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Hope - First Sunday of Advent

"Find rest, O my soul in God alone; my hope comes from him." (Psalm 62:5-6)

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful."
(Hebrews 10:23)

Getting Close to Christmas

This past week I've spoken to two ladies' groups at our church, and helped organize another event. For one of them I made folded paper stars from old music paper, then added a verse and a bit of glitter. I had a few left over and thought they'd be pretty on a wintery table.

Last night we had a home tour. We toured three homes decorated for Christmas and then went to the church for cookies, hot chocolate and spiced apple cider. Mmmm. Good. Our home was on the tour so I set the kitchen table in a wintery theme. I used crocheted doilies as placemats on a checked background. The folded paper stars were perfect as napkin rings.
Vellum snowflakes littered the table and a cozy oil lamp with a red bow cast a warm glow over the table. It was all so very pretty. Before everyone came last night I wandered through the candle lit house and thought, "let's have Christmas NOW!" The home tour was a great success! All the ladies had a wonderful time.

This morning I UN-decorated …


Although I ate my turkey dinner and pumpkin pie back in October, as we do here in Canada, I want to extend a Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends. May gratitude fill your hearts and homes as you focus on the blessings you've been given.

Do you or don't you?

like fruitcake, that is? Fruitcake seems to be one of those things where there's no middle ground. Me, I can't stand it. My husband loves it. I make it every couple of years. This was the year.

It's too bad it tastes so awful because it certainly does LOOK pretty - all those shiny fruits look a bit like stained glass.

So how about you, do you or don't you?

Learning to Cable

I'm just learning how to knit. For the past three Saturdays I've taken a class in making cables. Who knew it would be so simple? Our teacher was great! This is the scarf I made, out of a lovely merino/silk blend. So soft. I still need to block the scarf, then it will be ready for a Christmas gift. I just love the colour.


Breathing again. In the past two weeks I've submitted two research papers and written two final exams. I just came home from the last one and can feel everything start to relax. I might fall asleep here at the keyboard.

But NOW I can work on holiday goodies and oh, how I love to do that. I have some things started already, but nothing ready to photograph.

Meanwhile, I'll light a candle and read a book....nope, I don't think so. Cleaning, shopping, laundry, cooking - that's what's next!

It's the Season!

Last year, in early December, I stood in a line up waiting to mail off some Christmas parcels. I was in a hurry. I was busy. I just wanted to get the parcels mailed and be off on my next task. The line up was fairly long and as I stood there I thought of what I would do next. I really didn't want to speak with anyone.

Then an elderly lady joined the lineup. She was cheerful and chatty. Reluctantly, I was dragged into a conversation with her - just a general conversation about the slowly moving line, the weather, etc. I responded politely, but not enthusiastically to her prompts.

Suddenly, she tilted her head, looked straight at me and said, "This is going to be a hard Christmas for me. My husband died in August."

Now that got my attention. Fast. I looked at her in a new way, wanting to offer some comfort. All I could say was that I was sorry and did she have plans and so on. We chatted a bit more, and this time, I was fully engaged.

Just before my turn came to approach the p…

Love of buttons

Abbie, at the Button Floozies has declared this to be the International Week of the Button! What fun. I love buttons. Right now I'm too busy to do much, but here are a few projects I've made with buttons.

Just a few buttons on a spring pillow. These are mother-of-pearl, not old, but pretty nonetheless.

A few white buttons in different sizes and shapes around the top of a linen bag. I hang this in my kitchen in the summer to hold flowers or herbs.

A cozy fall pillow made with a recycled sweater (felted) and finished with wooden and leather buttons. I love the textured look.

A summer Sunday afternoon spent stitching and thinking resulted in this collage piece. It's still pinned up on my bulletin board - I don't really know what to do with it, but I surely enjoyed making it. I added buttons here and there.

And this little pillow sits on my bed. I embroidered the words, then added buttons all around and then appliqued the heart to the toile with a buttonhole stitch. This pillow…

Words to Inspire

For from the rising of the sun even to its setting, My name will be great among the nations

Celebrations and more

Congratulations, Travis! Yesterday was convocation, since he finished in August (co-op program) Here's the proud Computer Engineer with his lovely wife, Katie.

And here...with his parents (ooh, that colour in the background makes us look soooo old!) This is a stupendous day. When the girls finished university those were also stupendous, but there's a little extra bit of wonder, gratitude and marvel for this one.
When Travis was 10 he had a head thing the doctor told us was that higher math would be impossible for Travis. At that point, we didn't care, we just wanted our son to awaken from his coma. And we entrusted his healing to God.
Here he is 15 years later, with straight A's in calculus, his favourite subject.
Just thinking about it makes my eyes tear up. God chose to heal Travis so completely, beyond what we could ask or think.
Praises be to our wonderful, almighty Lord.

A Pretty Table

Last Saturday we celebrated a combination of birthdays at my daughter and son-in-law's home. It's a warm and cozy place to be. Cristal has different coloured plates, red, yellow and tan, and loves to combine them in different ways. The table looked so cheery I had to take a photo.

She used different napkins (including the ones I made for her) as placemats. This printed one is from a set I bought in Avignon.

After dinner and presents we connected the computer to the television and each shared some summer pictures. Cristal and Gerry went to Paris, Holland and London, Travis and Katie to Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island, Ashley to Estonia, Finland and Sweden, and Tim and I spent the summer sailing around the islands here.

All those countries makes us seem really well-traveled - but these were big trips for the kids and likely not to be repeated any time soon...although we all have dreams.


Today is Remembrance Day in Canada - a day to think about and be thankful for those who fought and died in war. We commemorate by wearing red poppies in our lapels for a few weeks before this day.

We will remember.

Flowers and Fun

It's so dismal outside today. I went to the university library for some research and felt like a duck splashing through the puddles. Wet leaves everywhere. I like hearing the raindrops on my umbrella - it reminds me of camping and being in a tent.

My sweet daughter-in-law gave me these flowers for my birthday and they are still brightening the house. I love the smell of lilies.

And Alicia had this fun meme - one word answers only. That's about all I can think of just now - other than pondering Norman England and the feudal system. This meme is much more interesting - and a great way to procrastinate.

Where is your mobile phone? purse Where is your significant other? work Your hair colour?enhanced
Your mother? loving Your father? humorous Your favourite thing? chocolate Your dream last night? non-existent Your dream goal? completion The room you're in? full Your hobby? creating Your fear? loss Where do you want to be in 6 years? contented Where were you last night? home What you're not…

Napkins and More

Last week was my birthday and then Saturday was our eldest daughter's birthday. We are all celebrating this coming weekend with our daughter-in-law as well, so presents were held off until the big bash. I'm not really sure about that...

Anyway, on Saturday I went out for a lunch/tea with the daughters (DIL is busy prettifying her new house and couldn't make it). And I thought...I want to give something to my daughter because after all, TODAY is her birthday.

I knew she was wanting a bread basket so I found this one at Ten Thousand Villages and then I made four napkins to go along with it. You can tell what her colours are! This was so much fun and she loved it. It's something to keep in mind for future gifts.

For the napkins, I used fabric in my stash (so I feel quite virtuous) and just cut 18 inch squares, turned the edges in twice, pressed them and stitched them. Easy peasy.

I'm using cloth napkins more and more these days. Here are some ways I like to use them.

1. As…

Glitter House

This is the house I made for a swap. The roof is not yet fastened down so that it can be dissembled and packed flat to mail. I made some tiny stand-up trees and glittered them, too. This was such a fun project and I'm happy with the results (except for all the glitter all over my house).

Love in a Shoebag

Our church partners with a community in Mexico. We support a young couple working there. Each year we send two work groups to build houses. And at Christmas time, we send "shoeboxes" full of gifts for the children. I always enjoy filling the boxes and thinking of the little ones who will receive them.

This year I made a few small soft dolls for the baby boxes. I have so many pieces of leftover fabric I think I could stitch and sew for a year without running out. These dolls are about 6 inches high and made from soft cottons and linens with painted faces. All the trims are firmly stitched on and I'll probably add a dot of non-toxic glue as well.

Each one has open eyes on one side and closed eyes on the other. I had such fun making these. I hope they are cuddled and loved.

We've tried different containers for the gifts - cardboard doesn't last long in a tropical climate so for the past years we've packed the items into reusable plastic boxes. However, they break e…