Friday, July 3, 2015

Seen this?

A collaboration around the world. This is so fabulous. Bravo to these wonderful performers playing for change ....ALL!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Another first

The little family are in the house. There is a tremendous amount to do and we are all very, very busy and adjusting gradually. It's a three hour time change, everything is different including the way you say the letter "Z".

Yesterday was the first Canada Day for the kids. Michael valiantly fitting right in. We went on a family walk

The "walk" of course involved climbing trees in the park. Believe me this is waaaay high!

We spied the moon on the rise

Time for sparklers on the front lawn.

Always good to be in pj's for fireworks!

Friday, June 26, 2015

At Last!

Love Wins

Seems fitting

"True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment."
......William Penn

Flaming June ~ Sir Frederic Leighton

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Oh the possibilities

This is the last week of life as we know it. Probably forever.

The "Kids" are moving back permanently from the US, The Professor is practicing retirement in increments and there are only three days left on the calendar in which to prepare for the onslaught.

One of the most useful ideas I got from a friend who should have a blog, but doesn't, is the space saving device known as "Ziploc Space Bag". My word. I have duvets that have had the living daylights sucked out of them by the old vacuum cleaner and can now stand at attention in the linen closet. Decorative pillows, winter/summer bedding......"I'm tellin' ya!" this is the way to go.

The other handy dandy item that you may have overlooked but should not is the fashionable, folding shopping/cooler/picnic basket....otherwise known as the "portable office"....that's coming.

This little hummer, which you can find in various iterations all over the place now comes either foil insulated or not, perfect for grocery, beach or travel. It folds flat for storage and is just such a fashionable little piece, it will make you want to find a blanket and go on a picnic!

If you are not inclined to use things in the conventional way, you can turn one of these handy dandy carriers into what is affectionately known as the "portable office". A clever idea for people who live in "mansions" (a term coined by my five year old granddaughter ~ denoting any home that has stairs) and need to transport their media sources from one floor to another. Read: He's watching the golf channel and you want to repair to your bedroom, a.k.a. the other t.v. and a bit of a respite. Load in your phone, iPad, reading glasses, pens, pads of paper, magazines, whatever your needs are ~ and herein lies the possibility of a Diet Coke and a snack. Take off up the wooden hill and Bob's your uncle!

Hat Tip:BAP the anonymous blogger :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Back Again

Been having a few computer woes, but the Professor has me up and running again.

It was sad to hear about the passing of the inventor of the plastic pink flamingo. Donald Featherstone aged 79.

"Featherstone studied art at Massachusetts' Worcester Art Museum and went on to invent hundreds of products for plastics company Union Products — rising to the position of president before his retirement in 1999. One of those products was the pink flamingo, inspired in 1957 by a photo in National Geographic, according to the AP.

The flamingo certainly put Leominster, Mass., on the map as the "plastics capital of the world." Mazzarella saw Featherstone and his wife, Nancy, frequently, he said, and they were always wearing matching clothes."

His wife Nancy made all of their clothes. Matching.

“Initially we matched only at weekends, but as I grew adept at making more complex garments, such as jackets, sweaters, and coats, we decided to go full time with our identical look.”

It has been suggested that a fitting tribute would be to stand in your yard on one leg for a minute of silence. I'll try. I think he'd like that.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Best

One of the cutest things I've ever seen printed on a tea towel.

Found at MAKE in Vancouver. It's call the "Canada Infographic Tea Towel". $22.00 by Kirstin Hallett.

100% Cotton

Friday, June 12, 2015

Just in case

Just in case you are one of the only people on the planet who has NOT seen this video, I've posted it. Well, I mainly posted it because I just have to keep watching this adorable trio and can't stop laughing in my back-from-travel haze. This post is dedicated to our dear Horty friend Doreen. She would have loved this as much as we do. Thanks Marsh :)

I'll post more about our recent trip to the other coast as soon as the bags are unpacked and the laundry is done! Until then, enjoy this and make sure to watch the the very, very end.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Riding along

The trip from Myrtle Beach to Charleston is only a couple of hours drive on a grassy divided highway at reasonable speeds. There is not a lot to see but one highlight is that you get to listen to NPR radio. We really enjoyed the program featuring a notable chat with Clay Aiken, the former American Idol contestant, and a musical interlude that both surprised and delighted me. As heard on "What Do You Know".... Robbie Fulks and his cover of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean. The commentator commented at the end of the THAT'S what that song was all about....we had to agree :)

Friday, May 29, 2015

Home again

Just back from a little trip south of the border. The Professor was finished with classes and exams, so we decided to use up our Hilton Honor points before they expired. First stop Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We had a tremendous view from the 18th. floor and a spectacular balcony on which to enjoy the sounds of the sea.

See that little hairpin shaped pool waaaaaay down there. That would be the lazy river where you back onto an inner tube and float around the course. NO I did not...something involving posting a picture on Facebook .....

If you want to see confetti on your iphone Pedometer, all you have to do is head for the ferris wheel along the beach.

One of my very favourite morning views. "The Umbrellas are out!"

Wonderful sunsets from the balcony as well. Good night Myrtle.

Driving off into the sunset and on the road to Charleston

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

If you only knew

Okay, so last night I watched way too much television. I couldn't help it. These Volkwagen ads kept popping up and after the couple of weeks I've had with various friends of a certain age....I was on the floor with laughter. This could be any number of people I all know who you are :) If you're not laughing, you're not there yet!

