Thursday, 29 September 2016

Almost There...

Good Evening Internet Friends!

It's almost the weekend!!!  Only one more day of work.  I always feel exhausted the weeks in which I work 5 days, must be getting old......

As for crafting this week there has only been minimal knitting.  This evening after taking both cars out to fill with petroleum (reportedly the price will be going up), getting groceries, making dinner, dishes, vacuuming and two loads of laundry I did manage to make:

TAH DAH!!!!

Now to go get lunches prepped for tomorrow and make sure that laundry is ready ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Sunday Funday!

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Kiddo and I have had a restful weekend.  We slept in, and did what we wanted.  We did not even use the automobile even once this weekend!!!  YAY us.

Yesterday I decided to finally put the binding on my "comfort" quilt.  This is a quilt from my most favorite quilt store: The Quilt Patch.  I call it my "comfort" quilt because earlier this spring I took it to my friend Sharon at 4 Paws Quilting and she long armed it.  

I brought it home and placed it on the very end runner of my sleigh bed and there it sat until I got my corneal scratch this summer.  Drugged out on pain killers in bed I pulled this quilt over me and that is how I was found by Sharon when she came to check on me and feed my kid dinner (I have the BEST friends, seriously). 

 Fast forward about 10 days and after being once again drugged for the world's largest kidney stone (not really exaggerating) I was  again discovered (this time by hubby) sleeping under the unfinished quilt ☺

Yesterday I decided to put on the binding.  Very early this morning I went to sleep after getting the binding on.  This morning I took pictures:

TAH DAH!!!  There is the quilt in all it's glory on my sitting room sofa.  ☺


Check out the awesome borders that Sharon did within the borders.


Side borders....


The tan block centers all look like this.


The checkered squares look like this. 


Between my applique she free handed these neat little vines!!!!

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this quilt, and since I have already been drugged under it I know it is a cozy sleeping quilt! ☺

Yesterday afternoon kiddo and I walked the dog almost 5 miles through the River Valley.  Today we made almost 8 miles.  Kiddo and Dog slept well last night and I suspect tonight as well:

One of the many sets of stairs in the River Valley.


The trees looked amazing today ☺


A boy and his dog enjoying the day!

Hope you all had a wonderful relaxing weekend and that this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Friday, 23 September 2016

I Made It!!!!!

Good Evening Internet Friends!

I Made It!!!  Literally....I Made It through this week.  I Made It to Friday, and I Made It (tonight's post).

Somehow after working this weekend I was extremely tired going back to work on Wednesday.  This three day week felt like a week on it's own!!!

This evening after a dinner of left overs (seriously) I put on my jammies and went to my craft room.

I completed the first of 8 blocks in this color way for my Scandi 3 quilt.  This is from the Fabric Kit I picked up from my friend Sharon at 4 Paws Quilting:

Only 20 more blocks to go!!!!

Now I think I shall toddle off to bed as tomorrow is a no alarm clock, go no where kind of day ☺  Might have some time to work on my crafts......oh wait household chores and responsibility.....

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Block 4 Scandi

Good Evening Internet Friends!

It has been a couple of days since my last blog post but never fear...I am always up to something.  I really never stop and that is the truth. 

Yesterday was to be my bonus do NOTHING day other than run a few errands and then have some time to myself to relax before going back to work and assuming responsibility for all needs of the family.  Hubby returned to work today in a fly in remote access work camp.  That of course means that I am responsible for the next 14 days for EVERYTHING!!!

After running errands, laundry, dinner preparations and organizing lunches for the week I had just enough time after piano lessons and home work to knit a few rows on my mittens.  Not enough to show any progress though.

This evening after getting kiddo to bed and the last of the laundry in the dryer I spent a bit of time in my craft room and created:

Block #4 of my Scandi 3 Quilt!  This is the awesome fabric/kit that my friend Sharon at 4 Paws Quilting brought in a few weeks back.  

In total there are 25 blocks for this quilt so apparently I need to pick up the pace if I want this done prior to Christmas ☺

Now it's off to finish the laundry and get a bit of rest for tomorrow.

