Sunday, August 30, 2009

Classes Anyone?

Thanks Carmi for making me aware of these classes. I've just signed up for the following. Any takers? I'm thinking about the "Memory Quilts & More" class (October 16) at the Creative Sewing Convention...can't locate my partner in Crime (Irene) yet, so I'm still cruising the list.

Garden Bracelet, Friday, Sept. 18 [1-4 p.m.]

All That Brass 1 - Charm Bracelet, Saturday, Sept. 19 [9-12a.m.]

Canadian Bead Oasis Shows

All Credits: Canadian Bead Oasis Shows

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Teddy Kennedy

This was the song sung at the Memorial for Teddy Kennedy on Friday evening.

Friday, August 28, 2009


It's really hard not to be intimidated by my bloggy friends. Well, intimidated may not be the totally correct word, perhaps "overstimulated", would be better. It's so funny how the string goes. Irene starts by talking about peaches, Lennie ends up actually baking a peach pie, and true to the 'Lenster Approach' that's not good enough. No, Lennie has to make the pie into a photo-shoot, and THEN, take that photo off the camera, Photoshop it into a delectable picture and post an amazing and all. Meanwhile, I'm trying to set the pace to LANGUISHING in SALONS. I guess no one could find the appropriate chairs. I'm going to find out where Lennie lives and go over there and have MEATLOAF!

Whoops, NO I'M NOT....because Carmi has got the chubby girl up and running again, and that IS on my purpose list. Not only is Carmi pumping out cards and goo-ga's with a Christmas theme already, but she is also going to be starring on the Shopping Channel on Monday. Good Grief! I wondered why she was thinking about Marie Osmond, apparently it wasn't anything to do with becoming a Mormon. Who knew? I guess I can file this under my "organization" tab.

Then Susan Williamson, who has been hiding her light under a bushel for awhile comes blasting out of hiding and makes me realize that I should probably be doing much more with my camera than I am...AND, making use of Lennie's (the instigator) free textures and tutorials.

Let's see...who else....OH....NANCY! Good grief. She's only showing her art works in two major shows around town. In her spare time she's shopped till she dropped in NYC with Ludgera and taken yet another course, which will, no doubt yield more "inspiration" ...duly covered in WAX.

Karen's off to Japan, Marissa's strolling in the park, Martha's maddly sewing away, and Billi Jo is gearing up for the Clothing Show while being true to her Manifesto and actually losing the weight that I should be. She's not fussing about meatloaf!

You see, this is why I LOVE Sharon. She's down there at the bottom of the blog roll, minding her own business and not requiring anything new of me. Sharon, want to meet me downtown and we can languish over a coffee???

I'm not even linking to these wonderfully creative can check out their blogs on my sidebar. I read them daily. It's quite "intimidating"? Yes, that's the word.

Photo Credit: Anne Geddes...whose website I've joined, changed my google page which flips over every hour and is all about babies.

Taking a run at it

I'm trying to work my way back into "regular working hours". I have to make a run at getting out of the "Summer Schedule" and into getting myself organized. This is waaay beyond lists. This is OVERHAULING. I have to adjust sleep hours, exercise routines, diet regimes, organize purposeful educational projects, and get at the mounting pile of reading material. I only have four months left to be producing all things "baby".

I think I need an iPhone. I know I WANT an iPhone...none are available at this moment.

We found out for certain today that we are expecting a "Pink" granddaughter in January. I only have 4 months left. Hanky Blankies, little sweaters, toy boxes, memory albums....Help!

Today is the like the start of a whole new year. I'm going to spend next week gearing up and then hit the road at full tilt after "Labour Day". What a fitting pun.

hat tip: Carole Page
Credits: Anne Geddes

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Bring back the Salon

I've been spending a lot of time with extended family these past few weeks and after one rather scintillating afternoon luncheon, I wondered why we ever gave up the concept of "The Salon".

Jean François de Troy (Paris 1679 - Rome 1752), Reading from Molière around 1728, Oil on canvas, 72.4 x 90.8 cm; Collection late Marchioness of Cholmondeley, Houghton
"A salon is a gathering of stimulating people of quality under the roof of an inspiring hostess or host, partly to amuse one another and partly to refine their taste and increase their knowledge through conversation and readings, often consciously following Horace's definition of the aims of poetry, "either to please or to educate" ("aut delectare aut prodesse est"). The salons, commonly associated with French literary and philosophical salons of the 17th century and 18th century, were carried on until quite recently in urban settings among like-minded people of a 'set': many 20th-century salons could be instanced."

I would love to have a Salon like this where you could languish in those wonderful chairs. The latest attempt at "Book Clubs" is just not the same.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Spam...the blogger's nightmare

Things were going along quite well until yesterday and I started getting "Spam" messages on my blog because I removed the word verification process from my comment feature. Now I have removed the spam comments and reactivated the word verification. This means that those of you who are bothered by having to add the scrambled word after your comment will no longer be here, but the spam is invasive...tricky balance.

I'm off for a couple of weeks and just watching the blog, so hopefully this new setting will settle things down. Don't worry if you see that I've removed comments, they were only advertisements.

Back in a while!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wonderland Photography

Did you know that Lewis Carroll was also a photographer? I did not. Until a picture turned up on my daily calendar.

Photo Credit: Wakeling

Reading for a rainy day if you're interested.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Happy Anniversary

I chose this rendition of Ian and Sylvia because it was played on a record player just like this in "our" day, and is as scratchy and well worn as we are after 41 years!
Still crazy after all of this time.

