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Monday, March 28, 2016

Happy Easter!

Here's Claire about to eat the ears off her Easter Bunny from Great grandma ! Isn't she the cutest ?
I got two wee bunnies (one from me and one from Great Grandma) and placed them in these treat bags with a bit of pink excelsior. As you can see they were a big hit with Claire :).  Sunday was an absolutely perfect day, sunny and almost 20. Today .... wet snow/rain and blizzard like. Yikes - our weather is becoming schizoid! I made 2 cakes to celebrate the weekend, a Butter Pecan and a Confetti Pineapple Angel food cake. As you can see they too were a big hit! I have "orders" to make the Pineapple Angel food cake again ;).
It was another busy weekend for me. Dropped over to the Pater's on Friday to update his computer security, then had him over for dinner. We had ham and scalloped potatoes then tasted the Butter Pecan cake. Saturday was hair appointment & brunch with mother, then back to my place to make the second cake. My Cactus has decided to flower for easter but only on the one side - towards the window.
I've also been busy getting back to my POTC Lucy Boston blocks!!

Finished the beige one at our Sew What's gathering on Thursday. It was another lovely evening with the ladies and our hostess Cynthia. She's such a talented lady and we got to see some of her hooked rugs and her newest quilt where she did meandering machine quilting. I finished the blue/green one last night. Must say I LUV the plaid in this one.
The husband of one of our Sew What's ladies likes to frequent the thrift stores and frequently has the best of luck, finding quilts and quilt blocks. Well she had these 32 scrappy Dresden Plates and asked if anyone wanted them to make her an offer - so I made her a crazy offer of $5 !
Well, I'm not sure how it happened but I ended up taking these home for the $5! I think I got a bargoon and maybe I should offer her more next time I see her. In the mean time I'm enjoying their beauty, marveling at the potential and trying not to think about this additional UFO !!
Word phrase for this week:
Dolorism - an expression used to define a spirituality of resignation to pain and sorrow - doctrine of salvation

Sunday, March 20, 2016


It's spring !! Woohoo!! It's sunny and it's Sunday :) :). Something about this time of year makes me obsess about cleaning/changing my decor. So, instead of cleaning (housework IS boring) yesterday I spent the afternoon  moving things around and rearranging decorative items. Today, although I'm pleased with my new home look, I'm noticing more of the "dirt" and wish I had spent the time cleaning. Ah well, next weekend is a 4 day weekend, Easter, so another big YAHOO :)
I've been browsing the Shabby Chic blogs recently and having some regrets about giving away a couple of my shabby pieces of furniture. Ah well, I am consoled with the thought that my basement room is cleaner and I have less "junk".  So I have a couple of salvaged shutters which occasionally I use in my decor, and decided to resurrect them and display some of my Shabby pieces. In the powder room I'm displaying my collection of framed Petite Point.
And in the living room I am displaying some of my vintage hand painted plates. I used S hooks to attach the plate hangers to the shutter.
The white bird cage and Blue & White Shelley tea set now grace the coffee table. No real big changes, but just enough to satisfy the Spring redecorating urge ;)
I spent the week working on my Easter gifts. I'm proud of this one and machine quilted it the same as the Christmas one I did a few years back. Sorry for the out-of-focus pic, those are not buttons in the centre of the "flowers" but fabric circles. Of course I had enough fabric left over to make some mug rugs.
This afternoon I'll be making a couple of wee gift bags for the Chocolate Easter bunnies I have to give away. Should be fun, Thanks Mibs for the pattern! Before I forget, I was Bad again last week and purchased more fabric for my Lucy Boston @ our Guild meeting. So I guess I'll have to get back to stitching POTC blocks next week!
Today's phrase of the week is
Pareidolia - a psychological phenomena involving a stimulus (imagined or real) wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern where none actually exists.
Hope you're enjoying your sunny Sunday first day of spring.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Movie Time ?

Once again I did not go to the movie, sorry ladies but I'm just done in by the end of the week. Would love to have joined you. I sure hope my friends aren't offended and stop inviting me. It's just the end of winter blas/I'm soooo tired, nothing personal, but then again they're both retired ladies! Luckily today is warmer and sunny which always makes me feel rejuvenated :)
The local fabric store was having another of their famous 50% off one day sales, so I split from mother's early and dropped in to shop. Guess who else I saw there ..... a coupe of our Sew What's ladies ! Here's my next project which I hope to complete before Easter,  "in my spare time".
Lots of greys, yellows and purple/pink. Hoping this looks as good done as it does in my head!
And of course I managed one more POTC Lucy block
So here's this week's phrase, this one I found rather interesting

 Nature Faking - purposefully fabricating details about the material world - those who depict the natural world with excessive sentiment