Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Yey! Mother Nature finally got it together

I hope that everyone had a good Christmas I did except that we had no snow and in fact it was almost balmy not the usual for Canada.  Today that white stuff started to fall and in a few hours the atmosphere was totally changed to a wintery wonderland.  Now that is Christmasy.

It seems like you turn around and the year has passed by.  As this one comes to an end I reflect back over the year and I have to say that all the projects that I had hoped to complete are not there yet so I'm resolved to not buy any new projects until I have finished with the ones already started. 

To my good friend who did framing for me and my family this year thanks from the bottom of my heart for both the gift I gave and the gift I received.  Well done for keeping them separate.  I had no idea.

Ok everyone lets get going and happy stitching to everyone.
Keep on Stitching, one thread a day. Pennie

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Rush is On

Do you notice that as soon as Nov 1st comes there is a rush in the air to get ready for Christmas.  I love the season and do my own Christmas cards, bake up a storm, stitch like crazy because I decided that I needed to make a whole bunch of gifts at the last minute plus I have to see all those Christmas
specials on TV or have my stero singing Christmas carols loud and clear. 

Mother nature has given her best the last couple of days by keeping it warm and sunny enough to sit out on the deck and dare I say it stitch.  My fingers didn't even get cold.  Enjoy it Canada as we all know that in a few short weeks we will all be dreading the cold.  Happy November Canada.
Keep on Stitching, one thread a day. Pennie

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sign of Fall

Each year at this time we are pleased to enjoy the Creative Festival in Toronto, Ont. and for those of you that were there today you can tell when the economy changes.  As I wandered through all the booths and fabrics and threads I only counted 3 cross stitch booths with minimal supplies, the rest of the show was mostly quilting and knitting.   Don't get me wrong both are wonderful hobbies and knitting is something that I do in the evening when the light is dim and the winds blow on the back window wall, it just adds that warmth that you need.  Quilting has never been my favorite hobby but I will keep trying but not until my stash starts to decline.

Over the past few days the winds have whirled around and the heavy rain has pulled if not all, most of the leaves from the trees.   The fall is fast becoming cold and dark and showing its signs of winter I guess we will have to accept this and bring our stitching in a little closer. 

I'm hoping that my techy friend will adjust my blog page a little once she reads mine she is alwayss welcome to change what he wants.   I think it will be time for another lesson. 

Happy Stitching everyone.

Keep on Stitching, one thread a day. Pennie

Monday, September 19, 2011

A Chill in the Air

The last weekend of the summer is now a fading memory of beautiful skies, warm breezes and cool nights.  What is it, when September starts, we all think of a new year starting.  Do we all think back to school days when we went out shopping for new clothes for the coming year and those new pencil crayons that we just had to have to replace the stumps that remained from last year.  It's funny how the mere mention of September and most smile and think back to those simpler days when the biggest stress was figuring out what to wear to school and whether our best friend would be in the same class. 

Today it's raining and we are getting ready to close the pool for the season so until the rain stops I'm going through my stash and figuring out what I need for each of my projects that have been sitting around collecting dust.  D and I are going on holidays, as some of my friends have said again, so it is always nice to have a list just in case we happen to stop anywhere that I might find some bargains.  DMC south of the border is usually much cheaper than here and when some of the projects use 5 or 6 skeins of colours then it is nice to get them all at once.

I have recently learned a bit of a lesson regarding not buying enough threads.  I started a Lavender and Lace Angel years ago, but didn't finish as usual, now I am trying to find the old DMC colours as some of the new colours don't match at all.  The dusty roses are the worst.  Thanks to friends with old stashes I have been able to find the right colour so I will try to get enough so I can finish this before I run out of any other colours.

Happy stitching everyone even though our days are getting shorter and the air is decidedly cooler it will be nice to cozy down for the evening to enjoy that simple pulling of a needle through fabric.

Keep on Stitching, one thread a day. Pennie

Friday, August 26, 2011

The last of the hazy/lazy dayz of Summer

It's so nice to sit outside and enjoy the warmth of the sun and this summer has certainly given us the warmth that we all enjoy.   As usual about two weeks into the heat everyone is wishing for cooler weather.  Now as August comes to an end and the nights are getting cooler and we all know that fall is in the air it's time to take advantage of the time left that we can still sit in the sunshine and stitch.

For me I have had the pleasure of once again hosting the Stitching Sisters in my home for the month.  We have gathered every Wed. for stitching, laughing, storytelling and just having a great time outside till it gets too dark and swimming on those really humid days.  Some of us have actually done some stitching.  I hope my Stitching Sisters have enjoyed it as much as I have. 

