Monday, May 23, 2011

Around the Garden - In Bloom

Hello Friends...

Hope everyone has enjoyed their weekend.  We have an extra day here in Canada for Victoria Day, so we're just plan to laze around and enjoy some family time.  I'm hoping to plant my vegetable garden today, if the weather cooperates.  Over the past few days I was able to capture some shots of all the beautiful plants that are flowering around the garden; take a look...

Flowering Phlox.

Purple Leaf Sandcherry bush.

I only have a few tulips...this is one.

Japanese flowering tree.

The flowers are droopy, but so pretty.

Hello Mr. Bunny.

Crab Apple tree.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Crochet Cowl

Hello Friends...

Just wanted to share with everyone this pretty cowl I made as a custom order.  I love this yarn (Red Heart, Light and Lofty), it's so soft and chunky and super quick to work with.  This cowl couldn't be easier to whip up...I simply chained enough stitches to measure appox. 26" and hdc'd my way up until it reached about 8" wide.  I then added two matching buttons for easy closure.  Honestly, total time working on this project was no more than an hour.  What do you think?  A little warm for our coming summer, but will be perfect for the fall...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

New Life to an Old Project

Hello Friends...

Do ever get really excited about a new idea or project and then once you get into it, you find it's not turning out how you'd imagined it in your mind? 

Well, a couple of months back, I'd started a simple project, what was to be a table runner, with some yarn that I had kicking around.  The pattern, a simple circle in a square design.  All along the way, I was not happy with the way things were going...I love the design, but the colours were just not working well together as a table runner.  BUT, as a pillow cover, yes!!  Although not finished yet, I've managed to breathe new life into an old idea.   Have a look so far...I'm kinda liking the retro feel of it:

Have you ever changed course with a projcet idea?  I'd love to hear about it.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day & More Around the Garden

Hello Friends...hope all you Mothers out there had a wonderful Mother's Day!  Just wanted to share some photos of the gorgeous flowers I was fortunate enough to receive from my darling girls and their father.  Also, some more progress around the yard, albeit slow, but I cannot complain an we are finally having some great weather...enjoy!

Part of my bouquet.

More bouquet...

And, more bouquet.

Picture my daughter can't see the leaves, but they are her hands (so cute).

Japanese flowering tree.

Ground cover.

Oregano just getting huge!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Flicr Favs (take 2)

Crochet: Ethel Cushionfresh fruit :)a cushion of rosesIMG_7527Colorful crochet threadColourful cushiony crochet things....
ribambelle de napperonspotholdersRetro Circle ThrowCrochet bag from the same Japanese bookcolombineCheckerboard print
Hello I recently discovered on Flickr that they have a new way of sharing photos, via Facebook, twitter, Blogger, etc. I could never quite figure out how to share multiple of my favourite, inspiring crochet photos. I was creating a gallery on Flickr and then just sharing the link back to my Flick gallery (see yesterday's post). Until this morning, I was on my galleries page and noticed that you could share the whole gallery on your blog...voila! Sometimes, it just takes awhile to keep up with all the contantly changing cool things that can be done on the internet. So, hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Quebec City Part 2 - More Great Photos

Here are some more great photos of our Quebec City trip...

Tree on Plains of Abraham.

Local watering hole.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Quebec City - Part 1

Hello everyone...this past weekend my husband I took a trip to historic Quebec City.  It's our 10 year anniversary this month and the first time we've been on a trip without the little ones.  It was also my first time to Quebec city...all I can say is that it easily lived up to all my expectations! 

The weather was sunny (a little on the cool side), and on the eve of an historic election in Canada, with all the changes coming from the province of Quebec, it was quite exciting.  The architecture is incredible (the oldest in Canada) and the city itself is rich in beauty and culture.  Here are a few of the photos I've managed to sift though so far...enjoy:

Looking through a portal up to the Chateau Frontenac Hotel.

Street near our hotel.

Chateau Frontenac again (we did not stay here, btw...just enjoyed it's beauty from the outside).

Me, enjoying the sun on the Promenade outside the Chateau Frontenac.

View again of Chateau and the St. Lawrence River from the Citadel.

Many of the buildings display plaques with the names of the original dwellers.

Bye for now, but more of Quebec to come!