Monday, July 21, 2014

Grammie Camp 2014

I'm back and have had two days to rest from Grammie Camp 2014.  We had an awesome Grammie Camp this year.

I can't thank my sister, Donna and brother in law, Terry enough for  helping me do the five Grammie camps.   My sister organized "Minute-to-Win-it" games, that the kids love, and she did so much research with me on various crafts that would be good.  She entertained the kids with her amazingly funny accents which was modeled after some of my dear old Aunts!   While he has made many contraptions for Grammie Camp, this year was the first year for my brother-in-law Terry to actually come.  He made and brought a wildly fun dunk tank; did a GPS scavenger hunt for the girls which had them peddle boating out to a dock to get a clue, and he did lots of prototype testing of the stick bomb.    And a big thank you to my hubby and Grampie to all these kids, for all his help in organizing food and supplies logistics, cooking, cleaning, being a fair (or unfair) judge in the games.

To see and hear these kids laughing, and screaming as they are doing the activities, is just heart warming.  I wish you all could have been there.   My Facebook friends got a glimpse since my sister did an amazing job updating facebook every day!!

Thanks so much from the bottom of my heart, Donna Terry and Grampie.    

Monday, July 14, 2014

Christmas in July - Knitted Chrismas Stocking

If you had power last week, you probably saw that I had a good opportunity to work on my Christmas in July project last week.   I had this kit ready to work on after Grammie Camp which is Scheduled for this week.  If you are a confident knitter you might enjoy this small project.   I found it helped me pass some time last week while feeling captive by the No Power situation.   
This is a free pattern that is offered on the simplicity website here.    Give it a try, I'm sure you will love it..

Now I'm full steam ahead on Grammie Camp activities.  Our lakeside program starts tomorrow.   I'll be back in a week!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

We have Power - What a Relief!

It was evident at 5 pm last evening that something was happening.   Big power trucks rolled in on our street.   People were out on their lawns excited.  We have been waiting for this for a whole week.   By 8 pm we had lights.  I can't tell you how elated we were.  What an experience!   Ahh, now to get back to normal.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

No Power - Get Sewing (somehow)

Power or No Power, I need to find ways to do final preparations for Grammie Camp, which is scheduled for next week.   I still have a few hours of sewing to do, and baking of cinnamon bread and cookies etc, for snacks.

Most places around us have power.  I hope we will get ours back today. I thought that yesterday, but I can't wait any more.

My plan for the morning is to take my sewing machine out to a friends house to sew.   Before I go, I'll prepare a cinnamon bread to bake while I sew.    If I get those two things done this morning, I'll feel like I'm making progress.

Meanwhile, my Christmas in July knitting project is coming along.  I now have 6 of the nosegay pattern repeats done and moving on to the next stage of this project.  No more bobbles to knit..yippee.  I'm now into the second skein of yarn, and the next part of the pattern will see this project take on a new shape.  
I'll show you when I'm done... probably after Grammie Camp.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

No Power - Get Walking

I've been totally distracted by the power situation. (into day 5 by the way).   I carry my iPod and listen to the radio on my daily walks.  The iPod counts my steps automatically and  I look at the step count occasionally.    A couple of weeks ago, I knew I was approaching 4 Million steps.    But totally forgot about it over the last week.  It would have been a couple of days ago that I missed my 4 Million step milestone.    I thought of it this morning and snapped a picture on the walking bridge.  Yippee.   I love a milestone.    

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

No Power - Still Knitting!

We are into Day 4 of no power.   Many people have their power back and we are glad for them.  Friends who live handy got their power yesterday, so they invited us for supper.  So nice.   And the other good news is that most stores have power now, and are open normal hours.   Gas is readily available now, but ice and propane are still a in demand.  Lineups are long.  

We are out of propane.  For supper tonight, we are having a cold plate.  Simple...

Yesterday, I finished knitting another 10 rows of my Christmas in July project.  Each nosegay (with the bobbles) has 10 rows to complete the pattern.  So for me it's a good goal.   Will work on 10 more this afternoon.

 Do you see my cute stitch markers.  I use them to separate the rows of the cables etc.    In this project, there is a total of 85 rows and I now have 50 done.   I've been doing 10 rows a day. It's very complicated and slow going.   But I like it because it's a distraction.     

Monday, July 7, 2014

No power, let's craft!

I was in a sweet knitting store called Cricket Cove in Blacks Harbour the other day.  We were on our way home from visiting the Grand Manan Quilt Show.  Being in the store reminded me that I was supposed to make my daughter and her knitter friends some stitch markers.  She is taking knitting classes and is throwing around words like yarn overs and stitch markers.  It makes me smile, but really she has no idea what to do with stitch markers...  teehee.  

