Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Lovin Summer

Ya gotta love summer!

Yummy salads . . .

Painted toes . . .

Beautiful skies . . .

Raspberries that grow year after year . . .

Beautiful flowers . . .

And a beautiful lush backyard that houses birds and squirrels . . .

I don't think we would love summer as much unless we did go through the winter . . . same as life.  We have to weather the storms in order to appreciate the good seasons that come our way.

Hope you are enjoying your summer or the start of it!


Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Tribute to My Dad

I have always said and will say again and again that -

I have the best dad in the universe.

  And this is why he is the best -


My dad was always there for me.  

If I was out as a teenager and needed a ride home, I knew that I could always count on my dad to come and get me.

My dad would always stand up for me.

When I was in grade 10 and unable to get into a math class, my dad marched down to the school and made sure that they had a spot for me which is a funny story in itself, eh dad?!

My dad could always bring a smile to my face.

If you know my dad, you will know that he likes to laugh and be silly.  I really don't think he has a serious side to him.  He is a very lighthearted, positive and happy person.

My dad took care of my needs and wants.

My dad was always a hard worker and we never lacked for anything growing up - at least we didn't think we did.  We weren't rich by any means but always had enough.  As a teenager, he also knew how important it was to have money in my pocket and gas in my (his) car.  He was always very generous with his time and resources.   A couple of times I've even received flowers from my dad at work.  How great is that?

My dad loves my kids and they think grandpa is the greatest.

I think this is because my dad thinks he is a 'kid' himself.  They used to love it when grandpa was silly and even to this day as grown ups they think highly of grandpa.

I love you dad - you really are the best!

Happy Father's Day


Saturday, June 9, 2012


Here are a couple of the finds that I purchased at Heritage Park.  I had been looking for some Christmas material and finally found the kind of 'Christmas' that I was looking for.

I like the reds and greens in this bundle and it should be lots to work with.  Now to look for a pattern.

I am a sucker also for soft, delicate looking fabrics and these ones fit the bill.  I believe they from the line called Beachwalk.  I am looking forward to creating something sweet with this fabric.

 And finally I picked up four different table runners for a really great price.  One is already put together that you can see in my last post.  They make good gifts put together or just as they are for a quilter friend.  Fortunately, I even paid less than what was posted on the packages.

I guess I won't be buying too much more fabric in the next little while as I am saving my shekles for a trip later this year.  Oooh, I am so excited and am looking forward to the break and visiting with my daughter.  Hope it all comes together for a reasonable price.  Now I really do have to finish that quilt for her that I started a while ago.  The next quilt I start will need to be for my son and I have an idea in mind for him and some fabric already.  It would be nice to make a trip to see him this summer.  

Enjoy your evening all!


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Heritage Park Finish

Last weekend, my friend Reta and I found ourselves at Heritage Park for the annual Quilt Fest for the Calgary region.  Reta doesn't quilt but she sure enjoys looking at the quilts as much as I do.  What fun to see all of the new fabric, goodies not to mention the finished quilts that are display.  They even display some of them in the turn of the century houses which is really neat.

Can you believe that I forgot to take my camera along?!  Not sure what I was thinking when I left the house in the morning.  Oh well, there's always next year.  My niece, Alyssa (the one who put a quilt together with me one weekend) went and took lots of great pictures!

I think that a highlight for me is to look at the quilts that hang from the Wainwright building . . . it's great to look at those ones from a distance and choose one that we think has the greatest impact.  Some years Reta and I choose the same one and other years not.

Here's a picture of the quilts hanging from the Wainwright building from a couple of years ago.

I bought way too much as usual but I always justify that it's close to my birthday and I'm buying something for myself.

The only drawback to the day was that the wind was very chilly.  Didn't stop us from spending the whole day there though.

I bought myself a table runner kit from Country Creations in Strathmore.  Lorraine runs the quilting retreat that I go to each year in January and has a great selection of fabrics, kits and notions in her store.  If you ever have a chance to get to her store, you will not be disappointed.

Here are a couple of pictures of the finished table runner.

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend!