Tuesday, October 14, 2014
I've been quilting like mad lately and working as usual the trophy shop. I need a full time job if anyone is hiring: I have an English degree which means I can read and write and think so feel free to throw job options at me!
My sister is recovering nicely- we just celebrated her 7th month post surgery- and hoping to be med-free in another 5 months :)
I will throw some pics of my recent quilts up on here as soon as I can get my cell phone to let them go...
Now for more exciting news : I'm Engaged!!!!
Yep that's right, it finally happened :) On September 27th in Niagara falls... We were attending a Conference put on by Branches Catholic Ministries called Regernate(d) and the Holy Spirit inspired my beloved into action. I am now the proud of wearer of a wonderfully nontraditionally gorgeous aquamarine stone <3 Will put up a pic or two soon I promise!
Hope you got your fill of Turkey... I can't believe Winter is Coming :(
Monday, March 10, 2014
Today my sister Tania underwent brain surgery to make herself seizure free.. it was a success! The surgeon even commented that he wished all of the cases were like hers, everything was so perfect and right. Thank you Lord Jesus for all the gifts you give us.. for the love you have for us.. for the surgeons intelligence and steady hands.. for my sister's courage and strength.. for her husband's understanding and patience.
Father grant them both peace tonight. Amen.
God is so good! So great is our God! We bow down to You gracious Lord and thank you with all our heart's.
Join us in continuing to pray for Tania and Pedro her husband, during her recovery this week.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Well it's February 1st 2014 and I can't believe how quickly we transitioned into this year.
I didn't give you a 2013 Christmas recap like I usually do each year.. things have just been too busy. I spent most of my time quilting and even then, I still haven't finished some of my pre-Xmas projects. I've also been working and writing since this past November and let me tell you I could use a vacation!
Things in the trophy shop are alright.. my boss went away again to someplace hot and I was dealing with the shenanigans of customer service again. Thankfully my coworkers are great *respect to the UT crew especially the after dark bunch* and we pulled through with minimal scrapes. If this week has taught me anything, it's that it really pays to be organized, and that you can't trust two things in the world of customer care: technology and customers. Our shop printer broke finally and had to be replaced at the end of the week, and we reached our 100mb storage space on the email- did you know that those still exist? If true.. certain companies (c****o) haven't come into the gigabyte age yet for email storage space. Incredible! The only bonus about technology this week is that I was able to click three times and a new printer was delivered to the shop and 10 clicks and a CD run set up later had it printing and behaving like a good lil' Brother should. Customers on the other hand aren't as easily fixable or replaceable. There's no point trusting them either.. it's like my boss says "nobody dies if they don't get their trophy on time". Why bother with setting a pick up date then? You're not go die? Why should I bend over backwards if they're not concerned?
Anyway.. it's been a long January and from the looks of it I'm gonna be hanging 'round the ol' scrap heap a little while longer.. seems no-one wants to hire an English major for a job that barely requires highschool. I need to find full time work though.. guess I just gotta keep trying. They've raised minimum wage were in ont. from 10.25 to $11 but it won't take effect til June. I'm hoping to find full time work for higher pay than that by then. *fingers crossed*
Well I guess that's all for now, Its time to sleep before my usual weekend insanity...
5 masses between now and 9pm Sunday night. Am praying I'll wake up without a voice tomorrow morning but I'm just not that lucky.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
|The first two fabrics were used to make my quilt top |
and the very red and gold fabric was my pre-batting'd backing.
|Simplicity EZ Quilting Circle Cutter|
|What pretty circles it allows one to cut :)|
|I attached my circle to the square with a tight zig-zag stitch.|
|Then I cut it into four even quarters.|
|I started my Medallion from the middle outward.. this is the very centre.|
|and then I added on...|
|and added on...|
|and added on..|
|until I ran out of drunkard path squares.|
|Then I cut two small circles and|
another 6 small green squares to finish off the topper.
|This is the reverse side.. looks kinda neat too|
|This was my first attempt at freemotion quilting on scraps.|
|I stippled and looped all over with my newly acquired free motion foot|
|This is my free motion quilting foot in motion :)|
|I wobbled and looped thread all over the green, |
leaving the very centre for last and
ignoring the patterned fabric deliberately.
