Friday, March 27, 2020

The Quilting Chair


This is an old chair with much meaning. It holds the 
history of many generations who sat on it and quilted!

Recently our church was cleaning up the storage area and these chairs were needing to be removed.
The sewing circle of many generations used them to sit around the many
quilts and comforters that were made for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
and for the annual MCC Relief Sale.
The quilts are the highlight of these sales, raising thousands of dollars for relief
programs around the world.
These chairs were preferred by the ladies (many of them my aunts) because of their
slim and petite build.
They fit perfectly around the quilts.

When I had a chance to take one home as a memory - I was happy to oblige.
Thankfully a few do remain at the church, as requested by some of our senior sewers
who still like to use them.

Who knew that one day I would become interested in quilts and quilting?
I'm certainly old enough - that's for sure.

These past 2 weeks of self isolation have given me the chance to
finish up some of my quilt projects.

The chair gave me a perfect prop to photograph some these efforts.
I am by no means an expert quilter but do love to do the piecing on my sewing machine.
The tulip banner was made from fabric scraps left over from 
Noa's big girl bed and I took the challenge to quilt it free motion on my little machine.
Hope she'll love this wee touch of Spring!

The "Tree of Life" patches are sewn to the quilt backs as my signature label.
This one is currently at the quilters and will be finished soon
Bear Claw #2
Have added quite a few empty spools to this collection!

I am pleased to own this old chair and hope it keeps the quilt inspiration going.




   

This is certainly a stay where I am kind of Spring to remember!

So much has transpired these last few weeks.
We are currently on day 14 of social distancing and self isolation.
Only two very careful times out for groceries and fabrics at small local shops!
Alas, the fabric shops are now closed indefinitely as well.

Let's bind together and be reminded that God is in control and keeping us
covered in warmth and love during these days of uncertainty.


Can't wait to snuggle with these two loves again!


Till next time ... Stay Safe, Be Smart, and Stay At Home!



Monday, March 9, 2020

Lions, Lambs, and Snowy Owls


The end of February suddenly became very Wintery
with a huge stormy and snowy blast,
and I was sure that March would come in like a Lion!




However, it actually came in like a lamb with a warm sunny day.
Does this mean that March will also go out like a Lion?
I SO long for Spring ... just saying.









This beautiful snowy owl
doesn't seem to mind the Winter.

These beautiful birds have been sighted
quite frequently recently in our area.
So glad I was able to get this shot!














Speaking of snowy owls,
I've let my hair go "snowy" and am actually starting to get used to it.
I know that it makes me look older but I am, after all, older!
It still gives me a start on occasion when I look in the mirror and see all that silver!


I've been sewing with a bit of urgency as my Winter projects
are starting to come to an end.
This huge quilt is for our bed - I hope.
I have four more blocks to sew together and then need to assemble the quilt.
It might be another year by the time it actually get's totally finished.
It's been a fun project but now I'm not even sure I still like the fabric - eek!



16 of 20 blocks have been assembled so far.
4 more to go!











Meanwhile:

Our little lambs are growing up so fast.

They bring us so much joy!














A sure sign of Spring - Ontario's Maple Syruping has begun!



Till next time ... With the World's grim news these days, stay calm and healthy!
                          Perhaps our earth and climate crisis is in need of this "shut down" rest? 





Thursday, February 13, 2020

All You Need is Love ...


All you need is Love ...


... and some sweet grandchildren!







... and cousins to celebrate 68 years!


Us - Circa 1953 or 1954?

Us now. Me, Doreen, and Jean - Circa 2020

Their mom's were my dad's sisters.
So many wonderful memories over these many, many years.
Born within 12 weeks of each other.
Was a bridesmaid for each of their weddings!
We should get together more often.

A cake to mark the occasion.


... and good neighbours who help fell some dead Ash trees!

... and a husband who cares for the land and loves me unconditionally


Every other tree came down. We will have lots of fire wood in the future!

... and most importantly, a loving Lord who hears and answers our prayers.


Recent Super Moon



Till next time ............. Happy Valentines Day with much love to you all my dear readers! Hugs.


Will you?




Saturday, January 25, 2020

To Sourdough or Not to Sourdough

That is the Question!!!

When my girl mentioned that she would like to change
the way she eats bread
and
that sourdough bread would be better for her,
I took it as a challenge!

