Friday, August 31, 2012

Whew!!! Another Schnibbles in just under the wire!

With all the gadding about I have been doing, I didn't leave myself much time for "schnibbling". It would seem that Sue and I both had good excuses this month to pass on the August project, me because of so much traveling and company, and Sue because of the tremendous amount of sewing she did for her daughter's wedding just a week and a half ago BUT I am pleased to say we made it!
For those of you who may be wondering about my Schnibbles "sidekick"... Let me introduce Sue.

This is a shot of Sue and her brother having fun at the wedding festivities.
Here is Sue's August contribution to the Schnibbles Parade.

Now, at a distance it looks like she used a plain white with her Christmas fabrics, but, not so...have a look...

The camera doesn't capture it, but there is actually a slight glitter in the white fabric, which is a perfect background for all those wonderful scrappy Christmas fabrics.
I had originally planned to do mine in tans and blacks, but Sue came up with the cleverest title for her quilt, that I just had to follow suit and make mine in Christmas fabrics as well. To her eye, this Schnibbles pattern looked almost plaid like; are you ready for this? She calls hers.... PLAID TIDINGS!
So here is my version of Plaid Tidings too.

Made from a collection called Winter, by Minick and Simpson.
I have to say we have been thoroughly enjoying each month's Schnibbles challenge and both of us have worked only from our stash...neither one of us has had to go out to purchase anything...
I had fun taking pictures today even though the results were not all perfect. Have a look...

So there you have it, PLAID TIDINGS by Sue and Wendy. Be sure to check out the parade of all the others...

Friday, August 24, 2012

Nine thousand plus

That is how many km. we have travelled since my last post. For those of you not familiar with the metric system that is about 5600 miles. These miles/km were driven in our vehicle on Canadian and American hi-ways. We did 7455 km and came home for 3 days and then went to meet friends and do a tour of the Gaspe which resulted in almost another 2000 km.
On those 3 days in between I had 2 teenage grand daughters with me and they both wanted new purses, so like any other grandmother would do...I made them. One turned out not be suitable so I made another.

The third (and the best in my opinion) purse photo is on my camera and I am missing a cord to load it onto my ipad so I will post later. When we arrived home from our second trip we were blessed to have our company come home and spend a few days with us here at Winterpast. It has been 7 years since they have visited us here, so even though it was just a short visit we were thrilled to have them. Yesterday I was up at 3:45 to get things on the ball and get my grand daughter to the airport for 5:15 am. Home at 7 and coffee and light breakfast for my departing company and then I had to tackle the laundry...7 sets of bedding plus all the towels and personal laundry took a full day...that and an appt. to have a windshield repaired, a visit to the Dr.'s office and then to the hospital for x-rays, back home to finish laundry, pack the car and drive the hour back to the cottage. By 10 last night I was totally pooped.
Mr. O got up this morning and made/packed his own h and coffee etc and snuck out leaving me to sleep...bless his heart!

I really need to try to get back into a routine and get in a walk. It is surprising how quickly we can slip the pounds on and get out of shape with all this traveling.

Needless to say I have not had much time to get to my August Schnibbles and there are only seven days until Parade! Can you guess what I will be doing today after putting away laundry and a quick tidy up?

Mr O. plans to retire early in the new year when the mine closes. He says he would like to travel when he retires...hmmm I wonder what he calls what we have been doing the last four or five months...we travelled from N.B. to Ont. in April, Europe in May, quick 5 day trip to Ont. in June, trip to a family reunion in Northwestern Ont. in July and most of August and then all the Gaspe Penninsula of Quebec in August...
Gee I am looking forward to some "real" travelling after retirement!

TOO MANY IRONS IN THE FIRE

In the last couple of posts I have mentioned several projects we have going on. Somehow this week has disappeared with none of them being co...