Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Out with the Old!

It's hard to believe this is the last day of 2014! I don't have any New Year's Resolutions other than to try and slow down! I've been told many times that I work too hard and for too long.

I have enjoyed posting to my blog and reading your comments. Thanks to everyone who has dropped by; who left comments; who joined my members list or bloglovin; and who signed up to get emails whenever I posted.

I was reading a few blogs this morning and came across a motto from Wild Olive that I think I will TRY to apply to myself:

Do What You Can Do! 

Until next year . . .

Saturday, December 27, 2014

More Quilts

While I was busy getting things together for several Christmas Fairs, my sister was busy quilting. Not only did she make a quilt for us and our mother, she made quilts and a Jake the Pirate pillowcase for some little ones in her life:

Friday, December 26, 2014


My sister never fails to send surprises for birthdays and for Christmas! Today I was flabbergasted to receive this beautiful quilt. The quilt label says it's for my husband too but I'm claiming it. Sisters are wonderful people! Thanks Joan.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

I wish to extend a very Merry Christmas to everyone. It's been a very busy year and I'm taking a couple of days to relax and enjoy family.

Made by my friend. Isn't it beautiful!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Steamed Christmas Pudding

My house smells wonderful. I just took my steamed Christmas Pudding out of the pudding pan. Too hot to handle! I used an old recipe that my mother used to make. It's got rum!

Check out a previous post about Christmas Puddings. There are a few "pudding" links for you to see.


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ornament Exchange

At the December Christmas Dinner, the St. John's Embroidery Guild had its annual ornament exchange. Here's a sample of the lovely work stitched by some of the members:

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Time Flies!!!

Where does the time go? I had very successful Fall and Christmas Fairs. Thank you to all who visited and for those who purchased art pieces from me. You are very important people.

The tree is up and decorated. The shopping is done. Time to catch a breath and relax. If you still have a few more gifts to buy, check out your local art and craft shops. I'm sure there are lots of nifty gifts yet to find.

Here's my tree and a close up of a few ornaments on it.

From a trip to California

The 'baby' is now 3 1/2 years old

This peacock is the first ornament that goes on the tree.
My daughter gave it to me years ago.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Tiny Gardens

Today I will have five (one not shown) 'Tiny Gardens" Fibre Art Pendants at the Anna Templeton Tea & Sale. The background was needle felted. I also machine stitched this with Valdani variegated thread before doing any hand embroidery. The Valdani silk embroidery threads are just lovely to use!

I have created a couple of these before (sold) but didn't give them a name. They will cost a bit more than the others as they do take time to hand embroider.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Set Up

Today we set up our booths for the Anna Templeton Christmas Tea and Sale. I've been trying to get a space at this event and finally succeeded this fall. Yah!!! This is a lovely event and I usually attend as a visitor. The three floors are filled with crafty people selling lots of unique items. The lunch with tea and cookies is always a must do! It opens tomorrow. Check out the times on the poster below. If you are near, drop by for awhile! I'll be on the third floor.

t & sale poster 2014-1

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Bit of This & That

Today is sunny but brrrrrrr at -10 C! Yesterday it was +10 C. So much for weather in Newfoundland. It can change in the 'wink of an eye' or is it 'blink of an eye"? Whatever! I could write a book on all the changes I make to some of the odd sayings. Changes I don't even realize I've made until someone points it out or it suddenly comes to me that I did it again!

Anyway . . . a good friend was in Scotland this summer and visited The Great Tapestry of Scotland. To quote her "It took my breath away"! The tapestry consists of 160 panels (not connected) and is 143 metres long when put side by side. It's worth a visit to the link above. Be prepared to sit awhile, so get a cup of something to keep you company.

Next, Mary Corbet kindly offered a lovely Christmas Tree pattern to embroider. I did print it out. However, it will be added to my future 'to do list'. Also check out Mary's free embroidery patterns.

The Inspired Wren has a tutorial on making felted Christmas ornaments. It is quite nice and easy to make in felt or paper. Lots of other great tutorials on this site too.

Want to make Christmas Crackers? Go HERE. They can be made in either fabric or paper.

Sew Can She has lots of nice things to make. I like the shark pencil case. Why? My little granddaughter just got a pair of shark slippers from Costco (Chicago) and was delighted to show them to me via Skype!

The Christmas Ornaments from The Red Brolly are just lovely. More 'stuff' to add to my 'to do list'!

I can now close the various links in my browser and search for more ideas to make.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Some Good Market

Tomorrow, I will be at Some Good Market. The market is located at Canon Wood Hall, on the corner of Military Road and Kingsbridge Road. This will be the last market in town until after Christmas.

I will have my one-of-a-kind Fibre Lace Scarves and Fibre Art Pendants. I will also have a limited number of covered journals, Credit Card Holders and Starfish Pincushions (new). There are still some Christmas shimmer ornaments and Christmas Wearable Art Pins.
Fibre Lace Scarves

Fibre Art Pendants