Thursday, September 30, 2010




October 16th -Giveaway now closed

Please see the winner’s name posted here!


…to my blog the Sideroad Stitcher, my name is Diane and I’m very happy for my first giveaway to be a part of this huge FALL INTO FALL GIVEAWAY! I hope you take a couple of minutes to look around or maybe sign up to Follow me and come back another time for a visit,   I know you’ve got places to go and people to see right now  You can find the details about all the giveaways here because there are lots of fantastic bloggers and sponsors participating –  a big thanks to Debi !


For my giveaway... I'm keeping it simple! Just leave one (1)comment on this post only between Oct. 1st and Oct. 15th and I will enter your name in the random drawing. The winner will be posted Oct. 16th and I will also contact the winner by email but I must have a way to contact you.

Untitled-1  Make sure that you are not set to "no-reply" in your blog profile!  If you are, myself and all the other bloggers will not be able to include you in the giveaways.  If you do not have a blog or wish to remain a “no-replier”, please make sure to leave your email address in your comment.

Ladies Please!!!  Already so many of your comments cannot be answered because I cannot contact you and it will remain that way at every blog you visit !  For those of you who are not sure what ‘no-reply’ means, please visit SewCalGal’s blog by clicking HERE.  If you scroll about halfway down the page, she explains it in detail.  Please go there and get set up – your breaking my heart!

My draw is open Internationally because I’m just sooo happy to have anybody stop by! 


Okay okay,  finally here is a picture of the goodies I am including in the giveaway:


There is a leather embroidery scissor holder made by me, a package of Fabric Flags (for keeping track of fabric yardage, a package of Tag-A-Quilt (for keeping track of quilt rows and blocks), 4 fat quarters, and a beautiful Fall Floral Sampler cross-stitch pattern by Knotted Tree.

  Thanks everyone for stopping by and entering my giveaway – I sure hope you come back to visit again soon!

Good luck & have fun,


Monday, September 20, 2010

Let It Snow!

Too early??? Sorry, I’m just excited because I finished this cute redwork banner for my front door.100_3544


The redwork stitchery pattern is by Jan Wilde and is a freebie available here.



 Well, everyone is still welcome, just ring the doorbell but I guess I better put up my Fall door decoration instead of rushing things, winter will come soon enough.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Button Puzzle

Here’s a bit of fun for you.  This cute little puzzle by Ken Weber is taken from the Autumn issue of In the Hills Magazine,  a beautiful publication about county living in the Headwaters Region of Ontario.


There is more than one solution to this puzzle, so save it as a picture, print it out and give it a try.  If you want to know how they solved it in the magazine send me an email. 

Now go get your button tin,


Sunday, September 12, 2010

March of the Snappers

A couple of years ago in September and again this morning on our morning dog walk we came upon the annual "March of the Snapping Turtles”.   The eggs for these little ones were laid in a flask shaped hole in the ground last May or early June.

100_3516 We searched and counted 21 hatchlings spread out marching a few yards apart some heading North and some South.  Apparently there are usually about 40 eggs laid.100_3521


This itty bitty on the quarter was so covered with mud he couldn't retract his head so I gave him a bath before sending him on his way. These little guys need all the help they can get.  It takes 12-15 years before they even reach maturity and can mate.  Full grown males will weigh an average 20 pounds and females around 12.  Their lifespan in the wild is generally not known but they can live to be 100 years old.


So Godspeed my little friends,


Tuesday, September 07, 2010



…now that it’s my favourite time of the year.  September brings with it that feeling of ‘everything falling into place’ for me.  It’s time to wrap up the gardens, the pantry is starting to groan and the freezer is reaching capacity.  The hard work in the heat is almost over and life’s pace begins to slow and regulate once more. 

   My Bronwyn Hayes Catalious block is finally finished and made into a mini (17”x17”)  ready to machine quilt.  This was my first attempt at colouring a stitchery with watercolour pencils and I’m  really pleased with the result.



100_3291 I also finished stitching another set of  stitchery's from Gail Pan’s 2009  Christmas Wish BOM that were in my UFO pile(right). I made two of the quilts as gifts last year (pre-blog).






I’d like to thank all of you who stopped by and visited for the Pets on Quilts show and left such lovely comments especially about the newest member of our family, Ruby.  Ruby has settled in nicely, it’s been fun getting to know her personality.  She now thoroughly enjoys doing her ‘beagle dance’  at the end of a good walk, on her back in the grass, legs in the air, ears flying, twisting to the beat only a happy Beagle can hear.

Now for a piece of that Peach Upside-down cake, can I cut you a slice? 



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