Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I knew as soon as I saw the runner that I would have to make it. So, I rummaged through my fabric stash for Christmas material. Not quite enough. Shopping trip in order. Eventually, I made it to one of our local fabric stores and was completely wooed by fat quarters in autumn hues of gold, burgandy, orange, and green!! OK, so there's lots of time before Christmas, right? I bought the autumn fabric instead and made this:
Friday, September 26, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
So... what do you think?
I'm so happy with it- the top is made from 103 different "patches" of material, all that came with a good wish, with another piece of material given to us used for the cream-coloured inside border. On the back, we have "Hairy Potter" (upside down in the photo below) from a t-shirt donated for the quilt by a good friend, Vi.
Thomas the Tank material makes up the rest of the backing, as well as the binding strip.
I have another quilt top ready to go for one of my girls. So, maybe by Christmas... or Valentine's Day... or Easter... lol! First, I have to finish the sweater that I hemmed and hawwed about back in June (I decided on the funky, swingy pattern, and I now have a back and half a front!).
I'll keep you posted.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Are you enjoying the Games? We are! I have always been a fan of the Olympics. The whole ideal of athletes competing in a spirit of fair play, respect and unity has always got to me. Some of the stories of the hardships overcome are so inspiring. I'm not particularly athletic, but I can appreciate the level of committment and dedication that these individuals have. And that shared look of absolute focus and determination that you see on their faces during competition- just incredible!
And how about our Canadian gymnast Kyle Shewfelt? Read CBC's story and backgrounder on him here, and the London Free Press's article here.
What a role model Kyle is. Our daughters were watching his interview with CBC's Ron MacLean last night- and I was so profoundly grateful that they could listen to a true Canadian hero who really gets what its all about. His attitude towards life is something we all could benefit from. Thanks, Kyle.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
It seems that my blog posts are experiencing ever-increasing delays. I think I may be blogged-out.
Things are good here. We are incredibly blessed. What's left to say?
(Except this: I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT SALES OF "GUITAR HERO" ARE GOING THROUGH THE ROOF! It must be due to excellent marketing, 'cause people can't think the product is actually decent. OR maybe I'm almost 40 :))
This blog may be coming to its natural end. I'm not quite sure. I still enjoy checking in on other blogs, but writing for this one- not so much.
So... I'll see how things evolve (or devolve). Not going anywhere yet, but I may be ready for a radical change.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I wish all our American friends a wonderful Independence Day long weekend.
Oh, one last picture- I love this one! The kids were on the way to the park. Do you remember how it felt to be on your way to your favorite playground?
Ah, pure summer.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Most of you know all about this wonderful charity, but in case you don't, here's how they describe their beginnings:
"Love Without Boundaries began in the year 2003, after a group of adoptive parents came together to help save the life of one tiny boy in China. Following his successful heart surgery, they realized that people with a pure love for helping children can truly make a difference. LWB incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charity in the state of Oklahoma, and our worldwide team of volunteers went to work. In just five short years, we have watched our foundation grow from providing a handful of surgeries and baby formula in 2003 to touching the lives of thousands of children today through foster care, medical, education, and nutrition programs. In 2007, we delivered over one million dollars of direct humanitarian aid to children, while maintaining an overhead of less than 3%."
Saturday, June 21, 2008
So, last night I celebrated while the kids played Wii and sewed this "pouch sling":
No, it's not for me- it is for a friend, now living in the US, who recently had a new baby. Here's my "baby model"!
People either love or hate slings. I loved the one I had when my girls were about 8-15 months old, but before they were that age I was not comfortable using it, and, after about 18 months, they were not interested in sitting in it. Plus, at 18 months they were getting heavy to lug around, and a stroller was the more attractive option!
I think if I had this "pouch" type of sling when my daughters were small infants, I would have been more comfortable with it. Thinking back 11 years, the sling I had was probably too big for me- I'm barely 5'2". Fit is important in slings.
Of course, with Daniel, I figured he was already too old to want to sit in a sling, as he was almost 3 when he was adopted. I did use a hip carrier with him, but, again, it's hard to lug around a 27 lb toddler on your hip for very long. Or maybe I'm just a weakling ;)
So... about slings... I'd definitely recommend to anyone either giving birth or adopting to try a few out. There are all sorts of different styles to choose, and some work better with different body types... check this site to see the varieties that exist: http://www.mammasmilk.com/pages/makeyourown.php
A word of warning- until you know what style works for you, don't plunk down a lot of $$ on a sling. They can be surprisingly pricey. BUT, since they are also relatively simple pieces of cloth, it doesn't take either a lot of sewing skill or time to make one. If you have a sewing machine, try it! If you like the result, you can make another, and another...
Friday, June 20, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Since my last post, we've decided that our vacation plans, which included driving about 5500 km, are not wise in these times of rising fuel costs. Oil hit $137 per barrel yesterday. Unbelievable. And I think I'm happy about it.
