Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Taking Advantage of Island Time

Living on an island in the north Atlantic
certainly has it's perks.
You can't deny the quiet, peaceful beauty
Photo by Ranger Ron

and you can't get lost!
But there are drawbacks, too.
If you run out of thread or need a zipper,
it's over an hour to the nearest shopping opportunity.
RCMP presence is minimal and the ATVers and dirt bikers
sometimes take over the roads,
filling your airspace with obnoxious noise.
And then, there is 
Island Time.
Now, I'm all about slow, easy, and deliberate..
And I'm prone to procrastination myself, upon occasion,
but it is not my 'way of life'.
However, if you are a business here, you have a little monopoly,
and you 'get to it' whenever it suits you.
If you are told they'll be out your way on Wednesday or Thursday,
there's no telling what Wednesday or Thursday they are referring to.
Afterall, there are lots of them!!

In the meantime,
while I patiently wait and try to find the humor in Island Time,
I sew.

Am loving Valori Wells' creations.
Here are a couple of cell phone pocket purses.
The cell phone is kept in a back pocket,
snug against your body, but easily accessible;
and under the buttoned flap are little wallet pockets.

I've made several of these since last winter.
They are lots of fun to construct.
My daughter is a bag lady
and has a few in different colors,
some for fun, some for work.
They are also great for moms.  Sometimes,
you don't need to take that great big diaper bag or tote
into a store.  These bags are perfect to keep in the bigger bag
and just grab to run into the store for this or that.
Have a great day!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fabric Letters

Christmas Gift Idea
I've been having fun making my great-niece
a little Christmas gift of fabric letters
to manipulate on the floor.

They measure approximately 4.25" x 5.25".
She'll get the whole alphabet,
of course,
but thought I'd start with her name,
just in case.
Seems like it would be easy enough,
but 26 letters turned out to be A LOT!!
You can find the tutorial HERE.
Great stashbuster!
I plan to make a few extra b's and t's, m's and d's
so she can learn to spell words like
baby and kitty, mommy and daddy,
and I'll put them all in a simple
drawstring bag.

Hope this gives you an idea or two!
I see so many possibilities!
I have a few stragglers hanging out on my property.
A small flock of juvenile Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Also referred to as "Butter Butt"
Like me, they are reluctant to leave such a beautiful place.

Have a nice day,

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Busy, Busy, Busy

This is what I wake to most mornings,
esp. in the fall when the temperatures are changing.
The sun is just rising.
I wish I could make it a "scratch and sniff" picture,
so you could smell the salt air, too!
When I was a little girl, maybe 8 years old, I read a book
about a little girl who was obsessed with saving time.  The
story was about how she would do little things like wait
to tie her shoes until she was on the bus, saving those little
snippets of time to accomplish something else in the grander
scheme of daily life. 

I wish I could remember the name of the book. 
It's right on the tip of my tongue.  I think of her
all the time, because that is what my life has become now that
time is going by faster and faster.  This morning, I found myself
saying, "If I put my socks and shoes on while I wait for my toast
to pop up...."

I haven't been blogging, or birding, or backpacking.  But,
I have been busy, busy, busy....sewing. 
I'm negligent about taking pictures of my creations.
It's when they are gone that I remember.
But I remembered to snap a quick shot of this lovely table topper,
found in the Fall 2012 issue of BHG's Quilts and More, before sending it off to my
daughter for her birthday.
You know how it goes - "Mom, I liked the picture
on the cover, so I bought you the magazine."-
she so appreciates what I make for her
that she always gets what she asks for,
or in this case, insinuates!
It's time to make Christmas gifts, before my migration.
It usually takes me a month to find my way to Texas,
and then it's almost Christmas, so it has
to be done now, or not at all.
During every migration, I spend time
with the most delightful family of 12 children.
I've always wanted to make each one a little something,
but sewing for so many at once seemed like a daunting task.
Well, this year I bit the bullet.

Valori Wells has a sweet little wallet pattern
that whips up quickly,
and is a great stash buster.

So,  one for each of the girls, ranging in age from 3 to 21,

and a lined, zippered boxy pouch
for the one boy, born right in the middle.
Nola, from Just Ramblin' had sent me an assortment
of fat quarters for Christmas last year,
and this basketball fabric was perfect!
These are just a few of the many projects
that have kept me off the computer of late,
but I wanted to show one more before I get back to the machine.
A few weeks ago, a friend showed up with this little brown paper bag
full of not quite 1" strips.  "Want these?" she asked.
Not to hurt her feelings, I said that I'd just love them,
but I wasn't quite sure what to do with them.

Here's a little peek showing what I've done with them so far.
It's kind of fun to do!
Have a great day!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Canadian Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving... all my Canadian friends.
I have been very blessed.
This wallhanging is one of the few pieces
that I've kept for myself.
The pattern and fabrics were sent to me as a home made kit
by a friend in Rhode Island a few years back.
The colors are richer than they appear in the photo,
and it's a lovely addition to my diningroom wall
during the autumn months.
When I see it, I will always think of her.
That's nice.
Enjoy your day,

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A Fine Line

Now that summer has come to an abrupt end,
and I'm yet another year older,
it suddenly dawned on me
that with age, the fine line that separates
being considered unconventional
and being perceived as eccentric,
is becoming finer and finer.
That said, my dear friend and mentor,
The Ranger, has three, relatively new, female ranger colleagues.
I thought they needed something special.

How about a Tea Wallet in camo?

Have a great day!