Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas To All!

Hello Everyone!

Making one of my rare appearances to wish you all a very Merry Christmas ... and a Happy 2016!
Hard to believe that so much time has passed since I posted last ... and that another year is almost done.

Have kept busy creating new Artfire additions ... and working ... but now the Christmas rush is done & things will calm down in the retail world.  Yay!

My focus now is to create special gifts for both my niece Amy & nephew Christopher ... who are both engaged!  I want to have something ready for their wedding gifts ... without having to stress at the last minute because the projects I've planned will take quite some time to create.

The first one is well under way ... better than half is completed ... it's a pin wheel hexagon motif design that I modified from a pattern I found in a book.  The original pattern was done in crochet cotton & had 347 motifs!  I'm working it in yarn and each one works out much larger so only need to make 95...have 58 completed.  Each one takes about 30 minutes to make & I find it a great way to unwind after work.  The motifs are joined over the 15 DC edges ... and that's when the magic happens ... the one above spins the opposite way ... and the next panel adds another spin!

The picture below will give you a better idea of what the sewn together pattern looks like:
It is from the book with the original pattern: BH&G White Crochet-1988
Is that awesome or what???

The second one I've not yet begun ... but it'll go faster.  It will be strips crocheted together.  For this one I'm planning to use a "Brick Stitch" pattern ... one I've just recently played with & has become a new fave... it works up quick & has a lovely visual appeal ...  not to mention that it'll be warm & snuggly for two lovebirds to curl up under in front of the fireplace!  So now I just need to decide what colour.  This sample didn't scan true to colour ... it's actually Deep Forest Green ... but you get the idea.

So there you go ... that's what I've been up to ... not to mention I whipped up a batch of snow flake ornaments for family and staff this year ... which everyone was thrilled with!

Time to get busy with Christmas dinner ... Paul has a ham in the smoker ... but the sous chef gets to do the veggies & such!

Once again ... All the Best to you & yours for a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Love & Hugs ... Marie

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

True North Strong & Free!

Happy Canada Day!

How lucky we are to be so fortunate to live in one of the most wonderful countries in the world!

I am proud to call this land my home ... and feel priviledged to have the rights & freedoms that others in the world aspire to have.

Watching the news every day is scarey ... especially when innocent people are killed for no good reason other than they happened to be targets of extremists with an agenda of evil.

Let us give hope to those who want a better life.

Let us show the world that we respect what they believe.

Let us accept them and want for them what we want for ourselves ... an exisitance free from harm & fear. 

Oh Canada! We stand on guard ... for ... theeeeeee!

Love & Hugs ... Marie

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Promised Pics & New Creations

Yes welll ... tardy blogger that I am ... with a few days off I finally managed to get you those pics I wanted to a few months back ...
So there we were ... all young and ready to start our married life together.
And here we are ... 25 years later ... Silver Anniversary
Must be called that because of the colour your hair turns by then ... ya think?
We enjoyed a fabulous dinner at The Keg ... finshed off with a complimentary Billy Miner Pie!

On to other news ...
I have been very busy creating cool new stuff for my Spring/Summer collection!
Click on my Artfire link on the side bar to see what's up there so far!
Still have more to do ... and will hopefully finish up tomorrow ... but still have a bunch of scarves & shawls that I require a model for ... and may take a few more weeks before that can happen!
I've recruited a new photograher ... since Mel is always so busy ... Tim offered to help ... along with a model acquired at Michaels.  She has a rather blank stare ... but is always available!
Hope you all are doing well & enjoying this lovely spring!
Love & Hugs ... Marie

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Seriously? Where Did the Time Go?

So ... You can probably guess that more frequent posts was not on my list of resolutions!

Here we are ... two months later ... and I finally have some time to catch up!

Timing ... so they say ... is everything.  It's that slow time if year in retail ...and as luck would have it, I found the perfect window of opportunity to take a break.  My relief staff has just one week between finishing their internship & the next semester ... and willing to work as much as they can. Yay!

And while we are still buried in winter ... my thoughts & efforts are focussed on spring ... and I've been feverishly churning out projects for my Spring collection.

And ... somewhere in between all of it ... Paul & I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary!

Of course as life would have it, February 10th fell on a Tuesday ... and of course we both had to work ... so we decided that we would celebrate on Family Day ... when we were both off & treat ourselves & family to a sumptuous dining experience at The Keg.  Unfortunate that Tim had to work ... but Melanie joined us & was appointed photogragher.

But for some reason ... I can't seem to show you the pics ... dang!

Okay ... will try again another time!

Off to play some more!

Love & Hugs ... Marie

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