Monday, June 7, 2010

Crazy Patch Thread and Needle Carrier

Spent the day stitching this, its supposed to be a thread and needle carrier, supposed to be, it has a bit of an oopsie though....



I'll tell you how I oopsied.....

My patchwork group is having a crazy patch theme for this years Challenge, we have had lectures and tutorials, well I am not a great embroider, and found the whole crazy patch thing a bit daunting and was going to be a piker, but last night, while writing up the notes for the in house workshop we had on the thread and needle carrier workshop of last week, a brilliant idea surfaced!! Why not do a crazy patch thread and needle carrier!!!, too easy, tiny project, not too much embroidery and I could shorten the flap to make even less work......yay! ... (just proves - self praise really is no recommendation).
I'm sure you have seen the problem........by shortening the flap there is no way you can store the needles..........so I have a thread and one small needle only carrier....
So here is the bottom view and back view of my thread and one needle carrier!........who needs lots of needles anyway!

This is a pic of the finished carriers from our workshop. See the nice long flaps for the needles!
Maybe I could call it a lipstick carrier......perhaps.....ah well, its not gonna get a twin I can tell you that! the wretched thing took all day!......told you I'm no embroiderer.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Changes, lots of 'em

Things have been a bit hectic in our neck of the woods, 3 weeks ago, our youngest visited friends in our old home town of Melbourne for a few days, came home and announced that he wanted to move back, he promptly got himself a couple of job offers, including his first choice, packed, moved to Melbourne and started work today!

We miss him dreadfully, and that empty flat downstairs wasn't helping, so decided to move my treadmill and other exercise stuff out of my sewing room and into the flat. Gets me more room in my sewing room and gives me a bit more room to exercise. So because it will probably never be this tidy again, I took piccies.

The above is taken from the double doors leading from the Verandah. The sewing desk/cutting desk/sandwich table is an old office desk with an extension built by DS2 onto the front to hold my Janome 6500 - lovely to have a continuous flat surface to quilt on.

Everything in my little room is multipurpose, there is an old singer treadle machine under the desk above, its shoved as far to the right as possible, on top of the old singer is a slide out deep shelf, in reality a piece of press board with tiny handles that I store my cutting mat and some rulers on, just grab the little handles to slide the lot out and onto the desk to cut.

The two pics on the left below show some shelving -common cheapie garage type - with pink plastic storage in the shelves and more storage stacked on the top, also shows part of DS1's old study desk on the right of the shelves, with quite a few of those little plastic storage drawers, books, boxes and files on top. The two pics on the right above show my sewing desk with the computer desk at right angels to the machine. Running along the side of the desk, resting on an old chest of drawers that I store my fatties in, is my ironing bench, again courtesy of DS2. I made an ironing pad to measure and bought a 2 yard length of teflon pressing sheet for the top. Plenty of storage between the ironing surface and top of the drawers for small cutting mats and rulers. The final pic is from the same angle with more of the bookshelves and a glimpse of the lowboy in the corner. Both the chest of drawers and the lowboy were bought for the boys as babies.

These two pics are the top half and the bottom half of the only full wall in my room, lots of plastic drawer stacks on top of the study desk and the wardrobe....All those drawers are labeled, not pretty but functional, I use a black marker and can erase easily if I (heaven forbid) finish a project or want to re-organise something. No more searching for this that and the other, I don't have to remember or second guess, just read the labels........saves me hours.......not to mention the frustration...

So I hope you have enjoyed seeing my space, not pretty to be sure, but it has just about everything that I need or want, including I can play free to air tellie on the computer screen.........or movies.....don't know how it works, just click an icon and up it comes. Gotta love having a techie Darling.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Photo of the Day

A bit of a drizzly early morning, perfect for snapping this little sea daisy.
and catching a few raindrops on the leaves of the snowball bush.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Settling in for the night......

Just before dusk I found this little beauty clinging to a plant. He really didn't want to fly away, just moved around behind the leaves a little as I approached, giving his wings a tinsy flutter and reavealing just a hint of hidden colour.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

What Ever Happened to Diana Trask?......

Well, some pretty amazing things actually, but at the moment she has just launched a new C.D., Country Lovin' with 12 newly released songs.
If you were at the recent Caboolture Urban Country Festival you may have been lucky enough to hear Diana sing 3 of her songs at the Main Concert.
Last night we went along to the Noosa Booklaunch of her Memoir 'Whatever Happened to Diana Trask', held in the Coffee Club, we sat up the back....duh.....which explains the pic, too far away, night lighting and of course one could not be so rude as to use a flash!
Diana is a lovely warm lady and witty speaker, she capped off a wonderful introduction to her book by singing 'Oh Boy' to the group.
A few of us then trotted off to the Noosa Springs golf club for a lovely meal, (I had a salmon pasta dish......major yummo), and more stories from Diana

The book promises to be a facinating read, have only got a little way in so far but am thoroughly enjoying it. Diana has had a very interesting life with singing being only one of her careers, but I guess like so many others I have wondered whatever happened, why did she, at the peak of her singing career, suddenly disappear from the music world?, the book answers the question, basically for love.........love for her husband Thom, but I shan't spoil your read, I shall let you discover the answer for yourself.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Photo of the Day

Snowball bushes are just coming into bloom, in a couple of weeks these will just be a mass of white.