My favorite place this summer has been my deck where I have gone to stitch in the shaded part with a soft breeze blowing in to keep me from totally melting.   It's a lovely spot just to relax and think about all the projects that I want to do and when I'm going to find the time to do them all. 

Last weekend it was my family reunion north of Barrie and it was a wonderful time.  We reminised about how long we have been doing the reunion and it is somewhere around 40 years.  Now some of the children that we watch running around and jumping in the pool are the age of when I started with my parents going to the first reunion all those years ago.  We reminised about the games with played back then with water balloons and potato sack races.  All the food.  Of course it was fresh and homemade with a BBQ on the side for hamburgers and hotdogs.   For my family it was always about the homemade pies.  Maybe that is also why my side of the family has the weight problem.

I and my sister and brother and cousins are now the oldest generation of the reunion and we watch and enjoy the day wondering how long this will continue after we are gone just as I imagine our parents did when we were younger.   We don't really have any group pictures but we have lots of candid shots that write into history the small capsules of time for future generations. 

Family, friends and neighbours are really what life is all about and I hope as I have enjoyed my summer with the best of them I hope you to have done the same.  

Happy stitching everyone and a happy and safe Labour Day weekend coming.
Keep on Stitching, one thread a day. Pennie

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lazy Dayz of July

Well as the lazy, hazy days of July come to an end I'm sure there are those out there wondering what Mother Nature is going to throw at us for the month of August.  I know there are some that dread the heat but I also know that come 4 or 5 months from now we will all be dreading the cold so as they say suck it up and enjoy what you've got. 

My condolesence to the farmers they got flooded in the spring and now they are parched.  That will be something else we will be complaining about in the winter in the grocery store.

For me I am one of the lucky ones as I have a pool to cool my hot self in and air for the times when I have to be inside.   The loveliest part of the day is when I can be OOTDS. 

Last Wedstitchday it was a different group than usual as our members were small but our guests were many and it made for much enjoyment as the young ones swam like fish and enjoyed the cooling off.  There were also a couple of adults that joined in the swim as the rest of us sat in the lovely breeze of the evening. 

There wasn't much stitching going on outside but we did get into it once we all came inside as the light faded into dusk.  I spent most of the evening frogging what I had done over the past few nights.  Thankfully it wasn't a huge amount.  Have you ever tried to fudge something in stitching only to decide that the fudging isn't working and in fact the error is getting larger.   Well that was my frogging so now I'm back to where I was without the error and it makes me wonder why I bother trying to fudge because ultimately it is just easier to frog and restitch.  It certainly takes less time. 

For all the Canadians that are enjoying this wonderful long weekend have a safe and happy good time.  Remember to drive safe coming home.  Happy Stitching.
Keep on Stitching, one thread a day. Pennie

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Canada Day and Happy 4th of July

What a wonderful weekend.  Did everyone have a terrific Canada Day we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful weekend.  Was everyone watching at we greeted Will and Kate?  For those south of the border happy 4th of July.

What with a family reunion and a court BBQ this past weekend was full of fun, family and friends that is the absolute best in anyone's life.  Not much stitching got done over the last week but today with the sun shining and a breeze keeping it comfortable I was OOTDS as one of my stitching sisters says.  It was great.  Tonight I am sitting watching the Boston Pops annaul show and fireworks. 

I love fireworks and try to watch as often as I can.  In years gone by we have watched the Benson & Hedges extravagranza but they haven't had anything in a while so this is one show that I will sit back and enjoy every minute.

Enjoy everyone and happy stitching.
Keep on Stitching, one thread a day. Pennie

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Guess who is Bloging?

Hi Everyone:

Last night was our stitching group and as we all gathered around the table, talking, laughing and some stitching going on a question was asked "when was the last time that I bloged?"  Well the simple answer to that is awhile ago.  I just don't think I lead an interesting enough life to talk about anything.  I was corrected.  So I will again put type to words.

First of all congrads to our fellow stitcher who is expecting a baby boy.  My advice sit back and enjoy the ride.  No two people have the same experience and the time will be as good or bad as you make it.  

Now on the blog side of things.  This morning as in many morning I opened and read a favorite blog and sorry to say but does the print really have to be that small.  I don't wish to have to  put on my magnifiers so that I can read it give a poor retired person a break.  lol.

D and I have once again approached the idea of me moving out of our mutal craft/train space and giving it all to him.  The biggest problem as most may know is that train modellers don't usually like windows in their layouts as it is hard to portray a night scene.  A sewer/stitcher on the other hand relishes the natural light from windows.  So a compromise has been made. 

I will vacate the space with two new spaces to move to.  I rubber stamp so it will go into the family room where the printer is so that I can use that when I am making cards. My stitching/sewing will go upstairs to my sons bedroom as the space becomes available.  I'm not completely happy with this but I think I can make it my own.  My husband is going up north this weekend so maybe it would be a good time to start the move. 

