Thursday, December 18, 2014

Last call for Mrs Rogers................

I have no idea who Mrs Rogers is, but in all likelihood she missed her flight to Sydney this morning - and there were three people standing near the departure gate with tears in their eyes who thought that one of them should be Mrs Rogers so they could get on the plane and have another couple of hours with this beautiful couple as they flew off for a 12 month travelling adventure.....first stop Denver, Colorado for (hopefully) a white Christmas.......


Safe travels......Rhiannon and Wade....miss you both already!  Have a fabulous time! 

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

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Oh Fudge....and not the sweet stuff this time......

Firstly I just want to put it out there..I am tired...(and I know I am no orphan there!)..and I will also be laying the blame for this afternoon's little fiasco squarely at the feet of Mrs P ....there I am guilt free....stupid, but guilt free......let me set the scene for you.......looking at FB the other morning at small-hours o'clock when anybody else is sound asleep and I see Shay has posted a pic of a beautifully glazed ham......since I am having the family here for lunch tomorrow I thought it would be something I could do....so after an early start to visit the hairdresser I went food shopping......lugged all the bags in from the car and put everything away...sat for a while....then decided I should glaze the ham this afternoon....made the glaze and was about to put it in the oven when I realised the seal on the juice I had bought for basting was broken....so not wanting to poison anyone I put the ham in the oven to get it started, gathered up car keys and purse and nipped out to the shop.......I might mention here it is about 35C here today and I was getting around the house with a big t-shirt and a daggy pair of 3/4 length trackies......which I would normally never go out of the house wearing.....you can see where I am going with this can't you.......raced up to the shop.....and home again........will I leave the car out because I am going out later for dinner.....nah....it's hot it's better in the garage.....and because the ham needs the basting stuff like now I grabbed the shopping bag out of the car...locked the car.....flicked the switch on the garage door on the way out......and as it reached the ground and locked I came to the awful realisation that ...yep....the house keys are still in the car.....garage remotes?  One in the car....the other in the house......Oh Fudge!!!  did I mention it is hot here today???  ...there are two people with spare keys to my house.....the one who lives 5 minutes away is in Melbourne (just for today to see a show with her girls)...the other set is with the kids in Adelaide an hour and a half away and I know they are out with friends today having farewell drinks before their trip......so over to the neighbour's house (my but that ham smells good.......) phone a locksmith who is happy to come and help me out......ka-ching.....as we are at the door and he is working his magic......he comments that the ham smells good.....I race in and rescue the ham as he writes out the invoice.....forget dentists and doctors people....encourage your kids to be locksmiths!  seriously though I was happy to pay every cent to get into the house.....not my finest hour, but as I said...I am tired!  :)  and the ham is saved.........

I guess since  it's the first time I have ever locked myself out  I can't complain, and it could have been worse.....the only local locksmith in the book (yes, I had to consult an actual phone book as the neighbour doesn't have the internet...and I didn't have my phone....gah!! ) with a mobile number was at home 5 minutes away - he could have been out at a Christmas party somewhere!  

So all's well that ends well.....


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

Monday, December 8, 2014

Oh....Fudge!!

...lots and lots of fudge!  In my preparation for the stitching girls coming for lunch on Saturday I decided to make fudge....and it turned out to be very very delicious...and the recipe made like a gazillion pieces!  so I wouldn't be tempted to eat any more of it than I already have I sent some down to the kids in Adelaide and bought some to work because with this stuff in the fridge my willpower went out the window..... (which is on the way to the fridge)...it was like it was calling my name and I have to confess Leanne if you are reading this.....it made me fall off the "no sugar" wagon but luckily I wasn't hurt and will be back up there now!  If you want to try this recipe you can find it here.....be warned.....it is easy to make and even easier to eat!


So .....lunch on Saturday went well......always fun to catch up with the girls and for this lunch the guys are also invited......there was healthy stuff (to counteract the fudge and pavlova roll)..here is a dreadful pic of the pavlova roll which is "dressed" with strawberries and raspberries which have been mixed with a dash of balsamic vinegar, a teaspoon of sugar and basil leaves......the filling is mascarpone and Greek yogurt, so it isn't too sweet......and it never lasts long!


....the afternoon passed very quickly!  I love this salad which has a variety of vegies and a couple of mangoes with a home made dressing with a Thai(ish) bent .....easy and very delicious!


Sunday was spent in the sewing room - the most neglected room in the house I have to say....but I have some deadlines to meet so it was time to get back in there......no pics of projects completed ...secret squirrel stuff! :)

It's a busy time of year - with most people gearing up for Christmas / New Year - I finally got the tree up on Friday night and the house is suitably attired for the season now.





a local store had a 40% off sale on Christmas "stuff"......and I bought home a berry garland which the Christmas ducks are enjoying......

 
Of course before Christmas comes the annual Festival of Loz which will take place this coming weekend......this year it will also be an early Christmas get together and a farewell for Rhiannon and Wade who are flying to the States next week - the first stop in a twelve month working holiday...which will also take in Canada, the UK and Europe....this means of course that I have to think about visiting them at some stage!  In the meantime we had a family lunch last weekend at my ex-MIL's house...lovely to see her again - 90 years young.....Not sure if Mark still has the Movember mo!! 


Wade and Mark had the job of preparing the prawns for the table......here they are hard at it.....I think it was like...one for the table ....one for us.....


Since I was going to be in Adelaide last Sunday I went down on the Saturday and spent the day  with Rhi - among other things (including some shopping) we made these cute little "gingerbread" houses for her students.....they were a lot of fun to make!

 
I also took the opportunity to give Rhi her Christmas present - a little early I know, and what do you get for someone who is about to pack a bag and go away for a year......??? I found this place on line and ordered the pendant with the words I wanted stamped on it on Monday and it arrived on Thursday....can't beat that for service! Very happy!
 


So that's about it for a wrap of the past couple of weeks.....looking forward to the Christmas break - no plans - just hanging out at home I think.  Hopefully I will get some time in the sewing room - I need to have a serious clean / tidy in there - it's just a little out of control!

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

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Fun and Frivolity .....part 2

Well.......here we are again....another weekend done and dusted and Christmas creeping up ....who am I kidding....Christmas isn't creeping up it is hurtling toward us and will be here before we know it!  Anyhoo, I am playing catch up with blog posts and am up to last weekend when I spent two days with Margaret Sampson George at Hetties....and it was time well spent!  What a wealth of knowledge Marg has to offer....I have been a fan of her work for a while so when the class came up I jumped at the chance to attend.  We looked at hexagons, drafting them, looking at the shapes that make up a hexagon...all things hexagon.......Mr Stewart my maths teacher from high school would have been proud of me......I think!  I should have paid more attention way back when......

Marg got us started.......


 and then it was our turn......


 
Once we got going there was no stopping us! 
 

 
I spent a lot of time on the drafting - not only as I wanted to retain as much knowledge of it as I could, but it was actually quite addictive once you consider that the possibilities for making blocks up are almost endless....and also because I am a procrastinator when it comes to choosing fabrics!.........So I spent some time looking around the room at some of the fabrics that had been brought along........and maybe I spent a bit of time in the shop looking at yet more options ...
 
Bob has recently returned to Hetties after a few weeks of being "lost"....he joined us for a while and was quite content to sleep the afternoon away...on a quilt of course!
 
 
 


Lorraine had some pre cuts of Jen Kingwell's new fabric Gardenvale.....


some of Marg's samples.....



 Day two was all about the fabric.....and I had to make a start......I would like to claim all this hexi goodness as my own, but not one of these blocks was mine....most are Marg's with a few class blocks included.....pretty!!



but I did manage to choose fabric for a couple of blocks by the end of day two....although the centre of first block was changed later.........
 

 
On the way home the light was great....so I had to stop and take a couple of pics....



I "hit the wall" by the end of this week after a very busy time at work and not much time at home so cancelled all plans for this weekend and stayed home.......I did miss the stitching day with the girls, but just needed some time at home to catch up on some domestic chores and just "be"!  It was stormy yesterday and the power went out for a few hours so that put paid to most house cleaning tasks....so I tackled cleaning the oven......it looks so good now I am loathe to use it!  I did buy the oven cleaner some time ago but having it in the cupboard doesn't seem to do the trick.....one has to actually get it out and spray it on!  Who knew?  so I am going into this working week feeling quite refreshed after a lazy day today.......

I will leave you with this little guy......the main Christmas decorations are still in boxes in the garage but I bought a pair of these cuties the other day.....couldn't resist.....

 
Happy days!
 
'til next time......................Lorraine
 
 


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