|After filling in the centre of green space with my quilt pattern,|
I attached my home made bias tape to the front side...
|I tucked it around to the back and stitched again to finish.|
The Finished Piece :)
Friday, November 15, 2013
I am twenty-four years old.. man what happened to being 20? There is something almost comical in birthdays, because you know that time is passing- every day is another number, and after 28 or 30 or 31 days its another month, another season.. and before you know it an entire 365 days has passed you by. The funny part is that we continue to both loathe and love that day, each year its exciting because the number of years that your on earth changes and yet its just like any other day. You attack your alarm clock for 5 minutes before dragging yourself into a 5 minute shampoo rinse- because you slept in again- then dress yourself and try to dry your hair in another 5 minutes before filling up your water bottle, throwing your scarf around your head and hoping you grab your purse on your hasty exit. Yet, there is something magically wonderful about your birthday day. I don't know if its just me but i couldn't help but be happy and giggly and cheery today.. and the sarcastic comments from your co-workers, or the "oh so your not open on Saturday" that comes from the other end of the telephone conversation you've have 50 times already can't get you down. I was whistling and humming and full on singing today... I felt very blessed today, and for the minute before opening the door to the trophy shop I stopped to thank God and reflect on the sky as I usually do- i'm stuck in a kind of hole building for 4 and a half hours right- and it was warm and sunny and the sky was bright and blue today, 12 degrees Celsius and I couldn't help but be humbled in the beauty that the Lord gave me in this morning of this wonderful day.
I even got sung a beautiful rendition of the traditional happy b-day song by my 4 and a half year old niece that went something like "tante costoline a te" which translated to "many little rib-lits for (to) you" (because costlina = rib in italian). I got a fabulous Nightmare Before Christmas tee-shirt along with a hand-drawn picture of donald duck- also from my niece- and I was able to thank my mom for my life.. Id say its turning out to be a wonderful birthday. My bf and I even went to see The Priests in concert a few days ago,which was amazing and had been kept a super secret from me til 5 minutes before the show began and the night was incredible!! Now im going to be eating my favourite pasta of all time- pasta carbonara with big hunks of panchetta cuz we don't mess around- and spending the evening watching some good movies and enjoying some really great company.
I hope anyone else who shares my November 15th birthday is having as awesome a birthday- day as I am..
Thank you God for giving my mother the strength to bear me for 9 months and give me life 24 years ago.
Check out this years birthday Google doodle:
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
I've begun NaNoWriMo again and intend on achieving my 50k words but we shall see what happens as the month wears on. My new story is about a girl named Charlotte Hume who desperately seeks a home in which to plant her roots and has issues with commitment and relationships because of never having ancestral and familiar solidity. On top of it all, along with Hume manor, Charlotte inherits another set of mysterious gifts from her great aunt- her sole relative and the previous inhabitant of the large estate- which make her life even more challenging. I'm 1000 words in and i'm slowly running out of days but I intend on making the best of it. Did I mention that I'm writing it all into a notebook? Remember I lent my laptop out? And I don't think I've mentioned that my sister and niece are here visiting til November 20th from Manitoba... Obstacles will never stop me, gainsay who dares!!
I hope to be back up and blogging soon enough.. or at least in time to give you a post-autumn flash back in pictures before everything gets covered in white up here in the "true north..."
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
I was intrigued by this and therefore began to make my own pile of these rolled papers until even I- a simple lowly inexperience trophy building serf was able to create my very own work of art. Further inspired by the idea of off shapes and modern looking art piles, I also made a haphazardly constructed pile of engraved 1"x3"metal plates that I spent the majority of this morning "lifting" off of resin awards.
Check out my modern creations below, and feel free to comment/e-mail..
|Adhesive paper tower...|
yes its sitting on the very full shop garbage can.
|Pile of engraved plates. |
I call it... Scrap Metal.. lol
|The paper is a brownish colour..|
|Close up of the engraving...|