Monday, November 06, 2017

Mood Board Ideas

I have been looking at Mood Boards on the internet to get inspired for sewing. I find myself in a rut with color choosing either:

  • Black, white, red, grey
  • Navy, white, and red
Though I love both of these color combinations, it is time to branch out and try some other colors that are more casual. 

Idea #1
This mood board is lovely as I can incorporate blue jeans, white tops, and taupe/browns for sweaters. A perfect combination for a winter wardrobe. 
I love the idea of chambray blues, grey and a hint of soft white. I see this as another winter wardrobe that is a bit dressier though it would still have a casual vibe to it.  
Another lovely blue wardrobe finding. Dark and light denim, light grey brown, white and soft white and a hint of copper. Gorgeous. 
I'm looking as these mood boards seriously for both the dolls and myself. Some of the next ones will be for the dolls only as I can not wear those colors. 

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Feeling Better

It is -13C or 8F and the coldest day this fall. We had at least 2" of snow fall on Thursday which does hit close to the most snow fall on that day in 1984. The positive: it is going to get warmer with no snow prior to us leaving. 


I was to the doctor and the last increase of synthroid did nothing to my reading. I got another increase and am starting to feel better. I can feel my energy increasing and I am much more alert. Let's hope that it will stay that way for a while. Though the Spousal Unit still blames my tiredness from working, I know it was due to the blasted thyroid acting up. 
We are on the last legs of packing. I feel there is 2-3 boxes and 2 tubs left to pack and a bunch of boxes to go to the thrift shop and we will be done. We are living in a mess but will survive it. I did fill one box of china, topped up several boxes ready to tape shut, packed more pictures, and am ready to see the end of this. Unpacking will be the reverse mess but I can handle that. I will set up one box that all the papers go into and when the boxes are collapsed, they will go into the garage. When all is done, I will sell the boxes on Kijiji. 
We got Elliott his soft sided carrier and he goes in and out of it on his own. He hates the puppy training pad I put into it so it came out until we travel. I will put it in the back part of his carrier for him. He will get water and a bit of food while we are in the airports. On the plane, he will travel under the seat. 


I will be excited to get back to sewing. I have lots of ideas in my head and want to be able to sit down and plan and sew. 
The past couple of days, I have been thinking of mood boards. I am wanting to play with color combinations when sewing and knitting for the dolls. I am wanting to be more creative with what I am making rather than choose my favorite colors. It will be stretching me creatively. I have saved a lot of mood boards on Pinterest. I feel this is an area of growth I need to work on. And, it keeps me busy when I need a break. 
With knitting, I will have to push myself not to buy more blue yarn. I am looking forward to that also. As I move forward, I am thinking of the color combinations I want to work with. 


We continue to pack and I hope to clean the bathroom and sweep some floors. Feeling better makes doing all the chores I need to do much easier to tackle. 
Until the next time................

Monday, October 30, 2017

Retired and Packing


Saturday was my last day of work. I did get the job done that I had wanted to get done. It was nice to have that out of the way.
Am I happy to retire? Yes and no. 
Yes, because I don't have to be on the cement floor 40 hours a week. My legs get tired of it.
Yes, because I don't have to put undue stress on myself to get a lot of things done in a day or a week. 
Yes, because I don't have to work until 9 p.m. three times a month.
No, because I will miss the staff and the customers. I truly enjoyed working with and for them.
No, because I won't see what is delivered to the store before it goes out on the floor. 
No, because I may miss the stimulation of doing things to keep my brain active. 
Overall though, I am happy to retire (for the third time) and do the things I want to do. 


The house is a mess and I am fighting it all the way. I sort and toss into the garbage or thrift shop boxes what we don't want to take with us. We have friends coming to get items we don't want to move from us. I could scream but I am holding it together. I will finish packing boxes from around the house and then do the kitchen. The mess will get worse before it gets better. I do realize how much I hate mess when we move. 


