Thursday, November 13, 2014


There hasn't been near enough time to sew presents for the babies and for my loved ones since we took on the daunting task of building the Lakehouse. But I  manage to sneak in a few things every now and then. My sewing room/craft room is mostly set up but not very organized yet and if you know me, I crave organization. I detest clutter. I am hoping over the winter I will be able to sew more projects. Project #1 is quilting a baby blanket for baby #2. I purchased the cutest fabric with kangaroos on it since "she" will be born in Australia. While I was there I purchased some matching fabric so I am hoping to start and finish before Christmas. Gotta keep the little wiggle worm warm in the Lakehouse.

Here are 3 bib projects I made for Sawyer:

Sew blue jean squares and embroidered the goose on then cut the shape of the bib out

Sewed flannel right sides together and then turn out right side out and sewed a seam close to the edge

Trying three styles of bibs, see which ones work best for mommy and baby

The three I came up with

Sewed fabric strips together and added embroidery done on blue jean to the centre

Sewing embroidery piece onto front of bib

Back of the front piece of fabric. Terry is being pinned to right sides to sew for backing

Sewing along the edge of the bib close to seam

Practicing a buttonhole. I used a button for closure on this bib but I think I prefer the velcro or snaps but the button was awfully cute

Terry towel backing is nice and absorbant but the flannel is nice for a light bib

Added an extra velcro on this one for room to grow
Sawyer was just starting to learn to eat solids in June. He is such a pro now

I need more bibs grandma
Relax... Respect... Enjoy...and kiss a baby today... Dorri

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Deck Building #2

Perry has been busy this fall working on completing the deck. Last weekend he got very close to finishing. It is looking amazing. I can't wait to get home and see it in person. We will still have the stairs to complete next year but we have temporary ones in place. Cold snowy Saskatchwan winters do not equal to much deck usage. By the looks of the weather he will be finished before the snow falls and stays. I can highly recommend this decking. Fiberon makes an excellent product, looks like California redwood with no fading and upkeep. Color is Ipe with Rosewood trim. 
Not much for leftovers, will use them on the planters along side the stairs
The north deck off the great room and dining room, eventually may screen in the covered portion....bugs you know? I have gotten the idea that since we haven't finished installing rock on the fireplace wall I might do some stepping stone mosaics in the centre? Just a thought for next summer like I need more projects on the list
The remaining crazy corner, north east corner
The back deck off the kitchen facing East, 12 x 18 covered deck above shelters the bbq area

Perry's little helper Lil Guy looking for a peanut

Someone was running out of daylight... time for a break I think

Finishing the back deck off the kitchen in the warm morning sunshine
The Northside

East side
Relax... Respect... Enjoy... another project almost completed... Dorri

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Baby Baby Baby

We were lucky this year to get a visit from this lil guy and his mommy twice this year (and daddy once too lol) and Christmas will make three. It has been awesome watching his firsts and seeing him grow. Pretty special little people grandchildren are. Blessed to have one and almost two.

Sawyer Bean and Ashley

New baby due Oct 13th, yes "she" is late.... Meg sent this neat picture of the baby's size of hand

Warming the Teddy Bear or is the Teddy Bear warming Ash up on this rainy cloudy day

Hi Grandma... loves using his puppy Dexter to stand up and as a pillow

Loving nature
Birthday card from Ashley, Danny and Sawyer
Relax... Respect... Enjoy the blessings of children & grandchildren... Dorri

Monday, October 20, 2014

Summer Fun

Once in awhile we need to take a break from the house building and have some fun. Here are a few shots from our summer fun filled days...
Quadding on the trail to Heart Lake

Dorri & Gladys at Gladys's 90th Birthday celebration in Codette. Gladys was my first and best boss of all times at Nipawin Florists. Oh those were the days.

Lil Guy just haning out on the deck with us. He is peanut addict and loves to be on Instagram

Kayaking across the lake. Not nearly enough of this done this summer. We need to get Perry his own boat so we can go together

A perfect summer day at Little Bear Lake, SK

Ready for a day of water crafting

We enjoyed many a beautiful sunset and sunrise this summer

Quad trip to Heart Lake with Blockas and Gary & Angela

I am outside roughing it in the bugs and the great outdoors....where's the bathroom?

Hang loose mates...

Triple selfies... Dorri, Angela & Angele

Gary just having a time!!

What happens when I try and do a marshmellow Baily's shooter.....stickiness ugh

Well done smokies... just the way we like em

My awesome fiance.... just looking hott

Us at Heart Lake wearing our California Highway Patrol helmets... don't they look like that?

Any day I can go driftwood gathering is a good day indead

Driftwood gathering

Stealing some wood from the beaver house....they are friendly aren't they?

Kayaking the other side of the lake

Ashley and their entourage playing on the beach

There's messy baby Sawyer in daddy's arms enjoying a day
Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri