Thursday, 31 January 2013

The Blankets are Done!

Hello Friends! I have finally finished the blankets for Reece and Brigam.  Several of you ladies had ask to see them when they were finished. So here goes. 
With Reece's I choose a no sew tie technique. It is easy, but I do think it takes as much time as the sewing method with all the cutting it requires.
This is the opposite side of the skier fabric. It reads "I Love Canada".
Here is Brigam's minky blanket. I hand stitched around several of the Penguins to tie the two fabrics together. The minky is such a plush  fabric that the stitches didn't even show on its surface. The Penquin fabric is a very soft terry fabric, which will work nicely against the baby face, I think!
I'm now headed to the kitchen today to cook up a few freezer casseroles and desserts to take with us to our son and DIL's this weekend. I'm thinking I'm going to try the red velvet cupcakes I saved in my Pinterest account. I'll let you know how they turn out and if they're presentable I'll even post them-ha!
One last photo I had to share with you. This is the snow from our metal roof as it slowly was sliding off the other morning. You can even see the seams outlined in the snow! I'm calling it a 'snow canopy'.
The temperature right now is-12C or 10F. So the snow is no longer sliding off the roof, that's for sure. I'm glad that I can once again enjoy another day of nesting.
Let me know how your day is taking shape so far!

Monday, 28 January 2013


Nest: a place of rest, retreat, or lodging
Merriam Webster Dictionary
I love winter. I love the beautiful white wonderland the snow creates for us to enjoy, different daily, as it's blows and bluster, shifts and changes.
But I also love that it gives me good excuse to 'nest'!
Yes, it's a good time to cozy inside by the fire with my hot cup of tea and browse through my old magazines to see what project I might want to work on or even pick my brain a little with my crossword puzzles I've neglected for too long.
Tim and I have been passing our evenings nesting, watching our DVDs of  Foyle's War. I do not like to watch war shows, but this is more about life in England during the war. It is so good. It is serious, but it is full of warm characters, and even humor at times. We were so sorry when we were finished with them all. But we just discovered there is another series coming this year-back by popular demand!
Here is the view out the main living area window.
Notice how the ice is piling around the shore and spreading further out into the lake? This scene will change many times as the ice drifts back out and floats along the lake and then piles back again against the shore. I do love watching it.
I've finished Samuel's baby blanket. This was quite a feat for me. Not because it was hard, but because I seem to start each morning with the intention of working on it, and then get distracted by something silly-like a job interview... Now that Samuels's is finished I'm going to work on making one for Reece with the scraps. I used minky. Oh my, what a mess. It's everywhere!
On the rug, the floor, my sweater-I'm surprised it didn't somehow make it's way to my mouth!
Well, that's all the 'excitement' of my nesting day!
Tell me, what do you do when you 'nest'?  


Thursday, 24 January 2013

A Sigh of Relief...

If you read my post yesterday, ladies, you'll understand and appreciate this photo today. Yes, the interview is over and I'm sighing with relief!
I believe it went well at this phase, but I still have to turn in my references and have another phone interview with my interviewers boss. Yeh.
I don't have much else to share today, but I did see a few really neat ideas on Pinterest that I thought might click with some of you too. I haven't pinned them to my account, so if you like them you'll need to copy them from here.
This is such an amazing idea for covering those ugly looking furnace thermostats. I think whoever dreamed this one up should patent it!

This hideaway always makes me think of Corrie Ten Booms story. Let us hope we never have any need for a secret place, but I think it's a neat idea all the same.
Do you need a cake server? I just changed the glass shades out on my ceiling fan last week and have four of these sitting in my closet. This would make a nice gift for someone.
I'm not sure you can tell very well from this photo, but this is chicken wire that has strips of sheer fabric woven through it. I really could see this in my bathroom window. And how easy would that be to do? Very!
If you are one of those persons who doesn't mind their dog sleep with them, this might be a project to consider. I, personally, do not allow children or animals in my bed, unless my little one was sick. I'm such a bed hog myself. But I do have friends whose dogs or cats sleep at the foot of their bed and this seems like a good alternative to me!
Thanks to all of you who sent such words of encouragement to me for my interview-it helped!
Let me know if you decide to try any of the projects I've posted. I'd love to see your version of it.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Stressed Spelled Backwards=Desserts


I received an unexpected phone call that had me falling back into my old, bad habits. As much as I hate it and hate to admit it, when I get stressed I eat. And I especially eat dessert or that's ooey and gooey!

