Tuesday, September 9, 2014

An Indoor Outdoor Post

Outdoors

Kellen and Anita were out this weekend, and Sunday afternoon found us hiking up the trail to Lindeman Lake. I have already done a post about Lindeman. Rebekah and Anton and I hiked there in July. But it is such an incredibly beautiful place I just have to show you some more pictures.

It seemed like the water was an even deeper shade of blue than before.


This time we walked clear to the end of the lake. It involved traversing this huge pile of jagged rocks.


The leaves were just starting to change colours.


This was probably my last big hike for this year. Maybe I'm just a coward, but I don't like venturing out in the wilderness on my own. (Teapot Hill is fine. It's close to home, there is no possible way I can get lost, and it usually has other hikers on it.) Alexandra is coming down on Saturday, but she doesn't want to go hiking. When I asked her what she wanted to do her response was "can something." I'm not sure what that something will be. She wants to can peaches, but the season is pretty much past. I'm thinking maybe zucchini relish or some kind of chutney.

Before I leave the topic of the outdoors, I have one more picture to show you. Here's Lucy, somewhere in the Rockies. This was taken a couple days ago, before Alberta got hit with four inches of snow. Yes, you read that right. Snow.


Indoors

I've experienced a crafting outlier. This past Mother's Day Jay bought me a new Janome sewing machine. Well, to be more exact, I bought a new Janome sewing machine and suggested to him that he could count it as a Mother's Day gift. He is not a shopper, so was happy with that idea.

You're probably wondering why there haven't been lots of posts showing off all the items I've whipped up on my new machine. The answer is because there haven't been any. In fact, I didn't get up the nerve to get out the machine until a couple weeks ago. Sewing and I have a very uneasy relationship. When I finally did work up the courage to haul it out I decided I would start with something very simple. Cloth serviettes (napkins if you're American).



These might not be perfect. In fact, I'm sure any decent seamstress would cringe if they had a close look at them. But I don't care. After all, they are for wiping stuff like spaghetti sauce and curry off dirty faces and hands.


I'm not sure what I'll attempt next. Suggestions for an easy, practical sewing project, along with a suggestion of something fun to can with Alexandra, would be much appreciated. I hope you're getting a nice mix of indoors and outdoors as we move into fall!

38 comments:

  1. That pile of napkins looks very productive to me. How about making some pretty hair bandanas? Or cushion covers? Or a runner for the centre of a table or cupboard?

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    1. Hair bandanas are a great idea. I wear headbands all the time. Maybe I should try the bandana look! Cushion covers would immediately be destroyed by Fergus, but he can't get on top of the table, so table runners might also be a good project. Thanks for the suggestions, Una!

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  2. They look super to me. And would look great on a mix ' match table.

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    1. Thanks Lynne! Mix and match is the only kind of decor I have in this cottage. :-)

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  3. Your napkins came out great! Good for you. I got my new sewing machine the same way a few years ago, it was a fabulous gift idea. :)

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. I'm happy with them, and they are bright and cheerful. I think it's great when we get to shop for our presents. :-)

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  4. The #1 most popular repeat subject is definitely Lucy, but we're happy to see Lindeman again. It's so beautiful. Being a little cautious about the wilderness is smart. Hopefully nothing ever happens, but I don't want to risk having to hope Lassie sees me and goes for help.
    I think the napkins (my American is showing) turned out really well! Even though I am American, I draw the line at calling paper towels "napkins"! Never! :)

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    1. Yes, Lucy is always a hit. I should give up writing anything and just put her pictures up. :-)

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  5. Is Lucy talking yet? Real words? She looks like she'd carry on an adorable conversation. I think your napkins look great. What's not to like? And such pretty fabric.

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    1. She is saying a few words. At this point all animals are "cats." I think she is going to make a very good hiking buddy in a few years. :-)

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  6. The napkins look wonderful made with delightful fabric. How about making some aprons in preparation for the canning.

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    1. Aprons are another great idea! I would need a pattern though. Next time I'm in town I think I'll stop by Fabricland and see what I can find. Thanks!

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  7. Your wonderful scenery is topped by your even more wonderful granddaughter, Kristie. :-) I too think discretion is the better part of valour when it comes to wilderness, but I'm sure you'l;ll manage plenty of local walks. I love your serviettes (napkin is used in the UK too) and think that may be the way to get me using the old sewing machine my sister gave me.

