Thursday, December 1, 2016

Feeling a little Pumpkin

OK I'm retired.   I have time to bake from scratch.    But did I ... NO!

I got this fabulous mix (in Canada it is President's Choice from Loblaws).   It is absolutely amazing.
Two minutes .... add some seeds to the top to make them look more homemade.
and VOILA ....
within 20 minutes you are eating a very moist, very pumpkin muffin  (can also make in a loaf if preferred)


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I'm Back ... and Retired!!!!

I've retired!  Hopefully now I have tons of time for all those updates around the house that I have been ignoring.

My first update is not a DIY.   I had laid flagstone myself in the backyard.   I loved the look of it , but this spring there were a lot of weeds between the stones and some of the stones had moved over the winter and weren't level.   I broke my foot last year, and so hadn't done much gardening, but now I'm back at it and need a level surface.

Also, now that I have the time,  I have started to sit on the patio with my first cup of tea in the morning and just relax.   I needed better.
and I got it:
OK ... just one gratuitous picture of men without shirts working :-)

The results:
Tiny. Perfect. Patio

Now when I sit on the patio by the sliding doors I can see this fabulous view of my garden.
Love, love, love.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wooden Box

I was at the Liquor Store recently and in amongst the cardboard boxes everyone takes for moving, I found this wooden wine box.    I checked first, and then brought it home with me.
I'm going to re-glue the top, stain the box, add some hinges and see what I can come up with.

BONUS .... when I was taking the paper labels off, I found this lovely logo!!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Just a bit of Sewing

I don't know where all my creativity and ambition has gone.   It must be frozen in all this cold weather.   I haven't really done much since Christmas.

I did a bit of sewing this weekend.   Made a couple makeup bags.   I have never sewn a zipper into a project before, and just figured out  the correct the weight of pellon to incude for stiffness.  Was like Goldilocks, one bag was too stiff and would hold up to a hurricane, one was too soft and wouldn't stand on it's own.   The last is just right. ... and I will make a couple more in different sizes.
They are even lined.
I also made a new lunch bag.   How does one lose their lunch bag??
Maybe this is the tip of the iceberg (get the freezing reference?) and I'll get my mojo back.   Let's hope so.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Moose on the loose

I never showed you these Moose pillows I made before Christmas.
When I initially bought the fabric, I was thinking "reindeer", and didn't realize until I got the fabric home that the print was actually of Moose.    I sewed them up anyway, and used them through Christmas.

Turns out that Moose have more seasonal longevity than Reindeer .. I'm leaving them out for winter!