... it's Spring! These photos were taken March 10 and today 3/4 of our snow is gone, mostly overnight with +8C and strong winds.
Mar 12, 2021
Jan 5, 2021
In June 2020 I ordered an intriguing needlefelting kit from Fibrecraft, a Mississauga based online business that sells a nice range of quality needlefelting supplies. It was my first ever order from this small business and I was impressed by the entire experience, from an easy to use website, straight-forward ordering procedure, super fast delivery and well-packaged products (there was even a little extra "gift", which was a treat!). In these COVID times when visiting a farm to buy rovings isn't possible it was nice to find a great Canadian online spot!
Fabian the Fox was just what I needed: a challenge! I've completed simpler critters but nothing at this level. I was eager to get started...
Ears were made from scratch... with good instructions on how to do this.
The next step was not so much fun: adding the black to the paws to build up the feet. Because of the wire armature, there was no room to poke without hitting the wire. I broke two needlefelting needles trying to get the black fibres to stay in place. Also, the instructions at this phase were very short and didn't supply the necessary details on how to create the feet. I looked online for reference images of fox feet for help.
Dec 9, 2020
It's December already and I'm still looking at Hallowe'en goodies and eating those wee little chocolates. Sigh. Around here, it's incredible the amount of Christmas decorations that people have put up! I just wish they had had the same enthusiasm for Hallowe'en!
Anyway, we had a LOVELY Hallowe'en, even with the COVID restrictions. Everyone was super polite and wore masks, and I handed out candy with my BBQ tongs... this certainly slowed things down a bit as the children marveled at my clumsiness, but that was okay.
We had an absolute blast taking all of October to unpack every box and set up every decoration in and outside the house! Wow, there were forgotten treasures! Here are some of the best pictures of our yard:
The next night was far more sombre as we set up out alter for the Day of the Dead. Since it was SNOWING we had to change our plans and set up inside, so we used the sunroom.
Oct 4, 2020
Last year we moved in October and I practically skipped Hallowe'en; I promised Sam (see the movie Trick 'r Treat) and myself that 2020 would be different and I would unpack EVERYTHING. And so it begins...
Of course, Mother Nature is setting the tone and presenting a stunning, traditional launch to my favorite season. Take a look at those colors!
While some stores seem to have cancelled their Hallowe'en offerings and jumped right into Christmas, I did find a good selection at the Dollarama and other dollar stores. Zehrs also had some nice skellies, like the dog with the bone and the hummingbird:
More to come! I'm really enjoying opening all the boxes and finding forgotten treasures!
Sep 8, 2020
Of course I didn't find Zen (if you know me at all, you know I'll never be Zen-like!).
But I did find my COVID19 critter! Since it's not possible to go to any shows (and there are few and far between) and only online versions are available, I've been hunting for the perfect addition to my collection from home. I browsed all the good shows as they came up (and can recommend the eBears shows and the Bearhugs4you shows) but I didn't find anyone who spoke to me. I have to admit, imagination seems to be lacking, probably a victim of COVID19. Anyway, finally in August things began to open up here in earnest and with safety protocols in place we could start to explore around Mount Forest. Hanover was one of our first stops, which has a lovely main street and the Hanover Flea and Farmers' Market.
And at the Market we explored the isles and on a top shelf I spotted a Steiff Waldi. A Steiff in excellent condition! I rolled him around in my hands, checked for moth damage, slid my mask down so I could sniff him for mildew or smoke, and debated his price. He has his button, his yellow ear tag and original green leather collar too.
I'm very familiar with Waldi as he has been a character in my life since childhood: my sister has a life-sized one that was a gift from my grandmother. It was therefore particularly nice that of all the Steiff out there I should find a Waldi of my own. And I named him Zen because in 2020 that what you need most!
So despite all the hurdles and being disappointed with the online offerings, I added one perfect pup to my hug.
And thank you Rose for using all your reference guides in an effort to try to date my Waldi! It seems that the 1970s were a time when Steiff didn't really record its creations well.
And now? With Hallowe'en coming, I'm looking forward to the upcoming Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween show on September 19!
Sep 5, 2020
It's September already and I realize I never got around to sharing our beautiful garden!
This is our first Spring and Summer here so we had very little idea of what would appear in the flower beds. We brought quite a few plants from the old house and dug them in here and there late last fall, but what would happen in Spring was a mystery!
And there was COVID19 to consider. Because of COVID19 we ended up with a super LOVELY garden, not only due to all the time we spent working on it but also money. Since we couldn't go on vacation, we splurged on the garden.
In the Spring we planted Clematis along the fence. They were a little too far along for Spring plants, so hopefully next year they'll be more in step with the seasons and fill out.
All around the deck and gazebo, we have a collection of hostas, many we brought with us from the old house.