Sunday, September 30, 2012

Apple Pie Without The Cheese...

Is like a kiss without a squeeze.

X's and O's, or Hugs and kisses just go a birthday card, ending a love note, saying goodbye to a loved one, on a Tic Tac Toe game and in a Schnibbles Parade.

The project for September was one of Carrie Nelson's newest line of patterns; not technically a Schnibbles, more of a nibble of a Schnibble... sort of a baby Schnibbles. She calls them Little Bites. This months choice was called Speck, but I called them X's and O's. We really only had to make one, but come on, how do you choose between a X or a O ?
Here is Carrie's sNibble (Little Bite) pattern as you will see it on the package.

Actually this picture is not coming through very well on my tablet and the patterns look much nicer in real life, so here is where you can go to see them all.

I chose to make mine into cushions.

These little patterns are quite versatile as you will see. Just because they appear to be a small table topper or wall hanging doesn't mean that you are restricted to that...mine became cushions, and Sue made hers into something totally different...

She made two as well, but it would appear she is partial to X's, because she made two sewing machine covers in the same layout. How cute are they?

As always I urge you to go over to Sherri and Sinta's blogs to check out the parade for all the other entries. and

Next blog post will be a big show and tell of the things my sister and I worked on while she was visiting. See you then.... XOX

Monday, September 17, 2012


The sun is just coming up here at Winterpast and it s a big day here.
My brother and both sisters are coming for a visit!

It has been over 9 years since either Pam or Barb has been to New Brunswick to visit us. They have never been here to Winterpast. Gary has been to Winterpast a few years back with Mom, but because of the nature of his brain injuries(he was run down by a drunk driver at the age of 15) he doesn't remember being here, so it is a big adventure for him...again

This picture was taken last month at our family reunion in Northern Ontario.

My family arrives at 4 this afternoon but I have many things to be done...thank heavens for company's good motivation to get out a dust cloth and the vacuum. Oh, I have this little job to attend to as well....

A friend generously offered me a bag full of fresh cucumbers. Timing wasn't great, but I know how much we will enjoy opening up a jar of home made Chunky Mustard Pickles come winter, so my coffee and bagel are done and I have things to do...see ya!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I'm a bad blogger

I have a list of blogs I read regularly and for the most part, these gals post regularly...I on the other hand seem to go in spurts. I have the best intentions and then before I get turned around the day is over and the blog has been left untouched.
I really don't have too much to say, but I have been meaning to show you a photo or two of the third bag I had mentioned making when my grand daughters were visiting.
I know you may have seen the first two pictures in the earlier post, but I will post all three again today. The first one was cut according to the directions with the exception of lengthening the strap.

Turned out perfect, or so I thought. However grand daughter #1, (Savannah) didn't like that the bag twisted when put on her shoulder. There is one handle comes up from the center of the bag, so when put on the shoulder it twists to lay against the body. No problem; grand daughter #2 (Alexa) says she doesn't mind that, but she really had her heart set on the bag being made in the fabrics she had chosen. Ok, let's do this again with different fabric...

Success! Alexa is happy with her bag, but we still have the small matter of Savannah's bag. How do I make the same style bag but not have the bag twist. Well, the handle has to come up from the ides of the bag, but that means twisting the body of the bag and therefore having the seam come up the middle front and back of the bag. I wasn't crazy about that idea, but Savannah said,"Nanny, I don't mind." however we didn't have any fabrics that she liked that I was willing to part with...a quick trip to a small local fabric and home decor shop would solve that. Probably a better idea to use a heavier fabric anyway. She picked our her fabric, and then we needed a big red button, just a slight change from the original. That's easy, just add a loop and button.the fabric was $20.00 a meter and I really didn't want to buy any more than needed...ok. 14 x17 (twice)were the numbers going through my head...Savannah says, no, just 14 (twice)...I purchased just what I needed and off we went to make a new bag. I started cutting...14 x 14 plus handles which were the rest of the fabric width. After it was all cut I remembered that the body of the bag was to be 14 x 17. Oh dear, I needed to buy more fabric because the bag was missing 3 " on the width... With a disappointed look, I heard, "It's ok Nan."
Then an idea formed, and I started to run with it... I would add to each of the sides, but that meant 3 seams up the front of the bag now...with the red button as my inspiration, I decided to add a small piece of red piping in the seams, so it looked like those seams were planned, not a afterthought. When it was finished, she loved it, and so did I...

Exhibit C...bag number 3

What do you think..kind of cute eh?
A classic case of, "when life hands you lemons, make lemonade!"

You have seen a glimpse or two of our two oldest grand daughters, but while they were here we took a stroll on the beach and I brought my camera along. I want to share a few of my favourite shots.

It was fun having them visit the "old folks". (a bit trying some days, but I would do it again in a heartbeat)
They used to spend so much time here but as they have gotten older they have so many more things/people pulling them in different directions. I do miss those days, when they were younger and it was a grand adventure to come and vacation at Nanny and Pa's place. Time oh time.....

Time moves in one direction, memory in another.
William Gibson

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