Wednesday, 28 August 2013

 
My lovely flowers
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Major Event

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Well hello there, friends and friends to be. I cannot believe how many visitors I have had from all over the world even when I haven't been posting anything since April.                                              We have had a major event in our lives since I last posted. We have enjoyed living in our home for fourteen years where our two daughters and their family's would visit us and we held all our holiday gatherings here. From this home we have watched our five wonderful grandbabies grow into young men and women.
We also ran a little woodworking business, taught decorative painting and operated a B&B for eight years from here, where we met great people from all over the world.
Now the truth of the matter is, our house is way too much for us to keep up so this is the Major Event for which I speak. We have sold our eleven room house to our one daughter and her husband and he is in the process of renovating our double car garage[really Cliffs woodworking shop] into a little home for us. We couldn't be more delighted, it will be all on one floor, it has large windows overlooking my back garden [where I can still play],Cliff's workshop moves indoors[no more stoking the fire before he can play] and most important we are still near our family.
God is good.
I am going to attempt to post some pictures if I can remember how and I also hope to start posting again.
Well I tried and I failed and now I will have to get Cindy to give me an update.
Thanks for visiting.
Bernice
 

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Sunbonnet-Sue Quilt

Sunbonnet-Sue Quilt 
Sunbonnet Sue Quilt

This beautiful quilt was embroidered by my late mother ( Ena " Roberts" Goobie) when she was very young. It was to be used as a bedspread and it lived for many years, probably in her trunk. It was passed along to me years later and I put it in my old trunk. Such a shame to have something so lovely hidden away.
When my husband and I opened our home as a Bed and Breakfast in the early 2000's, I asked my sister-in-law (" who is a master quilter" she would very quickly disagree with me ) to turn it into a quilt for our Lavender Room.




 As you can see she did a wonderful job and if you look closely you can see that she quilted an arbour around the lady and  birds and butterflies and flowers surrounding the arbour. The edge of the quilt is done in a lattice pattern to match the garden theme.  
 How lovely is this, the handiwork of two talented ladies, two generations apart, combined to create a thing of beauty, that will last for years to come? How blessed am I to be the keeper of such a treasure?

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Memory Mittens

Memory Mittens
 
One of the favourite things that I have ever painted are these memory mittens. Back when my grandchildren were  all very young, in fact the youngest wasn't even born yet, I traced their little hands on  a piece of paper, my husband cut the mitts out and I painted them. Every Christmas since then [ thirteen years ago ] when I get them out, I marvel at how they have grown. The oldest is twenty-five and the youngest is thirteen. Wow !! time sure is in a hurry.  
I also taught this as a Christmas painting project one year, so I know there are other Memory Mittens out there somewhere, bringing back precious memories of precious little hands. 
This Years Display

Some years I put them in a wreath or on the tree, but this year I wanted to display them with some other Christmas  things I've painted over the years.
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Burlap & Birch Bark Pretties

I have been enjoying creating with natural materials this year, I would like to share two ideas that I
came up with that you may enjoy. 
Recycled Burlap Tree

This tree is made from an old potatoe sack or for those who are old enough to remember {a brin bag}.I know you could use landscape burlap or buy burlap ribbon both would work fine.
I first made a cone from cardboard or you could use any type of cone. I then cut strips of burlap and frayed the bottom edge, then using hot glue in a few places, I wound it around the tree.
Thats it.To easy eh?


Faux Birch Bark Candles

I just love birch bark decorations but in the past I have wrapped the bark around a candle and never did light it because  I was to afraid of fire. This year I got this bright idea, my honey cut a log up in different lengths for me  and I carried on from there. All I did was paint the tops off white, then stick  half a tooth pick in a hole that he had drilled for me.
Could anything be easier? He also cut some larger ones that I surrounded with greenery.

 
 
 
 
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