The bush on the right had a rather radical prune season before last, we had a gardener who would only do what he wanted and he wanted stalks with fluffy tops, pruned everything with a chain saw!! No amount of discussion or demonstration worked. Anyway, Snowballs being so forgiving they have grown back.....not so lucky with some other plants.
The flowers are really tinsy, it is the white bracts that make these bushes stunners.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Foxtail Palm Blossom

We have a couple of Foxtail Palms by our front stairs, and for the first time one of them has grown a rather dry looking seed pod that has literally taken months to mature to the stage where these rather unusual looking blossoms burst forth.
As you can see, there a masses of little pods and I had imagined a beautiful showing, but no, these open almost one at a time, with very few flowers being on view and then quickly dropping to the ground
They do attract a lot of bees for the small number of blooms and funnily enough a lot of flies, now that's a yuck!, and I guess this is why, not only do they have pollen laden stamens, but also a sap drips from the center stamen.
Good thing they have nice foliage, or they might find themselves on the Darlings list...a list that is shrinking as more and more trees and bushes bite the dust around here. Yep, its time for a gardening overhaul.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Action Packed Boys Weekend

Almost too much fun this weekend, the Grandies and I started off with a bit of a shop-a-thon, visiting the lolly shop, row upon row of bulk lollies to scoop up into buckets, then of course a visit to the $2 shop to gather up some games to play, lay in a new supply of caps (boys just gotta have noise) and water pistols and then home to find we had visitors, Sis and her DH had arrived with chain saw and hedge trimmer to attack some wayward plants...........so there was a bit of this....




while the youngest kept Grandad busy tidying up after a whole lot of this......


which provided a lot of entertainment for these four footed funsters.....

After lunch it was time for a scoot around the local park, where the youngest came a real gutser, skinned palms and a knee, no tears - brave little soul, but a good rest in Grandma's sewing chair watching a movie on my computer was a needed treatie at the end of day.


Sunday got off to a bit of a false start at 4a.m.....but I sent the youngest and his partner in crime, the smallest dog back to their beds to at least wait until the sun came up......then we were off at a rush, the eldest cooking bacon and eggs, the youngest (with just a bit of help) cooking pancakes for a huge breakfast. The rest of the day was just fun, fun, fun, we managed to visit the Cottage for the Lavender, Lace and Letters show, purchasing a few goodies for a certain Mum (Mothers Day next Sunday), then down to the skate park for a few hours of scooter fun and practicing the art of 'grinding', Lunch on the beach was followed by a visit to Bellingham Maze, where we got lost, and lost, and in the end gave up (some of us with a lot of relief) when someone caught sight of the 'give up and escape' gate. Arvo tea and then some wonderful games and puzzles at the Maze cut all too short by a call from Mum and Dad, they were home, waiting - where were we??

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Photo of the Day

Cotton Tree Park, and a little of the everchanging cycle of life.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Parcel and Post

Remember that sad little post about the weevils?, well I was a little ticked and phoned Barilla.
Today this arrived, well more than this actually, replacement of the 5 boxes plus....
a sauce, a pesto and these....
Chocolate Biscuits........now who doesn't love a treatie?
My complaint was handled professionally by a very nice lady. Commiserations, an explanation of how it can sometimes happen..........without any snide allusion that it was my fault (as so often is the case if you dare complain in these times) a request for the batch number to 'lodge an inquiry' and a promise of a replacement. Easy and painless. The letter that arrived with the goodies even went on to thank me for bringing the problem to their attention. I'm now stocked up with my fave Pasta and no worries about buying in the future.
Then the postie delivered this.......
a Kaye England pattern, a scrap quilt she calls it, I looked through my stash and decided that as this quilt is a 'keeper'.......well it will be if I get it done ....it deserves more that what I can come up with in the way of scraps, so off to the Fat Quarter Shop to buy some jelly rolls.
e-mailed them for some advice which was cheerfully given and decided on a couple of Bali Pops. Now just gotta wait for another parcel......
Better get some of the pile of UFO's and WIP's delt with before I start.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Photo of the Day

We have lots of retaining walls around our home. Over the 10years since installing them, the cement blocks have mellowed and various mosses have made a home. I love the way the sunlight brings out the brighter greens in this velvety specimum.

Monday, April 26, 2010

A Beaut Idea......