My son has gratuated from college and has obtained a position in his field which we are extremely proud of.  I have asked him if now we would start to clear out his room  he doesn't have to take it until he and his girlfriend have there own place (end of the year) but as least it would be a start and I could also start to organize my stash.  Maybe it will be time to purge as well. 

My brother-in-law has asked if I would like his wife's, Barb's rubber stamping stash,  she was the one that got me started in the first place.  I suggested that he first ask her stamping friends and if he still needs to give them away I would take them.  So now I have to find a large enough space in the event that this arrives as well.  I guess the saga will continue on this over the summer.  Meantime I will work out what I have.  

My stitching has been picked up once again and moving along but no pictures at this time maybe next time.  Time to get to work.  Happy stitching one day at a time.

Keep on Stitching, one thread a day. Pennie

Monday, April 11, 2011

Hold Onto Your Hat

Is everyone still standing?  That was quite the wind today and if you did venture out I hope you tied things down or they would probably be in the next County by now.  I hope anyone who had garbage day still have their cans.  I thought that it was Mar. winds and Apr. showers. 

We had such a wonderful weekend its time to take out the lawn chairs and enjoy the sunshine and some stitching outside.   The birds and I have decided to start our annual contest to see who will win in the location of nests.  Every year the robins and doves decide to make a nest right over the doorway coming out of the garage and right in the middle of our deck so stitching can be a bit of a problem.  They make a horendous mess and every year I have managed after several turns with the broom to knock their nest down before they start laying eggs.  A couple of years ago we bought an owl and put it up on the roof next to the doorway that worked pretty well and  this past winter it blew off the roof and broke into a million pieces.   So they are at it again and I am out there with my broom trying to get rid of them.  Don't get me wrong I love birds and have feeders out so that we can have different kinds of birds but I don't wish to have them above me when I am stitching or just relaxing on the deck so they must come down.  I guess I will have to look for another owl.

Stitching is moving along and I keep finding pieces that I want to start.  The cherry blossoms is looking really good with the birds added to it and now I am working the second part which will add in more leaves but a different kind and butterflies.  I finished another Christmas ornament  no picture so onto the next.   I should have done this ornament on a darker fabric as the art deco angel would have shown up better.  I will know if I do this again.  Myself and two other friends went to the needleart market place last weekend in Port Credit and it was interesting to meet some of my favorite designers as well.   Met a stitcher that has invited us to their Thursday afternoon group and I think that a fellow stitcher and myself just might try that this week.  
The other piece that I found was an anniversary sampler called Jubilee by Charland.  She developed this when she closeing her store with silk threads.  They are hard to work with as they catch on anything and everything.  It will be beautiful when it is done.

On the weight game or loss I'm down this week and so a celebration is in order just not too much.  One of the things that is suggested is that we treat ourselves during the week so we don't feel left out, I would pick out a stitching project but I have enough on the go right now.  One stragedy is to stitch when I want to eat keeping my hands busy and out of food.  I'll give this a try this week.  You would think with all the things that I have to do I wouldn't have time to eat but who said anything about starving myself in the name of stitching.

Well the wind has died down and the evening is coming to an end so I to must move onto the next  item up for the evening. I will say my good byes and thank you for joining me for a short time.

Keep on Stitching, one thread a day. Pennie

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

What Day is it????

OK, so I am in the middle of my exercise, and the phone rings, with someone asking where am I?  Knowing the person on the other end of the phone I give my greetings as I walk to the calendar, posted, I might add, on the front of the fridge to say yes I have you down for the 29th at 10 next week as I am saying this I am realizing that it is the 29th and I have missed my appointment.  Don't you hate it when your day starts this way. 
I figure I am retired why do I need to really keep track of the days of the week.  We both had a good laugh and I rebooked my appointment for tomorrow.  I'm showing my age but remembering when I used to keep my schedule, my childrens schedule and my husband's schedule all in my head floating around knowing at any given time what we are doing on any day of the week.  OMG I hate getting older.  I figure one of these days I will forget where all my stitching is, except that I can usually find something in every room of the house. 

I guess it is the time of year again and I have decided I need to loose some weight before shorts season starts, reason for exercise, so D and I have started to follow WW program together and we are doing very well.  This is the first time that he has decided to do it with me and he is now seeing how it isn't as easy as  you think.  Just because you aren't suppose to eat something it doesn't mean you don't want to.   My biggest escape is to go and stitch or sew or something to stay out  of  the kitchen and one of the escapes is to spring clean my sewing/stitching/craft space which is in the basement.  You know that old saying out of sight out of mind well that's the kitchen to me. 

