Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Bellbirds and Aquisitions

We scooted up to Noosa yesterday morning to collect the Darlings cuz Di, and her best bud Di, -two Di's, can you imagine it! We were off to listen to some Bellbirds, Di, who in a previous life was Diana Trask was rather keen to revisit the delightful sound of Bellbirds from her childhood. 

Firstly we cruised into Eumundi for a lovely browse through the BerkelouW Bookstore, where on Di's recommendation I purchased 'The Wheatgrass Book', it has some great sounding juice ideas.

This pic borrowed from the BerkeloW site. - no camera,.... rats.....
While paying for my new old book, the shop assistant and I got chatting about wallets, mine is having a bit of a sad, one of its seams is splitting, and there is absolutely no way I am going anywhere near a shopping centre at this time of the year to get a new one.  The lovely lass suggested I pop down a couple of stores to visit Schmuttas............Schmuttas?!, not at all convinced I wandered down a couple of doors to find a wonderland, starting with their doorstep, tiled in little dark blue tiles, gosh, where was the camera???

The store is chock a block full of beautiful and unusual goodies, there were storage tins in red with white dots and white with red dots, beautiful, beautiful satin bags with bows, shoes galore, such unusual shoes, clothing to love forever, bracelets, bangles, beads.........ohh I could have stayed there for hours, but the Di's and the Darling tracked me down, but not before I fell in love with this

an Olga Berg wallet!, isn't it to die for??.  The Darling recognised that glassy eyed look and bought it for me! has a silver lining, too cute......

so back to the car, me to pat, pet and admire my new lovely while the Darling transported us off  to Kenilworth for a nice lunch. 

We sat out on the deck under shady umbrellas while the thunder clouds rolled around overhead, and eventually we were blessed with a little shower as we finished off some excellent coffees. 

We then headed off toward Imbil, passing through some beautiful scenery and eventually arrived here.........

the Bellbird park, we sat and listened and wandered around the tinsy little pocket of land, listening to the silvery tinkiling song of the Bellbirds, Di, being a songster herself, idly wondered at the note, and came to the conclusion of high C she thought. 
I took this shot of the sign standing on the main road verge, and you can see the Forestry road running up to join the main road, mainly what you see above is what you get..........this tiny pocket of land, surrounded by forest and bordered by a road is a natural habitat, a tiny fragile habitat, of an endangered Australian species.

The birds are tiny, and hard to spot, there are quite a few youtube videos, but not too many with a true Bellbird, this short clip has the sound, and a flash of what the photographer believes to be a bell bird.  After quite a few trips to this tiny sanctuary, I cannot claim to have ever seen a Bellbird.

Eventually, it was time to leave, and so continued on to Imbil with a brief visit to Borumba Dam and the Imbil lookout with it's stunning views

then on towards home through the beautiful Mary Valley, arriving at Noosa at the perfect time to relax on Di's verandah and enjoy a lovely glass of wine while listening to Di's soon to be released new C.D.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Photo of the Day

I've shown these tinsy little flowers before, if I was that tinsy (wish........) I think I would surround myself with something beautifully vibrant too.

and here they are opened, these little flowers are about 1/8" across, the vibrant bracts are actually the Bouganvillia leaves.  Clever Mother Nature!
We are off to the Bellbird park today, a long drive, and there is a ham to be readied before we go, so thats all for today folks...........

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Photo of the Day & Noisy Blogs

Its all about red today, snapped these pics last week when we visited Mary Caincross Park in the Hinterland, had a wonderful time, we managed to see more on this trip to the Park than at any other time.

Diana claimed it was all her Karma, and she could be right.. We were entranced by these hanging pannicles of red flowers, not a leaf in sight, the guide inside told us it was the Red Cedar, but nothing I can find on Google supports that. So really I can't claim they are Red Cedar flowers, you know how its so easy to get your wires crossed sometimes when asking for information.
This is another, closer view of the flowers, so it anyone can help identify these I would love to know.

