Thursday, 24 March 2011

It's that time of the year again, our local quilt show is on this weekend. It's always a really good weekend, albeit a very busy one and we're hoping to top the over 1000 visitors we had last year. There's a very nice little blurb on the Homespun Blog here about the show. If you can make it up on Saturday or Sunday, come and say hi, I'll be there all weekend....


You won't be able to miss me, I've been making name tags for us. The theme this year is Summer Daze, so I've made Dazzies ! You know Daisies :o)



Cute huh...!!


This taken from the Ballarat Events Website...



Ballan Quilt and Craft Show 2011
The theme for the 2011 Quilt and Craft Show is “Summer Daze” Our local community always provides such a diverse and high quality range of entries which make our displays truly memorable to all who visit. Devonshire teas and other yummy food available Entry - $5.00 Saturday 26th March 10am – 4pm Sunday 27th March 10am – 3:30pm At the Ballan Primary School Gymnasium, Steiglitz Street (via Duncan Street), Ballan


Contact Ballan Quilt and Craft Show Committee
Phone Megan 53682106 or Karen 0419419530
Email ballanquiltshow@hotmail.com


Start Date Saturday 26 March 2011
End Date Sunday 27 March 2011
Event Duration 2 Days


Agenda
Day 1
Saturday 26 March 2011
Start Time 10:00 AM
End Time 4:00 PM
Cost $5
Agenda The Annual Ballan Autumn Festival with country market and stalls is on the Saturday
Location Ballan Primary School Gymnasium, Steiglitz Street (via Duncan Street), Ballan


Day 2
Sunday 27 March 2011
Start Time 10:00 AM
End Time 3:30 PM
Cost $5
Agenda
Location Ballan Primary School Gymnasium, Steiglitz Street (via Duncan Street), Ballan

Do you remember this little baby......



...it won me a first prize last year...! I'm not expecting anything this year though, I do have a couple of quilts in but really just for the fun of it.


Hope to see you there over the weekend, looks like it's going to be cold and wet so what better way to spend it than looking at some awesome work.....


Oh yes, there's lots of trading tables too....sigh, stash building coming up....
xxx


ps.....nearly forgot, there's a quilt raffle too, gotta love that.........

Sunday, 20 March 2011

I'm back Gudrun.....

...but I haven't really been anywhere. My PC crashed and burnt, luckily I had everything backed up well (thanks Mr Norton) but I'm not sure what good it's actually going to do me as I'm on the Mac now and some things just don't cross over well!! My Photoshop was for PC and I'll have to buy it again for the Mac, EQ just isn't compatible at all with Apple...sigh, it really is difficult and just all too much effort at the moment. First before I get into a long conversation I just want to say a Happy Happy Birthday to my Railway Man....





This man has been my rock for more than 40 years and I love him more each year, he's my shoulder and my crutch, my sounding board and my critic, my cheer squad and my coach and most of all he's the man I want to grow old with. I love you Railway Man, with all my heart.....toot toot!!


I've had some health issues in the last few weeks and without going into details, they are ongoing and something I have to learn to live with, nothing terminal so don't worry, I'm not going anywhere yet!! Too many quilts to make to go anywhere AND that leads me very nicely into the fact that I have a TA DA moment....





This is one of the quilts from the Flickr Bee I belong to, Dec/Jan was my month/s and as we make two blocks, this is only one of mine. You'll have to wait 'till May to see the other one, the block is the same, different fabric though.





Quilted by the very talented Bec from Homestead Quilting...





The binding is machined on in the pic, but it's not hand stitched down. It is now, I finished it the other day and it's folded on the shelf looking beautiful..





..I love the colours in this. The fabric is Bliss and I love the way it almost glows in the sunlight on my sewing table WHICH very neatly leads me into telling you that I've moved..! Well, just my sewing room, but still, it was a huge effort...
I don't know whether I told you or not but we took down our island bench in the kitchen and replaced it with our dining table. We love having the table in the middle of our big country kitchen but the dining room, which is open to the kitchen wasn't really doing anything special. We still had our big dresser in there as it's too big to go in any other room so we thought why not move my room into there then the Railway Man can have my old room, which is off the lounge room to make his model trains and doll houses in....perfect. The room is lovely and warm in the winter as the kitchen stove is lit for at least 7 or 8 months of the year up here in the hills.
The walls were a deep green and the dresser was white....




Now the dresser is black and the walls are white.....
I'm still not 100% sure on the Japanese fabric, I really wanted to put some French General red on there (and I probably still will) but the Railway Man liked this..





We're moving anti-clockwise around the room..





Lots of storage...





...and places for puppies....



...a place to blog...





...more excellent storage. This used to be the top part of an old desk in I think a Railway Ticket office (what else?), we do have the doors but I love it just the way it is. Old Kauri and Baltic Pine glowing with beeswax polish, love, love it (and I love that the Railway Man dropped everything to clean and polish it for me before we brought it in from the shed...)





Looking out into the kitchen...





..and back in from the kitchen..
Can I just say that I am extremely happy with my new room...?


Lastly just a little puppy love to finish off a long post.....





Miss Martha fresh from the beauty parlour and showing off her pink spotty harness, she's not impressed though, she hates having a harness or a coat on...





..but this one on the other hand doesn't care what you put on her. The adorable Miss Molly, washed, brushed and beautified..


Hopefully it won't be so long between chats next time, busy week though. Our local quilt show is on this weekend, you know, the one I won in last year..!!


What was that? Who's Gudrun :o) Gudrun is my good bricks and mortar friend, you know, real life not blog life and she was complaining last week that I hadn't posted so she had nothing to read, so there you go Gudrun, just for you...


C U Later...
xxx













Thursday, 3 March 2011

Elephant Walk...

Just a really quick post to show you these photo's of Ryan at the Elephant Conservation Centre in Thailand....





...if you could see me now....





...you would see that I'm a light shade of green. What an amazing opportunity these kids have been given and what wonderful memories they are making.


Only four weeks left now until he's home and this Nana gets to see her boy again....

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