Tuesday, March 13, 2018

"A good workman never blames his tools.'

That's an old saying and so very true.

It's well known in our family that I have a lead foot when driving.  So the other day I was driving dh to do some grocery shopping.  The road we drive on goes from 70 to 60, to 50, down to 40 kmph.  Now be fair to me, I generally drive in each zone, with the first number corresponding to the right number.  The last number.............well that's debatable.

So we are driving along, and at the last minute I see a police car coming towards me.

Me: "blast, never saw him."

Dh, is rolling his eyes and smirking.

Me: "it's this car's fault, it goes too fast."

Dh, again rolling his eyes and shaking his head.

Me: "it is."

Dh: "A good workman never blames his tools."

Me: "I guess; then it must be my feet, they're too heavy."

Dh, just sighs and says: "Just don't use that excuse if you get stopped!!"

Monday, March 12, 2018

Gift for Sue............

I finished up my gifts for Sue.  She is a friend that has done a number of things for us, so I wanted to gift her a little something.  I asked her what colours, and she said I had to choose.  I do know she loves birds, so that is why I chose the bird print.  I love this colour combination.  I just hope she likes it.

Here is the fabric for my next project:

Another cosmetic bag.  Lilac inside with floral and natural cork on the outside.  She wanted pastel colours.

Sunday, March 11, 2018


not the meat, but the annoying messages from people with nothing else better to do than promote all sorts of crazy things........

I moderate all my messages, as I know for a fact as soon as I switch off the moderate button, I will be inundated with crazy messages.

At the moment they are coming in fast and furious.  No idea if Blogger is trying to stop them, but I hate them.

If you have a blog do you moderate your comments all the time due to SPAM?

By the way the pattern for the little birdies was in this magazine:

Someone was asking..........

Saturday, March 10, 2018

What every self respecting 4 year old..........

has in her purse...

From left to right a pair of socks, a hand mirror, lip balm and assorted Shopkins!!! (cat's have attacked the chair with their claws in dd home😮)

Also included in this photo is one of her Beanie Babies, which she can clip onto her purse.
I need to make her sister a purse next, I put a link to the pattern, here on my blog.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Fast and easy Easter Gift

Well it's fast and easy now that I have altered the pattern 😏

I picked up this magazine on the weekend.

The reason I picked it up was for the little finger puppets in the bottom left of the photo:
They looked cute and I thought the two birdies would be great as a little gift to put into the kids' Easter bags.  So I knit the first one and this is how it turned out:

Even on my fingers it was big.  Now granted I was using a slightly different gauge yarn, but when I did knit one in the right gauge yarn it still was big.  The one on the right is the right gauge yarn.  So I knew I was going to have to alter the pattern so it wasn't too bit for little fingers.  You can see my first small finger puppet in the photo below.

I ended up casting on 14 stitches instead of the 24 and knitting 14 rows instead of 24 rows.  I used Patons Canadiana yarn.
The beak was 4 rows by 4 rows.

Although a bit fiddly they have turned out super cute.
The extra large pair I am keeping so when I Facetime the grand kids we can do the nursery rhyme together.  I still have a couple more pairs to knit, but they knit up in no time flat.

Now the nursery rhyme these are for is:

Two Little Dicky Birds:

Two little dicky birds, sitting on a wall.
One called Peter, one called Paul.
Fly away Peter, fly away Paul.
Come back Peter, come back Paul.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Look who arrived back home........

Managed to put her to work right away.  They were able to repair her without replacing any parts and gave her a service.

I had to make a cosmetic bag for dd, she wanted to interior to be waterproof.  I have some bright pink Babyville fabric which is waterproof, so lined it with that.

 The two cloth "handles" are for another couple of cosmetic bags I made before my machine broke.
I have a couple more projects cut out ready to sew; it's for soup bowl cozies and a cosmetic bag.  Loving the orange lining fabric to go with the birds:

Monday, March 5, 2018

Well that's not nice!

Someone has hacked into my credit card and used it!

It turns out this has been going on since February 23rd and my credit card company only alerted me yesterday, when something called Instacarts, decided to try and get $1500.00 for the THIRD time.  Luckily they had failed the first two times, but they were "lucky" the third time. UberEats also got through a couple of times. A few other things tried to get through but didn't.

All these charges are from companies I have never ever used or even know about, and I am sure the credit card company knows that.  I may have to sign an affidavit to say none of these are my charges the guy said as the $1500.00 one is quite large.  He told me not to worry about it,; but how can you not worry about it, when this is something that has never happened to me before?  I don't want to be stuck paying these charges.

