A Pieceful Life

A Pieceful Life

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I'm so glad that you stopped by, and hope that you enjoy your visit. Here you will find pieces of my life - quilting, cross-stitch, family, travel, friends.
My name is Peg - I am a 60ish wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend - and if we're not already related or friends, hope to become your friend too.
We live in the eastern end of the beautiful Fraser Valley, about 1.5 hours east of Vancouver, BC. Empty nesters, we have one son living just a few minutes away, our other son and daughter live in Alberta.
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tis the Season

for giving and sharing.

Yesterday we went to see the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, and enjoy the entertainment.

(not my pics, sorry, forgot to take my camera)

But the Holiday Train is not just about entertaining – this 16-year-old tradition is a way to raise funds and gather food items for local food banks all across our country.

The train starts in Montreal and lands in Vancouver, stopping several times a day at communities across the country, where the local Community Services volunteers then set up collection points.  Of approximately 2500 residents in our little community, at least 500 of them gathered together yesterday to hear Jim Cuddy and Tracey Brown, and give for those less fortunate.

We were told that each dollar cash donation relates to five dollars worth of food – and CP Rail gave our town $7000.00.  With that plus the donations from last night plus the collections of our local firefighters last week and what ever else they collect, the coffers are full and should be full for a little while at least.

Other communities have different food drives at this time of year, like Cram the Cruiser – where local RCMP set up their vehicles at a collection point and folks can drop off their donations.  My little niece in Houston BC got behind this one and collected earnings from her craft sales to buy food to donate

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Yes, food is needed year-round, but in the spirit of giving, now is a good time to remember to share our wealth, so that those in need will have enough.

Happy giving!                      Blessings, Peg

Friday, December 12, 2014

Aah–That Felt Good

A day at a spa?  No, actually time with Brenda (sewing machine).

After a fairly lengthy separation, we finally got back together, albeit for just a short time, but it was goo-ood!

So what was the result of our joint adventure:

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This little ‘tree’ has gone to a friend in a care facility.  Saw this first on Renata’s blog A Loose Bobbin and she very graciously shared the pattern with me.

But I’ve not been idle.  This week in review:

Monday – bake butterhorns, sew the ‘tree’

Tuesday – a day for shopping and lunch with friends

Wednesday – bake tarts and squares, deliver the ‘tree’

Thursday – bake cookies

Today – will be candy making day

And I still haven’t done my Christmas cards and letters!!!

Happy makin’ and bakin’             Blessings, Peg

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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Four calling birds

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The stockings were hung by the chimney with careDSCN8882

The (dog) was nestled all snug in her bed

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Yes, even in the midst of our renos, we managed to get Christmas started in our house

Happy, happy season              Blessings, Peg

Monday, December 8, 2014

Adventures in Electricity

We finished the bedrooms!  Painted and new floors, fresh and clean and tidy, even found things we hadn’t seen in a long time, and managed to ‘recycle’ fairly effectively.

While doing the spare room, we had things piled up in our bedroom.  Then while working on our bedroom, we slept in the spare room, piling stuff up in the family room and dining room.  It was a mess!  But well worth it.  I’m sorry I forgot to take ‘before’ pictures, but here’s the result:

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Still a little work to do with curtains and some shelving, but essentially complete.

When we got to putting the master bedroom back together again, we of course were moving things like lamps and alarm clock.  Unplugging the alarm clock meant that the display went blank, but the battery would keep the ‘clock’ running until it was plugged in again.  Except that, when we plugged in the clock, there was no display.  Oh, brother, we wondered what could have happened in the 30 feet between bedroom plugs.  Then we discovered that that particular plug wasn’t working at all.  Okay, so take the cover off and see if we can discover any immediate concerns, like paint on the connection or something.  Nothing to be seen.  So we started checking a couple of other plugs.  ALL the plugs, both rooms were dead.  So out to the breaker box to see if there’s any apparent problems.  The ARC fault (not really sure what that means) was blown, wouldn’t reset.  We tried everything we knew to do, and were at the point of deciding we needed to find an electrician – really too bad our DSIL-J is so far away!  One last attempt – unplug everything from all the plugs and see if we can reset the breaker. 

