Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A Bit of This and a Bit of That

January is almost finished.
I have been enjoying the rapidly changing weather.
We have -30, so I needed my big coat, followed by +10, so I needed my thick sweater.
Yesterday was a snow day due to the all the rain and quick freeze over night.
This just seems to be the theme for this winter.

I made some delicious cookies!

I followed the recipe from Carlsbad Cravings. This is the first time I have ever successfully made icing!
They did not last long.

I have also been practicing my watercolour painting.

I've been watching a lot of Youtube videos to try and understand my brushes and improve my technique.
From what I gather, it goes better if you try not to establish a plan and try to execute a feeling rather an image.
It's a work in progress.

I have also kept my needles busy with a few knit projects.
I am most proud of my top down sweater!

The sleeves are not supposed to be matchy-matchy. I was a bit concerned and tried to sort out my yarn in order to finish the sweater.
I panicked. I should have trusted the pattern.
I really do love how it turned out. I just need to find some buttons!

I knit a hat for Little Man.

It is a little on the large side, so I will take it apart and re-knit it. I also just had this thought of knitting a layer to make it warmer.

There will also be mittens.

I can hear Jackie calling to go out. She has a routine that will not budge regardless of weather.
I'm off to find my boots and explore a bit outside.
Hope you are well!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Quest for Christmas Spirit

With Christmas just around the corner, we thought it best if we set up our Christmas tree.
We found an exciting ornament this year!

I'm hoping this tree survives until Christmas.

We also experienced our first major snow fall for the season.
Perfect for walking and exploring!

Today it is a bit chilly to venture very far outside so we will binge watch some of our favourite shows and continue to knit on a new project. Right now I am enjoying Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood. The plot has quite the twists and turns. I watch this on Crunchyroll through an Itunes app.. I do not have the premium version. With that, you avoid advertisements. I rather enjoy the commercials. It gives me an idea what to look our for when I finish watching a series.

I also completed an oil painting the other day. Winter Tree Line.

My canvases are getting a little smaller because of the colder weather. You see, where I work, in the garage, the ventilation is not that great. I tend to get a bit loopy if I work in an enclosed space for too long. Until the weather warms, I find the best solution is just work smaller for the time being. Eventually, a better ventilation system will be found. For the time being, I just try to work a bit quicker.

I hope you are all well and not too stressed for the holiday season.
Enjoy your quality family and friends time.
Talk later.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

First Time for Anything

Turns out Hubs has never heard of short bread cookies.
So I made some.

Rorschach is still learning how to drink from a dish. He prefers Jackie's large water dish.

He was also on hand to help me with a few of my paintings.

This is what I was working on:
Starry Night

And my Christmas Card:

Both paintings are done in watercolour.

Jackie and I have been enjoying the cold, warm, cold, no wait, warm again winter weather.

I hope the end of November is going well with you.
Talk to you later!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happenings from November

Mother Nature appears to be off her meds once again.
One night, I walk to work and it is pouring rain.
It was also rather warm. At the time it reminded me of March weather where you can almost feel Spring.
By the time I arrived at work, the temperature had dropped rather suddenly and it was snowing.
I love weather in Canada!

I'm slowly starting to organize for Christmas.
I have in my head an idea for gifts and good intentions to locate the tree in the basement.
To be honest though, Christmas is not really my holiday.
There is always all this pressure.
I try not to succumb.
It is one of my main reasons why I elect to work that holiday.

I have also been knitting and doodling.
Nothing much to really show as of yet.
The knit project I'm working on is a test knit.
Progress has been quite slow due to our new addition to the family.

I named him Rorschach after one of my favourite characters from a comic book, Watchmen.

It took a good day for everyone to get used to each other.
Now they are all pretty brothers and sisters.
If I cannot locate Rorschach, I just have to look for Jackie.

I might have to find Jackie a larger bed to fit everyone more comfortably.

Lately I have also been obsessed with my new gaming system!
I finally located a mini Nintendo gaming system that has a lot of my favourites built into the tiny console.
I have been reliving my childhood and playing a lot of Super Mario Bros. with Rorschach.

I'm off for a walk with Jackie while the sun is shining.
I hope you are all well!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Hallowe'en 2017

We had another successful Hallowe'en this year!
Part of the joy for me is to create something unique that you will not see another person wearing.
I believe I have passed on this thrill to my family members.

The very idea that you can make something out of string, or have lines on a page formulate another world is simply mind blowing!
You can take pride in the fact you did that with your own hands.

Little man got into the spirit of the event and made much of his own costume this year.
The only I did was knit his sweater. I made it large enough to fit over a winter coat.
The joys of Hallowe'en in Canada that have been plaguing mothers for decades.

I think he did a great job!

Hubs was a mad butcher.

He was a big hit with the two to ten year old crowd. Not so much with the older trick or treaters.
I had to run after a lot of young people to give them candy. They refused to go by the scary guy.
At one point I had to rescue The Mad Butcher from mini hulk who claimed, I am not afraid of you! Then proceeded to drag The Butcher by his Chain! That little hulk received extra candy for his efforts.

I was a demented Fairy!
Heavy her head who wears the horns!

Those hons were getting heavy towards to the end of the night. I'll think have to think of something more light weight for upcoming years.

I will also invest in more feathers so I can cover both sides of my wings.

It truly was a fun night. I love how everyone gets dressed up. Everyone is a kid on Hallowe'en! That is why it is so magical.
I hope you are all well.
I finally see a break in the rain we have been having since the start of the month so, I am off for a quick walk with Jackie.
Talk with you all later.

Monday, September 25, 2017

First Day of Autumn

I'm a little late in recognizing the start of the Fall season. To be fair, so is Mother Nature. Yesterday in my neck of the woods, it was 27 deg. C. Today it will be 30 and tomorrow, pretty much the same. Where was this temperature while I was free to enjoy it on my summer holidays?
All well. It is what it is.
Hubs is almost finished the roof.
He put the finishing touches on the siding that was removed to add the shingles. The hips were placed and the odds and ends were sealed.
All that is left is my little gazebo on the back deck!

That is one happy king of the mountain!

This was my first actual week end off in some time.
Jackie and I enjoyed ourselves by just exploring our back yard.

There are some very interesting bugs out there.

I finally finished (or I think I did), my sunflowers painting. I need to wait until it is dry. I tried to move it and left green fingerprints everywhere.

I also finished a pair of socks!
My Sparkle Socks.

With Halloween just around the corner, I was inspired by those cheery colours for my next pair of socks, Dublin Bay Socks!

Well, I am off to plan for more Halloween festivities!
I hope you are all well.
Talk with you later.