Tuesday, December 27, 2011

nature fabric pillow case for Ruby Tuesday

A most beautiful delightful gift I received from my daughter was a small pillow and pillowcase she had made for me out of nature fabric, The fabric is bright and bold with colourful songbirds on it; such as red Cardinals, Blue birds, Blue Jays and Chickadees. She also has given me a swatch of the fabric. She says it is a fabricville piece. I shall go looking for it as oit is a 'must have' beauty that would warm the heart of any birdwatcher.
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Saturday, December 24, 2011

A belated welcome to winter ;farewell autumn

Needles of pine quilt a soft warm blanket using
hushed hues of faded browns and yawning yellows
as Autumn prepares its winter bed

Northern vagabonds of wind and snow
whistle a warning lullaby of winter's approach
and Autumn falls asleep upon a soft white pillow

As a white blanket covers the land

Thursday, December 22, 2011

light for Thursday's Challenge

L is for light , a reflection of our Christmas tree lights on our windows looking outside just before real natural light has developed for the day The movement of the colours hold it all! "excitement of the season".
Season's Greetings to all. May your holiday season be wonderful! Full of warmth, love, gifts and happiness!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Our Christmas Cat!

Shakey is our handsome black cat who loves a reason to celebrate a season. He doesn't bother our Christmas tree but hangs around it a lot. Last evening we started wondering, "Where is Shakey"? We called him; "Shakey, where are you?" We knew we hadn't let him outdoors We hadn't seen him for a while?! Suddenly David made a loud noise getting up from the recliner and simultaneously we head a rattling noise under the tree and there he was!!! Shakey had been sleeping in a Christmas bag that we hadn't sealed at the top!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Santas for Ruby Tuesday

As this is theSanta Season we see that red-coated gift giver everywhere. We have 5 little believers in out family and its exciting to talk with out hopeful grandchildren on the telephone about their expectations. The photo above has ties with our family. The little ceramic Santa that used to wind up and play a Christmas tune is old, as it belonged to my husband's family when he was a little boy and it now has come down through the generations. The wooden, painted Santa was designed and painted by our daughter Riel,http://www.rielnason.com/ she was always a very creative child.

keepsakes of old
remind us of stories told
of Christmases past
decorated with red
our hopes inter twined with that colour
and that rotund jolly fella
we believed
and ah! that gifts that we achieved!
spread around the floor under the Christmas tree
It was such a magical time
blended with church bells chimes.

Seasons's greetings to all and to all the best in the upcoming new year
Merry Christmas
Ann and David
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Inkpot for one single impression

word maker
earth shakers!
Your power within

guides rivers of thought
flowing over a page

This post was created in response to the word, 'inkpot', which is this week's prompt at One Single Impression. For more poetry on this theme please visit the hosting site

yellow stars at the top of the Christmas tree for mellow yellow Monday

A few years ago I made this Christmas chess set. Every year I enjoy getting the pieces out and setting them up. This year is no different and today I thought I'd share some of the pieces. The Christmas trees are the pawns. half of the trees are green and the remaining ones are red, The stars on the top of the trees are yellow and the antlers on the reindeer, (which are the knights are yellow, The snowmen are the bishops
Santa is the king
and Mrs. Santa is the queen

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Friday, December 2, 2011

The Block House at Hazen Park, Oromocto

A monochrome picture style and a 'sepia' tonal quality and I chose a yellow filter setting. I really like the warm, earthy colour that is so characteristic of our fall environment this tome of year. Anything without a snow covering is beautiful to my eyes.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Clothesline shadows for shadow Shot Sunday

Six little dresses to take to my granddaughter , Molly, who will wear only dresses on these summer days. Their shadows on our lawn inder the clothesline dance merrily in the breeze reminding me of those long ago days when wearing a new dress was a very special occasion.

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Canada Day Cake For Ruby Tuesday

"Yum, Yum!", Canada Day cake served in a choice of two flavors, vanilla or chocolate, accompanied with a maple leaf napkin. Freely served up at a community event on Canada Day.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Butterflies and Fabric

The selvage information on the beautiful butterfly fabric shown above says " Creature comforts butterflies" Isn't it beautiful! I especially like the swallowtail butterflies illustrated on it.
Shown above is a butterfly pillowcase I made for my little granddaughter. I hope she likes butterflies!
Above , a swallowtail butterfly feeds upon our lilac blossoms, just outside my window.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Mug Rug

Its bigger than a coaster, but smaller than a place mat. Its a mug rug, similiar to a small quilt.
Its my husband birthday today so I made him this mug rug this morning. As a result of an interest in nature I buy fabric with nature themes as often as I can. These scraps which I used in the mug rug.really fit the purpose well.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A green-themed work in progress for Thursday challenge

This green themed quilt wasn't planned for St. Patrick's Day although the timing for its completion couldn't have been better. Actually its to be a birthday present for a little boy who loves green and playing socceer. I finished piecing it together yesterday and this morning I will pin baste it and start quilting it this afternoon with my sewing machine using the stitch in the ditch quilting method. However it might turn into a tug of war between myself and the sewing machine as the quilt will be bulky. It is 50" x 80" and it is made up of 160 green-themed five inch squares.

