Saturday, February 18, 2017

Close to Home

Hubby was lucky enough to be working close to home on Friday, which coincided with me having
the day off work and actually being at home for the most part of the day ...... since he was just a few doors up at the end of the back lane, I was able to catch a few snaps of him working.  Normally I wouldn't bother doing this, but I thought it would be good to grab a few shots since once we sell, he will be retiring.  He was working on machines when we first met 34 years ago - so it would be a shame not to share some of that here on the blog.


Friday was also FNSI with Wendy our wonderful hostess, and with the day off, I decided to start early - finally making a start on my big project for the year "Down the Rabbit Hole" (a monthly block of the month project). Let me just say that I'm most certainly on a learning curve with this project ...... and making this circle took till part way through today to complete -  I have to say I was pretty happy when it actually worked!!!  I'd even cut an extra wedge since I was pretty sure with my bad cutting that I was going to have a problem with it joining together! But Blow me down, it actually worked!!! 

I love the dragonfly fabric!

While you might think I just worked on this, let me share that it was only completed with lots of coffee breaks and de - stressing - sitting with crochet  hook in hand edging blocks ....... and even crocheting a few  together in their rows (as per my initial idea for this rug).   So it seems this BOM will assist in getting other projects completed at the same time!! lol


Anyhow, so now back to the quilting biz, and I'm up to the part where I have to sew down the stems ......... let's hope that's more interesting than how it's sounding, or at least quick if nothing else!

Oh, and I should share that Thursday night hubby was invited to a big private sale at one of the fishing tackle shops - he asked me to tag along with him and surprise ........ he ended up buying both of us a new rod and reel each that will be getting used when we move north!  I was pretty happy to get to have a rod and reel purchased that actually suits me and is nice and light to boot!!
Well on that note, I'm off to do a spot of reading before heading off to bed. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hexie Play Time



 Yesterday was a rostered day off from work which worked in wonderfully with being able to drive over to corowa to collect my new glasses.  I finally got around to having another eye test the other week and just need some new ones for close up work - a smaller lens for when I'm sewing or crocheting. It's about a 35min drive from here and just over the Murray River into NSW.  I took some photos on the way back of the old bridge we go over - it has lights as its only one way and with the bend you can't see if there is traffic over the other side........










So with new glasses in hand I decided to sit down and work on some more hexie love ..... and work out which fabrics from my stash will become the joining hexies .....




 I've decided on using the calico, the purple check and a lovely pale green patterned piece ......... 









see it starting to take shape...... although it still needs a good press in these photos ....

 I'm still debating if I'll make some half hexies to join to the centre piece or if I'll overlap the hexies on to the top of it ...... This blogging tablecloth is definitely a work in progress as I only have a rough idea in my mind how it will look once sitting there with cups of tea and cake on top of it !  And finally I can link this post to Anthea's EPP which is the main rush job for getting this post out this morning before work lol ......

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentines Day


 It's been Valentines Day here in Oz today - I took part in the Initial Heart Swap hosted by Cheryll and received a lovely package in the mail from Kaye of Kitten Stitching.  LOok at this lovely little cushion and I have a plan for this great little tin as well! Thankyou Kaye they are lovely, as were the chocolates that are almost gone ........


And this is what I sent to Kaye ..... my first time doing a notebook cover.  I used some material covered in little hearts for the inner flaps which I thought went well with the coloured sections it has.    The embroidery design on the front you may recognise as one of the patterns from Jenny of Elephanz!  Its a free pattern so check out her blog for lots of other lovely embroideries.
 I thought it fitting to add a little crochet heart pincushion into the mix for good measure as well as the necessary lollies - I refrained from sending chocolate with the horrid heat we've been having!


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Bloggin Anniversary Stitches ......

Today its my blogs 7 year anniversary - can you believe that??  Seems appropriate then what I've been working on this weekend .......
It was stitching time again on Friday with FNWF, which usually manages to flow over into at least some part of the weekend. It's nice knowing there are others out in blogging land sewing along together, particularly when I don't have a local group of ladies to sit and stitch with.  I'm hoping that will change when we get to Maryborough, as there don't seem to be any ladies close by here who like to stitch or handcraft!  
  It's been so pleasant getting back into a "slower" pace around here, and the house is still looking rather spic from the frantic clean up last weekend allowing us to just do a few jobs that need attending to. 