We have to get Elliott a soft sided carrier for the plane ride. I have to put dog pee pads into it and figure out how to transport a bit of water and food for him to eat at the airports between flights. He has been throwing up hair balls during the night which is not usual for him. I'm hoping it is a season change thing. He is eating as usual and is fine during the day. 
We have 9 days until we leave and there is plenty to do. I will post if there is time. If not, I will start up again when we are settled in Nova Scotia. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

SOLD and Moving Forward

We woke up the October 20 to find this
Our house officially sold the day before and it was great to see the sign up. People have told me that they wanted to view the house but it was pending. It seemed we were a bit of a secret. But it is sold and we can move on. 
We have also sold our vehicles to a friend. That is another item off our list. I have a few items to give away and the rest will be packed and taken to Nova Scotia. 
I am officially off work on Saturday and am looking forward to retirement. That is, after the house is packed onto the truck and heading to Nova Scotia. I am ready to do my thing at home now. 
I am off work for two days and need to do some running around for items and pack up more boxes. I am aiming for two boxes maybe three these days off. On Sunday, I start doing major packing every day. 
I may not get any posts written until we are in Nova Scotia. It will be the beginning of a new adventure for us. 
Until the next time....................

Monday, October 16, 2017

Nearly SOLD

Fall has arrived in our part of the world. There has been frost a couple of mornings, rain/snow depending on your elevation, and cooler winds. Today is suppose to be one of our warmer days with some sunshine and then it will be cloudy. 


Our house is near being SOLD. The owners did their own home inspection and their realtor and themselves told us they found nothing wrong with it. They love the house and are envisioning themselves living in it. 
We are in the process of buying a newer fully finished home in Nova Scotia. When our buyers remove their conditions and we get the final copy of their contract with us, we can finish our contract on that house. 
Packing has begun and I have the sewing room and electronics almost all packed. One more box and I am done. I packed the sewing machines yesterday and only have the embroidery hoops, a few odds and ends, and the small TV to pack. Then it is on to the guest room, linen closet and pictures. I have to set up a box for knick knacks. By Oct. 28, I hope to be down to packing the kitchen and closing up a few boxes here and there. We move out on Nov 8. 


Starting a store project sold the house and I never got it finished. It will be done next year. 
The new house has a 13 x 25' room in the basement I will claim for a sewing room. I will set up a corner for jewelry making and my yarn stash. 
Other than my sewing cabinet, ironing board and small table for holding pressing items, I will not have any other furniture. I need to buy a chair, cutting table, and a couple of items for housing notions.


I decided not to take the cube that held my yarn as I was told it doesn't move well. I will get another one that I can put the yarn into. I did pack all the fabric containers that goes in the cube to house items in the closet. I will buy new containers for the yarn in a neutral color (mine are lime green).


I work today and tomorrow and would like to sort paper work in the evenings. With all the purging we are doing, I am hoping to take only the necessary paper work with us to Nova Scotia. 
Until the next time......................

Saturday, September 30, 2017

We Are Home

We arrived home on Wednesday and literally staggered off the plane exhausted. We struggled to stay awake and I went to bed at 7:30 p.m. and slept for 11.5 hours. We are slowly getting back to normal.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Nova Scotia. Son, Daughter-in-law, and Grandson were so kind to us and took us touring every day. The Annapolis valley is beautiful; lush and green.
One of our first tours was around the area where the family lives in Hants County. We went to Hantsport and stopped at the edge of the town and walked down to see the Minas Basin. The tide was out so we walked out on the floor of the basin. The loading dock was used to load gypsum on to ships when the tide was high (twice a day for 4 hours). It is no longer used. The Minas Basin is huge as it goes from where we were to Truro.
The blue water above Greenwood is the Bay of Fundy and the blue water above Wolfville is the Minas Basin.
We toured around the area looking at the apple orchards and saw how much they grew in the valley. Their growing days is similar to ours though they have more rain and humidity.
On Friday, we headed out to Lunenburg and it was wet due to Hurricane Irma.
Chester is where 103 meets the road we were on. We stopped and did a bit of shopping and then went to look at Mahone Bay.
We then headed to the town of Mahone Bay and stopped for tea and a snack. On the way to Lunenburg we stopped at Martins Brook cemetery to find my great grandparents headstone. While walking back to the car, I found my grandfather's second wife's parents' headstone.
We stopped in Lunenburg to get drinks for our picnic lunch. Across the street was this lovely building.
It was a home in its day but is now a dining room and hotel. After we ate lunch, we toured around Lunenburg and saw the old homes that are now homes or stores.
Lunenburg is a world heritage site and is preserved for its best example of British colonial settlement in Canada. What we noticed was how narrow the streets are and how it is built up a hillside. It is a very unique town and we enjoyed looking at the buildings. For me, I saw where my father's family lived when they came from Newfoundland. We went back another route coming out at Middleton in about the middle of the Annapolis Valley.
On the weekend, we attended the Hants County Fall Fair. It has been running for 252 years making it the oldest fall fair in Canada.
We toured the cattle barns and then did the building that had sewing, fruits, vegetables, and baking in it. There were garden tractor pulls, old and new equipment and the rides. We had a great day at the fair.
One of the dogs who is trained to work. They had show times at the fair where the dogs worked for their owners.
Our last tour was to Grande Pre in Kings County. Grande Pre is another world historical site as it was dyked by the Acadians about 1680 and today it still reflects how the people (known as planters) farmed.

