Deep and crisp and even

Good King Wenceslas looked out, On the Feast of Stephen, When the snow lay round about, Deep and crisp and even. It’s the week before Christmas and I’ve started feeling really Christmas-y. Last weekend we conducted the ritual hunt-and-slaughter of the conifer and decorated the house. The windows are festooned with lights, boughs, and decorations…

Summer at Exploits

Summer is in full swing here. The days are hot and sunny, replete with activity and the joy that comes with getting things done. I spent most of the morning on the front of the house, scraping and painting it. I don’t think it has had a coat in twenty years, so there’s not so…

Enough already!

Okay, quit it with the snow. I mean it. I don’t know or care who’s responsible (pick a deity, weatherman, or neighbours who buy large expensive snow-toys thus invoking some bizarre karma and you know who you are), but we’ve got plenty now you can go bother people in British Columbia thank you very much….

Gifts from good friends

Quilty friends are the kind of people who understand that it is possible to fall in love with a piece of fabric. Incredibly Good quilty friends actually give you the piece in question. The batik below was made by Shelley Bauer and I actually had to stop myself from buying it several times. It’s incredibly…

All Christmased out

The whirlwind is over. It was a good Christmas. It’ll be a while before I feel like seeing turkey or trifle again. On the other hand, I think I may have eaten too little chocolate (which, come to think of it, might be a good thing). I should have taken more photographs, but I got…

"It's like some kind of torture,"

“We’ll have to start to sew.” (with sincerest apologies to fans of The Muppet Show) This project was started with the best of intentions a little over five years ago. It’s a wedding quilt for my sister and her husband who are (fortuitously) still happily married. I worked frantically at it for some time and…

Christmas break

I’m more or less signing off on work and work-related blogging for the next two weeks. I have a few Christmas gifts to finish up by Sunday night, one of the most elaborate of which is the quilt below. Katherine asked for a new quilt for her bed made with my own dyed fabrics and…

That’s my kid: a Katherine update

For Christmas, Katherine has asked for the following: a candy cane a new quilt for her bed made with fabrics that mommy paints a new pair of slippers (she wants me to knit them for her) ice skates tinkertoys play dough some new books a new train (specifically Gordon’s express coaches) We really must be…

Weird weekend – warning: lots of whining

Right, so we’re down to a month until everything for the show has to be completed and two days before photography for the invites has to be done. Not everything need be ready for photographing, but I do need a good selection of pieces available and they should be representative of what the show will…

Exploits videos: loud music & lots of fun

Update: I’ve learned that YouTube does not function like Flickr in one important regard: private photos on Flickr can be externally embedded if you have access to them through the password and such. Private videos stored through YouTube cannot. In order to see these videos, you need to be logged in to your YouTube account…

Round the Bay Part I – Salmon Cove & Carbonear

When asked what I wanted to do for Mother's Day by my wonderful husband, I said that I wanted an outing, with hiking, a picnic, some photographs and happy people. He said he could do most of those, but the last one might be problematic, given that The Daughter has turned into The Fiend lately…

Road test & photo forays

So we replaced the poor blue Tercel with an Echo, the car that replaced the Tercel in 2000. They've since stopped making the Echo and now make a vehicle called the Yaris. Cool car, stupid name. Anyway, here's the new car. We picked it up on Thursday and took it out for a highway test…