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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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Please Pass a Biscuit!

Saw this on a post and it was too meaningful not to pass along!: When I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage, and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if any...one noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his Biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I'll never forget what he said: "Honey, I love burned biscuits." Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your momma put in a long hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides... a burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!" You know, life is full of imperfect things... and imperfect people. I'm not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. What I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each others faults and choosing to celebrate each others differences, is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship. So...please pass me a biscuit. And yes, the burned one will do just fine! And please pass this along to someone who has enriched your life... I just did! Life is too short to wake up with regrets... Love the people who treat you right and forget about the ones who don't. ENJOY LIFE NOW - IT HAS AN EXPIRATION DATE!..

You can all pass me a biscuit any time – bless you all!                   Peg

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cross-Border Quilting

Well, as I believe I shared a few months ago, Jo (Pieceful Afternoon) and I are going to make the same quilt ‘together’ on-line.

It’s our own little on-line quilt group.  And we have a blog to go along with it!  So you’ll be able to follow our progress with this project over there.

Last spring, we made this lovely together:87.Pumpkins and Spice

Pumpkins and Spice was a great project from Whimsical Quilts.  So we’ve chosen another Whimsical Quilt – Down Winterberry Lane.

This is going to be so much fun – first week starting today – so head on over to Cross-Border Quilters, and follow along as we share this adventure together and with all of you.

Happy sharing!           Blessings, Peg

Mail call

When we go away for a stretch of time, we have a wonderful neighbor who will look after things around the house for us – including collecting our mail, and keeping it safe.  So when we get home, there’s always a nice pile to sort through, and it always feels like a HUGE mail day!  When we collect for ourselves on a daily basis, it just doesn’t feel like so much.

On our return a few days ago, a parcel was included in the batch.  It wasn’t an unexpected parcel, but we had no idea when it might arrive as it was coming from the US.

Inside the parcel:

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This lovely tote is from Peggy at Daylily.  A few weeks ago she was celebrating a milestone, and shared several of her crafts with a few lucky people, and I happened to be one of them. 

This tote is made of plarn – in case you haven’t heard of that it’s yarn made from plastic bags.  What a great way to recycle!  The inside is lined completely with lightweight cotton fabric, so it should be all washable.              And do you see the little pin attached to the note card?   How perfect for a quilter!

I love it – thank you so much Peggy – appreciate all your work, and thoroughly enjoy your blog!

Happy mail call!                 Blessings,Peg

Fabric Finds

As we traveled along the Cascade Loop in NW Washington, I kept my eye open for quilt shops.  I warned Grizz ahead of time that this was a necessity, so he was well prepared.  With a few projects in mind, the opportunity to shop at some ‘new-to-me’ quilt shops was a chance too good to pass up.

Our first stop was at Burlington, to get stocked up for the trip, and a couple of hours at Anacortes go me started.  We’d been to Anacortes before, most recently just last May, but the quilt shops were closed the day we were there, and I really wanted to explore this new territory.

Both The Quilt Shop and Fabrics Plus had some great finds:

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These beauties will go perfectly in Winterberry, the ‘together’ project that Jo and I will be doing this fall.  You’ll be able to follow our progress on our joint blog, Cross Border Quilters.  We’ll get started when I’m home from this trip.

Also at Fabrics Plus, was this gem:031

perfect for the wall-hanging that I won from Myra.

As we wandered through the Loop, we came across Twisp (don’t you just love that name), a little tiny town, with a wonderful shop called Quilt Haven – and yes, Lori, I really did stumble across this one!

There I found a couple of fat quarters that I know will go with some Christmas fabric I have at home (I know because the same fabrics were right there beside these):

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Leavenworth has its own surprise quilt shop.  Seeing this building at first you think it must be just another hotel or B&B:52.Dee's Quilt Shop

But when you get over on that side of the street, you learn what it really is:

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So on in I went – oh, the quilts, and the patterns, and the fabrics!  And I found these to get started on Myra’s Mystery Quilt:020

It needs one more fabric, but I just couldn’t find the right one – but I wasn’t worried, we were only a few days into our trip, and I was sure there would be more shops down the road!

In Chelan, I found Woven Threads 68.Woven Threads - Chelan

– an absolutely delightful shop, with enough eye candy for any quilter – and some more Winter berry fabrics:034

That cream looks like snowballs – how apropos.

Also, there was a blue to go with the oriental find in Leavenworth:036

And then we got to Omak – Needlyn Time, another wonderful shop – and everything is on sale at a maximum price of $7.99 per yard for their 25th anniversary celebration, until the end of December.  So if you can, get on out there and take advantage of this great sale – even Grizz asked why I didn’t buy more while we were there116.Omak - Needlyn Time

Here at last was that one elusive fabric for Winterberry (plus another just because):

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And this red to go with the one found at Fabrics Plus in Anacortes:019

The last 2 quilt shops that I knew I wanted to visit were in Oliver, BC.  Unfortunately Heatherz Threadz was closed just at the time we were there, and being almost saturated with fabric finds (is that possible?), I didn’t return.  But we did stop at Wine Country Quilts, and I found some more:

Another brown for Winterberry, and the blue just because, as well as the panel for an Advent Calendar (maybe a project to with DDIL):012013

That’s the sum total of everything I found – more on the projects to follow…..soon!

Happy Quilt Shop Hopping!                Blessings, Peg

The End of the Trip

As I said in my last post, we finished up our trip around the Cascade Loop in Washington Satet by heading back to Canada through Osoyoos, BC. 

We have a favorite campsite here, Gallagher Lake, and have been returning regularly for a number of years now.  While here, we visit a few favorite places which include a couple of quilt shops.  We also like to try out a couple of wineries – this is, after all, Wine Country.

