Wednesday, September 8, 2021

HORSE SHOW IN ALBERTA

I am home from Alberta. I left on Friday to go and judge a wonderful horse show. It was a big show and a great show with lots of gorgeous horses to judge. Long hours of judging. Saturday the show started at 8 am and finished at 11 pm. 15 hours of judging and I was so tired. Alberta is 2 hours behind us, so that was like 1 am Ontario time. I am in bed at 8 pm each night, so it was hard to stay alert until that time of night. Sunday was a 10 hour day so that was a little better. I am so glad to be home. I don't like flying and the flights were long.  4 hours each way and all the waiting time in airports, no thank you. I am just glad to be home. This is a picture of the futurity winner and the cheque and saddle that was given and the 4 judges.




Sunday, August 22, 2021

CORIANDER AND MOOSE

Happy Sunday!! It sure has been a hot week here in Ontario and the flowers are flourishing. Cut some and put them in a Mason Jar in the kitchen. I love to do this. Took a picture of Coriander and Moose out in the pasture enjoying the morning.





Saturday, August 7, 2021

HOW DOES MY GARDEN GROW

Good morning friends! A little bit of rain this morning, but that's ok. I can get a break from watering and hoeing today. My garden keeps me pretty busy, but I just love being out there early in the morning. Here are a few shots of my sunflowers. My broccoli is coming along too and I love cream of broccoli soup, so in a couple of weeks it will be ready to harvest some. I made carrot ginger soup the other day with carrots from the garden and it was so good. I love the month of August when the insect sounds change and the evenings get nice and cool and the windows can be opened at night. I hope you all have a great weekend.
Blessings
~Janet





Tuesday, August 3, 2021

CROW WREATH

I love August and it always gets me thinking of Fall. I saw this crow wreath the other day and I just love it. So much character. I have been outside gardening since 7 this morning, and cleaned the stalls in the barn, and I loaded my next quilt on the frame. I am thinking Caesar salads for lunch today with lots of bacon. I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. The weather here today is just perfect. T shirt weather, but not too hot. Just the way I like it!

Enjoy!



Saturday, July 31, 2021

SUNFLOWERS

Good afternoon friends. A beautiful day today, no humidity for a change. Lots of quilting going on and gardening in between. My Sunflowers are growing like monsters this year. They are taller than me. So happy with them. A great week spent going on a quilt shop road trip with 2 friends and a delicious lunch at an Amish restaurant consisting of Perch, mashed potato, carrots, coleslaw, home made bread and butter and caramel cream pie for desert. Such a treat after being confined for a year and a half.




Wednesday, July 21, 2021

AUTUMN QUILT

I just finished quilting this gorgeous quilt this morning. It is a customer's quilt. She did an amazing job of choosing the colours and piecing it. I love the way the sunshine makes it sparkle and shows off the quilting texture! It was a pleasure to quilt. It reminds me of Autumn. I just wish it was mine.......I just might have to make myself one. It sure was a big quilt. It measures 100 x 106..WOW.





Sunday, July 11, 2021

FLOWERS

Happy Sunday!! Well I thought I would be able to get outside and do some more gardening today, but the weather had a different idea. We are getting some rain and we are supposed to get rain all of this week. The second cut of hay needs to be cut and the wheat needs to come off, but not until the weather co-operates. I spent all day yesterday outside gardening as the weather was perfect for it, cloudy and in the 70's and no wind. We had a bonfire last night. It was so nice sitting by fire having a nice glass of wine. The fire was just mesmerizing. I need to get some of my hydrangeas cut and hang them to dry. It is so nice this time of year to have fresh cut flowers from the garden. 
Hoping you all have a great day!
Blessings
~Janet



Sunday, July 4, 2021

GARDEN SALAD

Happy Sunday! Things are starting to ripen in the garden and I made this delicious salad from some of the goodness from our garden. Some of it came from our Town's farmers' Market too. It was so good.
Love having fresh salads this time of year.

Blessings
~Janet


 

Saturday, June 26, 2021

QUILTING TILL THE COWS COME HOME

Happy Saturday everyone. We sure got a lot of rain overnight. 2 !/2 inches and it is still raining today.
I am hoping to get caught up on quilting customer quilts that I have a pile of. No sooner they go out and more come in. I just hope I get some time to quilt some of my own, I have 3 of my own to get done. I am hoping to get my shop back open again this fall. I am sure missing it. I just got my second shot of the vaccine this week and it knocked the crap out of me. I was flat out for 12 hours. Fever, body aches, fatigue, you name it. So glad it is over.
Just thought I would post a picture of this quilt I quilted for a customer. It was one my favourites. The last picture is the back, she pieced it and I loved it. It can be reversed on her bed.
Hope you all have a great weekend.

Blessings
~Janet 





Tuesday, June 8, 2021

NEW FAMILY MEMBER

Good afternoon. The clouds are rolling in and I can hear thunder in the background. Hopefully some much needed rain. We got our hay off yesterday so it can rain all it wants now.
I wanted to post some pictures of our new family member who arrived last night. He is making himself right at home and fitting in well. Coriander just loves him. It is so nice to have some colour back in the barn again.





