Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Holiday Finds

I have been making up for lost time since home from San Fran....

Here are some of my purchases from the quilt show in Calgary

I could have spent the kids inheritance at the Japanese Booth in Calgary!!

This zipper is adorable!!

They had all kinds of little embellishments...

Loved these little bikes from Britex....

Aunt Julie has been making cute things of her own with buttons and lace

This is the one I picked and she thought I would love

She knows me well!!!

At Millerville Farmer's Market in the Foothills,
there was a purse maker.

Her company is called Tea Garden Satchels out of Lethbridge,Alta.

Her works were fabulous and I fell in love with this one.

The closures were found in the dark recesses of an old warehouse in Quebec.

 These doctor bag frames are at least 25 years old.

I don't know why but I HAD to have it!!!

I am beginning to think I have a purse obsession....

At an estate sale in Calgary on the same day, I bought this one....

I better get outside and get some work done to pay for my sickness!!


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Farmers Wife Sampler aka Call Me Crazy!!

There is nothing like getting home from a vacation 
hitting the ground running!!
Cleaning corrals
(should be cleaning my house but that will have to wait)
Bales need to be hauled before the snow flies!!
I must have been delirious 
when Tracey from The Block Party Guild asked if I would do a
Farmer's Wife Sampler QAL with The Gnome Angel!!
(must be the FARMER in me)

I have done one before and found it quite doable...

I still have my Sedona Star scraps in a box so I decided to use them

Can never go wrong with Blues(Sk Skies) and Browns(Harvest colors)

The first block is Becky
(sorry.....not squared up yet)

I don't actually have the book yet 
 will have to wait to get ALL the instructions

Bonnie is the second block

I will try to keep up!!


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Home Sweet Home

Isn't it crazy that you can be laying in bed in San Francisco in the morning...

Home in the afternoon?

Home as in Canada....
Calgary(where I was born so my first home)

It is sad that Calgary no longer has the Tower
 the icon since it no longer stands out downtown!!

Our last shopping in San Fran was at Crate and Barrel.

I was in love with these streamers of fabric running from the 3 floors

All I could think of was what do they do with it when they are done???

Can you imagine the quilts this would make??

Look at the size of the selvages on these....

It was Marimekko from 2011

It was a full 2 inches and the fabric was just sewn on the edge and hung!!

I think I need to make this for my head board

LOVE it!!

This table was made with the cross bars of old telephone poles that the insulators sat on

I am proud to say that all I could afford at Britex totaled to 10.82$ 

That's the cheapest I have ever left a fabric store but I did get some cute stuff
(another post)

While in Calgary, Mom, Aunt Julie and I went to Creative Stitches...

At Spruce Meadows

My favorite booth was A Threaded Needle from Gibsons, BC

They are an online store carrying Japanese fabrics.

I find myself more and more drawn to them.

Like I need ANOTHER love?!?!

The Calgary Modern Quilters had a lot of quilts displayed

I still think it is a better show at the RBC Center as there was not space for classes in rooms

so it was tough to hear your teacher in your own class with all the noise.

Aunt Julie and I took a class called Snip, clip and rip.

You ended up with a piece from 6 other people
 are supposed to take this home and make something

This was my batch...

We were kind of disappointed as we both have a lot of 'this' at home already!!

But we did get to spend some time together.

I hope you are busy making that little outhouse quilt, Aunt Julie!!
Send me some pics!!

With busy lives,
 it seems like we get together much as sisters 
 we tried to get some pictures together.

My sisters like to try to get the right pose looking the best you can.

No pose is 'better' in my world. 

It is, what it is!!

 After about 15 minutes, 

Mom's expression said it all!!

Mom(Heather),Larissa, Tannis and Christa 

"My daughters are crazy"

Oh well....It was a fun week!!

Back to the grindstone...


Isn't this the coolest pic of Muir Woods?
My niece, Michaela took it...such an artist's eye!!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Muir Woods

It was another good day across the Golden Gate Bridge....

To Sausalito with a stop a a shop called Soxalito...

Where there was ever kind of socks you could ever dream up 

Such an appropriate play on words

To catch as cool bus made into a convertible so we could go to the Muir Woods

There was some wind in our hair!!!

This tree was born in 909 AD and was dated to 2007 with dates through out its life pointed out 
Isn't that so cool how they have a time line in the rings 

I have had Yosemite on my list and this was just a small taste of what it will be like I am sure 

These redwoods were unbelievable 

The age and massive size can't be captured in a photo 

It was such a beautiful forest 

We are so lucky that it has been protected from further foresting

The creek was not babbling as California is still in a drought 

Then it was back to San Fransisco   The main cable on this bridge is 28000 cables wrapped together and is 1 metre thick!!!

It is now 80 years old!! Incredible architecture and engineering!!

We walked the Barbary Coast Trail through the city over to North beach to Tony's pizza. The wait was 1 1/2 hours but was soooooo worth it!!!!

This catholic  church in little Italy was beautiful all lit up  you won't find an address on this church as ironically it is 666 on that street 

 We flagged a cable car and rode back to Union Square

It was fun hanging off the bar through all the traffic and hills

I think we can safely say 'I've been everywhere,man!!'

I day left to explore....