But one of our favorites is a hardware store in Osoyoos:004

Deceptively the outside looks just like any hardware store, but the treasure trove inside entertains us for a couple of hours at least.

Just inside the door is always a seasonal display, that gives just a hint of what all you can find in here:005

This time the color theme was purple, and the display made me want to redo some room or other in our house, just to use some of these goodies.

Besides hardware, there’s camping gear, barbecues and attendant tools, yard and garden supplies and decoration, games and puzzles, plumbing, electrical, carpentry tools…….and then there’s the following:

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Spices, kitchen gadgets, all manner of gourmet cooking aids

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Coffees and teas of every description and the pots in which to make them – and behind that, all the small appliances anyone could want in their kitchen

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In The Parlour can be found all of the little niceties to spice up any d├ęcor, and lots of things for gifts, too

Every room in the house seems to have a section – and then there’s the garden – if you don’t like the regular yard activities, you can still make it look like you do with all of their artificial plants, ponds and garden statues:

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This is just a little taste – if you like one-stop shopping – this wonderful store on the Main St in Osoyoos is the place to go!

Happy shopping                       Blessings, Peg

Giveaway

Found this adorable fabric give-away this morning - go on over here and check it out!
Blessings, Peg

Friday, September 23, 2011

Cascade Loop Part IV

As we were slowly wending our way homeward, we came to Okanogan County – just due south of the Okanagan Valley in Canada.  Our travel day was short, so we had time to explore the area after getting settled in the campground.

Okan0gan, Omak, Riverside – all communities with their own flavor, and so close together, we almost didn’t realize we’d left one community before we were in the next.

One of our favorite pastimes when we travel is finding old buildings, and having an opportunity to appreciate the architecture, and the skill and labor that went into erecting buildings that have survived decades if not more than a century.

At Okanogan, we took a few photo-ops.

  • The Courthouse:
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  • United Methodist Church
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  • Firehall museum (sadly closed for the season)
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  • Post office:
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It’s amazing to see the differences in styles as buildings were built throughout the ages – and so wonderful to see the preservation of history!

Back to Canada, and we settled at a favorite campground at Gallagher Lake, just north of Oliver.  We have a few now-traditional spots to visit in this area, which include a couple of quilt shops.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Cascade Loop Part III

Heading back the way we’d come, we decided to check out an RV park at Chelan, so we could take in the view from the hill we’d been told about.

We found a fabulous RV park, Lakeshore, a municipal park, but one of the biggest we’d ever seen, and a delightful oasis in this arid climate:

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We’d recommend it for anybody.

Not sure if I mentioned it before, but there’s a quilt shop here – more on that another time.

We took that drive up the hill, known as The Butte, as had been recommended.  From below we could just barely make out the two towers that were our destination:

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The sign said it was a primitive road – and they weren’t lying!

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Narrow, switchbacks, wash-board, even some bare rock at times – we were amused to find out-houses at the top (Sis and Sis-in-law, we decided they were there just for when you get the chance to take this drive.)  But oh, the views when we got up there!

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We’d had to park our trailer for a couple of hours until check-in time, and we looked back down at it waaaaaaaay below us:8385.Our trailer

The first pic is the approximate area of the RV park and parking lot – the second is a close-up of the trailer (it’s the one in the middle).

We continues our exploration of the area, driving around the lake to other small communities.  Climbing the Chelan Hills on the north side of the lake, we found more lovely views:106103.Views from north shore

Happy exploring!    Blessings, Peg

Cascade Loop Part II

After leaving Winthrop, our plan was to head to Wenatchee and explore around there for a few days, including Leavenworth. 

On the way, we stopped for a brief walk through Chelan – well known for a casino, although we didn’t see one.  This signpost caught my eye:29

Apparently you can get many places from there!

We enjoyed our stroll around town, meeting a couple of locals, one of whom recommended a drive up a nearby hill to take in the views.  We determined to get settled at Wenatchee and come back for that.   Before we left town, we came across this 100+ year old church, apparently all original except the seating which was ‘replaced’ in 1920.

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And we headed for Wenatchee – but, we couldn’t find a campground.  So we kept going, and found ourselves at Leavenworth.  Okay, so with no definitive plans, we just switched directions – instead of carrying on around the Loop, we’d just enjoy this area once again, and then go back toward Chelan.

Leavenworth – a little piece of Bavaria in the Cascade Mountains.  The mountains are a perfect backdrop for the flavor of this little village:

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And we enjoyed our walk through the various shops, stopping for a bit to sing along with the ‘ooh-pah-pah’ band:35

Because we had our dog, Sadie with us, we were stopped frequently so young and old alike could pet her.  These girls were more than willing for a photo-op:

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There must be something about bassets, everybody seems to love them!

Local hand-made quilts at one store caught my eye:40.Quilts for sale

And I was more than pleased to, eventually, re-find the local quilt shop.  I’d forgotten it was there, but took advantage of the opportunity to do some shopping.  I’ll share all the ‘finds’ in another post.

We took the time to head to an antique mall just up the highway, and were pleased to find there was a flea-market in the parking lot.  Check out my previous post about the treasure we took home from there.

Also in the area is a town called Cashmere, the home of Aplets and Cotlets, a delightful fruit jelly candy.54.Cashmere

They appear to be prepared for snow!!

As we wandered the street we spotted this sign above a pub:55.Drunk Crow sign

We couldn’t see the name of the pub, but thought it was humorous that the crow appeared to be passed out!!!

A couple more antique malls yielded some more take-homes – I’ll put all of those in a different post.

We stopped at Smallwood’s Harvest:60

for a bite of lunch a a look-through their fabulous country store and culinary specialty shop.

This is one fantastic family destination – with the stores for the big folk, and entertainment for the little folk:59  63

Happy, happy touristing!              Blessings, Peg