Saturday, 29 November 2008
See this list? It's Santa's "Naughty" list and I think I'm now on it ... cos I was a WEE bit naughty yesterday!! If I told you that Marian at Quilters' Angel has been having a three-day, 20% off fabric sale that ends today, can you guess HOW I've been naughty?! Bet you can!!
I've been eyeing off the "Oh Cherry Oh" charm square packs since they appeared at Quilters' Angel, and drooled over Nat's collection of them on her blog a few posts back, so when I walked in yesterday and saw the layer cake ... what can I say? It was love at first bite ... I mean SIGHT! Tee! Hee! Hee! Then, whilst wandering around Marian's Aladdin's Treasure Cave of quilting goodies, I came back to another range I've been drooling over for a while ...
Now, I know I'm usually a green girl, but I'm thinkin' these yummy blues will make a great quilt for the day bed in my sewing room - when we paint the walls a cornflower blue! I bought a little piece of the pattern on the bottom left when I played in Brisbane last week - what I call my "don't know what I'll do with it, but it sure is pretty!' amount - but stocked up enough this time to make a quilt. In fact, what you see here is really two quilts - the fabrics just don't know it yet! Tee! Hee! Hee! I'm thinking of designing a few small cherry-themed stitcheries to intersperse with the "Oh Cherry Oh" fabrics, but will have to see what inspiration strikes at the time. As for the blue, I think I want to do a fairly basic pieced quilt (has to be basic, cos that describes my patchwork skills!!) that isn't too fussy and lets the fabrics to the shining. I've seen lots of these type of quilts on my bloggy buddy, Peg's, blog, so I may have to pick her brains!!
However ... these yummy fabrics will have to go into the stash for the moment while I put the finishing editing touches on my bear for Australian Bear Creations and then tackle the Christmas list. SIGH!! I hate being a responsible grown up!! Mind you, there are times where my mother would debate whether I AM one! Tee! Hee! Hee! Whatever you're doing, I hope you're enjoying your weekend. I'm now off to trace pattern pieces, scan, edit ......!! Til next time - Bear Hugs!
Thursday, 27 November 2008
YAY!!! HAPPY DANCE!!Skippity! Hoppity! Shimmy, shimmy!! Not only have I finished my SSCS gifty for Chookyblue's swap - this morning my friendly neighbourhood post office man (who, just quiety, I think, thinks I'm a little strange due to my frequent appearances in his little post office!!) stuck that Air Mail sticker on my package, stamped it and popped it into his sack ready to wing it's way off to ??????????!! Hmmm ... wonder if the postie is really Santa in disguise??? Think about it .... he puts parcels into a big sack for delivery ...!!!! Sure hope he can't tell who's been naughty or nice or I'm in BIIIIIIIIIIIIG trouble! Tee! Hee! Hee!
So, that's one thing crossed of my "To Do" list. If I keep going at this rate, I'll have finally finished LAST week's list by the time I get to the end of THIS week! SIGH! Never enough hours in the day or days in the week!! Big thank you again to Elf Chookyblue for hosting the Secret Santa Christmas Swap!! In between stressing about meeting the deadline, I thoroughly enjoyed making something special for someone who I know will appreciate a hand-made gifty. Hope my swap partner likes their gifty - if not, I hope she'll post it back cos I grew quite attached to it! Tee! Hee! Hee!
Now I'm off to cross the last urgent, deadline-dependant task off my list, then I can get stuck into Christmas preparations. At the rate I'm going I should definitely be ready for Christmas .... in about MARCH! Tee! Hee! Hee! Til next time - deck the halls and Bear Hugs!
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
First of all, I came home to find a parcel on my front verandah from my gorgeous bloggy buddy, Kerryanne. Hmmm ... I had been expecting a smaller parcel from her, cos she very generously offered to paint a rose on my plate to match my bickie tin, but this was a BIG box! Oh, wait, I remember she was going to send my yummy cupcake tray that I bought from her Vintage Art for sale page with the newly painted tin plate - that must be it. Yes ... it was, but there was also ANOTHER treasure - a SURPRISE! When I opened the box I found ...
Not only had Kerryanne sent my two expected treasures - she had popped in a sifter she had painted a matching pink rose on as a surprise gift! It is GORGEOUS! And the wonderful note with it said that after seeing my bickie tin with my mixing bowls and since I'd soon have a matching tin plate, Kerryanne decided the sifter really belonged with it's matching rosey friends!! What a SWEETIE!! Thank you SOOOOOO much, Kerryanne!! I LOVE how they all look together!! Now, I had to rearrange a little, but here they all are in their new home.
