Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Quilts Recover Launch

I just stumbled upon this great way for quilters to be able to donate new quilts to people who have been affected by recent disasters. Any quilter's interested in donating new quilts to a great cause, please check out the link: Quilts Recover.




"Naptime Quilter" is from Calgary and has started a wonderful program to get quilts to people who have suffered from recent disasters. As she puts it, "Quilts Recover is about providing just one bit of comfort during that rebuilding process. Quilts Recover is quilters providing finished quilts to communities ravaged by disaster."

As Naptime quilter explains, the first target community is Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada. Earlier this month, May, a wildfire swept through the town of about 7000 people. Nearly half the homes and businesses were destroyed, utterly consumed by the fire. People are only returning to their homes now. Quilts Recover will provide as many quilts as possible to families rebuilding their lives in Slave Lake.

Please check it out, and donate a quilt if you can! 

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Where I've been, and bad photo shop!

For any new readers, or passers by I will give a tiny background to this post. Although this is a sewing blog, I got a job away from home for the summer and have limit access or time to crafting and sewing. So in the mean time I am writing about my adventures this summer. For my job this summer I have been lucky enough to get to travel to areas of northern Manitoba. I am getting to see parts of the country I have never seen before, and I am really enjoying it. Some of the areas I am going to are so remote, that we have to fly into. So here is a little update of where I have been and where I am heading.

I have really only been to 4 different places so far, but it seems like I have seen so much! Next week I get to FLY into St. Theresa Point. The only roads that do go there are winter roads, so that only leaves the option of flying in at this point, and I am very excited.

Here is a horribly edited (on paint) map of where I went last week, and where I will be flying after next week.

 
 I may even get to go as far as Thompson this summer, but I will have to wait and see if I actually make it there! So far I have really enjoyed all the travel, and simply being somewhere so remote. It is definitely very different from the busyness of southern Ontario that I am used to.


On a different note, while I am back in the City (Winnipeg), I am trying to make the most of my time here too! Yesterday, I went to the Royal Canadian Mint with my cousin Andrew, and it was awesome! Here are a few pics from the adventure. Andrew took a bunch of artistic shots too!

Andrew on the quarter

with the RCMP moose


That is a 1/2 million dollar gold bar! Crazy!

Andrews Photo

Andrews Photo

me on the quarter!
That's what I have been up too! I have been trying to take as many pics as I can, but I need to remember to take more up north, it is beautiful there! Hopefully I will have more to share next week.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Manitoba Craft Museum (and more)

Today I had the day off, so I took advantage of it, and set out to see some unique Manitoba sites. I found out there is a craft museum downtown(ish) so I thought I would check it out. It was very cool, however quite small, I would have loved to see more. Thankfully the Winnipeg Art Gallery is very close, so I just went there after I was done.

Here are a few pics from both places.

That is a giant scarf, knitted from other smaller scarfs!
The reason the label on the above says knitting the bridge, is because all of the scarfs behind the sign were used to cover a bride in Winnipeg. After they did the "knit the bridge" exhibit, they brought all the scarfs back to create this display. (Which I thought was just lovely)

This is the ball of "yarn" which is just smaller scarfs leading to the giant scarf display

How could I not love this :)

A bike entirely knit from wire, even the flowers in the basket

Winnipeg Art Gallery

Made me think of my friends who just visited Chernobyl

So that's a bit of what I saw today. I had a good time visiting with two cousins I hadn't seen in forever too, and I got to see my Mom before she headed home. It was a lot of fun AND I started to figure out the bus routes which is awesome. I want to be out doing things every weekends, and with no car, I better learn to use the buses fast!

Up North!

I'm pretty tired, so I am not going to write much, but I will share some cool pics!

I was working up at a Reserve that is having some pretty real flooding issues. You can see the dike that was built and the flooded field behind it. There is just so much water!

I'm pretty sure that fence back there is supposed to be dry...



Also, here is the view from the place we stayed over night, again they had built a dike, but I didn't really notice it, I was just excited about being on a lake!



That's it for now, I have a bit of family visiting planned for the weekend which will be fun! I might even get to go swimming if the weather stays nice :)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Teaching and Exploring

I have a little crafty update this time, along with more Manitoba adventure.

Earlier this weekend, my awesome grandpa came over and fixed the sewing machine here so I could show my cousin how to sew a little bag. She already knew the basics of sewing, and was really quick at it. I showed her how to make a lined pencil case. She is very creative, and caught on fast! The product was a very cute bag which she added some cute buttons too.

opened up (check out that lining!)
cute little buttons!
 Very impressive project, I am excited to be able to sew a bit more now that the machine is working well.



And completely unrelated, today I had some time to go biking around a bit. I wasn't deep in any trails because I was just biking to a store, but it turned out to be a bit more of a bike then I thought. It was fun though, and I got to get out in the nice weather. Here is a pic on my way home in the south west end of Winnipeg.

There are actually tons of houses and shops to the left and right, but this picture sure makes it look empty!

I thought people would enjoy this little beauty. Gosh those glasses look good with a helmet hahah
 Thats it for now! I leave on my first adventure to northern Manitoba tomorrow morning, hopefully I will be back with some cool pics next week :)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Moving!

I know that the name of this blog would lead you to believe I should only talk about sewing... but I just moved, and most likely wont be able to keep up with my normal level of crafting. In the mean time I hope to still post about some small projects, but also update my family/friends back home about what I am up to here in Winnipeg.

I moved to Winnipeg Saturday May 7th. I got an awesome job opportunity here, so I went for it. It makes it a lot easier because most of my (large) extended family lives in or around Winnipeg. I am very excited for the adventure because I get to do some work up North too!

For those of you who have never been to the prairies, here are some airplane pics of its lovely flatness!




That's all for now, I take my first trip up north next Monday and will hopefully have some cool pics from that adventure!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sewing for Family!

My Mom's birthday was just at the end of April, and she is very kind, and doesn't mind me still making her home made gifts. I decided to make her a throw pillow for her bed, because my parents have just redone there room!

Lucky for me they just had a chair upholstered and there was left over fabric, so it matches the room perfectly!



Here is the back, where there is a small flap so you can take the cover off to wash it, if need be.


Lastly, the pillow with the chair that it matches so well!



I also recently made a few things for my little cousin Anna. She needed some wrist guards so I came up with the follow idea!

They are pretty simple, but were very fun to make!

sadly I didn't have two pink flower fabrics, so those don't really match.

the inside


There they are! Hopefully they fit her okay, thankfully with Velcro there is lots of room for error.

Busy

It seems I have been very busy for an abnormal amount of time. This time of the year is normally busy but it seems especially full this year. That is probably because I just got a job in Winnipeg and am moving to the lovely city in 3 days! AH! (I am soooo excited!)

Before I go though, I should (finally) have some pretty cool sewing projects to talk about/show you.

And bonus, I am living with my VERY generous Aunt and Uncle who are getting a sewing machine! YESSSS!