Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The Chookshed Anniversary.

 

Lots of people were sewing along with Chooky for the anniversary of her chookshed. I wish I had been able to be there in person but time was spent at home working on the hexagons for the project we started at Nundle this year. I can't believe just how long they are taking.

The white paper behind is what I started using when I was setting them out. The designer of this project - Lynette Anderson - suggested using double sided sticky tape on paper to keep things in order. Not a bad idea and I did use it to start with as it did prevent the little hexis going everywhere. I bought an extra fat quarter of the dark red spot to add in for a bit of contrast which I am happy about.

The plan is to have it finished by next year when we go back to Nundle to work with Lynette again.

So Happy Anniversary to the Chookshed. We'll hopefully celebrate with you again next year.

 

 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Initial heart swap and birthday

 

I joined in Cheryll's Initial Heart Swap for the second time and my partner was Anthea of Hibiscus Stitches. She sent me a beautiful lacy heart, some post it notes which I unfortunately cropped from the photo,some pins and sweeties and a birthday candle. Anthea knew my birthday was coming up so she included the candle for fun. Thank you so much Anthea.
Doesn't the heart look lovely?
I made Anthea a bag with a heart embroidery on it. This was a pattern I received last year at the Stitcher's Dream Day Out run by the Quilter's Angel in Toowoomba.
The pattern was designed by Ella and Skysie Designs who have quite a few crinoline patterns. The designer said that she liked to have a bag which she could use when she was watching the kids at sport. The one handle goes on the arm and hold balls of wool while knitting or crocheting,without going all over the place. I'm sure that it would suit other uses as well. There are pockets inside as well. I also included a bath bomb too - I hope Anthea finds the time to relax with it. (And eat the M and M's I included as well).

Yep, I had another birthday yesterday. I wonder what my friends and relatives think about me - either I am hard to buy for or they think I have a secret gambling side to me. However I promise that I won't spend all of my $4 winnings too quickly. It was a bit disappointing to not win more with so many scratch-its. I still have a lotto ticket for tonight, that might be the one.

As for other presents, well, I'm sure I will enjoy my new radiator, battery, rear brakes, new engine mount block and other things for the car. It doesn't matter to me though as I always say my weekend trip to Girl's Day in the Country next month is as good as an actual gift and now I have $4 more spending money. Looking forward to seeing everyone again and meeting some bloggers I've met on the net but not in person. (Waving to Shez)

 

Just a piece of birthday trivia - I was born in the afternoon but it was a full moon that night. Last night for my birthday there was a full moon again. I'm off to see how many other times this has happened. ( just discovered that it is 19 years since the last time this happened)

 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Learning something new.

Two days ago my teenage daughter asked me if I could teach her to crochet. This was at 5.30 pm and she knew I was going out in an hour. I didn't want to discourage her as she can give up on an idea easily ( and would probably never speak to me again if she knew I had written that). So I took the time to show her how to do a chain and double and treble stitches. Then I had to go...... But I left her with a wonderful tutorial from here.

By the time I got home she had created the little granny square and since then she has gone on to make the larger square. The reason she has stopped - well she has run out of wool. And of course we only had one ball. But never fear we will get some more.

I think she is on to something and it makes me happy seeing her doing something crafty.

As for me, well, there seems to have been nothing crafty going on at all, maybe next week when the kids go back to school.

Thank you to Shelley at Spincushions for the wonderful tutorial. It certainly helped one teenager to learn to crochet.

 

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Christmas Swap Goodies.

There has been quite a bit going on here lately. Of course there was Christmas where we were at my inlaw's for two days. A few days later, my brother in law had his sixtieth birthday party and the next day we went camping, with no internet, phone coverage or showers. We saw the New Year in while we were away. We came home to a 50th birthday event. A few other things kept me busy which not worth mentioning,and now life is becoming normal again.
A few things which are worth mentioning are the wonderful gifts I received in swaps. I've been in Chookyblue's swap every year so far and it was great to participate again. Here's the main gift I received from Carole in the USA. It's not the best photo as it doesn't show the beautiful appliqué work. I just haven't had time to find a place where it will show off the stitchery. There was a photo a post or so ago which showed the other things from the parcel I received - the ornament,chocolate and cute pattern. Thank you Carole and also Chookyblue and Googy Girl for the organising.
 
