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“THREE FER ALL!”

February 16, 2010

Yesterday was a busy, busy day!  Valentine’s Day, the Olympics, and Chinese New Year!  Wow, three events in one day – I’m exhausted!  No wonder I haven’t done any quilting.

By the way…

Gung Hey Fat Choy!

That means Happy New Year in Chinese.  And 2010 is officially the Year of the Tiger.  The Chinese zodiac consists of 12 signs, each represented by a different animal.  The tiger is brave and powerful, independent in nature and very gracious.  You are a Tiger if you were born in 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986 or 1998.

So, what’s in store for 2010?  Under a tiger reign, many businesses that have taken a beating during the recession may see a reversal of financial fortunes.  Yay! Though I think it’s a bit like opening a fortune cookie and believing what you read, or taking those numbers on the back and purchasing a lottery ticket. Has anyone ever won the lottery with those numbers?

Anyway, my husband and I wandered into Chinatown in Vancouver yesterday to watch the Chinese New Year parade:

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The colours and fabrics they use in the costumes have inspired me to want to create a new quilt using Chinese silks!

I think this fellow was my favourite parade participant!

After, we spent the day wandering the streets of Vancouver, admiring how the city has taken on a completely new look:

It was a cool and almost rainy morning, but turned into such a beautiful afternoon – 12C and sunny – so everyone was out, dressed to show their Canadian spirit:

We even spotted some Olympic athletes:

Husband and I plan to visit the venues that are open to the public another day – it was just too busy to see many of them.  Though we did get in to the Northern Canada House.  While there, I thought about quilting when I saw these:

Click on each image to see a close-up. The first is made from died moosehair on velvet.  The second is tanned cariboo hide applique onto velvet, and embroidered with glass beads.  The photos do not do any justice at all!  (Hmm, I wonder where I could get a hold of some cariboo hide?)

We also visited the Olympic Flame.  When you see it in person, it really hits home what an amazing event we have taking place right here in our own city!  I notice the blog has had fewer visits over the past couple of days, and I know exactly why.  We are all glued to the television watching the events!

GO CANADA GO!


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  1. February 19, 2010 9:21 am

    Gong Xi Fa Cai, Xin Nian Kuai Le !
    We celebrate Chinese New Year here in Tokyo as we are a mixed Chinese/German family. It lasts for 15 days (similiar to the 12 days of Christmas).

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