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I don’t know about you but the weather in Ontario, Canada is hot, hot, hot!!! We are all still in vacation mode until Tuesday when the kids return to school.

The good old mailbox held some really great surprises yesterday for me!

This came from my Editor at IndieSmiles. I had won the best columnist in July award and my wonderful prize is that gorgeous necklace in the middle. It was tucked inside the lovely little violet pouch. I was thrilled and had it on all day yesterday.(click on the image for a closer look!)    You can find more  fabulous jewelry at her shops – http://seastardreams.artfire.com or   http://seastardreams.etsy.com

Look at these fat quarters! What super colors and patterns. This came from a separate swap through a friends blog. My poor old brain has been reeling with ideas and inspiration.

Boy, did I do good yesterday!

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Hi everyone!

It’s IndieSmiles 1st birthday and we’re having a charity birthday bash to support ASPCA.
100% of the funds donated will go to ASPCA minus the PayPal fees. There are prizes for cutest pet and best handcraft items. Several of our artisans have donated prizes.
Check out this link: http://www.indiesmiles.com/charity-birthday-bash/ and join the celebration!

My computer has died! I am lost without it. I now have to use the boy’s computer and all of my favorites, files, pictures, etc. are on mine. It is like starting all over again. Drat!!

I did get more Bookmark Swap mail yesterday. This lovely handmade bookmark came from Michagan. I love it and the little heart shaped note.

This one on the left came all the way from Australia. I was delighted to find 3 bookmarks in this envelope. One is handmade. I love them all.

Tomorrow is IndieSmiles First Birthday! There will be lots going on and contests to enter. If you have never heard of IndieSmiles then drop over and have a look. That is where I am an ocassional colomnist and write about many things. Check out my columns in my page – “What I Babble About”.

Watch for my blog tomorrow for more details.

Lots going on today and this weekend around here.

Our grandson, who is the same age as our boy, is coming over for a few days. These two have a lot in common and get along famously. All I have to do is feed them and they are quite happy to look after themselves the rest of the time.

Look what I got in the mail on Thursday! This is from the Freaky Fiber Swap. All the way from England and full of wonderful colours, textures, inspiration. I was so excited when I opened the package.

I have been following the blog – Southern Lady’s Vintage and have thoroughly enjoyed it. They are having a Vintage Loves Saturday feature and the first is about cookbooks. Well, I just had to show off my mom’s favorite cookbook – The Good Housekeeping Cookbook from the 1940’s. It is ragged, torn, stained and well used. There is no cover and I have to keep it in a zip lock bags so any of the loose pages don’t fall out and get lost. No I am just about 60 years old and I remember this book when I was a little girl. I can tell which recipes were my mom’s favorites by the amount of stains or writing on the page. I even found a hand written recipe tucked inside as well. This book conjures up so many wonderful memories for me as I sit here now.

Drop on over and have a look at this site. Maybe you have a favorite vintage cookbook that you can share as well. Everyone is welcome.

My crochet hooks are flying and the yarn and thread is sizzling.  I have been crocheting up a storm alright.

I now have 2 cowls finished and a third one just about done.  I have love for cowls as they are easier than scarves to put on and wear.  When I used to take the train to work and home, I always saw the ladies struggling to put on their scarves and coats.  They were bumping into each other and swaying wildly as the train pulled into the station.  and I was one of them.  Then there was the struggle to unwind the scarf or, if a shorter scarf, find it all askew under the coat.  Ah yes, those were the days.  I now find it far easier to slip on a cowl and end the madness of the scarf.

I’ve also have the very large trivet/hot pad finished.  Now that was fun and I am now thinking of how to use that pattern for smaller items.  It will fit your largest pot or your best casserole with ease.  Everything is in my shop – Jillys Stuff.

Time to get back to the hooks and yarn.  I have more plans and patterns to start or complete.

I hate humidity!   I can handle the heat but I hate it when it is sticky and muggy out.  That is what it is like today and I hate it.   I want to do so many things but my mood now prevents me from getting any enthusiasm over anything.   I think I will go sit in the corner and pout.

I did receive an envelope in the mail yesterday full of wonderful Start Christmas Swap items.   Lovely paper, ribbon and tags to start my christmas projects with.   Now this cheers me up a little and I love all of the snowmen and bright colors.   Maybe if I stare at all of this long enough I will get a tiny bit of inspiration. 

I think I will go and have a third cup of coffee.  Maybe that will help me get going, or not.

Yes, thank goodness for my online friends.  I met a new friend with the Swap-bot blogger swap the other day.  Beth of The Neat Get Neater has a great blog about her adventures as a, “Self-Proclaimed Neat Freak” in a “family that is not so in love with neatness.”    Drop by and have a read. You can enter her newest giveaway – A Sonicscrubber!

I sure could have used Beth at my house today as I tidied up the rats nest beside my easy chair in the livingroom.  My hubby has been frowning at me lately and I think that is why.  Now, I have no trouble with organizing and I am quite often a very tidy person, however, there are those very creative days where everything gets tossed, dropped, scattered and pushed into a pile while looking for just the right item for my latest craft.    That is how I end up with the rats nest.  Bits and pieces of fabric, yarn, buttons, trim and ribbon scattered here and there just in case I need it.  Now I am all tidy until the next creative moment hits.

Speaking of creative moments, I was able to stop at my favorite fabric store to pick up some supplies for projects.  I walked in on a sale – yipeee, and immediately went insane.  I now have the materials for a birdcage veil I have been planning on making and some trim to finish off a pincushion.  The rats nest will return any day now!

I am still swapping at Swap-bot and yesterday’s mail held a lovely envelope with the Bookmark Swap in it.   I never know what I will receive and this was a lovely way to start my week and they will come in very handy.  It is such fun not to have boring mail now and little surprises show up nearly every day.

Now it is time to go and watch my favorite show – TAPS – The Atlantic Paranormal Society.  Even the beagle knows not to bother me when this show is on.  He has been out for a good walk so there is no excuses from him.  As for the hubby and our son, well, they can go and do whatever they like as long as it isn’t around me.  Nice arrangement!


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