Wednesday, November 18, 2015


I've been absent from QBL for a bit, but that's because I'm down at our Florida home for 10 days, where my mum and aunt joined me for 8 of them.  These two "wins" were waiting for me when I arrived!

The charm square pack is what I won from Stitches 'n Giggles in the July ALYOF hosted by Sew Bittersweet Designs.  I love Zen Chic designs; I made Pocketful of Sunshine with Sphere.  :-)  I finally remembered to spend more time on her site, and MAKE A DECISION!

On the right is the wrist pincushion I missed receiving by days in April.  We'd headed back north by the time it got to my mailbox.  I won this in the Succulents giveaway at Crimson Tate. It is from ellesquare, as you can see by her adorable label.

I left this riot of colour...
Burning bush in the foreground, Maples, Weeping Willow, and ?? beyond
and this serenity...
Lake Erie November 4

to revel in this sparkling surf...
My other beloved body of water, the Gulf of Mexico, November 11

and smile at these scampering little souls...
Are they my Lake Erie sandpipers down here for the winter?

for 10 days.  Now I'm heading back north to Lake Erie where, OMG, it's been in the low 60s several of the days I've been melting in loving up the steamy high 80s/low 90s with a "feels like" 95 or more!  My heart is more than full; it feels as if it will swell up out of my throat with wonder and happiness and sadness all mixed up and messed up together.

I haven't even had time to miss my Bernina as it's been a whirlwind of wonderful sunny Florida the entire time.  Am I going home to recuperate from this 10-day sojourn? Nope.  I'll be sewing up a storm all weekend at a retreat I'm attending for the first time in the little town of Harrow, just a few miles from my beloved Kingsville.

Lots to share next week!


  1. SO glad you are having such a wonderful time! Sometimes it is good to just put the machine aside enjoy time with family :) I'm sure you will have renewed inspiration (not that you needed it LOL) just in time to hit the retreat!

  2. Nothing like new scenery to rejuvenate a person. Have fun, I'm sure you will at the retreat.

  3. Glad you are back home after enjoying some R & R, can't wait to see what you are gonna cook up next!

  4. Sounds like you had a relaxing time. Wish you had been able to bottle up the good Florida weather to bring home. It's been cold here, and I'm not liking it. :(

  5. It looks like you had a great getaway. Love the Zen Chic. Have fun at your sewing retreat!

  6. I thought you had been MIA. What a nice break and its nice to have you back!

  7. Glad you enjoyed your trip! We missed you while you were gone. I would have been torn between the beautiful fall colors and relaxing sound of the waves. Burning bushes in the fall changing to that beautiful red is one of my favorite things. If only they did that all year.

  8. No rest for the weary eh Sandra? LOL... So glad you loved every minute of it! Have a great time at the retreat!

  9. I love your pictures Sandra. They make me feel relaxed and like I was on vacation with you. Congratulations on your wins, as well...will await to see what you get up to in the retreat.

  10. Absolutely beautiful! When will you be back to Florida for longer?


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