Spring is here although it is still cold outside here in Ontario. But we are all thinking about flowers, even we prickly souls.

Quilting is My Addiction

Coneflower.20180315_130630Not a flower but a porcupine. As I am nearing the end of making panels I am running out provincial and territorial flowers and birds that I can render so I am just settling for cool animals you could run into if you took a trek away from cities.20180316_205415 And yes there is a Penny the Cat hair there, she loves embroidery but she has a problem with shedding.

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This is a frog after my own heart.

Be kind and tender to the frog, And do not call him names, As ‘Slimy skin,’ or ‘Polly-wog,’ Or likewise ‘Ugly James,’ Or ‘Gape-a-grin,’ or ‘Toad-gone-wrong,’ Or ‘Billy Bandy-knees’: The frog is justly sensitive To epithets like these. No animal will more repay A treatment kind and fair; At least so lonely people say Who […]

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Announcing: #OneWeek100People2018 starts Monday March 5!

Citizen Sketcher

We’re doing it again! The sketching challenge that pushes you to draw 100 people in one week!

Taking inspiration from online challenges such as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), or the popular Inktober, this year from March 5th – 9th, 2018, urban sketchers Marc Taro Holmes (Montreal, CA) and Liz Steel (Sydney, AUS) invite the world to join in with #OneWeek100People2018.

Every aspiring artist has heard the advice ‘Carry a small sketchbook at all times!’. We’re all told ‘Practice drawing every day!’.

This is great advice, but sometimes we need a little extra motivation.

Last year #OneWeek100People had me running all over – from a jujitsu tournament to the rehearsal for a comic opera, to a hip-hop dance class.

You don’t have to go to such great lengths 🙂

Feel free to work from photos, or do a self-portrait series. It’s all fair…

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She was just sitting there, thinking. We had a disagreement. Rather, she felt she needed to correct me which involved claws and a very tiny bit of blood. I was standing at my computer while she was on my bed which is actually very high up, shoulder-height, so she was at my shoulder. She kept tapping me and I was ignoring her.


Anyway, I screamed and waved a piece of paper at her and she took off and has spent the last day refusing to eat (in front of me when I put it down for her) and leaving the room when I enter it. I don’t have a lot of people I interact with on a daily basis. I would like to patch things up with her but I don’t want to let her walk all over me.

Wait! She’s on the bed pretending to nap! Perhaps a public apology is what she was waiting for. Okay!


I have reached the part of winter when my brain doesn’t work.

Quilting is My Addiction

Good thing I have lots of applique to do!

The Canadian animals quilt is coming along. Seriously all I can safely do is applique. These photos were taken from my facebook page because new software that I apparently downloaded to my computer prevents me from taking photos directly from my phone now. You don’t need to hear me complain. Who does? This is why applique is good.

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Nobody loves your compost as much as you do…or do they?

I have spent a fair amount of time during my life being told that nobody wants to hear any of my crazy ideas. Maybe some click counting software figures out my interests and then throws out thinly veiled advertisments for those products that are sort of in-line with said interests making me believe that those crazy ideas are mainstream, but I resist falling for it. I really do. If I have learned anything in sixty years it is that I am not popular, I am not mainstream. I don’t mean that I am counter-culture either, or fringe or edgy. I am annoying. So I stopped going on and on about composting when I was at a parties years ago.

But it seems compost is a good subject for casual conversation. Sheesh. When will I ever NOT be a social pariah?