Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Oh, Canada! (and a Go!Baby winner...)
The Canadian national anthem has been looping through my head since Saturday. Some of my favorite people live in Canada and I have visited several different provinces. I used to live in Seattle and we went to Vancouver several times. Beautiful city. Our minister, James, comes from Vancouver. He and his family live two doors down from our son and daughter-in-law. Aaron and Christa were redoing their front lawn during the Stanley Cup finals. James claimed no knowledge of what appeared on Aaron and Christa's lawn one morning, but he sounded a little guilty when I asked him about it.
But I digress.
Saturday's mail brought a fabulous quilt from Felicity. It's right over there in my sidebar. I'll pause while you take a closer look.
Today brought more amazing mail from Canada, from an equally wonderful friend, Krista of Poppyprint. I had mentioned to her my love of Rogers syrup. It tastes like no other kind of syrup. She said that her kids would not like Rogers on their pancakes. I took that to mean they aren't quite the fans of Rogers that I am... I also mentioned the other thing that I remembered were luscious cookies in the shape of maple leaves with a cream center. *sigh* Pure heaven for my tastebuds.
This package was heavy. Couldn't be fabric. It was much too heavy for that. I took off the brown paper wrapping and found...a box that appears to be Kellogg's Canadian version of cornflakes. Vector. Mega Jumbo even. Makes them sound more powerful than the Kellogg's cornflakes we get here in the States.
But wait. There's more!Krista makes the MOST amazing pincushion/thread catchers. Which is exactly what I needed. I have a wastebasket right next to my machine but in my haste to toss, I always miss. This is perfect. In fact, everything about it is perfect. It has that great grippy stuff on the bottom of the pincushion, like you find on the feet of toddler jammies. It is the perfect weight to keep from slipping off my sewing table. (Note: I'm not going to use crushed walnut shells any longer in the pincushions I make. Krista uses crushed glass, the kind used for sandblasting cars/bikes to get paint off--but I remember her saying it is getting harder to find. I'll double check on that though.), and she uses some kind of boning to make sure that the thread catcher stays open properly. And the fabric is too cute! And it has her twill tape label. I adore twill tape labels.
But wait.There's more. You have seen Riel Nason's most amazing selvage mummy quilt, right? If not, here it is:
When I say that some of my favorite friends live in Canada, I am not kidding. I'm overwhelmed by their thoughtfulness. Truly overwhelmed.From the bottom of my heart, thank you SO very much.
The winner of the Go!Baby giveaway is #27:
Thanks to everyone who played along. Your insightful comments were so intriguing and interesting!
Note: I was planning on posting the screen print of Random Number Generator choosing #27. I've figured it out before. But I had to google and in the midst of things, like a doofus, I lost the original page. If someone has the patience to explain such a simple thing to me, I would love it. :)