Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Year of the Tiger

Yesterday we went to San Francisco for the Chinese New Year Parade! My husband cannot stand crowds so I considered it a coup that he went with us :) The Boy just loved the sights and sounds of Chinatown, the crowds and excitement were so unlike what we are used to in our sleepy coastal town.

The Chinese Lion and Dragon dancers are my favourite. The colours and movements of the dancers are joyous,if you ever have a chance to attend Chinese New Year festivities I highly recommend going!

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Friday, February 26, 2010

DQS8 All Finished!

I have finally finished my doll quilt for DQS8! Although it did not turn out exactly like my original sketch, I have enjoyed making and handquilting it. The few chages that I made definitely made it better. I really hope that my swap partner enjoys it and the little goodies (snail eraser, Chinese New Year decoration, lavender sachet and FQ) that I have included. Now I can watch my mailbox to see what comes for me!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Look who's here................

My guy has been fighting a cold for a few days now and this morning I put my foot down and decided to keep him at home. He was less than pleased with my announcement and has decided not to talk to me for a while. With secret Valentines at school and this being a Handwork day I can understand his disappointment. It's so hard to know when you should and shouldn't send your child to school. I know the health guidelines but beyond that when do you make the call? The last thing I want is for him to get worse because his little body is too exhausted to fight the bug! Oh well, for now, it's the silent treatment..................

On another note, I am finally making real progress on the DQS8 quilt that I've been working on. My hope was to try machine quilting on this project but it was not to be. My Bernina and I are not getting along and the quilting was just not turning out as I had hoped. Alas, I turned to good old hand quilting and I'm pleased how it looks. Outlining the mushrooms with hand embroidery was also a good choice and I may spruce up the quilt with a little more! Not sure about the binding yet, but I'm thinking orange?

Like the mushrooms?

A picture of the back and front of the quilt, see the back side with embroidered mushrooms?

Sunday, February 7, 2010


I am loving this Orla Kiely mug. My grandma sent it to me from the UK. It holds the perfect amount of Ovaltine. The colours speak to me, yummy. :)