Of course they cancelled my card, which is a good thing, but a pain in the butt, as I now have to call various companies that I charge things too on a monthly basis to change my credit card number, when my new one arrives, in 7 to 10 business days!!!  Meanwhile I am on a credit card "diet" which sucks but won't kill me, I guess😉

By the way, still have no idea how "they" got my credit card number.....

Have you had this happen to you?

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Walking month end check in..........

How did you do during the month of February?

I managed to walk 102.78 miles this past month.  I walked like a crazy person over the past few days to get me past my 100 mile goal.  I have to be more consistent with this walking, rather than cramming it in during the last few days of the month.

I was lucky though, as we have had some lovely weather which has made walking a joy.  My year to date total is 216.53 miles.

Now for my weight loss for the month.  The other day I mentioned it was non existent for February.  Well in my peri-menopause brain fog that I seem to be permanently in I thought I had lost more than I had last month.  When I checked back to see how much I had lost overall, it turns out I have lost another 4 lbs this month, to bring my total weight loss to 39 1/2 lbs.  Drat, half a pound off the 40 lb mark.  

I have been at this weight loss, exercise thing for eight months now.  So as you can see I am in the slow and steady lane, rather than the quick and fast lane.  Which I personally think is a better way, as my body is adapting better to all the changes I have been making.  Which is giving me positive results.

One of the down sides though of losing weight is my clothes are all getting too big, but I am between sizes so want to wait before I buy anything else new. 

So my goals for March are to walk the 100 miles (hoping for more) and lose 5 1/2 lbs.

I am excited to hear how everyone else did?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Well that's a bit of a puzzle...

I am knitting squares for an afghan, I first mentioned it here.  This is the square I am working on at the moment, it's called Sand Ripples.  I am really enjoying knitting these squares.
 I am using the exact same yarn and the exact same size of needles, but so far they are all different sizes???
I am no expert when it comes to knitting, but even I can see something isn't right?  I know I have to "block" the squares, but even so there seems to be quite the difference?  Should I be concerned?

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Seriously thinking about this one.......

I haven't had word back about my sewing machine yet, he was hopeful it wasn't much when dh dropped it off.  He had a quick look at it; and as he said it's been a good one.  Dh asked what the equivalent was now and he said this one:

You can read more about it here.  It has all the bells and whistles and then some.  I use my sewing machine a lot, and would get a lot of use out of it, but it's a lot of money, $2,500.00 CDN.  

There are pro's and con's to this, with there being more pro's to con's at this point!!

If we bought it now before dh retires while we have the "extra" money, it would hopefully last the rest of my days.  I am familiar with this brand of sewing machine and like the service the store provides where I would buy if from.  It has everything I need in a sewing machine and more.  

On the down side is the price, that's an awful lot of money.  The store is an hour and 15 minutes from where we live now, if we move further away, I would have to find a new service centre and there are not that many around.

When I pick up my sewing machine I will have a look at this one in the store.  I do have to say though I am tempted!!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Winnie the Pooh sort of day on Sunday.....

Managed to walk 7 miles though over three walks.........should have got more credit though for walking into a gale force wind!!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

In like a lion, out like a lamb?

I know it's an old wives saying, but I do believe it when they say:

"If March come's in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb."

So I am guessing after seeing our weather forecast for Thursday March 1st it will be going out like a lion, as 6 oC with sun and clouds is not a bad forecast for this time of year.  In fact it's balmy!!

I am not sure if it's a British thing but  we seem to be fascinated with the weather.  It's always a subject we talk about if we have nothing else to say.  Making plans, always depends on the weather.  Got all excited yesterday to see some bulbs popping through on someone's garden.  Nothing at our house yet.

Will say I am looking forward to the clocks springing forward on March 11th, are you?

Are you obsessed with the weather?

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Quick Reminder........

There are only 4 days left in February for those walkers out there.  

Luckily for us we are in for a few days of warmer weather, so I hope to take advantage of it and boost up my miles, as I only have just over 74 miles in for this month!!  Also my weight loss is non existent 😨so I need to up my game to the end of the month!!

Here's hoping you are having a better month than I am?

Friday, February 23, 2018

Sad Day on Thursday..

Finally had to give in sewing on my machine and book it in for a trip to the sewing machine hospital as it is sewing like a bag of hammers.  I have had this machine for going on 25 years now and love her.  I have a Husqvarna 1070, which isn't made anymore.  When I called the repair shop he said that just to warn me they cannot get any spare parts for this machine, so fingers crossed it will be only something minor.  The tension is all to pot on it.  It will be away for around two weeks 😢
All I had to finish sewing were clutch handles for a couple of cosmetic bags, but that will have to wait until I get my machine back.