Anyway, since Albert, or Alfred, or what ever that hurricane was called, has left us without power, I'm trying to think of all the non sewing things that I have on my mental to-do list.   This morning, it's stitch markers.  It took me half an hour to find all the crafty supplies in my stash that I needed to make them.    Then after a little outdoor walk to inspect another section of trail, I sat near a bright window and made these 40 stitch markers.    It helped me whittle away an hour...

Now, this afternoon, I might knit 10 rows on my Christmas in July project.

Tropical Storm Arthur came out of nowhere.

It seems like forever that we've had no power thanks to tropical storm Arthur.  But it's only been 48 hours.  We may get it back later today or tomorrow.   We realize how dependent on electricity we are and we are truly thankful for all the power crews working so hard to get things going again.    We are making do and are lucky to have a small generator to keep the fridge and freezer going.

A tree along my favorite walking trail.  Note the wire on the
left hand side.  

A candlelight dinner.  BBQ Chicken

Can't sew, but I can knit without power.
This is my Christmas in July project.
Stay tuned.  It might be done sooner than I thought.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

I give up!! Dressmaking is not for me.

Last week I had the notion that I could sew myself the perfect fitted dress.  See next month, I'm going to be the Mother of the Bride. My daughter is getting married... I need a nice well fitting dress for the pictures more than anything.   I carefully selected a pattern and bought practice fabric and lining to make the dress...  My intent was that if it worked out, I'd shop for nicer fabric and make a good one.   It was a little complicated but I don't usually mind complicated.    I have spent hours on cutting it out, pinning, marking,  basting, sewing and finally I have the bodice done.

It's not coming out like the pattern... After modelling the bodice, and consulting with some quilting friends this morning, they agreed.  It's not flattering at all.  Now, the unsewn dress pieces of fabric go in my scrap bin, and the sewn bodice.. that I spent so much time on.... garbage...

I think I'll stick to sewing in my comfort zone...  back to quilting and sewing small projects on Saturday...


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Canada Day!

My friend's small dog "Peanut" is turning one today.  We are going to their house to watch fireworks over the river this evening.  So I decided to make some happy birthday dog treats for little Peanut.  

It's hot out here today so I only cooked one cookie sheet full.   I saved the rest of the dough and will make them when the kiddos come for a visit next week.  They can take them home to their dogs.

These are very small cookies.  I looked all over my kitchen for a small round cookie cutter.   I ended up using the larger end of a large cake decorating tip.  Then put little paw prints on the cookies.   So cute, don't you think?

I like this recipe because the treats don't puff up and you can still see the paw print decoration after they are baked...

I've packaged them up in a cellophane bag with a little red bow for her Canada Day Birthday.    I hope little "Peanut" likes them.

Happy Canada Day to you all!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Love Cookies

While I've not blogged much lately, doesn't mean that I've not been busy.    I'm moving into high gear on  grammie camp activities and making lists to make sure that we will have what we need.   That includes activities, food etc.  Grammie Camp officially starts on July 15th, but I'll have some of the kids a few days before that.  So I will have everything ready in the next 10 days.   Of course I can't show you or talk about the specific activities because my grandkids read the blog.... teehee...

One thing I did do last week was make some cookies for a friend whose son was getting married.  They had a small home reception and I thought I'd try my hand at making some love cookies (decorated with royal icing that dries hard) to send over...

Here is a picture of them as they were drying...   I packaged up the 50 cookies in cellophane bags with a cute sticker and sent them over.  My friend was thrilled and said they were a hit!!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Four Wallets

It's been a busy week with birthdays, Fathers Day and little trips here and there.   I'm completely in between big sewing projects.  I'm kind of enjoying the break.    I'm working on organizing Grammie Camp activities and gathering supplies.  

I showed you last week, a wallet that I made myself.   Well, that was a prototype, and I have loved using it over the past couple of weeks.  I decided to cut out a couple of kits to make two more, and I would choose my permanent wallet after they were done.  Well just about that time, I was visiting Diane at Country Crafts, and came home with beautiful leafy batiks to make wallets.  So I cut out two more kits.   So now I have four wallet kits cut out.   I decided to make them all at the same time.   I did a little bit here and there in between our little trips, and wow, I have my four wallets done.  

This is such a nice pattern that I might lead a private workshop locally.   I would call this a slightly advanced project.  This would definitely be for a confident sewer.    That doesn't mean that a non-confident sewer can't do it.  Just buddy up with a confident sewer who can quietly watch over you...  Let me know if you are interested.

I still don't know which one I will take as my permanent wallet.  I'll decide next week.