Monday, September 14, 2009

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources -Albert Einstein

I am writing this post on my new (to me) laptop! I’m super-excited about it and have to say thanks to my best friend Evan who, when deciding to get a new laptop himself, took pity on me and offered me his old one. My PC decided to stop working around December and I couldn’t afford to get a new one. I was a little worried about what I would do when school came, so I’m really grateful to Evan for being such a great friend!

I won a giveaway over at Travelling Longhorns a couple of weeks ago and received these beautiful little pieces in the mail last week.

Aren’t they lovely? Jennifer made this coffee cozy and tissue holder out of some Japanese fabric she picked up and did a giveaway to (sort of) celebrate her 100th blog post and blogiversary. I also think the card she sent along is super-sweet too!

I also received my two free swatches of fabric from Spoonflower that I made for their Free Swatch Day. I had intended to work on some designs when I first heard the day was coming up and then completely forgot about it until I received an email the day of as a reminder. I quickly put these two together so that I could get in on the action.

The greenish-yellow one did not turn out the way I wanted; I think I uploaded the design too small and so you can’t really see the pattern at all, but it’s still a nice colour and I’ll use it for something. The other I like much better and is based on an illustration from a 19th century book.

I had a slightly jarring, yet also entertaining experience on Friday. I was home alone and heard a noise in the kitchen so I decided to investigate. Upon entering the kitchen I found a squirrel sitting on the kitchen table! The window was open and he had come in through a small hole in the screen; when he saw me he tried to go back out through the hole but I think he was a little scared too and couldn’t get out. I ran to get my phone, keeping an eye on the kitchen as I went, and called Alex because I didn’t know what to do. He suggested that I get a broom and try to shoo him out to which I replied “but I’ll have to go past the squirrel to get the broom!” When I got back to the kitchen the squirrel was gone, and since I knew that he didn’t come out of the kitchen I guessed he’d gone back through the hole. I promptly shut the window. I think he was trying to get into the container of zucchini bread that I had sitting on the table, I’m guessing that was the noise I heard when he knocked it over. While I never want to have a squirrel (or any other woodland creature) in my kitchen again, he was really cute, and it was a fun story to tell that day. I wish I had been able to take a picture.

Alex and I headed to Walmart on Saturday to buy a new floor lamp. I wanted to check out the range of Martha Stewart supplies that they carry and so I headed to the craft section. I had no idea that the Walmarts in Canada carried fabric, I was stunned! I knew that some of the ones in the US have fabric centres, but I never thought they’d have some here. Here (at least at the one I went to) they only carry fat quarters and a couple of packages of half yards.

I picked up these fat quarters while there. They came bundled together and were pretty cheap. You can’t see it on the orange one (second from the left) in this picture, but it has a faint argyle pattern on it along with the little flowers. I have no idea what I’ll use them for yet, but I thought they might come in handy at some point. Also, the quilt batting at Walmart is cheaper then anywhere I’ve seen before.

I can’t show pictures of the project that I finished this week because it’s a birthday gift and I have been told that the recipient does in fact read my blog. I will post pictures after her birthday which is in about two weeks.


  1. Yay for the new computer! Thanks, Evan (that's funny, because Brian and I share our best friend, and his name is Evan, too).

    Oh how cute about the squirrel! But I would be like you - calling Brian and asking him what to do.

    Love the fabric goodness! Can't wait to see what is in store for it all.

  2. Your friend Evan is a sweetheart! Sweet gestures aside, what a generous person. Laptops can get personal. Besties are godsent!

    I wish you got the pic of the squirrel too! Although like Dionne and you, I wouldve been terrified. I wouldve locked myself in the bedroom until someone got home and did something about the situation!!

  3. Hooray for new laptops, glad you like the cozy and tissue holder it's the perfect time to be using them. We have a squirrel that comes right to our back door, the previous tenants fed him. You have to be careful they have very sharp claws. I had no idea spoonflower was doing a swatch or I would have done that. I miss the fabric at wal-mart. Two more tidbits since you are in the same area as me have you heard about the creativ festival in toronto here's the website, also I found a great Toronto craft blog Thimble if you contact her you might be able to advertise your quilts or at least see how other Toronto artisans are selling at markets and fairs and such. Have a great day! Jennifer

  4. I really wish I had more crafty talent. I see beautiful fabrics and would love to make lovely things out of them, but I have no idea where to begin. Thank goodness for Etsy. At least I can buy homemade pretties. Ah ha