Our family has grown by one four pound little furry bundle of joy! “Pippi” is an 8 week old, 1/2 Yorkshire Terrier, 1/2 parti colour Poodle puppy. Her name was chosen because of her freckles, she was chosen because she would stay small, doesn’t shed, is smart (but not so easy to potty train!!) and agile.

Winston (our Pug) is 15, a great age for any dog, large or small! We know he may not have a lot of time left and we felt it would be better to find another dog now, while our heads, hearts and emotions are screwed on straight rather than when we’re grieving his loss.

I contacted a number of rescue organizations but things just didn’t work out, we were accepted by each one but the dogs we were interested in either weren’t a match for us or the organizations didn’t think they’d be a match.

Frustrated, we turned to online ads and found Pippi. So far she’s a very well adjusted, fearless, mellow little girl. She grew up on a horse farm with a bunch of other dogs and people.

photo 5 (2)My dog walking business has me walking off my feet but my clients are the best and I couldn’t be happier.

You know I have to make a bed for this little girl, right? ūüėÄ


Juki TL-2000 Qi for sale

First I want to thank everyone who commented on my post yesterday, I am overwhelmed with your kind wishes and encouragement! I am very sad to inform you all that I have to sell my amazing Juki, but it must be done.

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Yesterday hubby came home early and we went car shopping for my new business, (Durham Dog Walking and Pet Services) and got THIS:



A 2003 Volvo V70 AWD with leather seats, sunroof and A/C, I LOVE it!! Renamed the “Durham Dog Waggin'”, this √ľber safe vehicle will assist me as I shuttle my pet pals around town.

So while I’m building my new business, Juki will need to find a new loving home where he can be loved and appreciated. (Sorry, local pick-up only.)

Don’t forget that all affiliate proceeds from the sale of Michelle Patterns¬†till the end of May will be donated to LotsaDogs Rescue!

A new adventure!

As some of you may know, I’ve been unemployed for about 10 months now. I’ve been unhappy and discouraged with being an “Administrative Assistant” for which there seems to be billions in the Toronto area, all vying for the same job.

Cookie and I, I'm the one with the glasses.

Cookie and I (I’m the one with the glasses).

Last weekend I put an ad on Kijiji offering my dog walking services. After all, I have two dogs of my own, I worked at a veterinary hospital for 6 years in various capacities and took an agressive dog course.

So yesterday, I registered my business name, got a license and a tax number! Durham Dog Walking and Pet Services is now legit!

Tonight we’re looking at various vehicles and the second I get my first customer, I’m purchasing insurance.

There’s a lot of advertising I have yet to do like flyers and business cards, I’ve set up a Facebook page and have started a blog.

Sadly, this means I won’t be sewing and blogging as much anymore. I will continue to participate in the Simply Solids Bee and there’s a super secret project I’m working on but I need to pound the pavement to be successful.

Thank you all for your continued support, please wish me luck in my new career!

xoxo Tabatha


Hello everyone, I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

I’ve managed to pinch a nerve or something in my left shoulder, not sure. I’m going to be very careful which way I turn my head or move my arms so I’ll be taking it easy until I’m confident I won’t have stabbing pains running up my neck.

Photo from HawthroneThreads.com

Amy Butler: Cameo: Josephine’s Boutique

I may do some cross stitch quietly on the sofa but I think standing and cutting fabric is out of the question for a day or two.

I did manage to finish another basket this weekend using Amy Butler’s “Josephines Boutique” in Ink from the Cameo collection. What a gorgeous fabric, the photo doesn’t do it justice, the inky blue background is deep and indeed inky. I’ll post photos once I have it nicely ironed.

Back to the sewing room soon I hope!

One of those days…

Once again I rearranged, tidied and organized my sewing space this morning but, it seemed, I just couldn’t do anything right. I moved an extension cord and tipped over an entire box of bobbins and presser feet which flew and scattered all over the floor. My t-square wouldn’t stand up and kept falling on me. A slew of other little things spilt/fell over/tripped me. It was just one of those mornings where I couldn’t do anything right. I’m not the only one, right? I woke up in a great mood, I’d slept through the night for the first time in weeks, what happened?!

The afternoon was better, I started work on another basket. I know they’re not popular here on my blog (very few comments) but I need inventory for my Etsy store, yeah, the one where I haven’t sold a damn thing. How’s Etsy working for you?!


Approximately 31 cm of snow fell in about 24 hours with 50km/hr wind. There were roughly 270 auto collisions in the Toronto area, two of which were fatal. 881 flights cancelled. One fatality while shovelling snow. We stayed home, snug in our little bungalow except when hubby cleared the driveway. We haven’t seen a snow storm like this in five years.

Snowpocolypse 2013



I don’t know how the birds survive but they were hungry! We had to fill up the feeder, they take shelter under our deck and hop out to eat, so cute.

Snowpocolypse 2013


Believe it or not, all this should be gone by Monday night with 5c temperatures and rain.


In Reverse – Quilt Top Done!

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I was able to get my In Reverse quilt top finished this morning. You might notice that I don’t have as many columns as the original pattern, I used two charm packs, one of Vintage Modern and one of Marmalade (by Bonnie and Camille), and 2 & 1/2″ strips from a Kona White jelly roll instead of 1 & 1/2″ strips. I can’t wait to quilt this up!

I received two lovely packages in the mail today, the first was an entire pound of lavender buds and ¬†oil from Layla on Etsy, I could smell the lavender through the box even though it was sealed in a big zip lock bag. The second was a lovely stack of fabric from Pink Chalk Fabrics. A¬†week or two ago, before I was laid off from work, I had purchased some Brrr by Laurie Wisbrun¬†in aqua and¬†selected a 1/2 yard bundle of QuiltCon Kona Cotton Solids¬† as well as a yard each of¬†Robert Kaufman Essex Linen Steel and Grey. I am super excited about this fabric bundle, all the colours go well together and the QuiltCon Kona Cotton Solids are a gorgeous mix. I’ve got my trusty “Quilting Line + Colour” by Yoshiko Jinzenji to peruse for inspiration.

Unemployment Day 3 (Actual Working Day 1)

Boy, do I feel guilty staying at home! I was up at 4:00 a.m. this morning, our old pug Winston was pacing and panting so I got up and let him outside. Had coffee and DH got up at his usual time, 5:00 a.m.. After cleaning up the kitchen and starting a load of laundry I began sewing at 6:30. My goal was to finish the quilt top by 10:00 a.m. and successfully finished early, at 9:00 a.m. After folding some laundry and starting another load of laundry, I vacuumed the house and the SOFA — EW!!

With two constantly shedding pugs, the hair between the leather cushions could have easily made a litter of puppies! Crumbs and cat toys but no loose change, damn. I was exhausted by 11:00 (I’d done other chores but thought it too boring to include)!

I’m afraid I didn’t get much done after 12:00, I ate lunch, mowed the lawn, folded the rest of the laundry then took a short nap and a dip in the pool then watered the hanging baskets outside. I allowed myself a white wine spritzer after 4:00 p.m. and DH rolled into the garage moments later.

How was your day??