Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Very Successful Craft Fair

Hello, how are you today.  I am simply chuffed (as my British sister-in-law) would say, in other words...I am very, very happy.  We had a successful day at the craft fair, we raised .... drum roll please.... $800!!!! Wow,  I was hoping that maybe, if we were lucky, we would get $500 but we surpassed that.  When I say we, I mean Manon and myself, Manon is a wonderful lady that I had the pleasure of working with for many years and I am very fortunate that she wanted to keep in touch with me after I retired.  It was Manon who suggested that I get a table at the craft fair (at work) and we could raise some money for the FOP as well as raise awareness of this rare disease.  She loves to do some crafts and she made the cutest little bath mitts (shaped like a kitten, a whale and a snowman) this year and they were so successful that she took orders for several more.  I cannot thank her enough for her help and her support in helping me with these craft fairs.  To all the people who bought some goodies, thank you for supporting us.  Big hugs, Louise

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November 1st - where has the time gone

I am definitely overdue in posting, my sister called me to ask if I was still alive....hmmmm, yup!  So what have I been doing over the past couple of months, to be honest - not a heck of a lot.  I visited my friends Roberta and Peggy in Massachusetts in August - the aim was to get a lot of quilting done.  Welllll, hmmmm, I took lots of fabric down there with me.... and of course I did bring my stitching with me and did I get a lot done? - that would be an emphatic no. (Big sigh)  However, I did enjoy the week spent visiting, we laughed and chuckled and laughed some more, I wish I lived closer than the 8 hour drive but hey that's life.  So what else has happened, I have been busy with my Dad - some days more than others.  I realize how fortunate I am to still have him here.  He will be celebrating his 90th birthday in January but there was times this past year when I wondered if he would even make it to his 90th birthday.  He has been so frail this past year and has started to develop some health problems and after much nagging (I do admit it, I was nagging him) he has finally started to use a cane or his walker when he goes out.  And that only started 2 months ago (I won't tell you how long I was after him to use a cane).  That said, I make sure that I talk to him every day just to make sure that he is doing okay.  I have to laugh because some of the conversations are very short (less than a minute), while others we talk and laugh for at least 5 minutes!! I am enjoying the time that I have with him because I know that he won't be around forever.  So if I might be so bold and suggest something to you, tell your loved ones that you love them because we never know how long we will live or how short our life may be.  On that note, love you dearly, take care of yourselves. Big hugs, Louise

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Some pictures of the goodies from Barbara - Part 1

As promised, here are some pictures of the wonderful goodies that I received from Barbara.  I know when you see them, you will realize how generous this lady was to the cause.  I can only hope to do justice to her stitched pieces to get them ready for sale.  I also made myself a promise that I would name the designer of the stitched pieces as well as the makers of the fabric and floss.  I apologize to the various designers and manufacturers because I truly do not know who you are but I do thank you for allowing us to stitch your beautiful designs.  Now that I have said that, I think the Santas are Prairie School designs, if you know the other designers, please, please, please leave me a comment and let us know who they are.  Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.  Remember that you are loved.  Louise





















Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A wonderful surprise

Hi there, I know, I know, it's been a long time between posts.... I must apologize again but there really has not been a lot to write about.  My brother Robert and his girlfriend came down on Sunday for brunch and of course most important to visit my Dad. Had a lovely brunch at a local restaurant as we do every Sunday.  So what surprise did I get - to be very honest, I am blown away by this persons generosity!!  My friend Aury (designer AuryTM) had moved to Texas last year and she had joined a local stitching group. She was telling these ladies about me and my Stitching for Jaxon project and one lovely lady Barbara said she had a FEW things she could donate to the cause.  Well, I don't know about you but to me a few means one or two, okay maybe 10 (if we were talking about buttons and small things like that) but holy cow, I sure as heck wouldn't think it meant over 40!  When I was in Nashua, Aury sent me a picture of what was going to be in the box when she mailed it and there was 48 stitched pieces.  Well, that was in May, I received this box last Wednesday, and it was STUFFED and I do mean stuffed!  There has to be close to 100 pieces, some are small (bookmark size) and some are large as is 18x20...and yes, I will be posting some pictures soon. A huge, huge, huge, gigantic hug goes to Barbara.  Words cannot express my thanks.  Louise  

