Tuesday, July 16, 2019

I can't win an argument normally.........

especially with the grandchildren!  I personally think all three year old's should be lawyers as they all have the art of negotiating down pat!!  So imagine my surprise when I discovered I had won a competition.  I live behind an author and she was having a Facebook competition to guess how many words she would write in a month.  What would you think?  The answer will be at the bottom of the post.  I came the closest without going over.  She handed me my prize over the fence yesterday 😊  I am as pleased as punch with the prize.

I got a signed copy of one of her books:
and this lovely mug and pen. 
If you have a moment you can read  more about her here.

Now onto something completely different.  I was looking at this bag of peas I had in my freezer:
What other types of peas are they if they're not 100% natural?

Answer to the question was just under 24,000 words, I guessed around 23,500.  That's a lot of words isn't it?

Monday, July 15, 2019

Nothing like telling the truth.........

Recently our daughter and her family had a couple of days away and they stayed in a yurt.  It was stinking hot and no a/c in the yurt just fans.

After one night the 3 year old, asked to go home as she didn't want to sleep in the SHED anymore........

No more shed yurt holidays for them I guess!!

Out of the mouth's of babes!!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

I am sorry I have been away........

however I was busy sewing up a storm for the open house on Saturday.  I was up and all organized well before the 10 am posted opening time.

It was a hot and humid day with just a few drops of rain, but overall it was a good day weather wise.

It was a great day for other reasons as well.  I got to meet two long time readers of my blog.  You know who you are and it was a pleasure to be able to spend a little time with you.  I got to sell a number of my items and sold a lot more than I thought I would, so thank you too everyone who bought from me.

My best selling items were the produce bags, and the soup bowl cozies.

I did take a couple of photos of everything set up:

I took a video also but you do have to go to Facebook and too Appleby Lane to see it.

I am writing this Saturday night and am pooped.  However not too tired to order more fabric online!!  I also ran a couple of errands and called into a fabric store on Saturday afternoon and picked up 1/2 metre of this fabric, as I have an idea of something to make with it!!

I will be updating the Facebook store on Sunday to get everything up to date.

Again thank you everyone for all your support.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A huge thank you for your suggestions..........

and yes I will be offering mixed fabrics with the produce bags.  Went and bought sweet corn and peach fabric to add to the collection.  Again thanks for the suggestions.  Sometimes the most obvious things don't occur....LOL

I am excited to be hosting a "Porch Sale/Open House" on Saturday for Appleby Lane.  Figured it would be a great way to meet the neighbours and introduce the business to my local neighbourhood.  I will let you know how I get on.

For people living in the Barrie, Ontario area, give me your email address in your comment, I moderate all comments, and I'll email you my physical addresss.  If you know people living in the Barrie area, let them know about it.  Also if you fancy a mini road trip, it's also Barrielicious at the moment, so lots of deals on at restaurants.  Plus a chance to pop in an visit me!!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Back Garden, and produce bags

We finally got the back garden finished this weekend.  The corner is a low point and always wet so nothing much grew.  We have added drainage and put a small retaining wall in the front.  All the hosta's were from another part of the garden and our son was getting rid of the tree from his garden.  All in all we are really pleased with the results.  It's a sheltered area and gets plenty of water so I think it should do well.

 I have planted up some sweet peas this year and they seem to be coming along nicely.
In between everything else I have been doing some sewing, and made these produce bags for the shop.  I am selling them in sets of three, one bag is 12 inches, the other 11 inches and the third 10 inches square.  I am hoping they will sell?

 Which print do you like the best, the onions or the mushrooms?

Saturday, July 6, 2019

More Ikea finds..........

Ikea has all sorts of neat things.  I took a shine to these dog butt hooks........but I decided to pass on buying one. 

I have given up trying to grow anything live in my Llama planter, so decided to buy a fake plant.  They have a great variety in Ikea.
Finally this came home with us.  Isn't it cute, it's to hang our "small's" on the washing line.  It was only $4.99 couldn't pass it up, you can buy it here.

I will pop by Ikea again soon, as they had some neat things in there.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Garden/people/dog watching while walking...

I have to say when walking around the subdivision there is plenty to see.  I enjoy looking at other people's gardens seeing what they are doing, or in some cases NOT DOING!!!  I am always confused as too why people live in houses and do no gardening what so ever!! Why not live in a condo or apartment where you don't have a garden to look after?

One house I go past has grass that is knee high.  I saw the other day they had finally cut it, but what a mess.  You can tell the lawn mower was struggling and it chopped the grass all up.  Just looked like a bad haircut.

I tend to go walking first thing in the morning.  I try to beat the heat.  It seems we have rabbits galore around here.  Some are even verging on to being quite tame.  We have a number of woods around so plenty of birds.

There are a lot of dogs and their owners.  I am still wary of the smaller dogs, but have made friends with a number of the bigger dogs.  One huge boy is so friendly and was a rescue and couldn't be more friendlier if he tried.

