Thursday, February 10, 2011

Who Knew?

A few weeks ago, I received an email inviting me to participate in a "Mug Rug Swap". Glad that the email included "a tutorial" since I really wasn't too sure what a mug rug was and it's purpose. Yes, I know I have been out of the loop for a while but everyday is a school day.

For the swap, you had to make 2 rugs (I guess "his n' hers" or for "you and a friend" that just happen to drop by for coffee/tea) measuring 10" x 6". How hard could that be! And I have lots of fabric to pass around.

Plus, I was able to do some machine quilting. Cause I have lots of thread to pass around.

Here's what you do with it when you're finished quilting and binding! You sit down and enjoy a cup of tea and have right out of the oven "Chai Gingerbread Squares".

Or the rug is big enough for a bowl of "Beef Barley Mushroom" soup. Why am I so keen and ambitious this morning? Because The City of Brockville decided to start clearing the snow banks in my neighbourhood at 0430 this morning. So with lights flashing throughout the house, I got up, went for a run and then came home, read the paper with a coffee in hand and then started cooking/baking. Does the kitchen ever smell nice! There is nothing like a hot bowl of homemade soup on a cold Wintery Canadian Day in the City of Brockville during the month of February. I will be mailing my "Mug Rugs" to someone located in the Northern Hemisphere. Shhhh!! It's a secret swap!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

There is Something to Be Said...

There is something to be said about a cold, stormy February day, wearing flannel pajamas (cause according to the local radio station I'm suppose to stay at home and not leave the house. Perfect! I'll do just that and stay in my flannels all day! Won't Neil be surprised!)
Wearing "kitten heeled slippers". What? You don't believe that I own these? Pppfft! I vacuum in them! I wear them while scrubbing the bathtub. Why do you ask?

I think that it should be a rule of quilting that during the month of February, one must work on something using red/pink fabric. I'm busy putting together the blocks for the Crabapple Hill "Winter Wonderland" quilt. Actually it go me thinking about Valentine's Day. Oh, I've already started with the "drop dead hints" to Neil. Actually, he's off the hook for the 14th since I'm working the night shift. Instead, I've given him the "it's okay to save your money on flowers/chocolates (please, not the 10 lb. bag of chocolate covered almonds from Costco, cause I can't stop at one handful even though I keep them well hidden in the freezer)/card/dinner out until after Valentine's". Preferably nothing "gently used". Actually, I work with a nurse who tells the story of the year her husband gave her roses for Valentine's Day. You're thinking "That's nice. What's wrong with that?" Truth be told...she later found out that her husband had completely forgotten what day it was and was reminded by the hairdresser while getting his hair cut. He knew it was too late to get flowers so the hairdresser offered a bouquet that had been delivered to the shop by an ex-boyfriend that she no longer cared for. So he "regifted them". True story! I could never come up with something like this! Enjoy your wintery day wherever you are. Remember to dress appropriately!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Winter Woolies

In Ontario, and most of the surrounding areas, we just went through a "deep freeze". Baby it was cold outside! But of course, Neil and I braced the weather and went skiing in Sutton, Quebec. In preparation for the trip, I packed every piece of warm underwear/socks that I own for the - 25 temperature at the bottom of the hill and the - 32 temperature at the top of the hill. We prevailed. We conquered. We almost lost our appendages to frost bite. ("Our assets are frozen" - name that movie). I've come to a whole new appreciation for wool! Don't leave home without it!

On the drive home and warming up my posterior with heated seats, I started planning in my little mind the recent purchased wool kit "Purple Coneflower Penny Rug" from "WoolyLady".

(Do you now understand how my mind wonders from one moment to the next? Don't worry if you don't. Neil still has trouble keeping up! It just works that way. I don't know how or why. It just does. Go with it!)
So the last couple of days, I have been bundled up by the fire and working on my wool penny rug. There is nothing like being at home, hand stitching on a cold winter's day with no place to go and not wanting to leave the house especially at night. I love our Canadian Winters!