Oh, I know none of you would do what I did, and run to your frigs to see what you could possibly throw together to satisfy this raging hormone induced craving. You see I don't keep cookies or candies or anything sweet that easy to just grab in my times of weakness and eat. Because if I have to go to the effort of baking something from scratch, I can usually fight the temptation quite easily!

However this call rated a high nine on my stress level, so the Pillbury crescent rolls came out, were soon slathered with butter, sprinkled with a liberal dose of sugar and cinnamon, and immediately popped in the oven to bake!

And ladies let me tell you, it was all good...
I'm feeling calmer already.
And that unexpected call to arrange a job interview for tomorrow has just been reduced to a seven on my stress level chart. At least for the time being, that is!
This is really no joke. Please pray for me-Not that I get the job. I'm leaving that decision in Gods hands. But that I don't make a total fool of myself.
Thanks friends-Kimberly

Monday, 21 January 2013

Bring on the Snow


This is our g'daughter Starlet. Our daughter, Emily, was over this weekend to visit with her two children.  Fortunately we had more than enough snow for everyone to play in. In fact, we had  so much snowy and blowing weather we weren't sure they would be able to make it here as planned. They did arrive, but a day late.

This is a snow cave Starlet built for her brother, Lambert, to snuggle into. Pretty cozy looking and just his size I'd say.

As soon as Starlet arrived she wanted to get down to the lake to fish! You might remember last time they were here in October and the temperature was in the 40's, Starlet went swimming. I don't believe I have ever seen a child so adventurous, curious and excited about life and all it has to offer as she is. She didn't catch any fish, but she found a treasure trove of snails.

This is the same rocky beach were Starlet was fishing the day before. It's now built up with ice and snow. No shore to be seen anymore!

The thermometer outside our kitchen window right now is reading -14C or 8F. Yes, Baby it's cold outside! This is our typical winter weather for this time of the year here-finally.
I'm thinking now that the kitchen is finished I am ready for a fun project. Maybe a baby blanket for g'baby #9? I'm definitely in the mood to sit myself behind my sewing machine and put that pedal to the metal, ladies.
So what are your plans for this week? Any new projects you're working on? I'll be back to let you know how mine's progressing soon, I hope.

Sunday, 20 January 2013


Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight ,my strength, and my redeemer. Psalms 19:14
This is the wisdom, maid and men:
Knowing what to say and when.
Speech is common; thought is rare;
Wise men choose their words with care.
Artist with the Master touch
Never use one phrase too much.
Jesus, preaching on the Mount,
Made His every sentence count.
Lincoln's Gettysburg address
Needs not one word more or less.
This is wisdom, maids and men:
Knowing what to say and when.
Edgar A. Guest

Friday, 18 January 2013

Grow Your Blog Party


Today I am joining Vicki at 2 Bags Full  for a Grow Your Blog party. A big 'Thanks' to you Vicki for sponsoring this party! To my dear friends that visit with me on a regular basis, you already know most of the information I'll be sharing on this post-I hope  I don't bore you!
But you never know, I might reveal a secret about
my self that you never heard before! Big deal, huh?
My name is Kimberly. I am a mother of four and a grandmother of nine. I have been married to a really wonderful fellow for 39 years now. 
I live in a cabin on beautiful Lake Superior in Ontario woods..

We enjoy sharing our neck of the woods with Black Bears, Moose, Wolves, Bobcats and more.
I enjoy passing my days decorating, sewing a bit, crafting a bit, surfing Pinterest, blogging, and shopping for vintage treasures at the thrift shops!
I love collecting vintage linens, porcelain birds and finding items I can use for re-purposing.

I'm a Christian who believes in the power of prayer and strives to live a life that's pleasing to the Lord. Please note I did say 'strives.'
I also read and collect old books and British DVDs.