I decided to get back to work on the middle section of my "blogging tablecloth" - I wanted to add a Beehive to it since the craft cabin here got named "the beehive", and I've decided that whichever room becomes the sewing area up in the new house, it will be called the Beehive as well!  I think that's much more fun than just "the sewing room", don't you?
  I may end up adding a bit more embroidery to the centre as I start to put it together a bit more - unsure yet., as I'm also toying with a couple of other ideas.  Anyhow, I decided a border was also needed which I'm hoping will assist in bringing in all the signature hexie flowers so they  flow together nicely. .........  And I may have found a scrap of fabric that I'll use for some of the "in between" hexies.  I've also heard from another blogging friend who has just put a signature hexie in the post for me to add - can't wait to see what it looks like.  I also worked on getting the latest signature hexies that have arrived in the past couple of weeks into flowers, not quite finished those yet so I'll share those another day.  I also decided to pull out the crochet and get another block made, the first of the Nocturn (Navy) blocks.  I'm relieved to find that the colour seems to work with the others......... Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Thursday, February 2, 2017

January Project Wrap Up

Wow, the First month of 2017 has come to an end ...... already???  I feel like I'm still in the midst of my planning for the year - Guess I'd best get onto that before I blink and its over lol 
Soooooo ...... Wrapping up the projects for January - Oh, and And don't forget that Kris and Peg have just opened the books for OPAM 2017 to keep us all moving along with our various projects! 
I completed a knitted Beannie for daughters partner ready for later this year when winter comes upon us ...... It's rather colourful, but he likes that type of thing - I'll give it to him next time I'm down in Melbourne!






 ..... I got started on the crochet rug which is being made specially for the veranda on our new home up in Maryborough ..... I'm pretty happy with the progress since it's gone from planning and looking for a suitable crochet block and working out my colours to having completed 15 Glacier (Grey), 7 Snow (white) and 5 Wisteria (Mauve) blocks.  According to my little diagram I need a total of 48 blocks and I've yet to work out just which method I plan to use to join them together.  Also I had to try getting more cotton, which I really wanted in a "Slate" type of colour, but being picky I wanted it in either Bendigo or Stylecraft DK since I prefer the drape of these cottons than some of the others I've previously used ........ seems neither of them are keen on a dark

grey cotton colour and in fact I'm very disappointed with the limited colour range that Bendigo has - I hadn't realised that they don't even have a true Red in cotton????  Anyhow by default I've now decided I need to go with the navy colour ...... nocturne (stylecraft) and French Navy (Bendigo) are pretty much identical so I discovered when the orders arrived!  The Rose Pink won't get used in this project - its mostly there so I could see the difference between it and Wisteria in the same photo! 

The signature tablecloth is making progress - I'm so looking forward to using this when we finally get up to Maryborough and I have ladies come to visit and enjoy some sewing and cuppa time!  I was blessed yesterday when another signature hexie turned up in my mail box ........ this one came from Narelle from Pins and Whiskers.  Narelle also hosts "1 Xmas Item a Month"...... Thanks so much Narelle, I'm looking forward to making your hexie into a flower for the tablecloth ....
Here are the flowers thus far ........ I need to work out what colour will be going between them all
Blogging Tablecloth Hexies


Next up .... The Valentines Day swap  (hosted by which I've managed to finish and have posted out today (that will have to wait as it's meant to be a surprise ). 

The "Down the Rabbit Hole" BOM released a surprise pattern for us to make while we waited for the release of the first part of the quilt ........ I had lots of fun making this hussif (a sewing caddy that rests over the arm of your chair) and I think the carrot was a fun addition!  I had a smile on my face the whole time I was making this ...... sew cute!!!!  It also meant I had another "finish" for the month of January - giving me a total of 4 actual finishes (including the secret sewing for the Initial Heart Swap).  The blocks can't be counted as finishes until the full project is completed to prevent those pesky UFO's piling up!


