Thursday, March 15, 2018

Welcome to my Kitchen

We had a wonderful time of fellowship.  Our hostess set a wonderful table with white and gold dishes.  She served home made bread toast with a variety of jams along with yogurt and fruit. Of course, tea and coffee in abundance.  We had 16 ladies in attendance.  Books were exchanged, a collection made of dish cloths and tea towels for the church kitchen, a great devotion and prayer for the concerns in the room.

I am so grateful to have this group of wonderful ladies to share time with each month.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Ready 2 Go Stack Kit - Thank You Cards

I am working on card kits for my class on April 09th.  I decided to make a kit of only thank you cards. 

This card starts with a black textured card base.

I adhered a printed and embossed thank you layer which was trimmed to leave a small border.

I used a push pin to create 3 evenly placed holes along the top edge of the card.  I ensured the holes went through only the card front. Then, I cut three lengths of red grosgrain ribbon. I fold each in half and used the push pin to create holes in the ribbon for the brad. I place the small black sequin onto the brad, then pushed it through the hole in the ribbon then through the hole in the card front.  Turned the card over and press the prongs apart on the inside of the card. I trimmed the ends of the ribbon with scissors. I repeat for the other 2 ribbons.

This card starts with a red card base.  

I adhered a printed thank you layer to the card front which was trimmed to leave a small border all the way around.

I added a couple of silk flowers which coordinate with the card color in the top left hand corner held in place with a coordinating mini brad.  I used a push pin to create the hole for the brad.

This kit has red and magenta card bases.

This card starts with a green card base.

I cut 2 scallop borders from gold sticker paper with the DieNamics Scallop border thinlit.  These were adhered aligned along the top and bottom borders.

I placed holes on the right and left side of the gold embossed greeting with the Stampin Up Slot punch.  I pushed the ivory gold organza ribbon through the right hand slot, across the back of the greeting and up through the left hand side.  I then adhered the greeting to the card front to keep it aligned.  I pulled the ribbon around the card edge across the inside of the card and back around the right hand edge of the card to meet the other end on the ribbon. I tied a knot and trimmed the ribbon ends.   The kit contains pink cards as well.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Nature - In and Out

I stopped at the Conservatory for a few minutes on my way home yesterday.  The feature pavilion's theme was CandyCopia which was not really my cup of tea but I did manage a couple lovely images.

I think this one is a rose of some sort and of course tulips were great.  I will have to go back during the week when it is less busy.  There were several large groups in for tours.

I headed home for some lunch and a bit of a nap.  This viral infection is just dragging. 

Later in the day I decided to get out and visit the wetlands.  I know it's early in the season to expect to see wildlife though birds must live there year round. 

Cattails in the late day sun were very pretty.

The walkways were pretty icy and snow covered.   I met a few families enjoying the last of the sun.  The area is frequented by many dog walkers but I did not see any on this trip.


Sharing with Mosaic Monday #76 hosted by Maggie at Normandy Life.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Birthday

I made this card for a friend whose aunt celebrates her birthday on St. Patrick's Day. 

I chose a warm green card base.  I added a few stripes of vellum which were adhere to the inside of the card  then flipped forward to cover the front. I added some double sided tape down the card which will be covered by the greeting.

The greeting was printed on bright warm green card stock and then I ripped the bottom and top edges.  It was adhered aligned to the bottom of the card front.

I punched 3 hearts from plaid green glitter paper with the Stampin Up Sweetheart punch.  I cut a stem by hand with scissors.  I added 3 small hearts over the glitter ones adhered with 3D foam tape.  The shamrock was assembled and glued in place with double sided tape. 

The white narrow ribbon was added just above the greeting. I used a 1/8" circle punch to create a small hole in the fold on the left hand side.  I ran a length of the ribbon twice through and tied a knot on the right hand side of the card.  

I added an Irish Blessing on the inside.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Exchange Cards - Teapots

I'm late getting my exchange cards for February out.  I've used some teapot photos I took recently.

Love this Japanese Teapot.  I added some bamboo chop sticks and a coordinating tea cup.  It was placed on a piece of batik fabric in coordinating colors.

I cut the photo to 4x4 inches.  I used  Martha Stewart corner rounder punch on the top left and bottom right corners.  I glued the photo to a deep blue card aligned top and sides. 

