Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A little late but hey it's cold outside!

With these days of relentless cold and wind and snow and .....----cold... It seemed like a good time to pick up something I've been meaning to do for a long time. (Read: didn't get this done for Christmas). This is the first piece in the kit, and now I will attempt the cup of hot cocoa. It's a lot warmer making these than actually donning the skates and going out there all bundled up. This is a kit ordered from "Posie Gets Cozy"...aka the amazing Alicia Paulson. If you like a little bit of handwork, this might be just right for you. Check out the site anyway, there are lots of darling little kits to choose from. I love blanket stitch :)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Two for Two in awards shows

Don't care what you say. I loved it all. Loved the fashions, no matter what, loved the production, loved the crowd and particularly loved the selection of awards. I was so pleased that "Birdman" came out on top and as well "Budapest Hotel's" great accolades. All in all a splendid night. This may change the tone and rolling eyes when I pronounce that I LOVE Lady Gaga. She's so talented and smart and I can't think of a better rendition to celebrate 50 YEARS of sound of music. Well done all.

In the very slight chance that you missed it last she is, in all her glory. Bravo Oscars 2015!

Photo Credits: All web and Vanity Fair

Monday, February 16, 2015

Cleaning up

I am valiantly trying to tidy/clear/clean up my studio/Gordon's old room/4th. bedroom. It all started because I was trying to find a file folder of paper dolls that I had saved from Mary Engelbreit's magazines ~ a lifetime ago. One thing led to another and I'm in the thick of it now. Fortunately, the sub-arctic weather here is conducive to indoor activities, so I'm not missing anything other than frozen nostrils out-of-doors.

Did you ever hear this totally appropriate and totally silly poem?

"Little Willie from his mirror
Licked the mercury right off
Thinking in his childish error
It would cure the whooping cough.

At the funeral his mother
Smartly said to Mrs. Brown;
"T'was a chilly day for Willie
When the mercury went down!""

Anonymous....{As if anyone is going to own up to this ditty :)}

As you can tell by now, I am on a work avoidance program at the moment. These are a few other things I found, and by putting them here, I can keep tabs on where they might turn up. It's good to clear up, it's quite another to remember where everything was put! From an ancient Martha Stewart Good Things Made Even Better. I may have to suss out a few of these jars, but I have unearthed a plethora of mason jars in my travails of late.

I am definitely going to do this collection this Easter. Whilst I was in the Valentine's aisle the other day, I turned around and there were the Easter bunnies popping their heads up in eager anticipation of their festival. It will take me from now until the beginning of April to cobble all of this together, so I will start now.

In a similar vein, I will also be doing this. Another of Martha's organizing tips. Say what you will, these are cool.

Hope you are all safe and warm inside on this Family Day (in Canada) and President's Day (USA). I know, I'll make Nanaimo Bars right now.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Another one

You knew I would have to do this. Another pick from The Grammys. The ads for the Disney movie McFarland have started to air here now. Looks like a movie I will like. Kevin Costner. Love this song and I just know you will be moving your hips to this one.

....Let's do it "Together" ~ Juntos

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

In case you missed it

I really loved the Grammys this year. Some are saying they were too slow and old....calling them "the Grannies"....that's probably why I liked them. Indeed. I loved the pairings young and "experienced", and really wish I could find an official video of this Ed Sheeran song that was performed with Herbie Hancock, John Mayer and Questlove, they are prohibited at the moment. The one I have copied here is the official Ed Sheeran video.

Reviewing it, I realized that this could indeed be The Professor and me, dancing at the Faculty Club :) It amuses me that the lyrics are so "youthful"...."When your legs don't work like they used to before.....I will be lovin' you till we're 70"..... Fortunately my soul really is evergreen and this is how I always feel I look on the dance floor (if only) and that's what counts. :) Indeed.

Friday, February 6, 2015

What I have in common

The Professor and I love "The Big Bang Theory". The other night an episode came on with Sheldon attending to a sick Amy Farrah Fowler. I soon realized that every single one of her flannel nightgowns was one that I too own! I still have them. "Lanz of Salzburg". Started in the 70's and told recently by one of the other girls to quit it, and move on. I did. I started ordering LLBean flannel gowns. So, by the way, did the other girl :) Amy Farrah Fowler has a couple of those too.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Day After

The day after goundhog day and a split decision ~ no matter what ~ it's winter here! Thought you might enjoy a rendition of The Piano Guys playing a mix of Vivaldi's "Winter" and the ever popular "Frozen". How totally appropriate.

The sun is shining brightly today and the wind has dropped. Still bitterly cold, but's CANADA and it's WINTER. Enjoy.

Close the back door now and go and shovel out the front!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Last Class

After 4 consecutive Saturday afternoons in January, yesterday was our last class. This was such a fun gathering with so much shared, learned and enjoyed. I cannot tell you how gratifying hand work is, and in the words of our illustrious leader Carolanne..."There is something poetic about a well groomed needle and thread".

There was only one class member who finished her project. Joan opted to make two complementary cushion covers. You can see from the photo that she used Valdani variegated quilting thread. The tones in her thread tied the two rather different pieces together in a most charming way.

She worked with Carolanne to assemble her pieces and voila! Wonderful to finish something :)

The always fabulous Mel dove right in with her stunning colour pick. This will be an astrological masterpiece ....eventually :) There are many twists and turns to the universe!

Whenever it came time for a piece to be basted, hands appeared atop ~ and job done in no time. This gorgeous trio made light work of Mel's universe ....ready to quilt.

And THIS is Erica. Coerced by her 5 year old daughter's Christmas present...because "Good Mummies" know how to sew...Erica fashioned her own blocked top and chose Pearl Cotton to quilt her story-reading-cozy-lap quilt. It is also rumoured that she is an uber-fan of date squares and has a wicked good sense of humour.

Miss Esthr (yes that IS how she spells it) is working on a quilted quote! It is total brilliance. She is using different coloured threads and we all await seeing the oeuvre finished.

Our fearless leader Caroleanne Graham manages to answer all questions, conquer all difficulties with total elan, and make everyone smile while doing so. She is a master at handwork and if you ever have the chance, I would recommend her as a teacher extraordinaire!

NOW. Here is someone who put me over the moon. This sweet woman Yvonne is doing probably the most creative thing I've ever seen. This is a tear away design of the Haptic Lab Constellation Quilt! I had never heard of this shop in Brooklyn NY. Oh what a delicious find for the quilting Mamère of an Astrophysicist! I almost couldn't breathe. Needless to say this will be one of my upcoming projects.

There are so many ways to approach this work of art. Yvonne was SO generous about sharing her method and decisions on materials etc. Again, another shout out to Valdani, this time SILK thread to quilt this one. Yvonne thinks it's the best thing ever and she should know - she is attempting the entire Milky Way in french knots!

It is always inspirational to see what others have chosen to do and their method of execution. So many great ideas and usage of fabrics lead to endless possibilities. Each one agrees that having a scheduled time frame helps with carrying on with the project and we all look forward to a binding class when all our stitches are in place.

If you are in the Toronto area and even if you are not, you might enjoy looking at the class calendar in this adorable space.

Photo Credit: Carolanne Graham by Karyn Valino Workroom website