Saturday, December 12, 2009

Real Post

Here is my real post, that i was going to right in the placeholder spot, but if I leave it, it just looks like I made an effort to post even more.  Confused yet, lets move on shall we.

What a week.  I'm glad its Friday.  It started off crappy and most of the days stayed that way. But i've been *trying* to think positively and keep my chin up in the evenings. Monday I worked on making button templates and that is always lots of fun for me.  

On Tuesday, despite leaving work later then I had hoped, it was a good night.  Met some new people, had some baked brie and made buttons.  I keep forgetting to take a picture of the finished buttons I'll do that tomorrow. Wed night we had a work dinner at the Canadian Living test kitchens, we learned how to make sponge toffee and it was soo good.

Pauly and I went for dinner and a movie tonight - we deserved it. At least that's what we told ourselves as we were leaving our messy apartment.  We say "Everything's Fine" with Robert DeNiro - it was great and I highly recommend it.  

We don't have any big plans for tomorrow. I'm hoping to get my christmas quilt done - at least pinned and quilted.  I also need to finish paul's mom's gift and my sisters.  And a few secret gifts.  Its going to be a busy day.

ps - It FINALLY snowed here this week - it was a mess on wed - its started as snow, turned to rain, back to snow and then icy.  What a mess, and the winds have been crazy! I just about got blown away.  Two pics for you, one of the snow flurries outside my office window - what a great view I have.  An another one of me, all bundled up to battle the short walk to the subway.  I kinda look like an

Friday, December 11, 2009

Place Holder

This is just a placeholder for a post i'm going to write later tonight (or early Saturday morning most likely).

But i just didn't want you to think i've disappeared again.  I'm here, we just decided we'd go out for dinner and a movie. :)

See you soon.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Busy but somewhat unproductive night ...

I originally thought I'd get lots done this week, but lets face it by the time work is done, I don't feel like doing anything!  Today was a pretty crummy day - which was disappointing since it was the first "official" snow fall of the year and I really didn't even get a chance to stare out the window and take it in. :(

But the good news is tonight has made up for the crummy day. Even though I didn't really do the "important" things on my to-do list I did work on button templates so I can whip up a whole bunch at the workroom tomorrow night.  I mean I think i'll probably end up making close to a hundred - or at least 50-75. But you really can never have too many buttons! 

Want to see some of the images? I'm on paul's computer so lets see if I can post from here. 

Aren't they just the cutest ever!!!

I also had a nice chat with my sis and cousin Michelle.  And even watched a bit of the Grinch with Jim Carrey.  All in all, the buttons totally cheered me up. Looking forward to making them tomorrow!  And I even got a post in!  Yeah for me.  Now seriously time for bed!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Crafting Catch Up

Alrighty, here we go - weeks of crafty goodness rolled up into one giant post!

Okay, so 3 weeks ago pauly and I took a week off (oh how i love holidays)  We started our holiday heading to Michigan to visit with paul's uncle.  We car pooled with his brother and sister in law - we had a great 3 days filled of mostly shopping! Got some great deals, and spent over an hour in Joanne's Fabrics - it was wonderful.

Once we got home, I had many crafty projects I wanted to work on.  #1 on the list though was a quilt for Dave and Erin's Wedding for November 21st.  Problem, we were away Monday and Tuesday, which left me 3 days to finish.   Good thing I do my best work under pressure and under deadlines.

I took pictures as I went along, and created this mosaic to showcase.   From piecing to pinning, to quilting to binding and the whole thing in a very clean living room.

I was so happy with the finished project - definitely one of my best.  I kinda didn't want to give it away. Luckly i'm working on one two for myself. :) And Dave and Erin loved it (I kinda made them open it before we left the wedding, cause I really wanted to see their reaction - I think they really liked it)

Do you wanna see the ones for me? I'll just assume you are saying yes.

This is going to be a lap quilt for cuddling on the couch.  I bought it as a kit last year at the creative festival - it was called mint chocolate chip.  The back is this velor-like green with brown polkadot fabric.
And this is my Christmas quilt.  I never thought I'd make a holiday quilt - I thought its a lot of time and effort for something that's only out on display for a few weeks, maybe months.  But this was just too easy, one big panel and two boarders.  I've been hung up all week on how to actually quilt it, tomorrow night I'm going to pin it and then just go with  the flow.  I have a few ideas, I think it will come to how I'm feeling at the moment. And to be honest, whatever is fastest, cause I really want to start using it this week!

Okay, on top of these 3 quilts, I made mom a quick little santa for her birthday (we had a surprise party for her last weekend) It was really quilt project - another kit from the creative festival - I really just glued all the pieces onto a wooden brush.

I also spent last Friday and Saturday baking cakes for the party.  It was not as pretty as I had hoped, and paul did the detail work, but it was yummy.

I've also been sewing Christmas gifts, which will remain a secret until i'm finished/ they are given, as you never know who is reading your secrets. ;o)

I think that brings us up to speed. It's been a busy weekend, shopping on Friday, 2 year olds birthday and hanging out with good friends on Saturday.  Slow cooker chili, brunch with my parents, finished up almost all of my Christmas shopping, baked 4 dozen cookies (okay i actually only baked 2 dozen, but the other 2 dozen are in the fridge, ready to be baked this week), did 2 loads of laundry, and I'm wrapping up the night watch my favourite sunday night shows (and oh what a GOOD night of TV) and blogging a massive post.

I think its time to shower and go to bed!

Clearly no time for updating

Okay, I will blame my lack of blogging on the fact that I've been spending my weekends resting (still getting over this bronchitis - which i *think* is almost gone!) and in between trying to sleep and coughing I've been a crafting mad women! 

I'm in the middle of baking Christmas cookies right now (I've been doing a lot of baking/ cooking in the last few weeks too) so I'm going to come back and post tonight while I'm watching TV on the couch.  I'll be able to update with lots of pictures - so  beware - giant post with lots of good pics are on the way.

Oh and just so you know, I'm working on a blog header, since for a "very curious crafter" this blog is lacking some creativity! Its on its way!