My husband and I have traveled and worked in the Yukon Territories and Alaska many times. I've often shared our experiences while there and photos of the mountains, lakes, and wildlife.
I began blogging in the Spring of 2011 and have not regretted a moment of it. I have connected with so many wonderful ladies who I now consider friends .
Now I look forward to visiting your blogs, learning a bit about your life and interest! And I want to welcome you to visit mine!

Cornucopia of Thoughts

 Have you read any of advice that's offered concerning presenting a good post? Well, I have. And I distintly remember that one of the rules of good posting is to try to stick to one subject. In other words don't write a post that's all over the map!
I have to admit that I've broken this rule many times, but today I'm going to break it in a big way!
Sorry, I just have too many things to share......

First, let me introduce you to:
Samuel Brigam Quinn Lowes
He's the newest of our nine g'children.
He resembles his big brother Reece and his Daddy already- he's such a cutie!

Next we had company today. Guess who was back?

If you guessed Bob, you're absolutely right.
I didn't get his picture this time, but I know from his footprints he's come a calling. This photo was from last winter.  Maybe he won't be so bashfull next time!
It was so blustery today that I ask (made) Tim pose for a photo to show how windy it was. But somehow
the picture doesn't capture it very well.
I had a root crop recipe to share also, but frankly I've lost my steam. I'm still using the HTML to upload, which takes a little longer. So a much as I know you're all going to be greatly disappointed in me not sharing my recipe with you:), I'm going to let it pass this time.
I hope you have a great weekend, friends!

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Done At Last!


Finally I can say that the kitchen is finished! The last of the painting was done on Friday and on Saturday and Sunday I did absolutely nothing.
I promised myself that I am not picking up another paint brush until Spring.

This is how it looked when we first moved in a little over four years ago. Wow, was it ever cluttered, but I never really noticed it then.

Here is a close up of the new sink and faucet.

I forgot to get a close up of the sink skirt. Can you see it peeking out there on the left side of the photo?

In this photo Tim is measuring for the cutting of the bead board. Notice the stenciled flowers the previous owner had painted on the wall? She was very fond of this stencil. It was painted all around the woodwork on the kitchen window, it was around the wood stoves platform, and on every single step of  the ladder up tp our loft.

Here is a view into the dining room area. Our cabins dining/living room/ and kitchen are all open to one another.

Here is an view from the loft our first Thanksgiving in the cabin.

Here is a shot from the loft last night. We haven't really made many changes, just the kitchen. It's nothing fancy, but to us it's a comfy, cozy home.
I'm happy to report we got a little dusting of snow lastnight! I hoping for more as the day progresses.
Happy Thursday! 

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

A Note Card Party


I've chosen the photos that I had taken last summer while in Haines Alaska for my friend Vee's Note Card Party.

Our newest Grandson was born at 12:30 AM on Jan.15th!
He is a month premature, but he and his mother are doing just fine. 
 Thank the Lord.
Not Bad at all!

Monday, 14 January 2013

Valentine Day Ideas


Do you realize that Valentines Day is exactly a month from today? I don't know about you, but that is my cue to begin my V'Day decorating.

I have created a new Pinterest board full of Valentine Day ideas.

My boards are a mix of V'Day recipes, cards, and decorating ideas.

Oh my, does this Red Velvet cupcake ever look yummy?  This reminds me that my Mother always made Red Velvet cake with butter icing on Valentines Day. I also did this when I had the children at home, but I've gotten away from it with just Tim & me to eat it!

If I were making a V'Day wish list, this is all I'd ask for! Forget the candy, forget the card, or anything else you had in mind sweetheat. These shoes would
definitely make my heart go pitter-patter!
What do you think? Aren't they gorgeous?
Now I will shamelessly refer you to the top left-hand corner where my Pinterest button is if you would like to see what others goodies I've collected  to make for a good Valentines Day. 

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Life is a Process
Lord, make me to know my end
And what is the extent of my days;
Let me know how transient I am.
Psalm 39:4 NASB
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
--George Washington Carver
Taken from Timeless Truths Devotional