Sunday, March 27, 2011

No More Whining

.....about the snow. Yes, more overnight and my little garden is buried once again. But I did cheer myself up with pulling a few loops while sitting at the kitchen window trying not to watch P push tons of snow out the driveway!

Anyway, that's enough of that. If you don't let it bother, guess what? It won't bother you!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Please, No More...


True to fashion, it ain't over yet in the west coast of NL. Overnight, we received a nice big dump of the white stuff. Must be my fault for having the winter tires taken off too soon.

P has been out plowing for over two hours and still not finished as you can see. Oh well, I am at the "who cares!" stage of spring!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring has Sprung!

Well, after a short, but very hard winter, we have signs of spring. No, no robins yet but I did have had the snow tires taken off. Perhaps, a bit too soon but I am willing to chance it.

I have been taking a small break from hooking but have continued cutting up tee shirts. I am still not sure if I like using this type of fabric but I will continue to plod along.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Last Day of Winter 2011

Can it be here already? The last day of winter 2011. Considering our winter didn't even get started until January 15th, we certainly had a tough one. On the west coast of NL, we had over 10 feet of snow in only a few weeks.

Today, it is cold but sunny and bright. I am cutting up tee shirts for the new project and even pulled a few. I find using tee shirt material quite different. It has more texture in a way, but you can't control the stitches. They go every which way but adds some interest.

Supermoon and spring equinox, let's hope that is a good omen for a calm future!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Before and ......

Maddy is a broken coat Jack Russell which really means her coat grows extremely thick in some spots and shorter in other areas. She has been quite warm lately, not wanting to bury herself in the covers at night. So this morning, while the idea was as fresh as the little bit of snow we got last night, P dug out the clippers and the rest is...


Maddy still won't talk to anyone as she is in a bit of a snit but I am sure that won't last too long.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Shiela Gets to Laugh Last!

In weather legend, Newfoundland recognizes a winter storm that falls near St. Patrick's Day as Sheila's Brush.

Sheila is related to Patrick in some way. Now mystery has it, it's his wife or sister or mother or mistress or housekeeper.

The idea is that the storm is one of winter's last, and that Sheila is brushing the season away.

The legend is about the fact that after St.Patrick's Day, so from March 18th on, there is usually a sort of winter's last hur'rah.

True to legend, we are in for Sheila's Brush Friday into Saturday.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Here's to good Irish friends
Never above you
Never below you
Always beside you.

May you be in heaven a half hour
Before the Devil knows your dead!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Project!

I haven't posted any news in awhile and it's not because that anything has been wrong. I just haven't had much to say which may be abit unusual but sometimes, it does happen.

I have been working on two projects that will be awhile in completing. Here is the project that I am preparing for our rug hooking group at work. We decided as a group on the size (roughly 14 x 24), common elements of a building, tree, flowers and an animal. We also decided to do something different in our borders. Either incorporating the border into the picture or adding a design.

My project as you can see is a view from a window and the window framing the view as a border. Another part of the design is we must use at least 50% tee shirt material. We liked the idea of working on new elements as a group for support and input.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

And Another

This is Maureen's third mat which I haven't posted before. She has completed four mats now since we started our rug hooking group in October 2010. During our lunch time meeting yesterday, we discussed our next project. We are working on our own patterns but will include highlighted topics we decided we need to develop such as trees, animals and flowers. Should be lots of fun.

I better get busy this weekend with my own design so that it is ready for our group next week.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

More Mats Please!

This absolutely gorgeous mat is another one by Maureen in my rug hooking group at work. It is from a picture that was taken of her cabin. I love the perspective and how she has framed only a part of the cabin and incorporated it into a beautiful mat.

The fibre is mixed including wool strips, wool yarn and tee shirt material. The small bush with flowers in the lower section is done in proddy and also, high hooking of yarn. The photograph doesn't really do justice to such a piece.

Maureen really wanted to match the colour of the cabin and sent samples to Deanne Fitzpatrick who came through with a custom dying order.