Pulled out a few oldies but goodies.  Do you remember 10, 15, even 20 years ago when you were stitching and how things have changed.  Even patterns are different and of course taste.  Some of the things that I purchased way back when and never got to boy are they ever funny.  I have been wondering why I even bought some of them but I guess at the time they interested me.  Maybe I will get to them one day.  Besides I don't need any more.

One of the patterns that I pulled out was a Jubilee Sampler designed by Charland 1991 when she closed her stitching shop in Toronto and decided to just design.  Over the years I have seen her at the Needle Show in Toronto but I had forgotten that I had the piece so just for a change of pace I have pulled it out and put it on a scroll frame.  I don't use scroll frames very often either but with my shoulders being so sore maybe this will help them from getting any worse. 

There were so many patterns that I would love to start each and every one but I now have 4 large pieces on the go  so I had better finish something before I tackle any more.  I just love to start but have a hard time finishing.   As my sister-in-law Barb used to say just do one thread a day and you will eventually finish the project.  I'm sure she is right and probably looking down at me saying just do it.  On that note I will say my good byes for now happy stitching.
Keep on Stitching, one thread a day. Pennie

Friday, February 11, 2011

A month has passed and then some since my last posting and I have decided that once a month is a great length of time to post.  Once you retire your life seems to eventually settle into a routine and since it has now been one year since D and I have retired I can say that for the most part that is exactly what has happened.

January was mostly routine until one day when I asked D if we were going to venture south for a few weeks to re-energize in the sun, I asked and 6 days later we were off to the sunshine state.   Just one thing about going south  I guess I figure that once south and in the sunshine state of Florida that it will be indeed hot and sunny.  This year however, although I can gratefully say we didn't have to shovel anything, the wonderful state of Florida sadly was not hot or sunny.    I should have known from my parents vacationing all winter in past years  that January/February are not always the warmest times in Florida but I can hope.

D and I packed up our hobbies and left for a two week vacation from retirement.  Once we arrived we settled in to rainy cloudy weather but a great time for relaxing and doing what we enjoy hobbies.  To not have to cook, clean or otherwise engage in any household duty for two weeks and sit and enjoy cross stitching was wonderful.  I know you are probably thinking what on earth am I saying as we are retired but a change is as good as a rest. 

I was glad to find a wonderful little x-stitch store Needle Craft World in Kissimmee.  Cathleen is the owner and salesperson in the store and it was a wonderful time just sitting and talking about hobbies.  Like me she is a multitasker so we enjoyed comparing notes.   She is a wealth of knowledge and I had a most enjoyable time.  She has a table in her store and I am guessing that she has various nights with planned activities if anyone is interested.

D and I had talked about hobbies all through our vacation and we both felt that we have more than enough projects that neither of us needs anything but there is just something about going to a new store or seeing some different items to stitch that peaks your interest and just begs for you to try something new.   So once again I purchased a few projects to add to my already over stacked pile.

Coming home was a different story the rain continued all the way up to NC and then it started to freeze rain.  Definitely not the best trip home and after a second 12 hr day of driving it was nice to get home relax and have some dinner. 

Now back to reality all the usual housework is of course waiting for me.  February is my time to organize and decide what to stitch.  I have three or four on the go my cherry blossoms and my winter heron but why not add to the list or maybe finish an old project in any case this girl has to move her butt and get some work done.   So I need to take some pictures of the projects on the go and post them and see what else I can start.

I know from past travels I have found some really great x-stitch shops but it is always neat to find a new one so if you know of any send me a comment and tell me what you thought of it.

Keep on Stitching, one thread a day.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

Yahoo it's 2011.  Well as everyone is bringing in the New Year with a bang, I am saying goodbye to a difficult 2010 with wishes of a happier and healthier year.  Has everyone made those unattainable new year's resolutions, I did but  a little different this year.  Instead of the usual lose weight, get fit finish all my UFO's this year I simply wish to be happier. 

Full retirement has set in and we have enjoyed the past year trying to find out what it is we want to do with the rest of our lives.  The biggest advice I can give anyone so far is to not just sit around.  We have done the walking and the hobbies but the normal everyday sort of stuff that you do in addition to working, cleaning etc. has been not as regular as in the past so now it's time to get off this relaxed rollercoaster and start living the rest of our lives.

Of course my pile of UFO's has grown exponentially and so this year  I am going to finish some projects.  It wouldn't be fun though if I could start something new so I will have to check out the list and see what I can come up with .

I haven't any pictures of the cherry blossoms or the heron in winter but not much has been done to the later since I started just that kind of year. 

Well here goes 2011 and heres to a terrific year for everyone. 

Keep on Stitching, one thread a day. Pennie