Earlier this month I got an email from Julie at A tale from Toadstool house telling me that I had won her birthday blog giveaway. I was thrilled, as
I've never won anything like this before and her giveaway was all British stuff. You know I'm from England originally, so I was extra thrilled about this.
Well this parcel arrived as I was preparing dinner tonight.
Did I mention that I am thrilled with this?! I can't believe all the goodies Julie included and I can't believe what she spent on postage to get it to me! There was a copy of Mollie Makes, 3 British tea towels, a red & white polka dot notebook (how did you know I love polka dots Julie - I have a full dinner service of Emma Bridgewater Polka dot!), a pair of Jubilee socks, a beautiful Union Jack card and a GB team pack of Dairy Milk (THE best chocolate in the world!). Please go and check out her blog. It's a good read. Thanks once again Julie! You're the best!
I have pieced together the first part of the quilt top and will be adding a one inch inner border in deep pink and then a 6 inch outer border in the floral fabric you can see in some of the blocks. What do you think so far?
I am very happy with it. It is a sampler quilt obviously, so that we can try out the various techniques. It will be a large lap size when it's done and will fit well with the decor in our family room. I will add more photos as it nears its completion.
We are having a lot of work done on the exterior of our home. It started out with getting a quote to re-paint our front porch. But we bought some white rockers for the porch and when we sat on them, we realized that the porch was rather more angled than we realized. So painting it turned into demolishing and re-building it in a bigger size as well as a new front door and the driveway being resurfaced and having some interlock along the edge and at the steps of the new porch. Oh and we are also having our back patio ripped up and interlock paving installed there! Can you believe this all started with a paint job? We have no plans to sell any time soon, so we want to get things the way we want them so we can enjoy. Next on the list is a new bathroom and carpeting the 4 bedrooms, but that can wait for a while now!
I know all of you bloggers in the UK have had your share of bad weather lately, but let me tell you that our temperatures this week in Ottawa are very hot and humid! Today it will be 39C with the humidex and the next few days will be 45C. We are expecting thunder showers today, which will not help the humidity at all. We do have nice summer days, but when this humidity hits it is deadly and we are so grateful for our air conditioning!!!
Hope you have nice sunny weather wherever you are!
Our son Andrew graduated from Carleton University on Tuesday afternoon. It was a beautiful day and we are two very proud parents. As you can see, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with highest honours in his Major of Political Science and a minor in History. Which means that he had an average of A- in all his major courses! Wendell was unable to be there in person as he was away on a business trip in Regina, as Andrew didn't give us the final date until after Wendell's trip was booked. But thanks to modern technology, he was able to watch the proceedings live via the internet. It was a beautiful day and tears of joy were shed as we watched him receive his diploma!