Saturday, April 30, 2011

Jennifer's Quiltie

I joined a quilting block swap on Flickr way back in August 2010 - the 3 x 6 mini bee. The concept is that you commit for 1 quarter at a time (so you can jump in or out as your schedule permits), and each quarter you're paired with 6 other people. You commit to making a block for each of them, but the catch is that all of the blocks you make are identical in design and different in colour. We supply our chosen colours to the group and that's absolutely the only input we have in what we get back.

Anyway I joined knowing that what I wanted to make was a lap/nap quilt for Jennifer. Her favourite colour is purple, and I just don't have a lot of purple in my stash. I knew this would be a great way to get a variety of purples :) I chose purple, grey and white for my colours.

I completed 3 rounds of the bee and made a few extra blocks myself, and was able to deliver for her a sweet VERY PURPLE sampler quilt when we got together in New Hampshire for our yearly scrap, drink and gab session :)

I love it when a plan comes together ;)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


I spent awhile two and a half years ago taking pictures of the gas prices every other day as they plunged ever lower.

Those days are over my friends. This was the gas price tonight in Montreal. Holy cannoli!!!

(You might need to click to make it large enough to read...)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Cuties

They were up just before 6:30 to find everything the bunny left for them. Then we went to 9:00am Mass (oh my but that was early), then out for brunch with grandmaman and grandpapa, then home for a wonderful prime rib dinner.

What a wonderful Easter!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Diefenbunker

C and I have been wanting to check out the Diefenbunker for a long time. Finally this rainy, quiet Saturday was the perfect time (plus we borrowed the pass from the library, so it was perfect AND free!)

We took a 1 hour guided tour, which was incredibly helpful because we knew squat about the Diefenbunker. Afterwards we spent another hour poking through the self-guided exhibits. Fascinating stuff, moreso because C and I are old enough to remember some of the cold war (there was an air raid siren on the school grounds at my middle school, but that's perhaps a story for another day). The kids enjoyed that the museum is very hands on, and they were encouraged to try dialing a rotary dial phone or pushing the keys of a manual typewriter.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Pretty Binoue

IMG_3674sm by xerxia

She's such a sweet kitty

Monday, April 11, 2011

Girls Weekend

For the 4th year in a row the girls have come together in New Hampshire at Purity Spring Resort for a long weekend of scrapbooking, chatting, laughing, drinking, eating way too much and shopping.

I look forward to this weekend all year long, it's truly wonderful, I enjoy every aspect of it (OK, I'm not that enamoured with the 6+ hour drive each way, but everything else :) )

And now it's over again for another year. Sigh.