Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Makeup Artist Money Manual: A Simple, Step-by-step Guide to Your Long Lasting, Lucrative Career In Wedding Makeup Artistry

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

First Christmas Delivery

A couple of days ago, we went to visit our friend in a care facility.  He suffered two strokes earlier in the year, that have left him immobile and unable to talk, although his mind is still quite clear.  We picked up his wife, who has a cancer and is in between treatments.  This was an opportunity to visit both of them at the same time.

As my Sis-in-law says, we do what quilter do – make quilts.  We wanted them to have something useful, that would remind them we’re always thinking of them even when we can’t visit often.

His quilt:


Quilted simply with diagonal lines both ways.

Her quilt:


Quilted with feathers in the borders (only my second attempt, but looks not too bad) and meander through the center.

When I had them all folded and ready to package up, Tobin thought she should try to lay claim:


I hope these bring them some comfort through all the stresses of dealing with the changes in their lives, and the treatments ahead

Both quilts are stash-busters for the most part.  The red-and-cream was built following Linda’s Quiltmania stash-buster blocks.

And this is the end of quilts for 2013.  Lots in mind for 2014, including a couple of kids’ quilts and a baby quilt and a new one for our trailer, and maybe an applique scene quilt that I’ve had in mind for a number of years.  In the meantime, there’s some knitting to do and diapers to sew for church missions – and then we plan to be away from home over the Christmas holiday.

Happy days.                 Blessings, Peg

Monday, June 23, 2014

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sisters Quilt Show part I

While at Sisters OR, we had no internet access, so these next few posts over several days are a look back at the Outdoor Quilt Show. And now that we have internet again, I’ll also be able to catch you all up on our travels – posts coming!

The morning of the quilt show (July 12) dawned bright and sunny, and we knew it would get smoking hot by the afternoon.  So we headed out right on the dot on 9:00.  Right on the edge of town, we were welcomed:

07.Welcome sign

Grizz and Sadie only stayed a very short time, because Sadie just doesn’t tolerate the heat any more, and she’s only happy with short walks at the best of time.  So most of the day I was by myself.  At first I missed having company, but as time passed I was glad that I could go completely at my own pace.

So very, very many quilts!  More than 1300 apparently.  I really don’t think I got to see them all.  Every time I headed for a display, I’d look to my side and find more….and more….and more!

So the quilt show that I’ll share with you will take a few posts.  And the quilts I’ll share is just a taste.

Quilts were hung on almost every building, and along fences, and on racks in open spaces and inside a few sponsor shops.  Wander through the streets with me:

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Happy, happy quilt show!                 Blessings, Peg

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Wall of Art

Over the years, we’ve gathered a number of art prints that we particularly like as mementoes of our trips.  And I’ve done quite a number of cross-stitch pieces that have been framed for display.

Last fall I finished up a years-long cross-stitch project, and I finally took it along with a few other pieces we’d gathered up to our framer friend, and they’ve all finally come home to roost.

So we rearranged our display walls:004

From the left:

  • print of Glen Stanley inlaid wood art, purchased in McBride, BC
  • 2 prints of Andrew Meredith paintings, purchased in Chetticamp, NS
  • a print of an Andrew D. Roach painting, also purchased in Chetticamp, NS.  These first 4 are memories of our cross-country trip in 2012.
  • 2 numbered prints of Marion Rose Keay paintings, the top one the Yellow Barn, the bottom the Apple Farm.  Marion was a local artist who did local folk-art paintings for a number of years.  In the early 2000’s she changed her style to more impressionist.  Sadly, we learned that she passed away in 2011.  The Apple Farm, we purchased already framed.  The Yellow Barn, we acquired on a visit to her studio in 2003 (it will be next to go for proper matting and framing).  These are both memories of places near to where we used to live in a community called Yarrow.
  • lastly, a cross-stitch rendering of Marion’s painting of Kilby Farm, not far from where we now live.  On our visit to her studio, Marion gave me two photos of paintings for which she no longer had prints available, and permission to recreate them in whatever manner I chose.  Here’s a close-up of the Kilby Farm work:


On the back, I’ve outlined the work that went into this piece:007

The original photo is on the left, and a print of the cross-stitch design is on the right, along with the ‘history’.  The history says, in part:

The original photo was converted to a cross-stitch chart on a grid 392x259, which eventually resulted in a canvas 25 1/2” x 16 1/2”.  The canvas contains 101,528 stitches.  Work on the canvas began in 2007 and was tracked by the actual months in which work was done…..a total of 32 months (about 128-130 weeks), at an average of 10 hours per week means about 1300 hours of stitching.  Framed by Willa Defouw at Country Color Framing in Chilliwack, BC.

The second wall has three art pieces currently:


From the left:

  • a cross-stitch of New England, kit purchased in Massachusetts many years ago
  • eagle and rainbow cross-stitch, done for Grizz a number of years ago
  • another Marion Rose Keay print, this one Greendale, the area where we grew up

This wall needs some work – I just used existing hooks, so need to make a plan (and maybe add a few more pieces) so that I can cover any exposed holes.

Happy displaying!             Blessings, Peg

Friday, June 20, 2014

Sisters Quilt Show part IV

To continue with individual quilts that caught my eye (and BTW, did you see the ‘eye’ in the modern quilt at the beginning of my last post):



I didn’t see the soccer ball or soccer players in this quilt until after I looked at the photo:



The fine intricate work in this quilt must have taken months!



This quilt hung in a pet food store – so appropriate:



This quilt is title Switchboard:



I do so like the way embroidery and patchwork blend:



The stained glass effect in here just makes this quilt, I think:



Prairie points make these fish fins flap:


Happy show!                 Blessings, Peg