Friday, April 14, 2017

Lenny's first birthday!

It seems just yesterday this little man arrived....and here he is turning one already!

We celebrated with a picnic in a park and the weather was spectacular......

here is the birthday boy with his doting parents......


There was fairy bread......of course! 


Cake.......

 tree climbing for the cousins.....


a bit of cricket for the lads......


and of course singing......Lenny was pretty happy that everyone was singing to him.....


....and a little later it was all a bit much and he needed a nap.....


other babies came out for the day.....little Billie a miniature dachshund ......


 and baby Ezra who slept through most of the proceedings......


Happy Happy Birthday Lenny! Love you to the moon and back (a number of times) x


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

Sunday, April 9, 2017

A stitchy catch up ......February - March

Ah....the road to good intentions and all that........it's been a crazy busy few weeks and although sometimes it's been tiring, I have loved every minute!  So here is the promised catch up of stitchy stuff along with family time.......

.....starting back in February....yikes, this year is flying!

February got under way with a retreat at Mannum......it was hot weather leading up to the weekend and as I started on the drive  it was 42C....and halfway there as I was going through what I had packed it dawned on me that the fan was still at home....lucky my roomie was better prepared!! 

The moon was spectacular ....



as were the sunrises......






Our home for the weekend......


Plenty of activity on the river......from family fun with boats and jet skis.....




 to family fun of the swan variety......


 ....early morning peace with a great view.....


 busy hands at work......





one of my finishes for the weekend.....a Gail Pan pattern.....a sewing pouch and (unstuffed) pincushion.....(Gail has just released a number of new patterns....they are on my list!) 


 ...and just as well fabric doesn't spoil with a bit of age......I pulled this 2012 Fat Quarter Shop BOM from the UFO cupboard (what you don't have a cupboard designated for UFOs??)  .......love the way these blocks go together and the amount of fabric included is very generous.  Still working on these.....


These guys were happy to pick up any crumbs left over from meals......


..and speaking of meals, there was obviously food on offer when this was taken......


The next stitching day was at Claire's....we haven't been able to get together for ages so it was great to catch up with the girls......more busy hands at work........






Later in March I spent the weekend in the city catching up with the kids and the grandies and also spending two days at a Judy Newman workshop at Hetties Patch......as usual, Judy was very generous with her time and with sharing her ideas for fabric selections for her quilts....I chose the Mayfair pattern and have found them to be quite addictive!



These are the first two blocks done....I am fitting these in around a couple of other projects...one of which is a baby quilt for Ezra.......


So that pretty much covers stitching "stuff" over the past couple of months......A little man turned one on April 1 so we gathered in a park to celebrate.  I think a first birthday deserves a post all it's own.....so until next time......................Lorraine


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Welcome Ezra Jack....

Gosh...I haven't posted in an age!  Whilst I have done some fun things since I posted last by far the most wonderful and funnest thing that has happened is the arrival of little Ezra Jack born to Rhiannon and Wade on 14 March......all doing well and adjusting to life as a little family!   I have been enjoying some Granny time with them and getting in some cuddles with this little bundle.......

Nothing quite compares with the arrival of a baby into the family......I will be back (soon?) with an update on stitching related "stuff"......

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

Saturday, February 4, 2017

A stitching day with the girls.....

Today was the first of our stitching get-togethers for the year and it was my turn to host......I wasn't sure what to make for lunch so turned to Taste.com  for some inspo......

Beetroot and Sweet Potato Burgers with a little Greek yoghurt to garnish.....with Cauliflower Poppers on the side.......not the greatest pic but it was delicious and I can see more of these being made.....perfect to prep during the day and pop in the oven for an evening meal....the beetroot is grated and cooked with onion before mixing with quinoa to make the burger patties.. a nice vegetarian option.....


For dessert I found the recipe for little lime puddings....light and quick to prepare and cook.....perfect little "after" dish.....


The girls were busy during the afternoon....Cheryl working on a little glasses or "whatever you like to use it for" case....her red and white dots coordinating with the coffee mug...


Joyce was putting colourful stitches on this piece....


Linda belongs to a craft group and has volunteered to crochet edges on squares knitted by another member of the group....the squares will become rugs donated to charities for distribution....

....between courses I worked on another Gail Pan stitchery  ..this is the Dream/Create Sewing Pouch and Pincushion pattern.....


