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Snowing day means Sewing Day!

March 10, 2011

Alright, I might be getting a little ahead of myself, since they aren’t really calling for a snow day.  But I wanted to be prepared since what better way to spend a snow day than sewing. There is no shortage of projects on the go so it shouldn’t be a problem.

I have all of my pinwheel blocks sandwiched and quilted, so this weekend I am planning to get them sewn together.  I will take some pictures along the way to show you how it goes together.  I’m hoping its as simple as it sounds…
Until then I’ll I’ve quilted this week is my pinwheel blocks so will show you some pictures of that, since I know you are here for the quilting 🙂

Fronts, there is 20 all together

Backs

Boy, what an exciting day at the mailbox today, no bills and my January Bingo Winnings!  The theme for January was batiks, and since I won a game during the month I got a squishy envelope in the mail.  These are very pretty ones, especially the brightly coloured ones.  Although to be completely honest I’m not really sure what the big draw is for batiks.  It seems like everyone just loves them.  I can think of a number of different types of fabrics I would prefer…hmm, just personal preference and I do have some batiks in my stash, I guess  a few more now!

I’ve been spending a large amount of time lately working on a new product for Pioneer Spirit.  Lip balm in a tube! Up until now we have only been able to offer it in a tin as I just couldn’t bring myself to put it into a virgin plastic tube.  But a little while back I was able to find tubes made some recycled plastic, that once empty are also recyclable! Yahoo!  That was a pretty exciting day.  So I’ve been working to get them ready to be available early April, our designer has done a great job on the labels.  Once we have them packaged and ready I will get a picture for you.

Did you celebrate Pancake Tuesday?  We sure did, can’t skip a reason for having pancakes!  I tried a modified recipe from what I usually do and I turned out really well.  If you didn’t celebrate pancake Tuesday maybe you would like to try this recipe to celebrate Pancake weekend.

Ultra Yummy Pancakes

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/2tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to sour.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in mixing bowl. Whisk egg, butter and vanilla into “soured” milk. combine wet and dry ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.  If you are adding blueberries (or chocolate chips 🙂 add them now and mix into the batter.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip and cook until browned on the other side.
  4. Enjoy!

I was going to take a picture of the snowman we built the other night, but it had fallen over before I had a chance, turns out we could use a lesson on snowman building 🙂  Who knew it would be so difficult!

Hope you are enjoying a quilty day!

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WhooHoo another Thursday!

November 5, 2009

So, do you have this funny white stuff falling from the sky where you are?  Big huge fluffy flakes are floating slowely from the sky…the first snow is always sort of pretty…by the 400th snow fall its not as pretty anymore…

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To top off the pretty factor when I stepped out to take this picture there was a deer running through our neighbours field!  My camera wouldn’t zoom far enough for anything to show except a brown sploch in the distance 🙂

The sock quilt top is finished…well mostly anyway, I haven’t decided if I will put a border around it or not…then I need to figure out how to quilt it!

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I should get down to the sewing room to start packing…I am teaching a rag quilt class at the local high school and it starts today!  There is apperently 10 people signed up.  I do hope some of them have their own cutting mat and cutter…I only have 3!  I think I will bring the supplies to cut using templates just in case 🙂ragquilt

On the candle making side of the fence we just got a new-to-us wax melter…its huge!  Well, not huge, but still pretty big.  Its about 4′ tall and 2′ around.  Thats a lot of wax!IMG_2994

This past weekend we were doing our fall clean-up outside, we were spreading the last of the mulch we had and found this strange cluster of things…we originally thought they were a fungus, but on further investigation they are eggs…based on the two huge snake skins we also found we are thing they are a clutch of snake eggs!  How neat, helping to increase the snake population 🙂

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I’m taking a road trip this weekend to Sauble Beach.  Don’t worry I don’t plan on going swimming 🙂  There is a craft show there that I will be taking some of my stuff too.  It looks like the Christmas Craft shows have started for another year!

Well I think thats about it for this week…stay warm…

RukusElla

…and happy quilting!

What a Weekend!

April 28, 2009

What a busy, but reasonably enjoyable weekend! I actually took Monday off to make it a long weekend (shhh, don’t tell my boss 🙂 It was just too beautiful of weather to spend it indoors sewing, so I weeded the garden instead. I can’t believe how nice it is to see the daffodils blooming and seeing all the little sprouts popping up.

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On Sunday my mom and I took the trip down to Toronto to the Creativ Festival. We had been down to the fall one and were just thrilled with the variety of arts and crafts and products. The spring one however was quite disappointing 😦  There did seem to be a lot of booths for beaders and scrapbookers.  However the quilting and yarns had less booths than the fall.  It seemed reasonably small too.  Oh well, it was a nice outing.

The rest of the weekend was spent doing cleanup and garage saleing!

Happy Quilting.

Sewing, Water and Candles…

March 15, 2009

Wow, what a busy couple of days!

I have been working with my embroidery machine that I told you about…and well the last two days actually working on it…I’ve been having some trouble with the bobbin case jumping out under the needle…ya, thats bad 🙂 However after doing some research it turns out that this model is prone to do this and so Singer has a new bobbin part you can install to help keep it in place. Now, if only I can find that piece around here…I’ve modified the current case and it seems to be working ok so far, but I would like to get the new one soon.

We have also had some company for the last couple of days, so yesterday since it was beautiful weather we took a road trip to Owen Sound. We took the dogs (and our company) for a walk up at Inglis Falls. If you have never been, its spectacular! It was really neat this weekend as a lot of the ice was still on the rocks and trees from the spray. At the bottom of the falls there was almost an ice bridge that the water was going under.

