Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Another friend from our quilting group drove me home after we had a bowl of homemade vegetable soup at her home. When you need to feel better, the warmth and caring of good friends envelops you.
I felt at peace when I came home, and rather than head to my sewing room, I sat at my kitchen table and finished a leaf sketch that I had started at breakfast.
I made zucchini muffins, some chai tea and sat down for more sketching.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Today, I took my time getting up, and then as I usually do on Mondays, I picked up, did some wash, and vacuumed. Yay, done for the week!
I took a rest after lunch with a cup of tea and my drawing supplies.
Afterwards, I headed to my sewing studio where I sorted a bit and added the final touches--the zigzag edging and yarn tails-- to the book marks. Done. That's the last you'll see of those.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Once I decided that I could walk a short distance with my poles, I've been thinking about where to go. After I brought my husband home from work around 3:00 today, I packed a sandwich and headed off to Daley Point, a local bird sanctuary where there are some beautiful trails.
I made it to the lookout, passing this view along my way.
I took the same photo last year, but a little later in the season. I must return.
Next time, I'll have to pack some bird seed. The chickadees were looking for it.
It's so good to get into nature a little bit. Then I come home, make tea, grab the ice pack for my hip and look at my photos.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
I strolled a bit with my walking polls, stopping every now and then when something caught my eye. A few wildflowers are still clinging to their blooms.
This morning, I tackled this monster zucchini, grating some to freeze, and to make a gluten free chocolate zucchini loaf that I'm trying out for my daughter.
After that, I've been playing in my sewing room, having a bit of fun with my bookmarks. I'm a bit looney, I think, putting all these details into little bookmarks, but it's so fun when it's nothing serious. I think you feel a bit more freedom to just pull out any fiber bits. Does lace go with canvas? It does now.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
I chose a corner of my humble little garden border that I can see from my deck and kitchen window. Using a great ergonomic weeding tool, (it's just there on the left)I cleaned it up a bit, pulling a few weeds. I'll add some mulch later with a little help from hubby.
We also have an apple tree in the middle of the yard that is another bird haven.
When one has limited mobility, one compensates by looking more carefully at the textures and colors in one's own space. I've re-discovered this little hidden patch of lichen against the fence behind the hedge Perhaps it will be inspiration for a fiber art piece.
And I love this lichen growing on the apple tree.
After the gardening, I skipped the sewing room and made muffins instead. Banana. date, walnut, yum! Perfect with a cup of chai spice tea.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
I went to my first UFO day today where I always take a traditional quilting project. I keep one or two packed in containers ready to go. Today, I was doing a few more blocks for my X's and O's batik baby quilt.
You might notice the copy of Quilting Arts Magazine there. I've been waiting anxiously to see my article in print. It came yesterday.
October/November Quilting Arts magazine
I must say it is pretty exciting and humbling to be amongst such admired artists!
Most of the ladies were working on variations of twister projects this morning-- a mini workshop.
There was one that will be a pumpkin hanging.
Some Christmas fabrics.
One done in repros.
It's always a happy day. I love going.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
After packing away all my retreat projects, reorganizing and setting up my machine again, I felt like doing something creative.
I pulled out my painted canvas and fussy cut a couple of bookmarks. I'm free motion stitching each one and it's a bit labor intensive.
When I finish the stitching, I'll add a fabric backing and zig zag the edges. A little fussy, but gift worthy.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
My friend and I just returned from our annual retreat at the Portage Lake camps. It is such a beautiful spot about an hour from town. No electricity (generator), no phones, no TV, no radio. Just us the view, and our sewing.
Ours was the second cabin from the left.
Most people go up to fish and hunt according to the season. Blueberry season is just finishing and they were plentiful this year.
We'd like to bring our life jackets and gear next year too. We can fish and sew!
It would give us a little break from the tricky projects like these bags.
We made them the first day and I confess they were exasperating. We decided to move onto something simpler the next day. I pieced more blocks for the baby quilt I'm making.
I sat outside the first night on the swing with my tea. The freshly baked cookie was delivered to our door by the caretaker who made them. Isn't that sweet?
Apparently there is a path that leads all the way around the lake, but one would need an orange vest and perhaps some male company. Lots of moose around. I ventured partway in for some photos. I love tree stumps.
One could not tire of this view from the window or the deck. The trees and water changed color every few minutes and the leaves were actually turning more red and golden from one day to the next.
These little sojourns that I make into nature sustain me throughout the year.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
I packed up my sewing machine and a few projects today for a two day quilting retreat I'm going on tomorrow with my son's future mother in law. It's about a two hour drive into the mostly uninhabited (save for camps and a park) center of the province where we stay in one of a handful of cabins on a lake. No radio, no TV, no Internet or even a phone.
Tonight, I went for a little bike ride across the nearest and flattest part of the trail. It was chilly enough to give me earaches!
Even the bees were tucked in for the night.
A lot of wildflowers are drying and going to seed. The mountain ash berries are bright red and in some spots the leaves have started to turn golden.
Some of the leaves have started to turn, the maple being one of the earliest.
I do so enjoy fall and all the changes it brings. I'm sad to say goodbye to swimming in the ocean, but the changing environment manages to catch my attention.
Yesterday, I cleared out some of my garden and put up my fall wreath.
These pictures were all taken with my I Pad because I was too tired to upload camera photos to my computer. They're not bad.
I hope you've all had a great weekend. I'll be back later this week.