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, December 31, 2010

Christmas in 4 parts

Our Christmas was spread out this year, with celebrations it seemed on-going for almost the whole month.
Early in the month was some of the group dinners that are generally hosted at this season.  And a brunch with two very close friends started the season just right!

 Then – Dec 18 Mr. Strongman and Doc K arrived from Alberta, and Christmas Day # 1 was on the 19th.  We started the morning with our 1st Christmas – our traditional brunch with mimosas



gift exchange


the lighting of the tree (yes, those are real candles)



Family for dinner
 – a great day!

Dec. 25 we started again – lighting the Christ candle:

And finishing the last little piece of the nativity.  Do you remember this picture of the 'calendar'?  


Well, now the baby Jesus is in His manger:


brunch again, and another gift exchange – this time just with Mr. Soccer and Ms Student.  In our house, with a father born in Germany, we practice a few German traditions still (like the real candles on the tree).  One of those traditions is Christmas 'plates' in lieu of stockings.  The children were always allowed to open the gift on the plate, and eat whatever from it (including candy) as soon as they woke in the morning, while they waited for the adults to get their coffee!!  Now, the children come home to their plates waiting for them:

After brunch, gifts are exchanged again - the best was seeing Ms Student open this:
She wondered how she was going to use a sewing box without a sewing machine, and then she found the foot pedal, and we gave her the machine - can you believe she cried!!!  She had mentioned she'd like a machine, and this was a 'found' bargain, complete with lots of notions.  Mr. Soccer chose the sewing box, and we put it all together.
You can see some of the other gifts open on the table - for a while it seemed like the bounty was never going to end!

We're not big on North American football in this house - soccer (real football) and rubgy are our games, and the guys found one to watch for a while.  We watched some Shrek, napped, played some cards, snacked.....a lovely relaxing time!   And Christmas Day # 2 came to a close.








Dec. 26 we headed out in the afternoon to spend another day with extended family (Christmas # 3).  One nephew was unable to join us the previous week (work) or spend time with his own family on Christmas Day (work again), so it was even more special that he was able to be with us  then.  We all decided that another big meal wasn’t needed, and we all brought favorite snacks, both sweet and savory.  We used paper plates and plastic forks, and just enjoyed each other’s company!  But can you believe that I had my camera and forgot to take it out - just too busy eating and talking and laughing!!

Dec. 27, we were off to see my parents in Kelowna, yet one more tradition, weather allowing.  No other family were close enough to be with them over the holidays, so they’d celebrated Christmas Day with friends in their complex, and everybody being 'turkey-ed' out, we have a nice lunch of homemade soup.   Mr. Soccer and Ms Student were able to come with us.  My mother is experiencing some health issues, still under investigation, and we noticed that she tired very quickly – but then that could have been partly due to the fact that she was up early baking:

 Are your mouths watering???


And Dad – entertained us with stories as usual:

 Part of our drive took us through a Winter Wonderland - and we all exclaimed how nice it was to have 'snow for Christmas'


It truly has been a blessed Christmas once again!
It’s New Year’s Eve as you’re reading this – and Grizz and I are in the middle of getting ready for a trip to Hawaii.  We leave Jan. 1 – we’re really excited to visit the Island State for the first time!    I’m not sure of the accessibility to the internet at the condo we’ve booked, so not sure if there will be any blogs for the next two weeks – and of course all quilting is on hold until we’re home again.
Happy New Year to you all!               Blessings, Peg

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Bounty

Christmas once again brought so many wonderful things – family, love, joy, celebration, sharing.  The sharing netted a bounty all of its own.

Quilting plans for the new year are made more exciting with these new additions to my sewing room:

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Traveling will be enhanced as we enjoy the benefits of our new I-Pod Touch:

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And evenings of cards with friends – well, this will ease the struggles of our arthritic old fingers:111

So much fun ahead!

Happy sharing!    Blessings, Peg

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wednesday’s Words


Anticipation

After all of the Christmas excitement, and reliving and making new memories – it’s time now to look ahead.  Anticipating all of the wonderful times in the New Year is always so exciting to me.
First up – we’re headed to Hawaii – this is our first trip there, and we’re so excited to visit a new place, and experience new people and culture.
More travel is also planned, including a trip through northern BC and into the Yukon in June.
Then there are tentative plans to travel south through Palm Springs, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon
– meeting some family in New Mexico for the Balloon festival in October

– then hopefully on from there to visit friends in Oklahoma.
Some possible changes for our children – Ms Student will finish her first degree in April, Mr Soccer is looking at starting a Master’s degree, Ms Butterfly and Surferdude are thinking of making a move back to BC,  Mr Strongman just bought a house this past fall and has plans to do some renos and up-dating, Doc K is involved with helping to plan her sister’s wedding.
All is good – all looks wonderful!
A happy New Year to you all – may God bless you richly!
Blessings, Peg

Monday, December 27, 2010

Need more fabric?

 

After finishing all the challenges, the Christmas gifts, catching up on the PhDs – do you need more fabric?  Well, even if I don’t, I couldn’t resist this lovely give-away – go here for your chance at all of these lovely fabrics:

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Happy give-away.        Blessings, Peg

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Greetings to you one and all – hope you have a blessed day!

