Saturday, August 30, 2014


I love Annabelle hydrangeas.   I was out driving in the country and noticed a clump, so I stopped and picked a few for the dining room table.
Great find on a drive!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Autumn Fabrics

I was out to lunch with 3 of my quilting friends and we decided to do a fabric exchange first.
We would give each other 10 - 5 inch strips.
I bagged mine in a brown bag with a vintage button sign I found on-line.
The fabrics I chose were mostly turquoise and blacks.   The other ladies all went with fall fabrics.
They were all so pretty and co-ordinated, that I've started an autumn lap quilt for the sofa.   First 3 blocks done.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


QWERTY is the most common modern-day keyboard layout. The name comes from reading the first six keys appearing on the top left letter row of the keyboard.

I've been an Executive Assistant for my 40+ year career, and I've always wanted an old manual typewriter to display to represent that.   The really old Underwoods are quite pricey.   I was in a new store in Port Perry on the weekend (when I was lunching with the ladies) and there, on the bottom shelf, was this pretty little manual Smith-Corona typewriter.
The price was surprisingly reasonable, so it came home with me.  It now lives on the sofa table under the window in my family room.
I won't be giving up my laptop anytime soon .... but it doesn't have that lovely "zing" when you hit the carriage return!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Garden Star

I've been working on making my garden more interesting and showed you the 'tomato' sign and old window  I added here.

I was out to Port Perry for lunch with the girls and bought a tin star for the fence.   It came in black, but of course I wanted a different colour ... so out came the spray paint.   A lovely 'Colonial Red'.
Two seconds to dry in this heat ... then up on the fence.   A mottled red with the black showing through.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I've been Robbed!

I've been robbed!    I came home from work the other day, set up myself in the office and continued working.   Then I had to get something from my bedroom.    DISASTER!!!
Every drawer from my chest, armoire and bed tables was dumped upside down on the bed.   Purses and shoe boxes were pulled from shelves in my closet.    What a mess.    My jewellery box was upside down on the chest and every last bit of good jewellery I owned was gone.   Rings, bracelets, necklaces .... EVERYTHING.
Police Car
The police came and took a report, but weren't very optimistic that I would get anything back.  Next I called my insurance provider.   They were very sympathetic and asked for a list of the items missing. Then they asked for pictures .... Pictures ..... really??

I went through all my scrapbooks, but usually when I take photos it is a casual affair.   Not really time to pile on the jewels.   I pulled out all my old SD cards from my digital camera and started reviewing. Couple pictures showing a ring, a necklace, and then I hit the motherload!

Thank god I blog.   I had done an post on organizing and had taken a picture of my jewellery box.   There it was, all in one spot.   Proof of ownership.
*I actually didn't use the photo, I had second thoughts due to security

I can't stress how important it is to have pictures of your valuables.   Your jewellery box ... anything you would hate to lose.  Really all your belongings.

As bloggers, we probably have more photos of our homes than most people, so we have a head start.
But get your cameras out and snap away.   It may come in handy one day.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Similar but not the Same

I had made two striped pillows for my den sofa.   They are cotton ... but they act like a sponge for cat hair.   They are now completely covered in hair and not easily cleaned.   Strange for cotton.

Anyway I can't stand looking down and seeing so much cat hair, so I have changed the covers.   When I was on Ottawa Street last month, visiting all the fabric shops, I bought 2 24x24 remnants. The fabrics are similar, but not the same.    I did not have a project in mind, but they are now pillows.  

Much better, and even with the larger weave they don't seem to pick up cat hairs.  Hallelujah!!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Adding some interest to the garden

I need to add a bit of interest to the garden.   So I started with making a "Tomatoes" sign.
 I used an old piece of fencing and painted it gray.   Then painted on 'Tomatoes' in red, sanded it back and rubbed on a stain.  Instant age.
Next, I added an old window frame that has been in the basement forever.
By the time I get all the flagstone laid, it  will be 'looking good'!