Monday, December 4, 2017

Looking back on 2017 ~ Rail City Art Crawl

This past February I was able to participate in my third Rail City Art Crawl.  It is one of my favourite local events and not to be missed . . . no matter what the weather is.  I was not able to get to all of the locations but I did my best in the amount of time I had.


Our first stop was to Romantic Designs where we enjoyed watching the artists and trying our hand at a very cute make n take.

Great artists at the STEAM Centre.

There was so much to see at the Art Centre.

So many artists and a photo booth at 465 Talbot Street.

We actually helped create some art at the Midtown Tavern.

Illumine was stunning as usual.

We really enjoyed watching the blacksmith at Rail City Tourism.

A chilly visit to the Railway Museum

Don't miss the 2018 Rail City Arts Crawl on February 23-24, 2018.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Top Movies of All Time according to IMDB ~ #37 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

I was sure I had seen this movie, but apparently I was wrong because I just watched it again the other day and recognized very little. Obviously I must have seen commercials or something.

What a riot! It is full of excitement and danger and adventure . . . all ridiculously overplayed. Loved it! The race is on to find the lost ark and everybody wants it -- even Hitler. But who will find it first?

You need something fun and silly to watch . . . watch this!

Academy Awards, USA 1982

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Norman Reynolds
Leslie Dilley
Michael Ford
Best Sound
Bill Varney
Steve Maslow
Gregg Landaker
Roy Charman
Best Film Editing
Michael Kahn
Best Effects, Visual Effects
Richard Edlund
Kit West
Bruce Nicholson
Joe Johnston
Special Achievement Award f
or sound effects editing.
Ben Burtt
Richard L. Anderson

Best Picture
Frank Marshall
Best Director
Steven Spielberg
Best Cinematography
Douglas Slocombe
Best Music, Original Score
John Williams

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Scrapbooking in November 2017

I actually was able to set aside some time to scrapbook this month. 

You can find the coyote paper piecing at

You can find the birthday cake paper piecing at

I have several different tool paper piecings.  This paint brush is at

I finally figured out how to do a waterfall layout . . .

  . . . and when you pull the tab on the left . . .

Art Journaling in November 2017

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Top Movies of All Time according to IMDB ~ #36 The Green Mile (1999)

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I'm pretty sure I made this comment when I reviewed Saving Private Ryan but I'll repeat it again.  I love Tom Hanks.  This was also the breakout movie for Michael Clarke Duncan, another actor I really admire.

The story is about a simple, innocent black man, John Coffey, who is found guilty of raping and murdering two little girls and sentenced to death.  Coffey has a profound effect on the guards on death row, especially when they learn of his special gift which is a blessing to others and a curse to him.

This movie is so moving that I dare you not to cry.

Academy Awards, USA 2000


Best Picture
David Valdes
Frank Darabont

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Michael Clarke Duncan

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Frank Darabont

Best Sound
Robert J. Litt
Elliot Tyson
Michael Herbick
Willie D. Burton

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Top Movies of All Time according to IMDB ~ #34 Psycho (1960)

I can't really have a serious opinion on this movie . . . because it looks to be very very very scary.  I don't do really scary.  Seriously, I've never watched it and probably never will.

Would you like to write a review for this movie?  
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Academy Awards, USA 1961


Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Janet Leigh

Best Director
Alfred Hitchcock

Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
John L. Russell

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White
Joseph Hurley
Robert Clatworthy
George Milo

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Top Movies of all Time according to IMDB ~ #29 Saving Private Ryan (1998)

I loved this movie.  Of course, I love Tom Hanks.  

During the Normandy landing two brothers are killed in action. In another theatre of the war the third Ryan brother is killed. Their mother is to receive all three telegrams on the same day. The United States Army Chief of Staff, George C. Marshall learns there is a fourth brother, Private James Ryan, and decides to send out 8 men (Cpt. Miller and select members from 2nd Rangers) to find him and bring him back home safe.

I think I may need to watch this movie again today.

Academy Awards, USA 1999


Best Director
Steven Spielberg

Best Cinematography
Janusz Kaminski

Best Sound
Gary Rydstrom
Gary Summers
Andy Nelson
Ron Judkins

Best Film Editing
Michael Kahn

Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing
Gary Rydstrom
Richard Hymns


Best Picture
Steven Spielberg
Ian Bryce
Mark Gordon
Gary Levinsohn

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Tom Hanks

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Robert Rodat

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Thomas E. Sanders
Lisa Dean

Best Makeup
Lois Burwell
Conor O'Sullivan
Daniel C. Striepeke

Best Music, Original Dramatic Score
John Williams

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Woodstock ON ~ Nerd Teas

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I have not been to the Nerd Te@s store but my son works in Woodstock and he brought me a few packages of tea to try.  I just tried Apple Chai herbal tea and it is a delicious blend of apple, hibiscus, rosehip, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, black and white peppers, clove, and nutmeg.  It brews up as a delicious fragrant relaxing tea and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It is caffeine free and high in antioxidants.  A 50g package sells for $8.00.