This was one of our favourites, and still is.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Canada's National Symbol

It was a really slow t.v. night and I got watching "Just for Laughs". I had not heard of Danny Bhoy and thought his routine was pretty good. This is another of his routines - of course on YouTube.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Nervous Nellies

On our way home one day, in Maine, we swung by "Nervous Nellie's Jams and Jellies" over on Deer Isle. We were on the hunt for blueberry jam, but came across much, much more. Turns out that the several acres of grounds are covered in whimsical sculptures.

"The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat,.............

And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon "

The proprietor's Mother had read the poem at her wedding....our daughter's wedding had this inscription on a mirror.........

We have to hurry home now, but we could have stayed and walked in the woods for hours!

Nervous Nellie's Link
Credit: The Owl and the Pussycat - Edward Lear

Blueberries and Maine

One of the neatest things about Maine, other than Lobsters, is blueberries.
Picking them.
I only ever remember picking high bush blueberries. In the grove near our cottage, there were several blueberry bushes that afforded a handful or two in passing. In Maine, we were near the ground and delicately picking amongst the straw grasses.

Robert McCloskey spent summers on Scott Island, Maine. We were not too far from Deer Isle where McCloskey lived with his wife and two daughters, on whom the characters in the book are supposedly based. I love making connections like this to old beloved books. Remember "Make Way for Ducklings"? Same author.

If you picked about a cup of teeny tiny blueberries, and left them on the counter, you could pretty much expect to find fresh muffins the next morning at breakfast. Thanks Ellen!

Now I'm still craving blueberries and am trying all sorts of recipes. I've taste tested one from the Magnolia Bakery cookbook and another from Muffin Mania. Next week I have my niece visiting. I hope she likes blueberries.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Look at the Moon!


One night as Dick lay fast asleep,
Into his drowsy eyes
A great still light began to creep
From out the silent skies.
It was the lovely moon's, for when
He raised his dreamy head,
Her surge of silver filled the pane
And streamed across his bed.
So, for a while, each gazed at each-
Dick and the solemn moon-
Till, climbing slowly on her way,
She vanished, and was gone.

By Walter de la Mare

Ever notice that despite champagne bubbles, Lawrence Welk was sponsored by Geritol?

Know what this is?

Dana is my "Gizmo Guru". She loves gadgets and usually I end up with all sorts of things from shower squeegees to the latest....a Memory Card Reader. I know, I know, you probably are all aware of this neat little thing, but clearly I have just not payed attention to this little technical marvel.

It was revealed to me when we couldn't find cords to move my photos to Dana's computer. She quickly whips out the card reader, removes the card from my camera, and Bob's your uncle!

Since we don't have Radio Shack here anymore...I think they are now called "The Source", we happened to be near one and I took advantage of the sales staff's knowledge and got a universal model that will accommodate all cards.

Very Cool.

It still hasn't propelled me to doing the transfer task any quicker, but it certainly cuts down of carrying all those darn cords when you travel. Neat! for sure.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Think Pink

I know, I know, I lied. Here I am again. The most recent update.

Today's ultrasound while not totally conclusive because of the umbilical cord in the way, so it's not 100%, but pretty sure


There will be another more conclusive scan in 3 weeks and then all will be revealed. Can't wait.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Maine Again

One of our very first outings in Blue Hill, Maine unearthed an antique shop of all things French. The very first table I spied had some wonderful large monogrammed linen napkins of the "huge size" variety [presumably to cover the large dresses worn]. The monogram was "LM". I held my breath as the shop keeper sloooowly brought down the price. I really agonized as it was the first day and if this was so alluring, what would come up later? I took my usual poll...should I, or shouldn't I, and everyone, including the professor via cell phone said "DO IT!!!"
He only said that because they are his initials as well:)

Days later, I returned and scooped them up.

Click on picture to enlarge

There were so many things I wanted, but only so much that I could carry home on the aircraft, on my own - not to mention 'Customs' which always freaks me out! The box of silk threads could not be left behind, and the little black tags with the numbers were intended to be sewn into gloves to indicate the size. I deliberated over the entire box-load and got a yard of several different pieces.

The blue book underneath is not just a prop, but a first edition with an intriguing card stuck inside the cover with old stamps.

The owners of the shop do their hunting in Lyon, as Paris is more expensive. They did some very good picking. Now - to plan the dinner party.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

More Maine

The road trip to Maine that Dana and I took in July celebrated 40 years of friendship. One day 40 years ago we set out and traveled through Canada to my family and Nova Scotia. This time it was to her family and Maine.

We inspire each other. We decided to knit hats and felt them. This is the pattern we spied in a little Blue Hill knitting shop.

This is my rendition, still drying on an old antique milliner's form that I always wondered what I would do with. I'm still not sure it's my head size. We'll see.

It's totally amazing to me that the brim actually rolls up and stays!

On a tip from an adorable waitress in Blue Hill, we explored her mother's yarn shop String Theory Yarn With a name like that, how could we not?

I was enchanted by the store's version using their hand dyed variegated yarns of a little jacket just small enough to fit a tiny one.
Like string theory itself, (Jane will get this) this little piece of work is giving me no end of trouble. I may have to go back to Maine for tutorials! Dana is being much more sensible and knitting scarves for the little niece and nephews.

Credits: Fiber Trends, String Theory, Schoolhouse Press