good intentions

I love reading about all the new challenges that  are being posted for the new year. I am oh so tempted.

A nephew came by the other day and helped me with Instagram. I guess I can post from the camera roll on my laptop,   I managed to get my first photo up. Talk about baby steps, at least it is progress.

I packed up the Christmas decorations.

I spend too much time on Netflix and reading posts about plans. In reality, I just like to dream.

So I have joined the 2018 Ready to wear Fast on Goodbye Valentino, Sara is hosting 1029 people in this challenge and it will give me incentive to post to Instagram.   I  am seriously considering the challenge from Bra Makers Supply as well. A new Challenge per month and the one for January is the colour of the year Ultra Violet.

Introducing ultra violet to my unmentionable drawer is a real  leap. but then I dream of that dye pot. Just maybe, I  can do it.


Yearly update

It has been awhile and I did enjoy the freedom of not blogging,

it seems to take forever to do any thing, in sewing things I get nearly done but not finished, they languish in a pile of ufos. Am I scared to finish? Scared it won’t fit or look stupid? I used to leave buttons and button holes until, I had at least two  blouses to finish. Now a simple job like a hem, also joins the pile.

I have been more regular with my cardio rehab.  Working to get a better range of motion, particularly in my shoulder and trying to improve my balance. Trying in general to look after my health and stress levels. I order my groceries online at least twice a month and get them delivered. I still local shop for fresh veg, fruit and meat.

i spend too much time on Pinterest looking for magical foods that fit our restrictions. I don’t really like baking but I have added some variety to our day by day meals. So I look for egg, beef, gluten and dairy free. I have found some great recipes  and some I consider duds, of course, I sometimes have to substitute something or I read it wrong.

I have started following people on Instagram but haven’t posted yet. I don’t have an iPhone and so still trying to find the easiest way to post with a pic.


So long

I will be closing my blog. The last few years, I have struggled to get photos and content together, let along posting as well.

I have been sewing and exercising, and enjoying life and that is all I need.

I have enjoyed meeting other bloggers. I will still be on Artisan square as Rosemary. I will post any updates over on that site.

October woes

Last month was a blur, there was a thanksgiving dinner on the Sunday. But on the Tuesday, I started to have a series of nosebleeds. It took several days to get  them under control, with various types of packing. It was a posterior bleed which would have required a general anesthetic to cauterise the blood vessel. Due to previous health issues, the surgeon wanted to avoid that. So it was a week in hospital, with a headache and hooked up to monitors. So it is iron pills for me and hopefully I get my energy back over the next few weeks.

Then hubby needed to be hospitalized for dehydration. So hopefully the hospital visits are behind us.

We are looking forward to celebrating 45 years of marriage next weekend , having dinner out with friends and family.

I hope to blog more I had a series of posts written but life just got in the way of uploading them to the blog.

a change of pace


I was fed up with sewing. So I needed to do something else on October 1 and I wanted to make a felt bowl container but thought that I should practise before October 2 when I was going to knit city in Vancouver.

I am not sure sure that I have enough fleece for a larger container and in case I need to buy more stuff. I watched a couple of you tube tutorials and went ahead with trying my first bowl. I found a selection of fleece that I had from a decade ago and dove in.

My hands have appreciated all the lanolin and olive oil soap, my wrists, shoulders and back need some  TLC.(heating pad and rest) I had forgot how much repetition is needed at each step in the process.I was also stronger and a lot younger when I last did felting.

I did buy a sheer  curtain today to work on and I found a piece of fun foam and cut  a circle to use as a resist. I need to buy a better quality of prepared fleece for the next  one, after I recover.

I probably quit too early in the process but  have a container shaped vessel, so some success but I will need to needle felt some of the loose bits, maybe give it a shave and put  some beads on it. The finished container, orange and green over blue.

Only a small amount of fluff came off during the shave and only pokedd myself once with my felting needles.  It would be classified as a soft felt.






On Saturday, I went to Penticton to see the felt-feutre canada conference exhibits.If you go to the site photos from the fashion show  are up to view.

It was a perfect day in Penticton and the exhibit was wonderful. wall hangings, clothing,  dresses and hats, vests and jackets, some purses as well. Art work for the home, pieces that hung from the ceiling, carpets on the floor, vessels and containers. fish and butterflies anf birds.

All the most wonderful colours. My pictures are not great but I do have a few photos that I will share but I don’t know the artists names. I had taken a class in nuno felting from Rene Corder Evans about 15-20 years ago. I loved this dress with the waist shaping details, the beading and the bust ruffle were great.



I also saw  Fiona Duthie, an artist that I have admired  for years. This is her dress with the hood collar and the other side was lighter in colour like a reverse fabric.





These playful sculptures were great and by Andrea  Graham. I wanted t to buy the programme but I couldn’t find them or anyone to pay for it.



I did  go to the vendors mall and got some wonderful fleece and some dye.

closet redo

The clear out of excess has begun–I’ve been through the whole closet–so at least I  now know what is in there now. I even ended up with some hanging space now.

The biggest problem is the old photo albums, about 20 from before 2001, the rest are mostly digital but I still need  a better of organising  them as well. This will have to wait for another time.

This is the first go through of the closets and when the first lot is done, I will have to go through it again at a deeper level.




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