Frugal Endeavors – Still here

Clothes line (2)

To March 7, 2018

I was wondering to myself if March this year came in like a lion or like a lamb. The weather may have taken a turn for the better, but between illness and a big project, I have to say that March this year came roaring in like a lion. Continue reading


Stepping Stone Quilt


I spent a good part of this year making a quilt for a good friend that he could give to his granddaughter for her 16th birthday.  He told me many many good things about this young woman including the fact that she is a very athletic and smart and loves the colour purple.

I figured that this Stepping Stone quilt made in with different scraps of purple would be a perfect fit for her.

I hope this quilt will keep her warm as she transitions from girlhood to adulthood.

Happy Birthday!


Frugal Endeavors – Spring has sprung

A single crocus blossom ought to be enough to convince our heart that springtime, no matter how predictable, is somehow a gift, gratuitous, gratis, a grace.                             David Steindl-Rast

March 28 to April 4, 2017

It looks like spring has finally arrived. I feel like I can shake off winter’s sleepiness and get stuff done. Continue reading

Sometime Done is better than Perfect unless you are a baby chipmunk. Then you are already perfect.

I like to create a label for every quilt I make. I expect my quilts to outlive me and I suppose, this is my way of grasping at immortality.

I made this label for my winter quilt.
Quilt Label

It was harder than I expected. I found the pattern hard to follow and it’s been a while since I’ve done any cross stitch and even longer since I’ve worked on linen. And, to top things off, I think I need stronger reading glasses.

I made more than a few mistakes and ripped it apart more than once. I finally decided that no one but me would see the mistakes and that sometimes done is better than perfect.

I choose a chipmunk for my label because the night we took possession of our home, we inadvertently left the front door open. A chipmunk came to check out her new neighbours. After an hour or so we finally shooed her safely out the front door. A few months later she started a family in a pile of wood left next to our house. The cuteness was almost overwhelming.

Remembering these baby chipmunks and their mother reminds me that, despite all the snow, spring is on its way.

Have a great day!