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Archive for October, 2015

Moonlight, Bloody Moonlight

Well, it’s October 31st…
a scary night of fright for some.

Personally, this spooky victorian treat of 19th century party games from AnnabelleTroy is tricky enough for me! Especially since my earlier attempt to reblog AnnabelleTroy’s “Victorian Lamb Cake” post turned out to be a bit of a nightmare! … LoL … So go on now and sit a spell with Annabelle… Show her some love and tell her I sent you! 🙂 ♥ Jackie


top fashion designers use knitting, crochet and embroidery for Spring/Summer 2016

Dressing up for Halloween this weekend?
. . . but THEN what’ll you wear?!?

Check out these fashion photos for spring/summer 2016!
Lots of crafty flair for stylish needlework creativity here…
featuring knitting & crochet & embroidery & (of course) sewing! 🙂 ♥ Jackie

ralph lauren october 2015 hellohart_com

I’m always on the look out for the latest fashion with a touch of handcrafted goodness. Fashion week in London, New York and Paris (about 3-5 weeks ago) did not disappoint me! There were MANY outfits with knitted detail, crocheted touches and free style embroidery to drool over. Here are a few of my favourite outfits (with some notes on what caught my eye) by some pretty famous designers for Spring/Summer 2016.calvin klein october 2015 hellohart_com

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dolce and gabbana 1 october 2015 hellohart_com

dolce and gabbana 2 october 2015 hellohart_com

dolce and gabbana 3 october 2015 hellohart_com

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Have a fantastic weekend!

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the KWH iPad Show #27 💜 world pasta day

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Hello & Welcome
to my 27th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is a crafty “World Pasta Day” 🙂
— Sunday the 25th of October —
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Texture units of the yellow and orange pasta with the image of the heart in the middle, stock photo | ColourBox

It seems there is a “day” for everything, these days! And on Sunday this weekend, it was  “World Pasta Day“. Did you celebrate pasta in some way?

Pasta Party crochet pattern by Normalynn Hood

spaghetti knitting via chopkins blogspot

Did you know there are over 600 shapes of pasta? wOw… +600!!! I’m thinking any shape will do for most of us—as long as it tastes good… Anyone who enjoys crafting with pasta will care more about its shape/detail… Especially those talented cooks who like to make homemade pasta from scratch! Speaking of which… Here is a recipe for Fresh “Knitting Needle” Pasta with Goat Sauce—from My Calabria by Rosetta Costantino and Janet Fletcher. Recipe includes tips for using an actual knitting needle in the traditional pasta-making technique!

Plus of course, pasta’s long shelf life makes it a good choice for food hampers/donations 🙂

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Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

–— 💜 Have you thought about buying a copy of my knitting pattern today? 💜

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Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

One day past the pasta date.. ♥ Jackie


the KWH iPad Show #26 💜 loss for words Wednesday… Ohhh Canada!

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Hello & Welcome
to my 26th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is my humble political opinion…
my farewell ❤ salute in honour of outgoing
prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper.

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Thank you Stephen Harper…
for leading Canada with integrity and
building a country I could be proud to call my own! 

 

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Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
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Conservatively heartbroken in Alberta… ♥ Jackie


the KWH iPad Show #25 💜 I Love Yarn Day!

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Hello & Welcome
to my 25th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is a bit of backyard knitting
amidst the golden leaves of autumn 🙂

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I love yarn!
… and I love autumn!
… and yarn!
… and autumn’s golden leaves
… before they all fall!
… and I love knitting with yarn!

And of course, I love today… 
because today is “I Love Yarn Day”
… yay!

These photos are from Thanksgiving weekend.
And today is another sun-shining 19ºC/66ºF day!
So pictured there in that photo is where I’ll be!
… sitting ‘n knitting 🙂
… with the man I love ❤
… and yarn I love 😉

 

Then election day is Monday the 19th.
Canadians will head to the polls…
where I hope our greater majority will join
Wayne “the great one” Gretzky
in casting votes for Stephen Harper!

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Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

Share the yarn love today! ♥ Jackie


Ruellia tuberosa (Minnie Root)

From violet-coloured “sheep potato” flowers to exploding seeds from Thailand…
Maria’s tropical garden blog has got it all, I tell ya! 🙂 ♥ ❤ Jackie

Botanical Journey from the South

Ruellia tuberosaRuellia tuberosa (Minnie Root) Aka  Fever Root, Snapdragon Root, Sheep Potato, Waterkanon, Watrakanu, Minnieroot, Iron root, Feverroot, Popping Pod, Duppy Gun, Wayside tuberosa, Gunipeca batard, Bluebell, or Cracker plant, is a species of flowering plant in the Acanthaceae family. Its native range is in Central America (Caribbean, México, Central and South America (Guyana, Surinam, Venezuela, Colombia, Perú) and has naturalized in many countries of tropical South and Southeast Asia. 

