Wednesday, 29 April 2009

This is where I was today.................

I think I've told you that we have two beautiful daughters and two handsome sons.

Our youngest beautiful daughter is an amazing talented artist and our eldest beautiful daughter is a wonderful Primary School teacher. Well today was her graduation ceremony at Deakin University in Geelong.

With her proud husband...............

.......very proud daughter......

.......equally proud son..............


The end of four long years..........


Yes, we are very proud of her....
like most mature age students she managed to juggle running a home, having children at school and working for the first two years at Uni.

Dad just couldn't help himself, not quite the same look is it?

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

And the winner is.......

Time to pick a winner for my little giveaway, there were 11 lovely comments, thank you one and all. It's a lovely community to belong to around here! Anyway, onwards and upwards. I decided to use a state of the art, no fuss, no frills, tried and true method, yep, scrunch up (or in this case neatly fold!), place in lovely casserole dish...........................


....................eyes closed (luckily I focused the camera first), pick one,

and the winner is...........

.................Ha, that puts paid to your theory Linda!!................congratulations.

Send me an email with your snail mail and I will post it off for you as soon as ever.

Now, dinner, this is what I'm going to make...............




....this is the recipe, sounds yummy. It's from the April 'Womens Weekly' which Mum gave me yesterday. She buys it every month, reads it, passes it to me when she's finished. I read it, take out the recipes I want then pass it on to my eldest daughter, who uses it for things to cut out with her class. Good value for money is the 'Weekly'.


No sewing so far this week for me, been busy yesterday and today, tomorrow I have something very special to do, I shall share that with you perhaps tomorrow night.




Sunday, 26 April 2009

It's Officially cold today.......

It's absolutely freezing up here today, the wind has howled, the rain has blown in sideways, it's been grey, cold and windy all day and then........................the sun broke through the heavy cloud for about 5 minutes and this is what I saw.


Diamonds on the tree!

Sometimes you just have to wonder at the beauty of the little things!

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Lest We Forget.....


click on the image for a larger view





Photo's taken at the Anzac Day march at
Rockingham, W.A. 2008


The 'Waiting Woman' statue, HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton, W.A.




Friday, 24 April 2009

Note books

Sooooo, you will have to read backwards now, the overlord (computer gremlin) has dictated that this must come first, so you get to see the finished article THEN read the beginning!!
Not to worry, so this is the diary cover I made for the lovely Eden's birthday next weekend, as you can see, I changed the binding to the dotty orange one, I think it looks much better.

If you look at the bottom of the book you can see that I have put a bookmark in for her, I made it from some white twill tape stitched to the back of the cover. Then I stitched the other end onto a metal 'giggle' charm left over from scrapbooking days, stitched a fabric daisy on and slipped a little note from me to her in the pocket and it's done. Now I just have to go out and find the other stuff!!

This notebook I made for my very dear friend Jenny, who from her self description is a 'baby catcher', (midwife) anyway, at 6am on Sunday morning she will be on board a plane bound for Papua New Guinea. She is going to do volunteer work in a small remote hospital 'catching babies' for three weeks. My admiration for her knows no bounds, she is a wonderful, charming, loving, generous, warm and very loved person (even though she doesn't sew AT all). The women of Papua New Guinea are very, very lucky to have her. Take care my special friend.

Oh yes, it's so she can jot notes about her wonderful adventure!!

Today I made this.....


Next weekend one of our beautiful grandaughters turns 10 years old, she is so excited that she will finally be into 'two figures', but because she lives in Warnbro, Western Australia, I can't be there yet (soon I hope). She wants things like Hannah Montana D.V.Ds, the Veronica's clothes , she wants boots, make up, jewelry, a nintendo game and a microphone for her ipod dock (which is Hannah Montana of course) so she can sing along, which she does with a beautiful singing voice. This Nana will be off shopping this weekend to find what I can find to delight her but, in the meantime I made her this..................


I cut into my lovely greens that I bought the other week, I actually cut the green stripe for the binding, but as you will see, I changed my mind.

I appliqued her name above the pocket on the front.............

......I wanted to make it especially hers, she has an older sister and a younger sister and brother, so it's important that things belong..............

Can you see the 'oops' - I forgot to stitch around the centre of the 'e', lucky I found it before I got too far!!!!

.....a bit out of sequence here, but this is the inside pockets and the pocket for the front cover...

You will have to carry on to the post below, I don't know what happened, but I couldn't put all the photos on the one post............who knows.....some sort of computer overlord I expect!!

1930s Dresden Plate

Sherri at A Quilting Life is lucky enough to be finishing a quilt her g.g. grandmother started and when I saw it I left a comment to say that it was very like one that I bought about 12/13 years ago, even to the colour she was using for the borders. I said that I would post some pictures for her - so here they are. The light isn't very good in the spare front bedroom, which is why my dresden lives there, it sits on the bed until one of the grandchildren comes to stay, then off it comes and the good old 'doona' goes on.
It's a really lovely buttery yellow and the plates are obviously scraps. A few of them are very worn (about 20 individual pieces), but I have made the decision not to mend them, I just love them the way they are. It's been well used and well loved I think and it has a gentle retirement where I get to just admire the needlework of the woman who stitched this many years before I was born.....and boy, that was a while ago!


I just love that the colours are still so strong and vibrant for the most part, there are a couple that have faded and now look like plain homespun.







I love this quilt and whenever I put linen away in this room, I find myself just running my hand over the bed just to feel the beautiful texture of it.





I feel very lucky and privileged to be the custodian of this piece of someone else and unlike Sherri I don't know the story of my quilt, I wish I did.

Looks like Winter's nearly here....

Looks like my lovely Silver Birch tree outside my workroom window will be standing bare in a couple of days. The promised cold change is just about here, our beautiful 'Indian Summer' is over, it could be really time to start pulling out the woollies and hopefully the gum boots. It's soooo long since we had any good old MUD!! We have had about 2mm of rain this morning with the promise? of more to come. The wind is quite strong but still blowing from the North West so it's still reasonable mild, boy do we know it up here in the Central Highlands when it turns round to the South. It whistles straight from Antartica, whips around Tassie and runs it's icy fingers right around us.

Oh the joy of soups and open fires, toasting toes in front of flames, curling under winter blankets, watching to see if it's going to snow!!

Ok, that's enough of that, what month is Summer again???

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Book Giveaway

Sue from Sue Daley Designs is giving away a signed copy of her new book, don't go here 'cos I would really love to win this! Oh, alright, go there, you won't regret it.

Mrs Perkins.......

Earlier on this week Lurline decided to make the 'Melly & me' softie, Mrs Perkins. Janet from quiltsalot decided to join her and they made a pact to make 'Mrs Perkins' between the 11th & 28th of May. So I have decided to join them, I bought my pattern from Ballarat Patchwork yesterday........




and how could I resist this gorgeous fabric to make her out of........

.....now all I have to decide is what colour will I use, decisions, decisions!!

And of course be patient, can't start her until May 11th.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Just Because Giveaway........

Well finally I've finished my 'Just Because' giveaway. Just because .. I have returned to quilting. Just because..everyone in this quilters blogging circle has been so welcoming. Just because.. everyone has been so helpful and finally.. Just because I can!
So here it is, I hope you (whoever you are) will enjoy this as much as I have enjoyed making it. I have made this little table runner with three stitcheries. In the centre there is a basket of pears with some autumn berries and on each side there is a single stalk of late summer hollyhocks, the colours are lovely greens and deep reds. All the fabric, except the stripes and stars, is from the William Morris collection, taken from wallpaper in the Victoria & Albert Museum.


So all you have to do is leave a comment .........


...and on, let me see, which day???...




.......Tuesday April 28th, I will pull someone out of the hat, metaphorically speaking that is!


So after all that I have to make another one now, I think it will be just right for a part of my gift for Mum for Mothers Day, and then one for us would be nice.

Good Luck everyone.

Monday, 20 April 2009

Thanks Girls......

Thank you to everyone who helped me with my reply woes, I think I have it licked now thanks to Linda's expert tutorial. We shall see if you all get replies now!!

Help, I can't do it......

I've been trying to reply to lovely ladies who leave lovely comments, but I can't seem to work out how to email a reply with the comment attached? Does that make sense? If any lovely lady (or man for that fact) knows what on earth I'm talking about, can you let me know....please?

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Kitchen Swap

Head on over to here and have a look at the new kitchen swap that Terri is hosting. Looks like lots of fun.

Autumn roses....

This morning we had a little (1mm) rain, not much I know, but enough to wash the dust off the Boston Ivy and make it sparkle. Which is why it caught my eye when I went out to take some photo's of the last couple of buds on Julia's Rose. The ivy, along with the oaks are usually the last to show their Autumn glory in our garden, although the birches are a lovely golden yellow still. The maples have finished and have spread their russet hues over the ground, the willows just tend to drop their leaves without much fanfare, a good wind for a couple of days in late April, early May and they are bare, left standing naked waiting for their verdant fuzz in Spring.

This is what caught my eye early this morning. Julia's Rose, once again showing how beautiful she really is. A perfect curled bud bathed in tiny diamonds of moisture, how can anyone not like this Queen of flowers?
The colours are just superb, washed with the early morning shower.

