Tuesday, January 10, 2017

and here we are in a new year.......

With Christmas and New Year done it was a few days off before it was back to work.  

Packing up Christmas always seems to take longer than decorating.......by the time I collected everything from around the house and got it packed away it was the better part of a day gone.....



The house always looks a little bare once it's all down!  

Rose was a great help.....

hmmm.....I know I shouldn't be in "her" chair....maybe she won't notice........


....settling in........this is pretty comfy.....


....and..............doing what I do best........



Late last year I had a quote to tidy up and make-over the front and back gardens.....it seemed reasonable and I engaged the "gardener" (for want of a better word) on a word of mouth recommendation from a friend at work......he came along, stripped all the weeds along with the topsoil from the garden then decided he had underquoted for the rest of the job....and we parted company after I had paid him for leaving the garden looking like it had been nuked!  
  
Enter my new gardeners who are on school holidays.....


.... and after three loads of mulch from the local landscaping supplier the garden looked like this.....(thanks to Wade and his ute which also saved quite a bit on delivery costs!)

before the mulch......


...and after.....much better!!


While we spread mulch outside Rhiannon was looking after the littlest gardener inside....it was a group effort and I really appreciated their help. Always great to spend time with the kids!


A few days after Christmas a parcel arrived from a friend in the UK.....although packed in bubble wrap and a reasonably substantial box somewhere along the line the parcel was pretty much flattened.......


 ...but somehow the contents survived!  Cute fabric and "London" salt and pepper shakers along with a gorgeous little sign.....

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along with a gorgeous little sign.....love this.......


Later in the week it was time for my little stitching group to meet for our Christmas get-together....postponed until after Christmas when everyone was a little less busy....

Cute gifts as always.......love this little shoe pouch.....


 Along with handy oven mitts, heat pad and a lavender eye "mask"......which has been great during the hot days / nights we have had lately....


Last year I spent some time in Melbourne and surrounds with a friend - we visited with stitching friends on the Mornington Peninsula and spent a wonderful day sitting and stitching with Emma at Tree House Textiles - a fun day - and a fabulous shop!  during the day Alison and I decided we would like to make a Primavera quilt.....a pattern by Christine Vlasic - Yarra Designs.....so after a quick whip round the shop to select large florally (not sure if that's a word!) fabrics and some shot cottons we had our fabrics sorted......fast forward to getting home....and distractions like work etc......and we have just finished the tops.....love this!!  

blocks in progress......



the initial lay out on the lounge floor - left it overnight so I could ponder and make changes....


the finished top.....poor lighting as it was late in the evening when I finished....


and a garden shot......


Whilst some of my points don't quite match I am very happy with the way it has turned out.....halfway through making the blocks Meredithe announced that her collection of templates now included the Primavera templates.....a little more precise than my templastic version - certainly a useful addition to my template collection - they will be used again......I am contemplating making this again with a different selection of fabrics....it's a lovely pattern! Check out Meredithe's other templates (no affiliation - just a very satisfied customer!)  

So that's my first finish for the new year...I have a backing fabric ready - not sure if I will attempt to quilt this myself or send it out......still thinking on that one!

Now to a bit of a clean up in the sewing room and the next project.......!

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




Tuesday, December 27, 2016

December.......the Festival ...and Christmas....

Gosh that was a blur!  The lead up to Christmas is always busy but this year it seemed busier.....a dozen or more lists were made - things were crossed off...some things were probably missed, but in the end everything came together on the day and a wonderful family day was had!  

But before Christmas was (as always) the Festival of Loz - I don't think I took any pics this year - too busy just enjoying the day(s) - family and friends gathered for a meal here and there were numerous lunches with work mates during the festivities!  There were birthday gifts received.....











and Christmas gifts finished and sent........these were off to a friend in the UK.......





Secret Santa gifts ready to be posted to Lynda in the online stitching group....I 


Some finishes from the sewing room.....Matilda's quilt made for a friend to send to the UK....





Finally got around to making up a kit I bought from Ruby and Kate during a visit to  Port Lincoln a few months ago....


A Gail Pan pattern for a friend who is a cross stitcher.....and up until now has been keeping her needles in the arm of the lounge.....so this little arm chair caddy should help with that!   



......and a set of place mats made the day before they were gifted on Christmas Eve....because sleep is over rated anyway! ...something to read while you eat?





So looking at the finishes I haven't been idle during December!  some Christmas decorations came out in early December .......at work and at home.....

the theme for office decorating this year was "an Australian Christmas" ...this of course meant I put out my usual decorations and added a flag or two......the bird seems impressed anyway!


and at home......Rose satisfied (and a bit tired) with her efforts of helping with the tree.....


