Saturday, December 26, 2009

It's a Hockey Christmas!!

Well here you go ... for anyone who has been following the progress of the making of the NHL quilt, here's the final result.
I used the actual black and white NHL logo for the background design and have arranged the rest in order that they joined the league, with the Original Six at the top.
I was quite amused that my Canucks ended up smack-dab in the middle! People will probably think I made it that way on purpose but it's honestly just the way it worked out.
I outline quilted each logo to make them stand out, and in the background there are orcas outlined in between them all. The final result is about 50" wide, 56" high and hangs on the wall in the office.

About a week ago, I won (again) on a call-in radio contest! They had told me at the time that I won a signed picture of Ryan Kesler and a $25 gift card. No details, just that and where to pick them up. The other day I went out to the mall to get my prizes and I was blown away by what I actually won.
The Kesler picture is an 8x10" picture in a lovely mat/frame with a certificate of authenticity on the back, valued at $150!
I don't get out to that mall very often so I used my gift card while I was there. They happened to be having a "buy one thing, get anything else at 50% off" sale so I got a long sleeved (kid's size XL) t-shirt regularly priced $35 for $20, and a $9 shot glass for half price ... total value of my prize: $194.00!!

For my main Christmas gift this year, I was pleased to receive a Team Canada Olympic Jersey with Luongo #1 on it. I figure I'll get him to sign it next fall at training camp when I go to take more pictures.
Now that I have my Kes picture in my Canucks collection I'm thinking I should get some of the other pictures I have of the guys printed off and have them sign them at training camp too. Then I can frame them myself and hang them in the hallway here ... my very own "Coach's Corner"!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas is a-comin'

It's hard to believe we're halfway through December already! I had been hoping to get my 'away' Christmas packages mailed well before now, but I've been sick since late November so they'll just have to wait until I can get out ... hopefully next week I'll feel up to it. It's a good thing I have such an understanding family.

I had heard on the news the other day about all the snow storms back east and in some of the States, my sister in Iowa was in the middle of a blizzard. We still had green grass so of course I had to send her a picture to rub it in. Shouldn't have rubbed quite so early because now they're predicting a big storm for us. It started snowing this afternoon around 4:30, supposed to turn into quite a mess by tomorrow. Normally we don't get very much snow, even when they predict a "storm" so we'll see how this one turns out. Regardless I won't want to be out driving anywhere ... the people out there are morons when it comes to slippery roads. We get the slightest bit of anything on the road and they all go bananas -- accidents all over the place, transit pretty much shuts down, traffic at a standstill, it's crazy.

While I've been feeling crappy it has given me the time to get a lot of quilted things finished up that I might not have had time for otherwise. I decided this year to make myself a new Christmas stocking, Canuck style of course. I made an orca pattern for one side, rink for the other, hand appliqu├ęd them on and added some glitter to some areas. I quilted stars in the background and used a starry print for the cuff. Turned out pretty good. I've been hinting around the house all weekend that once it's finished it means Santa has to fill it with chocolate for Christmas. I won't get my hopes up, but you never know, Santa might get me a Toblerone or something.

I also finished an orange quilt for my favorite little man, can't post a picture of that until after Christmas though. Got all my Christmas quilting and knitting done ... a lot of yarn leftover, maybe I'll make myself a hat.