It worked!  The breaker reset, we plugged in one appliance at a time, testing each as we plugged them in, all is good!  So we now have TV, digital box, internet modem, computer, printer, bedside lamps, alarm clock all working again.  Amazing to us that whatever caused that breaker to turn off, it only affected the plugs in those rooms.  The light switches all still worked throughout.

Electricity not being something that Grizz likes to play with, we were a little nervous, but all is well in the end.  And we have nice bright bedrooms once again with lovely laminate flooring.

Happy renos!                    Blessings, Peg

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Many wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and weekend to my US friends

Monday, November 24, 2014

Running Out of Time?

With Christmas coming, and all the shopping, baking, decorating, gift-wrapping to do, how do we find time to sew – Christmas gifts, guild or group projects, making and mending for the household, those quilts on the wish list?

Well, today I came across this list of tips to ‘fit’ sewing into our busy schedules.  They were posted on sewcanshe.com.  Of course the truly dedicated sewer/quilter will need to turn some of these the other way around to get the shopping, baking, decorating, gift-wrapping…….all done:

 

9. If house chores are keeping you from sewing, play a little game with yourself. Set a timer and alternate Speed cleaning for 20 minutes then sewing for 20 minutes. It's amazing how much cleaning you can accomplish with the proper motivation and you'll be surprised at how much sewing you can get done in 20 minutes.

8. Block or hide the distracting housework. Close the door to the laundry room. Shove the junk inside and close your children's bedroom doors. Put on your blinders and quickly walk past it all to your sewing room After all, no matter how many times you clean it, that mess is gonna re-appear. Your fabric is calling you! (note: I may or may not shove the dishes into the dishwasher just so they stop distracting me... and then it only takes a second to start it.)

7. Silence interrupters. Turn off or don't answer your phone. Don't answer the door unless it's the UPS man bringing more fabric. I'm sorry to my friends if this seems rude. But when people are busy at work, they routinely let calls go to voicemail. I claim the same luxury. And I will get back to you. :)

6. Keep a to-do list. I find that other tasks stop distracting me if I write them down. Then I know I won't forget them and I can put them out of my mind to sew for a while. 

5. Schedule it in. Plan time to sew first thing in the morning, right after lunch, after the kids get are in bed, etc. It doesn't really matter when... just make sure it's on your schedule. This could be once or twice a week or every day.

4. Set an alarm for when you have to stop - to go get the kids, get ready for work, etc. Knowing that the alarm will stop you, you can stop looking at the clock and focus on your project. 

3. Have a grown-up play date. Invite a friend over for a morning or evening of sewing. She might help you finish a big project, or you can each work on your own.

2. Pack a 'sewing on the go basket' (or bag). I must admit that I enjoy the slower pace of hand sewing just as much as I love sewing with my machine. So I keep a large-ish zipper pouch packed with my latest hand sewing project that I can grab when I know that I'll be waiting. Like on a long car ride, during my daughter's dance class, or in a doctor's waiting room. Paper pieced hexis are excellent an excellent start if you don't already have a hand sewing project.

1. Don't put away your sewing machine... keep it out and ready to go. This will be hard if you don't have a dedicated sewing area. But you know as well as I do that if you put the machine away it will be a while before she's out again.

I say, if your only sewing space is the dining room table, then sew-be-it, but if you can find even the smallest corner of a room, you’ll be happier with your machine always ready-to-go when you find those minutes in between all the other busy stuff

Happy sewing!                    Blessings, Peg

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Mmmmm and Mmmmmm

Looking for a gluten-free, vegetarian turkey dinner?

Got a sweet tooth?

Well, the answer was posted on Facebook this morning:

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Gotta try this – just too much fun to pass up!

Happy turkey season!          Blessings, Peg