The Value of Eachother (193)

Here’s a poem from one of my longest and dearest friends…really made me stop to think and cherish everyone and our time together…you may need a kleenex.

To realize
The value of a sister/brother
Ask someone
Who doesn’t have one.

To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
Who has given birth to
A premature baby.

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when
You can share it with someone special.

To realize the value of a friend or family member:


**gets you thinking doesn’t it and appreciating everything…perfect time of the year to remind us all and how special we all are**

From me to you:)


Crazy Christmas Block of the Month (190)

Okay, so I’m absolutely in love with this Georgette Line of Christmas fabrics, it’s so wintery and fresh, an absolute delight to work with:) mixed with the silks…complete satisfaction. 

Each month we will be making 2 blocks one plain like this one and one with wool applique and embroidery which will be finished as we go along using a quilt as you go technique…

What do you think? Something super perfect for your walls during the holiday season, I think so 🙂

Until next time, stay happy and creative,

Round Robin, Take One (189)

I’ve signed up for one of my Flying Needle Guild projects that’s called a Round Robin. Here’s how it works, you create your center block, then pass to the next person and they do a round, then pass to the next person and they do a round….we have 4 people in our group.

The first round is applique and here’s what I did for Shannon’s block

I would attach a picture of my first block but for some reason I didn’t get a final shot of it 🙁 so I’ll have to show you all later…

Until next time, have a happy and creative day, 

Kind Words: Tammy M (188)

Sew Tammy sent me this awesome email once she received her Journey of a Quilter kit and I just had to share it with all of you…


I got my Journey package on Friday evening.  The colors are wonderful, of course, I will add some of my own scraps to the mix!
I am already working on the embroidery and on the lookout for unusual buttons.
Thanks so much for a great kit.
Please use me as a contact if anyone is unsure about the quality of the product you send out!
Quality fabric and threads – no cheap stuff thrown in to keep the overhead down.
Love it!


Thanks Tammy *blush* what a nice compliment!

Me Mondays: HST Charges – with Regrets! (187)

Since July 1st those of you who live in Canada have heard the big debate about whether to charge the HST, GST and the combined tax with some of the Canadian provinces…

I’ve heard everything from “buy from HST free provinces” to “no Albertans don’t pay or charge HST” 

After many hours of research, and every time Pastimes Online ships to a HST province we get billed to ship to this province, I’m not doing business with the province I’m doing business with my local Post Office in Alberta a HST free province, am I not? The person living in Ontario who purchased from me doesn’t pay HST because I live in Alberta, and we aren’t a HST province, right?

Confused? I am!

So after much review of the tables, taxes and provinces, unfortunately Pastimes Online will now be charging HST (appropriate amount) to their customers from the applicable provinces – with much regret!


Any advice or insight you can provide to me that’d be much appreciated!

Here’s the Tax Tips document I used to find out the appropriate rates…

Cotton Price Increasing (186)

Hi Everyone, have you heard this vicious rumour about the price of cottons increasing? It has to due with terrible whether in countries like India and Indonesia. I have a call into my supplier to find out more but my other supplier of battings has also told me pricing will increase come Jan. I was connecting with my of my favourite blog journalists and she said the same things…

Here’s some interesting articles regarding this topic.

This first one from The Times is dated 1923 but in this article it tells you how much cotton we consume as a whole across the world…thought that was neat.

This second one is from Shine through Yahoo talking about the quality of our apparal having more of a blend then the natural cotton.

This third one is from the Daily Times of Pakistan provides a bit of insight into how the cotton in traded there, India, USA etc.

Fourth if from The Shopping Blog talking about our clothing companies struggle to maintain the balance between margins, resale pricing, and audience as well as battling with the economy.

Market Place in London talks more about the droughts in China and Pakistan and China playing a big role and the sale pricing and cheap know down priced clothing will be far and few between very soon.

What have you heard? Let me know or comment here as I’d love more insight to this!

Until next time, stay warm, happy and creative,

by puting the spirit of Christmas into everything you make!

Lakeside Quilters: Name Tag Workshop (23)

Sew about a dozen of us embarked on the project of a life time to ensure we all have names and are proud to wear them on our hearts 🙂

We had sew much fun, thanks to all the ladies to hauled their machines and goodies for everyone to share and a BIG THANKS to Jo for stitching our names – I love mine!

See you soon at the Christmas Party – with Bells On 🙂

Pie Anyone? (185)

This English Paper Piecing I’ve been working on for our Pies and Tarts Block of the Month has been so satisfying…I can’t honestly believe how easy it is 🙂

This is month 1, there’s 10 of these and 10 of the tarts blocks to complete…after about half I got into a rhythm and they whipped up really quickly. All pieced by hand onto these paper templates…amazing technique, look at how nice the rounded edges turned out and the points in the middle…if you haven’t tried this before, I’d recommend it!

Here’s a good video I found to give you an idea of what’s involved.

Until next time, stay happy and creative,