The Grandies are here for a sleepover, one had a nightmare and by the time I got him settled I was wide awake at 3a.m., so what to do?, well go catch up on some of the wonderful blogs that I love to read and be inspired by, lazily following links and fully enjoying myself, I happened on a blog that suddenly errupted in a blast of loud music............arrrgh.........why do some blogs do that?  If I want to listen to music I will play my own, at my own volume, ---- well enough of that whinge.

I stitched 3 aprons yesterday afternoon, 2 for Miss Lil, who has gone from the girliest of girls to a bit of a tomboy, and one for a little lad who is having a bit of a sad time of it.........don't know if he is a budding chef or not but perhaps it will come in handy for messy play if not.

Mr Cute himself has come to see what I am up to, barely awake he tells me he needs to feed his pet on 'Club Penguin' so I guess it's off the computer for me and Club Penguin for him..........hmmmm perhaps a coffee would be in not him, he can have milk.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Photo of the Day

Captured this Hibiscus opening at 6a.m.,  soft early light, the Hibiscus are flowering well for the first time in their lives, but everything else is dying for want of a drink.  We could really do with a spot of rain round here, -like everywhere else. 

With the water shortages is Brisbane (thanks to non action by the Government to put in enough infrastructure)  water from our Dams will be pumped to Brisbane and we are facing severe water restrictions, hence not actually watering the will have to live or die on its own and it is heartbreaking.

A closer look at the stamens before they unfold. Such beautiful flowers and they only last a day.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Book Depository and Frans Biccies

Grandies came for a visit yesterday, they arrived as I was taking pics of some of the aprons that I have been sewing, so they went to see what they could find, Yay, more of Frans biccies, they were so excited.  Love Frans biccies, lovely buttery shortbreads with a cherry center.  Yum.

there was lots of sewing (the eldest) and glueing ( the youngest) who also discovered the magic of quilting pins!, he was so entranced that he cut 2 reasonably square pieces of fabric and pinned them together in one corner to make a 'book' - a gift for his Mum, that she duly admired when gifted with it.

The eldest had his first lesson on cleaning out the bobbin race, as I had just finished quite a sewing run there was lots of fluff down there so it was a good lesson.  He then went off to his little fabric stash and using the cutter/ruler - a wonderful invention that allows younger folk to cut their own fabric- he cut and stitched some lovely sequined fabric together to make a table topper for his Mum for Christmas.  Needs more work and finishing off but that can happen next week or on this weekends sleepover.
Near the end of the day he asked for some books for Christmas, so off to the Book Depository site to place an order.  He had as much fun being in charge of the mouse and doing the ordering as anticipation in receiving his books that he has wanted for quite some time. 
I have been using and recommending the Book Depository for a few months now, they seem to have the cheapest prices available, if only by a few cents, BUT and its a big but, they have free shipping worldwide, which makes them the cheapest hands down!
So imagine my consternation when Mum comes back from shopping with the same books for him! - what to do? -  shot off an e-mail to the Book Depository, asking to exchange and settled down to await a reply.
This morning I got the lovliest little note (if you can call a business e-mail a lovely little note, but to me it was) from Richard White, their Customer Advisor - no can do the exchange of titles but he very kindly cancelled the 4 titles that we had doubled up on.  One more reason to shop Book Depository.

Book Depository now back on line, it was just one of those hiccipy things.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

This Quilt is Stolen!

Can you imagine how you would feel if some unpleasant person did this to you?

Ann Ferguson from Quiltopia Design had her quilt stolen from outside the doorway to her shop in Maleny last Sunday.

Ann's delightful little shop is at the end of a short arcade at 39 Maple Street, and well worth a visit, with lovely ranges of fabrics, Moda fabric packs and threads with beautiful quilts throughout the store.

Pop over to Ann's blog to read her story, and if you see this quilt or know of its whereabouts, please, encourage the return of the quilt to Ann, after all what enjoyment could you possibly get from looking at or patting a quilt that can only say one thing to you, I am stolen!
I never cross post from this blog to Buderim Patchwork blog or the other way around, but this is such a shattering thing to have happen, and its something that seems to be on the increase as we hear stories more often of quilts being stolen from quilt shops and displays.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

How cute is this face?.........

well yes, its very cute, but let me tell you it is also very expensive...............he came to me late last night to tell me he was in pain, needed lots of pats and love, but he was obviously in quite a bit of pain, tried to settle him and find out what could be wrong, but without any luck.