...and because I think I have way more time to stitch than I actually have I have traced off all the stitcheries from Kathy Schmitz's My Little Garden and My Little Year....I purchased these patterns from Craftsy.... here 




well, at least I won't ever get bored!! 

Last weekend I spent Sunday afternoon in the sewing room and this little guy was the result....still a couple of borders to put on, but pretty happy with him so far.  He is a part of a pattern from Sassafras Designs....Zoey's Zoo...there are also patterns included for a lion, bear and fox......


Rose is letting me know it's her dinner time........better go and feed her before she fades away.....:)

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

Friday, January 27, 2017

Some Lenny time......and catching up.....

When Mark and Terri were married in October they put off having a honeymoon until a couple of weeks ago when they flew to Bali for a week.....Lenny stayed home and after a few days with Terri's sister and his three cousins I was lucky enough to have him for the remainder of the time.......Loved.every.minute!  He is now 9 (almost 10) months old and an absolute delight.......


Chubby little fingers holding chubby little toes.....


...even his washing is cute!  :)


While I was staying in Adelaide with Lenny I saw quite a bit of Rhiannon and Wade which was an added bonus....here they are heading out to dinner to celebrate Wade's birthday....love these two...... who are not far away from becoming three!  


Not a lot going on on the stitching front....Rhiannon and I paid a visit to The Drapery while I was in the city and I bought a kit for a hand stitched cowl / scarf which I finished during Lenny's naps. I also picked up some fabric to have a go at some dressmaking - watch this space!  Might need to go for a road trip to visit my sister for some assistance - I haven't had a lot of experience with sewing clothing.......see you soon M!?


Once back to work it was full on with last minute planning/organising for our Australia Day breakfast......early starts and late finishes meant I was mostly in bed before the chooks....well, not that I have any chooks, but if I did I would have been in bed before they were....and they are always in bed by dusk!  Some evenings I managed to stay awake long enough to do a little stitching on one of Gail Pan's patterns, Blessings of Nature, a four part BOM - Bless the Flowers done and working on Bless the Birds!  Always love working on Gail's patterns....especially love her little trademark birds!


Last weekend there was an event in the area which attracted many cars not usually seen on our roads.....I parked next to one such vehicle while I was out one afternoon.....a bit longer, brighter and more open than mine!  


So what else has been going on........the annual jigsaw was finished - it's still on the dining room table under the cloth....can't bear to break it up yet.....love these Ravensburger puzzles by Colin Thompson - this one is the Bizarre Bookshop #2 and was a swap puzzle with Susan after last Christmas.  (I swapped the Mariners Chest).




The weather has been quite humid for this part of the world - it is normally hot but dry....this summer we have had quite a bit of rain which has created the humidity which to be honest isn't something I particularly enjoy....I will also say I am not a fan of summer in any of it's forms!  But, summer it is, so get on with it I say!  A few pics from the garden - I don't have many flowers so it's nice when the rose bush blooms and the little native orchids come out to add some colour.




So Australia Day was yesterday and the breakfast saw the culmination of quite a bit of organising on my part....I couldn't do it without the assistance of the local service clubs who cater and those who supply the audio and entertainment.  they are all great to deal with and most importantly, reliable - it makes my job that much easier.....

the Show Hall in Tanunda is a big shed basically and is used for large indoor events.....here it is set up to seat 1,000 people.....well, half of it anyway.....


Members of the Tanunda Town Band played while breakfast was served.....


 Some of the crowd who attend and make this a special event......


This year we had 19 new citizens conferred.....


By the time I finish at the breakfast and go in to work to tidy up a few things I am more than ready to get home and put my feet up for the afternoon.....Rose is always there to keep me company! (probably wondering what I am doing sitting down when there are walks to be had!!)


I was lucky enough to be able to take today off to make it a long weekend and this morning was spent in the sewing room cleaning up after the Primavera finishing frenzy.....

Lots of gorgeous colours in the scraps.......


...and I have resurrected an old WIP to work on tomorrow.......the scrappy flowering snowball....31 blocks are done and I will keep making them .....well until the quilt reaches a decent size.....planning to do some cutting tonight so I can sew tomorrow.


So I think I am pretty much caught up with the news and doings from here.....I must catch up more often so the posts aren't quite so long!  

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