A Pieceful Life

A Pieceful Life

Welcome

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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Friday, April 30, 2010

EQ7 Giveaway

Click here to get the details about an upcoming giveaway (May 3rd) for the chance to win an EQ7 program for yourself AND the chance to be able to one away on your blog.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Progressive Wedding

Or – A Wedding in Two Acts

You’ve heard of a progressive dinner, where the guests gather at one house for appies, the next for soup, then salad, then the main course, etc…..  This all happens over one evening.  Well, this past year we’ve had a wedding that’s been progressive.  But not only that, there seemed to be two of everything.

First came the engagement ring:001. Engaged - April 18

Because the couple hadn’t shopped for a ring together, the groom opted for a simple solitaire that could be upgraded.  And a few weeks later, when shopping for wedding bands, THE RING was found:

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The wedding dress was selected, measurements taken, and the order placed:

017.The dress

But before it arrived, a shopping trip with a friend found THE DRESS coming home in the bride’s hands:

059.The real dress

A destination wedding presented its own challenges in ensuring that the marriage was legally recognized, so a civil ceremony was performed, with the groom in his Seahawks slippers:

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The REAL wedding was in the Dominican Republic on November 30.  A good friend conducted the ceremony for them – this is the date they plan to celebrate their anniversaries in years to come:

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The reception in DR was pure celebration:

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But, the guest list was limited there, so a SECOND reception was held at home last weekend and everybody celebrated again:

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Reception pictures are posted on Facebook. – more to come here.

We are more than thrilled to have another son, and absolutely delighted at this relationship.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Big Reveal

At long last I can share a project that’s been in the works for almost a year.  One year and 9 days ago, our daughter called to announce her engagement.  We were more than thrilled, and you’ve seen some of the pictures throughout the past year. 

A few weeks later, at a celebration BBQ, the groom’s mother suggested to his godmother and me that we corroborate on a quilt for the ‘kids’.   This, of course has been kept under wraps for all of these months, but finally we were able to present the quilt to the bride and groom at their reception last Saturday evening.

We started with a block that gave us geometric flowers, selecting colors that reflected the Caribbean setting for their chosen destination wedding:

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We then asked them to provide us with some words, phrases, dates that are significant to them, and surrounded the flowers with a hand-embroidered border:

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In the meantime, we stenciled blocks of the light fabric with sea-shell shapes, and took some along to the wedding itself – each guest there signed a block.  We had other family and friends that were unable to attend the wedding sign some blocks after we got home.  A day was spent just arranging and then finally sewing together the back of the quilt:101.Quilt 

Here’s a close-up of some of the signature blocks:

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This has been a fantastic project, and I’ve learned so much about quilt design – Maureen Goldsmith, fiber artist and quilting teacher, is our new son-in-law’s mother and now a very good friend, and has taught me so much.  Along with DSIL’s godmother, the three of us have had a wonderful time together forging a friendship and creating a memory for our children.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Darling Daughter

My lovely baby girl is celebrating a birthday today.  She probably wouldn’t want me to reveal her age, so I won’t tell you when she was born – just that she arrived late on a Monday evening, a good month later than we thought she should arrive.

The previous morning, thinking there’d be a new addition to the family within the day, DH and I had taken our toddler over to my parents.  Interestingly, shortly after we got there, all signs of an imminent arrival disappeared.  We spent the day with my family, my mother trying every trick she knew to try to persuade the reluctant one that this really is a beautiful world.  All to no avail.  By evening, we went home baby-less and toddler-less – leaving the little one with his grandparents because surely the new baby would change its mind sometime in the middle of the night.  NOT!

Monday morning dawned bright, and DH and I had some errands we wanted to accomplish, so proceeded to do just that, returning to my parents’ home for me and DS1 and ?? to stay there when DH had to go to work.  Well, about 9 pm some of my mother’s ‘persuasive’ techniques seemed to be working – and off we went!

Wouldn’t you know it – the nurses bawled me out for waiting so long!  Honestly, I didn’t know I was in such advanced labor.

Our little girl all of a sudden couldn’t wait to make her appearance – no sterile delivery room with bright lights and stirrups and a doctor for her.

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That independent spirit is still alive in her today – but I don’t think she’s been late for anything since then (except to her wedding!!!).

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This lovely young woman has a love for life, a spirit of joy and exuberance, and is surrounded by friends and family that she adores and who adore her.

As a little girl, she ran everywhere – and is still running.  Her ballet and modeling classes just added to her grace and beauty.  Her artistic sense of color and design are displayed in every aspect of her life from clothing to home – and have boded her well in her chosen profession as an interior designer.

In just a few days, we’ll be together with a myriad of friends and family for another celebration of her marriage to a wonderful man who has simply helped to bring out the best in her.  They don’t live close, so we only get to see them a few times a year at best – and cherish every opportunity!