The area is very unique as the dykes are extensive and go around the jut of land into the Minas basin.
We drove around to the cliffs you can see in the distance. We had lunch in a brew house and then drove to the top of the cliffs to see the lay of the land.
 You can see the tide is out once again in the Minas Basin.
We were amazed at the acres of cabbage grown (dark green), how many acres of grapes and the number of wineries there are. Hops are also grown and there are breweries in the area also.
On our way back from this tour, we actually saw the tide coming in.
You could not see the mud flats 2 hours later. We walked on the New Minas Basin floor at the lowest tide and it was covered when we saw it on our way home.
Our trip was fabulous and we enjoyed every minute of our stay. The people were friendly, the food was excellent, and the weather was warm. It got hot (29C) and we lounged around the pool while our grandson swam. You can't ask for anything more than that.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Future

It has been a while since I wrote anything. There wasn't much to write about but smoke and decluttering.

The weather has cooled down and we had a good rain a couple of nights ago. The mornings are cooling off with this morning coming in at 5C or 41F. I had opened the windows last night and we woke to a very cool house this morning. I had to run the furnace to warm it up.


The Spousal Unit had his check up with the oncologist and all is well. He is feeling better and is dealing with boredom now that he has finished painting the outside of the shop.

He is puttering on the inside tidying up and packing what he wishes to move. A slow process but he is doing well with it.
We are in holding mode at the moment. The house is cleaned every day for viewing. We can be out of the house in about 30 minutes at this time. Three viewings in 24 hours was great practice. Even Elliott is cooperating and going into his carrier without a fight.
Elliott had his check up and is still overweight. He is on a new diet now and is doing fine with it. He has a toy he loves to play with. Fighting with feathers on a stick is fun. He also has to have dental surgery, something our previous vet missed. That will happen next week.


The sewing room is cleaned up and not in use at the moment. I have purged the books and patterns and put what I kept into boxes. The others need to go to the thrift shop. I have put away the fabric except for the doll's black dress and I will be putting it away also. It is hard not to be able to go down and sew for an hour.
I am buying the last of the fabric I need for a craft project. The cotton is on sale and I can put it away. I am thinking of putting the fabric into boxes ready to move. At least the Christmas cottons. Will decide in a couple of weeks. I know I will be sewing up a storm when we get settled.


I have been knitting a toque from a kit and there is a mistake in the pattern. I have to figure it out and then finish it and take it into the store.
I have to order Grandson some yarn for socks. He wants his football team colours which I can now get. It is part of the Touch Down yarn that I can buy from a yarn shop in Edmonton.
Other than that, my yarn is sorted and ready to be boxed up. Another holding pattern but I may put something on my needles or finish up a project that stalled.

The Future

I am not sure how much I will be able to post in the next while. While I am off line, I plan on rethinking the format of the blog and will be cleaning up and getting rid of useless posts. I have 2 years of posts to look at and make decisions about. I also want to look at the pages I have created and clean them up. Any links will be kept unless they are broken.
At this time, I will be posting when I can and if not, I will be back when life slows down.
Until the next time...................