Progress on the January BOM  pattern from  "Hand picked Wardrobe" (see the link on my sidebar) ..... its not quite completed just yet ..... I plan to get this January block finished off later today since I have the day off!  Hooray!!!  I really enjoyed putting this block together and working on the stitching.  Looking forward to the February Block when it gets released later this month - don't forget that Val has been kind enough to make this a Free Block of the Month too!  And that my friends is my stitching round up for January!  I have to say that I'm feeling somewhat pleased with my progress thus far for 2017 - Lets hope it continues lol



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Open House

A Big Thankyou to those of you who have asked how the Open House went on Saturday here in
Bundalong, Victoria ....... unfortunately the real estate did not see fit to actually advertise it in the paper and had decided that a photo of the boat ramp was an appropriate front photo for the day ....... ummm, yes, good one guys - not many turned up - 1 couple to be exact who happened to hear about it while at another house !  I'm sure these real estate agents get paid far more than they ever should !

However Pete and I put in a massive effort to ensure the place looked clean and loved ....... and even finished with time to sit (exhausted) before the open time ....... Even Scruffy was pleased to see we could just sit and relax for a bit ......

Once the agent arrived we went up the local Pub for a drink to pass away the 45mins - some fancy cars were up there getting photo shoots done ...... As you might imagine that time passed quickly.   
 
At any rate we have a lovely clean and tidy home and yard to enjoy while we wait for the "right time".   I had to take advantage and snag a few photos while benches were clear etc etc lol
Bundalong Tavern



Back of the Beehive Crafting Cabin



Bundalong - Jan 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

Happy Happy, Sewing Time

Wendy hosted FNSI on Friday and I'm truly grateful to her as it really got me into the sewing kind of head space I needed to get going on some things ....  Note the several projects all on the go on the dining room table as I joyfully moved from one to the other depending on what was going on around me .........

 First I finished off the crochet squares in the "Glacier"  colour for our Crocheted Veranda Throw - its now sitting in a plastic tub while I wait on an order from Bendigo yarns, and an order from Deromores (UK) . I would have preferred to use all Bendigo cotton for this project, but unfortunately their colour selection is somewhat limited.

Next on the agenda was to begin doing something with the lovely little Elephanz embroidery..... I had to do it twice when I made a bit of an "oh dear" when I forgot the pen I had not used for such a very long time didn't actually erase when you ironed it ...... nope, apparently I should have wet it!  Oopsie!!   So I got some practice doing a second one!

Moving on, and by now it was Saturday afternoon and I was itching to get back to the sewing ....... so,  as you might have read, I'm taking part in the BOM, "down the rabbit hole " by Sarah Fielke which I had seen on another blog (oh how I wish I could remember who else was doing this and where I saw it???  Is it you?? Whoever it was - a big thankyou as Sarah explains things so well in her videos as well as having the pattern sheets!) .... anyhow, she also includes little surprises as part of the BOM we pay for apparently and sent through a lovely little "Hussif" pattern with video instructions for making it up.  Although it certainly wasn't compulsory, I just couldn't resist when I saw the carrot pincushion in it!  I've still got a tiny bit left to finish it off, it's been such a while since I've done much sewing and I first had to dust out the sewing machine and give it an oil,  but here is a snippet .............

 I'll show you the rest once I get it completed,  which I would have done, if I hadn't been blog hopping on Saturday morning while having breakfast ....... 
Val Laird had a post about a lovely wall embroidery  over 12 mths which she is doing as a freebie (check out my sidebar for the link), and it really spoke to my heart.  It will be a good reminder as I stitch the verses and it  will then make a perfect little wall hanging for our new home!  So since I didn't want to go and buy anything for this one, I had to stash dive in the fabrics I'd unpacked the other day - I really did not want to have to go and undo that box again  (thankfully when I pack boxes I number each one and have a book with the list of the main items in each box) ........ instead I had to undo a different box  (number 26 ), to pull out my cutting mat and ruler lol  ......... Why did I ever think it would be a good idea to pack up the Beehive with all my crafting goodies???  Still, I surely have more than enough to keep me occupied for a while!!!  Naturally I had to get creative with the fabric scraps I had and try to work out how to get the amounts out of what I had ....... this ended up taking way longer than I had ever intended it to take, so I've yet to begin on the actual embroidery yet!  But I do have the pieces all cut now (except for the "cream on cream" ones) and in little plastic sandwich bags!
 

I don't think the sewing smile left my face all weekend!   The table sure has been covered in sewing goodies - Hubby just smiles and nods appropriately......    It's all going to have to get cleared away this week as we have an open house here on Saturday ...... fingers crossed and prayers please for a house sale!
Have a great day everyone!
Hugs,   Sharm