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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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

April Finish and Baby Sewing

which was also my April Start

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Baby Gracie’s quilt – design and color-way selected by DD.  The fabrics in rows 3 and 6 (from the top) are already used in the baby room, so some coordination happening here.

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The room is all decorated, furnished, supplied and just waiting now for Gracie to appear.  Just a few weeks to go!  Gracie is not her name (we don’t know that yet), but will be the name I’ll use for her on my blog. 

I quilted daisies into the corner posts and the crosses:

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Kind of softens the angles, I think.

And sewing has begun for baby Peanut (DS1 and DDIL2), due in October.  First up – diapers, 3 dozen are on the go right now.  Then plans to sew receiving blankets, burp cloths, nursing pads, take-along change pads, changing-pad covers (see the chevron fabric on the right in Gracie’s room), crib sheets, diaper bag, sleep sacks, car-seat snuggies (Gracie will need one of these too in the fall). 

It’s an adventure – and so good to keep busy while we’re waiting so the time goes by faster!

Happy baby sewing!                Blessings, Peg

Monday, April 21, 2014

Learning a New Tradition

Traditions – we all have them.  Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays, reunions, and Easter.

In North America, it’s often a tradition, especially with children in the house to color eggs, decorate the table with them, and later peel them for devilled eggs or egg salad or whatever. 

This year, for Easter Sunday dinner, we were invited to DS2’s in-laws – and learned a tradition that they’ve brought with them from Bosnia.

On the table was a bowl of dyed eggs

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But not dyed with food color or the fancy little packages that can be found at Wal-Mart.  No, these eggs are dyed with onion skin and beets.

After dinner, we learned what to do with these (pardon the pictures, taken with my phone, and without glasses on):

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One person cradles an egg in her hand and the other uses his egg to knock against the cradled egg, to see which egg breaks, and ultimately at the end whose egg stood up the longest.

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Just a fun game, a contest for the kid in all of us!

Happy traditions!                Blessings, Peg

Wall of Art

Over the years, we’ve gathered a number of art prints that we particularly like as mementoes of our trips.  And I’ve done quite a number of cross-stitch pieces that have been framed for display.

Last fall I finished up a years-long cross-stitch project, and I finally took it along with a few other pieces we’d gathered up to our framer friend, and they’ve all finally come home to roost.

So we rearranged our display walls:004

From the left:

  • print of Glen Stanley inlaid wood art, purchased in McBride, BC
  • 2 prints of Andrew Meredith paintings, purchased in Chetticamp, NS
  • a print of an Andrew D. Roach painting, also purchased in Chetticamp, NS.  These first 4 are memories of our cross-country trip in 2012.
  • 2 numbered prints of Marion Rose Keay paintings, the top one the Yellow Barn, the bottom the Apple Farm.  Marion was a local artist who did local folk-art paintings for a number of years.  In the early 2000’s she changed her style to more impressionist.  Sadly, we learned that she passed away in 2011.  The Apple Farm, we purchased already framed.  The Yellow Barn, we acquired on a visit to her studio in 2003 (it will be next to go for proper matting and framing).  These are both memories of places near to where we used to live in a community called Yarrow.
  • lastly, a cross-stitch rendering of Marion’s painting of Kilby Farm, not far from where we now live.  On our visit to her studio, Marion gave me two photos of paintings for which she no longer had prints available, and permission to recreate them in whatever manner I chose.  Here’s a close-up of the Kilby Farm work:

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On the back, I’ve outlined the work that went into this piece:007

The original photo is on the left, and a print of the cross-stitch design is on the right, along with the ‘history’.  The history says, in part:

The original photo was converted to a cross-stitch chart on a grid 392x259, which eventually resulted in a canvas 25 1/2” x 16 1/2”.  The canvas contains 101,528 stitches.  Work on the canvas began in 2007 and was tracked by the actual months in which work was done…..a total of 32 months (about 128-130 weeks), at an average of 10 hours per week means about 1300 hours of stitching.  Framed by Willa Defouw at Country Color Framing in Chilliwack, BC.

The second wall has three art pieces currently:

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From the left:

  • a cross-stitch of New England, kit purchased in Massachusetts many years ago
  • eagle and rainbow cross-stitch, done for Grizz a number of years ago
  • another Marion Rose Keay print, this one Greendale, the area where we grew up

This wall needs some work – I just used existing hooks, so need to make a plan (and maybe add a few more pieces) so that I can cover any exposed holes.

