Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Fiddleheads


It won't be long before we start thinking about meals with fresh fiddleheads. I start looking for them around May 15th and the high season is around the Victoria Day holiday. Last year, I agreed to do a fabric postcard swap with all the other CQA Reps in Canada. I have received all but one postcard. I'm one of the last 2 to get them done. I was at a roadblock. The criteria for most of the postcards is the same... something that represents our area.. So for me I've been thinking about the fiddlehead as the basis for my postcards. For a year, I've been thinking postcards, fiddleheads... but nothing was pushing me to get them done. Well, after taking my Art Deco sewing class from Pippa Moore this week, I had it. I had my fiddlehead after all this time. I made a prototype, and I really liked it. So yesterday I made 3 fiddleheads and I'll do the rest when I get back from away. I have the 3 in envelopes with stamps and with a note bearing the words. "The Fiddlehead grows by moonlight along NB streams and rivers only to be chopped down at daylight by lovers of these green delicacies."

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Canadian Living Juicebag



It's here, and just in time before we go away. It's a rather cute little article on Page 23 of the April issue. The insructions to make the juicebag are on the CL website, but the links are not up yet. When they are up, they'll be here. http://www.canadianliving.com/crafts/sewing/sew_a_recycled_tote_bag_out_of_juice_bags.php
Here is the enlarged version of the article.. it's a bit hard to read so click on the image below for a larger version.


Monday, February 25, 2008

Look at my foot!

What a bright little girl. I get to see her on Skype every day. Skype has a snapshot tool, and I took this pic while Aurora was showing me her big feet this morning.
Her and mama were going outside for a walk in the sling today. She likes to walk.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Art Deco - Ferns and Frawns

I attended my Pippa Moore workshop today. It was a blast. Pippa gave us basic shapes in the Art deco style and encouraged us to try different configurations with the shapes. Here is Pippa's on top. Then using the exact same shapes, mine is below it. It was a fun class. There is still several hours of stitching to be done... It was a fun class... I would do it again in a minute.



Friday, February 22, 2008

Back to Sewing, Quilting and a new dog

I was at the post office today and happened to see a stamp commemmorating the year of the Rat. So since Baby Aurora was born on the first day of the year of the Rat, I bought this. I'm not sure what I'll do with it, but it'll be interesting for her to look at in her Baby Book years from now.

So, now that Baby and mama are in Saint John, starting their life together, I guess I have to transition back to life with no baby around. So today, I went to visit with the Friday girls and our out-of-town quilt teacher joined us for yummy cheesecake and muffins. Pippa Moore is her name, a great lady from BC. You can see her work here http://www.pippamoore.com/. I'm taking her ferns and flowers workshop tomorrow. So this afternoon is spent, looking through fabrics trying to determine what goes and what doesn't. I'll augment what I have with fabrics that she sells..

Oh, and we just found out, there is another new addition to the family. Michele and Wade and the triplets have a new dog... a brother for Maggie the first dog. The new dog is a Boston Terrier. A cute white dog with a spot on him. He kinda looks like Maggie except that Maggie is mostly black. They're unsure of the name, but it sounds like it might be "Spot".

Thursday, February 21, 2008

I know Aurora...some things are hard.


Here is baby Aurora, mad as all get out. We dressed her for her long drive to Saint John today. She was mad because we covered her eyes for 5 seconds while putting on her new sweater. She and mama are all settled back in their apartment. We put up some shelves, and set up the new bookshelf with lots of her new gifts.


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Baby A. in her new pink hat

This litle baby loves to sleep. This little chair helps to sit her up a bit during the day.


Here is Baby Aurora in her new pink alpacka hat and mitts. Stephanie made it for a gift for her. Doesn't she look smart.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Baby Shower

Scott and Michelle were coaches in the delivery room when Baby A was born.

Aurora's special cousin Stephanie who is also born in the year of the rat. I guess Aurora could be called a New Year's Baby. Baby Rat that is.








We had fun and lots of nice things for baby Aurora.








Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Mama and baby


Today, we played with the camera a bit. Little Aurora has a natural grin. We know she's not smiling on purpose yet, but she gets these little smirks that are just adorable.
Today, we're sorta in a routine. Feedings are regular, poops and pees are regular. I got some sewing done. I made 4 receiving blankets, 4 burpies, 2 fleece blankets, and sorted out some fabric. I haven't sewed in a week, so today felt good.
Tomorrow, we go help the triplets at the rink. They're skating with their kindergarden class. The triplets can skate but the rest of the class needs help. After skating, I'm going to work for a run in the Gym. Then we're getting ready for my Friday Quilter ladies to come over for coffee on Friday. They will be the first ones to meet our dear little Aurora. The baby shower is set for Sunday from 2 to 4. We're looking forward to that.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Sunday, February 10, 2008

She's here and she's a doll








7lbs 14oz
I'm putting up pictures for now...and I'll blog later. I'm rushing to get my quilting newsletter out (I've been outa town you know!!) :) and I'm getting ready to go to the Oscars tonite. (not really, it's just the ECMA's), but a nice change of scenery just the same. Here are the pics....Baby Aurora has great feet. Mama tossed me a little pair of socks, and look how silly they are compared to her dear little feet. They would curl her pretty little toes... We laughed all day about that. Everyone is talking about her big feet, especially since Patience has size 6 feet...

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Superbowl Sunday

Well, it's Superbowl Sunday. That means it's a whole day of sports on TV.. Golf in the afternoon, and football in the evening, so I think I'll sew today and do some planning of Emily's quilt for her July birthday. I will probably machine quilt Baby Aurora's French Rose quilt too.

Today, I've made 2 of those cute little kleenex pouches for Jessica and Emily. They are coming home from their cruise vacation today, so that'll be a little something for them. I'm making kits for 2 of my aunts who love to sew crafty things. I'll include an already prepared kleenex holder, one that is just folded, and of course the instructions from the internet. They will like that.

On Friday, Michele gave me a bag of juicebags. It's the motherload. It's mostly koolaid bags. So Mert and I washed them yesterday and they are drying today. I don't know how many there are but I bet there's over 100. I'm going to make some do-it-yourself juicebag kits up to give to my Friday Girls to do. I had one very experienced sewer test my juicebag instructions and she gave me a few suggestions. So that's done and I'll be emailing those to Canadian Living Magazine on Monday.

Yesterday, I finished a little sookie quilt for Baby A which was made from leftovers from the quilt that Patience made for her last summer. I was glad to do it since I got alot of practice using some of the techniques, that I learned watching the Pajama quilter DVD.
This is a detail to show the free motion quilting.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Work it Baby, Work it.

My Friday quilt girls said that I should get more pictures of Patience. Their one regret when they were pregnant is they didn't have very many pictures of themselves. So I put on my photographers hat, and we took these pictures this evening. Oh, the things your mother makes you do. I think they came out quite nice. I bought this white fabric a few weeks ago to start working on Baby Aurora's Baptism gown. Now, Patience can tell baby A. that she wore the dress before her.