Sunday, June 1, 2014

That time of the Month...

It would beem I am becoming a monthly blogger. I really hope that changes. I enjoy writing and it is a good record for me when my memory does not always serve me well. My last blog post was to "show off" a couple of items for the Schnibbles Parade and it is that time of the month again, so guess what?
Yup! More schnibbles and another parade. The last one till Fall. As much as I enjoy them I have to say I am kind of happy for the break because I have a several projects that I have committed to that really need to get made this summer.
It has been a busy month...catching up on things here at home, a mini retreat with my quilting buddies, a trip to Ontario for family business, a couple rounds of company, painting the front and back steps ans decks outside, yard work and making a baby quilt.(my schnibbles for this month)
The painting job turned out well. The side entry really needed sprucing up. With prospective buyers visiting the house first impressions are important.

A new mat and...


A cheery pot of pansies atop an antique stool, and 
Revamped wreath for the door...


A friendly rooster to "how doodle you do" , along with fresh coat of paint was just what this entry needed.


I have one other thing I want to do but I need to pick up something in town next trip. I will share pics when i get it done.

Sue and I both made our Schnibbles into baby quilts this month. It is always good to have a baby quilt on hand. The pattern this month is called X rated, and I lucked out and didnt have to order the pattern because I have all of Carries books and this pattern is one of them.

Sue made her quilt scrappy and I just love it! The colours are so pretty. Well done Sue!


As you can probably see, Sue has hers quilted and bound! 
I on the other hand just have a "flimsy" to show this month. Once I get moved to the cottage I hope to get it and several other pieces quilted and bound....we'll see...

My baby quilt is made with Woodland by Natalie Lymer of Cinder erry Stitches

I only had one charm pack so I had to change things up a bit and do solid borders, but I think it came together okay for what i had on hand. 


Hopefully next post will be from the cottage. I have some fun things planned for the month of June; hopefully they will materialize!

I leave you with a photo from my May calendar page...it made me smile every time I looked at it.


Go ahead and try it..








Thursday, May 1, 2014

Catching Up


It has been ages since I blogged. The internet was sketchy all the way home so I had little opportunity to post about our doings and then once we unlocked the doors to home, it seemed there was so much to get caught up on. Five months of mail was a major undertaking, catching up with appointments, friends and family; never mind the unpacking and all the dust and cobwebs! 

Before long the end of the month was hovering around and I still had not even started my contribution to the AYOS Parade. All I can say is this. I am glad it was not a big project!

Before I show you the parade entries from Sue and I, let me give you a quick recap of the trip home. After Texas, we drove to Pensacola, Florida to have a short visit with friends. My first trip along the Gulf Coast. 


It was extremely foggy that day and visibility was poor. You will have to believe me that the Gulf of Mexico is out there beyond all the white...and for my friends in Canada, NO that is not snow drifted on the centre line of the highway...it is fine white sand...everywhere, and YES, it blows around and drifts like our snow. 
For those of you following the dramatic weather in the U.S. Right now, you may know that Florida has been hit hard with heavy winds and extreme rainfall causing flooding. Our friends are safe but many in that area of Pensacola were hit very hard. 




These photos are of the very sections of highway we drove on just 3 weeks ago. Absolutely frightening!

While in Florida, we of course visited Disney World Epcot Center and Universal Studios, and The Kennedy Space Center. All very interesting...especially the Space Center. I have to say that being at Universal Studios and riding a bicycle up into a starry night sky with E.T. in the basket was quite a thrill as well. 



I chose not to mess with the Transformers though! I found it best to deal with them at a distance.


Have you ever had Dippin Dots? Well it was a first for Mr. O and I as well. We thought we were standing in line for ice cream cones...nope!


They are like little ice cream flavoured hail stones...much colder and harder than ice cream.
I had Oreo Cookie crumb and Mr O had Choc. Chip Cookie dough. Tasty, refreshing and cold, but definitely not ice cream cones!




Of course we also saw several of these....


No they were not in a zoo..but in the wild! Reason #1 for me not to live in Florida...and all this time I thought the heat would be the biggest deterrent. Give me mosquitoes any day!

