Mostly quilting with a little bit of astrology, vegetarian cooking, small town life and cats thrown in.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Happy longest night of the year to
everyone. Snuggle up! The days get longer from hereon in.
Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. So long, perhaps, that I was
afraid that I might forget how to do this!
The fact that my computer is dying
doesn’t help me. However, we’ll forge ahead.
I may have been absent from my blog, but
life hasn’t slowed down. Being retired only means that I no longer have an
income. Good thing that I built up my stash while I was working. The above
picture is Rusty (of course) making himself a nest in a very small part of my
fabric collection – the part that covers the dining room table. I’m very bad, I
know. I’m trying to use it up as fast as I can, but it doesn’t seem to make a
dent in it.
In my spare time from my retirement activities (which I’ll tell you about one
of these days), I’ve been making bags – more bags. I found this pattern from
Around the Bobbin for The Annalise Bag over the summer while I was visiting my
brother and his wife on Vancouver Island. It looked like it would be fun to make, and it was! I made a practice bag
– the orange one – before I made one for my sister-in-law, and I was very happy
with the way they went together. I added a couple of pockets for my SIL’s bag,
and included this little zipper pull that used to be an earring. The bags have
given me the opportunity to use up lots of heavy duty “upholstery” fabric that I
buy as cheap remnants. I used linen for the lining of her bag. I also made my
very first yoyo as an embellishment for the front of the bag, and attached it
with a metal “brad” – the circle has two metal prongs on the back that split in
I was happy with the first two I made, so I did two more. That was, as you
can see from the photos, over the summer. Since then I’ve wandered on to some
different bag patterns. I was hoping to move onto
some baby quilts and other “flat” pieces by now, but finding the time to commit
to them is still hard to come by. In the past three weeks alone, I organized one
indoor market and one Christmas concert, was involved in three more concerts,
and spent today tromping around town looking for birds for our annual Christmas
Bird Count. That was in addition to several other activities I was involved in
as a town councillor, as I was elected to the municipal council back in
Like I said, life hasn’t slowed down any. And I don’t really want it to,
either. It’s slowed down enough that Rusty and Ginger get a lot more lap time,
and I have a bit more time to work in the yard in the summer. I actually got my
vegetables planted on time this year, and planted flowers as well! It was a nice
feeling. I’m hoping that I’ll get back into the habit of blogging as well. It’s
not like I have nothing to blog about! Just as long as my computer keeps