Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I Must Go Down to the Sea Again

"I Must Go Down to the Sea again"

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

- John Masefield"
This is one of my most favorite poems..It says it all for me of the longing for the sea!!!
Oh I so want to go back to the sea today...I don't mean the quiet bays and waterways of I mean the wild and windy west of Vancouver Island or Oregon..I miss the smell of low tide..feel of the wind on your face, walking on soft sand...sighing

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Get Moving!!!

Well this has been me these past 3 months..Hibernating and Eating..I have an internal whine going on.."I'l look fat in the wedding picturesBlah, Blah, Blah....So Today I said, enough is enough.... got my walking shoes stretch pants, wind breaker..sunglasses..yes there was a little sun today..MP3 player..check..keys..check..library card..check..So out I went for an hour walk..BOY the first hill was a killer..then walk flat ground for awhile..down hill..then the bigger hill.."One foot in front of the other"..winding around the neighbourhood...library for books and to drug store and then home...shower..lunch..
I feel better..I am so lazy sometimes..So I have made dates with friends and sister for the next few weeks... I am meeting with someone every second day..I have to trick my mind into moving again..Once I do I know I feel better. I am going to be a grandma this spring and a MIL in July..I refuse to be old and fat...Well I go 1 step at a time!!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Sewing Fun

Well I am having fun..I haven't sewn in awhile, but now that I have my new machine..look out..I like to sew fun and quick things..In the book "Sew what! Fleece" by Carol Jessop and Chaila Sekora (2007)..I found a fun pixie hat and booties. when my children were born, grandmas knitted booties, hats and daughter still have a beautiful pink cape made by her french-canadian grandma..but this grandma doesn't knit....
first picture is from the book...isn't it fun???
second one is mine..I made the size 6-9 months, so baby can wear them in the fall/winter on the prairies..

I am going to add ribbon and of course the bell on the toe..."so she will have music wherever she goes".

Should i tackle the hat???????...might be fun for a photo opp lol

Monday, January 4, 2010

First Project of 2010

I found a very cute book in the library called "Baby Gifts" by Ethel Brennan. I tried one of the ideas in the book- a cashmere sweater.... Now don't worry, the pink sweater was found at my Salvation Army for $5.00. Anyway, I cut up the sweater and made a practice run. Not too bad. I think the arms are too long, yet followed the pattern. I have to buy some pink ribbon to finish the front edges. Talked to my GF and I am going to x the next one by 1.25, thus I will have a lovely sweater for my grand child to be...Love the idea of cashmere so decandant for so little price...This year is the year of me taking chances and doing art outside of my comfort zone. Boy it's fun! I am also working on felted blocks, cut from shrunken sweaters.Off to the cutting matt..lookout women running with rotary scissors!!!!