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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Monday, January 31, 2011

Design Wall Monday

These pictures aren’t up on my wall, but they are one step forward in getting my sampler table-toppers done:008  009
Happy designs!     Blessings, Peg

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Softly and Tenderly - a book review

Some months ago, a fellow blogger reviewed a book which she had received free of charge from the publisher, just for agreeing to do a review.  I decided to try this, and you can too – just click on the link on my left side bar.
_76_125_Book.319.cover The book I chose to review is ‘Softly and Tenderly’ by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck.
In this Christian romance, Jade is the center character who struggles with multiple issues from her past and in her present.  In the midst of Jade’s own struggles, her husband’s and in-laws’ issues impact her as well, and despair and depression overtake.  Jade’s relationship with God eventually sees her return to wholeness.
I enjoyed the characters, and found them well developed and real.  At times, I wondered how much more could happen to all of these people, and then I recalled the people I know who seem to be ‘hit’ over and over again.  Somehow, it seems that some people just do experience repeated tragedy and difficulty, and this memory made the story-line that much more believable.
This is the second book in a series, and I found the references to incidents from the first book vague and dissatisfying – and all too frequent.  I kept thinking that these references to the past were just a little bit of a mystery and all would eventually be revealed.  So beware, you may want to read the first book (Sweet By and By) before you read this one!
All in all, an enjoyable book – and has the potential to be a good series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Happy reading!              Blessings, Peg

Friday, January 28, 2011

A day off and a promise

We took a day out yesterday and went to Bellingham WA with friends.  It was like a mini-holiday.

After visiting a couple of stores, we stopped at a casino for lunch – no gambling, just food for us.  The buffet atmosphere felt like a cruise ship buffet – we relaxed and chatted and laughed and a server was there to make sure our cups and glasses were full and plates were removed and wet-naps were available.  It was great – we’ll be doing that again!

One of our stops, of course, was at Joanne’s, where I managed to pick up these additions for projects I have in mind:002

Then a stop at Harbor Freight Tools for these beauties003 – yes it says carpet cutter blades, but believe it or not, they fit the Olfa rotary cutter.  So why would I buy them in a hardware store? Well,you know what they cost in a fabric store, for one in a package – unbelievably these are 2 in a package …… for a whopping $2!!  I loaded up!!  And got a few for my sister-in-law!

As we finished up at an outlet mall, and were readying to head home, the heavens blazed their glory – and the promise of bright skies in the morning:

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A perfect ending to a perfect day.

Happy mini-holidays!    Blessings, Peg

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wednesday’s Words

You know what – I just don’t have any words this morning.  I’ve been thinking and thinking, but no words of wit, wisdom or wonderment are coming to mind!  I look at my sewing space, and decide it’s no wonder no sewing is getting done – it’s a mess!001
I know I can’t work in an untidy environment, so why do I let it get this way?
I tell myself to clean it up, then find something else to do!
So maybe I just need some words for myself – knuckle down, buckle down, just do it – do it – do it!
Happy tidy spaces!     Blessings, Peg

Monday, January 24, 2011

Design Wall Monday

Home from vacation a week ago, and it took a few days before I found the time to get to some sewing again.  Very little done, but at least some progress made.
Prairie point borders for the Row by Row:002
And Maple leaf corners for same:
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They’re not actually up on the wall yet, but will be tomorrow!
Happy quilting!     Blessings, Peg

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Churches in Hawaii

One of my favorite pastimes when we travel is to view church architecture and cemeteries – and Maui didn’t disappoint!

An Episcopal church with an open-air feel (see the ‘window’ through the door:

42. Episcopal church

And gorgeous stained glass:

49.Stained glass

A Catholic church:

60.Catholic church

United Methodist Church:

63.United Methodist church

With its own unique stained glass windows – reflective of the climate and geography (hope you can see the palm leaves):

68.Stained glass 67.Stained glass   

A Chinese mission:

 70.Chinese mission  71.Chinese mission

Holy Rosaary Church in Mukawao, a fabulous stone building03

With stained glass all around:

 05.Stained glass 09

And the Union Church with it’s fabulous stone work:1315

This church is made of coral:

20.Coral church 

We drove past many cemeteries, appreciating the tidy rows, and marveling at the color (this is winter after all):

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The old cemeteries made use of lava rock to define the individual plots:

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And more rock used to ‘engrave’:53 

I wished my sister could join me in a good ‘crawl’!

Happy places to celebrate our Lord!       Blessings, Peg

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hawaii Flora

The gorgeous colors of flora in tropical countries always catch my eye.  Here’s some of what we saw while in Hawaii.

Ginger – such a pretty flower on such an ugly root:

022.Ginger

A banyan tree (see here for pictures of the famous one):

69.Another banyan tree 

Peace lily:

05.Peace lily 

Hibiscus – the yellow is the state flower:

09.hibiscus 18.Hibiscus

30.Hibiscus

Bougainvilea (had to prove I was actually here, not just taking pictures from the net):

14.Bougainvilea 

Lily of the Nile:

19.Lily of the nile 

Plumeria:

22.Blooming tree 

Bird of Paradise:

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Lavender:

54.Lavender 

A fig tree:

20.Fig tree  22.Fig flower  21.Fig

Rainbow eucalyptus:

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But imagine our surprise when we found these cacti:

33.Cacti 32.Cacti

Water lilies in the pond at the condo:06.Water lilies

Not sure what this is, but it caught my eye:

16.Flower

Who knew that Allspice grew on trees:

11.Allspice tree

And, of course an orchid lei:

23.Leis

Happy flowers!           Blessings, Peg

Friday, January 21, 2011

Of palm trees, lava and coral

We’ve seen palm trees before on various travels – always fascinated, and once again enjoyed the various trees seen in Hawaii.  Apparently there are 120 different species – these are but a few:

12.Fan palms

02.Palms

09.Bamboo palm 07.Oil palm

10.Palm

39.Coconuts 

Volcanic eruptions formed these islands, and the generally lush landscape belies the violence and devastation of their history.Lava rock is everywhere to be seen, in some places still choking out the vegetation, after more than 200 years since the last flow:38.Lava field21.More surf 

And in some places, the lava has ‘colored’ the sand – hard to believe that this would be ‘soft’ to walk on:46.Black sand

But the abundance of rock can be very useful.  A low rough fence is enough to let you know not to enter:03.Lava rock wall  

But in some places we saw the work of true artisans in building fences that were perfectly straight top and sides:07.Rock wall

Coral reefs form protection around the island, and pieces will at times wash up on shore, like these that we found:003

Also coral had often been used to create long-lasting structures, like this old prison wall:

55.Old prison wall

Happy Hawaii!              Blessings, Peg