So Darling Daughter – here’s wishing you a fabulous day, a glorious celebration, and a wonderful year ahead.                We love you with all our hearts.                       Mom and Dad

Monday, April 12, 2010

Home Alone

Well, not quite all alone at first.
DH is in Calgary helping DS1 to drywall the rooms in his basement.  Two days before he left my brother and sister-in-law arrived for a visit.
But the days without DH have had their own little flavor of ‘Home Alone’.  Thursday evening, I slightly burnt the bottom of the pot I was cooking potatoes in.  Friday morning, I put the pot on the stove, with some soapy water to boil to loosen the char so it would be easier to clean.  Then went off to show something on the computer to my SIL.  Next thing we knew, we could smell something burning.  Ran to the kitchen to find the water had completely boiled out of the pot and the kitchen was filled with smoke!   When we opened the windows, the air moved the smoke to the smoke alarm and not only did it go off, but the fire siren started outside the house as well.  The alarm company called to make sure we weren’t burning down, but I couldn’t hear them between the two alarms.  And I couldn’t remember the code to reset the alarms.  What a circus!  Trying to find a quiet spot to hear what the technician was trying to tell me, and trying to find the alarm code, and worrying about the neighbors (funnily nobody came to check us out).  The cat found a hiding place as soon as the noise started and wasn’t coming out for anything and we couldn’t see her – I did worry that she’d got out a door at some point and ran away, but she eventually found her way out.
So, I’ve reset the alarm code to a number that I can remember, and written it down in half a dozen places so we can find it if/when we need it again.
Now that my visitors have gone, the house is so very quiet!!  DH took the dog with him, so it’s just me and the cat.  I have got some quilting done:
011 The quilt top for DS1 is together.
A LQS has a BOM going right now – actually called ‘Row by Row’.  This is the first row, Wacky Stars.  The second row is applique mountains – fabric here and ready to go – picture to follow when they’re all together. 012
008 The same LQS has a monthly Cake Therapy class – these are some of the fabrics used in the class last week.  I’m going to use them to make some blocks for a challenge – completed blocks will be forwarded to a local guild to make into charity quilts.

And just in case I run out of things to do – these fabrics and book were a gift from my sister-in-law (also a quilter)
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Have a good week, everyone.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

HE IS RISEN

  HE IS RISEN INDEED

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Today we celebrate the resurrection of Christ – a historical fact  – a spiritual truth.  The song in my heart this morning:
“I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today,
I know that He is living, whatever man may say,
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need him, He’s always near.
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today,
He walks with me, He talks with me, along life’s  narrow way,
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart,
You ask me how I know He lives
He lives within my heart.”

Blessed Easter to all of you.                    Peg

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Fool's Memory

On this day, as I've read a few blogs that sent wishes and even one that caught me, I'm reminded of a memorable April Fools Day some 20 years ago.

My brother, J, is the third in the family after two girls.  I'm sure it was self-defense, but he was always a tease.  He could always catch us in little things like pointing at our chest as if to say we'd dribbled something, then when we'd look he'd chuck our chin and say 'Gotcha'; or pointing off in the distance saying 'look at that' and when we looked he'd say 'made you look!!'.  In our teens, we moved from the city to a rural area, complete with electric fences - and, you guessed it, standing in the tall grass, J reached over and touched my shoulder, then grabbed the LIVE electric fence.  The jolt of course went right through him and nearly knocked me off my feet.  I spent many years dreaming of the day I'd get him.

Well, the day came one year when I travelled from our home in southern BC to visit the family in the north country.  DH wasn't able to join us on the trip so I was the sole driver with the children.  The plan had been to stop part way and arrival would have been on April 1 sometime in the afternoon.  But we made good time, and the kids didn't want to stop, just anxious to get to Grandma and Grandpa's as soon as possible, so we arrived mid-evening on March 31.  We didn't phone all of my brothers and sisters that evening.

The next morning, not long after breakfast, my sisters proceeded to phone to see what time we were expected, and came to my parents' house shortly after they discovered we were already there.  As the morning wore on, we realized that we hadn't heard from J or his wife yet.  So I got on the phone and my SIL answered.

SIL: So you're here - how was the drive?
Me: (in a disgusted voice) Yeah, we're here, stupid car!!
SIL: What's wrong?
Me: Well, the car broke down just the other side of the bridge, and we all walked into town, got here to the pizza place, and there's nobody home at Mom and Dad's house.  I've called a tow truck and we're waiting for him to pick us up now and take us back to the car - can you get J to come and meet us there?
SIL: What can he do?
Me: I don't know, I just want somebody else there
SIL: Okay, he's outside - I'll send him along

We could see J's house from my parent's kitchen window, up the hill just a little way.  We sat at the table and watched him pull out of his driveway and come down the road, stopping at the corner just 300 feet from my parents' house, in clear view of their driveway.  I fully expected J to see my car at the house and come straight over.  But, he didn't - he turned the other way and headed out to the highway and the bridge!!

About 20 minutes later, J burst into my parents' kitchen

J: I thought you were broken down out on the highway
Me: I don't know what you're talking about.  We got here last night and have been sitting here waiting for you to come down
J: Well, L said you called and told her that your car was broken down the other side of the bridge.
Me: I don't know what L told you, but honestly, we've just been sitting here.  You know what, it's April Fools Day - L is probably pulling your leg
J:  (cursing) We'll just see about that              And he slams out the door, into his car, and heads for home

I couldn't believe that I not only got him, but I got him twice!!!  In one day!!!  I've never again even thought of a joke as good as this one - and have had so much fun with this over the years, including the day I got to tell his daughters how I got their dad!

Happy April Fools Day everyone - hope the jokes today are pure fun for you.