Thought of phoning Sis the vet nurse, but it was getting a bit late, so roused the Darling and off to the Doggie ER., where he was poked, prodded, stretched and squeezed.
The verdict, "Well he's certainly in pain but I have no idea of where or why"-- "That will be $165.00 please"

3a.m. and he still hadn't settled, so phoned the ER and the Vet suggested a dose of Mylanta, did it work? or was it just exhaustion?  4.30 he was settled and dozing under my computer desk, I snuck off to kip on the couch, woken by the Shitzu at 7.30, looking for breakfast................Pets!......why do we have them? I think I've forgotten. 
Poor little Rudie is still not happy, not as bad as last night.......but not happy.........I can see an ultrasound on the horizon.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Photo of the Day


gosh, don't you just love it.............even when it bolts and starts to flower?, took these pics and then snipped off the heads so that we would have basil leaves for just a little while longer, ahhh.....basil, tomatoes, pasta  

Christmas Party

Wednesday was the Patchwork Groups Christmas Party, full on affair organised by Group leader, Sheila, who I didn't see sit down for a moment.

Each table got to  pick on elect one of their friends to decorate as a chrissy tree, we chose Heather, the red 'tree' in the center. 
Heather has been off caravaning around for a few months and bought me this cute little thimble as a souvenier from Soverign Hill

That pattern in the background is one I bought yesterday (busy day yesterday) to attempt to make my own shirts, as its not possible - well not in this neck of the woods its not - to buy ladies oxford shirts, and although they may be as boring as bat s--t when you wear them day after day, they are the only item that I can successfully wear to help controll sun exposure.  Have you priced a pattern lately?.........20 bucks! what with that and the plain - read cheap - cotton chambray, buttons and thread it was well over 60.  This had better work.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

No sewing in this neck of the woods....

Spent the day catching up on cleaning house.........ugh!, 

Oh and a little bit of pattern patting and drooling, bought a notebook pattern from Vikki over at Sew Useful Designs, the cutest little snowman and robin redbreast, all very 3-D,  would also make a wonderful seasonal wall hanging for the younger set.  Clever Vikki sent the pattern as a download, miss not so smarty pants, downloaded the emotiocon and deleted the pattern file................ooops. 
Didn't realise at first what I had done but a simple e-mail to Vikki and she sent me another about that for service! Thank you so much Vikki.
Have now turned on my little black box, outside the computer, record keeping thing-a-ma-jig so won't loose it again.
The Grandies are coming for a sleepover, I feel a trip to Spotlight to buy some supplies and a bit of a workshop coming on.

Also bought this cute little bag pattern from Del at the Scquilters lunch the other day, there is a great post with piccies of the lunch and a tutorial of the lovely fabric beads that Del makes.  The log shaped one with the stars is the bead Del very kindly gave to the youngest Grandie who had joined us.

Photo of the Day is becoming a bit erratic, not so much each day, not so much rain and flowers are a bit sparse, will have to go further afield.........hmmm.........
Today its a Bouganvillia bloom, well it the coloured bracts around those tinsy little flowers that haven't yet opened

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Agapanthus - Photo of the Day

Its that time of the year, Jacarandas have finished blooming, and as it creeps  well rushes up to the end of the year, its time for the Agapanthus to begin blooming. This little bud is just bursting forth.

This flower is a little more advanced but still not in full bloom.

I took these pics just after a rain shower, this bloom to be looked rather cute with the water droplets and the unopened buds, each one becoming more colourful as they move towards burstin into full flower.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Bees with Blue Stripes??

