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

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Checking in.....thawing out......

This past week has tested my resolve to go for my morning walk ...it's been below zero here every morning ......but I did it!  Once you get out of bed and get going it's fine!  .....and it certainly makes for a brisk walk......to be honest, I prefer to walk in the cold weather of winter instead of the heat of summer.....a couple of pics from the garden after I got back from walking......the days are getting longer which means I can leave earlier now and not be walking in the dark.......




I have even been doing a bit of stitching in the evenings, so gradually coming out of the sewing hibernation.  I needed to finish off a swap for the FIS group and sat down at the sewing machine last Sunday, turned it on.....and nothing happened....yikes!! Given the machine is only a few months old I wasn't too impressed, but got out the 440 and did what I had to do on that.......the new one went back to the dealer during the week and after a little upgrade and a good talking to it is now back and performing as it should.  The swap gift is now finished and ready to post tomorrow. Will post a pic of the finished article once it has been received by the "lucky" recipient....this was the "ugly" fabric swap so I am looking forward to seeing what Sue did with the fabric I sent to her.  We get to have our own ugly fabric back.......lucky hey!?
 
 
Rhiannon came up this morning and we had breakfast and went shopping afterwards - I had a couple of vouchers that needed to be spent so bought a few little things for the house....among them this little candle lantern......
 



.........and a cute tin to put stuff in...... 'cause you can never have enough tins for "stuff"......
 
 
Last year when the garden was spruced up I planted a weeping acacia....well, the garden guy did, and it was probably weeping because it knew it wasn't going to get much TLC in my garden.......this probably isn't it's best side....but you can see the teeny buds just showing a bit of colour.......and I see there are also some weeds that will be coming out once the weather warms up a bit.....
 
 
....a few months after it was planted it had teeny tiny yellow buds on it, but was a little underwhelming to be honest (I do love a good wattle flower).....so I was surprised to see that the teeny tiny buds that appeared this year have started to blossom out into little balls of yellow.....  Made my day yesterday when I spotted them......it's the little things isn't it folks!
 

 
So I think it is going to be a little more spectacular this year!  again....it's the little things!
 
Now that I have caught up on some sewing and even managed a blog post I should really attend to some of the household chores that aren't much fun, but have to be done.
 
'Til next time...................Lorraine

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