Tuesday, June 30, 2009


The other day we stopped by my daughters to let them know our news. The house is sold...Now to get started finding a new home. My expectations are high!! Who me!! So we are off tomorrow with our sales rep looking at five homes in the Kawarthas.
When we were at Jills I surprised her with the Amy Butler Bag. She just loved it. Sooo, my grandaughter comes over to me and shyly says Nana you have made two purses for mommy and..... yes dear I have... Nana could you make me a purse. What kind of a purse I ask.. Nana one that is purple with red and yellow and pink and has flowers on it. Do you want flowers in the fabric I ask. No Nana I want flowers on the front of the purse that you put on. She is so sweet. So I got to work and came up with a miniture Amy Butler Bag with purple pansies appliqued to the front and the back. I used some of the same fabric that I used on her mothers and I used purple gingham on the lining. It is 10 inches long and 8 inches wide. I'm sure that she will be tickled pink when she sees it. It's getting late so off I go. Wish me luck in house hunting...

Sunday, June 28, 2009

and sew on....

Thought I would share with you my Amy Butler bag. I made this for my daughter. Today has been a rainy day so I worked on this bag. Loved the way it turned out. I received this fabric in a fat quarter swap from my partner in California. She had sent me yardage instead. The fabric line was from Free Spirit.
Our eldest son came by today with our grandchildren for a visit. We don't see them often even though they live a half hour away. They are so busy with the kids in all sorts of sports. Our 12 year old grandson is 5'8" tall plays fast ball. He is the pitcher. They travel all over Ontario with his team. He had a game an hour east of us so they came by before the game. Mind you it was called off because of the weather. So we had a lovely visit. The baby girl is two and now diaper trained. Gosh they grow up fast. The middle daughter is ten and plays allstar hockey.

We had an offer come in on our home last night and we put it back to them. They have until 6 to sign it back but we have been waiting all day to hear. Its like watching paint drying. I have tried to keep busy. But what the heck, I'm going to call the realtor and see if there is an update. Keep your fingers and toes crossed.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Gone to the dogs

Fergus just came back from the groomers. It was time for a bath and his nails to be cut. Does'nt he look cute in his red bandana. And Max was so happy to see him. Can't you see his smile. I Love my pets. How many do you have??

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Shopping 101

It was another rainy day here, so after rushing this morning to get ready for another showing on our home, DH said lets go antiquing. I never say no to that. But with the weather so bad, we took our Sante Fe. This is a large antique mall, many isles and lots to see. I picked up this topiary for $18.00 it was on special at 40% off. I'm not quite sure where it will go. I just loved the way it looked. I think that once upon a time it was full of ivy. I also added to my collection of pyrex bowls 2 autumn harvest patterns. Tomorrow being Fathers Day our home will be buzzing. I hope the weather is better and the sun gets to shine.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Some Gifts, Some projects!!!!

Wow where has this week gone. We have been busy showing our home to prospective buyers. So you know the drill vacumm, dust etc. Max and Fergus are losing their winter hair. So sweep and mop everyday. I have been working on a few projects for exchange and gifts. Here is my attempt at a pincushion box. Over at Kaarens( the painted quilt) she gave a tutorial on her pincushion. First I went to our $ store and picked up a small paper mache box. I took out my folk art paints, blew off the dust. They haven't seen daylight in some time. Its funny how that paint never seems to dry out. I took a sponge brush and painted the inside of the box and the lid with terracotta. Then I took and measured the circumference 17x2 1/2 " and cut out my fabric. I used clear coat (water based) paint and applied it to my fabric. I also added fabric inside the lid as well as inside the bottom. As it was drying I went ahead and started to lay out my wool fabric. I chose Red (go figure) and drew out on freezer paper my design. I love using freezer paper on wool. You iron on the shiny side and it adheres great. Once I cut out my pieces I used a small amount of glue from my glue stick and put them in place. All my work is done with a blanket stitch. I used wool as my backing and once I had blanket stitched around 3/4 of my pincushion I took my poly stuffing and filled the pincushion. I added a small bell to the lamb with a heavy yarn and pulled it through to the back of the lid to hold in place. I as well used my glue gun in a few places. Its not going anywhere. I glued a green bias tape to the box around the top lid as well as the bottom of the box. Done.... On to my next project. A pennie purse. Just the right size for your purse. I added on a key ring so if you want to add your keys that is all you need. Put in some money or your debit card and you are all set to go. On to the next.... I have cut out the pattern for a Amy Butler bag. That will have to wait till another rainy day. HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!!!! to all you DADS out there.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Beautiful summer days.....

We awake to the sounds of the singing birds, the sun is shining bright and the calm of country living. Thats all you will hear . Nothing but the beautiful birds singing. Our gardens are starting to flourish. The lilacs have finished and the peonies are in bud. The cosmos are in bright colour. The day lillies are in bud just waiting to burst open. The grass is a lush green. AHHHHH the sounds of summer. A crow flys by my window as my fingers type, caw, caw. The large bumble bees hummmmmm, I hear a dog barking in the distance . Fergus sleeps at my feet. The grandfather clock strikes 8:45 am. I just sit back and take it all in. What a glorious day this will be. How much better can it get. Here's to block # 6 Summer.

Friday, June 12, 2009


Yahoo!! a package came today from Oakland, CA . Boy I couldn't get that packages open fast enough. I knew this was from my pincushion swap buddy . Three beautifully wrapped packages. Which one do I open first.The large green one! The pincushion is worked in hexigons. What a great idea!
The next package I opened was the red one. Inside I found a pin keep full of pins, some needles and some white floss. I could'nt wait to open the next one. What could it be? Herbal teas and a panel that you crayon tint. Can't wait to try my hand at that.

Thanks ever so much Nann for all the goodies. you can find Nann at the quilted pomegranate

Saturday, June 6, 2009

This is something we should all read at least once a week

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio

To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.. It is the most-requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone....

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate,
resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others.
You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26.. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Friday, June 5, 2009

I LOVE RED......

My daughter Jill had seen me looking on e-bay last Jan at anything that had cherries on it.
We came upon a pie plate with cherries and how to make a cherry pie.
Well , she found this one at a local store. Thought that she would suprise me.
Mom I have a gift for you. AHHHHH there it was a pie plate with cherries. SOOOthoughtful. Don'tcha just love'm
Well she knows I love to decorate with red so here goes...
A cherry print that I have in my kitchen.
My doors in our hallway are colonial red.
Our armoir in the great room is red.
My Rooster in the kitchen is red.
My curtains in the kitchen are red.
If you want to see more you will have to wait till I post my MLS #.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Another week goes by....

Hi everyone . Boy has this week flown by. I took many pictures at the quilters guild last weekend and was waiting for a friend to send me more. Oh well I guess she got busy as well. Our gardens sure have exploded. Must have been all that rain that we had. On Sunday just outside of Peterborough we ran into some snow.UGH!! May 31 wow. When are we going to get the heat. Here are the pics I promised.There were too many to take so here are a few. you can see more on lindsayquilting.blogspot .com

Do you remember the string quilt I was working on well I finally finished it last night. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
We had a photographer in today to take more pictures of our home so they could make a video of it. I don't know if my friends to the south get mls. but I will post my number once the video is up and running. You never know if someone out there that visists my post might want to purchase my home.