Sunday, November 16, 2014

Back to report on some fun and frivolity......part one

the past few weeks have been crazy busy at work - so no time to stitch or blog - most nights I have been coming home, eating dinner and heading off to bed with the chooks (I think we have been here before, not WITH the chooks, just at the same time as them.....)

This weekend on the other hand was chock full of fun and frivolity - as well as loads of creativity.......

A few weeks ago I booked in for a weekend class at Hetties - a no brainer when I found out who was coming to town!  (this also coincided with Mark's 30th birthday celebrations......)...yikes....my "baby" is 30! not sure where all the years have gone!

The theme for the party was "famous duos"....hmmmm...not being part of a "duo" I was a bit stumped with what my costume might be....but Gail came to the rescue and suggested Dorothy and Toto.....so off to Spotty I went and bought some blue/white gingham (probably enough for two outfits, but what the hey.....) and a pattern to make the outfit......I have to confess at this point I was completely out of my depth and looked at the pattern and fabric for a while before diving in, cutting out pattern pieces and getting started......I haven't sewed clothes since I used to make track pants and jumpers for the kids when they were small....so a while then!  ....but I read (and re-read) the instructions and at the end of the day I had it pretty much done.....some help with the zip from a friend and I was almost ready!  A visit to the local costume shop yielded red shoes, a wig (a new one - wasn't sure about a second hand wig) and even a little basked with Toto in it!  As Alison put it, "Nuriootpa - shopping capital of the world!" 

As I was getting in the car to drive to the party last night I am pretty sure the neighbour across the street took a double take - and it suddenly occurred to me that I didn't really want to have to seek roadside assistance for any reason - yep....just Dorothy out and about with a stuffed dog in a basket...nothing to see here!!

I will leave you with some pics from last night's party and save the workshop with Margaret Sampson-George for another day.......I think both events need their own post!

The birthday "boys"....they have been mates since early primary school and have birthdays a few days apart, so decided a joint 30th was the go.....meet Maverick and Goose.....and I see the usually clean shaven Maverick is supporting Movember!


With the boys going as a double act the girls did as well......although I am not sure about the beer Betty!!


"Sandy" also dropped in to celebrate with her brother.....(I thought the cigarette prop looked pretty authentic.....)


And Dorothy with Maverick and Wilma......



....and with my girl.....er Sandy......


and if you were wondering where Toto was......on the table ...because nobody puts Toto in the corner.......although he doesn't look very happy in this pic ......


after a great night catching up with friends and family all too soon it was time to click these heels together and go home!


I will be back later with pics from the weekend workshop.......

til then........Lorraine


Monday, October 27, 2014

Grounded.......

Where to start?  I guess the best thing to do is start where I left off......I had just got home from a few days with Leanne at the beach.......the next day I picked up a friend from the airport and we spent a couple of days touring around the Barossa, eating (lots of fun stuff) and even managed some stitching in the evenings.  It was a lovely time and it was over all too soon.  It is always great to show a friend around my neck of the woods.  We aren't into wine, but there are many other fun things to see and do here...a lot of them involve food!  All too soon I was seeing her off at the airport and heading home to get ready to go back to work - I packed a lot into just one week off!

I started a new project after receiving my Flowering Snowball templates from Baycreek in the post.....and can I just say their customer service excellent! ..... the templates are easy to use ...and the blocks go together easily...so what more could a girl ask for?! I chose the 8" finished size block so the pieces can be cut from a 5" square....and I have lots of those.....





It has taken a couple of weekends to get these blocks done....there always seems to be something that needs doing, but then I am not in a hurry with this one and am enjoying the scrappiness of it.  There was a quiltalong on Mary's blog a while ago, and I particularly liked Irene's quilt here so ordered the templates and the rest, as they say, is history. 

Work has been crazy busy over the past few weeks and I haven't done much stitching at night as most nights I go to bed with the chooks (as in not really WITH the chooks - more like at the same time as them.....)  so, not very conducive to lots of show and tell!

However, having said that, (let me say this).....I have had a finish...... Gail's stitching folder started in Port Campbell a few weeks ago.....

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..and here it is all packed ready to take to stitching with the NTFW girls..........


Always great to catch up with everyone - Shay bought healthy snacks as always.....although I must divulge that she also bought strawberries, real ones, not lolly ones which I haven't shown here.......
 
 Shay is working on this beauty and was busy making hexis....not too much glue hopefully.....


I finished this Christmas stitchery, another Gail Pan pattern......


.....and started stitching on this little beauty from Anni Downs .....


....I know it's almost November, and I have mentioned Christmas a couple of times in this post.....I went to one of my favourite stores the other day and came home with some Christmas decorations.....too early????....I didn't want to put them away (where they might be forgotten when it IS time to decorate ...soooooooooo.......



a cute wire tree with buttons and bells with some metal deccies......loving these.....they might stay out all year :)


So that's about it from me.....a quick catch up of the last few weeks....not sure where the time goes really.

'Til next time..................Lorraine

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Life's a beach......

....and I don't live anywhere near one.......so I always enjoy a getaway that involves one.......
As mentioned previously, this little jaunt was to visit Leanne who lives in a lovely part of the world a couple of hours from me........

Rose came along and spent some time bonding with Bella..... who pretty much ignored Rose with dignified disdain...she is quite the lady! I certainly enjoyed having Rose along, and she had a ball.......here are a few pics of her on hols....


The wind plays havoc with a girl's hair!.......


Yikes....a seagull......

You are kidding me.......I can't go play with it???????


