Saturday 29 October 2022

Finishes - The Placemat, the Bird, the House

The placemat: 

I thought of doing a green placemat this month but I could only finish the black one I started in September. 
Instead of the usual white background, I chose a light grey fabric. I had to use some white-on-black strings as it was getting very dark. Used a piece of the M&M print to bring some fun, JOYFULNESS, to it. 

The back is a fun dot print. I had that print in red too and you can see just half a circle of it in the triangle on the front. 

My goal is to make a light/lime green one in November. I've barely touched the sewing machine in two weeks. Gotta get back on that horse soon. 

The house: 

We finished painting the house and I didn't post a final picture. So here's my pumpkin house. 

Next year: landscape! 
The bird: 

I just couldn't keep it alone!

I HAD to retouch the chickadee's back. I find its wing too low, and adding a few more feathers would help the issue.

As I opened the paint bottles, some drops splashed onto the plaque! I tried to remove them but of course, the wood immediately absorbed the droplets and I just smeared them on.  

They are close enough to the tree to become another branch, so it's not the end of my world. While at it, I might as well retouch the whole tree. It looks pretty weak.  Ok! Deep breath. You can do this, girl.

A couple of hours later ... 

And Ta-Dah! 

I decided to just elongate the first feathers on its shoulder. I'm now sealing this to protect it from me touching it again. 

The Ste-Trinity Astisans meeting is Nov first and I want to show it to the members. They don't know I paint. Then it will be given to my MIL to decorate her door at the residence. I'm so happy I was able to do this for her. 

Back to the sewing room, I go. Some catching up needs to be done. 

Take care everyone. 


Angela at So Scrappy
Frédérique at Patchwork and Quilts
Cynthia for Oh Scrap! 

Friday 14 October 2022

Another Week - Another Project

Back in July, my SIL asked me to paint a plaque for my MIL (her mom) to decorate her room's door at the residence. I've humbly accepted the challenge.

Since then, I've been playing with my paintbrushes. I haven't done any painting since ... well a very long time ago. So I've doodled a lot at home and at work. I've played with paint, trying to get my brain to remember how to use paintbrushes. (It's really not like colouring pencils.)

At one point, I decided to fly on my own and just go! This is my progress.

I'm pretty pleased with it. I'll keep it like this for a bit before glazing it. I might work its back a little bit more ... but the boys say it looks fine. 

Anywho! Who wants to see some fabrics? Let's go! 

Jericho Wall in green.  

My sewing machine has been at the sewing Doctor's for a week. I've missed it a lot so I did some prep and cut the fabric for these blocks. 

They went together super fast. 

These are the last blocks needed for the Jericho Wall quilt. I can start working on the layout and get the sashing cut. 

That's all! I hope you have a great weekend. 

Wednesday 12 October 2022

Whatever Wednesday - Purse Rescued

A few years back now, I bought this beautiful purse via Wish. I am in love with this one.

What a great disappointment it was when I turned the purse around and saw this.

The die from the handle transferred to the purse as there was no sheet of paper between the two as there was on the front. 

Needless to say, I turned to the Internet to find a solution, a way to remove the stain but to no avail. The company reimbursed the full amount as it was their issue. I was still left with no purse. Sigh! 

Forward a few years when I dusted the purse and start thinking about this over again.  

I still love it. This picture shows the true colours; black and ivory. It is so well made. I love that golden medallion with the heart and the black flower...  It's so pretty! ... 

But I wouldn't walk out of the house with that "face" on it. I feel like it's laughing at me. :^p   ...  

... black flower ... ... hearts ... ... 

What do I have to lose? 

It couldn't be worst, right? 


It's not like I'm gonna use it looking like that! 


So I got a permanent black marker and went to work. 

30 minutes later, 

I got this. 

Oh yes! I can walk down the street with this. No shame now! 

You can still see the mark if you look closely and know what to look for. 

I got myself a one-of-a-kind purse for the winter. Whoop Whoop! 

The best part is that it's free. Lol. 

Have a great day! 

Angela at So Scrappy
Frédérique at Patchwork and Quilts
Cynthia for Oh Scrap! 

Saturday 8 October 2022

My Favourite Colour is October - photo heavy

September and October are my favourite months of the year. Some years, October is the best favourite. It always depends on the weather as it plays a big role up here in Canada. I hope it will be so this year as September was pretty wet and therefore disappointing.

Regardless, September will always be my SPECIAL month as we married in September, 30 years ago! We also received our firstborn in September of the following year. Lots of memories to celebrate.  

my colourful backyard

On the first day of October, I sped down to Pink's place for a day of fun and laughter. What a joy to have her in my life. (Thanks again for the wonderful day, Pink!) We did some shopping and my Brother sewing machine stayed for a Doctor's visit. It's my first go-to machine so I feel very toolless at the moment. 

Pink and I went on a shopping spree and I got this wonderful panel from Northcott. I didn't get the matching fabrics but if you know me, you know it'll end up being a scrappy one. 

How about this great polka dot fabric for a dollar a meter? I grab the rest of the bolt as I'm sure the quilts will fight to have it has their own backings, haha. 

Around Tea Time was added to the Design Wall just before I packed the sewing machine. 

I tried one block as I am displeased with the other T's outcome. Sigh! 

On the plus side, my Janome sewing machine has her walking boots on and we took very long walks together in the Field of Poppies. All the free-motion quilting is done. Yay! 

This week also saw our very first in-person meeting at the Artisanat since the start of the pandemic. What a delight to see all my peeps again. So many wonderful, beautiful, colourful, knitted, sewn, and other kinds of projects were presented. 
The presenters for the night were Lise and Carole. Lise did her own Halloween T-shirt by buying a wooden sugar skull template and a black T-shirt. She mixed bleach and water in a spray bottle. She place the template on the T-shirt and sprayed generously on and around the template. The result is this wonderful T-shirt she has on. I hope you can see it. It's funny that the T-shirt turned rusty/tan colour. Usually, black turns purple or pink. I really liked her T-shirt. She also did her jacket a few years back. 

Carole is very passionate about quilting and fabric. I had a hard time taking pictures with her as she didn't stay put for very long. Many photos were just too blurry to be posted. 

Logged Christmas Tree by Diane L.

Sorry, but I can't remember who did this beauty. 

Very small and delicate embroidery by Rita 

A pumpkin shawl crocheted by Sylvie. So cute! 

I'm not the only one who does rainbow quilts. Francine does too.

(Sorry for the blurry picture but she kept moving.) Snow Globe by Carole. It was so cute! 

Renée did this wonderful steampunk photo album from scratch.

Now Lise and Carole are sisters-in-law. They do a lot of sewing together and, of course, challenge each other. This is their last endeavor. 

I don't remember who did which colour but they are both spectacular quilts! Bravo, girls! 

That's it for me. Hope you have a great weekend. In Canada, it is our Thanksgiving Weekend. I have Monday off with no sewing machine. :^( 
Time to get my brushes out and start to paint my mother-in-law's plaque. See you soon! 


Angela at So Scrappy 
Frédérique at Patchwork and Quilts 
Cynthia for Oh Scrap on Sunday
Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict