Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hibernating....

If you read my blog because you want to see progress on my stitching projects......look away now :)
 
The pear pic doesn't have anything to do with the post, I just came home from shopping and  put them on the bench and thought they looked good...
 
 
I think I must have some bear blood as I seem to be doing a lot of eating and sleeping this winter –  throw in work and you pretty much have my life for the past few months.  I see everyone busy on IG and blogs with new and exciting projects and as I walk past my sewing room on my way to work or to bed I look in  -  it reminds me of an installation in a museum that you just peer into and wonder what life must have been like for the person who once stitched in there! 

So.....no sewing going on.....and since catching up with friends doesn't just mean liking their posts on IG or FB I need to do better in that regard as well! 
 
Weekends seem to fly by with a bit of food shopping and house work along with going to watch Mark play football on Saturdays leaving Sundays for other "stuff".....I have been doing a bit of cooking on Sundays and freezing meals for the week - the weather has been quite cold, so a perfect time for soups - some experimentation there has been rewarded with some great combinations of flavours (and colours!)   

My morning walks have become quite addictive - so in order to fit in a good walk and still make it to work on time I need to get up early.....this means most nights I am bed early....which also saves on heating costs!!  
 
Whilst I have plenty of inspiration for stitching I seem to have lost my motivation at the moment  - but I am sure it is hibernating somewhere and will be back soon!
 
Reading has also taken up quite a bit of my spare time of late - a couple of years ago I bought a book at an airport and once I finished it was keen to read the next in the trilogy.....purchased it on Google Play and finished it in a couple of days.....keen to read the next one I was disappointed to find the third book hadn't been written yet.....so have been keeping an eye out for it......and it was released a week or so ago......after a few pages I decided to re-read the second book to reacquaint myself with the characters .....so I have had my head stuck in a book (well in the iPad really, but that doesn't quite to have the same ring to it!) most evenings in bed. 
 
I will leave you with a few pics taken a couple of weeks ago on a visit to the Yorke Peninsula to watch Mark play footy......after the game we went to the beach for a while before heading home......
 

 



Til next time..................Lorraine
(there may even be some stitching pics then!)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A little finish!

Last weekend I cut out hexis and started Brigitte Giblin's Hexagon Dilly-Bag - it took me ages to pick fabrics for it - and finally made a start last weekend.....

 
Managed a bit of stitching in the evenings and finished it today.......the cord I have used is probably a bit heavy, but it was what I had on hand, and once I got to that stage I wanted it done - I can always pick up some lighter cord during the week...maybe :)  I like it and even better, it is finished and I can use it!
 
 
I joined in with Brigitte's Trip Around the World challenge on FB a couple of weeks ago, and am about to start on round 9 - the details for the next stage have been posted, but for now I will get on and finish the first stage....not sure how big this will be - perfect cushion size atm!
 
I am delving deep into the cupboard for some of these fabrics....the little bees have been in there for quite some time now.....so thought it about time I used some of them up........
 

I had a different fabric picked (and cut) for Round 9, but of course have changed my mind and will go with the blue....well, I think I will.........

 
That's about it for this week's stitching efforts. 
 
My online stitching group is having a swap - the theme is "ugly fabric" - choose one and send it to your partner who makes a mini with the ugly fabric in it and (here's the rub)...sends it back to you!  hmmmmm.....again, much delving into the fabric stash to try and find an "ugly" fabric......what defines an "ugly" fabric???  In my case I have quite a few "OMG what WAS I thinking" fabrics, but they aren't necessarily ugly.....I did come up with a winner though.....I am pretty sure I didn't buy this....if I did I don't remember it!  (that's my story and I am sticking to it)...although I see potential for some fussy cutting here.......maybe I will try and find another one to send....?!?
 
btw it is much brighter pink than in this pic....
 
 
'Til next time...........Lorraine
 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Looooooong weekend!

Apropos to my previous post about my attention span.......I have discovered the up-side of a short attention span is one never gets bored!  Always something new to do.....

I took the opportunity to have a RDO from work on Friday which gave me a lovely long weekend...instead of sleeping in and "wasting" half the morning I got up at my usual time and took Rose for a walk....came home and filled the day in with loads of stuff....housework, shopping (for food - nothing exciting....), prepping some stitching for a couple of stitchy days with the girls....cooked a few meals....and by about 8 I was ready for bed (that's 8pm.....not am)  ....the upshot of the big day in the house meant it was all go for a weekend of stitching and socialising ....and .....well, not much else........although today I got up at my usual week day time again and went for a walk - it was only about 4C so it was a brisk walk - came home and cooked some breakfast and then had the whole day ahead of me ...I have even been out and weeded the front garden and it's only lunch time.....go me!
 
Saturday was the NTFW stitching get together.....Lorraine was dog-sitting this little charmer.....Mervyn!!  His table manners were impeccable!