Happy displaying!             Blessings, Peg

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

He has risen indeed!  Hallelujah!

Blessings, Peg

Saturday, April 19, 2014

It Was Just a Dream

I toiled up the hill on my bicycle, working my way around teenagers lolling on the curb with their legs and feet blocking the bike lane, and around the horde of moms and kids that were coming the other direction.  Destination – the hotel at the top of the hill.

When I got there, it was the hotel of my dreams – luxurious, crystal chandeliers, a lounge for reading or chatting, velvet and leather everywhere, Persian rugs.  And it was busy – staff and guests busily moving around, everybody with an apparent purpose.

I approached the registration desk and met Margaret, a delightful customer service rep who had my reservation all ready, and proceeded with the check-in process and then asked for my credit card.  I handed her my Visa, and she swiped it through the machine and handed it back.

Then Jerry the bell-hop was at my side, and just as I asked Margaret a question, he said he’d take care of that right away and off he went, coming back a few minutes later and handing me my Visa card.  I hadn’t realized he’d even taken it, and wondered what he’d been doing with it.  I had to ask him to give me some privacy with Margaret as he seemed to be crowded right against my elbow, and when he left, I asked if we could reverse the charge on my Visa and put the charge on another card, as I was uncomfortable with what Jerry had done with my Visa and wanted to cancel it as soon as I got to my room.

Margaret was hesitant, but eventually went into a back office and I could see her through a window speaking with someone who was apparently a supervisor.  Throughout this, my wallet, with credit cards, had been laying on the counter in front of me.  The supervisor came out to explain that they couldn’t reverse the charges – and suddenly Jerry was there again, handing my wallet back to me!!  When had he taken it, what had he done with it?  I had a headache!!!

And then I woke up – wanting to run for my purse and check my credit cards!  And so thankful when I realized this had all been just a dream!  And reminded that I need to always, always, always keep close tabs on my credit cards and wallet when out there shopping.

Do you give your credit card to the wait staff at a restaurant?

Do you lock your car with your wallet inside when at a gas station?

Do you make sure to get your card back and put it straight away in your wallet when at a cashier?

Yes, it was just a dream, but a dream with a lesson – I think I’ve been reminded!

Happy lessons!             Blessings, Peg

Friday, April 18, 2014

Remembering

 

Wishing you all all of God’s blessings!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Too Cute for Words

DD sent us a request – please pick up a package in Abbotsford for us.

Got there yesterday – and oh my…..just too, too darling:

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These teeny tiny moccasins were obviously just too adorable to resist.

Just a few weeks, and there may be little feet in them!

Happy delivery!                Blessings, Peg

Friday, April 11, 2014

April Start–and Some Progress

Following up with my New Year commitment (I refuse to call it a resolution), and after a bit of a hiatus, I’m back on track with New Beginnings – a Start a Month. 

April’s start:

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And a little bit of progress:

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I’m waiting on the arrival of one more fabric to move forward with this, but that should happen in the next few days.

In the meantime, I’ve completed a project, at the request of DD for her expected little one:

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Grizz is one week post knee surgery today, and getting around very, very well.  We think he’s even better at this point than he was at the same point after the last surgery.  Very, very encouraging!

Happy progress!          Blessings, Peg

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cleaning house

It’s spring and typically a time to clean house.  When I clean house, this is not what it looks like:

It’s actually a lot more like this:

In reality, I no longer do the big spring or fall cleaning that I used to do.  I took a lesson from my mother, who cleans one room every month (now lives in a very small place so one a month gets her through her whole house twice a year).  I need to do one or two rooms a month to get through it all twice a year, but that’s okay as long as I don’t pair up the kitchen with any other room LOL!

I’m also a bit of a spot cleaner – I see a spot (cupboard, drawer, closet) that needs cleaning or organizing and clean it on the spot.  Which usually leads to cleaning another cupboard/drawer/closet or two or three, mostly because something has been put in the wrong spot, and when I move it to the right spot…..well you can probably guess how that goes!