After Florida we spent another week on the road, but I will save that for later. It's late and I don't want to miss the parade. Our project this month was a little different. It was not a Schnibbles pattern but a quilters choice of any of the Thimble Blossoms mini quilt patterns. We chose Round & Round mini.


Sue made her mini using the Quilt Diva collection of fabric and rather than just having a mini quilt, she turned hers into a tote!


How cute us this?
I used a small charm pack of Mistletoe Manor wovens and then added some hand embroidery.




It is hard to take decent photos at night so these are not the best. I wanted an aged and worn look so tomorrow I plan to give it a bit of a spritz with an antique spray I bought from Primitive Gatherings. If I don't ruin it I will post a better photo later. 
My sister in Saskatchewan also chose Round and Round and hers has a totally different look. I love it!


I am not sure why it is showing up sideways and it is late and I am not about to fight with it.

What is so amazing to me, is how we all started with the same basic pattern and ended up with three totally different projects!
I better get to bed or I will end up sleeping in and missing the parade! Night night...sweet dreams.
























Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Little More of Las Colchas

I was sad to leave San Antonio today, but the drive through Texas was so pretty. The wildflowers along the sides of the hiways were so beautiful. Acres of blue, which I assume are bluebonnets. I haven't loaded the pics from the camera yet, so if any turned out, I will share them later. I wish the drive had been more relaxing but whipping along a hiway with thousands of cars driving 80-85mph is somewhat un-nerving at times. The speed limits are quite liberal on the big hiways. Easy to see how a multi-car pile up can happen. 
We are in a suburb of Baton Rouge Louisanna tonight and on to Pennsicola, Florida tomorrow. Here are the promised photos of the shop I visited yesterday.












This quilt had the cutest little ruffled binding on it. It is a Blackbird Designs pattern.


I have been in quilt shops from Vancouver to Venice, from Maine to Michigan, from Oregon to Ottawa and hands down, this is my favourite!...but I'm not home yet....














Thursday, April 3, 2014

G.T.T.

Are you wondering what those three letters mean? What they stand for? 
Gone To Texas
Gone to Texas, was often abbreviated GTT. It was a phrase used by Americans immigrating to Texas in the mid-1800's. They moved to Texas for many reasons, often to escape debt incurred during the Panic of 1819, to start over again or to begin for the first time, to get land or to look for adventure as well as for new fortunes. Obtaining "land" seemed to be the driving force for most of those who came to Texas.  "Gone to Texas" or "G.T.T." was often written on the doors of abandoned houses or posted as a sign on fences.


I learned that little tidbit of trivia while touring the Alamo today. I was also told that some visitors comments were, "I didn't realize it was so small" and my favourite..."why did they build it there?...right in the middle of the city."  (ROFL)




The Alamo


Davy Crockett's knife

Of course you can't come to San Antonio and not do the Riverwalk so both nights we walked to the river to eat supper at one of the MANY restaurants.


Tour guides tell us that the #1 attraction here is The Alamo, #2 attraction is the Riverwalk. He didn't tell us what was # 3 but Mr. O does so much research for every place we visit that it wasn't long before he found it and here it is at 110 Ogden Street!


                                    LAS COLCHAS

Las Colchas is located in a quaint 1920's Sears-Roebuck Kit house just north of downtown San Antonio, Texas. For those of you that are not familiar with this type of building, 
"Kit houses were Sears Catalog Homes (sold as Sears Modern Homes) were ready-to-assemblekit houses sold through mail order by Sears, Roebuck and Company, anAmerican retailer. Sears reported that more than 70,000 of these homes were sold in North America between 1908 and 1940. Shipped via railroad boxcars, these kits included all the materials needed to build a house. Many were assembled by the new homeowner and friends, relatives, and neighbors, in a fashion similar to the traditional barn-raisings of farming families.

Sears offered the latest technology available to house buyers in the early part of the twentieth century. Central heating, indoor plumbing, and electricity were all new developments in house design that "Modern Homes" incorporated, although not all of the houses were designed with these conveniences. Central heating, for example, not only improved the livability of houses with little insulation but also improved fire safety, a worry in an era when open flames threatened houses and even entire cities, as in the Great Chicago Fire (1871).

