Sunday, November 23, 2014

What I did yesterday

You may remember my goodbye post from last December. Puddles was the puppy we got from a friend the second summer we were in this house. She developed cancer of the facial mask and at her age it was better to put her down.

This house has now been almost a year without a dog. I don't think I have ever gone that long without a poochie. If nothing else it really gave me time to mourn the loss of my friend. Dh and I have been discussing getting a new dog for a while. This time we wanted a small dog; actually we have decided to each get our own. But we don't want puppies, and we prefer to "rescue" them.

We had a lead two weeks ago on a small poodle type, that the lady was looking for a new home for her two year old dog because she was moving into a residence and could not take it with her. I debated about whether or not we were ready, especially as we are moving into the winter season. By the time I called, the dog was already promised...but to her granddaughter, so I was pleased for them.

Moving on, I decided to check out a local shelter website that I used to visit often, but only found a German shepherd. Too big for us! Though there was mention of a yorkshire becoming available soon, so I emailed them on Wednesday, spoke to the lady on Thursday who would have brought the dog by that afternoon, but I was on my way out to work so that was impossible. Told her I would be by on the weekend.

Yesterday morning, I checked the website before we left, and now there was a picture up of a chihuahua. Dh does not like this breed, yet amazingly enough told me to check out both dogs when we got there and see if  "either one does it for me". So off we is like a 45 minute drive one way. Can you believe that the yorkshire was adopted on Friday?!

So I got to meet the chihuahua. The lady at the shelter is not sure how old she is, but she seems in good form. She does not bark, she may be deaf or almost deaf (I really cannot confirm this yet). She is so very, very tiny weighing in at about 4 lbs. But she looks like a fox, and is ginger coloured. I left her in the car with my husband for 5 minutes while I went to check out a beagle (NOT happening!) and when I came back, Dh and "Ginger" had bonded. So I now have my very own chi chi! I was concerned what would happen if the original owner came looking for her, but was told highly unlikely as she had been a "drop and run" at the shelter. The lady also lowered the price as the yorkshire was gone before I got there. This ended up being perfect, as it was exactly what I needed to spend on food, leash, and dishes.

She and Harpo the cat are getting along okay. I am so glad! I got a free doggie pillow when I bought the bag of dog food...just perfect, she has spent the night there. So far though she prefers the taste of the cat's food to hers. I'll have to talk to the vet about that, as that is where I buy my kitty food...special urinary tract stuff as Harpo is prone to infection. Not cheap! but cheaper than the vet bills for sure. are the two photos I snagged from the shelter's website...just until we can start taking our own. She is a cuddly little thing!

Presenting . . . Ginger

I am a proud new mom!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

New Hop - WE SUPPORT YOU - signups open

You don't have to go far these days to here of someone affected by cancer.

When Mdm Samm learned of some near and dear within our quilting community were afflicted she did what she does so well 
and put forth her cry  asking if any are willing 
to create and celebrate community.   

We Support YOU ! was born.

This is the newest hop created and hosted 
by Mdm Samm of Sew We Quilt 
and organized and cheered 
by Pat Callihan of Life in the Scrapatch.

Join us in a worldwide community celebration of love and hope 
by making a 3' x 2 1/2' bra in support of those with cancer. 
Pattern designed and provided by Mdm Samm
free of charge to hop participants

Just think what you could do with this creation . . . wall hanging, tote bag, pillow, and the embellishments . . . embroidery, applique, whatever your sew creative mind can come up with! 

Think how loved and SUPPORTED 
these courageous people in your life will feel. 
Or make a great charity gift item . . . there are no limits.

Visit this link for all the information and sign up directions.

I can't wait to show MY support 
this awful disease has/is afflicting several of my friends and family.

I understand that there are still a few spots in the

Fab, fab, fabulous cross stitch - pinny - tammy bag hop.
Click on the image for the link to learn more.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Blogathon Canada 2014 - Day 5

Good day, and welcome to my little corner of Quebec!

Rawdon is a municipality located on the Ouareau River in southwestern Quebec, Canada, about 60 kilometers north of Montreal. It is the seat for the Regional County Municipality of Matawinie, in the Lanaudière region. Wikipedia   (area 193 km²)
Should you ever be out this way, here is a link to a list of activities.

A big thank you to Sew Sisters for hosting this event 3 years running...and to our other sponsors: Aurifil, Northcott, Camelot Fabrics, Robert Kaufman, Timeless Treasures ... It is great to see the Canadian quilting/blogging community come together and be outspoken at least for one week...and then return quietly to our respective corners. *wink*

And heartfelt gratitude to our two host bloggers today:

Josee of The Charming Needle, and
Janet at Cariboo Crossing Chronicles

I am a crafter, somewhat new to the quilting world. I love to knit, cross stitch, sew, and now quilt also. I read somewhere that quilters love to cut fabric apart into itty bitty pieces and then sew them back together...yup, that describes me!

