Sunday, January 20, 2019

Dr. Zhivago Day~











Spending time painting.I love it so!I am a bit concerned about my lack of exercise in winter..

Spring ,summer and fall..I don't worry because the gardens call regularly..as regularly as an exercise class.

I garden hard..not just watering ūüėŹ..although I must admit to not digging new gardens anymore and I would love one for my tomatoes.And a sweet pea bed♥

So I could grow Sweet Peas like Antonio Valente does.




I  finished up a blanket..I am so disappointed that I forgot to do 2 rows of the same color..like my last blanket..below..





I did one color after the other..not as pretty..:(
However, less than 2 years ago I did not know how to crochet.
But ..heck..
Let us be grateful for what we can do right?:)
Still so grateful to all who inspired me~I would have never tried without many of you..

Jacques even comments on how pretty the blankets are.I do think he saw them with a different eye when Oli wrapped himself in one..I had to admit that blanket never looked so good;)

The other thing I will do differently next time is have my picot edge a more vibrant color:)
The white/cream is not  contrast enough for me:)

I made those lovely Maple Muffins..the recipe I invented:)
But used Raisin Bran this time..tastes just as good~
My Organic Maple Flakes are available at my Canadian Costco:)

See ..the thing is..unlike climates that are much warmer..we in QC,hibernate a lot for 3 months..
See the front steps? me neither..but tomorrow Jacques will have them all done..
I have an appointment in the next town..appointments week.

I thank God every day that I have had hobbies..in more ways than one..
So..thank you God;)

Storm of the year  today..Sunday..as I tucked in all the wool stragglers on my blanket..



It's all done~
Until the next one~

I practiced a pie that is a perfect pie for Valentine's..I'll share it before.. if any of you want to make it.
It is not only my new "Pretty Pie"..it's a very very GOOD pie:)
Have a nice week~










Friday, January 11, 2019

The days of Tundra~



Cold in QC..tea.coffee..French Onion Soup..and ..


Stitched the week away..A Winter Cabin series by Alicia Paulsen


Fun fun book..Draw Your Day..you can see a review here..Samantha Dion Baker.
A lovely little book to get lost in.And be inspired by.
The Canadian price was ap $20.00

The only time I keep something that can loosely be called a journal..is on trips..I have a huge one from2009..but mostly writing..We went to Italy and France.

I have had an ongoing one for 9 yrs..all writing..I plan on burning that one one day..

Most of the time my journals are really just paintings in journals/books or loose leaf that I glue into that BIG one ..You can see my fullest book to my tiniest book.
I admire artists that have all the same books lined up..and filled..I never thought of doing that when I started painting..
So my books are all different except for 2 small Moleskins..I love finding old paintings..like 3 boys on a swing♥
Lucas..is taller than I am now..Max will be soon..Oli will be the tallest of all 4..
Noah ..I am not sure yet..I think he will have a growth spurt!
I like books and paper and colors and pencils and erasers..:)
Lots of memories in them there books y'all;)








 Terrible Ipad photo above

Oli comes over when he can on Wednesdays..such a light..a bright light..He does math√©matiques with Jacques..and then  francais with me..he had a particularly good day this Wednesday..All perfect en maths and all perfect en francais.

He had forgotten his snow pants at home so at recess had to stay on le premier palier(first level outdoors)..I said:" Oh Oli what did your friends do?" He said :"They all stayed with me."
Now does that warm a heart or what?
So after he has his grilled cheese and chocolate milk after school and does some homework..we watch the beginning of a movie to be continued next time..this busy busy boy..reclines on the couch facing me and covers himself up..I snapped an Ipad pic and this happened♥A quick brisk pencil sketch,and watercolor even quicker.He's a sight to behold.5 minutes...yet Jacques made it hiss screensaver.

That's nice..

Look what happens when you convert..


So obvi(new word)..it's pretty darn cold here and I am organizing and painting..
Christmas is nestled..tucked away.
Sometimes I find a new something after Christmas..but you know what? Everything is on sale before Christmas so it's all gone.
All gone.