More than 370 designs of Sears Homes were offered during the program's 32-year history. As demand increased, Sears expanded the product line to feature houses that varied in expense to meet the budgets of various buyers. Sears began offering financing plans in 1916. However, the company experienced steadily rising payment defaults throughout the Great Depression, resulting in increasing strain for the catalog house program. The mortgage portion of the program was discontinued in 1934 after Sears was forced to liquidate $11 million in defaulted debt. Sears stopped issuing its Modern Homes catalog after 1940. A few years later, all sales records were destroyed during a corporate house cleaning. As only a small percentage of these homes have been documented, finding these houses today often requires detailed research to properly identify them.

Today, some communities across the United States feature clusters of the houses as unofficial historical sites. Elgin, Illinois (a Chicago suburb) has the largest known collection of Sears Homes, with more than 200 Sears Homes (and few kit homes from other companies as well). Sears homes are found in a large area of the United States with homes as far south as Florida and as far west as California." Courtesy of Wikipedia

We were able to go inside and tour this home. Let me show you what I saw when we opened the front door of this quaint building...you won't believe your eyes!















Did I not tell you , that you wouldn't believe your eyes? I was in total awe when I opened that front door! I felt like a kid in a candy shop... I wandered through eight or nine rooms totally mesmerized and after about 30 minutes my phone alerted me to a text. It was Mr. O...he had left me there, gone and checked in to our hotel room and I didn't even know he was gone! Oh my! I am hopeless! My answer to his text was, " oh, thats ok...take your time...lots of time. :) ". After a little while he texted again and said, " Parking is really limited, do you mind taking a cab back when you are finished, I don't want to lose my spot."
DID I MIND!!!  Silly man!

I stayed till they closed the place! ...the staff were just as friendly and helpful and kind as could be, in fact one of the gals even offered to drive me back to my hotel, so I didn't need to get a cab!
I feel terrible saying this, but I was so wired I have forgotten her name...Cindy I think, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it.
I really hated placing Las Colchas in the #3 position, but when you think they followed the Alamo and The Riverwalk I guess that isn't too bad, but if you really want my opinion, whenever anyone mentions 
San Antonio to me, the #1 attraction for me is Las Colchas.

Want to see what I bought? I had 138 things picked out but narrowed it down to this


Want a better look?

I bought this kit...


This is my Texas souvenir...swoon!

I bought some magazines.


A couple patterns


I have been hunting for this Sue Spargo bag pattern for several years! Score! Take a look at the shop sample and then tell me if you would have bought it...


Be still my heart!
The other pattern, My Paris Travellers Bag also had a shop sample


This picture does not come close to doing this bag justice. There were whimsical little surprises inside and outside, and I absolutely could not resist. I have to say that they really don't play fair...making up the sample with French General fabrics and using bits of vintage buttons and trims...how in the world could I pass that up?

I got me Some fabric...


This roll of shot cottons is simply beautiful! The yellow fabric with cherries...I have a piece of yellow with a red ticking stripe that will match perfectly...and the wovens? How can a person resist those colours?

To round things off I bought a mixed bundle of "goodies". 


A Hint Of Paris...4.5 yards of pure delight!

I have a few more photos of shop samples and decor but I think I may have over done it with pictures this post. Too much stimulation is not good for you gals either and this time of the night, so I promise I'll show more tomorrow.

One last thing I want to tell you is this really weird thing that has happened to us since leaving Mesa.
The first night on the road we stayed at a Best Western in Benson Arizona. I almost never pay much attention to our room #. Mr O is usually with me when I go out and he opens the door so I just follow blindly along; however this night I went out to get something at the snack counter, so i had to remember what room to come back to...Room 112. No big deal.
The next night we stopped in Fort Stockton, Texas at a Holiday Inn. I stayed in the car while Mr. O checked in. I then proceeded to follow him to our room and I happened to look up as he was unlocking the door and noticed our room number was #112 again. I commented on it and we kind of smiled over it...what a coincidence.
I mentioned earlier that Mr. O abandoned me at a quilt shop and went and checked in to our hotel here in San Antonio. When he texted me to say he was at the hotel, his next text was, "guess what room they gave us? Yup! Room #112 again...how weird is that?

We head out in the morning. Destination: Baton Rouge, Louisanna. Surely it can't happen 4 stops in a row...can it?