Monday, August 3, 2015

Long Time No See !!

Dear Followers, 
There are many reasons why we have not been able to post to our blog this past year and for that, we apologize.  We hope we have not lost you .... 
A lot of things have happened since we last met; the loss of dear pets, the loss of dear loved ones in both family and dear friends, the birth of new life, and of course many new projects.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.  
Bonnie and Tracey 

For those of you faithful followers who remember dear Sushi and the growth chart of her and my grand daughter, it makes me sad to say that Sushi is no longer with us.  Stricken with illness and suffering greatly, it was necessary to put her to rest. 


 
Sushi was a most unique cat!  Extremely comical and very entertaining.  Each time my daughter would call home she would ask what I was doing and I would always reply 'Watching the cat' - finally she said, "Why don't you just cancel your cable and save some money then?" 

Sushi loved to help in the kitchen.  Anytime I opened the cupboards she was there to inspect that everything was in its rightful place.  Whenever I cleaned the fridge and took out the vegetable drawers to clean them and turned around to put them back, she was there to make sure the inside of the fridge was cleaned first.


She loved to play Hide & Seek!

She loved to help me sew. 


She loved to relax and chill.  Sometimes we would catch her in our bed and she would greet you with a smarty pants look.  She loved to read and she particularly loved the sunshine.

A few of her favourite spots ...  she liked to sit by the 'faux fire', and I often wondered if she sat there wondering why there was no added warmth to the room.  When I remodeled my bathroom and set it up for particular baskets for everyone's needs, Sushi was sure to claim hers immediately.  She loved to sit on the staircase - always on watch to see who would come to the door; if she was in the other room, she came running - just like a dog to see who it was. As long as she sat high on the staircase, she felt safe to run quickly if a visitor stopped by with their dog. 

At Christmas she took it upon herself to claim her gifts.  If there was a bag lying around, she was sure to find herself tangled up in it. 

These next few pictures are the last ones I took of Sushi.  During my kitchen remodeling (another blog post to follow ...) Sushi lost her favourite place of all to hang out.  She loved lying on the table every day and looking out the window and scratching her face on the blinds.  She loved to lay on towels for some reason so I always kept one on the table for her at all times.  The remodeling took 6 months and she was somewhat lost.  When we were near to finishing the room, I walked in one day and noticed her sitting pissed off patiently on a step stool that was near the window and it tugged at my heart how much she had missed the window.  It was only 3 days later she left us, but I was so glad she got to spend them in her favourite spot.

Sushi touched all our hearts and I swear sometimes she makes me think she was my pet monkey reincarnated.  When she would look up at me, I swear it was the monkey looking back at me and communicating to me.  As you all have experienced the loss of a dear pet, you understand how much they touch your very heart and sole and how dearly they are missed. 

But alas .... life goes on and as I mentioned earlier, new life was born this past year and I will be posting new growth charts for your amusement.  

stay tuned....
Bonnie 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Jane - one of our dear 'Stitching Sisters' friends loves to collect snowmen.  And as Jane would put it she has “Well over 500 dear little frosty friends in our Henley Landing.”

So when her grandchild was on the way, she of course decided a snowman blanket would be necessary for the many winter cuddles they would enjoy together.  To make the blanket even more special, Jane decided to have the 'Stitching Sisters' and the 'Four from Forest' each stitch a square.  We all had a time frame in which to complete our square and pass the blanket on to the next person.  Nothing like a good timeline to force you to sit down and stitch !!

Jane had no idea what pattern anyone chose to stitch, so when the blanket finally made it's way back to her - she would be completely surprised.  Any empty squares were completed by Jane herself.  When she told us of her plan to include everyone in the making of this blanket, we were thrilled and honoured that we would be part of such a special keepsake.  Let's take a look.... 

Jane - showing off the blanket at Brentwood.
Wow !
Jane surprised us with the names of all the
people who stitched a square.
In memory of our dear Stitching Sister
Patti who loved to knit!
A is for Alexis
(it's also for Angel)
Unto us a child is born, and that definitely means
There's Snow Place Like Home
As much as we love you Jane - I really hope
there isn't as much snow as last year !!!
Hey wait a minute... 
this blanket was done for LAST WINTER.  
So all that snow was your fault !!!
 

Awwww... that's OK  "Jayne with a Y" - we love you anyway, but don't let that happen again! 

Many many many  precious hours of blanket cuddling. 

And to end things off, how appropriate to have a picture of Alexis on her first birthday with one of her frosty friends. 

Happy Birthday Alexis !!!
 
Bonnie

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Brentwood 2014 Part 3 - Projects

The one thing I love about going to Brentwood every year is to see all the different projects that everyone is working on.  It's always so interesting to see everyone's taste and colour selections of projects;  some people use various types of hoops and some prefer to use the sewing method. Almost all of these projects are a work in progress, so of course they have wrinkles, hoop prints and no frames.  Let's take a look ... 

 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
I had to share this story because it made me laugh right out loud when it happened. This particular project is one that Trish has been working on for a few years so we were so excited to see it finished, framed and hung on the wall for us all to see.  I was standing there looking at all the intricate work when I noticed there were red squiggly lines underneath some of the locations within the map.  So I said, "What are the red squiggly lines?"  Smartass Jayne just happened to be walking by just at that moment and she very casually answered, "Spellcheck"  !!

After we finished laughing, Trish explained that the lines were all places she has visited.



Another project that Trish brought to share with us as a little apron she made out of all her children's faded jeans.  How Sweet is This ?? !! 


I love this !

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed all these projects.  Just makes you want to sit and stitch all day doesn't it? 
Bonnie


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