There are a number of people who walk, but not as many as where we used to live.  On Thursday morning I was laughing to myself, as Thursday is garbage day.  It was Canada Day on Monday so garbage pick up is a day later this week; on Friday.  It was crazy how many people had put their garbage out.  I guess people just forgot this week? 

I walk two to three times around the subdivision, takes me around 50 to 55 minutes to walk three times around and I do around 6,500 steps.  I walk up a steep hill three times.  By the time I have done that three times I am pooped!!!

I am trying to walk 10,000 steps a day again!! 

Thursday, July 4, 2019


Over here in Canada, and I would think it's also the same in the United States, putting your middle finger up to someone is classed as a rude gesture.  It's also called flipping the bird and basically means go away using bad language.

Now why  am I talking about this, you wonder?  So back in late April, early May I dropped a rock on my finger and it resulted in a blood blister under the nail.  One grandson is fascinated with my finger for some strange reason?
 Anyhow, when showing people my finger I usually show it like the photo below.
Can't say I thought much about it, until son mentioned that did I realize that when I do that I am giving people the finger..........can't say I did..........oops!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

One week and 3lbs down........

So I am one week into this eating better and losing weight.  Now will admit I haven't been stringent in the exercise department, but I have had a few 10,000 step days.  With it being a long weekend, I didn't get the walking in, but was busy otherwise.

My eating is a whole lot better, but of course could improve, but with losing the 3lbs, I am happy, as it's 3 lbs in the right direction, and slow and steady wins the race as they say.  I have another 9 weeks before I see the nurse practitioner, so losing the 20 lbs by then seems to be doable.

I am finding life busy at the moment with the gardening, the walking, the business and just the general day to day things and when I am busy I don't have as much time to eat!!  There is always room for improvement and I want to concentrate on walking more this week, as that is the best way for me to lose weight.

So my goals for this week:

Up the walking.

Cut back on my sweet things.....had a bit of chocolate mousse cake on Tuesday as it was someone's birthday.  But did have an hour in the swimming pool with the grandkids......so that should count for something....LOL

Remain positive!!!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

A visit to Ikea to upgrade a room

We had a trip to Ikea on Sunday, as I wanted some shelves for my sewing room.  However not just any old shelves; floating shelves and I know Ikea keeps the perfect size.

One of the aims of this mini reno was to clear off my sewing desk so I have more space.  Now to be fair, the desk does not always look like this!! I had actually piled everything onto it, to move my desk out for dh to put up the shelves.  My desk was actually dd desk growing up and it's similar to this Ikea desk.  As mine is probably 20 years old, they have changed the design.

 Below is when we he got the shelves up and already my sewing table feels so much bigger.
 This has to be my favourite thing and that black metal shelve cost a whole $14.99.  You can find it here.  It has a lip on it and the bar, so it's perfect to hold my rulers.  Have my glue and my ironing spray.
 The other shelves are the floating shelves and we bought the Lack shelves in a white stained oak finish.  These ones are just under 4 feet and were $24.99 each.  I picked up the two green plastic lidded boxes, not 100% sure what I am going to put in them you can buy them here.  I also got the lovely artificial plant, which you can get here.  I need to find a pot to put it in.  Filling the shelves will be a work in progress, but I am up for the challenge😉
Overall I am super happy with this mini reno and it cost under $100 for it all.  I haven't been to Ikea in a while, and was pleasantly surprised at all the great things I saw at very reasonable prices.

Monday, July 1, 2019

A Happy 152nd Birthday Canada.

Today is Canada Day, Canada's birthday when the Canadian Confederation was formed.

We live close to a couple of golf courses and a driving range.  When we were driving past the driving range we saw these and I thought how impressive they looked:

So for all my fellow Canadians, I wish you all a Happy Canada Day.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Do you shop at your local mall?

I plan on going to the mall this morning.  I haven't been in ages.  What I mean by a mall is where are a number of stores are all under one roof, and you can go from store to store without going outside.

Going to the mall used to be such a big deal but nowadays I think they are a thing of the past.  Not sure if it's something to do with age or just the sign of the times; but maybe malls are on their way out?

I do a lot of shopping online, got a couple of parcels this week and honestly it is a heck of a lot easier ordering online than dealing with parking the car and fighting the crowds of people.

I could order online what I want from the mall, but you know what I could do with a few extra steps in, so walking round an air conditioned mall doesn't seem like a bad idea this morning.

Do you go shopping in the mall?

Friday, June 28, 2019

A few more photos of stock from Appleby Lane..

