Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Our Newest Addition: Lucy

Last Friday we welcomed our newest addition to our family:  Lucy, our puppy.

Our children have been asking for a puppy for quite some time now but we hesitated because we are a very busy family.  We travel the roads a lot going to dance class, hockey practice and games, meetings and the list goes on.  My husband and I wanted to make sure we were ready for a dog and every now and again our conversation would drift to if our family should get a dog or not.  We live on a farm so it's a great environment for a dog.   We both work from home so we are around during the day and now that our children are older (11, 9 and almost 7 years old) it seems like a really good time for a "baby puppy".  

Now "baby" is the key word here.  Since I am the "mom" in the family, I wanted to make sure I was ready to be up during the night, ready to take the puppy out for regular breaks and train her to not pee and poop in our house or on our lawn near our house (who wants to step in poo?).  

Well I am ready but guess what?  She is so perfect.  She has such a nice personality (calm, sweet, loving) and NO ACCIDENTS in the house... yet!  She sleeps through the night, hasn't chewed very much, doesn't bark very often and is generally a very sweet little dog.  She has been my easiest baby so far!

I think I am in love...

Thursday, 15 October 2015

My "Make It Take It" Bag

I am sewing as much as I possibly can these days... kids are in school, my farm job is pretty much done for the year (until next spring) and Monday to Friday, 8:30-4pm, is my own time.  I do have "jobs" to do though other than sew like laundry (yuck), cleaning (boo), appointments and the list can go on and on (never a dull moment when you live on a farm).

I am "sew" happy this time of year...

I have an ongoing large quilting project but I squeeze in other projects in between (I shouldn't be doing that but I just can't help myself).

Last Friday afternoon I gave myself a treat and signed up for a sewing class at Mad About Patchwork, (just outside of Ottawa, Ontario) my new favourite fabric shop.  The shop is so pretty: pretty fabric, pretty projects, pretty all over the place.

The project for the afternoon was a bag, seen on the cover of this beautiful book by Krista Hennebury, Poppyprint.  This wasn't the first time I have come across her book - she has a beautiful blog that I follow which has highlighted her book a few times.  The projects in her book are collection of patterns focused on being retreat-friendly ie. something beautiful that can be made in a relatively short period of time.

Now I have her book to add to my growing collection of eye-candy sewing/quilting books.  I can just sit and read them over and over again.  

Back to my project.  
The class for the afternoon was small - just two students but this was the first time my teacher had taught a class so it was good for her to have a small number and it's always good for students to have their teacher's full attention.  It was nice to be able to chat while sewing; the project wasn't overly difficult but I love a reason to socialize with other quilters and just being in that beautiful environment, instead of being surrounded by all the jobs I have at home.  It was a great afternoon.

My fabric choices:  I came with the fabric filled with colourful flags (bought at Joanne's Fabric Store in Florida) and matched it with some fabrics from the shop.

Thoughts on this project:

1.  I love taking classes.  I find that I am increasingly confident when sewing - I surprise myself with what I actually know.
2.  As a result I may not need to take any classes but I LOVE TAKING CLASSES mostly because I can be with others that sew.  I like to talk "shop".
3.  I always learn something new - nothing wrong with that!
4.  This shop has a nice vibe for creating something beautiful.
5.  I honestly didn't read the instructions in the book.  My teacher guided us along.  Despite that, I will make at least one more of these bags and a few of the other projects on my own.
6.  I was there for over 3 hours BUT I know this bag could be made in much less time.
7  I can't wait to go back and take another class from Katy or anyone else at Mad About Patchwork.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Another Project from The School of Sewing

Sometimes I just want to shift gears when sewing and do something relatively quick.  I love a "finish".  I bought this fabric at Joann's in Florida last winter because it caught my eye.  I wandered around the store with the bolt for a long time with no purpose.  I guess most quilters have this problem - something catches your eye that you love and you just want to buy it.  It sat in my fabric stash until this passed week when alas it had a purpose.  

I own Shea Henderson's book The School of Sewing.  My collection of sewing books is drastically increasing but this one continues to be a favourite because it feeds my desire to learn to make things other than quilts and it speaks to me as a sewing newbie (not a quilter).  I flipped to this project in her book, read through her instructions and actually used the cutting measurements only.  Her pictures inspired me to make the project simple.  Sometimes you just want the fabric to stand out.  It also gave me another opportunity to work on my quilting technique.

This shows the back of the place mat but also the quilting stands out.
Now back to the big project at hand... pictures soon!

It's been a while but today I am linking up with  Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.  Glad to be back!

Saturday, 3 October 2015

It's Our Birthday Boy

Happy 9th Birthday to Alex today!

He loves playing hockey.

 He is such an awesome kid!  

He quickly made it to the top of this rock-climbing wall at the Renfrew Fair.

Jean and Alex love playing together - they are actually very close -  they
are bad influences on each other!  Jean acts like the little brother he never had... sometimes!

Ian and Alex have had some great opportunities together and going to
watch the Ottawa Senators play is always a highlight.

It's moments like these that the big kid starts showing through.

Our boy is growing up way too fast, right before our eyes...luckily there are still glimpses of that little boy but more and more we see the big kid creeping through.  
He is our boy between two sisters but he is a great brother to them.  
He is a kind, caring person; always looking out for others.  We are very, very proud of him.