I have been making "Tuesday" white bread almost weekly.
This started when my Tuesdays with Noa days began!
We baked bread each week.

When I began to explore the method of developing sourdough starter
I almost gave up - there is just SO much information and
SO many youtube videos to navigate through!

OK - starter is simply flour and water, left to ferment for about 7 days
till it gets bubbly and yeasty.
My first attempt - after 7 days it had done absolutely nothing and
never started bubbling!!!
I threw it out (a quart jar full) and doubted my ability to make this.

Finally, after more reading, I found a starter recipe that used
a wee bit of instant yeast to get it going - it worked - too well!!!


Thankfully, I was able to salvage enough of this starter
which has become the "mother" starter so far.
I named her Levina!

The farmer felt like someone had moved in with us ...

This mixture needs tending. 
Daily or weekly feeding.
Lots of clean jars.
A baking schedule.
eek!


1st attempt:

I used all purpose flour and the bread turned out pretty good.

January 11, 2020






I don't have all the equipment
recommended but I used
my craft exacto knife to slash
the bread.

(You would be surprised at how many
videos I watched in order to know how 
to do this).












2nd attempt:

I mixed some dark rye flour into some of the starter to get a new 
variety going - still haven't found a good name for this one.
Perhaps I'll name it Grapes (for sour grapes).
I also, stocked up with some bread flour which is supposed to be better.


It seemed to take forever to rise and the dough had sort of dried and formed a skin.
I baked it anyway and gave it to my daughter to try.
She said it was good and no lumps in the loaf which I was afraid had happened.
It sure did look pretty though ...

January 12, 2020

3rd attempt:

Disaster - I made the Rye version but forgot to add salt.
Then I forgot to preheat the dutch oven.
And, forgot to slash the top.
Needless to say, it did not taste very good nor did it look good!
We used it for french toast and left some outside for the birds.

Today, I made another Rye variety loaf and I think it's a success.

January 25, 2020

Unfortunately, my daughter has declared no bread at all for the time being.
This means less bread baking and lots of "feedings" to keep these starters alive.
I think I'm too impatient, quick bread this is not!


**Taste note update - strong sour flavour but nice "crumb".  Not sure I like the rye bread one.


In the meantime, in the beginning of this new decade, I've been
keeping busy with a bit of quilting.

I truly am in my happy place when in my messy sewing corner!

One Bear Claw Quilt done, another started (blue and white), and a mystery quilt on the go.

How has your January/New Year been going?

It's been a strange Winter so far in 2020 ... mostly quite mild.
However, we did have a cold snap last week with some beautiful lacy frost.





Till next time ..... recouping from a lingering cold, sewing to my hearts content, and contemplating whether to pursue sourdough or not to.


Thursday, January 2, 2020

Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year!

2020 has arrived!

As we roar into this new decade, staying healthy is on my mind!
It's not a New Year's resolution - it's something I want to be intentional about.

Today was Christmas turkey bone broth day - the turkey's gold!
I'm hoping this healthy broth will give me the boost I need
to kick this 3 week old cold and cough!

This is the recipe I use to make it:  


It's not difficult to make. It just takes time ...

While the bones brothed, I worked on my Bear Claw Quilt.
The fabric was cut and ready to go before Christmas.
The sewing machine is out of storage and it makes me "sew" happy.
Here's a peek:


How was your Christmas?
It slipped by so quickly but not without some wonderful family times
and delicious food.
Sadly, very few pictures were taken over here!

It was all about these little loves ...
Our hearts are full!










Our little Angel in the church
children's program.
























A wee reindeer arrived at our 
door on Christmas Day.












Home made play dough - the best! It had to be pink.


A great message for January 2020

Days are slowly getting longer and oh, those beautiful sunsets!!






Till next time ... stay healthy and happy.
Tomorrow - another year older - eek! How did I get so old?






Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Time to Shine





The hall is "dec'd"


The porch is done


Biscotti made


Ginger cookies baked


The reason for the season ...


A special "first time" school concert - delightful!

Front - almost centre with red and black checked shirt

Kitchen island centre piece

A birch theme this year

The mantel 


Mom's China Cabinet



The tree


We're almost there and things are beginning to sparkle and shine.

How are your preparations coming along?

As we prepare, let's remember ...



... to be humble and kind!




Till next time ... shine on.


The Quilting Chair

This is an old chair with much meaning. It holds the  history of many generations who sat on it and quilted! Recently our church ...