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    1. It's hard to resist adding Lucy pictures to my blog. This one fit the theme, so I thought I could get away with it. :-)

      Making serviettes would be the perfect project to get you up and running on the machine you got from your sister. Be sure to pick out fabric that you really like - something bright and cheerful. You could also get some Christmas fabric and make some serviettes to use over the holidays. Have fun!

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  8. Sewing and I also have a very uneasy relationship but it is improving. So little by little hopefully you and I will feel more at ease sitting in front of a sewing machine.
    Snow now is quite bizarre but here I am now enjoying a lovely warm summery day. Where ever we are in the world the weather seems to be doing peculiar things.
    Love the pictures!

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    1. I'm encouraged to hear your relationship is improving. Maybe there's hope for me and my machine. :-)

      We've got warm weather here in BC as well. Alberta, and more specifically the area around Calgary and Banff, often gets out of season snow. It's why I would never want to live there even though it is so beautiful. It's too unpredictable to ever do any proper gardening.

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    2. But maybe you could grow snow peas there -- HAHAHAHAHAHA! (Sorry, couldn't resist.) -- Ruth

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    3. Ha! Even snow peas would have struggled with the snow they got. :-)

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  9. Beautiful photos as usual. I too have a very under used sewing machine, a pile of fabric with plans for a quilt and thats as far as it goes. Lovely Lucy looks like she'd enjoy any weather

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    1. Thanks Sue! Maybe you should sew the quilt fabric into cloth serviettes. Much faster to make. :-)

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  10. I vote for Green Tomato Relish, assuming you can find some green tomatoes. Happy to supply the recipe if you are interested.

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    1. Green tomato relish is a good suggestion, but unfortunately I don't have access to enough green tomatoes to make a batch. But I am thinking about zucchini relish. Thanks for the offer of the green tomatoes. :-)

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  11. I have no suggestions for canning, I can barely boil water. As for the sewing, I think you are doing a great job. I want to make a few thicker skirts for Winter, thicker is really relative as in Florida I can wear shorts most days in Winter. Love the gorgeous views and that Lucy is getting cuter and cuter everyday if that is possible.
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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    1. I've seen some of your sewing on your blog, Meredith, and you are miles ahead of me! :-)

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  12. How about pillow cases for your next sewing project? That's what the beginning sewers class at JoAnn's makes.

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    1. Great idea, Charlotte! Pillow cases would be fun to make, and to give as gifts. :-)

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  13. The colour of the water is incredible! Your napkins are so colourful! Sarah x

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    1. Thanks Sarah! You asked in my last post if there are guidelines for what to do if you encounter a bear. There are, and they are a bit different depending on whether it's a grizzly or black bear. The one thing you can't ever do is outrun a bear. They look slow and not very agile, but looks are deceiving.

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  14. Kristie, your photos are just stunning - such beautiful colour. One idea for canning would be beet pickles (assuming you like them). There are beets to be had everywhere right now.
    Your serviettes look great! Pillowcases or a simple twirly skirt for Lucy are other sewing ideas.

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    1. Thank you, Ellen! Beets would be a great idea, except Alexandra is allergic to them. Pillowcases or a swirly skirt are very good ideas! I'll have to Google to see what I can come up with in the way of patterns. :-)

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  15. Bean chutney!
    Place mats.
    I laughed when I heard it snowed in Calgary. Couldn't help it. It's supposed to go back up to 25 there next week though. Crazy weather place.

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    1. Bean chutney? I'll have to check that one out - I've never heard of it before! I had been thinking about place mats, and I could definitely use some. The snow in Calgary thing was crazy even by Calgarian standards. I talked to Karsten last night and he said the Highway 1 was closed and they had to take an alternate route to the airport yesterday. Then their flight was delayed due to the weather.

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  16. WHOA! Snow?! We had our temperatures drop today, but I don't expect we'll see snow for another month. I think you should give yourself more credit for your cloth napkins! They look great. We all walk before we run, right?!

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    1. Calgary can get some weird weather, but this was a bit much. It makes me glad I don't live there - impossible to be a gardener! Thanks for your kind words about the cloth napkins. :-)

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  17. What a stunning colour of blue that water is, makes me want to jump in! And snow??! really?

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    1. I'm not sure you would want to jump in if you knew how cold it was! It looks like the Mediterranean in terms of colour, but is fed by a glacier. :-)

      I see that Colorado got snow yesterday too. It must be the same weather system working its way south.

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  18. gorgeous hiking spot ~ the mountains & water ... stunning.
    have a wonderful weekend Kristie.

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    1. I think it is going to be an annual event to hike to Lindeman Lake. You're right - it's gorgeous. I hope you have a great weekend too! :-)

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