Worth a walk to the mailbox :)

Sheila's paperbag offerings :)
Sheila's paperbag offerings 🙂

So I took my daily walk to the mailbox to be rewarded!  Thanks ever so much Sheila, but methinks you went well beyond the guidelines for the paperbag swap (I may have too 🙂 )…

All the goodies...
All the goodies...

Exquisite work Sheila!  I really like the drawstring handles…little spools of thread, the wooden kind.  Do you have a tutorial for these?   And she made me a wallhanging that will go nicely somewhere in my newly renovated livingroom! The drawstring bag will be used to tote my supplies to my quilt workshops and I can’t wait!  I have already devoured the magazines and found one project that i want to start SOON!   Thank-you ever so much Sheila and I am going to have to send out the cavalry to find your package!  Fingers crossed there!

Here are some closeups  and thank-you once again:

Wallhanging
Wallhanging
Drawstring bag...
Drawstring bag...

On the sewing front for me, I played in my fabric today to choose fabric for the summertime quilt I need to get out to the recipient.  It was fun to put my mind on that and forget about my head for awhile.  I will post pictures of it once I start stitching.  I am going to prepare the applique tonight and show pictures tomorrow.

Speaking about tomorrow, I am going to follow Sheila’s lead and try to post everyday for the month of September! 🙂 …that is if I haven’t had another episode!  It will help me from dwelling on  my health and make me get into my sewing room.  It is my sister’s birthday coming up and I had a plan that I would like to implement (she said that I could have an extension, so I might take her up on that … thanks J).

Later

Scrappy Christmas blocks finished….

Scrappy Christmas blocks finished
Scrappy Christmas blocks finished

I’m happy that I had almost finished these blocks before the hospital episode.  I will now mail them to Debbie, Donna, Jessica and Beth.

I walked to the mailbox…gotta keep active and since I can’t run, swim or bike right now, it was a walk to the mailbox with my ever-willing-to-go-Shewka.

I came back with this:

Donna's swap blocks
Donna's swap blocks

The colours and material is beautiful.  Thanks Donna.  I tried to find out if she has a website, no :(…

And my sister sent me a care package!

Care Package from J
Care Package from J

Thanks J.  I have wanted to see Revolutionary Road so it will be watched very soon.  The treats I have put aside for the time being….this time I hope to remember where I put the nuts because the last package of nuts went missing :(…I either hid them to well or Michael got at them…The angel is so beautiful and I have put her beside my bed for the moment, probably into/onto hutch later.  The bubblebath will be used tonight and I’m not sharing with Luc :).  Of course the books I will get to!

Before I go, the house is taking some shape:

Cat has dibs on new chair
Cat has dibs on new chair

He’s there when I am there and then keeps it warm.  I had a scare with him last night, he woke me up last night by choking.  I am hoping that it is only furballs, so I gave him some of that molasses stuff.

Here is the new sofa:

New sofa
New sofa

Slowly but surely coming together.  The cabinet on the left is the top of the hutch, we still have a bit of flooring to do on the right.  We still need a tv stand and some tables.  I love the flooring.

Catch you later….I’m feeling better,  a bit restless though.

Surprises in the mail!

Summer quilt swap received
Summer quilt swap received

I have a few exchanges and swaps to do and my Summer Quilt Swap partner surprised me!  (I still have to finish mine to sent to my partner…still time).  Petra , all the way from The Netherlands!   Thank you very much!  It is so beautiful!  Blue, blue, blue!  She obviously checked out my site.  She also sent me two blue fat quarters, some Dutch cookies (are they strawberry flavoured?).  And the card  is just perfect!  Petra designed the quilt itself and crocheted the binding…so original and cool.  I think that it will go nicely on my sewing table and force me to clean my sewing table more often so that I can display it :).

Petra's signature
Petra's signature

The small flowers are just right Petra and you do beautiful applique!  Thanks ever so much!

And I received this from my Paperbag Swap partner Sheila.  In this swap, we are swapping with each other.  I’m itching to show what I made her but she hasn’t gotten the package yet….all the way to Australia, but this is one item that Sheila has sent me:

Package 1 from Sheila
Package 1 from Sheila

In this swap, we each sent the other a paper bag full of requisite items and then our partner had to make something using the supplies.  The material for the book is what I sent Sheila and she made me a bookcover.  I am using it and documenting my latest health issue.  And don’t you just love the fat quarter?  Australia I think….I have to verify to make sure but I think it is!  Thanks Sheila.

And then I received this from Maria!  This is for the big Stitcher’s Angel Swap hosted by Helen.

Book cover by Maria
Book cover by Maria

It’s a book cover too and finely embroidered!  Anyone who knows me knows that I like journalling and reading so this will be used!  Thanks Maria. I think that Maria comes from Slovakia.  The crafty blogging community is amazing.  It is neat to see the materials from other countries!  Thanks Maria.

I ventured into my sewing room because I do have one deadline that is coming up, for the Scrappy Christmas block swap.  I come in and sew a ring, then dilly dally.

gotta get back to work!
gotta get back to work!

I’ve got five done and one to go!

Later

Trying to relax…

I thought that I would post a picture of the beautiful flower arrangement that my sister sent me:

Flowers from Jude
Flowers from Jude

Thank-you so much Jude.  They are now the centrepiece of the diningroom table.  When the hutch is put together I will put the teapot in it.

Back and scrappy block update…

Well I am back from Montreal.  I had an excellent visit with my son but sheesh, it is always so hard to leave him there.  He says though, that is where he wants to be.  I am sure that I will be back down in September.  He has a big enough apartment so that I can stay, plus it will give him the incentive to do his cleaning ;)….There is a heatwave here er there, both places!  We had a terrible summer weatherwise and just when I go back to work the heat comes out in full force :(.

Here are the Scrappy Hedgerow Christmas blocks that I have finished:

3 blocks down, 4 to go!

Well, summer is officially over for me.  I am back to work this morning.  I am looking forward to getting back to a routine!  My workload will be less this year so here is hoping to a fine balance with my stitching, be it quilting, cross stitch, embroidery, crochet etc.

Oh.  My summer feat was getting my reading concentration back.  The book that I am reading now is Elizabeth Hay’s Late Nights on Air.  It is a very good read and soooooooooooooooooo Canadian.  I just read a Kellerman (Survival of the Fittest) before…one “fastfood” book, one of some literary quality :).

I am off to organize my stuff for school…the load I brought home but didn’t touch :).