That poor Disappearing nine patch flimsey, that I am determined to turn into something a tad more useful than dusters is still in the pipeline, but a solution has been found, Quilts for the Cubby!  Brilliant! (even if I do say so myself)
This rather talented Guy has built a wonderful retreat for two Grandaughters, little Miss C, not yet old enough to know about the Cubby.
and Miss L, showing off her new teeth and wearing my glasses, what is it with kids and glasses?, do yours pinch your glasses?
Sis, Nan to the above cuties, visited yesterday to launch the project, unstitched the flimsey at the halfway point, creating two smaller sections, we bought some pink and green homespun and are in the process of bordering each quilt with same.  Decided on a sprinkling of Friendship Stars in the diagonal corners.  Sis, a non quilter, was not impressed when I started her off on H.S.T's, meanie arn't I?
The third star is still in the works for this corner, and how about that pink! vibrant!, it's not quite that bright in real life, but to try and tone it down affects the green - probably a way to fix that.....but....
Lunch was my very own creation, assembled from the usual, you know, what could be found in the fridge! Based on chicken, bacon and basil with a dash of sundried tomatoes, what was not to like?,
Well let me tell you what was not to like!.............poured the pasta into the pot of boiling water and surprise.......lots of these little bodies floated to the top...weevils, ugh!
I love these little mini penne pasta shapes and use them a lot, never buying just one packet, usually 5-6 at a time, and storing them in the freezer,  this is the second time this has happened with this brand of pasta, and of course I have the receipt to return them -not.

Was so upset and distracted, not to mention just a tad ticked off, that I forgot to take a pic of the finished dish for the food blog, just managed to scrape the last of the dish together before someone dived in for that last helping.

We needed a bit of a relax after that, so coffee and a good read was in order, Sis bought along these two cookbooks for us to drool over
......they have gone on the list of what I want to buy soon.......sigh..its a long list.

But before you feel too sorry for me....I got this one yesterday anyway
Donna Hay's newest, chock full of wonderful dishes, I feel a bit of a cooking splurge coming on.
I'm down to supply arvo tea at the cottage soon, am tempted to make this beauty.
Lemony Peach Cake, how yummy does that look, or maybe the berry cupcakes....endless possiblilities.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Of Cherry Juice and Fabric Dyeing

There is a bit of a thread going on in QDU -online quilting group-, about aching knees and stiff joints, Linda suggested Cherry Juice concentrate, Sue came back with where to get it in Oz........there was a little blog link line at the bottom of her post.......popped on over and found this astounding piece!

Sue is a member of the group AQAW  and end of March was the unveiling of their first challenge of this year, Sue's entry, her 'Flora-Ficifolia' quilt, was done by discharge dyeing. 

Sue made the whole procedure sound ever so simple, pop over to her blog 'Quilt Without Guilt' to her  31st March 2010 post, to soak up the info., pick up some great tips and directions and of course, to view her quilt.

Oh, and don't forget to check out the Art Quilts at AQAW, lovely and so innovative.

Continuous Band Prairie Points

Faye, from Faye's Place has this wonderful tutorial on a continuous band of Prairie Points.
Prairie Points have never grabbed my imagination, all those fussy little bits of fabric, all wanting to go somewhere else........this tutorial would make them achievable.
Faye came across the original instructions about 20 years ago in an American magazine, but modified the instructions to suit her way of doing things. 
Pop on over to Faye's blog for the full instructions and more photos.  Just love the sharing of bloggers....

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Fair 2010 at the Buderim Craft Cottage

Another successful Fair Day at the Cottage on Saturday, so many lovely things to see and be inspired by....
All bought about by the efforts of the Cottage members and the Lions Club volunteers, to see more lovely goodies, pop over to the Buderim Patchwork blog at http://buderimpatchwork.blogspot.com/.

Grandies at Play

We had a wonderful day together, first there was some quiteish time, playing games while I tidied up, and then we were off, grabbed a basketball and down to the Cotton Tree half courts, D shot some baskets while the youngest scooted around the court on his scooter,
 then there were lots of trees to climb, the dog thought that was pretty clever.....where did you go??
Then off for a walk (scoot) for some along the Maroochy River until we found the boat ramp, what a nice protected little beach, just the place to build a couple of sandcastles and lots of bombs for a great game of 'bomb the castle'
Then they were off.............bombing the castles and then a great game of bombing each other, no, didn't end in tears, amazing!!

Then time for a quick dunk in the drink to wash off and home for some more computer, dinner and a good lie down.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Ginger People - just how cute are these folks

As some of you know, we are partners in a Ginger processing factory in Caboolture..........no, not Buderim Ginger, we are smaller and have a completely different process, retaining more active properties.

The logo on a lot of products features this cute little guy, in all his different guises, here he is on the ginger chews,

and here, dancing around the crystalised section,

Our American partners do a lot of trade show promotions, and this year for the Natural Products Expo West in Annaheim,  Abbie came up with the idea of using face painting, based on these little guys for the promotion, and WOW!, how fantastic did this turn out to be........

Here is a pic of Christie, the Master of Ceromonies for Ginger Town for the day - doesn't she just fit the bill??

...........for some unashamedly home town boasting go to this YouTube video
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D2ThGLk1ga60&h=bc05b61b5d927c52bf978c9ec923fafb
or just click on the Vid below, but be warned, as this is the first vid I have ever embedded there is a little flaw, (isn't there always???) the Video plays 'widescreen' but my post only allows standard screen, so you loose a bit off the side.........ah rats.........another learning curve...........off I go to google the solution..........Enjoy the video.