Saturday, December 31, 2011

Another Year Bites the Dust

It's hard to believe that another year has come and gone, and harder still to believe that a week ago we were all waiting for Christmas.

We got a new computer, out of necessity, a couple of weeks ago and I’m still trying to get used to it.  Everything I go to do is different, including my blog post.  I use Windows Live Writer for my blog and it is all different.  I don’t like change which I guess is a sure sign I’m getting old!

I have to share the most amazing gift I received from Sandra.  She always puts so much thought and effort into her gift giving and I can only imagine the hours she must have spent putting this together.  She copied pictures from my blog and Facebook and made this mosaic picture of my baby.  I hope you can click on it and make it bigger and you’ll see that each square is made up of one of, or parts of, my quilts.  Best Christmas gift ever!!!!

Ben Mosaic

I finished up a baby quilt yesterday for Darren & Sandra to give to one of their friends who just had a baby.  I had the top finished ages ago, but it still needed to be quilted, bound and a label made and sewn on.  It will be given to the recipient tonight.

Angel Puppy Quilt 5

Angel Puppy Quilt 3

Angel Puppy Quilt 2

I completed a couple of knitting projects over the holidays, but I haven’t got around to blocking them yet, so I don’t have pictures. 

You might recall I was waiting for my orchid to bloom and it didn’t disappoint.  There are 4 gorgeous blooms on it and I hope they last a long time as 4 years was a long time to wait for the blooms!
Orchid 9

Saturday, December 3, 2011

An Apology

In my attempt to ‘keep it real’, I may have been a bit harsh in my last post.  I received a very nice e-mail from the designer of the bag pattern I was bitching about from A Quilter’s Dream.  She was sincerely interested to learn how she could make the pattern better and also offered to send me a pattern of one of her gusseted bags to see if I liked it.  Now that’s customer service and I appreciate the time she took to contact me and try and make things right! 

I’ve had another busy week, but at least I have some things to show for it.  I finished these socks:

Socks 004

The lighter ones are Knitpicks Stroll hand painted sock yarn, and the darker ones are Madelinetosh Tosh Sock.   I love working with the Madelinetosh yarn and I’m anxious to see how it wears.  I find the Knitpicks is very soft, but pills quickly. 

I made this little Santa bag – it’s wired around the top and can be used to hold cards, candy canes, chocolates, you name it.

Santa Holder 004

Since I was starting to get into the Christmas spirit, I made this little doorhanger kit that had been lying around here for about 5 years!

Doorhanger 002

My Aunt asked if I’d make her a couple of these to give to her neighbours.

Appliqued Snowmen Towels 004

With all this Christmas going on, we Leo put up the tree today.  This is the first time in 3 years it’s seen the light of day – poor little Molly’s never seen it.  I had a light bulb moment when I went to inspect his work.  Every one of the ornaments holds a special memory and a lot of those memories include people no longer with us.  Maybe that’s why I haven’t been so enthusiastic about Christmas lately.

Finally, I am thrilled to show you this next picture.

Orchid November 2011 001

My orchid is going to bloom!!!!!  I’ve had this for 4 years – I know it’s been 4 years as my sister-in-law gave it to me when we hosted Sandra & Darren’s engagement party over 4 years ago.  I made the mistake of cutting off the dead blooms and you can see the dried up stalk towards the back.  I was just about ready to give it the old heave-ho, when I noticed a new stalk growing and then the buds appeared!  I can hardly wait until it blooms as I can’t remember what colour it was.

This is more exciting than an Advent Calendar – I check the progress every day to see if the bloom is opening.