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There is a bridge that goes across the top of the falls that offers a pretty amazing view too…looking at this picture its almost as if you are only seconds from going over the edge…

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Speaking of going over the falls, I heard last week that a man went over the horseshoe falls in Niagara Falls.  Media reports say he jumped in voluntarily, and they speculate he was trying to commit suicide.  Wow.  Reports say he will be fine, although I do hope if it was a suicide attempt they do more than just treat the physical wounds…although he did plunge into publicity too didn’t he 😉

On the candle front things are progressing nicely.  I was experimenting creating some beeswax dinner candles and was happily surprised with the results…they look fantastic as they burn and the was drips down the side.  Also made this cute candle mat for under it…ok, so it might not look so great once the wax melts all over it…or maybe it will!

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Well I have the embroidery machine queued up and wax melting on the stove so I should get at it…plus I don’t want to miss out on a chance to go for  a walk today as it is another lovely day!

Happy Quilting!

Where Did the Week Go?

February 20, 2009

I think I blew it…

My personal goal of adding an update here at least every other day seems to have gotten buried under the snow.  But, no fear, I have brushed the snow off and am ready to give it another try.
I don’t even know where the time went this past week, can you believe it is Friday?  Goodness me.

Well to sum up the last week:

Gracie, my one foster kitty, got adopted on Sunday.  I received an update on her earlier this week and she seems to be settling into her new home wonderfully!
Ella is here and although I think she misses her sister she has become quite the social butterfly.  I can’t hardly seem to go anywhere in the house without her under my feet.

In the sewing department I am working on some spring and summer table runners to help me forget about the snow that is piling up outside my door…again.  There is also about 5 projects floating around in my head that I would like to try soon.  The one, just might involve 3-D monkeys 🙂

I have been working on a number of beeswax candles too, but I’m not happy about the way they have turned out so decided I am going to melt them all down and try again, changing some of my procedures.  Thats the neat thing about wax, no seam ripping involved.

Well, that pretty much sums it up…it doesn’t sound like much, but its amazing how long things really do take. Oh and I received this quilting poem by e-mail and wanted to share it with you.

Enjoy!

I’m But A Quilter

I’m but a Quilter
A user of needle and thread
I create designs of color
To lay upon your bed
I know of strips and borders
Of angles, points and stars
Although I make no money
It keeps me out of bars.

I spend my husband’s money
On fabric and supplies
He once thought it was funny
But now he only cries
My stash it just keeps growing
All the colors I must own
My credit card I’m owing
I think I need a loan.

My quilts and table runners
Wall hangings and the rest
Are stored in all the closets
So they always look their best

I bring them out for show and tell
Then put them back just so
I would like to keep this going
But shopping I must go
For I’m just a quilter
And hooked I will always be
As I just live for fabric

And fabric lives for me.
submitted to Fons & Porter by Kay Oyler
written by her husband Roger

Gift and Table Ware Show – Toronto

January 26, 2009

It was down to the big city for us yesterday – Toronto.

We headed down to the Canadian Gift and Tableware show to see what was new.  It was pretty overwhelming the amount of vendors that where present, I can’t tell you exactly how many vendors were there, but there must have been at least 200.

My main reason to go was as a scout for my mom.  She owns Tasty Treats & Treasures in Clinton, Ontario.  Originally her and I were supposed to go, but at the last  minute she was unable to, so we went without her 🙂

I still have to sit down and go through all the information we gathered, as it was a very overwhelming experience.  There was no cameras permitted – not a surprise as some of these items aren’t even in retail stores yet- so  I have no pictures, but once I get an idea of some of the new products I will let you know.

There was a huge focus on green and eco products.  In some of the booths the vendors didn’t seem to know or care to know anymore than that the item was a “green” product, which in my opinion has become more of a marketing term than an actual characteristic of the product.   Of course there was also the ec0-products that when you looked at them more closely they weren’t as environmentally friendly as they originally seemed to be.  Ok, the product itself is made from a renewable resource, great, the items can be recycled when you are done with it, great, but what about that plastic that surrounds the product to keep it safe and clean on the shelf?  In a lot of cases the plastic is recyclable, but not always depending on where you are located, plus it uses up energy and fuel to convert that plastic into something else…so why use the plastic at all?

We also noticed the all too common practice of people interchanging compostable and biodegradable.  A compostible item is something that will degrade it sent to a composting station – it won’t do to well in your backyard compost.  And a biodegradable item is one that will actually breakdown in a landfill.  Just s0mething else to watch out for in the new eco-friendly world 🙂

And yes there was some great products, eco friendly and not.

I was surprised at the number of candles available that were none paraffin.  Everyone knows about the dangers of burning parafin and it looks as if the manufacturers are listening.  There was soy wax, beeswax (my personal favourite), palm wax and mixed vegetable waxes – I think the one man said he uses a combination of palm and coconut oil…

All in all it was a great experience and a real eye opener as to what your local retail store owner goes through to bring you the best of the best.

Happy Sewing!

Chilly Days…Ment for Sewing

January 16, 2009

You must admit that on days when it is so cold outside it is perfect to sit and sew…or curl up under a quilt with a book and a cup of tea…

I’ve been working on a new bag that I will show you soon!

Even Magnum, my Boxer thought it was cold so he decided that having a nap on the hearth of the woodstove was good.

magatfire

I have also been spending some time infront of the stove and a container of hot beeswax…no I wasn’t waxing my legs 🙂  I was making some dipped candles.  I was made a really neat device that allows me to dip 6 candles at one time while keeping the wicks nice and tight.

This is after about 7 dips into the wax…

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The dipping in progress, with my high tech candle making equipment 🙂

dipping

After the last dip the candles were about 1/2 inch thick.

lastdip

Time to get back at it 🙂