gifting 2016

In a perfect world everybody would love a homemade gift, that I could make.  And I would have the time to make all my gifts.  Unfortunately not everybody wants/needs what I can do. But for those who need/want/love/appreciate fabric and yarn that has passed through my fingers I am right on it making their gifts.

Along with these, I made a heat proof table runner for my mom, and crocheted dishrags and jam for one of the boys teachers.

And now I can stop for awhile, right? Wrong.  And I know that it is self imposed.  And I do love to sew and create. Nothing like a deadline to keep me going!  M’s birthday is January 14th, so I need to get on with cutting fabric for his 8yr quilt. I have started drawing and plotting. But with approximately 1050 2.5″ squares, it’s time to stop typing and start cutting.

Enjoy your holiday pause before the new year and all that comes along with it.

Merry Merry

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, full of


A few years ago, my dad and I butchered some table legs that had been sitting around for too long.  My woodworking dad cut and notched, and then I added the colour-of course!

And this photo makes me think it’s time to change the colour of my living room wall. Although when you remove the Christmas red, it’s quite pleasant.  There are too many other walls in my house that need more attention; leave well enough alone Netta.


Enjoy whatever this holiday season brings you.


busy busy

Yup, busy.  I think most everybody feels the busyness of this time of year, particularly makers.  I aspire to make as many of my Christmas gifts as possible.

So there is crocheting on the go, blanket and dishcloths.  Christmas cards in progress.  A few different table runners for assorted folk.  Secret Santa projects for the office and for the quilt guild.  And I always like to sew something very girly for my dear niece P in Calgary(that item is a secret for now).  And some baking is always a good way to get into the Christmas spirit, plus a warm oven helps to keep the house warm!

My older son has had the same teacher 2 years in a row, so year 2 requires a bit more thinking in terms of gifting.  NOT going to settle with soap or candles etc.  Hmm, maybe a table runner.   At the start of the year parent teacher interview I always ask their favorite colour and what colour is in their kitchen.  Mrs. R got blue/grey/white potholders last year.  I was thinking of Christmas, and then decided to use her colour scheme too.

Test palette


The Candy Canes didn’t make the cut, and I added a blue with sparkle, a snowflake, and a white on white snowflake.  Pieced, basted, quilted, it just needs to be trimmed and bound before Friday.


That was a good evenings work.

I bought this snowman material years ago, but just never found the right place for it.  I think it works well here.


Wishing you satisfying work, and not too much busyness that it removes the joy of the season.