Friday, May 6, 2016

Sketching, gardening and stitching

I've not been perfectly regular here lately. It's a time of the year when the outdoors is calling, a time for uncovering the shrubs, clearing away twigs and brush, getting the gardens ready and a time for starting my vegetable seeds.

Besides all that, I've had sinus surgery, gone to Moncton for an MRI and gotten a shot to the hip at the hospital. For the first time in many years, I can smell and I had good results with my hip so far as well too. This afternoon, the sun broke through the clouds and the air warmed. I drove over to the trail and walked part of it, going down across a little brook and sitting on a stump to sketch.

A very rudimentary sketch. It just feels nice to be able to get out. Along the trail, the peepers were loud and the sweet smell of fir and pines wafted by as I passed. One cannot imagine how nice it is to smell when I've had none for so long.

There are no leaves out yet; however, I spied a few colourful buds.

On my way out of the woods near the brook, I spied this fungus growing on a tree stump. It was about 10" across and the colors were beautiful. Look at the blues. Gorgeous.

I found a parcel in the mailbox on my way home. A surprise form my son for Mother's Day. It's a felted bag made by people with limited abilities at a place in Nova Scotia called The Ark. Sweet.

Yesterday, my friend who loves to organize came for a visit and did her magic on one of my shelves.


She ironed and refolded every piece. You can see the difference between the two. I'll hate to mess it up.

While she worked (she insists it's fun and relaxing), I finished another little sewing kit.

I've also picked some modern fabrics for a gender neutral baby quilt.

The best news is that my husband and I are going to be first time grandparents- a real baby, not puppies!

My daughter is due November 19th. There'll be lots of knitting and stitching going on here.

Tonight, I'm packing for one of the last two UFO days tomorrow. I'm taking another baby quilt along with a couple more sewing kits that are in the works.

After that, I'm packing for a trip to Fredericton on Monday/Tuesday where I'm doing my first trunk show ever for a guild there. I've accepted because the request came from a freind that I haven't seen in 30 some years! We connected on Facebook. She's a quilter and had the chance to see one of my pieces in an art gallery. It will be fun to reconnect.

While I'm away the painter is coming to do my bedroom. I'm going for a completely different look and color, inspired by a bedroom in my new favourite show on Netflix, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.

It's a shade lighter than the living room wall.

So that's all my news. I'm wishing you all a lovely weekend and a Happy Mother's Day.



Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

Congratulations!! That first grandchild is so special.

I'm glad your sinus surgery and hip shot were both successful. I know the shots don't always give relief.

Mary Stiles said...

Hi, I just put 2 and 2 together and realized you are our guest speaker at the KRQG Monday night. I have been following your blog for quite awhile and very much enjoy it although I am a bit remiss when it comes to commenting. I wasn't sure I would go Monday night since the friend I go with is away but think I will have to go to meet you and see your trunk show. Glad you are feeling better and I hope to meet you Monday night.

MILLY said...

I always enjoying seeing your sewing projects, you have lovely ideas and are so creative. I am sure everyone will love your talk and seeing your work. Hope you are feeling well again and everything has helped you to feel more healthy. Glad Spring is here and you can enjoy getting out and sketching. Best wishes Millyx

Mereknits said...

Great news all around. Have a wonderful trip, congrats about the baby and good luck with the painting.

Mystic Quilter said...

Only just catching up on posts due to a new kitten. You sound to have had a busy time! Pleased things have gone well and lovely news to hear you're going to be grandparents - congratulations.

Jo Ferguson said...

I don't know where to start. I'm glad you can smell and that your injection is helping. It's about time you did a trunk show....wish I could be there. Love the sewing kits and the fabrics for the neutral baby quilt BUT MOST OF ALL you're going to be a grandmother. What a lucky child to be loved so much, already. I'm over the moon for all of you.