I added an oval greeting in blue on white.  This was adhered to the card front with 3D foam tape.

This small green teapot is wonderful as it's surface is matte and creates less reflections. Paired with a tiny white porcelain tea cup set and some spring tulips in deep yellow. 

I chose a deep yellow card.  I corner rounded the corners same as the first one. I added a Stampin Up Decorative Label punchie in black then a Modern Label punchie greeting in deep yellow as well.  It is mounted with 3D foam tape.

These are on their way to my exchange partners late but done!

Kitty Cards - Exchange

I have been working on creating some art for one of my photo calendars for 2019.  I had decided on a cat face. I have spent days on this project.  I have drawn many faces but I have not achieved the results I wanted - CUTE!.  I have incorporated a couple of the paper pieced art in my card exchange for March so that the effort spent produced some results.  I want to thank my sisters who have provided endless feedback on this art project.                           What do you think of the face? 

These are large cards A7 (5x7) cards because the original art work was based on a 6x6 background.

The kitty is paper pieced where the face is printed on designer paper then cut out by hand.  The ears are printed on the same paper and cut out then a triangle of black is added for depth.

I tried a couple of collar options.  On the left, is the bling collar with a jingle bell.  These again repeat the black from the face and ears.  I adhere the bling with Zots.  The jingle bell is a Martha Stewart punch.  I attached it with a piece of thread.   On the right, I created a bow tie with 2 triangles of black with a .75 inch circle in the middle.  I added a blue button in the middle with Zots.

The greeting was printed on the same designer paper as the cat face then I ripped the top and bottom edge.

These are off to my card exchange partners today.

Monday, March 5, 2018

First Trip Outside in a While

As you may learned from my previous post I have been under the weather for a while.  The weather has been been good and not so much. We got some more snow on Friday and Saturday and the roads have been ugly!
I was out for food and essential supplies of cough drops, ginger, and flour on Thursday night despite not feeling like it at all.

I decided to go out into the world today for a few minutes, of course with the camera. It was relatively nice at -7C but twenty minutes was all I could stand. 

Nature created these cotton ball like snowballs in the trees.

I caught the late afternoon sun on these dry leaves.

They were a bright spot on a pretty white landscape.

I love the golden tones and the texture of the veins creating light and dark spaces.
This sunflower still retains it's yellow coloring from it's fall glory.

I hope the birds have harvested it's seeds.

I managed to photograph 4 birds near the bird feeder.  A sparrow, a chickadee, a Downy Woodpecker, and a Junco.  I am grateful for those who have kept the feeder filled throughout the winter.

Sharing with Maggie at Normandy Life who hosts Mosaic Monday #75.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Viral Time Out

I have received a viral time out.  I have been sick in bed and couch for 10 days.  A visit to the doctor confirmed that I did not have a sinus infection or lung infection and as this is likely a viral infection no medication will be prescribed.

The doctor confirmed that I will likely be miserable but should I be worse in a week come back.  I can tell you I was not impressed.

I spent nights not able to sleep in my bed because when I laid down I coughed like crazy.  I tried all kinds of solutions.

I drank a lot of water and ginger lemon hot tea helped with the very  sore throat.   I was fortunate to have Olympics to watch, and a couple of books to read.

I have turned the corner and know that I will be well soon.

This book takes place in Greece and fills some of the stories I have read about in other books.

In a Greek taverna, high over the small village of Aghia Anna, four people meet for the first time: Fiona, an Irish nurse, Thomas, a Californian academic; Elsa, a German television presenter; and David a shy English boy. Along with Andreas, the old man who runs the taverna, they become close to each other after witnessing a tragedy when a pleasure steamer catches fire in the harbour.

NIGHTS OF RAIN AND STARS is the story of one summer when Fiona, Thomas, Elsa and David all have to face the particular life crisis which first made them leave their homes and end up in Greece. With the help of Vonni, a middle-aged Irishwoman who lives in the village and is now a near native, they each find a solution - although not necessarily the one they anticipated...

Ella Brady wants to film a documentary about Quentins that will capture the spirit of Dublin from the 1970s to the present day. After all, the restaurant saw the people of a city become more confident in everything from their lifestyles to the food that they chose to eat. And Quentins has a thousand stories to tell. But as Ella uncovers more of what has gone on at Quentins, she begins to wonder whether some secrets should be kept that way...