Thursday, June 3, 2021

QUILTING

Lots of quilting going on these days. I love this quilt I just quilted for a customer. It turned out great.
I just LOVE free motion quilting. My husband and I went out this morning to the Garden centre and got some more herbs for my garden and a few more perennials. Got some delicious strawberries and asparagus and we'll be enjoying that for dinner tonight. We were lucky to have a nice rainfall overnight last night and all the gardens look great. Tomorrow Hay will be cut.
I hope you all are having a great day.
Blessings
~Janet






 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

GARDENS

Hello everyone! I have been so busy working away at quilting and gardening that I haven't posted much.
I have been gardening in the morning and quilting in the afternoon. It is just nonstop. Anyway, I took a picture of the garden in front of my porch this morning. I get so much pleasure from my gardens. The vegetable garden is all planted and we just need some rain to get it to start growing. Our hay will be coming off too in the next week or so. I'll need all of my muscles for that.

I hope you are enjoying this warmer weather.
Blessings
~Janet


 

Monday, May 17, 2021

HAPPY MONDAY

Happy Monday everyone! Thankfully the warmer weather is here. Our crops are all planted for this year and now we just need some rain.  This weekend I will be planting the vegetable garden. Lots of quilting going on too and working away at the flower beds. I really love this quilt and all the colours in it. One of my favourites that I have had in to quilt. Wish it was mine. I may have to make one just like it.

Wishing you all have a wonderful week!
Blessings
~Janet






Saturday, March 20, 2021

HAPPY SPRING!

Good morning friends. Well it is finally here, the first day of Spring and the weather here is supposed to be gorgeous today. I'm planning on doing some raking up around my shop and picking up some sticks and branches after the windy week we have had. Lots of things to do before opening up my shop this year. I also plan on doing some dyeing of wool this weekend  for the shop and also I have to do some  quilting, customer quilts are stacked up waiting. Winter has gone and hopefully the virus will soon be gone. Have a great weekend everyone and Happy First Day of Spring!
~Janet



Wednesday, March 17, 2021

HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAY

Happy St. Patrick's day everyone! 



Saturday, March 13, 2021

A FINISH

Just took this beauty off the frame last night. Love how it quilted up. Took me 4 days to get it all quilted. Lots of stitching in the ditch and stitching around the wool applique'. 
It looks like spring is on the way, the birds are singing this morning. I wish everyone a great weekend.
Janet




 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

THE RED GENERAL

I just finished quilting this gorgeous red and cream quilt for a customer. It is made with the French General fabric line. I call it the Red General. I just love the way it quilted up! I took some pictures of it today before I call the customer to tell her it is ready for pickup. I just love the way the sunlight picks up the quilting texture.






Tuesday, February 23, 2021

A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Today we celebrated my husband's birthday. I made a nice roast beef dinner with roasted onions and heirloom carrots, mashed potatoes, steamed green beans,  homemade gravy and coleslaw. Finished it off with a piece of cake.
He really enjoyed it.





Friday, February 19, 2021

WOOL APPLIQUE' QUILT

Happy Friday!! I quilted this gorgeous quilt last week for a local Quilt Shop, The Cotton Harvest in Seaforth, ON. I just love this quilt. I purchased the pattern so I am definitely going to make one for myself. I plan on hanging it on the wall in my upstairs stairwell. She has kits for sale too.
Hope you all have a great weekend.
~Blessings, Janet






Tuesday, February 16, 2021

PANCAKE TUESDAY

Pancake Tuesday here in Canada so I made my scratch recipe for pancakes and we had sausages with them. They were absolutely delicious with butter and real maple syrup.



Wednesday, February 10, 2021

RED NINE PATCH QUILT

I just finished binding this scrappy red, cream and tan quilt about 5 am this morning. I made the top last year and I snuck it in to be quilted last week between customer quilts. I love how it turned out. Red is my all time favourite colour. This quilt is for me :) So glad it is finally finished!!





Tuesday, February 9, 2021

A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY

Today is a special Birthday. Kit is turning 12 today.
Happy Birthday Kit!!


 

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Thursday, January 28, 2021

"HEARTS" TABLE RUNNER

Hello everyone!! I have decided to put my "Hearts" table runner digital download pattern on sale in my Etsy shop just in time for you to make for Valentines day.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/OldeCrowsMercantile



Tuesday, January 19, 2021

HOME MADE GRANOLA

I just took this out of the oven. Home made Cranberry Granola. The kitchen smells so good.


 

Sunday, January 17, 2021

VALENTINES DAY

Good morning Peeps. I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday morning. A little snow here today. I am making yeast rolls and I have the dough rising in my kitchen and it smells amazing. I changed up my kitchen centrepiece this morning so I am ready for V Day.

Have a great day everyone.
Blessings
~Janet