Ruellia tuberosaIt is a small biennial plant with thick fusiform tuberous roots and striking funnel-shaped violet-colored flowers. Its variant, Ruellia metziae Tharp (Metz’s Wild Petunia), or Ruellia tuberose ‘White Form’, was covered in this previous post.

Minnie Root

Hardy to USDA zones 9 – 11. The simple leaves are opposite and elliptic; the stem is 4 sided. The plant only flowers after the start of the rainy season. 

Ruellia tuberosa

Ruellia tuberosa reaches an average height of about 30-60 cm (12-23 in) in moist and shady environments. It grows, however, preferably…

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the KWH iPad Show #24 💜 I’m thankful for…

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Hello & Welcome
to my 24th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is Thanksgiving and
a few things that I’m thankful for 🙂

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This weekend is
“Thanksgiving” in Canada!

One day of thanks is good…
One 3-day long-weekend is grand…
But with millions of moments and
cherished memories along life’s way…
I’d say the calendar overflows with
an abundance of joy to fill our hearts
with thankfulness on ANY given day! 
This is true, even on a “bad” day!
Wouldn’t you say?
Now looking at this photo of my ol’ iMac
that died 6 months ago, I’m ever-thankful
for my iPad that has kept me blogging
all these months—
just you, me & my iPad

So this year…

I’m thankful for my husband’s precious prescription of HPP medicine and the doctors/researchers who worked all these years to give us hope for a healthier tomorrow! Plus, so thankful we could visit family en route to picking up the first month’s prescription! 🙂 ❤
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I’m thankful to live in a peaceful nation where individual rights for freedom of speech, politics and religion are valued, respected and encouraged!
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I’m thankful for unobstructed
sunset views from our own backyard!
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I’m thankful for YOU ❤
This blog would be a lonely cyber-place
without all of you guys stopping by!

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

–— 💜 Have you thought about buying a copy of my knitting pattern today? 💜

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Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

Happy Thanksgiving! ♥ Jackie


the KWH iPad Show #23 💜 healing hope for HPP

Asfotase Alf

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Hello & Welcome
to my 23rd episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is our road trip to Winnipeg
… in pursuit of a healthier tomorrow 🙂

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Asfotase Alf

And we’re back! … Back home, after our whirlwind road trip to Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre—where we finally met Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg in person and received our first month’s prescription of Asfotase Alfa!!! Dr. Greenberg is the renowned driving force behind clinical trial research for hypophosphatasia (HPP). Over the past decade, other doctors have allowed Husband’s paperwork for obtaining HPP treatment to fall short. But that all changed when we found Dr. Greenburg and Dr. Christopher Lee (our personal physician). We thank God for enabling them and blessing us with their dedicated effort to help make this medical mission trip possible! ❤

As well… I’m back to feeling like my usual self—after suddenly feeling mysteriously “zapped” of all energy for the past 5 days. Weird :-/ Dragging myself around and feeding my facebook page was about all the strength I could muster. At least the facebooking was fun… So it’s sure great to be back—in more ways than one!

Here are a few iPad photos of memorable moments and prairie highway scenery from our trip…

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We set out before sunrise in our 2002 Toyota Celica—which still runs bright like its sunshiny paint colour 🙂 After driving 10 hours, we stopped for night at the Yorkton Days Inn in Saskatchewan. During 2 days of medical testing in Winnipeg, we stayed in an east-facing Canad Inns room (see 13th floor sunrise photo), conveniently attached to the hospital. We also got together with family and celebrated one nephew’s 13th birthday! The last time we saw family was last summer’s trip to the Niagara Peninsula. The time before that was our Thanksgiving 2013 road trip… Fun stuff! And finally, an especially yummy thanks to our sisters, for filling our bags with their homemade goodness of cherry jam, spaghetti sauce, salsa and cookies… Plus, one perfectly purple cupcake-shaped handmade soap! 🙂 ❤

Homeward bound, we drove straight through for 14-hours—eager to refrigerate our precious HPP-fighting Asfotase Alfa cargo… Now we’ll wait and see how long it might be before Husband’s daily needle dosage shows signs of healing 🙂

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

–— 💜 Have you thought about buying a copy of my knitting pattern today? 💜

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Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

Hope continues… ♥ Jackie