Saturday, February 26, 2011

Packing Day

Today was spent packing up my mother-in-law for the move to her new place. It will be an early and hopefully bright Monday morning when we get her into her new abode. I often wonder how elderly people manage if they don't have kids (family) who come around and visit them and help them cope with some of the stressful issues that can come up. Having been right in the thick of senior care for the past 3 years you get to know what is happening out there with our elderly folk - what resources there are. 
Where she is now there are not many of the elderly who get visited. It's like time has forgotten them and everyone is too busy with their lives. I miss the way it was when the family was a real extended family who could often be in each others face - a little aggravating at times -  but you knew there were people that had common ties with you and cared for your well being. It is a sad state of affairs. 

This is a new project I have just put toegther. It gets started tonight - today was the selection of colour and I think this says spring!

 Have you seen these new project envelopes from Lady Dot Creations. They use Blackbird fabric (which I love!). I think they are so pretty and so nice to carry from here to there- better than some old plastic bag - which I have a tendency to use. I have some available on my website in three different colours. I have my next project using up one of them and they do hold a lot of items.
Off to do some cross stitch. Good nite!

Friday, February 25, 2011

This and That

Its been a busy two weeks. We are moving one of our parents to a senior citizen's home that is absolutely gorgeous. Thank God she has already downsized so it is not a nightmare - just a bit of running around and co-ordinating everything (movers, phone lines, mail delivery, and internet). This new place is just perfect for her and will give us peace of mind.

I have been adding new items to my website and expanding my inventory. Deanne Fitzpatrick books on rug hooking are on their way along with new cross stitch patterns by some brilliant designers. I am also looking into carrying some applique patterns that I can see being done in wool. So drop in and see what is up at 

Island Cottage Needlearts - Clover Sheep
On March 1st the new designer site opens up - Prim Nest - where I will be offering one of my original rugs. It's never been listed before - so i am excited about that. It also happens to be one of my favourites and has fond memories as I hooked it while I was in PEI last fall while sitting on the porch overlooking the ocean.

Since I am now a stay at home Mom to the furries I have been dyeing wool and working on my cross stitch designs as Island Cottage Needlearts. I have two spring ones on the drawing board.
Also have a new punch needle design next in line to do, which has been inspired by the new TWEED threads introduced by Valdani at Nashville Market this past weekend. I am anxious to execute the design and see how these new threads work out. I'll be carrying them on my website as soon as I get them - ordered yesterday.

Off to relax for a half hour before bed - reading a mystery on my Kindle (which I love) so much easier to read in bed and up early tomorrow to make some scones for breakfast.

G'nite all -- Joni

New Valdani threads - Robin's egg

New Valdani Threads - Lime Sand

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Monkeying around: A lesson in cinnamon pull-apart bread | King Arthur Flour – Baking Banter

From my favourite baking store - perhaps this will be on the menu for next week! Yummy....
Below is the link with pictures of a children's baking class. I wil have to get myself physically down there and take a couple of courses.

Monkeying around: A lesson in cinnamon pull-apart bread King Arthur Flour – Baking Banter

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Love Twine

I don't remember how I came across this product. I think on Etsy, but since my first look - I loved everything about it. I had been looking for red baker's twine for years - never able to find it without it costing an arm and a leg plus the quality was poor. To my delight this site offers twine that has the red but better yet lots more colours to spark one's creativity. For all your twine needs check out The TWINERY . They have sample packs or the larger spools. They just introduced three new colours this month.

Some STUFF I gathered together to make a few new items to post on my website next month - the brain is working overtime :)

Blueberry lemon muffins were baked fresh and on the menu for today's afternoon tea break...recipe will be on my website under In The Pantry in a couple of days. The kitchen reno is basically finished so I can now start baking again - hmmmm someone's birthday is coming and I am eager to try my hand at a new cupcake recipe. Bought a surprise item on Etsy to decorate them and if it is a success you will see a pic here - if not .....well you know how that goes. Have a great day!