I guess while it's away I should clean up the dining room table!!  It may look like chaos, but it's organized chaos!!
So I did manage to get another cosmetic bag sewn, this time using some Northcott fabric called Bollywood Bliss.  It's a fabric line from 2012 and you can't get it anymore, so I treasure it.

 I managed to sew in the pockets right way round and this time I added some interfacing to make them stiffer.
I also altered the cork to material ratio on this one.
As I said before I need to finish off the clutch handles, but can give them to the people as is.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Loblaws $25 gift card.......

Here in Canada, there has been a big debacle on the price of bread being fixed at a higher rate than it should have been, which basically means the bread companies have been in cahoots with the grocery stores to overly inflate the price of a loaf of bread.

Someone found out about this and all hell broke loose.  Loblaws is one of the big grocery store companies and decided to do damage control by admitting to it and giving you a $25 gift card to their stores if you had bought bread from their stores between certain dates.

As I shop at one of their stores (Zehrs) and have bought bread from them, I applied and got the $25 gift card this week.  Loblaws figures this will put them in a better light with the general public, to admit to this and give out the gift cards.  Plus I am guessing they figure it will be cheaper in the long run to give out these cards. 

There is an interesting article here about it all; there are a lot of negatives and pluses to all of this.  I personally won't be participating in a class action suit; I can't be bothered as like many people.  I will take the $25 use it at their stores, so it is a win, win for both me and the store.  I am getting something for free and they are getting more business.  I go to the store every week anyway, so this is no different from what I can see.

It does make you wonder though what else is being fixed price wise in all these grocery stores?  Did anyone else in Canada get the $25 Loblaw gift card?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Got to love Marks and Sparks.........

Placed an order for some new towels from Marks and Spencer's online on Monday afternoon and they arrived here on Wednesday afternoon.
I purchased these towels and they are huge and very fluffy.  I obviously haven't used them yet and will have to wash them first, but they look great too me. 

This is not the first time I have ordered from them here in Canada, and the service is excellent.  Just wish we could order food from them.  You can get 10% off when you place your first order with them.  I also love how customs, duty, taxes and shipping is all included.........well shipping when you order over $50 worth of product.  They were shipped by DHL and a signature was required, however you could go online and tick off the option that they could drop it off at your front door and you don't have to be in.  I live in a pretty safe neighbourhood so felt comfortable doing that.  Liked that option though from DHL.

Anyone else a big fan of Marks and Spencer? 

I have also ordered flowers to be delivered from Marks for people in Britain and again top quality; which reminds me Mother's Day is coming up!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Show and Tell........

Got my first project sewn with my new cork fabric.  A cosmetic pouch/clutch for a friend.  Love both the cork fabric, very easy to use and the Tula Pink fabric, only have a tiny bit of that left.......

 It is far from being perfect, but overall I am pleased with it, for my first try.
 One of the issues is that I put one set of pockets in upside down😳 I didn't realize until I had inserted the zip and top stitched it.  It's still functional with only the one set of pockets.
I used this tutorial and found it pretty easy to follow.

I am also doing the Square a month knit along afghan from the Holiday 2017 Edition of the Knit Simple Magazine.  This is January's square:
It's a Bales Pattern.  I am just using Patons Canadiana for the yarn, which is not what the original pattern calls for.  I am doing this more to practice different stitches and patterns.

So there you go my show and tell for this past week.  I did also make an Easter bib for a little baby girl.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sun shining and temperatures above freezing equals....

Gill who was smiling and had a spring in her step.  In fact just under 22,000 steps and 9.66 miles were walked on Wednesday.  I did three walks and cleaned the car so I also added 165 minutes worth of exercise to my total.

However, despite me doing all that I am still under my miles walked for this month, as I have only walked just under 45 miles, should be at 50 at the half way point of the month.  I can deal with the cold weather but cannot deal with slippery roads and footpaths.  I am terrified of slipping, so have been avoiding walking.

I took some photos while out walking on my 7 am walk.  This is where I see the sun starting to rise on my walk;
Trying to be artistic here!!
 They were moving snow from one part of the subdivision to somewhere else, using the giant "Tonka" trucks.
 You felt very tiny beside them.
The one good thing about the temperatures being above freezing, it has started to melt the snow a little..........

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

As gorgeous in real life..........

