from deep grey to an oxide orange. Tim suggested a brown grout; this sounds great to me. The house is filled with deep earth tone colours. The slate has deep colours and feels so intriguing to walk on because my feet love to feel the varying surfaces.
I am feeling very much at home; there are still a few weeks till we can move in.
This place feels so warm and welcoming to visit!April Leftovers:
Liberty Fabrics! DD#1 went to London and visited Liberty fabrics; super sweetheart that she is, she brought home fabrics. She let me choose 2 pieces. I chose a blue paisley and a sweet garden print.
Quilt Pocket Jamboree 2009 (Part 3): Silk scarves
As far as my handiwork: KNITTING
I am working on a pair of socks (for the first time). I found some of the variegated yarn that knits up resembling fair isle. I want to knit 2 pair. These happy feet for me and a toned-down brown for Sweetie. I am getting ready to take part in Socktober.
Saturday, 16 May 2009
I took these photos with the camera built into my Blackberry Curve (and reduced the file size to upload here)
Thursday, 14 May 2009
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
I am here this week. I have to pack up and move out a slew of boxes so that I can list this house for sale (anyone interested in a great house filled with good vibes and ready for pretty well any way you want to live in it?). After the packing there is furniture to move out and to move around.
Before one tries to sell a house, one has to move most of their life outside of the house. For some stuff this means - to the land fill, to a garage sale, to someone else's house, to a thrift shop or to a storage spot. Does it make practical sense to move out of your house before you have to move? Not really.
In any case, I am sorting and packing and wishing I could just sit back and live in my house. Either of my houses - there is the new one being built and there is this one being prettied up. Both are taking up so much time and mental energy there is no time left for regular living, quilting or stuff.
So here in the world of "in-between=days" I am stealing a few minutes to blog. I should be ironing shirts and crawling into bed, even better yet I should be quilting. Not tonight.
I am trying very hard to notice all the beautiful flowers as they arrive. I will be taking pictures of our lovely 4 generations+ lilacs in the next day or so. They smell heavenly. They are so luxuriantly abundant and cheerful. The bushes here were transplanted by Sweetie's mum from his grandmother's home (that is how I have counted the 4 generations+).
Along with these lilacs there are sour cherries, no longer the original tree but babies of babies of the cherries that have fallen over the last 60 years.
I will also be moving Mum's peonies along with my lovely yellow magnolia tree. These are the roots of our new garden. They are the corner posts of this old garden.
I am very grateful that I really enjoy being where I work. I truly appreciate that as a blessing because I have worked in some very under-valued jobs. There are places out there where, no matter how hard working, dedicated and resourceful you are, no one would notice. Work is a good place, in its proportionately life-balanced time slot. I am very happy at my place of work.
Other things to ponder and appreciate:
*Amazingly wonderful loving adults who were my kids once upon a time. They are loving and considerate, responsible, fun and smart. Definitely blessings.
*Friends, all of you... those that come to share a cup of tea or cappuccino, those that send me quick emails, those that think about me and wish me well, those who share my passions and smiles, those who indulge my silliness, help me smile and those who choose to be with me when they don't have to even be aware I exist.
* Sweetie (absolutely my superstar and the foundation of my life)
*Family-all of you - you know who you are and that you really matter in my life!
*sunshine, blue skies and the endless variations of the colour green.
...and what makes me sad... losing touch with special people. Hugs to you all.
Monday, 11 May 2009
Friday, 8 May 2009
Here is the transporter pad. Not really, it is the dining "room", the hole on the right is the stairwell.
Looking down the hall (east) are: coat closet, powder room and one of the doors to the studio. The dividing wall you see is the back of the dining room.
Thursday, 7 May 2009
Click on any of these to have a closer look!
(sorry about the orientation, I lost the fight with the software)Purchases from the LaConner Museum
Purchases from Keepsake Cottage Fabrics
Purchases from Under Cover Quilts
Purchases from the Quilted Gypsy (set up right at the hotel)
Purchases from Pieces Quilt Shop
...and yes we did go out into the sunshine someitmes
Susie's Hometown Swap was so much fun; my new friend and I are twins!
(I tried uploading this photo 6 times and no matter what it keeps rotating to its side, just like the fabric photos above)
Last year there were over 50 buds but a late freeze killed them all off before they were able to bloom. Every other year there were no more than 3 or 4 blooms. It is a beautiful tree that we are planning to move out to the new place with us.