Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ballarat..............The next instalment

Where was I......oh....back in Ballarat after a day spent looking around in shops...oh ok, there may have been some purchasing as well as looking being done....Jan just wouldn't stop.... :)  well, that may not be 100% correct.....here's a little something I picked up (and paid for) at Creswick Woollen Mill....a pure wool scarf that is just beautiful to wear......


Saturday morning saw us "walking the lake".....the walking track around Lake Wendouree which is about 6km.....another beautiful day .....cloudless blue sky and crisp morning air.....



After the walk it was time to get ready for Gail's class at Cotton Factory.......



about to make a start.......


a few pics of the Cotton Factory.....lots of colour.....




the class was fun and I even did some stitching....a week later and it's almost done.....


Saturday night Gail, Jan and I headed out to the Forge for pizza....wow......fantastic!! and even though I didn't think I had a snowball's chance in that hot place of finishing the whole pizza it was demolished in no time......potato pizza - light crust with paper thin potato slices and cheese...it was delicious.  Washed down with pear cider......

Sunday morning I was up and with a bit of rearranging of the load was on my way.....


The trip home was uneventful, which is always the best way to go!  Rose was happy to see me - but not so happy that her place in the car was suddenly full of other "stuff"...but she soon settled down for the ride home.  It took a while to unpack the car, empty the suitcase, and get organised for work on Monday......it really was a great time, and Jan and her husband were wonderful hosts.....who are very proud of the city they live in (and rightly so!) - you always learn so much more about a place when you have that local knowledge. 

I didn't have much chance for any sewing or to set up the ladder or baskets during the week, but this past weekend once the boring house stuff was done I had time to play....result....

one ladder with quilts.......being checked out by the resident "checker of all things new".....look at that hair cut!!!



the baskets are in the sewing room, but not set up yet....to be honest I have so many ways I would like to use them I can't decide!

....and some sewing at last!!  I could have gone out to the garden and pulled out some weeds, but really wanted to spend some time in my very neglected sewing room......I was on a mission to finish this project from Gail's book Patchwork Loves Embroidery.....

all done....hard to photograph though! loved making this bag, and I will be making more!
 
 
 
a few of the things that came home with me......
 

...and Jan spoilt me with a goody bag......and these.....love them!!  Can never have too many pin cushions.....and the brooch is so cute!!


A fantastic time away......good company, good fun...good food.....just excellent really!

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



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ballarat and beyond.......part one.....

The Thursday before last I was up at sparrow's fart and on the road ......a little road trip over to Ballarat to visit Jan and attend a workshop with Gail at the Cotton Factory......it was about seven and a half hours on the road ....but it's an easy drive, good roads with lots of passing lanes.....so no one needs to get stuck behind me sitting on the speed limit.......my money is better spent on fun stuff...not speeding fines!  I do love a road trip!! 

Thursday afternoon was spent catching up with Jan - (we did stop to draw breath occasionally) - and organising Friday's excursion!

I slept very well on Thursday night - we enjoyed a lovely unhurried breakfast on Friday morning and set off with blue skies and sunshine for the day out.......

First stop......Creswick Woollen Mill.....yikes! I could have spent a lot of money at this establishment.....well worth a visit....and they do mail order (could be dangerous!)



One of the residents.....


Jan's husband had suggested we give the most direct route a miss and travel via a couple of smaller country towns for a more scenic drive (or was he hoping that more time would be spent on the road instead of in the shops??) .....he was right of course, the more scenic route was just fabulous.......and we still had plenty of time for shopping! Couldn't resist this idyllic shot.....cottage, cows and Spring blossom......


Maldon was the next stop with it's historic buildings and great assortment of shops.......I have visited this town on several occasions previously, but never tire of coming back........

Chocolate anyone????



The old kerbing and drains look fantastic......just have to be careful I don't lose the Jazz in one of these......


The words "much ado"....are usually followed by "about nothing" but this shop, Much Ado certainly goes against that ......beautiful displays......gorgeous things in the displays.....part of the little sewing nook......

 
a set of these baskets came home with me......haven't had time to do anything with them yet, but they are destined for the sewing room.......


We left sunny Maldon and headed for the next stop on our tour - Castlemaine.....where Threadbear was calling our name and I was on a mission to pick up a ladder which I had ordered a few weeks ago.......and here it is......(unfortunately the quilt didn't come with it!)


A little taste of the shop........I love this place......so much inspiration!
 

