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Monday, October 31, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

PhotoHunt & Quilt Block

I had every intention of sharing this post with you last night but by the time I wanted to put down my stitching I was just too tired to face the keyboard.  So here is my Saturday PhotoHunt a day late.

This week's theme is "Broken"

I took this picture this past February during my Dominican Experince trip.  I came across these boys in the slum of Simon Bollivar in Santo Domingo, they were trying to fix a broken toy.  People become quite resourceful when they have little.  I just love the happy smiles they gave me as I took their picture.

I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning Friday night so I had this Quilt Block Happy Dance late Friday/early Saturday depending on how you look at it.  This is Quilt Block #10 for me.

I've got a good start on the next one as you can see, but I've run out of two floss colours I need to complete it.  I'm being lazy and not going out today.  I think Tracey is doing me a favour and picking them up for me.  Of course I can keep working with other colours on this block and the next one for now.

Friday, October 28, 2011

TUSAL & A Walk In The Byward Market

I'm a day or two late with my TUSAL posting, I had every intention of posting last night but I was exhausted!  I was in bed by 9PM which is VERY early for this blogger!

Without further ado, here's my Ort Jar for this New Moon!  Lots of orts from my top secret ornament and my quilt squares (only 2.5 to go!).  Helping to show off my Orts is the adorable Halloween Bear Kathy gave me when we recently met for dinner.  Those of you with sharp eyes would notice a gorgeous pair of scissors!  They are this year's designer line of Ginghers, the "Tessa" Tracey gifted me with them to thank me for all the stitching help I've been giving her.  Of course its always a joy to corrupt a blossoming stitcher!

On Tuesday night I was invited out to the Hard Rock Cafe in Ottawa's Byward Market for the Ottawa Run For The Cure Recognition night.  I received an invite I'm not sure if I received the invite because I was a team captain or because of the amount of money I raised.

I had time to kill between finishing work and the evening at the Hard Rock starting so I walked about the Byward Market with my little point and shoot camera.  I was quite inspired by the farmer's stalls and wonderful fall apples and vegetables.

I have a fairly quiet weekend ahead of me not exactly sure what I'm going to do... stitch?

Monday, October 24, 2011


Silence! I Keel You!

As you all know I'm usually a concert goer, but last night Christin and I went to something completely different.  We went and saw Jeff Dunham, a comedian and ventriloquist!  He was absolutely hilarious and his characters are just out of this world.  Of course my favourite was Achmed The Dead Terrorist!  If you don't know who Achmed is, You Tube it and you'll bust a gut laughing!

Tonight I had two Happy Dances!  The first I can't show you because its for an upcoming exchange.  I will be able to reveal it later in November, of course I'll be able to share with you the great ornament I receive in return!

Also tonight I finished off yet another Quilt Block, this is #9 only 3 more to go!

Quilt Block #9
Vibrant Patchwork
c Mary Hickmott
Mary Hickmott's New Stitches no. 149

Saturday, October 22, 2011

PhotoHunt - High

Its PhotoHunt Day!  This week's theme is "high"

I obviously didn't take this picture myself since I'm in it.  Here I am giving my friend Marlene a High Five at about the 18 km mark in the Army Run Half Marathon in September.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Return of the Photo Hunt!

It is really taking me time to get life back into order again.  I thought I would be able to pop right back into my normal routine and schedule boy its a lot harder than you'd think to get back into the swing of things.  You know, things that take time away from stitching, like going to the gym and Taekwon-Do... you know stuff like that!

I have been meaning to start up Photo Hunting again, so here's the one from this past Saturday, October 15th.  The theme was "Public"

Only in Canada can the "public" wander around on the front lawn of the seat of Government!  Canada's Parliament Hill is open to the pubic.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Stitching At Rebecca's

Roughly this time of year for the past few years, Rebecca has hosted a stitching weekend when her husband goes off moose hunting.  Lucky for us right?

Bonnie working on a scarecrow

Christin and I headed down after work on Friday, we did a little shopping along the way and stopped for a bite to eat.  We drove down in heavy, heavy rain for most of the trip.  It is so exhausting to drive in weather like that, white knuckling it for over an hour!  By the time we finally landed on Rebecca's doorstep I was too pooped to stitch.  Bonnie and Trista were already there, and more were going to arrive on Saturday.

Saturday morning we started bright and early as we stitched through the morning we were joined by Lynn, Tracey, Beth and Sylvia (Rebecca's Mom).  It was a miserable day, but a lovely group of people and perfect for stitching!!!

 Tracey putting her first stitches into a piece of Jazlyn

Tracey made her first venture onto evenweave on Saturday!  She picked it up very quickly.

Sylvia, winding bobbins
Staying onto Sunday were Sylvia, Bonnie, Christin and I.  We stitched late into the night and most of today as well!  We had several Happy Dances both days!  Rebecca finished up the four quilt squares she did for me.  She also finished a baby piece for her best friend!  Bonnie finished a girl scarecrow for her Mom and I finished up K is for Kitty.

Rebecca's fantastic finish!

I'm sure my usual photos do the talking

 Bonnie & Caleb

 Christin working on her Prarie Schooler block for Naan as well


Rebecca showing off her piece!

Between my visit with Beatrice a few weeks ago, and this weekend's visit at Rebecca's I've received a whole bunch of Quilt Blocks back from my friends!  I so appreciate their help getting these stitched up!

 Stitched by Clare

Stitched by Adriana

 Stitched by Angie

 Stitched by Anne & Naan

Stitched by Rebecca

Now that I'm done the Kitty I've moved on to the last 3.5 Quilt Blocks.  Here's where I'm at on block .5

My current quilt block (only 3 more after this!)

Of course you also want to see my Happy Dance right?

K is for Kitty
by Prarie Schooler
Stitched on 28ct Lugana
Stitched with DMC cotton floss

Saturday, October 15, 2011

First Evenweave Stitches

My good friend Tracey has been on my blog a lot lately! She's joined us at Rebecca's today and here she is putting her first stitches into Evenweave!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Stitching Progress

Despite my numerous walks during the gorgeous holiday weekend we had here, I did get some stitching in between them and the family meals!

I've been working away at one of the letters from the Prarie Schooler Alphabet.  This will be part of a friend's quilt, and I chose K is for Kitty.  as I stitch  up this kitty I'm more and more convinced it looks like Zeus!

On the weekend I'm heading up to Rebecca's, she's hosting her annual "My Husband's Gone Hunting" stitching weekend!  I'm really looking forward to a great weekend of stitching!  Fingers crossed, I'll be happy dancing before I head for home!

Not only did I take pictures during my walk on Monday but I did on Sunday as well while we were up at the cottage for turkey dinner.  I only took a few shots, and here they are.