Thursday, February 24, 2011

Dog Cat and Needle turn

Our guard dog, a.k.a. the doorbell, ever alert, keeping a wary eye out the window for 'visitors'
Others, knowing they are totally protected and safe, just loll back and just take it easy.
GET OFF THE COUCH!!!.......just got me one slowly opened eye and totally ignored. Back to snoozville.

Progress so far on the needle turn adventure, I would really love to finish Val Laird's 'Consider the Lillies' free BOM, but........not sure needle turn is for me....this is the third needle turn method tried, it's from Esther Aliu's great tutorial on freezer paper applique, I get how to do the sides, and it kind of works, but the pointy ends definitely need more work. Beryl gave me some great pointers (if you will pardon the pun) on points yesterday, and I think the point on the leaf I'm working on is a little better than the others.......but.......well in praise of the block I guess you could say a blind man would be pleased to see it.....possibly.
Oh and one thing I really did learn, the little pattern pieces?, those little suckers are numbered for a reason!, and thinking you can just 'give it a go' and start here........not a good idea Tonto, got my flower stems crossed the wrong way! oooops!!

Monday, February 21, 2011


We have palms by our front stairs, palms in flower at the moment, lots of lovely pollen laden flowers with bees busily harvesting.
After making the sad and late discovery that I had been snapping pics of a wonderful weekend with a dirty camera lens, popped out to the palm for a test run of the cleaned lens and snapped this pic. Quite pleased with it really.

We certainly did pack a bit in this weekend, lots of shopping, both real time/real stores as well as the net, The eldest Grandie discovered another wonderful site to shop to the limit of Grandmas Credit Card. Sunday Lunch was prepared by the Youngest Grandie, he had a bit of a challenge perfecting 'the claw', the best way for anyone to slice, no chance of a bit of nail or digit joining the dinner with the 'claw'.
He has his own little step ladder for 'kitchen helping', just the right thing for our smallest Chef.
And this is what he came up with, lovely tomato basil sauce. We grilled some Pancetta, grated a mound of Parmesan and served the lot layered in a dish with mini penne pasta. Major yummo.
The day was hot so after lunch we watched a movie in the air con but as soon as the shade hit the garden, the boys and Grandad constructed their own putting green and had a bit of a golf game, followed by some Archery practice - our target was a bit home made (dogs mat draped over a clothes horse - whatever - it worked)
And Grandma was presented with a couple of sea daises, with a little visitor attached.
Now, to get organised and try version 3 of learning needle turn applique, version one was less than successful, and version 2 was just a mess. version 3 - I'm going to follow the wonderful instructions and video that Esther Aliu has posted on her blog
Wish me luck!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Burying Threads

Its been 8 months since I last posted, I used to get so much enjoyment from Blogging, not to mention Quilting and of course Cooking and of course blogging about same.
What happened???
I guess as others before me have said, Life Gets In The Way. Well it's a new year, a new (stronger) attitude and lets just get on with it.

Did a little mini tutorial on how to bury threads the K Grace Howes way for my Patchwork Group's blog and thought I would pop the same on here......a simple first step back into blogging

Grandies are coming for a sleepover this weekend, we will be very busy, there is the Library to visit and change our books, Croke (Croquet) has been promised, the construction of a putting hole in the lawn (Dunno how Grandad will feel about that) with putting to be practiced, Tennis in the back yard, and a cake to be cooked - with 3 handfuls of choc bits for extra chewy chocolaty-ness. Lots of Fun to be had.