Wednesday, October 29, 2008

First Signs of Winter

Well last night we had our first sprinkle of snow. OK it wasn't much but very pretty. I love snow until Christmas, after that it can go away!

Roby is a great dog for snow. He has lots of fur and never gets cold so he can sit and roll around for quite a bit. When it snows he wants out (frequently) so that he can lick as much snow as possible and then do a couple of self back scratches. You know where they flop on their backs with all four legs in the air and just squirm in all directions. I don't know why they do that. Peter says they are rolling in dead things - but I don't have dead things in my yard - well maybe dead leaves. I prefer to think it is just the joy and happiness of being a dog that is well loved and cared for :)

Have been very busy preparing for a show in mid-November, hence my lack of blogging this month. I am trying to keep to a theme of wool. Making lots of punch needle pincushions in little wooden boxes, some wool balls embellished with hand dyed threads and glass beads and rug hooking like crazy. I have a couple of kits in the works - one a snowman which you can see here and the other a cardinal on a fir tree branch. They are kitted using lots of British wools. I find the texture is so different when you use these types of wools. There is a movement to the wool that you don't see as much with a solid coloured wool. I am framing lots of my original punch needle designs.

I also plan on having bags of wax tarts (great for stocking fillers) with all the latest seasonal scents. So lots of stuff in the works with 2-1/2 weeks to do it all. Am i stressed? Not yet!:)

It's amazing how US politics have taken over our lives in our house. I am not even American but wish I could vote. I hope everyone does go and vote and exercise their right to do so. We had an election here in Canada and only 58% took part. It was pathetic - the worse showing of voter participation in all of our history. So go and VOTE! It is your democratic right. I have always voted since I could - never even thought that there were some people who did not.

I sit here in my big comfy leather chair with my laptop on my lap - feet up - the wind blowing the fir trees back and forth, Roby fast asleep by my chair, CNN politics on TV and eating Lindt chocolate halloween balls - what a perfect Wednesday afternoon. Happy Halloween everyone.

Just a few minutes ago the doorbell rang and my four legged warning system went off on cue. A box from Rebecca Erb from the Wool Studio arrived. Now all of us rug hookers know what that is about! Into the washing machine and dryer to get them ready for some blissful rug hooking on the weekend. A very perfect Wednesday!


Trudy said...

I just love your snowman mat and all of the punch needle. I didnt realize that you are from Quebec; I'm in Ontario in Peterborough.

I just ordered a punch needle off of Ebay, and will have a go at another craft:)

Love your work,


Eleanor said...

The first sprinkling of snow sounds so romantic! Here we are overjoyed at the first spring rains which are turning the brown grass green overnight. My one labbie is enjoying the pool. The other one just looks on. No tumbles in the snow for them. All your projects sound wonderful.

Susan said...

I LOVE your snowman. Do you ever watch Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert you can watch anytime on your computer here. They make this US election yummy, scarey and nerve wracking but yummy.

I hope you'll show us more of the things that you're putting in your show. In fact it would be great if you made the show available online here as well - for all of us who can't make it to the opening.

Thanks for all the lovely stormy photos and Happy Halloween xo, Susan

ps. Those dog flops and rubs, legs in the air for sure are examples of more pure dog joy - no question in my mind.