Thought the extra activities of the past couple of weeks had been the last straw when I found this little lady crawling around the stairwell, a bee with blue stripes?? am I halucinating? picked her up with a bit of a leaf and took her piccie, she was quite happy posing and I got quite a few shots, took her outside and continued vacuuming, then found a second, larger bee,

not doing half so well, took it outside and then took a couple of snaps, don't think this one will make it,

seemed to be too weak to hold on to anything much, and took a fall from my glasses - being used as a platform to carry her outside, in desperation I nudged her with the camera strap, she clung on like billy oh, wouldn't let go for ages. 
Of course Google came to the rescue, they are a native Australian bee, Amegilla, and are attracted to blue flowers, like the Geisha Girl Duranta by the back door. 
For some great info pop over here to 'Aussie Bee', lots of different links, piccies and info, but if you really want to lighten up your day and have a good laugh at the antics of insects in the wild, go here and watch this u-tube video.
starts off with a bee collecting nectar, fair enough and rather cute, but then there is a shot of bees trying to be top dog err,  bee on a twig and the antics of warding off a new comer.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bit off almost too much to chew,

so pardon me while I just swallow that last mouthful.  I really didn't think it through when I agreed to sew some Bali Flags, the solid blocks of time that it would take, so its been busy, busy, in my neck of the woods the past few weeks which is why I have been away from the blog world .

Yesterday I finished the last of the current batch, leaving me 2 days of blissful time to to catch up on necessary things like house work and laundry, and more importantly, sewing...........hang on, I hear you say, isn't that what shes been doing?, well yes, but when sewing goes from creating something to being paid to sew, suddenly it looses a bit of the sheen.

Anyway, I hope to get some more of my Hot Pink Aprons made, using these cute trims that I found while waiting to be served at the Fabric Store when I was getting flag stuff.

Now I don't want you to think there has been no play at all 'round here, while checking up on blogs, I came across this post by Jodie from Ric Rac, Parsley and Beet, just had to order the pattern and some of the beautiful soft wool fabric that Jodie dyes. 

It is  going to make the most wonderfully soft little elephant, will it be Parsley?, or Beet?, perhaps Parsley, with a hot pink apron over her little frock.  Oh yes, there are patterns for clothing included in the pack, Jodie is more than generous and to prove it, guess what else was included in the package? this wonderful Pyjama Day pattern and a beautiful gift card with some of her soft toys pictured on front.  With Christmas coming up fast, and pressies needed, check out Jodies blog and her Etsy store for more of her wonderful patterns.  No time to sew, got the answer, Jodie will be one of the stall holders at the up coming Daylesford Makers' Market on Saturday 28th November, starts at 10a.m. (what a reasonable time to start a market)
Check out the link above and if you are in the area, treat yourself, go visit and be amazed.

I also ordered myself a pinking blade from Punch with Judy, what a wonderful little accessory it is, but the most exciting thing I had arrive in the post was this, pretty mysterious huh?....

.....does this tell you more?

What's so exciting about a teflon mat you ask, we all have one, some people even have 2, well what's so exciting about this one is, it is a yard long, yes a yard! and entire 36 inches x 18 inches wide and all it cost was $20.  One of our sons, when he made the sewing table extension, also made a long ironing board to go on my chest of drawers, the teflon sheet fits nicely, and will be easy to use for larger projects.

Of course postage ups the ante with a charge of $11, but of course if you order in multiples then the postage shrinks, get a couple of friends together to order.
Oh, and all those odd drawer knobs? well that is where I store my fatties and the knobs are colour coded to the fatties.  Too easy!, of course the knobs I really, really wanted came from a site in London, and at over $60 per knob, and being glass, I just couldn't come at it, but oh to dream............'Jewelery for your furniture' the spiel said...........

But where to get the extra long sheets? Melody from (strangely enough Melody) talks of Extra Large Teflon Pressing Sheets on her blog, under Helpful Stuff in the sidebar.  The teflon sheet link above will take you to a Valerie Hearder supplies page for the sheets, or go visit Valerie here.

