Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Castlemaine......and pink Moscato.....................

It's official.......I love Castlemaine..(and pink Moscato).......with shops like Threadbear and Haberdash....what's not to love? 

Saturday I drove out to Maldon for a look.......I may have indulged in an iced chocolate (with cream)......(well....I AM on holiday.......and cream is allowed whilst on holiday).....which I didn't think to take a photo of ....was too busy demolishing it!   Found this cute lace curtain in one of the shops.....cows and cowbells.......


Arriving back in Castlemaine I headed into Haberdash for a look see.......the shop was open.....all good!!


Some pics from the shop..........there are so many lovely displays it's easy to spend a loooooong time browsing....opening cupboards and drawers and touching the contents is encouraged......buttons.....laces......so much stuff................





Loved this drawer......


......and on the other side was a drawer with a label which said "more stuff"......think I need labels like that for my sewing room cupboards!  It really is a fabulous shop .......I may have bought a little something..........see you can see by the size of the bag it's not big....... good things come in small packages....LOL


I also popped in to Threadbear....



The main reason for visiting Castlemaine on my way to Nundle (well it's sort of on the way) was to attend a class with Di Ford at Threadbear.  Di certainly takes fussy cutting to a whole new level and I look at fabric quite differently now!  Route 66 is a quilt that Di pieced whilst travelling in America (on Route 66.....) and it was the inspiration for the class yesterday......Here is the lovely Di (and her quilt!)



Sam couldn't wait for one of the ladies to leave so he could claim her spot in the class.....

 

How cute!!!  He is certainly a charmer...!

I didn't finish a block in class...but I learned heaps from Di - as I said previously it has certainly changed the way I look at fabric and fussy cutting.......so many options......

Here is the block I started......I couldn't decide on the outer row......still haven't made up my mind if I like it or not.......


I think it may have a bit much "going on" and I was thinking of changing it out for a smaller print......came back to the motel and had a bit more of a think about it.......


Nope ....still couldn't make up my mind.....LOL 

Had a late start this morning and found a place to have brunch......


And.....a place to browse......this is THE most amazing shop........


What they didn't have in the shop isn't worth mentioning......new stuff...old stuff....and everything in it's place.......well....sort of......


....who knew half a car could be such great wall art!  

Scales anyone..........???


Or door knobs, locks....hinges......(I loved this display......)


......and isn't this fellow just the thing for your house???  I wonder what Rose would think of him....?


I may not have finished the block I was making in class but I did get these finished last night....they have been sitting in my sewing basket waiting for the binding to be stitched down.....so now it is...!  The pincushion for the swap at GDITC is also done....except for the stuffing....which I will do when I get to Chooky's place....!!


Another shop I found  had some interesting pieces of jewellery...I am not big on jewellery....don't have any rings.....one bracelet.....but I did like this.......so it came home with me.....I like the birds.......


Speaking of birds.....I won't be up with them if I don't finish this and get some sleep!  Off to Hamilton tomorrow to meet up with Lise and Tracey....then....Nundle here we come!!! 

Oh....you might have noticed by the header pic that one of the bottles bound for "refreshments on the lawn" at GDITC won't be making the journey!  Mmmmmmmm pink Moscato...........all the others are intact and will be making the journey there but they won't be coming home with us......that space is reserved for fabric purchases! 

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

14 comments:

Chookyblue...... said...

OMG one of those bottles gone already........love the header pic.........looks like a great workshop.........have a wonderful day and travel safe to Lise's........2 sleeps til I see you...........yippee..........

Sue SA said...

I need to get the map out to double check which side
Of NSW Nundle is but I swear on a pile of fat quarters that you drove past Hamilton to get to Castlemaine!? are you sure you only had one of those bottles? don't mind me l am just green with envy, not just that your on holidays or been to Castlemaine but all the shopping on route and The Sewing destination.
Thanks for sharing, I am enjoying the ride! PS hope the roads are free of flood waters, and have a safe journey.

Shay said...

So much going on! LOVE both those shops...thanks for the tour.

I noticed the empty bottle in your header and thought "That means she is having a great time"

So pleased you enjoyed the workshop...you'll have to pass on some tips to the rest of us who werent so lucky to go !

Lenora said...

Looks like your having a fabulous time, and I think it is only going to get better. Have a safe journey.

Maree: said...

Love your Header and the fact that you are having a Great trip so far...so much to take in..Love Love your hexie block I Love the outer border and you were so organized to even do a class..well done!
Travel Safe..
2 more sleeps...eeekkkks!!
cheers

Kris said...

Everything in this post is just so pretty! I really MUST get to Castlemaine! Have a great drive today and a fabulous time with Chookyblue!

Katie said...

Wow. You are having such a good time! I love the pink drink. If it's pink it's gotta be good. Right? :-)

Pip said...

I'll have to try and stowaway in your bags next time you take a trip :) once again it looks as if you are having a fabulous time. I'm making a note of all the names of shops so when I get to plan a trip over that way, I'll know where I'm going to go.

AnnieO said...

Thanks for the wander along! Poking through all those shops sounds like loads of fun. Glad you enjoyed your class!

Michelle said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip.
I so wan't to go to Threadbare.
I's the first shop I visit at the quilt show.
Love the pig!

Cheryl said...

Oh take me away......looks so wonderful and I can tell you are having so much fun!! Great report, and wonderful shops!

Daisy Jayne said...

Wish I was there ........ travel safe and have fun

Lounging with a Latte said...

Good on you...sounds like you're having lots of fun. Love your photo collage with the pink mascato...my favourite!! Keep enjoying your travels.

Karen said...

What a great way to be spending your holiday - it's been fun reading it - can't wait for more :)

Karen