Since having posted these photos of my completed green-themed quilt top last week I have pin basted the quilt top and am midway completed the machine quilting. More experience on my part would be a definite asset; however the apparent evidence of my lacking in experience and the resultant tell- tale tracking of my thread lines ( a wobbly wave here, a creative curve there) add to a uniqueness all of its own to the work. Each time I approach the sewing machine I am engaged in a quilt top tug -of- war to see if my contrary project will follow my guidance of a pull and push as the fabric glides under the sewing machine needle, see what I mean by my lacking in experience? I also have a helper, as our cat Shakey seems to love this quilt. He is probably putting lots of cuddles and purrs into it for it is to be a gift to his previous owner, our bilingual grandson, "Bonjour, David, C'est un présent pour vous!"

By the time it is completed this quilt will have lots of sleep experience put into it as it is Shakey's most favourite spot for a nap no matter where I place the quilt in the house;
folded on the dining room table , or spread out on the love seat in the living room.

I like the quilt top too, although I haven't taken any naps on it yet as Shakey has. My favourite portion of it is the top part which holds the deepest and greenest greens. It has wonderful appeal at this time of year as my anticipation of spring is a daily hope and pleasure. The lighter greens which I have used unify the green theme as intended,do not hold as much appeal to me, however the idea of a walk outdoors in a green environment appeals to my dreams of once again enjoying the surroundings of a green world brought about by this present welcome seasonal change.

Shakey has aquired a few more habits related to his quilting interest. His outreached paw can unthread my sewing machine in a second and due to his fascination with my pin cushion I now leave it on top of the refridgerator overnight. If I forget to put it away in a hard- to- reach- location, I will find an empty pin cushion, in the morning surrounded by its pulled out straight pins pins lying on the table top in a circle around the pincushion. Shakey is not too interested in chasing empty thread spools, I suspect that might be as they are freely given to him, offering little temptation. But Shakey is a great cat and is dearly loved. Maybe I should make him a quilt? That might be a good next project and I am sure he would be willing to help!

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greent', is this week's photographic theme for Thursday's Challenge. To view more photos posted on this theme, or to join in on the fun yourself, just 'click' on the highlighted name.

Monday, March 14, 2011

A delicious treat of little crabapples for Ruby Tuesday

This is the same bird as in my previous post; An almost all white Bohemian Waxwing that I was so lucky to have seen while I was taking pictures of regular Bohemian Waxwings on Thursday of last week.. You can imagine my surprise and delight! !!When I saw this beautiful white creature through my camera lens. The red berries also add so much to the beauty of the picture.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

A white coloured Bohemian Waxwing for Camera Critters

An unusual bird sighting on Thursday, March 10th. made for a very beautiful picture! I believe this uncommon feather colouring or non-colouring is be an example of a partially albino bird or an example of a leucistic condition.
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

bird words fabric for Thursday challenge

We like birds in our house, We feed them, watch them and take pictures of them. This piece of fabric shown is full of words relating to birds and I think it is wonderful for it touches upon another interest of mine, quilt making. I have completed 3 quilts this winter and am now working on my fourth. Next I think I will make a bird quilt .

'many', is this week's photographic theme for Thursday's Challenge. To view more photos posted on this theme, or to join in on the fun yourself, just 'click' on the highlighted name.

How about some nursery rhymes cat words?

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Riel's scrapbuster random railfence quilt block

Got lots of fabric scraps? Can't sleep? Awake at 5 a.m.? Then do as I did, get up and piece and sew together a uniquely patterned quilt block using up those scraps you have left over from your sewing projects. This block is 12" square. I love the colours and variety of designs in the completed block!

Want to know how to make it? Riel Nason at Quietly Quilting in Quispamsis has posted a tutortial showing how to make this creative scrappy block on her quilting blog at:http://quispamsisquilter.blogspot.com/2011/03/scrapbuster-random-railfence-block.html

Monday, February 14, 2011

a yellow tea set Valentine's gift for mellow yellow Monday

These photos are of a beautiful old tea set that my husband bought for me for Valentines. We both love old things and antiques. They are definitelyof an old mellow yellow. The age cracks and the fading of some of the colours definitely show age , but the manufactures stamp on the back of the plates is to difficult to read to identify the source. Maybe some of you viewers can identify the patterrn for me. It is an eight piece set including : a teapot, a sugar bowl, a creamer and 5 seven inch plates. I hope you all enjoy viewing my valentine's gift on this mellow yellow Monday.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

scenes fron Saint John for Scenic Sunday

'The greatest little city in the east', Saint John, N.B.The reversing falls bridge at Saint John, N. B,
Back in the country side this old deserted house, standing alone , is making it through another winter.

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