Knit One or Crochet Two — Warming Kids Up

Dark winter evenings, curled up by the fireplace, are ideal times for indoor activities. My favourites include small crochet or knit projects. There are patterns galore online. This easy baby hat pattern works up quickly. Every baby needs a warm hat, especially in the cooler months. Baby girls look especially stylish in a cute knit…

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Keeping it Simple on Screen Freedom Day

Last week I posted a personal challenge. How difficult would it actually be to seek freedom from “screens”? Perhaps this was not as simple as I thought, as my home is littered with “screens”: there’s a TV or a computer, iPad or iPod securely nestled in most rooms. However, a certain determination to follow through…

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Screen Freedom Day this Sunday

What would it be like to live screen free, even if just for one day? Screens are so prevalent — smart phones, tablets, laptops, desktop computers, TV’s, ATM’s, menu boards in fast food outlets — the list goes on and on! Screen Time Boundaries The idea of screen freedom has been percolating in my mind…

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Behind the Scenes with Eric Vogt Photography

After admiring Eric Vogt’s “Top Ten Photos from 2016”  posted on Facebook (@EricVogtPhoto), I was inspired to get in touch with this Portland landscape and bird photographer. It helps that I’ve known Eric for a couple of decades, though our paths have not crossed too often over the last number of years. “Stunning” and “vivid” come…

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An Ode to the Light

Here in the Northern Hemisphere we are in the thick of the season of darkness and lack of light. December marched ever closer to the winter solstice, marking the shortest day of the year. Hubby counted down the days to the 21st, and then we had a mini celebration on the 22nd, the reversal day…

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An Artist’s Perspective of Christmas Part 2 & Giveaway

This week’s post concludes the Christmas art cards series. The artist’s background story along with the first seven Christmas cards appeared in last week’s post. The commentary has been provided by the artist, Heinz Klassen, following the Biblical narrative timeline. (The dates refer to the year in which the cards were created). Finally, the last…

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An Artist’s Perspective of Christmas – & Giveaway

Among my cherished possessions is a set of fourteen art cards, depicting scenes from the biblical Christmas story. I love to display these cards, finding joy in the visual imagery, colours and fine details. Every Christmas since 2002, we have received a print of an original drawing by the same artist, Heinz Klassen. How are…

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And Then They Were Three!

A little poem to mark the occasion of the girls’ third birthday — how quickly three years go by! And Then They Were Three! We travelled the highways and byways to be there, Just missing the forecast snowfall in the air. Then the party day dawned, roads covered in snow. Would friends travel there; the guests…

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A Quilt Story. It’s Complicated…

My sister-in-law, Lois, is a woman of many talents. I am especially amazed at the artistic quilts that she creates. She transforms fabric and thread into works of art using an elaborate range of colours along with intricate design work. Each piece is unique, a one-of-a-kind work of love and art. Here is her story….

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And the Stockings Were Hung

This fall I had the joy of crocheting Christmas stockings for my young friend’s family. I love to crochet, especially when someone requests a specific item. This Ravelry pattern was easy to follow and well written. By alternating the starting yarn, I adjusted the pattern slightly each time, resulting in four distinct stockings. If I had to…

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