I also love to participate in the sew creative and fun blog hops with Madame Samm of Sew We has been a year now that I've been tugging on the coattails of some very creative people...and I've been learning so much. Today is actually the last day of the the T'was the night hop...the only hop of the year that I did not participate in.

Here are a few of the things I have done this year...

Ten minute table runner for the Black Tie Boogie blog hop.

My first foray into EPP. This is a needlekeep designed by Debby Kratovil. 
This was for the Kona blog hop in January.

Door stopper

My first foray into paper piecing. I fell in love with the process!

I love to feed squirrels . . . and as a result I have many that come visit me and provide daily entertainment for peanuts (pun intended)

My first full sized quilt is a picnic blanket. Really works more like a table cloth over a picnic table as most of us cannot sit directly on the ground.

I also made my own checker board (Quebec game with 30 tokens per person); using gingham, decorated with chicken scratch stitching and a wooden dowel for the tokens.

My first fabric postcard...see this post for info on the next exchange; sign ups open till Nov. 22

A friend of mine is having a baby (actually she had a boy, named Liam just recently), and this was the baby quilt I made...

New kitchen curtains with RBD gingham, with some hand stitching.

Testing of a paper pieced bear paw for Tartankiwi. Great pattern!

A fabric travel placemat for the Black Cat Crossing blog hop.

A blackwork kitty WIP for halloween next be made into a table runner.

I just love making things; and jumping from blog to blog meeting new people!
Thanks so much for stopping by! 

If you have time, take a look around...I look forward to any comments you may have.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Postcard Exchange

Woo hoo . . . another postcard exchange with Brandy Lynn Designs!

The last one was a maple leaf for Canada Day, and this one is . . .


Click on the image above to sign up between Nov. 1 - 22
and you can make and receive up to 5  postcards.


The process?

1. Sign up (click on the snowflakes for the link)

2. Make your snowflake postcard(s)

3. Take a photo of your postcard(s)

4. Email photo(s) to Brandy Lynn (for the pinterest page)

5. Receive the name(s) and address(es) of your exchange partner(s) (Brandy Lynn sends emails out in the evenings)

6. Mail your postcard(s) (in time for your partner(s) to receive before Christmas)

7. wait impatiently for your card(s) to arrive

The pinterest link with photos of all postcards sent will go live Christmas Day 
(you know . . . for that downtime ~ NOT)

Need a postcard tutorial? Go here . . . My Sweet Prairie Studio

Need postcard supplies? Go here . . . Monika Kinner-Whalen (Etsy shop)

Anything goes as long as you can mail it. 

Mail it naked (i.e. don't use an envelope) postcards are always fun to receive with the postmark. Just be very careful not to use anything that can catch in the postal machinery.

But, if you want to add lots of bling, feel free to use an envelope; there is no requirement not to.

I'd love for you to join in . . . mail is  always fun to receive, 
and really, there is little better than a homemade card!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Blogathon Canada 2014


Let's Celebrate Canadian Quilting Bloggers!

Find new blogs, make new friends and win amazing prizes!

Here's how it works:
Each day host bloggers will introduce themselves and their work on their blogs. They will include links to more blogs from their province so you can visit those blogs as well. The host bloggers will also host a giveaway of some of their favorite goodies from the Sew Sisters store so you have a chance to win every day of the week!

Not only can you win prizes from Sew Sisters on the host bloggers blogs, you can also enter giveaways on Sew Sisters blog during Blogathon week!

These prizes are sponsored by our fabulous co-sponsors:

The Hosts:

Monday, November 17BCStaceyStacey in Stitches
Monday, November 17BCJessicaMomiji Studio
Tuesday, November 18MaritimesLindaScrapmaster
Tuesday, November 18MaritimesLindaStitch Lines
Wednesday, November 19ABKelseyEveryday Fray
Wednesday, November 19ABLeanneShe Can Quilt
Thursday, November 20SKHeatherPeace.Love.Quilt
Thursday, November 20MBLoriNight Owl Quilting
Friday, November 21QCJoséeThe Charming Needle
Friday, November 21TerritoriesJanetCaribou Crossing Chronicles
Saturday, November 22ONLorna Sew Fresh Quilts
Saturday, November 22ONSandyUpstairs Hobby Room

Join the Party:
If you would like for the host blogger from your province or territory to link your blog in her post please write to: and they will add your blog to the list. Please note that you need to be a blogger living in Canada and your blog should have posts about quilting or crafting to be eligible.
Grab the Blogathon Canada Button for your blog so you can have a quick link to all the fun!  

See you on Friday, November linked from The Charming Needle