Me Mondays: Donations for Good Causes & Life Thoughts (148)

 

How’s everyone doing? I know the Mum’s out there are sad that the houses will be quiet with the kiddies going back to school but some of you will be looking forward to some “me” time, am I right? 

I’ve been so busy these days cutting kits and prizes for the Flying Needles first guild meeting of the year coming up the 2nd Sat of Sept which is the 11th (Thinking of everyone on this amazingly special day in 2001 that changed our lives forever) and I’ve been generous over here at Pastimes as I donated this quilt to a wonderful cause for Pawsitive Match Rescue which rescues dogs and finds them good homes. This particular quilt was for the NWT Chapter and to help save Issy a small do that was hit by a Car. This quilt I started in 2004 it was a friendship quilt made by 9 women so there a few hearts donating to this worth while cause and they don’t even know it 🙂

I’m also planning on donating this one for CICF (Canadian Intensive Care Foundation) to raise money for their Intensive Care units in the Calgary area. I’ve worked with this charity for a few years now (in my old corporate world)

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As a side thought, last Friday I attended a funeral for Mr VQ’s side of the family, someone I had only met a couple of times, who was 51 and died of terminal cancer. It was such a deep funeral even though it was very short, the people who spoke about him described a person that we would all love to be friends with and have as a part of our lives…which of course makes you think. Friday last I had a very heavy heart, thinking about my family and friends, my loved ones and special people in my life that have passed on. It still makes me think about them. We are all getting older and needs to try to stay connected with people even though our lives are busy and we live far apart. Who is that special person in your life that you wish was still here…for me it’s my Gran Ramsey I wish she was here, she was the BEST taught my Sis and I about so much in life, she was fair and loved to just sit and talk all day long…I sure miss her, she knew everything 🙂

With thoughtfulness today and to make us all appreciate our gift of life that much more.

Guilds and What’s New? (146)

Hi Everyone, what’s new with you? How is your Summer now that it’s coming to a close what did you do? Where did you go?

I’m also curious if you belong to a Guild, if so which one and where? I’m also curious about your Guild format like how often do you meet? Where? How many people? and What are some of the things that you do throughout the year like challenges, mystery quilts, charity projects and so on…

I’m looking for some good ideas and what’s worked for you guys and what do you love about your guild!! I belong to two at the moment and possibly three and they are all so very different and in good ways so the more I hear from all of YOU about what you like and what works the better my guild can be when we incorporate new ideas:)

Thanks Ladies…

Also if you haven’t entered in for the chance to Win a Year long Subscription to Quilters Connection magazine be sure you do, I will be drawing next Friday!!

 

Me Mondays: Humbling Experiences (143)

Hi Ladies and welcome back to Me Mondays, since I’ve been holidays throughout the Northern States we’ve come upon so many antique shops with amazing things in them…I’ve found the cutest Hat Pins, Irons (I need one for each step) and adorable old ladder that will hold cute things (of course) as well as some quilts (2 to be exact). The USA seems to have many more good quality antique stores and a good variety of stuff in them, my dh found an amazing camera (his hobby) that was actually just featured into one of his favourite magazines (ShutterBug) which he was thrilled about…heading to 4 stores to find the magazine to make sure this was the camera well that wasn’t the best part I assure you 😉 but hey the things we do for our hubby’s!

On another note, while searching for these goodies for my studio…driving around in all of these USA towns it struck us to the core how many shops are closed, how many places are empty, we would pass huge shopping centres without any occupants, how does this happen? Many store owners shared their devastating experiences with us and how “hard times” really are. How does the whole shopping centre not have enough business to even keep a few stores open? This was so surprising to me and humbling at the same time…being a business owner myself, I’m appreciative of all of the support around us and being a Canadian we are truly lucky to not have been hit as hard as some of the towns I’ve visited and have supported throughout my holidays. Very humbling experience and I sure do appreciate all of the extra’s we have in life.