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Canada Day

Hi everyone, Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians.  Yes, I am proud to be Canadian and feel very fortunate for being able to say that.  Soon my American friends will be celebrating with their 4th of July festivities.  Do you have a national day that celebrates your country, if so, when is it?  Please leave me a comment and tell us about it.  Thank you ever so much for taking the time to do so.  I do realize that I have not written much in the past couple of months but I honestly haven't done a lot but that changed yesterday.  My friend Barb took a vacation day so that she could have a nice long weekend and came to my house yesterday for some stitching.  Both of us were very productive.  She finished the backstitching on 3 penguin ornaments and then promptly gave them to me so that I could make them into ornaments for the Christmas craft fair.  What a sweetie.  She is now working on her Mill Hill beaded kit Believe, she just has some of the background and a few beads probably another good 2 days work.  As for me, I finally finished that silly penguin ornament that I was working on (I felt like it would never get done!), so that was good.  And then, oh dear, decisions to make, what to work on next....ha ha, I can't find a thing to stitch.....hmmmm, I have a living room full of projects but being a conscientious person, I picked up my Opposites Attract (design by Tracy Horner) and continued to work on it.  So it is coming along quite nicely.  So since I am now wide awake (I can't believe it is 7 a.m.), I think I will go downstairs, make a cup of tea, have some breakfast and do some stitching!  Take care, have yourselves a wonderful day, I hope that it is a good day, filled with lots of love and hugs.  Louise

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Definitely overdue to post

Hello dear friends, I am definitely overdue in posting!!  I really do apologize but there hasn't been a lot going on that was worth writing about.  Some days, I am very boring... honestly, some days I don't do a lot.  But I have been doing a lot of reading and thinking.  We recently had Fathers day here in Canada (not sure when everyone else celebrates it), Dad and I and our friend Angele went out for brunch like we normally do and then last Sunday, my brother Robert and his son, Patrick came down to join us for brunch.  Patrick is a full head taller than me, he has to bend down to give me a hug... now before you start thinking that I am vertically challenged (short) I am 5 feet 7 inches tall (honestly) so now you have an idea how tall Patrick is!!  It was great to see them again, I am very fortunate that they come down often to see Dad. I know that he appreciates it.  I love catching up with all the good gossip that I hear from them. Recently my cousins Dad passed away, I don't really remember much about him except his smile and his laughter and to be honest what a lovely memory to have of someone.  Well, I am off to make myself a cup of tea and to pick up some stitching  so that I have something to show you.  Until the next time, remember that you are loved.  Big hugs, Louise

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Doing lots of Nothing

Hi there, ever have one of those days where you do absolutely Nothing!  well,  I have been doing that for the past 2 weeks!  I have been downloading a ton of free e-books on my ipad and just reading to my hearts content... I will be honest, some of them were excellent and others.... well, I am glad they were free. lol  Last Sunday, my sister and husband and kids (all adults) came to Ottawa to have brunch with Dad and I.  okay they were visiting folks in Montreal and they decided to include us in the visit.  (Montreal is about 2 hours drive from Ottawa.)  So I made sure that we invited some of the rest of the gang to join us for brunch - we ended up being 12 people, it was great to see everyone.  I don't know about your family but I know that I don't always get to see my cousins, growing up I would visit my aunts and uncles and if the kids were there, great, if not... maybe another time.  So it was fun time for us because I hadn't seen 2 of my nieces in a couple of years and my nieces and my nephew were trying to figure out when was the last time they had seen each other.  We had a great time but sadly it was over way too soon.  Well, it is about time to get some stitching done, maybe I will start one of the ones that I got in Nashua... Toodles for now, take care and remember that you are loved.  Big hugs from me to you.  Louise