To be clear, I'm not happy that we had to change our vacation plans. But I wonder if the rising cost of oil is not just the "shock" that we all need to realize what our collective greed for petroleum is doing to this planet we call home.
When something that society's "fringe" (of which I've always aspired to be part of) has been yelling about for decades suddenly hits the mainstream in the pocketbook, things get serious. When there are new opportunities to make money from environmentally-friendly options like hybrid cars, or alternate energy sources, or organic food, these items become more readily available in the marketplace. And, I think, this is a good thing. For the most part, anyways.
I've always envisioned a lifestyle for myself and my family that involved trying to minimize our ecological footprint on the planet. I think, in recent years, we've been missing the mark by a lot. Our lives are rather typical of a three kid, suburban, middle-class, double-income professional existence, which, in general, does not tread lightly on this Earth. We take some efforts to make more environmental choices in our day-to-day lives, but I'm not sure that the collective impact is all that great. I believe that our lifestyle, like that of most families in Western society, is simply unsustainable.
How can I match my desire for a "lighter, kinder" lifestyle with the reality of our fast-paced lives? Open to suggestions here.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Well, not really. My work life switched into super high gear mode a few weeks ago, and may continue that way indefinitely (well, OK, I'll get a reprieve when we take a 2 week vacation).
But it has meant blog-neglect, quilt-neglect, and no new knitting projects. However, the kids and the pets are still getting fed, so its all good!
So, I'm still here. Just not as much.
Oh... the photo... if you don't recognize them, they're The Jonas Brothers, Disney superstars and my 11 year old's latest obsession. Believe it or not, part of our vacation is planned around seeing them in concert. I can't believe I just wrote that.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
So, maybe not what I would have picked out for a christening, but what are you going to do!?!
Saturday, April 12, 2008
It's the jacket on the cover, and I think its just the cutest thing, yet could be quite elegant. I'd probably do it in another colour, though.
Then, there is this cute little number, designed by Connie Chang Chinchio, to be knitted in silk:
I just love it- it's so fresh and youthful. And I love the colour.
I also saw another pattern recently on the Berroco website that I really like, called "Montparnasse":
So... any opinions? Which one should I go for? Oh, to have the time to knit all three!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
What a great way to learn more about taking photos on your camera's macro setting. You should think about joining!
Monday, March 31, 2008
My 3 year-old niece who will be getting it in the mail soon is a pink fanatic, so I think she'll at least like looking at it. I'm not sure how much she'll enjoy wearing it (those fuzzy bits could tickle)! But I have the satisfaction of seeing it finally "done", and I've learned a little in the process. That's what it's all about, right?
Saturday, March 29, 2008
I wanted to write this post for my friend, Florence, who is moving to the North West Territories in a couple of days. I'm really going to miss her.
What can I tell you about Flo? She's smart, funny, real, grounded, savvy, committed, resourceful, kind, caring... I could go on and on, but you get the idea- I have a lot of admiration for this woman. She's a Mom, wife, daughter, business woman, organizer. She's generous with her time, talents, and blessings. Most of all, she's a true friend. A lot of people in this neck of the woods will miss her, and the rest of her family.
So, I made this scarf as a going-away gift for her. The fabric is mostly animal prints (including a small piece of dragon print from DX's OHGWQ, for luck and prosperity!), since animals are one of Florence's loves in life, and they were the reason that we even met at all, almost 5 years ago.
Follow her adventures on her blog, Life Lessons With Toast. I know I'll be checking in regularly!
Thanks, Flo, for everything you are to so many people.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Check the link by clicking on the title of this post- the babies are beautiful!!
This project is so close to my heart. As most of you know, DX was born cleft-affected. To think that these babies in the LWB home are going to get the special attention that they need just makes my heart soar!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Major snow storm on Monday, freezing rain and ice pellets on Tuesday, more rain on Wednesday, followed by, at long last, on this very first day of spring, a little bit of sunshine! So, I'm cautiously hoping that more spring-like weather will follow... soon...
This was the view from the upstairs window early on Wednesday morning:
Storm days have their value, though. On Monday evening, I finally finished the quilting of DX's One Hundred Good Wishes Quilt. Now, I just need to cut a binding and sew it on. That should take a couple of weeks to get at!
Doesn't DX look excited!?!
I think he was a little bored by the "cocooning" that the weather forced us to do.
Over the last couple of weeks, I also made some progress towards finishing a sweater I started to knit for my niece about 2 years ago. Of course, it won't fit the niece for whom it was intended- but luckily I have another one, and she is just about the right size to fit into the sweater!! Here it is, half-sewn together, looking something like a fuzzy pink animal.
I'm afraid I won't get much sewing or knitting done this week. I have a presentation to give at the end of the week, so that will keep me occupied. On the bright side, I'll be anxiously watching the mail this week for my fat quarters of black & white fabric to arrive. The mailing deadline was Saturday, so let the squares arrive. I just *love* swaps!!