Merry Christmas!              Blessings, Peg

Friday, December 24, 2010

On Its Way

The bag for Beth (giveaway winner) is finished and will go out in the mail today.  I promised her a sneak peek when it was done – so here it is:
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I was really pleased with the way it turned out – hope it works for Beth!
Happy giveaway!             Blessings, Peg

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wednesday’s Word - Memories

This is the time of year when for memories – remembering the old ones, making new ones.  As I think back over the past year, it’s been a wonderful one, and here are a few of my highlights:

Blogging and making new friends, give-aways and challenges, including a winning or two, like this pattern from Susan Jensen:
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A trip down memory lane with dear friends – to Chuckanutt Drive, where we used to go way back in our teen years – and a wonderful seafood dinner:


A drive down to Tacoma with my parents to visit an aunt and uncle – learning anew of old family memories:
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Dinner out with Mr. Strongman and Doc K, as they’re starting new memories for themselves:
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Relaxing with Ms Butterfly and Surferdude as we enjoy a memorable trip to visit them:
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Laughing as we try to make a memorable picture of Mr. Soccer and Ms Student:


On a trip to historic Barkerville, and re-learning the memorable era of the Gold Rush – making a fool of myself on the stage:
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Camping along the Oregon Coast, and making more new memories with family:
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Sewing with a friend – a memorable occasion indeed, as it was our first attempt at making a garment without a pattern:
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Several trips throughout the year to our local show garden, and enjoying the seasonal changes:
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A bus trip with old friends to celebrate a milestone  - and renewing friendships, remembering good times:
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Quilting, always quilting – to make keepsakes, and learn, always learn – sharing with friends both real and virtual:
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Happy memories!                   Blessigns, Peg

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Peace

Fourth Advent – and the theme for this last Sunday before Christmas is

 

May the Peace of God live in your lives now and for all time.

 

Merry Christmas to you all.             Blessings, Peg

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Drum Roll Please


And the winner is…….
# 32




Beth- the mama bee said...





Pretty bag. I missed the deadline too. I am glad you made it in. I'll have to wait until next year... again. I like browns and yellows.


I really did wish that I could give something to everybody that entered – it feels like I met a whole bunch of new friends.  I did pick up quite a few new  blogs to follow, and look forward to all that there is to be learned from all these new people in my ‘life’.  But, only one number comes up on the random generator – and that one is Beth’s.
So, I’ll be sending Beth a message, and the bag will get made next week and in the mail shortly there-after.
Thank you everybody for sending me your kind notes, and for taking the time to enter the draw.            And a huge welcome to the new followers – I will follow you as well – oh, how much fun this has been!!  But it really has taken up a lot of time this week, between entering draws myself, reading all of the comments and checking out their blogs then responding to most of them…..
Now to get on with some of my other ‘duties’.
Christmas gifts got wrapped up today, and Mr. Strongman and his dearest Doc K will be here tomorrow – and then an early Christmas with family on Sunday.
Just lately I’ve joined a couple more groups – see my side-bar for:
Myra’s PhD Challenge – must get onto posting my PhD’s on that site;
And Slow-Poke Quilters – need to touch bases with that group and let them all in on how very, very slowly I quilt!
With all of this, not sure how much I’ll be posting over the next week or two, so just in case I don’t get another chance….
Wishing all of you all the very best of the season – may God bless you richly!                            Blessings, Peg

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wednesday’s Words

Magic

There’s something magical about this season of the year.  The candles, the decorations, the lights, the anticipation, gifts and secrets. 

Yes, they all come together to create a sense of wonder and awe in people of all ages.

We went out a few days ago to take a look at how some homes are magically transformed to celebrate this season.

From classical simplicity013

To a statement of cheeriness

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To an absolute wonderland

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Enjoy the magic!     Blessings, Peg

Monday, December 13, 2010

Giveaway

I just realized a few days ago that I’ve recently passed a few milestones, and thought ‘Oh, shucks, it’s too late to celebrate with a give-away’, and just simply planned to watch for the next milestone.
What milestones have I passed – you may well ask!  Well – blogiversary # 2 was on Dec. 7 – my birthday was in November - post # 200 was on Oct 10.  All of these went right over my head as I continued creating and blogging.
Well, this morning I’ve found my opportunity!

Somehow I missed the notices for the Sew Mama Sew giveaway.  But a quick note to Beth and she has kindly allowed me to join in the fun!

So what do I want to give away!  Recently I made this bag:64.Bag
It was a fun project – and actually has already been given away (to one of my sisters).  But I will make another one – it has two main pockets, plus small pockets inside and out.  This one was made with some fun black-and-whites, and Loralei prints – the one I’ll make will be suited to the winner!
So how do you win one:
Simply leave a comment telling me your favorite color and your style-sense (elegant, funky, casual….).           I won’t ask you to ‘like’ on Facebook, or advertise on your blog, or become a follower – but if you choose to do any of these, that would be wonderful.  Just be sure that I can contact you if you do win – I’ll send to anywhere in Canada or the US.  Contest closes on Friday, so I'll draw on Saturday the 18th.   Good luck.

Oh, and do follow the link above to Sew, Mama, Sew and check out all the give-aways - there are hundreds of them - and I'd love to hear about your winnings!
Happy contest!     Blessings, Peg

Design Wall Monday

Not much quilting done this past week – it’s Christmas time, after all, and there’s so much to be done.  But the embroidery arm for my machine came out of the closet and here’s the results.

Some luggage tags for traveling friends:100_2240

Some door knob hangers to share with a couple of special people:
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Happy Christmas sewing!                Blessings, Peg