I know they look a little crowded, but I just had to put them all together! And when we renovate the kitchen (a little way down the house 'to do' list!) there will be more display room for my treasures!!
Here's a closer look at my pretties in situ. I just LOVE them!!
And while I was still feeling rather chuffed about my treasures from Kerryanne, I popped in to look at my email and found a note from Lisa at Button Bliss. A week or so ago, Lisa celebrated the return of her laser machine that she uses to create fantastic laser-cut timber buttons - it had been to the laser machine 'doctors' for revival and 'laser surgery'! Sorry, couldn't resist!! As a way of celebrating (and so she could personalise her swearing if it breaks down again perhaps?!?! Tee! Hee! Hee!) Lisa ran a competition to come up with a suitable name for her laser cutter. I suggested LAZARUS - because he'd been resurrected from the 'dead'! Tee! Hee! Hee! And guess what - Lisa liked my suggestion best and she and Laz (it's Australia, after all, so of COURSE his name was going to be shortened!!) has sent me a Button Bliss voucher for a $100 button buying spree! Woo! Hoo! Thank you Lisa and Laz!! Now I've told you about Lisa's yummy timber buttons before and she's specially made some for a couple of my stitchery designs, so you can just IMAGINE how much fun I'm gonna have picking buttons!! Think I'd better make myself a cuppa and put a plastic cover over the computer keyboard to protect it when I drool over all the pretty buttons! Tee! Hee! Hee! What a generous prize that will give me hours of fun picking AND creating with them afterwards - THANKS LISA!!
And the THIRD thing that happened to spoil me actually happened on Sunday, but I hadn't got round to taking a photo. My friend Miss Mary from Fresh Hope Patterns popped in to conduct a photo shoot in my spare bedroom for the covers of the latest two designs to be donated to Fresh Hope Patterns - some GORGEOUS quilts!! After all, I have my newly restored brass bed as well as lots of knick knacks to use as background and props for photos!! Not only was it lovely to catch up with Miss Mary, she also delivered an early Christmas gifty, as she and her hubby are off on a caravanning trip for a while. I opened the bag (I know, I'm very bad!!!) and I found ...
A wonderful and oh-so-pretty cupcake notebook and a FABULOUS teacup teaspoon! WOW! I really AM spoilt this week! Thanks Miss Mary! The funniest part of her gift was, I had contemplated buying myself a cupcake notebook, but couldn't quite justify spending the extra play money this week (see last post and fabric purchased while playing in Brisbane!!) and I'd bought some pretty teaspoons to give to people as gifts for the same reason! Now I can enjoy my pretties guilt-free, cos Miss Mary knows my taste in pretties!! What wonderful friends I have!!
So ... here I am, feeling VERY spoilt - and LOVING it!! But now I have to come back to earth and roll up my sleeves to work hard to try to get my Secret Santa gift finished for Chookyblue's swap!! After life interfered yesterday with various interruptions, I'm running behind. Will try to get it done, but may have to confess to Chookyblue that it will be posted tomorrow rather than today. Will see how I go. Hope you're having a spoilt-rotten kind of day too!! Til next time - Bear Hugs!
Sunday, 23 November 2008
Now, when we get together, we have a variety of mischief - oops! I mean ACTIVITIES - that we get up to. We might explore a boutique-ee little area (like Paddington), hit a coffee shop or two, or even hole up at Lynette's place and work on a craft project that's been 'on the list' for a while. This time, it was Lynette's choice of mischief and she decided we'd play ladies for the day - go to a nice restaurant she'd been meaning to visit for lunch, then hit a favourite coffee shop for desert and coffee. Sounds like a plan!! And so we were off!! If real life came with a sound track like the movies, I suspect Cyndi Lauper would have been singing "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" in the background! Tee! Hee! Hee!
OK - the first stop actually ended up being my choice, as we had to drive right by a shop I've been wanting to visit - Patches at Indooroopilly. While a little tricky to find and get to, we decided it was worth the stop, as there was lots of yummy fabric to admire. While Lynette was very disciplined and decided to finish the couple of projects she has half done before starting a new one, I wasn't so disciplined - some fabric followed me home! Tee! Hee! Hee!
Oooohhh!! Lots of pretties!! And before any of you smarty-pants's point out the VERY pink piece of fabric, let me just say it's to make up a new pattern in an alternative colourway, NOT because I've crossed to the dark (pink!) side!! You'll notice I also managed to find myself some more dotty fabric - love my dots and spots!! The cornflower blue spotty fabric is actually the colour I want to eventually paint my sewing room, so this piece will probably get put away for cushions or something for when that happens .... But I digress!! Back to our Playing Ladies Day!
