WIP Wednesday rolls around again!

Goodness, Wednesday sure does roll around in a hurry! This week I stumbled upon a new  block-of-the-month party and decided I wanted to join. This one had already started, but I was only 2 blocks behind and figured I could catch up. Each month will be a different half-square triangle block, so that’s pretty easy and should be easy for me to keep up with.  This quilt will be going to my sister, but she will have to wait an entire year for it, lol! The website is called In Color Order and here are the January & February blocks, which I made this week:





The other block-of-the-month party I participate in is on Eleanor Burn’s (Quilt in a Day) Facebook page. These blocks are NOT easy beginner blocks! They are HARD! LOL!  Each month I look at the pattern with trepidation. Each month I rip as many seams as I sew in. But each month I finish and have learned something new.  This month’s block called for the use of rulers that I didn’t have. Probably an experienced quilter could have made them anyway, but considering that I couldn’t even visualize the block by reading the instructions,  I didn’t want to chance it. So I ordered the rulers. I figure that to get good at a skill you have to have the right tools. Here are the rulers: “perfect corners” ruler and “triangle in a square” ruler. Both are from the Quilt in a Day website.




The rulers just came in the mail on Monday, so I got the square made just in the nick of time. If it wasn’t a leap year I wouldn’t have made the block by the end of the month. Here is block #5 (February) and is called “Storm at Sea:”







And arrgggh! Looking at it here on the screen, I see that I sewed in all 4 of the corner squares backwards.  Well too bad. I don’t have the patience to rip it apart again. And besides, as the Amish say, “only god makes perfection”. Of course, they are also known to sew a mistake into their quilts on purpose. Sewing a quilt too perfectly is definately not a problem I share!




1940s DanceTonight!

Today is going to be a good day! Today I am getting my hair done and tonight I’m getting dressed up in my brand-new-to-me sparkly black dress and playing my beloved bari sax in The Big Band. One of my most favourite activities!

It’s going to be a fabulous evening of swing music and Rendezvous shenanigans at the Transportation Museum as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Alaska Highway. Come dressed in 1940’s period costume and be eligible for a prize! Music by The Big Band with a special 4th set by the RCAF swing band. Gillian Campbell will do her thing, as well as the CanCan girls and more! Ton of Fun!




A Happy Ending

Yesterday was a discombobulated day. Don’t you just love that word? Dis-com-bob-u-lated. Ta da!

Anyway, I spent yesterday morning on the computer, updating the website and changing it all around, including deciding on a new name! My website URL is now nitadances.com!

And, you will notice that the blog is now the main page, with a tab to Celebrations Bellydance instead of the other way around. Later on I’ll add a gallery tab, too.

Now, I am not a computer-savvy person and so it took me all morning to do what my friend George could have done in 5 minutes. But that’s okay. I’m learning, and that’s a good thing! I’m sending great big thank you to George at Tutshi Web Solutions for changing the URL for me.

I’m very happy to have settled on a new name. And really, it’s the most obvious choice, isn’t it? Even if I am taking a break from dancing right now because of illness (and I stress the “illness” part, because it sure isn’t by choice!), there are many ways to dance through life and my job at the moment is to discover them.

Yesterday was also what I’ve been calling a “broken” day. Days where the depression is more overwhelming and getting through the day is more challenging. So working on the website was probably more frustrating than it might have otherwise been. After I had done as much as I could do at the computer, I sat down with the spectre of housework staring me in the face. The floors really needed to be vacuumed. I felt near to tears because suddenly I couldn’t do it. Why? Because in order to vacuum, I would have to take the machine out of the closet. Suddenly this felt like two things at once on a one-thing-at-a-time day. So what did I do? I had a cup of tea and then I did something that I didn’t HAVE to do. I made a quilt square!

Don’t ask me why, but doing something for pleasure first did the trick. (A “want” instead of a “should.”) After that, I took the vacuum out and did the floors and felt much better. I even took Samson out for a walk.  So, I guess I danced my way through that one with a little creative mind-over-matter trickery. (and a phone call from a friend was also a happy thing). Take THAT, you nasty depression gremlin!