It's good to be back in blog land, now, a decision, Photo of the Day or Free Motion quilting practice..........think it will be the practice.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Photo of the Day

There is always one or two of these flowering under the stairs but how about the eggs under the variagated leaf to the right?  Wonder what little creapy crawlie will hatch from those.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Photo of the Day

Yep, another one, another pic of a Jacaranda flower, this one a close up of one from our tree.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Photo of the Day

Busy, busy, in my neck of the woods for the past couple of weeks.  Hopefully now back on track.

Remember last month when I showed you the beautiful Bahinia bloom?Such a pretty bloom, on a tree with lovely butterfly shaped leaves, well now look.....

Kinda got hit with the ugly stick, these seed pods are a pest and a real mess maker.

Fabulous Hand Dyed Giveaway

Trish from Trish Alan Designs is having a giveaway on her blog

2 packs of matched colour blends with an extra surprise, could that surprise be one of the beautiful hand dyed threads? What bliss to be one of the lucky winners, go on, pop over and leave a comment for a chance to win.

Trish's site is jam packed with all sorts of info and goodies, more tutorials that I have ever seen one one site, lots of info and Craft Classes.  I have just spent a most enjoyable hour or so and given myself a severe attack of the 'I wanna do that, and that, and that' and now its time to get back to the sewing machine.  I do hope your enjoy your visit to Trish's site.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

So what do 2 Grandies and a Grandma do when....

.........Daddy, Mummy and Grandad are talking business..........well we took off, there is only so much a couple of boys can do after dinner in a restaurant, especially as their Uncle had already left,  taking  his interesting self and toys off home with him.

The youngest decided that taking pics for Grandmas blog would be the way to go, so here we have "a sticky thing like I got at home"

and a white flower, which on closer examination turned out to have a 'face'.

The eldest took his turn at the camera and composed this little pictorial story.
Firstly the bud emerging, then the full bud exposed,

followed by the unfolding bud and lastly the full flower, face and all.

and the last pic for the night, a very exciting find, a red leaf.  We live in the subtropics and a red leaf is something special.  Gotta think about taking these boys to see some Autum colours in the not too distant future.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Spiders Dinner??

Playing around with the focus options on my camera and when I went to view the pics I was amazed to see this spider.
Hadn't been aware of him at all while snapping away at the bud, sure, saw the ant, how could you miss an ant playing at 'king of the castle', but the spider? Nope.
I later found he came from a very fine web down amoungst the leaves.

The spider crawled up past the ant, turned, snaffled the ant and crawled away behind the bud, gee the life and death struggle that goes on around you without you even noticing!
And that small Hibiscus bud? well its full of all this........

Hibiscus flowers go in for pollen production in a major way.

Really, I should be sewing...

not day dreaming and drooling over this lovely free stitchery from Joy of JoyPatch

There will also be two other designs that Joy will reveal on her blog in the next few weeks, so its a must to visit often........great excuse huh?

Joy is one of the amazing Gum Tree Designers, her design is the second freebie that these ladies are releasing over a 9 week period, so pop over to Among the Gum Tree Designers to get this delicious stitchery or go via Joy's site above.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Nose to the grindstone

Busily stitching vibrant hand painted tablecloths today, and taking pics for a tutorial on mitre corners that I will load in the near future, now I know that close ups show everything, every little flaw, dust mote, stray hair or strand of doggie fur, so I carefully polished everything, even using rainex to polish off the odd tacky bit here and there, but did I think of checking the machine foot?, nope, not a thought, after all, just one tablecloth prior I had given everything a thorough clean, changed the needle, etc, etc. you know the story!

Well imagine my astonishment, and lets not even go near the embarrassment part, when I loaded all the pics and found not only this horror, but many others of the same ilk.  Dirty, dusty, fluffy bits all over my foot.....Ack!

O.K., gotta go get some pretties, so out into the garden and was lucky enough to capture this little cutie, well yes I know, it's a weed, but heck, every weed is a pretty somewhere else in the world. 
We have an open stairwell at the front of the house, with various mainly leafy plants and a couple of interesting lilly types growing underneath, and now this little guy is trying to find a foothold, go little weed, go.