Monday, April 25, 2011

A wonderful Easter weekend and a finish!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!  Mine was great.  I had a stitching afternoon with my friend Judy on Friday while Rob took the kids to see the new Diary of Wimpy Kid movie.  Saturday we were invited over for an Easter dinner at our very good friends Darren & Denise's and had a fantastic time.  Denise is an entertainer extraordinaire.  I am always so impressed with the table set to perfection (the Easter themed place cards in pineapple shaped crystal holders were so lovely even my kids commented on them!) and her decorating skills would give even the designers on TV a run for their money.  I wish I had taken some pics, but I was too busy enjoying the evening. :)  On Sunday Keira wasn't feeling very well as she had been up late the night before and had been coughing through the night; so we had a day of relaxing, watching a movie at home and spending time together as a family.  It turned out to be a great day and she was feeling better by the afternoon.  Here is a pic of the kids from Sunday afternoon:

I finished the Bunny from The Trilogy that I was working on for Keira.  She wants it framed to hang in her room, so I'll have to get to that done for her soon.  Here he is:

I finally received the Creation Sampler from Shakespear's Peddler that I ordered.  I had so admired the one that Margaret from Days of a Sampler Lover had done that I decided I needed to tackle it myself.  The colours are even more stunning then they appear online.  I can't wait to get started on it, but am committed to finishing a couple of the other projects I am working on first.  My BFF Laurie is coming down again this Saturday and we are taking another crack at my new sewing machine.  She is the teacher and I am the eager student.  I pray that her patience will hold out! :)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

It's almost Easter and the bunnies are out!

Hope you are all having a great week so far!  I have been very busy the last couple of weeks and can't believe that Easter is here in a few days. 

My hobby room is FINALLY almost completely ready...I say that with a laugh as the last 5% always seems to take longer than the first 95%!!!  My kids have affectionately named it the "Woman Lair" as I call my husbands studio the "Man Lair"...LOL.  Here are a couple of pics:

The wall to the left has a set of garden doors that go out onto the back patio and the wall to the right has a closet and a display cabinet with glass doors that I will use to display "finished" work...but it's not ready yet so will show that later. :)  It's a small room, but all mine now and am happy with how it turned out.  Oh, and yes, under that white cover is a Singer sewing machine that I bought...I must be nuts, but I've always wanted one and never had room to put one until now!  So, that is my new toy and I am having fun with it so far.  I hope to post of a pic of my first machine sewn pillow finish in my next blog post...wish me luck!

Well, the bunnies are out and here are a couple of bunnies that I have been working on:

The first one was a small SAL from Kissy Cross which was done in 3 parts over 6 days.  I changed up the colours and also did a second version in lighter colours.  I picked out some co-ordinating fabric for each (shown along the left) and these two will be my first pillow finishes.  I think I stitched two of them just in case I botch one! ;)

The second bunny is Happy Bunny Bunny Day from The Trilogy and I hope he'll be done by Easter!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 11, 2011


Well, I am happy to say that Keira's birthday weekend was a success.  We went out to dinner at the Mandarin Friday night (her choice) and then watched a movie at home (Secret of Moonacre...very good...again, her choice).  Saturday we had her "friends" birthday party.  There were 7 girls that came over and we had fun making body glitter, decorating t-shirts and playing Dance Party on the Wii. 

Waiting for her friends to arrive!

The diva girls showing off their t-shirts!

Her friend Annie stayed after the party for a sleepover...all went well!

Then on Sunday our family came over to wish the birthday girl well.  The weather was so nice out that we went outside to test the new bubble maker that she received.  The bubbles that came out of this thing were amazing! 

The niece Michelle, Keira, my grand-niece Isabella and my niece Stephanie.

Fun with bubbles - Karl, Isabella, Stephanie, my nephew David's girlfriend Leslie and Keira.

Also, I haven't post a pic yet of the goodies I received from my win on Cathi's blog giveaway!  Here is what I received:

Can't wait to stitch these up! :)

Last but not least, I finished my LHN Acorn Hill.  Here it is:

I have the perfect place picked out for this one once it is framed. 


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Proof of spring and a secret pal exchange!

Just a quick post this evening as I have a couple of things to share and may not have the opportunity this weekend as it is packed with birthday activities.  Why is it that the kids birthdays seem to last for a week between family visits and birthday parties with friends? be kid again... ;)

Okay, so here is what I received in the EMS Forum, Secret Pal Spring Exchange: 

Celine from France sent me the most lovely pink and green ribbon, some spring coloured threads, a bag of gorgeous buttons, some fabric, a lovely chart and a beautiful card.  What a wonderful package to receive...thanks Celine!!!  I don't know about you guys, but there is something magical about receiving something in the mail that is not a bill to be paid...LOL!

I also snapped a couple of pics of some flowers that have finally poked their heads up in my garden...proof of spring, hooray! :)

Well, it will be a very busy weekend for me.  Out to dinner for DD's birthday tomorrow and then her birthday party with her friends tomorrow.  She wanted a birthday party at home with me doing crafts with them, an ice cream cake and then playing the wii Dance Party.  I have two crafts planned - making body glitter and decorating t-shirts...wish me luck!  My son is begging to NOT be at home during the party as last year the girls wouldn't leave him alone...the joys of being the older worries, DH is taking him out to a movie.  Then on Sunday, we have the family coming over in the afternoon.  I'll try and post some pics Sunday night.  Oh, and I am almost done LHN Acorn Hill! :)

Cheers to you all!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Lots of new stash!

Happy Monday and hope you all had a great weekend! 

My week ended up being crazy last week as the cabinets were being put into my new hobby room and of course, things do not always go as planned.  The upper and lower cabinets are now installed and the countertop is in, but there is still some finishing work that needs to be done before I reveal it.  It must all get done this week though as my daughter Keira is turning 7 on Friday (my baby!) and we will have lots of company and also a birthday party this weekend...eek!

Saturday was Gitta's Needleworkers Marketplace and my friend Judy and I, along with her friend Linda all headed down for the event.  We had a great time meeting all the designers and shopping for stash.  Here are some of the things that I picked up:

A new chart (along with thread pack and embelishments) and some wonderful hand-dyed fabric. 

Some lavender, crushed walnuts, a needleminder and miniature scissors.

How adorable are these scissors?!?!

Some silk and hand-dyed threads.

 Of course we finished off the day with lunch and then a trip to Gitta's!