Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Ok I won't pretend to know what Jason speaks of when he is doing something with his computer. All i will say is that I know using the words motherboard and fried in the same sentence is a BAD thing. So on boxing day we were at Future Shop.. aka hell and bought a new computer.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

I'm Dreaming of A White Christmas

So, I love Christmas as much as anyone else. But this is too much white. I had planned on going to Kamloops BC with my boyfriend and his family. I guess there muse be a lot more snow than i thought because the Greyhound Station was closed. So we are staying home just the two of us (four if you count the cats). So I am making us a lovely Christmas steak dinner with all the trimming I can find. We exchanges gifts last night, so he in enjoying the new headset i got for his video games and I have a lovely new digital camera (YIPPIEEEEEEE) I can take decent pictures of my projects. Love to all and I hope you have a very happy holiday.

Monday, December 22, 2008


Made a little something for my honey. He asked for a bag to keep his stones in so I set to work. I think he got a little more than he asked for. Lucky for me it passed inspection.

Hat Part 3

So it has been another 12 hours of work. If i get this done by january it will be a mericle. But it is looking good. I have 3 more patterns to do then I am ready to assemble. --I hope--

Halloween Costume

So I finally pulled Jason's coat out of the closet for a picture. Not the best quality but it works. Needless to say he loves it and looks very dashing in his whole pirate regalia. A lovely royal blue upholstery velvet with black corduroy cuffs and silver buttons (about 40 of them). I will get a picture of him in it next month at the big event.


So it is only a few days away. Do you think i am done sewing. NO. I have a ton more to do and it is great trying to get the stuff done for the boy when he is stuck at home due to the snow. Hopefully it is better tomorrow and I can get him out of the house. I can say what i am doing but Shhhhh. He never checks my blog anyway. He needs a new doublet for fencing. So I am making him one... in the period way though. All handsewn. (i think i am nuts) a lovely cobalt blue wool gabridene with black trimming and handmade buttons. I will get pictures up when I have them. As for the snow. I have a couple of pictures

Friday, December 12, 2008


I woke up this morning and it was snowing. I was really nice looking out my front window and seeing a flurry of little whiter things falling from the sky; making it cold, wet, yucky, mucking up traffic and life in general. Did I forget to mention that I walk to the market on Fridays. Now i get to walk, with my grocery trolley in the snow. Ohhhh goodie. I think I am going back to bed.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

1 AM

So it is now approx. 1:30 am and I can barely keep my eyes open. I have been planning on making my lord a new fencing doublet for yule. DO YOU THINK I CAN DO THAT... Noooooooo. He is always curious about what I am making and love to watch me sew or doing embroidery. (handwork of garb is how I pass the time when he is playing video games) So I had to lie through my teeth, say I was going to sleep early and as soon as I knew he was asleep, get up and sew. Now the issue is that the machine rattles the table and makes a ton of noise. Sooo i am posting this out of sleep deprived annoyance. I will just sit on the couch and work on it by had, it's easier to do the padding that way. When it gets to look like a piece of clothing and not a pile of fabric i will post a picture. Until then I had better get some more work done before he wakes and discovers I am not there.

Monday, December 1, 2008


Well, Thanksgiving is over and done with for another year. It has made me think a lot over the past weekend. There was no great feast in my house, just my boyfriend, our roomie and myself. I made a little chicken with a few side dishes. I sometimes forget that I live in another country now. Many if my friends say it's just Canada, but up here they celebrated thanksgiving over a month ago. It is sometimes difficult being away from my family, especially on the holidays.
Yule is no exception. Due to work schedules I will be going home a week or so before to see my family. The I will be going with my boyfriend to his families home on the day of. A little sad for me. I will miss the big family gathering. Who knows what will happen though.
The best I would like to have this season is for everyone to be happy and safe. But as the work stands now I hope that isn't too much to ask for.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Hat Part 2

Well, I have finished the first pattern on the hat. It took me about 15 hours. After some study I decided to put a black outline around the patterns, much better looking. So I have gone though and added a border to all the patterns. This is the first one that is complete. i think it looks great. One down and Five left to go. I hope I can get them all doe by January so I can gift it to my Head of House. I think he is going to flip.


So I finally finished one of my on going projects. It is a hood of light weight burgundy wool with hand embroidered appliques. They are embroidered on than wool with teal silk in a split stitch. The hood is sewn by hand in black silk thread. I love this it is light weight and I can wear it at most events without getting too hot. Now I am thinking about making hand wrapped buttons to close up the front instead of my clasp. Will have to think more on it.

This is a close up of the applique. I stitched the pattern, then applied it to the hood. I was thinking of putting an edging around it, the jury is still out on that one.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Moving With Cats

I have commented on the joys of packing with cats. The really are wonderful creatures but when the decide to assist you it can be...a test on your sanity. Like when his Lordship Chubby (yes, Chubby is his name) decided to help me pack. I think this was during the first hour of inspecting the quality of the suitcase i was using. I still don't know if it passed his test but he was very unhappy when i decided to end his inspection early. It was even better when the two decided to take up an upper management position and view
from afar. As long as the basket wasn't moved, wiggles, touched, or breathed at everything was fine. It is soooo nice to know that i will have this quality of help the next time I move, and some wondered about the Nyquil comment.

New Project

So, I have been working on a new project. An Embroidered hat. It is a gift for my head of house, hopefully he likes it. It is based on a pattern of a torque from Champagne France from the 4Th-3rd century BC. The first image is the basic outline with the outline of the pattern piece done in running stitch. The second is about 10 hours into the embroidery. It is done in DMC embroidery wool on a light coating wool in split-stitch. The finished hat will have two motifs in white, two in grey, and two in black. I am going through thread faster than i thought i would. The embroidery wool is thin and it stretches. I hope to start on the grey by Tuesday. Will posy more pictures then.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Relax and have some C offee

So I spent part of my evening out on the deck having a cuppa and doing the most amazing thing. Watching children play...outside! No wii was involved, no video games. Just a bunch of boys playing baseball. What was even more amazing to me was that many of them didnt even speack the same language. But they were all still sout there together and havign fun. One can't help but to ponder if their choises of playmates will remain the same as they grow older.

Sunday, November 9, 2008


Finally moved into new home. Insert happy zen like music here. No Nyquil was not used to tame small clawed beast, but a large bag of kitty nibbles was. Boxes are daunting, cats are hissing fluffballs until they admit they like eachother. Now if I can only get my living room back from the clutches of the evil flat cardboard deamon life would be great. Tomorrow we finish this un-packing battle and win the war.

The next big quest. Find the very safe place i put my slippers so I can wear them.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

When you need to laugh

Some days you need to listen to them and others you need to stick you fingers in your ears and scream at the top of your lungs
Looking at my life being packed away in boxes yet again. It make me reflect on many things. Mainly one thought goes through my head. How in the HELL did i get all of this crap into on room. One of the unknown mysteries of the universe. I think i have come to a conclusion. There is a temperal displacement within each woman's closet. You never see the back of it you just know that there is enough room for a few more things. Then when it comes time to move. BOOM!!!! You see the reality of it. You are a pack rat and you need more boxes. Well this pack rat is almost fully comtained.... now to pack the last item. 1 cat with very sharp claws. Pack Rat is thinking Nyquil in the kibble.
Annoyance with living with liars and freeloaders. You make and attempt to do something nice for someone and it bites you in the ass. I makes you fell as though you shouldn't try to see the better side of people. But now that i am armed with knowledge it make me wiser, and the freeloader... well to put it nicely. White Trash