Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bitsa this and bitsa that....

Our little grandie girl Maddie turned 3 on Easter Sunday
- we had a lovely Facetime chat and she opened her books from us and her mum read her a story
... she is into My Little Pony at the moment and delighted with her new books ...
(and at the same time I got a lesson on how to take a screen photo of our chat off the ipad!)


a friend made these lovely little mushrooms.. they look just perfect


I baked a ginger and nut loaf... I love these round tins...


I had never seen them before I came here and mushroom making friend found these at an op shop for me at a princely sum of $2 each.... made in Australia but you don't see them new anymore in the shops...


I cut out hexagons and traced them with some of Michelle's stitcheries... this time I have used scraps of wadding as stabiliser... so I just stitched around the edge to hold it in place...


a Rainbow Lorikeet dropped by for a chat....


and I have been appliquing squares on the border of my Polar Bear Quilt designed by Toni 
(if you don't know Toni's quilts is worth visiting her ... she has bargains every week - $4 a pattern! - I got four of them last week!)


We had Easter lunch at my daughters and she made this lovely cake for dessert...


.. the inside was just as impressive (Red Velvet)


... oh .. and here is the rest of the mushrooms ..... 


that is a child size thimble... these mushrooms are minute
Christine is very clever .... and has excellent eyesight (obviously)

Righto, Gotto Go... suddenly I feel like a snack....

Saturday, April 19, 2014

FNSI....

As it was Easter Friday and a public holiday here in Australia I sewed all day whilst Hubz bottled a new brew .... Apple Cider... which I will enjoy in a few weeks...

I started these applique blocks some time ago and this week I started putting all the blocks together....




...till they were all joined....


... then added the borders....


It's busy with those fabric choices, but I think it's fun for a little girl princess...

This pattern is Sweet Dreams and is by Kids Quilts.....  I rediscovered how much I love doing hand applique....


Eldest Grandiegirl Chloe is getting this one.... 

I did do some hand-stitching in the evening... but it is secretive for the moment

Thanks Wendy for hosting us... best wishes for your FIL ...xx

so many commented about my nice tidy kitchen.... this is how it often looks....


yes, that's a hammer on the top .... I needed feet on a bag.. where else does one do it but on the kitchen bench... and then I wanted to make ginger and nut loaf... in my new tins.... and I washed those collectable beer glasses a friend gave me for Hubz new hobby and then made cauliflower soup.... and we keep the fish food there so it is easy to access .... and the dog's pills too.... 

... so my kitchen is not really a tidy place...

Righto, Gotto Go.... tea and a slice of ginger and nut I think.... and have a look at what everyone else did for FNSI

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dresdens......

I recently took part in a swap.... the focus of the gift being a dresden plate... 

my allocated partner likes French General fabrics....

... of course I had to play with quilting.....


... on every blade......

... the back was fun ....


.... and this all became a clock.....


... and a pincushion with an itsy bitsy mini dresden....


... and because it is around Easter a potholder/mug rug in similar fabrics....


These went to Keryn... a new blogger friend of mine.... who has the mooooostt delightful Christmas decorations  and beautiful quilts etc... she also has a "I'm not moving it" sale....  go get tempted.....

Thanks to Peg and Shez for organising this ultra fun swap...

Righto, Gotto Go..... quilting, stitching... coffee....

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Happy Place Kitchen.....

I do love eating food..... and sometimes I even have fun making it... but I do find I need to fill the kitchen with things that make me happy... 

(due to pressures from society it sadly cannot ALWAYS be alcohol)

Back in February I had a birthday and my gift from Shez went missing in the post (tears)

A lovely little replacement parcel arrived from Shez to help happify my kitchen...


Shez does beautiful work and hand made the linen cloths too.... 

... so lovely...


this little groovy gal also makes me happy in the kitchen...


... so does my scissor hanger...
(I wished I'd had one of these when my children were still at home!)


I also have some gecko's keeping me happy in the kitchen...


.. and of course my new beer rug. um, wine rug..... I mean mug rug


I am such a convert for those kitchen towels with the loop over the oven handle...


... happiness in the kitchen... that's what I need....


Righto, Gotto Go... could be spending a bit of time in the kitchen Happy Place today.... thank you so much Shez.... very special

What's your kitchen like???????????

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My dresden

I have just taken part in a swap where the main item is to be a dresden plate.....


Just look at what Sharon made for me..... it is just gorgeous and fresh and happy.... I love it soooooooo much...

Sharon also popped in a bit of extra since bunnies and chocolate are around at this time of year.... a perfect tin for treasures once evening snacks and hot drinks are done with....


I helped Sharon out at the beginning of the year to conquer some fears ... and sent her a mug rug.... (Yes, unbelievably there are people out there who don't like mug rugz!!!!!....)

... now as part of our swap we were asked for some details..... including anything we didn't like.... I said "brussel sprouts" (sorry lovers of brussel sprouts) and reckoned I would be pretty safe in a sewing swap....

well.... it seems I was not safe from Sharons' ingenuity ..... a mugrug... featuring brussel sprouts!


Sharon specially designed and printed these so I am very touched... and it has given me one of the biggest laughs... (I nearly had one of those mature age leaks!)

 I do love those brussel sprouts.... just not the edible kind

Such a lovely bundle, some beauty, some yummy and some laugh.... just perfect...


Righto, Gotto Go.... I need to decide the most appropriate place for the mug rug..... and it's time for a  Beer, Wine, Latte....


Monday, April 14, 2014

Hmmmmm.....

A surprise parcel from E Bunny.... 
how pretty and thoughtful and yummy
(one egg didn't make the picture!)


I love them... I think I know who you are... and I love you too..... thank you....x

Today I worked a bit more on mini quilting on my doily..... 


... and I needed to trace out a stitchery... lots of detail in this one and I tried out a trick that Linda Blake showed us at the Girls Day Out....

make a photocopy of your picture ..... (this will need to be thrown out so don't use your original)

(as you can see I am going to do a stitchery of Michelle's

place your pattern on some newspaper or something (I have a plastic tablecloth for craft)


spray reasonably generously with your glue spray.....


then smooth your pre-ironed background fabric (I like to starch mine too) over the paper and allow it to dry for a few minutes....


place over light box... or window.... and trace away..... it's not moving....


when all done take the paper away and chuck it out and then add your favourite stabiliser to your stitchery....

nice and easy ..... I like this method especially for larger, detailed stitcheries....

Anthea was returning a coaster I sent in her parcel by mistake... and with it she put in this fun magnet.... how funny.....
(took me a while as I was looking at those slippers!)


Thank you E Bunny and Anthea..... you made my day...

Righto, Gotto Go...... tracing to be done....



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