Saturday, 30 November 2013

Good Bye November

I know I already posted earlier in the week that I cannot believe that November is almost over and with today being the official last day of the month I really cannot believe it!!

Mr.P's office is having their Christmas party tonight which seems WAY TO EARLY, but we are still going. I am still having problems sitting so it should be an interesting evening. Mr.P had now been working with these guys for over a year now so there should be more to talk about vs last year when he had only been officially working in the shop a few weeks before the Christmas party. This year the party is at the wildlife federation in town so we shall be having supper with dozens of stuffed animals....that should be very festive..LOL

I got a bit of  sewing done this week and now it lies in pieces on my cutting table. Although it looks messy I have everything in pairs just ready to be sewn. Ill post more on that on Wednesday.

There was some sad and gross news at our acreage today. Yesterday I found meaty bones in front of the cat door out back. I assumed they had found the muskrat Zada killed and were making a meal of it. Gross, but they are all outdoor cats so not really unexpected. However, today when Mr.P went to feed the cats he noticed that Tiny was missing. He took a quick look around the chicken  cat coop and found Tiny behind a wood pile half eaten!! YUCK YUCK YUCK. So now I am not so sure the bones in front of the coop are muskrat they just might be cat. He was alive and well on Thursday. I usually count all the cats when I feed them just to make sure no one is missing and for the first time in 6 months forgot to check yesterday. I hope that something happened to him and they were just feasting on him after he died, not that the rest of the litter was hungry and just ate him. Even though they are outdoor cats and fend for themselves we still feed them cat food/water everyday so they shouldn't have been THAT hungry. This will be the 2nd kitten in 2 months that has gone missing. We never found Whitey and I am glad that I wasn't the one to find Tiny!

Okay enough about that it is just sad and oh so GROSS. I am off to get a bit more sewing done and then maybe a nap or two while the laundry is washing itself...LOL

Friday, 29 November 2013

Black Friday Bust

I got up early (for me) today to check out all the Black Friday sales online only to find my poor credit card still unused an hour later...LOL

I was mainly looking at fabric and nothing really said BUY ME this year. There were a few things that I could have bought just because they were on sale, but nothing I really needed so I put the credit card back in my wallet.

Quite a few stores in Canada have jumped on the Black Friday Bandwagon. Even here in Saskatchewan there is quite the Black Friday Buzz. Not enough of a buzz for me to get out of my jammies and drive to the city to check out the sales, but the "TV" says that many stores are expecting quite the line ups. 

Since I am having trouble walking I really wanted to get a few items crossed off my list,  however none of the places I am looking at online ship to Canada. I hate when that happens. I guess that is one of the problems of marring a Swiss man with European tastes...lol The other problem is that neither Mr.P nor my mother have given me their wish lists yet so I am shopping blind.

Okay I think I have wasted enough time online today sitting at the pc when I am suppose to be laying down...shhh don't tell anyone! I might even do some sewing...but don't tell anyone that either or ill get my butt kicked and its already pretty sore..LL

Have a great week-end

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Wip 27/11/13



Well here we are at Work in progress Wednesday once again. I as always had big plans for the past week, but they never seem to turn out...lol I have become one of those many lucky pregnant women that get horrible sciatic pain. I'm doing a bit better now,but for the past 5days I have been unable to sit let alone walk. So what happens on the first day I feel a little bit better...I try and get some sewing done and now I am paying for it.im smart like that..lol

My plan was to work on my Christmas table runner and baby quit, but once my bee blocks started coming in my focus changed..lol

For my month in the We Bee Learning bee I asked for 16patch blocks. My plan is to add a few similar blocks with stars in them. Here is theBlock I made with the star

And here is my block with the blocks I have received to date. Three more blocks are on 
their way and I will make two more and that should be enough for a lap quilt.







No progress Items to date (these are projects that have appeared on the to do list for 1 or more months with you guessed it.....no progress
We bee learning 2012 group 2- I am still stuck on a second border for this one. I tried out a bunch of colours again and hate everything....Might just go with white
July 2011 BOM- I have made some progress, but forgot to take a pic!
Wonky Bee quilt: thinking
Bee Creative bee quilt: I only received blocks from 2 people so this quilt is on hold
International stashes: I need to sew blocks together and quilt.
Christmas qal quilt: sandwich and quilt
Fall Wall Hanging-I have started to do a bit of the embroidery
Sew Happy Geek QAL- Blocks  9,10,11 and 12 still need to be done
Table runner- I have pieced this sucker together. Now I just need to get the backing on and quilt it
We Bee Learning group one Quilt- The grey fabric for my sashing came in. Now I need to get to work
2011 BOM- Since it is 2013 you can see I am a bit behind on this one. July-dec still need to be done


I am linking up with WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced and @The Needle and Thread Network.  Make sure you hop on over there and see what everyone else is working on too.
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Monday, 25 November 2013

Not ready for December!