Yesterday was another stitchy day with friends and I worked on putting the next round on my Trip Around the World challenge.......I was tired last week and didn't do any stitching in the evenings.......so had some catching up to do.......I have chosen the fabric for the next rounds and should get them stitched on this week.....or even this afternoon while I watch the footy.......(the red isn't quite as bright as in the photo......)


Cheryl bought her latest auction find to show us yesterday......this little beauty is in fantastic condition, even the instruction booklets are perfect....very....very cute!!


Speaking of not being bored (which I think I was earlier in the post.....)......just in case I need a change from stitching 2" blocks on to the TAW I can always start on the applique for the next Gossip in the Garden block.....
 
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...or I could stitch some more of these...the bandwagon for making these hexi bags was far off in the distance by the time I sorted myself out and decided to make one.....so I choked back the dust, not even thinking about trying to jump on that disappearing wagon (because anyone who knows me knows that I do not run.....) and got started.....although deciding on colours was (as is usual for me)....difficult! ......I cut out enough hexis to make about ten of these bags because I couldn't decide on fabrics so in the end I just grabbed some and started stitching.... enjoyed it so much I stayed up until 2.30am.......may have to have an early night tonight as it's back to work tomorrow!
 

So between prepping, stitching, catching up with friends, house working, walking, gardening and playing the odd game of Words with Friends (ok you have me there.....I have a few games going.....) it's been a great weekend......

Oh, in case you are looking for something to do in September.......this looks like fun!


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

Sunday, June 1, 2014

the attention span of a gnat....

Cardy recently referred to her short attention span in the context of a goldfish in a bowl.....I find it increasingly difficult to stay "on task" - I could call it multi tasking, but really I am just faffing about from one thing to another without achieving much at all.....I am not sure who has measured the attention span of a gnat, but I will go with it and say I am afflicted......

Case in point.......(bear with me here...) I start out to put some books recently received in the mail in the sewing room where they belong...the books are on the coffee table next to my chair in the lounge room because I was looking at them the night before while watching TV (see multitasking).....also on the coffee table is the TV remote and a shopping list.....need to add some things to the shopping list so sit down, turn on the TV (why???) and starting adding things to the list....the phone rings....short conversation with a friend who is dropping by to pick up a magazine....need to find the magazine.....which is in the bedroom on the bedside table.....while in the bedroom I make the bed and hang up some clothes in the walk in robe.....start looking at clothes that no longer fit and decide I need to throw some of them out......knock at the door......friend is here to pick up magazine....we decide to go out for lunch.......I get home two hours later - lunch turned into a visit to the shops for groceries but I didn't have my list so forgot half the things I needed......see what I mean.....and the books are still on the coffee table.....but I did turn off the TV before I went out!

The same thing happens in my sewing room - I get so easily distracted while I am in there - lots of projects going on (and lots in my head that I want to be going on.....) I received a pattern in the mail a couple of weeks ago and wanted to start it straight away......yikes, didn't have a couple of things I needed for it, so ordered on line and put the pattern on the desk in the sewing room......the bits I needed arrived in the post and have joined the pattern ...to be made another day. But I do enjoy playing in the sewing room, and that's what I have been doing most of today......

Not that I need to start something new, but I have!  I joined Brigitte Giblin's Trip Around the World challenge on FB and got a couple of rounds stitched last night.....my biggest problem is choosing fabric - it takes me ages and I change my mind a lot!  But I have made a start and will continue with it to see where it takes me......it's about pot holder size now and could even reach table topper size.....!  the sky is the limit, well maybe not the sky, but you know what I mean........here is my effort to date........I have the next few rounds cut out ready to go......that's if I don't change my mind!


 I also did some prep for the next block of Gossip in the Garden ready to stitch....


Also prepped are a couple of stitcheries from this book.......Gail has outdone herself with this one.....Love it!!!  It arrived in the post during the week so that made for some happy mail!


Also on books, but a different subject.....I came across this gem in a box of Dad's things.....it lists his father's birthdate along with all his siblings handwritten on the front and back covers....I love the inscription here "best wishes for your eternal welfare" ....can't get much better than that!


I struggle with reading this fine text with glasses.......perhaps this generation had better eyesight.......

It lives on my dining hutch and I love it.......


I went for a drive earlier today and will leave you with a couple of pics .....winter is upon us but it certainly isn't drab.......



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

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sometimes it's the simple things......

Life rolls on (pretty quickly really) and sometimes it seems pretty un-exciting, but that's ok with me - I am enjoying Autumn and her weather has been fantastic! We have had warm days and cool nights and it's no hardship to get up for that early morning walk when the weather is positively balmy!  Gardens are awash with colour and leaves crunch underfoot....it really is a great time of year! 

