Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bathroom humour ?

This is my dog  vignette in my guest bathroom cupboard. When guests are looking for toilet tissue in the bathroom cupboard or just bored and snooping while sitting on the "john"  - they will find this dog and 2 cats  staring at them.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The winter weather is making the chicadees and sparrows very hungry.  In the first picture you can see two birds on the bell feeder, in the second picture is a very small bird  right inside the bell feeder !  Today I saw at least 6 birds all at one feeder and about one dozen flying in and around the feeders.   We also have a large Northern Flicker Woodpecker and a Downy Woodpecker visiting the feeders.    I have to watch those pesky large squirrels they raid all the suet from the feeders.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Sun Bonnet Sue sampler block quilt (Surfin Sue)

I am still working on the mini quilt blocks  3 1/2 inch square. This was the challenge from the International Quilters IFQ  and  This site has now moved to a yahoo group.  This challenge started Dec 8, 2008   but due to my fathers passing,  my job loss, moving to a new city and buying another house that needed work,  this project was put into the UFO ( unfinished objects)category.  Well I have "blown the dust" off the project and started again.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dinner Party

Rita Kramme kindly hosted the Saanich Newcomers group Christmas dinner last night. Rita is a culinary arts graduate and made all the food for 20 of us, the food was superb .
I loved the Thai chicken wheels, broccoli salad and all the appy’s, they were so delicious, yum. It was hard to choose which desserts to try and she also made a rainbow cake that was so colourful and scrumptious.
When we were ready to go home Rita gave us this individual Christmas cake wrapped in fondant with a gold ribbon around it. She also crafted each of us a miniature Christmas tree from white sugar cookies. We were spoiled with delicious food, wine and wonderful evening.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Went on a historical tour today with the Saanich, BC  Newcomers Group to St Anne's Academy and Church of Our Lord. Many of Victoria's pioneers attended this church including Emily Carr and Sir James Douglas.

St Ann's Academy National Historic site. Victoria’s first Roman Catholic Cathedral, it was built in 1858, moved and added a school in 1886. Like many rural French Canadian churches it is modeled after, it has an ornate altar and ceiling carvings, gold-leaf detailing, original oil paintings, stained glass windows and a 1913 Casavant pipe organ.

The Church of Our Lord. The congregation of the Church of Our Lord was created on October 29, 1874 by the Reverend Edward Cridge and his followers, and included many of Victoria's pioneer families. Rev. Cridge had originally arrived at Fort Victoria in 1855 to be the Chaplain of the Hudson's Bay Company. The interior of the church features a magnificent hammerbeam ceiling, memorial stained glass and the historic Appleton Organ which dates from the 1820s. The church was designated a National Historic Site in 1998.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Finlayson Arm Oct 2 2011

You can see the mist and clouds rolling in.  This picture was taken on Highway 1 going north on Vancouver Island.

October in Victoria BC

Autumn has arrived here  and all the Maple leaves are falling to the ground.  The beautiful colors or red, orange , green and yellow,  add a rainbow of color to the green vibrant grass. This is in contrast to the grey sky,   with clouds rolling in from the Pacific Ocean.   The pumpkin patches can be seen in the farmers field,  with row upon on row of pumpkins.  Children will visit the farms   before Halloween Oct 31   and choose a pumpkin to take home and carve.  We have put away all our summer furniture, raked leaves and cut our grass for the last time before spring.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Malahat Highway lookout Vancouver Island

This picture was taken in August, from the Malahat Highway lookout.   This is overlooking Vancouver Island looking east.  Breath takingly beautiful,  I am always in awe of the beauty here is BC

Sunset at Brentwood Bay, Vancouver Island BC

My son  and I  decided to go down to the beach at Brentwood Bay and watch the sunset.  One of the advantages of living on the Island is that you can see this awesome view daily.   So tranquille  and peaceful

Saturday, July 23, 2011

I was busy in the months of  May and June  making this  Fur bear made from  a recycled fur coat. This Teddy Bear took about 10 hours to make was a special gift to my sister in law for her birthday and retirement.   I also made the little straw hat.  

Another project that I have been working on for two years, yes folks two years. I am teaching myself how to embroider and   I decided I am going to round up all my UFO's  ( unfinished objects) and get them completed.   I must admit this isn't quite finished to my satisfaction as I want to add a few more french knots  and beads and then frame it.   I bought a shadow box frame for it.  

My little fabric silk puse

A number of years ago I attended the Pacific Northwest Quilt Show in Seattle Washington and purchaseds some silk and used kimono material from the  Shibori Dragon booth along with this really cute little purse pattern by "Kathryn's of Course".   I started to make the purse and got hung up on the instructions.   They were not all that complicated but I felt intimidated by it.   You need to make the lining separate from the purse and stack them one on top of the other, sew them together and then turn them inside out.   I finally finished it this month and I am really pleased on how it turned out.  I need to have more confidence in what I do. Can't wait to make another one now that I know how to do it.