Wow it is the last Monday in November....Where the heck did the rest of the month go!!! It is scary to think that December is really creeping up on us and before we know it Christmas will be over and we will be ringing in 2014!

Personally I find the weeks usually fly by anyhow, but when you are looking forward to something sometimes it feels like you are so focused on the goal that you forget to enjoy the time in between. Maybe that is just me. I am just so excited looking forward to March and meeting this little mystery baby that I keep forgetting to stop and smell the roses along the way. 

Part of the problem as well is that this will be the 1st Christmas without my Dad and for as much as i really love celebrating Christmas I just want to skip over it this year. Ever since I was about 5 my Dad and I would have a special Christmas shopping day, just the two of us. We would go to the mall he would buy me the prettiest dress we could find, do some shopping for Mom, have lunch and then see a movie. Although I spent a lot of time with my Dad and we did go shopping other times it was the best day of the year for me. We continued on that tradition every year until this past December. Starting in grade 11 we also attended the annual father-daughter festival of tree's supper and kept up that tradition as well until it got to be the same thing year after year. So we decided to still get dressed up and go out for supper just the two of us, but at a restaurant of our choosing. Last year we didn't go out for supper as my Dad was pretty stressed out awaiting biopsy results that he was sure were going to be cancer. Our shopping day was also cut short as he just had too many thing on his mind. He told me he would make it up to me next year, but he didn't live long enough for that to happen. So you can understand why I would rather December go by as quickly as possible.

You know your Dad is going to pass away some day, I just always thought I would be in my 60's when that happened with children and grandchildren of my own. It never occurred to me it would happen when I was 32 and pregnant with my first child.

Okay this is not where I planed this post to go at all, but I must have needed to get that out and now it is out and I can move on. Thanks for listening and I promise my other posts this week will be much more positive!

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Blogathon Canada

Today's is Saskatchewan's day to shine during Blogathon Canada

Our lovely provincial host is Flo from Butterfly Quilting
 (click her blog title to take you to her wonderful blog. I promise you wont be disappointed!!
Flo is also giving a "Shout Out" to some fellow Saskatchewan bloggers. So make sure to check them out too :)

SewSistersQuiltShop

Please click the link above for the full schedule and a chance to win some great prizes.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

WIP 20/11/13

I was able to get a little bit of work done yesterday. I mainly spent the time cleaning up my craft room which resulted in it getting messier than before, but at least I made a bit of a dent.

I made a wonky star block for Vickey as part of the Bee’s Helping Bee’s project.(click the button on the sidebar to learn more) I really love making this block, because it is easy and always come together nicely.

I have at least 40 Christmas/ baby things that I want to start making so my want to be wip list is pretty long. I am not going to list them all since it will be too overwhelming. However, there are two items from no progress list that fit the bill and I am going to move them up to current WIP’s

The two items I am going to put on and try to get done are

Complete Christmas table runner: Stop thinking and start doing something!!

Baby quilt-cut out, assemble, and quilt


No progress Items to date (these are projects that have appeared on the to do list for 1 or more months with you guessed it.....no progress
We bee learning 2012 group 2- I am still stuck on a second border for this one. I tried out a bunch of colours again and hate everything....Might just go with white
July 2011 BOM- I have made some progress, but forgot to take a pic!
Wonky Bee quilt: thinking
Bee Creative bee quilt: I only received blocks from 2 people so this quilt is on hold
International stashes: I need to sew blocks together and quilt.
Christmas qal quilt: sandwich and quilt
Fall Wall Hanging-I have started to do a bit of the embroidery
Sew Happy Geek QAL- Blocks  9,10,11 and 12 still need to be done
Table runner- I have pieced this sucker together. Now I just need to get the backing on and quilt it
We Bee Learning group one Quilt- The grey fabric for my sashing came in. Now I need to get to work
2011 BOM- Since it is 2013 you can see I am a bit behind on this one. July-dec still need to be done