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Friday, 16 September 2016

Star Block Challenge

Good Evening Internet Friends!!

I of course had big plans for my one day off!  Of course nothing goes as planned so there are a few things left to be done ether tomorrow before I go to work, or maybe re-consider their importance, and or do on Monday when I am off.  ☺

I did manage to get to Costco for groceries.  Pet Valu for dog food, cat food and dog treats and cat treats.  While there I found a really cute little black kitten.  He was adorable.  I petted him.  My eyes swelled up and my hand got red and a rash appeared......okay not the kind of cat I can adopt......but he was cute.  Most importantly though with regards to errands I got to River City Yarns to get a set of 3 mm Birch knitting needles.  I love these needles and somehow I did not have a set of 3 mm.  I do now and will be casting on for a new pair of mittens soon, but maybe I should get some of my other projects done......?

This evening I did spend a wee bit of time in my craft room and I made another of the Star Blocks for the Star Block Challenge by A Needle Pulling Thread Quilt Shop:

This is block 9 I believe.....it should be block 37!  Ooops, might have some sewing to do over the next few days ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Thursday, 15 September 2016

New Baby....New Blankie...

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Today is sort of my version of Friday as I am off tomorrow before the start of the weekend of work.  YAY ME!!! 

"Sew" far this week I have been up to a lot, but accomplished not much of anything!

The one thing that I did manage to accomplish was a receiving blanket for my friend who had her baby girl on Tuesday.  

Since I did not know baby's gender the quilt I had chosen earlier (a really girlie quilt) still sits on my desk waiting to be sewn.

Now that baby is here there is no way Auntie Kathy can let baby go home without a homemade blankie.

"Sew" late last night I made baby a receiving blanket:

TAH DAH!!!

Now to get working on that really girlie quilt!!!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Whirlwind Sunday....

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Well, my three day weekend is over and now back to work for 4 days, off for one and then evenings this weekend.  I can always account for my days yet always seem to wonder where the time goes.

This morning kiddo and I were up bright and early because we had to help his Boy Scouts group organize and inventory all of their equipment for the upcoming season.  I started a load of laundry before we left.

We returned home after lunch to carry on with the laundry (we were cold though cause it started to rain on us) and get ready for school and work this week.

First off because the weather seemed rather nasty outside I cut down all of my chive plant and chopped it up and put it in the oven at 170 F for two hours to dry:

All chopped and ready for the oven on top of a piece of brown paper.


Two hours later I have almost a cup of chopped dried chives.  These are now living in the freezer for use in cooking in the upcoming winter (which right now seems like tomorrow).

I decided that I better start working on some of the veggies from the haul last weekend so decided a quick way to get rid of lots in a hurry would be to make borscht:

We had some for dinner and will for lunch as well tomorrow.  The remainder has been packed into containers and is bound for the freezer as I really did not feel like starting the canning process late in the evening (today anyways).  

Nothing tastes better in my mind than soup with fresh bread so I made Oatmeal, Multi-grain, Whole Wheat bread:

YUM.  My favorite with butter!

For dessert I used the last of the fresh rhubarb from the refrigerator and made Rhubarb Crumble Pie:

I LOVE this dessert!!!  So Yummy!!!

Now of course in typical me fashion while all of this was going on laundry was not enough to keep me occupied so between loads and batches I also worked on:

Socks!  I wore my wool socks today and they were amazing as always; I was cold but my feet were not.   ☺


Thrum Mittens because it is getting cold out (as I have mentioned a few times....right?).

Both of these yarns are from my Yarn Crush/Sock Crush subscription boxes.  As I sat knitting these today I realized that part of what I love about these boxes is that the boxes only contain yarn from Indie Yarn Dyers!  As you likely know I love supporting small and local businesses and these boxes allow for me to expand my yarn intake more than I probably would on my own as right now I have 4 favorite Indie Dyers and pretty much always use these.

I will post more details later in the week about each of these, but for tonight I think I shall go to sleep.  It's been a long but very good day. ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy