Thursday, June 22, 2017

Done

The t shirt quilt is finished.  I just have to add the label and clip all the loose threads.  I will take a photo before sending it on to its owner.  It is always nice to get another project finished and there is a special feeling when it is a quilt that was commissioned.  This is a quilt that will be treasured because it was ordered by one family member for another and that is always good to know.  So often our creations lay, unloved except by us, in a tote or other container.
I had some wonderful news yesterday.  I received an e-mail letting me know that I had passed my assessment test for the web course I want to take.  I got a perfect score.  Not bad for an old lady who didn't start using a computer until middle age.  The final step before acceptance is a phone interview and that takes place tomorrow.  Wish me luck.
I had a lovely visit with my sister yesterday.  We usually go to the same restaurant every time as there is never anyone else there and we can talk for as long as we want.  It is a small cafĂ© in a hotel with a limited but adequate menu.  The food is good and the place is quiet.  What more could anyone want.
Blessings,

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Where Did the Time Go?

Last week rather got away from me.  I was out most days and a couple of the evenings as well so didn't get a post done.  The next couple of weeks won't be much better but I will try and write a bit each day.
Our weather has changed again and we are back to rain and wind as well as cooler temperatures.  I don't mind it being cooler.  It makes so much nicer for getting things done both inside and outside the house.
I made a dozen muffins late last week and cooked them in my electric skillet.  I put a rack on the bottom, sat the muffin pan on top, and replaced the skillet lid.  They cooked beautifully and were, in fact, moister than usual  because of the steam generated.  I am going to try cookies next.
It is nice to be able to do a bit of baking without heating up the house.
I have almost finished the T shirt quilt and am pleased with how it looks.  I won't be posting a photo until after the customer sees it but I think she will like it.
Hope your week was less busy than mine.
Blessings,

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Rookie Mistake

It has been a long time since I lost information because I didn't save it first but today that is what happened.  I was filling out a skill test form and was almost finished when I clicked to close another program and lost everything.
To make matters worse, the test was on my computer knowledge and skill.  I had managed to answer a lot of questions about the PC itself and was feeling good about myself when I made the rookie mistake.  Fortunately, I did write down the info as I located it so next time around it should be quicker.
I am making good progress on the quilt as you go project.  I had some trouble with the top stitching part as my machine didn't like the interfacing.  I switched to the Juki and zipped through it. 
My partner in this job has had problems with her machine as well so I will do this part and she can sew the blocks together.
We got our TV working again this morning.  There was something wrong with one of the outside lines.  We wondered if one of the trees had grown enough to block the satellite so glad it wasn't that.  We do love living in a bush with 80 foot plus trees but once in a while they get in the way.
Took Heidi for a walk through the woods today.  Almost no bugs but I was concerned about ticks.  I checked her over after we got back and didn't see anything but will continue to watch.  Nasty things.
Blessings,

Friday, June 9, 2017

Stop the Itch

Mosquito bites are not fun.  They itch with a vengeance. I have found a quick and easy way to stop the itch and, ladies, I bet you have the product in your purse.  Rubbing some lip balm over the mosquito bite stops both the itch and the swelling.  I've no idea why it works but it does.  Give it a try.
I started my computer course today.  So far it is just reading and watching videos; interesting but I am anxious to get into the stuff about coding.
Supposed to be another good weekend here so I will be able to hang out the laundry again.  I also expect to get the sashing and binding finished on the baby quilt.
Have a great weekend,
blessings,

Thursday, June 8, 2017

And Then the Snow Flies

Today has been one of those wonderful late spring days we have been waiting for.  Still buggy but it is getting less now that the dragonflies are arriving.  We have learnt to tell what is going to happen by the arrival of various factors: blackflies come with the trilliums and go when you have a few days of really hot weather.  Mosquitos come a week or so after the blackflies and stay most of the summer but lessen considerably when the dragonflies arrive.  Deerflies come in the fall and stay until the snow flies.
I took Heidi into the village with me today and, after I went to the Post Office, we went for a nice long walk up and down the main street.  It was good to get out in the fresh air without bug hat, jacket and foul smelling spray.
I have just started adding the sashing to my baby blanket and it is turning out alright.  Kinda of funky looking.
There was a story on the news this evening about an elderly gentleman (early 90's) who just graduated from a university History course.  I have been thinking for some time about taking an on line course and decided to see what was available.  I signed up for one on understanding coding and designing web pages.  Really would have been better to do this in the fall but I have 7 days to try it out.  If I find I can't keep up, I will cancel and then start again later.
Blessings,

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Buy One, Get One. Day Two

 I was notified that some of you were having problems accessing my pattern store.  I contacted the company and got this new link.  This should take you right to the page.  If you have any more problems, please let me know.  https://www.craftsy.com/profile/annajb-s-pattern-store
You can still buy a pattern and then get one free.  Once your order has gone through, I will contact you so you can let me know which one you would like to have me send free of charge.  These are all downloads so no shipping charges.

 
I finished my baby quilt blocks today and I like them better than I did at the beginning.  It made a difference when I increased the width of the satin stitch and used a darker thread.  Now I have to decide on sashing.  When completed, I will add this pattern to my store.
It has been quite warm today.  I was able to take the dog and go for a walk this morning as the flying creatures were at a minimum.  However, this evening when we tried to put the bug tent up, we couldn't.  Too many bugs.  Some sort of poetic justice there, I think.
Blessings,
 
 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Buy One Get One.

This has been a down day for me-down as in getting nothing done.  I didn't sleep well last night which means I don't function well; or at all, the next day.  I did bake some cookies using a new old recipe.
I have a raisin cookie recipe which I have always liked making as it results in approx. 12 dozen good sized cookies.  However, as we no longer eat wheat and have cut way down on starch and sugar, I haven't made it in a couple of years.  Today, I substituted butter for lard, coconut sugar for white and I use chickpea flour in place of the regular.  I only did have the recipe just in case but they did turn out quite nice.  I think I will try honey next time instead of sugar.
It is nice to be able to have some 'treat' foods that are somewhat healthy and I love experimenting with ingredients.
It seems that we are going to have a couple of days of nice warm weather so we are hoping that will kill off the last of the blackflies and may dry up some of the standing water so the mosquitoes will lessen.  My flowers and vegetables are doing really well and I would love to be outside pulling a few weeds.  Maybe tomorrow.
Have you checked out the patterns I have for sale on Craftsy?  If not, this would be a good time as I am having a 2 for 1 sale.  Buy one pattern and I will contact you to see which one you would like free.  I will send that one directly to your inbox.  Just click on the link and it will take you to my page. www.craftsy.com/annajb
Blessings,