A Halloween Throw Quilt in February!

 While organizing my hobby room I came across an unfinished quilt project. Or four.
 I thought about getting rid of this one because I'm not really into Halloween but decided it might be fun to have on display for Trick or Treaters. And also because I find fabric to be really expensive and since I bought this I should use it up.
The squares were already cut and sewn into strips but it still needed to be made into a quilt top and machine quilted.  
 I used leftover fabric to piece the backing so I wouldn't have to purchase more fabric in such a seasonal print. 
Now back to work on an unfinished crocheted afghan. In a nice neutral cream colour. Much more my style than orange jackolanterns!

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Postcard Correspondence Party at Fairfield House

Deborah at Fairfield House is having a correspondence party and I've joined.
She has written a great post about the dying art of written correspondence and has set up a McLinky to encourage some good old fashioned postcard writing.

My mother had a nice collection of lovely old postcards that my paternal grandmother in Manchester, England exchanged with her husband who came ahead to settle in Canada. My grandmother and my dad's brother followed a few years later. My dad is now 80 and he was born in Canada when my uncle was 17 so these are pretty old. Here is one of them:
This one is postmarked 1916:
Some of the postcards my mother inherited from her mother-in-law were for special occasions and were not posted:
We are going to send each other postcards, preferably about ourselves, our town, state (or province in my case), etc. I asked and Deborah said that Canadians are welcome too. When Deborah has received a card from all 50 states, she is going to have a give-away. I've already received an address request from one of the participants.

If you like to hold handwritten notes, join us…it’s going to be fun. One of my dreams is to visit all states, provinces and territories in Canada and the U.S. Getting postcards from many of these places is something I am looking forward to. McLinky is up over at Fairfield House. I hope to get a postcard from you.


I Won the City.Cottage giveaway at Just Beachy!

I won the City.Cottage giveaway from Chris at Just Beachy!
Jenny from City.Cottage has mailed me the pretty floral pillow, the cute little bird and the Think Pink sign. I'm really looking forward to receiving the package!
When Chris from Just Beachy featured City.Cottage I was pretty excited. I've been looking for a store in our area that had some unique farmhouse, beachy and cottage accessories. Looking at the pictures of the store, and visiting the City.Cottage blog simple casual living, I knew I had found the place and that we would be making the drive to Bowmanville, Ontario soon.
 I can hardly wait to spend some time shopping in this store. I love the white painted farmhouse tables, dressers and beds. Pretty vases and my favourite, white dishes.
I love the simple lines and distressed plank top on this great dining set.
Beautiful pillows and lots of one of a kind items.
Thanks to Chris for hosting the giveaway! I still can't believe I won my first blog giveaway.


A Table Runner With Ruffles

Ruffles have really caught my eye lately. I posted about it here. I decided to try to make a table runner using muslin for the front hall storage cupboard.
I love the little flecks in the muslin. My plan is to try and find a ruffler attachment for my sewing machine but in the meantime I made do with freehanding a ruffle. Not perfect by any means, but I love it just the same.
A sister-in-law just dropped off several bags of books for me to read and pass on. I found this delicious shade of blue book under a dust cover. I almost bought the book at Chapters in December, but I now have saved the almost $20 price tag.
We bought this two door hall cabinet from a local unfinished furniture shop awhile ago. The guy and his son work from their home shop and the prices are fairly reasonable. I decided to paint it black and distress it. Gotta love distressing!
I tried to take pictures for a tutorial, but the pictures were way too blurry to post. I hope to one day be able to invest in a decent camera. Email me if you would like some tips.

So Proud That We Won Gold!

We are so very proud of this young man!
Alexandre Bilodeau has won the first Gold medal for Canada in Vancouver! He has made history by the first Olympic Gold on Canadian soil. Within moments of his victory he honoured his brother by saying "my brother is my inspiration'.
Image: CTVOlympics.ca
Way to go Alexandre!


Admiring Ruffles

If you haven't had a chance to see the March issue of Country Living, and you are not stuck indoors with another dumping of snow, I suggest you pick up a copy.
image: laylagrace.com
 I bought mine today and was really inspired. One article, Ravishing Ruffles, made me think about adding more ruffles, pleats and gathers to items in our home.
image: Country Living magazine via laylagrace.com
image: Papillon linen ruffled bench and slipcover laylagrace.com
 But first, I took a look at some items with ruffles that I have already made. 
I also remembered some cute dessert plates we have with a ruffled edge:
This weekend I'm going to try to make a few other items with ruffles.

Linking to the party at The Inspired Room.


Island Love

If our kitchen had a different layout, I would be searching for an old cupboard like this to use as an island:
I love the patina of this piece. And the wheels~love!
Image: BHG