Category Archives: Crafts

Slow Sunday Stitching (Vogue 9057 and small handwork)

Dear Vi, Today it’s snowing again, one of those dreary low-light days where you just want to hibernate and read a good book. You know the kind. I don’t have anything new or earth-shattering to share, so I’ll just catch … Continue reading

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A workroom update

Since I put the first draft of the novel aside to simmer for awhile, I’ve been spending my time catching up on a few quilt projects. I jumped on The Splendid Sampler quilt-along. The patterns for two 6-inch blocks are … Continue reading

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Lace-edged dish cloth: Sunday on the Needles

I’ve been knitting a bit lately. Like most knitters, the urge seems to strike with the first snowfall. Most of the time I gravitate toward the quick and easy finishes…I’m a bit of a knitting junkie, I guess. When I … Continue reading

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Small stitching on Sunday: a mug rug

I’ve been wanting to try a technique that I’ve admired for awhile: a combination of machine applique and embroidery. So today I pulled out my bins of fabric scraps and got busy. Luckily, I had a few scraps of Wrenly … Continue reading

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The Yukon Scarf in Amethyst (…to ETSY or not to ETSY, that is the question)

Introducing: The Yukon Scarf in Amethyst! This particular scarf is 44″ in diameter and 5″ wide and loops twice around the neck (as shown in the photo.) I think that if I’m going to knit things to sell, I’d like … Continue reading

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DIY: a thrifty alternative to the screen door.

I love screen doors, but I hate having to open and close them all day long, every time a cat or a dog wants in. Or out. Or in again. Years ago I devised a solution…curtains instead of screens! Dogs, … Continue reading

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2015 Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge

Happy 5th anniversary to the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge! It’s being organized by Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. High Five, Sarah! It’s a lot of work to organize a challenge like this! Quilters are invited to make a … Continue reading

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Two Bookmarks

I love stitching these little gifts!  I traced the pattern from a little book called Embroidery pour le Jardinier by Sylvie Blondeau that my son gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago.  I used Kaffe Fassett … Continue reading

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Thankful for Rick Rack: The Simple Woman’s Day Book, January Edition

Today I am taking part in The Simple Woman’s Daybook. I haven’t done it for awhile. Today seems like a good day for it. Check out the link to see what other simple women are up to today. And if … Continue reading

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Christmas wine tours and some sewing

This has been a busy weekend for us! Last night was the Salmon Arm Community Concert Band Christmas concert, and Mr. C’s big debut as co-conductor. I am very proud to report that he stood up on the podium in … Continue reading

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Bookmarks the Spot

My goodness, this has been a busy week. Since I committed to attempting to write 50,000 words as part of nanowrimo, my time has been completely taken up. I am a slow, slow writer. Sometimes it takes me all day … Continue reading

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A Yardstick and a Sneak Peak

I have the most wonderful husband in the world. Have I ever told you that? “Honey, do we have a yardstick?” “Nope! I don’t think they even make them anymore.” “Oh.” “Why? Do you need one?” “I need something to … Continue reading

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