Against the deep russet back drop of 'Sedum Autumn Joy'.


What a perfect way to start a lazy Sunday. I hope your day is coloured as beautifully as mine is today.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Queensland Meter Maids....

I just wanted to share this with you, my nearly 13 year-old grandson on holiday at the Gold Coast. Do you think he's found the delights of the Meter Maids!

For those non aussies, the meter maids on the Gold Coast in Queensland, wander around putting money in the parking meters. The local council funds them with 'donations' for photo's with the 'maids'. It used to be a gold coin donation, but my daughter tell us it's now a $5 'donation'. Still, judging by the grin on his face, well worth the $5. They just grow up so quickly!!

Friday, 17 April 2009

Another Sneaky Peek.................

Thought that I would give you another little peek at my giveaway, I should have it finished in the next couple of days I hope.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

A bit of black thread.............

Yesterday I visited my lovely Mum in Geelong, she has just turned 80 and is coming to terms with her Alziemers and can have a good laugh with Dad (82) about the things she does sometimes. What she is having real trouble with handling is the fact that her arthritis in her fingers makes it no longer possible for her to do hand sewing. Some of my very first memories are of Mum sewing, she made all my clothes and my brothers too, until they got old enough to want shop bought. But for me, her only daughter, she kept sewing. I can vividly recall walking in to the house on a Friday afternoon and stating that I needed something new to wear out the next night. The next day the dress, skirt, pants would be ready to go, and not just for me but my best friend had to have the same thing, (the sixties, were awash with girls wearing the same clothes it seems) so she would have produced two tiny mini dresses replete with sequins or two pair of hipster pants with halter tops to match. Amazing. And of course with the arrogance of youth, I totally took this wonderful service for granted. So I would like to say now.........Thank you Mum, I don't know how you put up with me!...............
Anyway, the point of this story is that Mum has sewed with needle and thread all her life. When there was nobody left to sew for, she took up embroidery again and occupied her fingers that way for many years. She has produced embroidered wool cot blankets for all her great grandchildren (13 to date) as they were born, many a happy recipient has a cross stitch on their wall and her 'stump work' embroidery was amazing, but for the last couple of years her fingers won't do what she asks of them and she has had to pack her embroidery cottons and needles away. BUT such is the 'stashing away' gene so ingrained into crafters of every persuasion that when I said to her yesterday "Do you by any chance have some black embroidery cotton to save me going into the shopping centre"?...........
out she goes to her 'shed', opens a cupboard and lo and behold four shelves of containers all full of cottons! They might find a cure for arthritis you know!!
Now not only did she have a 'bit' of black dmc cotton, she gave me the container pictured because it only had 'doubles' in it. But the rest of this long story is that not only did she have four shelves of just cottons and threads, they are every one of them sorted like this one! Labeled, sorted in desending order, the outside of the container labeled with numbers from and to, whether they are metallic, dmc, wool, silk or space floss for all I know. So have a look at her beautifully ordered box then scroll down to my filing for threads!!! I admit, she's shamed me into it, while I was out this morning I bought some little cards for thread and a couple of boxes, I'll let you know how I get on!!



I know, shameful hey..........

So when I had finished the grocery shopping this morning, I thought I would just pop across the road to
Ballarat Patchwork and have a little look at what was new :-)



Aren't the colours just fabulous, I'm just going to feast my eyes on them until I finish some things and then....well, who knows?

Monday, 13 April 2009

Quiet Weekend........

I hope you all had a lovely Easter, it was very quiet here at our house. He who works, was working all weekend and has indeed just left for work again, will be back here about 1am in the morning, when yours truly will be having liasons with Mr Sandman! Our youngest daughter and family along with our eldest son, all live in West Australia, so seeing them wasn't going to happen. Our eldest daughter and her family were in Queensland for the first week of the school holidays and are on the way home today and our youngest son was working all weekend too. So that gave me lots of sewing time, not a bad thing at all.




The weather here is still just gorgeous, sunny, windless days and cool nights, just so perfect for Easter and the school holidays........perfect autumn weather.


I started on my little giveaway this weekend, I'll just give you a little peek.........................


......................I'm really enjoying this and have had so much fun working out what to giveaway, I can see that I will be doing this again.


I also cut out the fabric I bought for Sam's quilt into 5.5 inch squares, I've stitched them into rows of 7, that gave me 9 rows. No photo yet, but I am going to applique large white daisy shapes randomly across the quilt top. That's as far as I have planned yet. As she is only 11 at the moment, I want her to be able to use it through her teen years, it needs to be a little 'funky', so, that's what I'm working on.......being Funky!!

Wish me luck with that one.......

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