Sunday, 25 November 2012

Joey

I want a dog!! Yesterday, while at work I met Joey. His kindly expression says it all.

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Joey has a cheerful character. A show off, playful and from one glance I could see he was trustworthy with everyone. A great dog to take along to the event yesterday at ‘Wilhelmina Bos’, Dronten.

The Golden Retriever originated in the Scottish Highlands in the late 1800's and was used predominantly for hunting. The breed was developed by Lord Tweedmouth, whose goal was to create a superb retriever suited to the Scottish climate, terrain and available game. He crossed his original "Yellow Retriever" with the Tweed Water Spaniel (now extinct) found on his estate. Later integrations of Irish Setter, Bloodhound, and more Tweed Water Spaniel produced the retriever we know today.

I really hope to be a owner again of a dog in the near future. But I know it is wise to wait a little while longer before running to a breeder. There are two reasons that are holding me back. 1.) Teddy, won’t share his space (our home) with anyone else accept us (Hubby and me).

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The other reason for not running to a breeding kennel for a pup is that I haven’t found the right balance in my job yet. I think I need a lot of free time the first couple of months to train and socialize a pup. But aren’t they cute when they are small?

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When he is grown, he will look like this. I love big dogs.

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They are really not small! A male Golden Retriever should be between 60 centimetres in height at the withers, while females should be about 55 centimetres tall. A adult Golden Retriever will weigh around 30 kilos.

Dreaming of a dog. A question for you: how do I convince Hubby that it would be great to have one.

November - Dear Jane Bee

Last Friday it was that time of the month again! I’m posting a little later than usual because I had to work yesterday. Yes, I worked on Saturday. My new job is not a nine-to-five job. Lots of giggling and chatter this Friday. But I can say, I worked hard as I  nearly finished another little baby Jane.

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Sadly, I was unable to stop and visit the Alpacas on my way home. There was some road work being done and my parking spot was being used by the workmen to stow their trucks and machines. Maybe next time!

Extending longevity!

My towels were fraying along the edges. Normally I would have thrown them away and bought new ones. But I choose for sustainability. I’m being green! Although, I’m not helping our economy this way Sad. Sorry about that! Early this morning I sat down behind my sewing machine and zigzagged around the edges.

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As you can see, the rest of the towel is in good condition. After zigzagging the edges, they nearly look like they are new. Did I make the right choice for being green?

Did you know that potentially harmful byproducts are often mixed in the water that is used to bleach, wash, and dye the towel fabric? By extending the longevity of our towels I’m doing my part for a better world Angel. And, saving a little extra money this month Happy

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Workshop

Hello quiltmakers & blogfollowers,

Friday I was in a foul mood and I have to admit I held on to this till about Saturday 11am. Partly I can blame my mood on ‘the others’ but mostly I have to blame myself. My list of have-to-do was once again too long and I left some things till the last moment. I find it hard to accept that some things are never done. Once you have ticked off one item of the list, something else is added to the list.

I purposefully decided to create more balance in my day, but I have to admit I’m not quite there yet. Still, this past week I said no  a little more frequently. It is becoming a little easier, to hold on to what I want and need, and not to be influenced by what ‘the others’ want and need from me.

What changed my foul mood? Jacqueline de Jonge, another quiltmaker.

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Jacqueline is the lady on the right.

What a great teacher! Check out her Facebook wall. Saturday I attended a workshop she gave in Putten. I’m learning how to make her Twinkle Star quilt. Friday evening I was convinced that I should not have enrolled in this class. It would be much too difficult, especially as I’m not proficient with the sewing machine.

Well guess who was wrong?

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Guess who bought this fabric stash, at the end of class, to finish this quilt?

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Guess who planned a date with another quilter from this class to make some quick advancements on this quilt?

Isn’t it pretty? I’ll be giving this quilt to Tess, once it is completed.

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My new ruler. A inch ruler.

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Busy at work.

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End result, at the end of the day.

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The other participants.

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A nearly completed star from another participant

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Another finished example.

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And, another one.

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When this quilt is completed, or at least the top, it will look something like this.

I came home very tired but very contend. My foul mood had lifted.

So what better way to end your busy but fun day, then having yourself some chilli?

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Friday, 16 November 2012

Thursday evening quilt class

Here is an impression of some of the projects my fellow classmates are working on.

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Here is ‘me’ working on another baby Jane. Learning to make precise points and appliqué. Here I’m using my Clover iron to make sharp edges.  

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Nearly done Smug

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