Sunday, December 21, 2014

Baby Shower, Booties and Catching Up

Hi Dear Folk,

Well a busy weekend but got some projects done which always makes you feel good. Saturday I had a slow quiet morning, tea, toast and marmalade at the dining room table, just enjoying letting my brain rest.  I know that sounds crazy but when you work all week and you go, go, go all day mentally, to just let ones brain rest seems most rewarding.  I wrote a letter and just contemplated on projects I want to accomplish.  More on that later.

Just catching up with these baby shower pics from a couple of weeks ago.  I made three pairs of booties, and here they are.  I think I already said that my friend made three pairs too, and from the very same pattern, but she made a couple of little suede ones looking like moccasins.

I love the little owl print, it was hard to find a print small enough for these little booties.  I like the owl buttons that I found.

After I finished these green ones, which are my least favourite, I wished that I had done them with a contrasting colour lining.

These ones were made out of felted boiled wool, the felt was quite thick. It was from an old boiled wool jacket that I had. I lined them on the sole with the same colour orange as the little owl booties.  I didn't blanket stitch around the bottom, so it showed the orange.  It looked so nice showing , but I didn't get a good photo to show this, you just have a peek of the contrasting orange in the middle of the photo.  I did like the little duck buttons.

The baby shower was held in the Garden Room at a hotel on the Main Line.  Here is the group at my table, above and below.

Some more friends at other tables.  We had access into the main dining room were brunch was being served buffet style and we were able to partake of this, most delicious.  You can see that area in the background, in the photo below.


It was a lovely shower and Scarlett is a lovely mum, the little girl in red is her daughter from a first marriage.  Tom and Scarlett, made the choice not to know the sex of this child until the birth day.  This will be the first grandchild on her husband's side, so much awaited.

One of my projects that I tackled on yesterday, was to clean and rearrange my sitting room to lay down my new rug.  In the end I found a Chinese rug at Boscov's 60% off, all wool which is what I wanted if possible.  I have a couple of projects in mind, which is to dye the sofa cover in black.  When I ordered it, that style did not come in black, but now it does, I do not feel like spending more money so will have a go at dyeing it.  Then I want to cover the back loose covers in the same Chinese tapestry fabric that I have on my other chair and Eastlake sofa.

I have missed my Chinese table which has resided in the basement for a while.  When you entertain it's large enough to put a tea tray on and still have enough room for plates and other things round about.  It also has six sturdy little stools which sit underneath, and are very handy.  I have to look for black lacquer paint to touch them up.  I have had this table for probably almost thirty years.  Rob played many a game and painted many a masterpiece while sitting at this table.  So tonight Mr. B. will help me bring it up from the basement.  He has cleaned and bought the stools up for me already.  This is when I miss The Boy, when he is here he helps his dad move furniture.

I like to have a little change and rearrange.  In fact I am the least furniture rearranging person in my family.  My sister is always rearranging, and my mum used to do it quite often.  I remember as a teenager having a friend over, Martin, Mum decided on a room change, so my sister BB, Martin and I helped, it was quite late at night and I can still see Martin standing outside holding the circular dining room table.  It was easier to take it out of one outside door and bring it through the other, instead of navigating through the house.  Happy fun memories.

Well that's my weekend, besides stacking firewood by the front door, because the temperature is around 32 f and we need to keep the wood stove going and cleaning the oven, which I try and save until wintertime, as it heats up the kitchen a treat.  However the oil caught on fire at the bottom, it soon went out.  I turned the oven off, let it cool, scraped the bottom out and started the self cleaning process all over again.  In all honesty it's never quite self-cleaning is it? 

I came across this saying, which I thought was very good about change:

"When faced with winds of change, it is better to set your sails than to build barriers."

Appropriate for many areas of life.

Take care,


  1. Your booties are so beautiful. I don't think we have baby showers here. I would like to rearrange furniture sometimes but because my sitting room is narrow with several alcoves, there is really only one way everything fits in without it feeling cluttered. Nice to get the wood all ready for the winter.

  2. I love the booties! They are lovely! And I always loved your chinese table with the little stools.

  3. Those little booties are really the cutest thing ever, I just love them. The Mom to be looks so happy.
    Hugs to you,


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