Kurt was sceptical about the ladder fitting in the car, but the Jazz is nothing if not versatile....Easy!!.....and Jan still got to sit in the front seat on the way home.......I think she had thoughts of phoning her hubby to come and pick her up....but I was confident that wouldn't need to happen.........


Next stop......Millrose at Ballan......I have been wanting to visit this shop for a while, and today was the day.....but we only had a half hour to browse once we got there.....will definitely be visiting again......


Liberty anyone?????


This is just one section of the shop........spoilt for choice!!


We made it home in time for tea - and to get ready for the class with Gail the next day.......I will save that for the next post.........a fabulous day!!

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

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Clich├ęd I know.....but Spring really has sprung!

We have gone from temps which struggled to make it into double figures to balmy sunny days in the low 20's! ......the tree next door has gone from a few blossoms on sticks to this almost overnight.....
 

the trees out the front of the house are a little slower, but with a few more sunny days they won't be far behind......



The bees are having a field day and they don't seem to mind if the flowers belong to weeds (as these do!)....




So you can tell I haven't been very busy in the sewing room AGAIN.....but I did spend a day stitching with the NTFW girls yesterday.....there was cake (of course) lots of chat and laughs and it was great to catch up with everyone.....



......since we originally got together to stitch the Farmers Wife quilt it was nice to see that not all of the group have fallen by the wayside into the Not the Farmers Wife (NTFW) category.....(guilty as charged...I think I have only done one or two blocks.....but you never know....I might get back to it ...one day!)

here is Kaye's version......a flimsy ready for hand quilting......love it!


Shay sat next to me and was busy stitching  down the binding on this beauty......a gift for a friend I believe.....


I worked on a Gail Pan stitchery with Cottage Garden thread Plum Pudding, which is my favourite I think....
 

Claire (having just finished three baby quilts) went back to hand quilting another Gail Pan design, Berries and Bluebirds.....


....and Kris who we haven't seen for a while finished this wall hanging - started in a class with D-Crow (one half of the Quilted Crow Girls duo) earlier this year......Love this!  It's called Aunt Betina's Parlour.....pretty sure this has to be added to my "to do" list!


I did manage to finish the stitchery .....called "In the Spring" - rather appropriate given the title of this post!

so that's about it......another weekend over......another month  behind us - and winter is over.....Yikes! 

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

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ugly fabric swap......

I sent this fabric to Sue in the FIS ugly fabric swap......(and I must admit to a twinge of guilt in doing so.....I would have been at a loss to do something with it, which is probably why it has languished in the forgotten fat quarter basket for so long......I have no idea where it even came from......) the challenge was to make a mini using the fabric and send it back to your partner.......


So I was most curious when Sue's parcel arrived last week....opening day was Friday so I had to wait a couple of days.....

 
..and it was worth the wait.......Sue utilised the paper piecing technique which I have never been able to get my head around...baskets, dollies and a sewing machine.....
 

....it also came with a sweet hanger and cute note book....... thanks Sue...I love it.....

This is the fabric Sue sent to me....
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 .....and since I am challenged sometimes to remember to do things....I forgot to take a pic of my mini before I posted it....so this pic is courtesy of Sue's blog....


I enjoyed this swap, and it also served to get some stitching mojo back in order to make the deadline! 

I think I have become a little bit addicted to walking!  This week as well as taking part in the Walk a Mile in My Boots charity walk to raise money for the Hutt Street Centre - an organisation aiding South Australia's homeless and vulnerable - I have walked to work twice as well as my usual 4km before-work walk.......Rose does get a bit confused when I put my walking shoes on and leave her home when I walk to work though.  This morning I changed the walking route a little to take in the linear park near here........the sun was out for a change .......which made the walk even more enjoyable....

 
Rose thought she should check out the local wildlife.....


Plenty of places to sit and take in the view if you were so inclined....




Bridges......

 
"stepping stone" crossings......
 

and gum trees galore......


this flood wall follows along the river bank and is a recent addition.....


Senior citizen home units line a section of the walk....and I wouldn't mind looking at this view out to the hills every day....



Heavy rain saw this part of the track closed closed until recently......still quite a bit of debris on the walkway...... 

 Always nice to walk another route for a change of scenery....

so, back home to take care of the usual household chores and a bit of cooking for the week ahead......and even a little time in the sewing room!  These pot holders are for a friend from work......the binding will be done tonight in front of the TV.



.......and so another weekend comes to a close. They do fly by!

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