Thanks ever so much to fellow-Albertan Valerie Moss of www.pastimesonline.ca for the excellent e-interview she did with me, that is now posted on her website. Why not stop by www.pastimesonline.ca and check it out! While you’re there, take a moment or two and see what she has to offer. Blocks of the Month, quilting fabrics and patterns and a delightful photo blog await your visit. Val’s website is a visual feast not to be missed!
I was already having a pretty good day despite the fact that it was a Monday. But things rocketed skyward as soon as I checked my mailbox – there was a package waiting for me! Getting packages in the mail are like diving into a giant box of Bernard Callebaut chocolates – an endless bounty! When the packages are filled with fabulous, fun and flirty fabrics, I’m breathless.
Rushing and tripping, I get into my home and tear off the outer packaging. My heart skipped a beat when I saw what I had received from Fort Worth Fabric Studio. Hello beautiful!
Trust me when I say that over the years, I’ve received many fabrics in the mail – I love ordering fabrics online. Browsing through Quilter’s Home Magazine, I came across the most delicious fabric line from Robert Kaufman called Kiss Me by Suzy Ultman. I melted when I laid eyes on these fabrics! Sweetheart colors of red, pink and chocolate “kiss up” to all things LOVE-LY – baby owls and smooching birds; there’s even a key to your heart.
Putting down the magazine, a quick search on www.quiltshops.com and voila! the thrill of the hunt was over. This scrumptious fabric line was carried by Fort Worth Fabric Studio in North Richmond Hills, Texas. As any stash hound knows, some fabrics are simply must haves and after only a few clicks of my mouse, I knew these fabrics would be mine, all mine.
Fort Worth Fabric Studio enchanted my Monday. Not only are these delightful fabrics neatly folded and lovingly packed there are two little surprises in my package – hot cocoa AND a pen. Wow – definitely a quilter’s best guilty pleasure.
Late on Friday evening, my husband and I decided to head to the condo in B.C. Snow was falling and there was a heavy snowfall warning – but that didn’t stop us from venturing out! Driving away, I texted our daughter and, not surprisingly, she responded “you guys are crazy!” My plan had been to work on my quilting all weekend – but I figured I could have my “cake and eat it too” if I just brought my work with me.
The highway west was busy until we passed through Banff. Turning onto highway 93, there were several vehicles huddled together idling near the open gate close to the huge, electronic “Moose on Road” sign. Really, a moose was on the highway? When and where exactly? Kinda made me wonder how long that sign had been posted. (BTW, same sign still there on our return trip home!).
We breezed on past the idling vehicles into the darkness of highway 93. The snow was blowing into our headlights and into the windshield, making it almost impossible to see anything at all. This section of the roadway we call “the dead zone” aptly named as there is no cell service, no radio reception, no nothing. So, I plugged in my ipod, and we both listened to Brad Paisley and drove along in the complete darkness, lost in our own thoughts.
Approaching Radium, the highways became more treacherous – black ice and more fierce blowing snow. My husband sped up to pass a slow moving vehicle on the left and I closed my eyes and squeezed them tight. White knuckling the dashboard; thank the good Lord we made it!
It was chilly and cold when we arrived at our place; time to pull out the quilts and snuggle in front of the TV for what was left of the evening.
Saturday morning was a snowy, winter wonderland. Walking on the frozen Lake was like being all alone in the middle of a gigantic whiteout. My husband grabbed a snow shovel that was propped up against the old picnic table and began to clear the snow off the Lake. The ice beneath was incredible – so smooth and glassy. Too bad there weren’t any shinny stars waiting in the wings – it was just too cold for a pick-up game of hockey.
Back inside, work was calling me so I booted up my computer and began some quilting/blogging/research work. I’m extremely excited to be working on my new project – quilted and embroidered yoga accessories for a fabulous U.S. magazine.
Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read my weblog.
Brrrr….and brrr again. It is so cold here in Calgary these days. Canadian winters are usually cold – what would one expect, living smack dab in the middle of the Canadian Rockies! Every corner of my backyard is covered in deep snow. Most years, when January hits us, we’ve had several “chinooks” to clear the snow and bring a lovely warming reprieve. But not so much this year. Snow has come and snow has remained – just a little unusual and just a wee bit chilly.
Calgarians are hearty folk; we dress warmly and still venture outside in the cold winter months to skate, ski, snowboard or just walk. Pushing a baby in a stroller is a bit of a stretch – given that the sidewalks are rarely clear of snow. Beautiful baby Harlow recently asked me (just with her eyes that is!) to take a walk outside in the exhilarating, freezing cold. So, we bundled up – her more than me – put on her cockeyed hat and nestled her in her stroller with her very warm and snuggly, cozy flannel quilt. We walked for awhile in silence, both loving every minute of it.
Harlow made me wonder, what do you see in the eyes of a baby? I believe it is sweet simplicity – innocence, purity and unwavering clarity. A baby’s gaze can go straight to your soul – it’s like that song, it’s amazing how you can speak right to my heart”. Hot chocolate (with marshmallows) for the soul.
My goal at Charm & Whimsy is to donate a portion of our sale proceeds to the alex. I believe strongly in the alex’s mission of helping support the most vulnerable in our community of Calgary.
I came to know of the alex’s work years ago, while visiting their offices on Centre Street North in Calgary. I saw a young family come into the facility – mom, dad and their three children. They sat at a lone table outside in the hallway and the staff at the alex brought them food to eat. I was astonished! In the middle of our big, affluent city, it hit me very hard that some people did not have enough food to feed their children. I will never forget that act of kindness by the staff at the alex and have now had the pleasure of learning so much more about the amazing affect small acts of charity can have on a human being. They turn lives around at the alex and have my full support.
Please join me in supporting the alex, and its mission to give to those in need.
The alex plays a unique role in making health care accessible to all vulnerable Calgarians and plays a key role in solving the issue of homelessness. The alex assists its clients with their immediate needs and, in turn, enacts broad social change by addressing the root causes of the barriers faced by many Calgarians. In an ever-expanding city, we remain an accessible, critical resource for people in need.
Find out how you can give at the alex web site!