We had a very nice time last Saturday visiting the Vancouver Aquarium for my future daughter-in-law's birthday.  Family and friends all showed up so Deja could show us why she loves the Aquarium. It was a wonderful afternoon seeing beluga whales, African penguins, sea otters, sea lions, seals, porpoises, jellyfish, sharks and lots and lots of fishes.  The jellyfish tank was incredible with about 6 different kinds and it was lit beautifully.  Great idea for embroidery!  Bruce and I gave Deja a 48 x 60 inch blanket that had the characters from How to Train your Dragon 2 woven on it.  She loved it and all I can say is, thank heavens for the Internet.

We then went to a new restaurant in Vancouver that opened the first of June, Allstar Wings and Ribs.  The food was very good and I loved the fact that my Cinque de Mayo burger was actually spicy hot.  It actually made my nose run!  And you wouldn't believe how wonderful the white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake was.  It was really to die for.  I have never had a cheesecake as creamy and luscious as this one was.

I have also spent the last few weeks making the quilted bags for the wedding, which is drawing ever nearer.  They are turning out very well and I'm pleased with them . I should have them finished by mid-September (4 done, 6 to go) if everything goes well.

In between the bags, I am also making table runners with Superhero fabric and will be taking the first samples to the venue to try with the table settings to make sure everything looks good.  Everything is on track for the wedding in November and when the bags are completed, I will be starting my dress.  I have bought the fabric and even found an evening bag kit with cross stitched peacock feathers that will match the over-tunic on my dress.  I should be receiving the kit next week and will be able to work on the cross stitching in the evenings.

I haven't been neglecting my Youth duties either.  We had a big donation from a Saskatchewan guild that was closing and that enabled us to purchase a book for each of our Youth members. The books have been ordered and are in my hands.  The Board approved the purchase of the Royal School of Needlework's Essential Stitch Guides, Canvaswork, Crewelwork or Bead Embroidery.  Each Youth member indicated which book they wanted and they will be mailed out in the next few days.

I am a dual member of Virtual Threads and have taken on the Treasurer's position.  I have been enjoying sending out Paypal invoices and keeping the books up to date.  In addition, I'm also doing two SAL's through Virtual Threads, a Fibreluscious Pincushion and Save the Stitches from Blackwork Journey. 

Oh, how I love retirement!

I hope you are all enjoying the summer and getting in lots of stitching time.

~ Linda Brenner


  1. Glad you are enjoying retirement Linda,I have to agree with you ,I love it too. Your bags are very neat and everything seems to be coming together for November. Look forward to seeing your purse when it is finished.

  2. I have been wondering about the wedding and how your commitment was coming along.. glad to read all is going as hoped for. Looking forward to seeing more of your creations.


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