Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Happy Birthday and other bits and bobs......

Well it's my baby brother's birthday.  He is 40 today.  Happy Birthday Pete.  Gosh time has flown by.  It doesn't seem like two minutes since you were an annoying younger brother who was always in trouble, and I mean he was always in trouble......he was forever getting a good hiding (spanking)  We fought like cats and dogs when we were younger, but I feel the older we get the closer we are getting despite there being an ocean between us.  Mind you the comment about the gift I sent him wasn't nice..........I sent him a Poor Boy Canada Cap, this one.  They are very hip and trendy, he thought they were for old men.  Guess he's not up on the latest fashion trends, despite the fact that I have seen both George Clooney and Justin Timberlake wear those hats!!!

Laura over at Ten Things Farm has a weekly post where she shows you what she has been working on this week.  I participate and this is what I have been working on:

This is going to be a table topper or centrepiece.  All the hexagons are hand sewn together and are hand stitched on the background fabric.  I will sandwich it together and do a little machine quilting on it.

I am not sure if I am going to keep this piece or try to sell it in the summer?  We'll see.

Did you remember to put your money in your Daily Saving's Pot today?

Today's Money Saving Tip:

1. Don't Over-Purchase

The supermarket is a tempting place where the enormous variety invites you to spend, spend, spend. Try to buy only as much as you need to make a recipe, unless you have something else in mind for the same ingredients over the next day or two.

2. Buy Seasonal Ingredients

This is one of the most effective ways to keep your budget down; when fruits and vegetables are grown locally and needn't be shipped in from elsewhere, their costs drop substantially. So, try to use ingredients at the peak of their season: tomatoes, corn and eggplant in the summer; apples, pears and root vegetables in the fall; and peas, asparagus and stone fruits in the spring and early summer. Not only are these ingredients at their least expensive in season but also their peak of flavor.

3. Be Resourceful

If you develop the skill of using all parts of an ingredient, you'll be able to get the maximum value out of each and every one. For example, finding uses for herb stems or potato scraps, or knowing how to butcher and use all parts of a chicken, can be the first steps to real economy in the kitchen.

All the above tips came from this site


Stine in Ontario said...

The table topper is stunning!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

The table topper is lovely, I love the pattern and colors!

I hope your brother has a great birthday! I know what you mean about siblings not getting along...Sometimes I still don't get along with mine, but it's over issues like politics instead of not sharing and being a tattle-tail! :-)

Jo said...

happy birthday to your brother!

the table topper looks great, I know what you mean about keeping or selling what you make!
Josie x
ps) there is a giveaway on my blog

Scrappy quilter said...

I agree, that table topper is stunning!! Beautiful work Gill. Hugs

Gilly said...

Oh the topper looks fabbo Gill well done and please share with us the completed project!

Laura said...

Gill, the quilt is going to be beautiful - love it already! It'll be so pretty on your table.

Thanks for linking over at TenThingsFarm!

MedaM said...

Happy Birthday to your brother! I like your table topper very much. You have put lots an effort in it but it worth it. You are very creative and hardworking lady. Your blog is really interesting and full of useful advices. Thanks for sharing.

cheshire wife said...

Your brother is right about the cap. Only old men wear them here.

that british woman s brother said...

like how you mentioned our petes birthday on your blog and you never put mine on - you must like him more than me - thats favouritism is that and i'm going to tell our mam !!!
...bit of sibling rivalry that...
nick, the not so favourite brother...