I am linking up with WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced and @The Needle and Thread Network.  Make sure you hop on over there and see what everyone else is working on too.
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Thursday, 14 November 2013

Zada's Big Day

**** Warning this story and these pictures may be offensive to some people****

Yesterday we had beautiful weather. It actually hit +3C which was a nice break from the -20C we were having the few days prior. Since it was so nice I let Zada sit outside with the cats on the front steps. Its always nice and sunny there and better than being inside. I had to put her on her leash though since she will run off to investigate (aka finding frozen cat poop to dig up and eat)

After checking on her to make sure all was well and she wasn't too cold I went back to watch some t.v when all of a sudden I hear her chain hitting the railing on the steps. Nothing too uncommon as she does walk around, however this sound was soon accompanied by her growling, yelping and barking. I ran(fast walked) to the door to see what was going on only to find her in the space between the house and the steps fighting something. My first thought was that the cats (we have 7 now 3 adult 4 kittens) finally pissed her off and she was killing one of them. So I opened the door and went outside barefoot to start yelling at her. I quickly did a cat tally and they were all there. So I peaked over the railing to see what she was fighting and low and behold I thought it was a little beaver....lol I know I live in Canada and yes there are likely beavers within a 10km radius of our place, but we live in a hamlet so the chances would be EXTREMELY small.

I ran to the phone to call Mr.P to see what I should do. Should I pull her off of it (stupid idea for a pregnant lady), get the gun out and shoot(with my bad aim i would shoot the dog) or just wait and see what happens. Well by the time I got him on the phone she quickly snapped its neck and dragged it out to where I could get a better look.The whole fight was 2mins in total tops. Turns out it was a big nasty ole muskrat....YUCK. So it was beaver like and I wasn't totally crazy...LOL


The blood in both pictures is Zada's and not the muskrat. 



No idea why a muskrat would be that close to the front of our house. Like I said there were 8 rodent hating animals sitting right there on the steps and it was stupid enough to get that close. You think it would be able to smell them and at least stay the distance the leash went away.

Zada came out of it with only a small injury. Her shots are up to date so we are not too worried. After she rolled all over the muskrat I made her roll in the snow for a good 10mins so I hope that got off anything that she could have caught from it.

I had to get a shovel and carry the muskrat out back otherwise Zada would chew on it and so would the cats, birds or whatever else wanted to come into the yard. I cursed the whole time because it was gross and I am girly. I yell at spiders and this was a lot bigger than a spider...LOL

So that was Zada's (and my) big adventure yesterday. Today I am hoping to have enough energy to get some sewing done!

Have a great day





Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Bee's Helping Bee's

As some of you may recall I started up a flickr group back in April called Bee's Helping Bee's. The concept behind this group is for quilters to help fellow quilters in making....... (insert drum-roll here)........ yep you guessed it quilt blocks!

So many of us quilters in the online community are part of virtual quilting bee's. Unfortunately there are times when you don't end up getting all of your blocks. When that happens there are two options ..give up on the quilt or make the blocks yourself. 

However, now there is a third option. 


Join our group Bee's Helping Bee's. Post a thread on the blocks you are missing and within in minutes there will be lovely people popping in to say they would love to help you.

Are you reading this and thinking I could sure use some help on finishing up some quilt blocks, but I wasn't in an online bee. Well guess what!! We will help you too!!

The only rule to the group is that if you post a thread requiring help you have to help out at least one other person.

Right now we have three lovely ladies that need some help with some pretty easy blocks. If the words Woven Ribbons, Heart Blocks and Wonky Stars get your sewing foot a itchin.
click the link http://www.flickr.com/groups/beeshelpingbees/ to see if you can help out.

Have a great day!




Monday, 4 November 2013

Darn it!

On friday night the local weather announcers informed us that there was a storm a brewing on the coast of B.C that would and should be heading right for us here in Saskatchewan. This storm was going to bring 10-15cm of snow and cooler temps that would likely mean the snow was going to be here to stay.
 Now I don't have enough fingers or toes to count the number of times I have heard news like that for things to change and the weather doesn't quite end up as they predicted......However, this time they were right...... DARN IT.
 It started with rain Sunday morning about 3am and  luckliy for us in this area it only started to turn to snow by 6pm. Nonetheless as not to be left out we got dumped on too...so 
HELLO WINTER for the next 6 months....LOL
I thought this pic would look artsy because of the ice crystal in the door window.....but nope..LOL


Have a great day