.....a stick tree decorated with some lights and bling......





a couple of the small trees around the house.....



of course there was a cake to be made.......and I love the smell of fruit that has been languishing in brandy for a while.......!  I was very pleased with the cake this year....I think it was one of my best.....in my most humble opinion of course!  I have been very remiss with photos lately.....not even one of the finished cake!  


I did take this one of the cinnamon scrolls fresh out of the oven on Christmas morning......


Of course the cameras came out to record this little man's first Christmas morning......Lenny was the star of the show....


I love this one......


I will leave you with good wishes for the year ahead - may 2017 be everything you want it to be. 

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

Monday, November 28, 2016

Squeaking in a post for November! ...just...

Wow!  Not sure what happened.....it was October and all of a sudden it's  the end of November - just putting some meetings in my calendar and realised December is ...this week Whaaaaaaat!

....and I did receive a gentle reminder about my lack of posts from my sister who phoned the other night to see if a) I was still alive and b) if I was still alive why hadn't I blogged lately....

So.....what have I been doing......I need to look back on the pics on my camera for a reminder - it's all a bit of a blur really......  So here goes....

I finished a whole cloth baby quilt for a friend of Rhiannon's - Jess chose all the fabric and I put it together and hand quilted it with perle thread.......it has since been gifted and is being loved.....




I participated in a swap with my online stitching group.....the brief was simple....stuff a tin with......

My tin arrived from Vicki wrapped in snowflake fabric.......


Cutest old tin......love it !!!


I tell you, that tin was stuffed! Lots of sewing stuff....oh and a Turkish Delight....that didn't last long at all!


Thanks Vicki...great job!  My tin was sent and received....and did I take pics before sending....that would be a "no"......very poor form indeed.    Thanks to Roseanne for sending me a couple ......



It was a fun swap and a great theme......it's amazing what you can fit in a tin!  

Hmmmm....not necessarily in order here, but I think my next finish was for Halloween and this little Lilipopo embroidery (i love these designs!)  flew off to a friend's house (I think a little late for the actual date, but ready for next year!) 


Next up was a weekend away in Wallaroo with a group of girls hosted Sharon from Patchwork on Parade 

Sharon on the right with her co-hort Barb....Sharon's mum who lives in Wallaroo made most of the food for the weekend - no pics I'm afraid......but take my word for it...it was amazing!

Sharon is the understated one on the right......


Cabin 12.....not a lot of partying .....but quite a bit of late night stitching went on here....


Always good to be near the sea.....


This was my ta-da moment....the product of the first day...so I wasn't just eating and talking....

The MoonShine bag by Monica Poole....taught on the day by Dannyell


A few pics from day one.....to be honest I was pretty busy sewing most of the day......My room mate Alix from Alize Fabrics bought along some of her shop for the weekend.......there may have been some shopping done....

Setting up for day one.....


some pre-cut goodness......


...patterns from Missouri Star Quilt Company..... Alix stocks many of their patterns and also rulers etc....great service (I know this because I may have placed a couple of orders since i arrived home.....) from a very industrious young mum.



Even though I had taken enough projects to last a dozen retreats I was of course attracted by something new, bright and shiny.....so one layer cake....one Dresden Coin pattern...and the Dresden ruler and a little cutting and I had this ready to sew on day two.....


I got most of it done and finished off with the sashing on the Featherweight while watching the Titanic on Saturday night.....


I didn't spend all of Saturday sewing.....instead Barb and I made a little trip to Moonta to visit the shoe shop.....we also found a Christmas shop...but that's another story.....
I did have in mind what I "needed" at the shoe shop and I wasn't disappointed....couldn't make up my mind between these .....so both had to come home with me......most comfy shoe going around....lightweight and aptly named....Travelwalker - from Kroton - don't take my word for it..... have a look here...


Oh......we had a "super moon"....there were some great pics on line...this isn't one of them..... :)


Since coming home I have been faffing about on various projects and planning for Christmas.....gosh it comes at you fast! 

A couple of weeks ago a friend at work asked if I would make a quilt for their new grandbaby in the UK....so I made the top and then procrastinated on the quilting.....Saturday I got it all prepped and yesterday spent most of the day (to the detriment of any house work being done - how sad!) quilting it.....this was during the process...it's now finished, binding on and partly stitched down before I ran out of steam last night.....


Not the best pic of the colours, but I wanted to get the light on it to show the quilting to see how it was going......

So....that's about it from me....... will be super happy to have this crew around for Christmas this year....with of course the new and wonderful addition to the family...little Lenny! This was taken last year when they spent Christmas together in Europe....



Phew, just made it for November.......see you all in December! x