Having satisfied my fabric cravings (it had been a whole three days since I'd last bought fabric!!) we went on to the restaurant where Lynette wanted to have lunch - Lilyfields. Sorry - forgot to get a photo. Lunch was rather yummy and Lynette's curiosity was satisfied along with her tummy, so it was then off to our next stop - Gardenway, our favourite coffee shop/gift shop/nursery.
After browsing through the gift shop (they have soooooooo many yummy things!!) we decided we'd settled lunch enough to enjoy coffee and desert.
I had a slice of sinfully rich white chocolate cheesecake with my latte, while Lynette opted for the brulle` - MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!! YUMMO! We then waddled off for one more quick look around before heading back to Lynette's place to collect her monsters .... I mean CHILDREN! .... from school! Tee! Hee! Hee! Once they were all fed and watered, they hit the pool to cool down, while we played ladies once more and ensconced ourselves in the lounge room with cuppas and the air conditioning!! (Friday was VERY humid in Brisbane as it was building up for storms again!)
So ... after a day of playing ladies, I hopped in my little Baby car and toddled back up the range, having successfully and thoroughly enjoyed celebrating Lynette's birthday and our 29 years of friendship - it was this time of year when we first met in year four! Think we'll have to organise a major celebration for Lynette's birthday and our 30th year of friendship celebrations next year - any suggestions? We've got a whole year to plan, so it should be a DOOZY by the time we get around to it! Tee! Hee! Hee!
And speaking of playing ladies ... that's the name of a new beary nice quilt designed by Liz at Teddlywinks. Pop on over and take a peek - it's a beauty!! Have to say, though, her bears look a bit more lady-like than Lynette and I usually manage! Tee! Hee! Hee!
And now, I'm off to play some more in my sewing room - would like to say I'm going to lay with my new fabrics, but I really need to keep working on my Secret Santa gifty for Chookyblue's swap. I'm about half done and since it needs to go in the mail this week, I'd better get crackin'! Hope you're all having a great weekend - very blustery and blowy here today, so I'm happy to be hiding inside in my sewing room! Til next time - Bear Hugs!
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Having said that, I have managed to make a bit of progress in the last few days. I've completed the bear I'm submitting to Bear Creations (YAY!) and now I just have to write the instructions. (GROAN!) And on the weekend, I made a start on my Secret Santa Swap that Chookyblue is hosting. Now, it's a secret, but I can show you what I've done so far, because it really bears little resemblance to what the finished product will look like. (I hope!!) OK, I started with ...
Spotty squares!! You know I'm just dotty about spotties!! Tee! Hee! Hee! Hmmm ... what will happen to them next?
Here's an action shot - me trying to take the photo left handed without shaking and making the photo blurry!! Tee! Hee! Hee! I drew some diagonal lines through half my blocks, put two together and sewed either side of the line. Hey Stina - see where my machine is made?? Next ...
They were chopped down the middle ("Don't chop the dinosaur Daddy!!" Sorry - Australian ad reference!!) and folded out to look like ...
I know some of you have guessed what I'm doing with my dotty, spotty squares! Because then I put four together ...
I think most of you know what I'm making now ...
Ta Da!! Pinwheel blocks!! Ahhhhhhh ... but you'll NEVER guess what I'm going to turn the pinwheel blocks into, so I'm going to keep you in suspenders! Tee! Hee! Hee!
So that was how I spent some of my time on the weekend. Now, my beloved Geek Boy was away for a few days, so I convinced him (with encouragement from Jo!!)that he really should take me to a couple of the local antique shops for a little look - something we haven't done for quite a while. Now ... mostly, I was good and did just LOOK, but one thing did follow me home ...
A very cute tin plate that is the same colour and about the same vintage as the bickie tin I bought from Kerryanne's yummy selection of Art For Sale on her Shabby Art Boutique site. It's pictured with a few cute little felt cupcakes I bought on a visit to Linda and Laura's pretty shop, Lilly Cottage. So where is my plate now? On it's way to Kerryanne's studio because she's kindly offered to paint a pretty pink rose on it so it matches my bickie tin! Isn't she a sweetie!!! Thanks Kerryanne!! Can't wait to find a spot to display the two 'face-lifted' vintage pretties!!
