Friday, October 7, 2011


This is Thanksgiving weekend in Canada.  We all get together for a turkey feast, and do actually give thanks for the simple things in life that make us who we are.

Good health is my big thanks this year.  My foot is good, no more moans from me regarding that!

The fall colours are in full bloom here in our little island paradise.  The tree photo
comes from the Weather network of a
person who really caught the works of
nature around our area.

Our lake is calm after the winds of  last weekend, the weather is warm, 20 Celcius, or about 70 F.  Who could ask for better weather in October?

I am always thankful for sunshine as our sunroom warms up and I am able to keep at the sewing machine.

Yesterday, I made pot holders.  Yeah, yeah, simple mind stuff, but you know what?

My pot holders which I've had for years actually almost disintegrated in my hands in the morning when I made a rhubarb coffee cake.

So, this fabric of tea cups and saucers was perfect because for the life of me, I don't know why I bought it.  I couldn't possibly put it into a quilt as it's just not me, except that I loved the colours.

So, I have 16 of these babies made, lined with the proper linings too.  I made a couple of large ones, whoa!  Too big!  More like hot plates than pot holders!  Next, downsized, and just about got it right, In the end 8" was the perfect square to cut with a teeny tiny bit cut off the lining to make it fit in the envelope of the tea cups fabric.

Helen, dropped by to see what I was doing and also brought a spaghetti scarf she made, using her daughter's tee shirt....oh well it's going to her anyway.  Very cute and so finely done too.  I loved the look, but she thought that the fatter one inch cuts were better.

So, dear friends in blog land, finally I thank everyone who pops in, looks, and leaves a comment.  It's the making of  little loves in my daily life here at the cottage.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


Isn't this just the best idea for a crib?  The blog..The Art of Others had this and many more ideas on it.

It's an old blog, but some really coll photos are on it!

I cleaned the cottage yesterday, floors, windows and even washed a slip cover for the Ikea sectional.

Bad idea washing the cover.  It shrank...It's on but my sweetie will need to really give it a stretch on the one side to make it fit properly.

So not having energy to do much more than eat,
I surfed the net.
You know how much of a bag lady I am, and I suppose a suitcase classifies as some sort of bag.
I love this use of a suitcase.  My westie would need shorter legs for this bed, but isn't this clever?

On the same thoughts, there was a chair made out of beer cans.  Oh, the beauty and practicallity of this in the living room.

I can see it now.  A total College Dorm
makeover!  And so cheap too!

Of course it's a guy thing as I am not a beer drinker, however I did find a Christmas tree made out of wine bottles.

Now that I could identify with.  Wine doesn't make me burp!

And this photo caught my eye.  This is from Philly.  It just is so beautiful that I had to post it even though the others are
just fun things.

And finally, cottage stuff.  My sweetie made a cedar rocker that has sat in the trees for the past 11 years.  We would wander over to that spot a couple of times
a year, but really it looked very sad for
the last few years.

We put it on the lift, but Bob ended up underneath as it was put on it to bring it up to the workshop to be finished.

Bob, our resident painter, sander, finisher of jobs, looked at this earlier this year and said that he was going to finish it.  It took him three days to sand it.  It now sits in the workshop all stained for next season.  I will take a photo when it is out in the open once again.

My camera went for a swim in my boat bag.  I have a bag that carries so much stuff when we go shopping or anywhere.  I put water bottles in it, my purse, any of my sweetie's stuff, keys, dog leash, and of course my beloved little Canon.  Well the water bottle somehow spilt and the Canon I think is toast.  So must go to the big camera which is always kept in a big.  I have an old Canon SLR which is a great camera, but not one that I can put in my pocket and go.

Shopping is definitely going to happen when we next get to the city.

Thanks to the blog world for all the information out there.  All the quilting blogs, the information blogs and even the blogs in foreign language are so informative.

I didn't realize till I started looking at blogs on photography that there is so much out there.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


 It's a rainy windy day at the lake.  This is day four of rains, winds, huge gusts on the lake, so much so that we are still stoking fires and keeping warm and dry as much as possible.

So, this morning as I was on the web, I found this so cute and easy scarfe called "speghetti scarfe".  I found an old tee shirt that I didn't realize wasn't old but belonged to Michelle, the daughter of Mary.  Oh well, I was going to give it to
her anyway as she loves this stuff.

Here is my first attempt at making the scarfe and a sort of tutorial.

I cut the shirt at the arm pit.

Then, cut from one side to ALMOST the other side, measuring sort of about an inch or two as I went along. (NOTE...the skinnier cuts are better)

Then after cutting, I stretched the cuts,
being careful to hold the ends and not to
tear as I was stretching.

All of this took about 7 minutes to do.  I also cut the bottoms of the tee shirt as you can see.

Here is the sample of the cut tee shirt.

Note the cutting just goes about an inch from the top.

I used a rotary cutter because I have one of course, but scissors would suffice.

As you can see, it's a very simple thing to do, even for me.

Here you can see the stretched speghetti
just before I gathered all the ends and then
put them over my head twice to make the scarfe.

This is the original photo that I found from a retro sight which I forgot the name so cannot give the proper claim to fame of the creator.

I think her scarfe is made from a very large and I mean very large and very stretchy tee.

So, is this not so cute?  Wouldn't it just make someone happy?  Search the web and find many many variations of this so very cool little easy peasy craft.

Not bad for a rainy day activity don't you think?