A couple of days ago, I opened the drawers underneath our day bed in the spare room 025to look for some beads for a craft project; discovered things I’d completely forgotten I had, things that had been ‘put’ just to put somewhere, things that I used once and have no idea why I kept them, things that I have no idea what they could ever, ever have been used for, just stuff….so the cleaning began.  And the result:026

All my needlecraft, bead, and ribbon supplies are in the right-hand drawer; and painting supplies, tools, glues and such-like are in the left-hand drawer.  (The third drawer is actually for gift-wrapping supplies, and gets cleaned out every time I need to find a gift bag or wrapping paper).  If you look at the top picture again you’ll see a model ship that Grizz started too many years ago to count, and it got tucked away and somehow never came out again.  Well, it’s out now – here’s hoping he’ll get back to it.

In this same cleaning mood, I decided it was time to clean up the computer somewhat, specifically Blogger.  I’ve been noticing that I only hear from about 6-8 blogger friends on a regular basis, and that I’ve been feeling completely bogged down with trying to keep up with all the bloggers that I’ve been following.  So I started to check it out, and chuck it out.  From following something over 150 blogs, I’m down to 37.  Now that’s manageable. 

Happy de-cluttering!                     Blessings, Peg

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Mail Box

Most days our mail boxes, both actual and virtual, are just boring everyday stuff.  Like bills and flyers and such-like.  Really, I appreciate our virtual mail-box more and more because that seems to be where we hear from some of those friends and family that we don’t see regularly and who don’t actually write letters anymore.

But the last few days has brought a couple of nice surprises!

First, a small package in the actual mail box.  Back in February I participated in the Grow Your Blog hop, and hosted a small give-away.  I sent off the package to the winner, and then completely forgot about it.  Then a few days ago, we brought home this small package, post-marked from the US and I was so curious!  This is what was inside:002

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This beautiful hand-crafted card on its own hand-crafted stand came from Dawn of Overboard Creations.  Dawn was the winner of the Grow Your Blog give-away in February, and she thanked me with a sample of her own talent!  A treasure for sure!

Then just today, the surprise came in the virtual mail-box.  I’m going to be published!  Well, Grizz and I together.  We drafted an article about choosing, buying and outfitting an RV, and submitted it to a magazine.  They accepted the article, and it will be published in the May/June issue of RV Times.

  If you’re an RV’er you’re surely familiar with this free publication, and I believe that the next issue will be May/June, coming in a few weeks.  Believe me, I’ll be watching for it!

Happy mail!                 Blessings, Peg

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Almost a Finish

Not quite, but close enough to suit me.

Back in January, I committed along with Thea at California Dreamin’ to a start a month.  Thea called it New Beginnings and set up a linky party for any and all who would like to join in.  And I, personally, committed to a finish a month (not necessarily the finish of the one started, if that makes sense to anybody).

Well, life intervened around here, and all my plans got put on hold for a bit and then it took another bit before I got going again.

So my Jan Feb March start is the same now as it was back then:004

And my Jan Feb March finish (almost) is a quilt that I’d had sandwiched for quite some time, trying to decided first how I wanted to quilt it, and then getting up the courage to tackle it:

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Wacky stars, echo-quilted with dark thread on top:

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And shiny gold thread on the black flannel backing:DSCN0323

All that’s left is to sew down the binding, and then clean up all the lint on that black LOL.

So I’m quite happy with this progress right now.  And in a few days, I’ll share my April start.  So good to be back on track!

And life is kind of back to normal.  Baby Gracie is still hanging in there; she’s 32 weeks now and can technically arrive any time safely, but we’d be happy for her to wait another month or so and gain some weight.  Her mama is still on restricted activity, but out of bed and doing fine.  The other grandma and I have almost finished up the baby room sewing, and I have a couple other projects to work on over the next few weeks.

Grandchild #2, Peanut, is 13 weeks now and Mama is starting to feel a little better.  We got the US picture last week, and all looks good:

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And there are lots of plans for sewing projects for this little one, to keep me busy over the summer.

Grizz and I have been doing some around-the-house work, in preparation for his second knee surgery and then restricted activity for a while.  Surgery is scheduled for Friday, and we’re feeling confident that he’ll go through this one as well as he did the last one.  So the yard is cleaned up, the windows are washed, the appliances have been pulled out and cleaned behind.  And the sun is shining!  What more could we want?

Happy blessings!                         Peg