I made this pair of dinner plate cozies.  They are just like the soup bowl cozies but for dinner plates.  I have some large dinner plates that are 11 inches wide and they fit great on these.  They will be on my store site for $25 a pair.
 I made a matching pair of soup bowl cozies as well.  The back fabric is black on both sets.  They are fully reversible, washable, and they are 100% cotton, so are perfectly safe in the microwave.  The soup bowl set is $15.  If you take the matching pair of both the soup bowl and dinner plate cozies as a bundle it costs $35, so a savings of $5.  There is shipping on top of that, but I have a shipping special on at the moment.
I do have a couple other sets of soup bowl cozies ready to ship (see below).  I can make other's if you have a specific colour that you would prefer.  They make a perfect housewarming gift with a couple of soup bowls and some "fancy" soup mix........or make your own soup mix in a jar which is pretty easy. 
I am amazed these pouch and wristlet set's have not sold yet?  They are so useful and very versatile.  With the cork bottom and detachable wristlet/key ring they can do double duty.  Not sure which one I like the more?  How about you?

As not everyone goes onto Facebook, if there is something that catches your eye and would like more information about, or too order, please feel free to leave me a comment; I won't publish it and we can sort something out.  I have a "stash" of different fabrics, so let me know what you like and I can see what we can make for you.

Also if there is something you would like me to make let me know.  I am always open to new ideas.  Meanwhile if you click on this link it will take you to my Facebook Page.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

"If I don't do the work, then I will pay the price."

So I haven't been well for a little while.  Nothing exciting, just niggly stuff that is more annoying than anything else.  Anyhow, I was back at the doctors the other week and ended up having to go and have my blood work done.

I got a call and had to go in too see the nurse practitioner.  It turns out I am on the verge of being diabetic unless I do something.  I have two choices, I either lose weight and exercise or they will put me on medication for diabetes.

So I have decided I will go with the changing the way I eat and take up walking again.  I have until the end of August to lose some weight and get my numbers down before I see the nurse practitioner in September.  I have to have my blood work re-done at the end of August.

We are going to see a dietitian and someone who will educate us on diabetes.  I am saying we in this, as I figure there is a good chance if I am on the verge of being diabetic is, dh will be as well.

So wish us luck.  I have been watching what I eat since Tuesday and have managed to walk over 10,000 steps everyday since.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Great Customer Service........

I have been meaning to write this post for a couple of weeks now but keep forgetting.  I ordered business cards and stickers for Appleby Lane through Vista Print.  Our daughter had the Appleby Lane logo made through someone for me, and I wanted to use the logo on both the cards and stickers.

To cut a long story short when I recieved my order everything was way too small.  I could barely read it with my glasses on and using a magnifying glass!!  So I called them and admitted that this was my mistake and asked what I should do.  Without hesitating they said no problem they would reprint everything bigger and send it back to me no charge.

So Vista Print will be getting all my business from now on.  Have you used Vista Print?

I love the look of my business cards, simple but effective I think:

The one thing though I do forget and that is too check my Appleby Lane yahoo account...........just going to do that now...LOL

Sunday, June 23, 2019

The garden and what is growing in there.....

as we didn't plant this garden it's always interesting to see what pops up next.

 I was a little disappointed to see that the peony is white as I love red peonies......however it is still really pretty.

 White seems to be a theme in the garden I have discovered.

Now to get rid of the weeds!!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

R's Bag......

As you know I make bags for the special people in my life.  I recently made and gave "R" an early birthday gift of this sling-a-long bag.  I was very pleased with how it turned out. I used Tula Pink's De La Luna fabric line on this bag.  "R" loved it as well.

This is my sling-a-long bag and I use it all the time: 

 This is the one I made for my daughter.

 That's it though for sling-a-long bags for now though!!  I won't be making them for my shop as they are too fiddly and time consuming.

Friday, June 21, 2019

All about Appleby Lane today.....

I hope you don't mind but I wanted to show a couple of new things I have made for the shop, for those of you who don't use Facebook.

I made a couple of lunch bag/key fob combo's which I love.  I even made a video online asking people to buy them asap, as I am very reluctant to part with them....LOL  They are around 11 inches high by 13 inches wide and are $45 CDN plus shipping (there is a flat rate shipping special going on at the moment).  100% quilted cotton on the outside with a waterproof lining inside.  They are a great size and hold a lot including your water bottle.

I very nearly made myself a handbag with this, rather than the lunch bag!!

 This is a farm themed one.
Another thing I have made are these project bags.  They are so, so useful for all sorts of things.  They are all around 10 inches wide by 8 inches tall.  They are made with 100% cotton fabric and some are made with linen also.  4 outside pockets and two pockets inside, one which is ideal for your cell phone.  I wouldn't be without my projects bags......yes I have multiple...LOL

Which one is your favourite fabric combination?

Then finally I made another three knitting totes.  All are $45 each, not sure which is my favourite fabric combination?  The words and the lime green lining, make it just pop.
 The pinky/purple lining goes so well with the outside fabric.
 This is a one off, as I have no more fabric left of this, so if you own this no one else will have one the same.  It will be as unique as you are!
If you want any more info about any of these products, leave me a comment, and if you know of anyone who would like any of these, please share this post with them.

Thanks, Gill Appleby Lane