Every table at Quentins Restaurant has a thousand stories to tell: tales of love, betrayal and revenge. Ella Brady wants to make a documentary about the renowned Dublin restaurant that has captured the spirit of a generation and a city in the years it has been open.

In Maeve Binchy’s magical Quentins you will meet new friends and old: the twins from Scarlet Feather, the Signora from Evening Class, Ria from Tara Road – and a host of fresh faces. There is Monica, the ever-cheerful Australian waitress, and Blouse Brennan, whose simplicity disguises a sharp mind and a heart of gold. Presiding over Quentins are Patrick and Brenda Brennan, who have made the restaurant such a legend. But even they have a story and a sadness which is hidden from the public gaze. As Ella uncovers more of what has gone on, she wonders about the wisdom of bringing it to the screen. Should the restaurant keep its secrets?

I found the Olympics in 2018 in PyeongChang to be really wonderful.  I watched curling, snowboarding, skiing, ice dance and bob sledding.  There was not a lot of politics, issues, and problems in this set of Olympics.

I loved the technology in the ceremonies.  It was amazing.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Welcome to my Kitchen

We had a great time of fellowship this morning during our Welcome to my Kitchen get together.

Our numbers were down due to some ladies being away in warmer climes, some dealing with health issues and others too busy to attend.  There was 11 of us.

As you can see we had a heart theme with a glitzy table center piece.

I chose a devotion on the heart theme called "What Love Looks Like".  We all need to be reminded to be kind, gentle, and consider others before ourselves.

I made quarter sheet heart handouts with the characteristics of Love for each participant. 

The paper is by Scrap Ease - Cotton Candy.  I cut the pink hearts with one of the heart thin lits from the Sizzix set.  I printed the words onto the designer paper.

Our hostess set up a pretty table with reds and whites. She provided fruit salad, yogurt, raisin bread and cinnamon buns with a generous amount of  tea and coffee.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine Cookies

I made these for my Fruit of the Spirit Bible Study which was supposed to start today but the weather had something to say about it. Woke up with blowing snow coming down so I cancelled the session for today.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Recent Photos

This is a great cup of green tea.  It does not look green but I read in a book recently that the color depends on when it is picked in the year. 

This is Jasmine Dragon Pearls green tea which is hand rolled and on the pricey side.  It was a gift from a friend. 

I brewed the tea for my photo shoot for my 2019 Tea Pot Calendar which will come out later this year.

This is the book on my night stand this week.  Of course, Maeve is one of my favorite authors and this book covers several incidents that I am familiar with from other books.  I don't know how she kept all the stories and characters straight. 

In this book, the story is told from Clara's point of view which is  new character for me.

I am enjoying it and will be done to swap it out at Welcome to my Kitchen next week.

My bible study material is ready to go.  It is on the Fruit of the Spirit and starts next Wednesday which is Feb 14 Valentine's Day.

I am looking forward to having at least 5 ladies attending as we explore how God works in our lives to grow Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Goodness, and Self Control.

Are any of you following "This is Us" TV series?  I have watched it from the beginning and on a special Super Bowl episode we find out how Jack died.  He has been dead since the first episode but with flash backs I have come to really love this character.  He is such a good person with the best heart.   There will be a couple more episodes until it goes in hiatus till the fall.  I have convinced several friends to watching it.  I understand the first season is now on Netflicks.

Well sewing projects don't always work out the way you plan them on paper.  I did a sample of the pattern I posted here but it did not go as planned so I made some adjustments.

I now have made several sets of these and I am happy with them.  The fleece is tricky to get consistent stitching in the zigzag but I can live with it.

I am sharing with
Jann who hosts Share Your Cup #283 at Daily Cup with Mrs. Olson

Friends Sharing Tea hosted by Bernideen

Tuesday Cuppa Tea hosted by Ruth

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Blog Give Away Winners - Updated

Today I am announcing the winners of my Blog Giveaway.

A couple of my give away winners did not respond so today I have selected 2 replacements.

Carol from Art & Sand

Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy

Margie, Jann, Carol and Jeanie, I hope to post the photo calendars into the mail tomorrow.  Keep an eye for them.  

Enjoy them all year long.

I had 7 individuals leave comments on my Blog Giveaway - 2018 Goals post.  Thank you for visiting my blog and sharing your 2018 goals with me. 

