Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

Well I have not been blogging much but have been creating which feels great.

Its a small but merry Christmas for us.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Finally admitted that yellow was not working for me and picked a soft robin's egg blue for repainting my office. I love the difference and have gone to just stand in the space because it feels so right. Also took the opportunity to rearrange the furniture and swapped out a high table with free standing cupboard from IKEA. Actually bookcase, table, chest of drawers and tall cabinet all came from IKEA. The room arrangement works so much better too and luckily everything just fit.

I have some art to put up on the walls and need to finish recovering a chair and then the room is done. Can hardly wait to use it.

Now I want the kitchen repainted a similar watery colour

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Walk In the Woods

Pacific Spirit Park was wonderful to walk through this misty Remembrance Day

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Quilting Mini Projects

FlossieBlossom set up the Mug Rug Swap and made 2 little mug rugs for my secret partner. "A" indicated green and grey and dots among her favourites, so I used that as a starting point. I used a piece of vintage Key West screen print fabric of a turtle to applique over scrappy squares of greens and greys. I also made a mini wheel of the same fabrics. For the backing and binding I used some grey fabric that I bought in Amsterdam this summer. I quilted the pieces with wavy lines of light to dark grey thread and a grey spiral on the wheel. These are small pieces about 7 inch diameter for the wheel and about 6" by 8" for the rectangular mug rug. These were a lot of fun to make and were good practice for me to hone up on quilting skills.

I also made a Mug Rug for me with some of the Cath Kidston fabric and mug I bought in Edinburgh. I really like that I made it reversible and used some of the oil cloth for the place to rest the mug on. I love the strawberries too!! This is going to be my go to hot chocolate mug - its nice and big and feels good to hold. Lots of room for marshmallows. I think there are lots more mug rugs to make in my future. Its nice that they are small and can be finished relatively quickly.

And here is the mug rug my partner Kelly made for me. It is so beautifully made, with wonderful colours, design and fabric. I love it.

Kelly also sent me some fabric scraps and a post card with the gees bend quilt pictured - love them too.

I find Kelly's work very inspiring because it is so well done - check out the detail of her stitching --my work has a long way to go to reach this level.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Amsterdam Fauna

Amsterdam Tourist

It turned a bit chilly one day in Amsterdam so Pat turned his jacket into long pants - very weird but he was happy. He was determined to get clogs from Holland and we got some from a market vendor and he happily clogged the day away. He looks a bit like a street performer dancing away with an empty cup in his hand - dontcha think?

Amsterdam Canal Cafe People