Saturday, September 30, 2023

A Little Beading.....

 All the beaded pieces in my last post reminded me of the love I had for bead weaving in my late teens/early 20's. I thought I'd do a quick share a few of my projects.

Beaded bag

Belts..the middle one I made for my grandmother and she actually wore it!!!

 I've often wished I had been aware of counted cross stitch at the time because I would have had so many more motifs to choose from.  The beading patterns were also  based on 'squares'.

Thanks for stopping by an your "twisted threads" of friendship!


Friday, September 29, 2023

Settling Back into My Routine.....


 It's been a few days of laundry, grocery shopping, errands, doctor visits, etc but I am finally back to my usual groove. I did manage to come home with a sinus infection with a bad cough,  so am on 5 different meds...... all but one short term. No wonder the pharmaceutical companies are making record profits!!! I have been stitching in the evenings and will share that a little later in the post.

 I first wanted to share some beautiful beaded pieces from a museum featuring indigenous peoples. We visited this museum while in Banff. Here you go:

Blanket for a dog...applique

Hide, fur and silk embroidered bag

Beaded leggings, necklace and bag

Beaded moccasins

Beaded saddle pad

Beaded pipe bag

Beaded Blanket strip

Woven Quill Arm Bands

 Things of beauty, aren't they?

Now to my stitching....I finished another Prairie Schooler Santa, year 2018. He is stitched on 40 ct. Dirty Newcastle linen over two.

I've also put it some time on my Samper September piece, Bristol Green, by Dutch Treat Designs..... 36 ct BOAF Sandpiper over one.

I bought this pair of project bags on a FB page...aren't they cute? Evidently Lori Holt has some pre-printed panels you can use to make two different sizes of bags. I like the two way zipper on them.

 To end, I want to share two interesting things I found on our trip. First was at O'Hare airport.....never seen anything like this before but sure wish it was around when my girls were babies.

The other thing were these wind diverters in Calgary...decorative but serving a purpose on the windy streets. There were colorful ribbons woven into the structures. You can the the huge spool where they originated from center left.



I think that's it for today.....thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship. Have a great weekend!



Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Back Home...Tired but Happy.....

 We got home from our trip late Saturday night and have been playing 'catch up' since. It's tough adjusting back to reality after experiencing the majesty of the Canadian Rockies for 10days.....not to mention sleep deprivation!!! We had to be at the airport, both ways, by 4:00AM; that meant getting up at 3:00AM!

This post will be a synopsis of our trip, as I got little to no stitching done, so if you're not in to that, feel free to pass. Our trip began in Vancouver where the temps were in the 70's!!! I had planned on much cooler temps. This is downtown Vancouver with Canada Place as a backdrop. The city is very modern and VERY clean!!! We were quite impressed. 

We had a bus tour of the city and stopped at Stanley Park for a peek at some lovely gardens and views of the city.

 Then it was on to the train...oh boy!!! I was initially disappointed that we weren't on the train the whole trip, BUT, after one night of uncontrollable giggles, one night was quite enough!!! It was an experience, and I'm so glad we had it, but the compartment is soooooo tiny, it really was hard to even get dressed. Poor Rich took the top bunk and struggled to even get in it. He got up early, climbed down and crawled in next to me, begging repeatedly to "please don't make me go back up there"!!! We were laughing so hard, we were crying!!! It was FUN, but so happy to stay in hotels after.

There was about a foot between that ladder and the wall.

First stop after the train was Jasper...what a lovely town.....we saw our first elk right across the street from our hotel. We took a cruise on Maligne Lake.

 And a raft ride down the Athabasca River.

That's us on the left front. 


We had the best tour guide, who really wanted us to have  a great experience. Since our train was 2 1/2 hours late getting into Jasper,  she wrangled us free trips on the Jasper Sky Tram. We were anxious about the ride, but we DID it and I'm proud of us!

 The next morning we were off to Lake Louise with a stop at the Athabasca Glacier.

Now we're getting some cooler temps!

What we rode in to the glacier. At one point we had to go up/down a road on a 32 degree angle...very steep!!!

Here I am filling my water bottle with glacial water.....sadly it tasted like smoke due to the wildfires there in Canada.  

Shot of glacier at a distance; it has and is receding rapidly.

We switched things up due to impending bad weather and visited Moraine Lake on our way to Chateau Lake Louise.

The colors of the waters is don't show the richness of blue. Evidently the minerals that are deposited in the waters reflect all colors but blue/green, so the waters take on a turquoise cast.

What can I say about the Chateau Lake Louise....sumptuous!!! We had a fantastic meal there and the!!!
The Chateau at Lake Louise

View from hotel

Walking trail around Lake Louise


From Lake Louise to Banff. This is where we had the most free time to explore on our own. We had a picnic lunch in a park, visited a museum about the indigenous people, the Stoney Nakodas (more about that in a future post), and walked the downtown shopping area. 

Looking into downtown Banff
The Banff Springs Hotel from Surprise Corner

More elk sightings down the hill from the hotel

We spent two nights in Banff, then on to our final stop in Calgary, with a stop in the charming town of Canmore followed by a visit to Boundary Ranch for a delicious steak need for dinner after that!!!

 Our last two nights were spent in Calgary....another vibrant city. Our final night with the tour (we stayed an extra night) was spent with a dinner at Heritage Park and entrance to Gasoline Alley...a spectacular display of restored classic cars. The guys were in heaven!!!



Our extra day was spent walking the streets of Calgary.  We walked to Fort Calgary and past the main public beautiful!

Stock photo from library website

I loved the "bobbing" birds!

Video didn't turn out well, but these "bobbed" up and down

 We wound our way through the maze of the Plus15 Skyway, which are walkways between buildings where you are protected from the weather. 

 Design for Movement

Even the manhole covers were cool!


We put in over 22000 steps this day, as well as two other days on our trip...lots of walking despite riding on the bus between stops.

The Calgary Tower was right across the street from our hotel.

Overall, we were very impressed with was clean, welcoming,  multi-cultural and eco-friendly. The scenery was don't do it justice. I will end with a couple shots of the wonderful flowers that were in every bright and vibrant...and our traveling brother and sister-in-law.

Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of is good to be home!!!