Leanne shared some of her favourite walks with us, and I am looking forward to visiting again one day to explore some more of this beautiful spot!  I will leave you with a few more pics.....oh yes.....someone found the bag of food I had left out  and thought she would help herself......


This morning we walked over the causeway from Victor Harbor to Granite Island.......a couple of the rock formations on the island....



more from the walk around Granite Island.....the colours of the rocks, the grass and the sea are such a great combination......




We finished our walk around the island as the horse drawn tram was coming across....


Looking back towards Victor Harbor.....



There is a team of horses and they take turns to pull the tram over to the island - they have a great shady spot on the foreshore where they are fed and groomed and get to rest between "shifts"........


So all too soon it was time to head home.....The next day a guest arrived at my house - time for me to play host and show someone my part of the world. 

More on that next time.......Lorraine

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

More gallivanting......

[gallivant] ˈɡalɪvant,ˌɡalɪˈvant/
verb
informal
verb: gallivant; 3rd person present: gallivants; past tense: gallivanted; past participle: gallivanted; gerund or present participle: gallivanting -
go around from one place to another in the pursuit of pleasure or entertainment.
synonyms: gad, flit, jaunt, run, roam, wanter, travel, range, rove, ramble, traipse, stray
 
Yes, it's true - I have been away again, just for a few days with Rose.........to visit Leanne - and it was great to catch up after what seems like forever!  No stitching was done, but Leanne took me on a couple of her favourite walks (still more to explore next time!) and it was a very relaxing time - Rose loved exploring new territory - so many wonderful smells and distractions!
 
Before I went to Leanne's I spent most of the long weekend cleaning house.....it was time for some of the chores I had been putting off...and it was very satisfying to come home this afternoon knowing it was all done. I won't bore you with the details of the cleaning...you know how it goes.....I have been enjoying a little break for a week - work is set to be pretty busy for the next few months, so a few days off is lovely! 
 
the weekend wasn't all work and no play (because that would make it really boring...) 
Friday night Mark and Terri were here getting ready for presentation night at the footy club.....quite the dashing couple in their black and white outfits...well, I think so anyway :) 
 

Saturday was a stitching day with the girls which started with some of this......followed by an amazing lunch.......


After lunch it was time to get down to the serious business of the day......more drinks.....just kidding......you know I don't drink .......

Amanda is working on this cross stitch - black on black....something that needs to be worked on by day I am thinking.....
 

Cheryl is busy sewing shirts.....


Hmmm....Joyce was busy.....drinking tea.....after not finding the time to prep any stitching to bring.....

...and I was working on Leanne's stitchery from Stitch in Spring......again.....


So I managed to avoid housework on Friday by spending the time at the hairdresser, shopping (for food) and thinking about what needed to be done....I get so easily distracted! The weeds in the garden were threatening to invade the house, so I spent some time pulling them out and filling the green waste bin - very satisfying, but alas, the house still wasn't clean!  My sewing room was a mess, and was strangling the life out of any sewing mojo that wandered in and got lost ......so a good clean / tidy was on the cards ....and it's all ready to be messed up again now!

So leaving a clean house behind me and with a car with a full tank of fuel I headed for the coast........

...to be continued!

'til next time.......................Lorraine

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Stitching day with the girls.......

Last Saturday it was my turn to host the NTFW stitching girls - always a fun time!  It was Shay's birthday the previous week so I made her a cake (of sorts!) the recipe was from the blog of Chef in Training and it is worth having a good look around this blog if you visit - some excellent recipes....

A few of my biscuits were fails - not the fault of the recipe I hasten to add, more the fault of the cook!  The recipe called for the biscuits to be a little under-done....mine were a little TOO under-done and wouldn't hold their shape...it was late on a Friday night after a big week at work to be fair :)

This was the result......and look at Rose waiting at the door for the girls to arrive!


....here is the birthday girl about to light the candles.....with Tara busy with her knitting next to her......I did have a pic of her scoffing  delicately eating one of the biscuits but thought better of posting it.....


Always good to catch up with the girls and see what they are working on....busy hands....

Val.....

 Kay....
 Lorraine.....
 Denise......

and look....no hands!  This was my effort for the day....I finally made a start on Leanne's project from Stitch in Spring....


I didn't get around to take pics of Claire and Shay's projects....bad host! 

Sunday I worked on Gail's project from Stitch in Spring....more pics to come............



'Til next time............Lorraine

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Stitch in Spring - Rest day in the Port......

Saturday evening we went for dinner at the Twelve Rocks café - named of course for those other twelve rocks a few kilometres along the coast.....more great food with excellent company and a few of these....


While we were eating I had to dash out to capture this.....


Then it was across the road to the motel and some more stitching before turning in.

Sunday was a rest day before driving home on Monday, so after a great early morning walk and a leisurely breakfast Kris and I headed out to the Twelve Apostles for some sight seeing.....it was still reasonably early and unlike every other time when I have visited it was very quiet.....these boardwalks are usually packed with tourists.....


some pics of "the rocks" and surrounds......I never get tired of these coastal views......I hope you don't either......


 


 

 

A little further along the coast is Loch Ard Gorge....named for a ship that was lost off the coast here....


There were only two survivors from the ship and the beach below is where they found themselves after the ship went down.....
 

After some more time spent being tourists we arrived back at the motel for a spot of stitching in the sun......and some refreshments......
 

...and there we stayed until another very different but still beautiful sunset marked the end of another fun day......


Monday morning and it was time to start the long drive home....we had just one more stop to make though......at London Bridge (although the "bridge" fell down some years ago) as the sun came up.....





We arrived home late that afternoon....time to unpack the car, the suitcase and the shopping bags and get ready for work the next day......

'Til next time.......................Lorraine