I still have Orange Creamsicle Rooibos and Sweet Watermelon Oolong to try.  But which will I try first?  I think perhaps I'll have a cup of Orange Creamsicle while I read some interesting articles on their blog.

Check this company out . . . online or in store.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Top Movies of all Time according to IMDB ~ #24 It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

If someone suggested that I've watched this movie 100 times, I would not be surprised.

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This is the perfect Christmas or any other time of the year feel good movie.  George is constantly frustrated whenever he tries to follow his dreams . . . to go to school, to travel, to leave his home town . . . 

Finally, after one more hit of bad luck, George Bailey wishes he had never been born.  With the help of an angel-in-training, George comes to realizes how important he has been in the lives of his family, friends and community.  He realizes he really does have a wonderful life.

Academy Awards, USA 1947


Best Picture

Best Actor in a Leading Role
James Stewart

Best Director
Frank Capra

Best Sound, Recording
John Aalberg (RKO Radio SSD)

Best Film Editing
William Hornbeck

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Top Movies of All Time according to IMDB ~ #23 The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Silence of the Lambs (1991)

I absolutely hated this movie. I hate creepy scary why-did-you-make-that-movie movies.

Somehow it won five Oscars.

Academy Awards, USA 1992

Best Picture
Edward Saxon
Kenneth Utt
Ronald M. Bozman

The Silence of the Lambs became the third film in Academy history to win the "Big Five" Academy Awards for producing, directing, acting, and screenwriting following It Happened One Night (1934) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975).

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Anthony Hopkins

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Jodie Foster

Best Director
Jonathan Demme

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Ted Tally


Best Sound
Tom Fleischman
Christopher Newman

Best Film Editing
Craig McKay 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Top Movies of all Time according to IMDB ~ #20 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

Star Wars:  Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

I can't say I am a huge fan of the Star Wars franchise . . . but I do like it quite a bit.  I think it is very clever.  And I can't believe I never questioned why the first movie was called Episode IV.

It has a great and swashbuckling story line and great special effects, especially for the times.  "Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the universe from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader."  I stole this from IMDB because I couldn't have said it better myself.

I think a wet dreary autumn day should be devoted to watching all the Star Wars movies while curled up in a quilt and popcorn.


I like that . . . the story of a boy, a girl and a universe . . . 

Academy Awards, USA 1978

Oscar Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
John Barry
Norman Reynolds
Leslie Dilley
Roger Christian

Best Costume Design
John Mollo

Best Sound
Don MacDougall
Ray West
Bob Minkler
Derek Ball

Best Film Editing
Paul Hirsch
Marcia Lucas
Richard Chew

Best Effects, Visual Effects
John Stears
John Dykstra
Richard Edlund
Grant McCune
Robert Blalack

Best Music, Original Score
John Williams

Special Achievement Award

Ben Burtt (as Benjamin Burtt Jr.)
For sound effects. (For the creation of the alien, creature and robot voices.)

Oscar Best Picture
Gary Kurtz

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Alec Guinness

Best Director
George Lucas

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
George Lucas 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Black and White Photo Challenge

Did you get nominated for the black & white photo challenge on Facebook.  I did . . . and it was fun.

Here's the challenge:

Seven days, seven black and white pictures that explain your life. BUT NO HUMANS, NO EXPLANATIONS. I was nominated by ___ for the 7 day challenge. I nominate ___ .

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Making Red Pepper Jelly

As wedding favours my soon-to-be daughter-in-law decided on little jars of honey and sweet red pepper jelly.  We spent a wonderful afternoon making jelly to put in these teeny tiny little jars.

Sweet red pepper jelly is delicious with a soft cheese (like cream cheese or goat cheese) on crackers or baguette slices.  Would you like the recipe?

And here they are all decorated . . .

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Scrapbooking finishes in October 2017

I was only able to attend for half the day at a crop in October.  I did managed to get a few pages done.  I spent more time shopping and visiting . . . sigh . . . 

The first photo is from our wedding in 1983.  The rest of the photos are of our vow renewal in 2015.

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