Time seems to have really gotten away from me over the past couple of weeks and I started this blog post last Sunday......meaning to finish it during the week....well, that obviously didn't happen!  Last weekend was mostly spent at home catching up on some housework and changing some furniture around (the bits I can move on my own anyway!) Pretty satisfying really....I didn't get into the sewing room to tidy it though so that was this weekend's job!

Sometimes it really is the simple things that make me smile......like the sun's rays coming in on a freshly cleaned floor........and much earlier in the day due to the leaves being gone from the tree outside the window.....


 
daisies from the garden......
 

...and teeny tiny bunting.....

 
a batch of scones fresh from the oven.......
 



for afternoon tea with new/old friends......


Deb and Nic were here for the weekend from New Zealand to attend a stitching retreat and I caught up with them for dinner on Friday evening......then again this afternoon on their way back to the motel after their second day of stitching. I have been friends with Deb on FB for quite a while and it was great to catch up IRL...and lovely to meet Nic.

As you can probably see not much stitching has been going on ......I had a lovely day in the sewing room today tidying and reacquainting myself with projects and "stuff"......almost as rewarding as actually stitching!  This project has been languishing in the "almost finished....just needs....." pile for a while and I think the reason is that the pattern called for a gazillion flying geese to surround the log cabin blocks as a border....never.going.to.happen!!


So I think I will put a "peeper" border of the green (used in the centre of the blocks) and a black/white border and call it done ......I quite like the blue fabrics in this top so was happy to find quite a bit of each in the box with the quilt top......for another "one day" project......
 
we have been treated to some beautiful sunrises and sunsets lately so I will leave you with a couple of pics from a sunset during the week. 
 

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

 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Everything Autumn (for want of a better title......)

Autumn has finally arrived with a blast of cold air and some wind to blow the leaves around as they fall.....indulge me here with yet more pics.....but I just love the colours at this time of year....


teeny tiny buds on the weeping acacia.....


Manchurian Pear tree......

 

So what have I been doing apart from taking photos of the garden.......well, I managed a full week of work last week after several weeks of having part days off with "the eye" and public holidays......some stitching in the evenings.....and lunch with the stitching girls yesterday and then off to watch Mark play footy....rugged up in the stands yesterday while the guys ran around in shorts and sleeveless jumpers!  Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.......

Cheryl has been going to auctions again and part of a job lot she bought recently included these beautiful threads...lovely colours .....I think they would be great for big stitch quilting .....a couple of these came home with me....



I made a lemon meringue cake to take to stitching yesterday......it was delicious and I was glad the girls kept the left overs for their respective partners as I wouldn't have been able to resist if it was here!  I love lemon-y things and this was perfect......the bunting served a couple of purposes, it was decorative and it also kept the top layer from sliding off the bottom layer of meringue, cake, lemon curd and cream......I think next time I make it (and for sure there will be a next time!) I will part cook the cake before putting the meringue on....the recipe called for it to be cooked together, but I found I had to over cook the meringue to  ensure the cake was cooked.......


A little while ago I started making Dresden plates for a wall quilt......I made an error when cutting (the small one on the inside is the size it was SUPPOSED to be!) .....I sort of fell out of love with making the pattern up (maybe another day) and so as not to waste what I had done I made these two into a pillow..... 


The Natalie Bird stitcheries are all done now and I need to look at making them up in the quilt now......so I decided to start on the Gossip in the Garden pattern......because it's not like I have any other projects that need doing!! So a bit of needleturn applique, some stitchery and pieced blocks....and block one is done......


It is Sunday afternoon, and the day has gone quickly (as Sundays often do).....this afternoon was spent prepping some more stitchery blocks for the evenings this week and getting ready for the working week.  Can't believe it is May already.............

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

Monday, April 28, 2014

Weeding....and what a difference a year makes!

This time last year my garden was undergoing a major make-over........I was spending some time weeding over the weekend and was prompted to look back on the photos I took last year when the garden was just finished to see what the difference was to now......I must admit I didn't realise how much everything had grown!

Then......

 Now......
 Then.....
 Now......
 
I have never been a "gardener" so this is the perfect garden for me....some water now and then and not too much upkeep!  The weeds are easy to keep under control as well - a couple of hours here and there and they are gone!  I think they found a new home in the pebbled driveway though and the pebbles were being drowned in a sea of green....I decided spraying would be the best option at this stage so over Easter I did that.....then (because I am impatient and spraying doesn't work instantly) I realised that dead weeds would be just as annoying for me  to look at as live weeds, so I started weeding the driveway!  I always find big tasks are easier if they are broken down into smaller sections....a bit like climbing a hill, it seems easier if you look just a couple of steps ahead instead of at the entire hill.....so that's how I "attacked" it.......and after a few sessions it was done...a weed free driveway!  I was very pleased with it!  and it was great "thinking time"......No doubt the weeds will come back, but I am thinking I might start saving for a concrete driveway!
 
'til next time.......Lorraine