In the Santa Sack swap which Cheryll runs I was partnered with Dasha who sent so many wonderful things. Unfortunately the actual sack didn't make the photo because it was in use as a carry bag for everything over Christmas. Dasha made me a name tag, a bag for my cut off threads, beautiful zippy bag, a really useful pincushion to sit at the front of my machine. It is long and skinny and will sit just in front of my machine where I won't knock it off, which is something I do regularly with my other one. And finally, check out my cute Christmas Angel - isn't she just fabulous!
 
Peg was my partner in Maree's 6 item swap with something smelly (lovely soap), something for the sewing room ( a Rosalie Quinlan stitchery,a fat quarter,and one of Peg's little sewing sets) an ornament for the tree, ( a cute wooden reindeer) something to eat, (mug and coffee's and chocolate!) some thing to read (magazine and a great clip board which has been in use constantly)and something for under the tree. I just realised that my collage picture wasn't the clearest for that gift but there was a lovely table runner,a cupcake tea towel and a Christmas stitchery. I think I might do another photo to show these things better.
So thank you Peg for all the wonderful Peg goodness,I love it all.
And thanks Maree too for running this swap.
 

I can't say how blessed I have been this Christmas with my swaps and swap partners. I want to thank each and every one for the wonderful things I received and the wonderful people who run these swaps as well.

Thank you and warm wishes to all.

 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

FNSI and a cute freebie

With a bit of time to make something for myself I joined in with others at last night's Friday Night Sew In. Earlier in the week I had found this cute little freebie pattern over here and just knew I wanted to make him. So this is what I did for Friday night - a perfect little project.

You can find the link to the PDF pattern over here. Make sure you go and have a look at the post as there is also a really cute animation to see. Many thanks to Fiona Tully of Two Brown Birds for this super cute gift pattern.

And don't forget to visit Wendy at Sugarlane Designs for the links to others who joined in. Thanks Wendy.

 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas is coming.

Parcels have been arriving at my house - ooh so much temptation!
We haven't started decorating yet - there has so much going on this December. I am hoping that tomorrow will be the day. We have a wedding to go to today and school is finished for the year so we can really get into the family feeling.
This parcel is my SSCS parcel from Carole. I haven't even touched the chocolate yet - I think it might give me some energy got Christmas Tree decorating. Thanks Carole for sending my parcel and the lovely decoration as well. (And thanks to Chookyblue and her helper for organising this again this year.)
 
This bundle of gifts is from Dasha in the Santa Sack swap run by Cheryll (Thanks Cheryll)
There's all sorts of squishy goodness here. I can't wait for opening day.
And this sparkly sack comes from Peg in another online swap.
It was full of brown paper packages tied up with string.
Where's the string in this picture ? Well this morning my boys decided to make some sort of cricket training thing and what did they need - string ! So they raided my parcels. I guess I'll have to open them now, which is alright as we are allowed to open all but one for under the tree.

So thank you to everyone for your wonderful swap gifts and also to the organisers.

 

 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sunday Stitching Christmas Party

The thing about having a group of bloggers meet is that they all blog about the event. In this case it is great because I didn't take a lot of photos and looking at all the blogs helps to remember what a fun day we all had.

Somehow I only got a photo of one end of the table so I apologise to the other end for missing them out. Maybe this is the naughty end of the table L-R Tatyana, Sandi, De, Teresa, and Noela. Tatyana is talking to Helen but she somehow missed out on being in the photo.

My present in the Secret Santa Swap was from De, and was a mug holder. The special part was that De had remembered that I was a tea drinker and found just the perfect mug for me. Now I am set for all of our meetings next year - no missing out on my tea because I didn't bring a mug.

And I just remembered that that little parcel on the top ( in the picture of it wrapped) was a packet of strawberry Tim Tams, I suppose you can guess why it didn't make it into the other photos.

So to everyone who was there - Susan, Marilyn, Helen, Tatyana, Sandi, Teresa, Noela, Maree, Maree, Jeanette, Deb, De, Maria, and Cheryl - thank you for a lovely afternoon and thank you De for my gift and also to the other ladies who brought the extra little gifties. Thanks to Maree also for putting this together for us.