My cork fabric came in the mail and it is gorgeous.  The natural (far left) is perfect and will go with everything.  The next one is grey and if anything a bit dark, but still nice.  The rainbow one is stunning and the blue/teal one is just perfect.

Now to play!!

The link to the company is here.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Quick and easy baby gift.

Not sure if I told you but I have become an honory Nana to another baby girl called Kaira (pronounced Kiyra)  I made her a bunch of stuff that I posted about here.  I am seeing her again at the end of the month and as I am sewing for our grandson-to-be, I figured I would run up a couple of things for her.  Basically use Kaira as the guinea pig for new patterns.  

So I decided to sew up a baby ball using some scraps of fabric I had laying around.  I used the instructions from here and the template for the ball from here.

As this was the first time I had made this ball, I wanted to use fabric that wasn't the best, but was pretty to make sure I was happy with the pattern.

Now I wanted to put a "shaker/noise maker" in the middle of the ball, so I asked dd if she had any plastic centre's from Kinder Eggs laying around.  That is what the yellow plastic things are on the bottom left of the photo.  Above that is some rice, which I put inside the yellow plastic thing.  So if by some reason it breaks open, then all it is, is rice and won't do any damage.  You could put a bell in there, some lentils, dried peas, anything that makes a noise.  I used the smallest sized from the template for my ball.
 After I cut out the fabric I pinned them together in two groups of three, making sure I was happy with the arrangement.  I them sewed the two groups of three together, then joined the two groups of three together.  On the last side to be sewn, remember to leave a gap, so you can turn it right side out and stuff it with toy stuffing.

Also, if you are using a shaker in the middle of the toy, remember to leave a big enough gap so you can put the shaker inside of it; otherwise you have to rip out part of your newly sewn seam........yes I left too small a gap.
 Stuff it with toy stuffing, add your shaker (if using) around half way through and finish off stuffing.  Hand sew the seam up, and voila you are done.
There is a 1/4 inch seam allowance on the pattern, which I didn't follow, therefore the top points of the ball don't completely match up.............bad me!!  Overall I am very happy with the out come and I can see lots of baby balls in the future.  Now I have to ask dd to hunt around for more Kinder Egg plastic things!!

On a side note, if you're wondering why I didn't use the same material that I used for Kaira's original gifts, it's because the pattern on the original material was too big and wouldn't have looked right.  Smaller patterns I find are more pleasing to the eye.  I will post a photo of me and Kaira when I give her the ball.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Enough already........

I was "talking" to my niece in England on Facebook yesterday and she was saying how she loves the snow😕 So after I had ranted on about snow and how sick of it I am, I took some photos of snow to show her how much was around our house:

 Not quite 10 inches has fallen since Wednesday of last week.
 Compared to other's we have very little.
 However I am completely done with Winter.......
If I don't see snow again until December 24th 2018, I won't be upset..........

Are you done with Winter?

Sunday, February 11, 2018

What's worse, too many or too little?

Went to the Pickering Butter Tart Festival on Saturday.  There must have been a dozen butter tart vendors, along with other arts and crafts vendors there.  It got to the point of being overwhelmed by butter tarts and having to try and make a decision.

I ended up buying half a dozen butter tarts, half a dozen fern tarts and a package of shortbread crack😕 The confused face was about the shortbread crack, I'll get more into that later.

Below is a photo.  

Top left: Fern Tart, Top right: Creme Brulee Butter Tart

Middle row: Plain Butter Tarts
Bottom Left: Skor Butter Tart, Bottom Right: Pecan Butter Tart

We purchased the butter tarts from Annina's Bakeshop who are from Goodwood, Ontario.  They are super good and the pastry is delicious, which to my mind is as important as the butter tart filling.

We purchased the Fern Tarts from Our Little Bakery Inc, who are located in Ajax, Ontario.  Now the Fern Tarts are sort of like Bakewell Tarts with coconut and in this case walnuts in the batter.  Here is a link to one recipe.  We are more used to Bakewell Tarts in our house, but they were very nice.

Now for the Shortbread Crack I had never heard of it, and actually thought I had misheard what the guy called it. It tasted a bit like fudge too me, and is addictive!   Here is a link to the company's Facebook page.  From what I could gather it's a shortbread version of crack that is usually made with Saltine Crackers, like this recipe.

There was a lady doing face painting and making balloon animals.  She was really good and did a beautiful job on Nora's face:
Overall it was a great morning out.  I did shovel snow from the driveway when we got home to try and work off some of the goodies!!!