I hope the video will keep rolling and you can see the many versions of the old wives' tales. Very clever ad.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Back to work

Photo-ops completed, it's time for the class to get back to work on binding quilts.

There is always an array of freshly baked goodies involved in any proper quilting class. What can I say....just goes hand in hand with needle and thread. This time, Carolanne baked a wonderful cardamom coffee cake from the Moosewood cookbook. There were also date squares and assorted pastries. What's not to like about this class????

Now, what we all came for. The binding of the quilt class. This is Yvonne's Constellation piece demonstrating the finishing touches.

Friday, May 1, 2015

To the Out-of-Doors

Another member of the "rogue gorilla quilters" Whole Cloth group showed up with her very first ever quilt. Finished. Bound. Washed and ready for cozy reading with the littles. When the excitement subsided, our Captain Carolanne Graham seized the moment and quickly grabbed duct tape, the quilt, and headed out back to create a photo op. Her entourage traipsing behind ~ soon there was a true quilting moment.

This is what it's all about. Erica and her little darlings. Her first quilt. So memorable. So glad I was there for that moment.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Out of this world

Way back in January an intrepid group of extremely fascinating women started a Whole Cloth Quilt Class with Carolanne Graham.

This four session class was all about the quilting. By hand. Whole cloth is really an interesting method. As opposed to a pieced and stitched patchwork, whole cloth is technically made on a single piece of fabric and the stitching becomes the pattern of the quilt.

The last Sunday of each month is "Quilting Sunday" at "The Workroom" in Toronto. Once our class had finished we all resolved to meet again and finish our pieces with a lesson on binding.

Last week, Yvonne sent out a message that she was ready to bind her Haptic-lab "Northern Constellations" piece. I'm telling you this is a true work of art! Everyone was very excited and ready to roll. Please excuse the photography, I was using my phone and it does not do justice to the colour or the magnitude of this masterpiece, but you'll get the idea.

Just want to point out that the milky way is done entirely in french knots! Brava Yvonne! You've created a masterpiece and inspired so many others with not only your prowess in stitching, but also your sweet and kind generous spirit.

I was so overwhelmed with joy to see this pattern. As you know, my daughter is an Astrophysicist. How could I not do this piece!!! It is a very unusual method printed on tear-away fabric. The pattern is then embroidered and quilted onto the prepared quilt 'sandwich'. I had never heard of Haptic Lab in Brooklyn,NY, but happily The Workroom is now carrying these splendid patterns. How could I possibly not get PARIS as well???

It is a labour of love that I will start on next and hopefully finish before my eyes become anymore dim than they already are.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

And we turn into music

And today in the car. I had to take a moment...not just because I have hurt my back and I can either lie down or stand up, but not sit very easily....This is just such great music. Enjoy. A blast from the past. Makes me want to dance...I can do that, I just can't sit down..easily.

Hear the night music playing?
Don't you know what it's saying?
We should feel it together

Feel the beat and just hold on
To the sweet midnight flowing
Feel the music inside you
I'll be there too

Now's the time our dreams are finally coming true
Feels so good we're crying
Now's the time when it's down to me and you
Spread these wings, we'll be flying

Don't you know what the night can do?
Don't you know when it's touching you?
Don't you know what the night can do?

Time to show all your feeling
All the night is revealing
Let the rhythm enfold you
Let me hold you

Now we turn into music
Now we will never lose it
When the rhythm and night ride
No heart can hide

There are times that never ever come again
Memories there for the making
When the night calls, we better let it in
All this love for the taking

Don't you know what the night can do?
Don't you know when it's touching you?
Won't you help me to let it through?
Don't you know what the night can do?

Don't you know what the night can do?
Know what the night can do?
Don't you know what the night can do?

Don't you know what the night can do?
Know what the night can do?
Don't you know what the night can do?

There are times that never ever come again
Memories there for the making
When the night calls, we better let it in
All this love for the taking

Don't you know what the night can do?
Don't you know when it's touching you?
Won't you help me to let it through?
Don't you know what the night can do?

Don't you know what the night can do?
Know what the night can do?
Don't you know what the night can do?

Don't you know what the night can do?
Know what the night can do?
Don't you know what the night can do?

Don't you know what the night can do?
Know what the night can do?
Don't you know what the night can do?


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Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Little boy big rocks

Down by the big lake a little boy decides he's going to take on some rather large boulders.

Once you get up to the tippy top, it's a great place to contemplate in the sunshine and listen to the watery sounds. You might even hum a tune as you sit and ponder life as a two year old.

Happy Earth Day!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Do you?

Do you believe in fairies?

After watching bits and pieces of the movie we decided to try and make our own fairy house in order to attract fairies to our garden. Zoë was very eager to use border rocks for a fairy circle and with a little help, proceeded to cobble together a perfect structure for our greatly anticipated guests. Papi helped to scoop up moss from the flagstones and all manner of organic material was later used to embellish and make attractive the little abode.

This is the movie recommended ages ago by cousin Sharon. You might enjoy it as a light entertainment and fodder for future garden projects :)

These are the pictures and Wikipedia story of the 'actual' Cottingley Fairies as featured in the tale. You can read up by clicking the link.

We are still anxiously awaiting the arrival of our fairy troupe. In the meantime decorating abounds.

Photo Credits:Wikipedia and Me