I've had a busy couple of weeks, packing last week for my SAQA retreat weekend and following that, a visit to an ancestral homestead in Halifax, NS.
It was built in 1825 and once sat on about 1000 acres which has since been appropriated by the city, except for 4 1/2 acres. There is now a B&B run by a distant cousin in the historical house.
I went there on Sunday to stay a night and hear the stories about of my relatives.
This is the original ice house.
Notice the present day house in the background. It is a little historic oasis in the muddle of suburbia.
Part of the property is leased for an urban garden.
And there are walking paths.
It was a lovely trip down memory lane for me.
Yesterday, was an unpacking, washing and generally catching up kind of day.
I did take some time to relax in the sewing studio, playing with a painted fabric from earlier this fall.
I cut up a couple of pieces, added a stabilizer and did some free motion loose outlining in black.
After putting strips on each end, I decided to do the leaves with a heavier thread in the bobbin for the green wandering leaves. They are stitched from the back.
The 1st piece is a little hanging . I've sewn tiny beads in the flower centres.
The second piece will be a small sewing kit. I'm going to add French knots to the centres.
Pure and simple fun.