I used a random generator to pick 4 from the 7.

That means that the winners are:

Margie from Tea in the Valley

Jann from Daily Cup with Mrs. Olson

Debbie from Debbie-Dabble Christmas

Pam from Everyday Living

I have sent emails of congrats! Looking forward to sending those calendars off soon.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Winter Games

The most famous Winter Games start this week in South Korea.  I expect there will be many throughout the world watching the games on some sort of electronic device.  There will be some actually attending the events bundled up in winter clothes at some level.
Best wishes to all the athletes participating in the games.  May all be fair, honorable and safe.

The Alberta Winter Games are being held closer to home and start next week.  For a few days athletes will compete in the northern part of the province.

From what I could see there are about 22 sports being held in outdoor and indoor venues. Some are Alpine Skiing, Badminton, Curling, Hockey and Judo.

All the best to all athletes participating in these games.

Now for something a little more familiar.  These are the ones that live at my house.  Scrabble is my favorite. 

What are your winter games?  Leave me a comment.

I'm not much for card games but my Dad has played many games in his life. He made the board that you see here.  It is well built and spins nicely so each player can easily mark his progress.  I keep the board because my Dad made it. In an earlier life I played this game weekly. Interesting how interests change.

I had to search for a deck of cards and found this set in my craft supplies.  I bought them for the art on them and not to actually play cards.  I did check and all the cards are there.

This is a very interesting deck of cards.  The information card indicates Gothic Playing Cards - each back depicting the great kings of France based on paintings from the french schools of the XIV, XV, and XVI centuries.

I have included 1 each of the 1, kings, queen and jokers in the top row, the jokers are in the left middle, the outside of the box on the middle right, the bottom left is the info card and the side of the box.

I am intrigued and will spend some time looking at the images on the cards.

I am sharing with Mosaic Monday #71 hosted by Maggie at Normandy Life.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Christmas Card Challenge - February - Red Heart

This card is for my monthly Christmas Card Challenge which is Red Heart for February.

I chose a red card and added a layer of designer paper - Bazzill Basics Paper - Holiday Style - Stitched Green.

I tied a plaid ribbon on the right hand side and trimmed the ends.

I used the Stampin Up Sweetheart Punch with red metallic paper to create the heart accents which were adhered with 3D foam tape. 

I printed the greeting and trimmed it to end under the ribbon on the right.  I used red and green to repeat the colors from the card in the greeting.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Recent Photos

I am looking for summery images with this cold weather hanging in here.

So, tea this morning was served with true blue and yellow color scheme. The tea was Mango Passion Fruit served in my Steeped Tea True Blue heart shaped tea cup and saucer.

I love how my new small tea pot works so well with my regular dishes.  A delicious piece date square from our lunch on Sunday and a trio orange slices brightened up the table.

I chose my heart shaped tea cup and saucer with the gold edges.  The gold mercury glass bottle repeats this punch of metallic gold.

I placed some bright yellow poppies in the mercury glass bottle. 

Three slices from a large navel orange on the true blue plate again provides a bright punch of color on the table.  It offers some vitamin C to ward off those unhealthy bugs floating in the air.

This was the January book for the Tea Book Club hosted by Angela at Tea with Friends.

I did not finish this book.  It is book documenting the history of Darjeeling tea so some of the pages were not very compelling to me. 

I did learn a bit about the tea and would be interested to trying it next time I hit the loose tea store.

Love the cover!

I received this large jar candle scented Pumpkin Pie from a friend many years ago.  I decided it was time to liquidate it and thought that the jar may have decorator value.  So, I set out to melt the remaining wax in the jar which took several hours.  My place smell quite nice at the beginning but it became quite strong over time.

Once the wax as fully melted I washed the jar and removed the label.  Behind the label the jar was not textured as the top and bottom so it is not as reflective as those areas.  I've decided to keep for a bit to see if I can use it.

I am working on a sewing project for pot protectors.  I have been working on this pattern for a month. 

I have finally come up with something I am happy with it so I will be cutting and sewing to see the fabric project lives up to the vision.

I will keep you posted on the final project.

Sharing with
Tuesday Cuppa Tea hosted by Ruth

Tea with Friends hosted by Bernideen

Share Your Cup hosted by Jann at Daily Cup with Mrs. Olson.