And the other pretty I picked up last week when shopping with my dancing buddy Deb (on that shopping trip that saw my poor Baby car so badly treated!!) was ...
A Ladybird bag!! Isn't is great!! It's the perfect size for me to fit all my bear making paraphernalia when I teach a workshop, and I have a few of them planned already for the new year, so I'll be able to test it out! There was a matching overnight bag, too, that I would have loved to get, but since GB and I only got our overnight bags for Christmas last year, I couldn't quite justify it! SIGH! I hate it when that practical streak rears it's ugly head!! It doesn't happen too often, but when it does, its a voice that sounds remarkably like my mother's! Tee! Hee! Hee!
The last pretty I'll share with you before I toddle off to play with my spotty pinwheels is a little treasure I discovered in my front yard yesterday.
I planted four agapanthus clumps about five years ago. Last year for the first time, I had two flowers and yesterday, I discovered there are four flowers - YAY! Obviously they're happy and settled. Hmmm ... just noticed I've only caught three of the four flowers in the photo. Oh well, you'll just have to take my word for it that there's another!! I'm trustworthy ... really, I am!!!! Tee! Hee! Hee!
Well, I'm off to play with spots and dots in the sewing room to try meeting one of those deadlines that's looming closer and closer. Hope you're all having a good week - we've had almost 300pts (75mm) of rain in the last few days, so everything's looking fresh and green. Here's hoping at least some of it ran into our dams, as they are at a low 9% of their capacity. Apparently there's more rain on the way, too, so - fingers crossed! Sorry to all you wheat farmers who don't want it to rain while you're harvesting - we've waited a loooooooooong time for good rain, though!! Til next time - Bear Hugs!
Friday, 14 November 2008
Now, once I had my Internet back, there were indeed a couple of emails that I'd been waiting for from the recipients of my 100 Post give-away. Stina and Diane both received their Stitchers Surprise packs and have posted photos that you can go take a peek at - which is good, cos I did Stina's trick and was so anxious to get the parcels posted off, that I forgot to take a photo - oops! And the other parcel that arrived was my Stitchers Angel Swap parcel that I posted off to ... MAY BRITT!! I had emailed May Britt to tell her I was her Angel and that I was running a bit behind schedule, so she'd been stalking her postie. You've all seen photos of her goodies, as I posted a pic back here, saying I felt safe to do so cos I was sure my Angel hadn't found my blog. Well ... you wouldn't read about it!! For the very first time, May Britt chose to leave a comment on THAT post! Tee! Hee! Hee! You could've knocked me down with a feather!! May Britt has also posted pics so pop on over and have a peek - plus all three of these ladies have WONDERFUL blogs, so they're well worth having a look at - just be sure to make a cuppa first cos there's LOTS to see!!
And speaking of Stina ... she was astonished by my foggy jacaranda pic a few posts back, so when we were driving home one afternoon and saw that golden pre-storm light hitting this avenue of Jacarandas, I got GB to pull into a side-street so I could take a photo. Take a peek ...
I love this storm light - it makes everything look like it's out of a fairytale. And a slightly different angle ...
There's a loooooooong row of these gorgeous trees along one of our main roads in Toowoomba and at this time of year it's just magical, especially for a colour freak like me! I also took a close up to show what the individual flowers look like.
Kind of like bunches of purple trumpets!! (Aside note: perhaps the Internet inconvenience was worth it, as photos are loading very quickly now!!)
Moving on to something else purple ... (well 'Sapphire', but it's a purple-y blue!) when I was shopping with my dancing buddy Deb today, some 'lovely' person got a little too friendly with my Baby car! Somewhere in Toowoomba, there is now a white car with a sapphire stripe – how do I know? Said bad driver’s car left a distinctive white stripe on MY car!!!
Grrrrrrr!! No note, no nothing!! Not Happy Jan!! Some people are just ignorant, not to mention lousy drivers, as my little car was well away from the car park line so there was heaps of room for them to get out. I sometimes think my poor Baby has a target painted on it, as I often pick up new scratches and little dents in shopping centre car parks. Some people are just careless and rude! SIGH!
However, my afternoon brightened considerably when I got home. I opened the front door to let the breeze in and found ... a box from Shabby Art Boutique. I have to confess to having a little 'blonde' moment. (no offence to any sensitive blonde people - blonde is a state of mind, not a hair colour!!) I thought to myself, "What is Kerryanne sending me? It's not my birthday, or Christmas?!?" The penny then dropped with a thunk ... my wonderful vintage bickie tin that I bought from Kerryanne's Art For Sale page on her web site had arrived!! YAY!! Happy Dance!! So when I opened the box, I found ...
