Sunday, August 21, 2016

Flying away.....

A couple of weeks ago I engineered a little break from work and flew to Victoria to meet up with friends and have a little retail therapy in a couple of quilt shops.......well, someone has to do it!  It was an early start with a 6am flight.....dark on the ground.....



 ...but a flying into a beautiful sunrise once we got into the air......


First stop was Cutting Cloth at Fairfield....I met Alison (aka Cardygirl) and her hubby there and the fun began.....too busy taking in the fabulous array of fabrics to take many photos..it was hard to focus!  The next stop (after lunch!) was Amitie where we whiled away the rest of the afternoon as we were fortunate to catch Jen Kingwell in the house!  A great afternoon!

Cardy doing a spot of shopping......


Stitching friends are amazing and we stayed with Sue and her family....the evening was spent with more friends who came to dinner and stayed for some stitching afterwards..

The next morning we left Melbourne and drove to the Mornington Peninsula...to visit Emma at Treehouse Textiles and stay with Cathy her hubby and Millie the Groodle.....stopping on the way for a very quick photo at Frankston...it was freezing!  


A quick stop at Treehouse before heading to Cathy's further down the Peninsula....to whet our appetite for the next day when we planned to spend most of the day at the shop!




Lunch at The Rocks.....best fish and chips I have ever eaten....and not a bad view either!


The bathing boxes are dotted along the beaches and we stopped off to see a few on the way......one was for sale, but I don't think it would be big enough to have a sewing room!




I thought this was an interesting contrast with the mansion on the road above the beach huts.....

Alison and Chris.....rugged up against the cold.....


We were welcomed with open arms by Cathy.....and Alison was loving the stash in Cathy's studio......

 The wood fire was very much appreciated...and here is Millie with the best seat in the house!...

A little later with some stitching and a glass of bubbly by the fire.....bliss!


I was up early the next morning to catch a beautiful sunrise.......




 we spent a fabulous day at Emma's shop....stitching, chatting and maybe even buying a few bits and pieces.....

On the way home we drove up to Arthur's Seat ......stopping half way up for a photo op....


Photo credit to a passing tourist.....


A new chair lift is under construction at the top...with my fear of heights I probably won't be holding my breath to go on it when it's finished.......


All too soon it was time to say goodbye to the Mornington Peninsula (and Millie!)  with Alison and Chris driving up to stay with their daughter for a couple of nights on their way home, and me catching a plan back to Adelaide for work.....

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..but before catching that plane I caught up with Gail and together we visited the National Gallery to see Making the Australian Quilt 1800 - 1950.....well worth seeing.....make the effort if you in Melbourne in the next couple of months!


It's a large display and these are just a few of the offerings......Auntie Green's quilt C1860....



A hexagon quilt (unknown maker) c1830's.....utilsing/reusing papers .....interesting reading!




Dressing gowns....with a nursery rhyme quilt as the backdrop,,,,


Next stop was the airport and the flight home......

Back in the Barossa to pick Rose up from the kennels.......


....and to see the garden had sprung to life a little bit more while I was away......

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...... gorgeous green moss/lichen which will no doubt dry off during summer, but for now it's beautiful......

 the wattle is almost in full bloom.....I do love wattle!!



 

....and a couple of parcels to open which had arrived while I was away......

A Liberty pincushion from Ava & Neve ..... love this!!


...and a lovely gift from Jan who sent a gift for Lenny and a cute magnet pin bowl for me....the gift has gone to Mark and Terri so I still don't know what was in it!  I will post a pic when I have one!  Thanks Jan......a lovely thought!



Most evenings last week I was in bed super early to catch up on lost sleep from the trip, but I did manage a finish from one of the patterns I bought .....a super cute turtle - I can see more of these in my future!....


I think that's about it!  a flying visit where we packed as much fun as we could possibly manage - time spent with good friends is never really long enough, but it's always wonderful to see them!  

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

Sunday, August 7, 2016

New month......new (to me) stuff!

Thought I would make a concerted effort to keep up with the blogging  - I spent some time the other day looking back over past posts and it was interesting (well to me anyway) to see where I have been and what I have been doing over the past few years....I think I started my blogging journey about 8 years ago!  Some things change....some stay the same!  I found projects started and finished and forgotten about, projects started and still not finished.....and a lot of projects to start on ....one day!  

So since I last wrote......not much has happened in the sewing room, although there was a start AND a finish last Sunday when this happened....another book pillow from Allison Harris' book Growing Up Modern...this is for the son of friends and I am looking forward to catching up with them soon.......was really happy with the way this turned out!


I have been making steady progress on a project from Gail Pan's book Patchwork Loves Embroidery......the stitcheries are done and I am sure it won't take long to put them together complete the wall hanging......(define "take long") :)




It has been hard to get out into the garden to do any weeding  this winter....can't blame it all on the weather, I actually don't like gardening very much so I can find some really good excuses NOT to get out there...!  But with the bit of sunshine we had last weekend the weeds galloped away so it was time to do something about them....I was pleased with my efforts though, and noticed that the trees are getting ready to greet Spring....and as much as I love winter, I also enjoy seeing the change of seasons reflected in the garden.....

Getting ready........

Almost......

...and there is always an early bird!......over-achiever?


The weeping wattle is shaping up to be spectacular in a few weeks.....


So to the "new to me stuff".......

I am very lucky to have friends who buy "stuff" and sometimes when they have surplus to their requirements they also sell "stuff" ......so this is my "just because" gift to myself.....I have wanted one of these little gems for a long time......

....and here she is from just about every angle......





What is even more interesting is that the original receipt is in the book......July 1953 (also the year of my birth.....) .....the purchaser was a Miss Browne and she paid 58 pounds 10 shillings for her Singer Portable Electric Sewing Machine No 221K1 - For Family Use.  Quite a lot of money for the day! (probably equal to around $2,000 (?) today)......I love that Miss Browne paid by cheque - obviously a woman of some means and independent too! 

I wonder as I sit at the machine just what Miss Browne was like! 1953 wasn't really that long ago..(if I keep telling myself that it will be true) ....perhaps she is still sewing on a new Bernina or the like!


the machine was delivered yesterday and a couple of the girls could make it for lunch and a spot of stitching....whilst I was very aware of the black box that had arrived with my friend I had quite a distraction in the form of Lenny who arrived to spend the evening with Granny.....he seemed to be quite taken with the machine as well...can't start them too young I say!


Rose is still a little unsure of Lenny so took up a position at my feet (on the footstool) to make sure she had a good vantage point to check him out.  Lenny on the other hand seems completely oblivious to Rose...surely a dent in her substantial ego!


Rhiannon was with me for the evening and we very much enjoyed having Lenny in our clutches for a few hours while Mark and Terri went out to a football club function!

Off to catch up with a dear friend during the week......adventure aplenty I am sure!

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