28 July, 2012

A Fun Day at the Craft and Quilt Fair!

Melody and I had a wonderful day at the Craft and Quilt Fair. There were some amazing quilts. Unfortunately we weren't allowed to take any photos of the quilts so we can't share our favourites with you. It was sad to see so many people disregard this request as they took photos. Here we are having a well earned cuppa!
Of course, there were lots of lovely shops to look at too. This is my little haul for the day! The main item on my list was to get the wadding for my Double Wedding Ring quilt. The poor top has been sitting in the drawer for nearly a year now! I even found the stencil I had decided I wanted to quilt so that was an added bonus. All I have to do now is baste the quilt and off I go! The other goodies were just because I liked them! Always handy to have just in case they are needed!

Thank you Melody for sharing a fun day with me. 
Even the train ride there and back went quickly as we spent the time chatting!

Well I'd better go and do all the jobs I didn't do yesterday! Have a great weekend everyone.

27 July, 2012

Off to the Craft Show!

 I've got my spending money, a list and my comfy shoes on. Melody from The House on the Side of the Hill and I are off to the Craft and Quilt Fair at Jeff's Shed! I'm sure Melody will have her House on the side of the hill bag, so look out for us and come and say hello.

22 July, 2012

Bloggy Friends Get Together!

Yesterday I headed up to the Patchwork Tea House in Wartburton for our Bloggy Friends Get Together. Melody of The House On The Side Of The Hill arranged this meeting so we could get to meet Michelle from Rag-Tag Stitchin'. Michelle has been travelling from Queensland via the Northern Territory, South Australia and made a detour to Melbourne so we could all meet. Melody's son Sam took Michelle's husband Gary off to Puffing Billy for the day so that we could have Michelle all to ourselves! 
We had a lovely time sitting, chatting and eating.
I had the yummy scones with jam and cream for lunch.
Rosalie, Michelle, Marina, Tracey, Liz, Melody, Bronwyn and me. It was such a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning. I had to leave a bit earlier than everyone else as I had a wedding to head to.
Michelle had made us all a gorgeous gift and added a lovely wooden painted button. She was also kind enough to give us each two stitchery patterns designed by her. I'm looking forward to stitching those.
These are two felt brooches I made, 
one for Michelle and one for Melody.

Thank you Melody for organising this lovely get together. Thank you girls for the lovely time spent together.
And a big thank you to Michelle for detouring your trip so we could all meet.

19 July, 2012

Watch Out!

Mitchell got his L's!

Bloggy Friends Meet!

The gorgeous Melody of The House on the Side of the Hill has organised a bloggy friends meeting with the lovely Michelle Ridgeway of Rag-Tag Stitchin' on Saturday. Michelle has been travelling on her own outback adventure and has now made it to Victoria. We are going to meet at The Patchwork Teahouse in Warburton at 10.45am. If you'd like to join us, send Melody an email so she can book you a seat.

14 July, 2012

FNSI and Molly!

Last night at the FNSI I managed to work on two projects plus did a bit of preparation. I was hoping to get a little more done but due to our gorgeous new family member, time was taken up with the toilet training business!
I finished my journal cover. I was working on it Tuesday and hoped to finish it Wednesday but once Molly arrived no sewing was touched at all!
Finished block 5 of my Merry Mistletoe quilt.
Molly has settled in very well. It's only taken her 3 days to take over Ginger's bed!
Here's poor Ginger with Molly on her bed (sorry it's a bit dark). Initially, when Molly headed for her bed, Ginger would let her know who it belonged to!
This morning Molly met Lucky the Love Bird. You may just be able to make Lucky out sitting on the left of the pen. They checked each other out and that was that!
Exploring the backyard.

12 July, 2012

Meet Molly!

We have a new addition to our family. This is Molly and we got her yesterday.

Molly is a red heeler like Ginger, although she is a lot lighter and has red patches on her back. In fact, Molly and Ginger are related (it wasn't planned that way). We found Ginger through the Trading Post 13 1/2 years ago. On Tuesday I came across an ad for some red and blue heeler pups. We've been looking for a while as we wanted to get another one due to Ginger being such a good dog. 

When Noel rang the man he thought the address was very familiar. Sure enough, it was the same place we bought Ginger from! He told us that Ginger's father only died last year at 18 years of age! Molly's father and Ginger have the same grandfather. It's nice to think they have the same blood line.
First thing to be done when we got home was a bath! Molly was covered in fleas! eek! Ginger never has fleas and we didn't want her to get them.
After her bath, Nelson sat with Molly in the sun and continued to pick off more fleas (he drowned them in a bowl of water). I'm going to give her another bath today and hopefully get rid of any we've missed.
Here's the two of them just before we went to bed last night. Molly was so good. We didn't hear a peep from her until Noel left for work at 5.30. She cried for about 2 minutes and then went back to sleep.
 Ginger and Molly are getting on very well. They had a little play outside and Molly was very good and did some business while out there. Oh, yes. It's back to toilet training! LOL! Thank goodness we have slate on the floor.
 Nelson and I went out to the shops and Nelson picked out a couple of toys for Molly to play with. We definitely don't want any shoes chewed! Well, I'd better go do something. You don't realise just how much of a time waster a new pup is!

11 July, 2012

Friendship Tree!

 I finished my Friendship Tree stitchery. I decided not to border it but just bind it. I think it's come out quite nice. This is a design by Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse. It came with these gorgeous buttons.
 Now all I need is a little hanger to finish it off!

10 July, 2012

Vanilla Slices!

 Austin decided he would like to make some vanilla slices on the holidays. Mitchell got into the act as well.
 Out of the tin.
 One slice all ready to eat.
 Nelson wants a bite Austin!
I've signed up for this Friday's FNSI with Heidi. Not too sure what I'll be working on. Perhaps a good night to do some prep work. Head over here to sign up.

06 July, 2012


Austin has been doing some sewing in Home Economics at school. These are the pyjama pants he made last term. I think he's done a great job and he has worn them to bed each night (once they finally came out of his school bag!).

05 July, 2012

Santa Sack and In Print!

 My parcel arrived from Simone for our Santa Sack Swap. Wrapped in the most gorgeous red fabric (the colour isn't showing up very well) was this beautiful Santa Sack.
Simone has used such gorgeous fabrics. If only you could see them in person. They are so pretty.
 Here's a close-up of the stitching on the front.

So now the first two presents are in my sack waiting to be joined by lots more!
I got an email from Cheryll (Gone Stitchin') on Monday asking for my autograph! I had no idea why. It turned out Homespun magazine (Vol 13, No 7) has published a photo of my sewing machine cover with the sewing mat Maria (Life on the Block) made for me in last year's Santa Sack Swap. I had forgotten I'd even sent a photo in so it was a big surprise!

02 July, 2012

OPAM for June!

 Five small items were finished for my OPAM in June.
 Mug Rug for my Winter Wonderland Swap.
A fat quarter bag.
Two more mug rugs using Melody Miller Echino fabrics.
I made my Santa sack for my partner Simone and now that I know she has received it, I can show you a photo. The first two presents also went with the sack. Now I hope Simone doesn't prod and poke the pressies too much. LOL!
I've been working on other bits and pieces. Retreat will be coming up soon in early August, so I want to get lots of preparation of projects done to take with me.