Earth Day Clean Up at Fanshawe, Scrappy CAT Quilt and making cappuccino

The week past has been quite full. As community service for Earth Day, a group that I work with donated time to clean a local Conservation area: Fanshawe. This was the second year we worked with TREA. Last year it was the first amazingly beautiful day of spring. This year however we experienced every kind of weather you can imagine in spring except amazingly sunny and beautiful.

Last year I was thrilled to see glimpses of color, there was lots of green this year however so even though we had snow, sleet, hail, rain and wind I enjoyed the simple beauty of nature's art. These tiny pink flowers were only a 1/2" long. Aren't these water droplets so amazingly clear?

I think that  the camera on my Blackberry Curve takes pretty good pictures, most of the outdoor pictures in this blog were taken with it. When I have some free time I will set up some page tabs, one of which will be just for landscape and flower pictures.
I have finished the Scrappy Cat quilt for CAT. It is being couriered to this dear friend on Wednesday so she will have it ASAP. Her follow-up oncology surgeon appointment is Thursday I think; this quilt should keep her safe, warm and definitely not alone in this fight.

See what conditions I have to work under. This little cutie much prefers to tuck her little nose into my elbow while I try to sew or type so that she keeps me still and let her sleep.

My next projects are the little lavender laundry sachets. I was stunned when I saw these selling at a local eco-store for $8. They contain a few cents worth of lavender sewn into a tiny cotton sachets. The tag indicated they were to be tossed into the dryer as an alternative to scenting your fresh laundry. The concept is great, the price is ridiculous.

One last project for this cappuccino mat. I prepare a fresh double shot of espresso and frothy milk every morning. Each day I also spill coffee grounds and wipe the frothing wand clean. That used up a paper towel each day; I know better.

I "borrowed" some terry toweling from a friend (which will be returned as a set of espresso mats) and added some coffee themed fabric to trim the ends. This is just the right size to tamp my freshly ground coffee and catch the overflow, wipe the steamer wand and tidy up any little spills around my prep area. It looks cute too!

Sew... I have been a very busy lady. These goodies,  completing my school term project, evenings with friends and all the other stuff that goes with living like laundry, cooking, cleaning, going to work, paying the bills, and of course, enjoying life with my sweetie and the four-footeds.


  1. You have been busy! I need to look into the things I use paper towels for and see if I can make a washable replacement. Oh, and I should make cloth napkins! We have some odds and ends but matching would be nice.

  2. my first thought on the coffee matts was "eeks, they're white" but then you said terry toweling, so thats ok. They are a great idea. i should do the same. our coffee area is always a mess.

    are you coming to Kitchener for the sewing show next weekend? its at Bingemans. I think my mom is coming iwth my sister.


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