I do have to show you a little homekeeping thing I never knew..
When I married Jacques 45 years ago..he had Dansk turquoise pots..I loved them..but w/ wear and tear the only usable one was a small saucepot I gave to my daughter..oh...smaller than a saucepot..like to melt 4 tbsps of butter..
She gave it back to me:):)
I would love to have our whole Turquoise Dansk set back..but no..I have pots and pans..

I did however fall upon this beauty..new..resale on Varage sale..and a very very reasonable price.
When I picked it up the lady said:"Do you know why the covers are made this way?"No I said"..

Look everyone..if you have these..

Genius is all I can say..




Bon weekend!!

PS anyone watching The Kominsky Method?
2 in and I like it.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

~2019~ So be it♥











2019~

So many make resolutions!
I just wish~


So nothing is put away yet..re Christmas..I even hate those words..Putting Christmas away..LOL
Does Christmas really get put away?
I hope not.

I will start to gather and reminisce and box up and store away  until next year..
Soon..probably after Epiphany like every year.

On the subject of resolutions..the deepest ,meditative friend I have ever had sent me a link to this..

Raptitude

I read it with intent as she is so wise..

and I found it so interesting.

I do finish what I start.

OHMGEE do I finish what I start..even a crappy book.

I'll even keep baking something I know an ingredient went missing;)

However..I do get extra paints..a new cookie cutter..a new art book..always thinking.."this paint set will make me a better painter":)
I will reread this link a few times this year:)

Maybe some of you will get inspiration..in one area or another.

Also..
can you believe I have never listened to a whole Audiobook?

I could not get a print copy of A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman..
so I took the audiobook.

While stitching in my warm craft room on these freakin' blustery days.
I am loving it.The narrator's voice is pleasant..  and the book is so interesting. My daughter had told me she loved it..
Same daughter who made the seed girl w/ Noah:)

Not done..I haven't been 9 hrs since this AM  in my craft room..but ..so good:)
I love Fredrik Backman books.

Another thing I fell in love w/..Les Misérables..on a UK you tube..thanks to Carol at Paris Breakfasts.

Oh ...I watched the whole first episode on my mini Ipad while stitchin' an Orla K blanket..(not done by far)..It's so good!!

Did you all watch Call The Midwife Christmas special?
Bawling firtst 5 minutes.

I received such sweet snail mail between Christmas and New Year..

That card,see that first pic?

UK cards are the bomb for 3 D..
Marie:)
And Marie sent me the adorable stitched tree ornament.
Her new cookbook...number 2 I might add..comes out soon!


I received the most gorgeous Santa photo on a handmade card by Linda~ It is pitch black now to take a pic..:(

A beautiful 3 D vintage card from  Linda too..:)

I am saying these things because..well not os say..LOOK!

But to say..  How Sweet.How Grateful.


I am a firm believer in snail mail. Even if Canada Post is making me doubt.

I sent Linda a card the Monday I came back from Florida.Over 1 month.All within Canada:(

I'll fill you in on my Paris Maps..my wall is getting fuller.I think it is time for a new pic;)

I can't believe the cute add-ins- Carol puts in her subscription letters..it's not only an aquarelle map..you get goodies.

I made a cranberry orange cake thanks to Diane Morrisey..

and I was thrilled at the bit of COLOR that accompanied it:)
Thank you..DIANA.
The stamps..and history and story accompanying this sweet colorful dshtowel were a treat..and still are.

You can find her recipe on IG..Diane Morrisey's:)

What do I do during..well..whenever..
I stitch..

you can see the beginnings up there..

I love all of Alicia Paulsen's Christmas Kits..
And I found some lovely free downloads here.
Thank you to everyone who inspires me day in day out..

To occupy my hands and mind..

Like my son-in-law..
See that paper..brushes ..and paints?
Fred.For Christmas♥

My mom would have been 100 today.My lovely Capricorn of a mom.

I wonder if she sees me ..still♥