31 August, 2022

OPAM For August

 My finishes for August were the gifts 
I made for Julie in our Tilda swap.
Sewing bag.
Pin Cushion.
Twisted Thread Catcher.

Scissor Fob.
That's five finishes for August.
Thank you to Kris for keeping us inspired.

08 August, 2022

Off On An Adventure!

I'll be a bit quiet on the blog front for the next month. 
Noel and I are off on an adventure to the Kimberley. 
We are heading to Mitchell Plateau up the top of 
Western Australia where we'll be staying at the
 Kandiwal Aboriginal Community. 
I'm going to be making a quilt with the children 
of the school among other things.

When we get back, I'll tell you all about our adventure.
I'm sure I'll have lots to share!

04 August, 2022

Across The Ditch Tilda Swap (Part 2)

Now to share what I made for Julie.
I used Tilda Old Rose fabric range as at one time
she had mentioned it was a favourite.
First up is this sewing bag. 
The pattern was from Gail Pan's Patchwork Loves Embroidery.

Matching sewing accessories.

I added some extra Aussie goodies too. 
Yummy Caramello koalas, biscuits from Byron Bay and Australian tea.
After I had wrapped everything up and was putting them 
into the box, I realised I forgotten to add a skein of 
Cottage Garden threads that goes nicely with Tilda fabrics. 
Luckily I remembered before I taped up the box and posted it.
I really enjoyed making these swap gifts for Julie. 
It was made even better that we were able to face-time
each other while opening our gifts. 
After many years of "chatting" on line it was 
so wonderful to speak in person.

03 August, 2022

Across The Ditch Tilda Swap (Part 1)

Julie from My Threadbear Life and I recently did a swap. 
We were to make each other something using
 Tilda fabric as we both love Tilda. 
We waited until both of us had received our parcels 
before opening them. Mine arrived from New Zealand 
well before Julie got her parcel.
The big day came and we face-timed 
together for the grand opening of gifts.
OMG! Julie made me the most beautiful doll. 
Secretly I was hoping she would make me a doll 
as Julie makes the most gorgeous dolls.
The photo doesn't do it justice.
Her sweet face. I'm calling her Tilly.
Tilly's apron is made from a beautiful vintage doily. 
Julie knows I love vintage linens.
Julie also made me this lovely pouch.
Inside were these goodies.
A sweet little Tilda paper bunting.
A close up of one of the ladies.
Don't you just love this beautiful jug? I do!
Julie makes candles in up-cycled jugs, cups and glasses. 
The fragrance is French Pear and Julie knows I love it. 
In the photo with the bunting above you see one of Julie's 
candles in a glass jug. This is one I received in her giveaway last year.
 It sits in my sewing room and every time I walk in I can smell it.
Some New Zealand chocolate and a NZ magazine.
Thank you so much for all my beautiful gifts Julie. 
It was even better that we were able to chat 
with each other as we opened our gifts.
You can see what I made for Julie in my next post.

01 August, 2022

Five Siblings Plus One and OPAM

Last week we headed off to Palm Cove (Queensland) 
for a short holiday with Noel's brothers and sisters. 
Hence the 5 siblings plus 1, me!
No hat or gloves were needed for our morning walks!
 Off we went for a day up at Kuranda. 
We went up on the Kuranda Scenic Railway.
Such a lovely station.
We came back down on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
 Next day was a trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventure.

 Went full crocodile for lunch. 
Crocodile pie, crocodile spring rolls and skewers.
Mossman Gorge.
Mossman Gorge.

Mossman Gorge.
Trinity Bay Lookout in Port Douglas.
Trinity Beach in Palm Cove.
Donald MacDonald, "Dad", trained here in 1943 
before being shipped off to Papua New Guinea.
This photo is taken looking to the same place 
as the original one on the sign.
There's always one or two silly people!
This photo is the battalion that Dad was in.
All too soon it was time to head home. 
We found this cute coffee van at Cairns airport.
Due to high winds, our plane went past the airport 
and came in from the city side. 
We got a great view of the city.

My one finish for July, "Nelson's Choice".
Thanks to Kris for keeping us inspired.