Archive for May 2009

Another New Machine

May 22, 2009

Well I do seem to have a bit of a collection going on.  I didn’t mean to get another sewing machine…actually two, but couldn’t help myself.  I seem to be especially prone to the older machines, the ones with very few gadgets and metal cases.

I was recently at a yard sale and came across two cases that couldn’t be anything but sewing machines.  What I found under the lid was two older sewing machines.  A Singer and a White.  And for some unknown reason, before I knew what was happening I had them both in my trunk…sheesh.

I gave them a quick try and the White seems to work pretty well considering how old it probably is…

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The Singer ended up in my BF’s workshop as he has been after me to let him take apart one of my machines for awhile now.  The singer works ok, however it seems to be a little “stiff”.

Did you have any idea how simple the inside of a sewing machine was?  I figured it would be much more complicated.

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He was looking to see what was inside to see if he could stretch it for me into a long arm quilting machine 🙂  I haven’t heard the final verdict on that yet.

Since we have been having such beautiful weather the last couple of days the flowers have been exploding in colour.  I just noticed that my mini iris’ are blooming…so pretty.  I actually have some full size irises too that need planting.  Oh, and the Forget-Me-Nots are blooming too…I just love these little flowers!

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Purple Mini Iris and Forget-Me-Nots

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Yellow Mini Iris

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Now these pretty yellow flowers we have all over our yard, and what a hardy flower they are too 🙂  I’m not sure who decides what flowers are weeds and which our plants, but I do like the cheerful yellow dandelion.

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Something I just realized the other day is that is has been more then two months since we set foot in a Wal-Mart store.  After reading the book The Wal-Mart Effect by Charles Fishman we made a conscience effort to avoid shopping at Wal-Mart.  There is a lot of people in the world that say they dislike Wal-Mart, but continue to shop there anyways.  If you are borderline about wether you should shop at Wal-Mart pick up this book at your library or bookstore and give it a read, it has some pretty interesting insite into one of the largest chain stores.

Well I have much more work to do.  I have a table runner, a quilt, some candles and even a batch of soap on the go today!

Happy Quilting.

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Always So Much Going On…

May 9, 2009

We picked up some plastic fencing to give the chickens more room to roam and eat grass.  I figured if we put them were we would be digging up the garden they could eat up the grass.  The fencing we got was very tall and the stakes I had to hold it up were too short and the fence kept falling over.  So, why not stake it on both sides and create a tunnel for the chickens to follow?

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It worked well and the Ladies have figured out how to use it very well.  They don’t seem to mind it at all.

It is a sight to see them wondering through the tunnel…

I’ve just finished the yummiest piece of cake.  Homemade black forest cake. Yummm.  My older brother came up last night to celebrate his birthday so I made him a black forest cake.  It amazes me how easy it is to make and yet it tastes so good!  Fortunately I don’ t celebrate a birthday everyday so when we do have cake it is a real treat.

To ware off the slice of cake we had last night after dinner we went for a walk today.  We went to a conservation area up towards Collingwood that we frequently drive past and every time we do we say – we should stop there to walk – and finally we did.  Now just as a side note, we had a thunderstorm early this morning with some very heavy downpours.   When we got into the bush there were about a dozen large trees tipped over, roots and all.  They all looked pretty fresh so we presumed that they had fallen over during one of the down pours.  Do you think they made a sound?  There was also a number of washed out sections of the trail and boy was it muddy!  Sheesh, I guess I should have had on my rubber boats.

I am also rearranging the Buttonhole Quilt Design site.  I don’t have a physical window display or store front to rearrange so I’ve got to do it on the website.  Don’t worry, it will *hopefully* be seamless.

And as an update on my foster kitty, Ella, she is getting very comfortable around the dogs and has recently realized that Magnums bed is very soft and warm too.  Especially warm when Mag is there to cuddle with 🙂

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Happy Quilting.

Celebration Time!

May 3, 2009

To Celebrate my upcoming Birthday, and the fact that warm weather has finally arrived I am offering a 2 for 1 sale on my patterns! Yep thats right, buy 2 and get one, any one, for free.

How does it work? Choose the two patterns you would like to purchase, add them to your cart and check out like normal. When the box appears that asks if you would like to send a note, put in the name of the pattern you would like.  Or you can always e-mail…I do love getting mail 🙂

This offer is only good until May 26th so don’t miss out!

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