My GORGEOUS bickie tin ... along with some wonderfully fragrant lavender goodies! Now, Kerryanne knows that lavender is one of my favourite scents!! I think this little sachet is going into my fabric stash to make it all smell pretty and I'll be surrounded by lavender smells when I'm in my sewing room working. Thanks Kerryanne!! Then of course, I had to find a home for my new treasure. Found one!!
Ta da! It looks right at home with my mixing bowls! These bowls are one of the best investments I ever made! Not only do they look great up on my kitchen cupboard, they are nice heavy bowls to cook with - they don't scoot all over the place when you're trying to stir!! There are still lots of treasures on Kerryanne's website, so take a peek - but be warned!! You WILL be tempted! Tee! Hee! Hee!
The other exciting thing that involves Kerryanne is that she is having a double celebration on her blog at the moment. She's celebrating her 100th post as well as her first blogiversary and she's having a double give-away as her way of throwing a blog party!! Now I shouldn't tell you about it, really, because I want to win the gorgeous canvases painted with delicate tea cups ... or would be just as happy to find a home for the Christmas faux goodies, and if I tell all of YOU about it and you enter, the odds go up. Hmmm ... you know what ... forget I told you! Tee! Hee! Hee!
And now, I'm off to put some finishing touches on the bear I've designed for an upcoming issue of Australian Bear Creations - have had a good run this week to make up for my 'blah' last week. So ... have a great weekend and until next time - Bear Hugs!
Saturday, 8 November 2008
Now, when the fog cleared a little yesterday, I was really pleased to progress with a couple of the many projects I've got on the boil at the moment. I lit up the lavender in the oil burner, put Enya on the CD player and hit the sewing room to work on the project I will (all being equal!) be contributing to the February issue of Australian Bear Creations. I managed to get the sample bear bits sewn up and will stuff them tonight whilst watching a DVD with my beloved Geek Boy - cos there's nothing worth watching on TV on a Saturday night!!
I also made a little more progress on the second of my lavender stitchery projects that I'm doing for Helen at Amandine Lavender at Bargara (see post about What I Did For My Holiday!) and thought I'd give you a sneaky peek ...
I've played with blending some different purple threads to give the lavender a bit of depth. And this is where I drew my inspiration ...
One of two lavender bushes I have growing in my front yard - the other one is guarding the gate and letterbox, so every time we gather the mail or someone comes in or out of the gate, you get a lovely waft of lavender - aaaaaaaahhhhh!! Now add this part of the inspiration to this ...
And you've got a hint of what this stitchery features! I found this wonderful jug at the markets when we were on holidays and fell in love with it - much to my mother's bemusement!! Tee! Hee! Hee! And when she saw this jug that I'd bought, Grandma went digging in her cupboard and found me one similar that belonged to HER mother, so now Great-Granny's jug has found a nice spot at my place to live!! Stay tuned to see the finished stitchery.
When I was out in my garden taking photos of the lavender (I'm sure the neighbours shake their heads at some of my front yard photographic excursions, but at least I wasn't LAYING in the garden ... this time! Tee! Hee! Hee!) I looked up and found the clouds were rolling in, looking VERY menacing for a Queensland summer storm (I know it's not summer yet, but you explain that to the weather!!)
See ... menacing!! unfortunately, these wonderful clouds only brought a spit and a spot or two along with a gusty storm wind before disappearing again, but I promised Jo in Tasmania that I would take a photo of a QLD summer storm to help her get over her homesickness for summer in QLD - there you go Jo!!
Now, before I shuffle back off to my sewing room, I HAVE to share some exciting news! Kerryanne over at Shabby Art Boutique has put some of her GORGEOUS art for sale items on her web site today!! Guess who one of her first customers was?!?! Yep, ME!! If you pop in for a look, you'll see a FABULOUS vintage bickie tin with a pretty pink rose-a-la-Kerryanne painted on the side with a big SOLD sign on it. That little cutie is coming to live at my place!! But there's lots of other fabulous shabby chic treats there for you to snaffle - but I wouldn't dawdle if I was you, cos these babies are likely to disappear quickly!!
And now ... off to the sewing room!! Hope you're all having a great weekend whatever that may involve. Til next time - Bear Hugs!!
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
And while my 'foggy' brain made me miss one appointment (Oops! Rescheduled for next week now!!) I DID manage to remember that I was meeting Leanne May of Candlelight Creations for lunch. After chatting back and forth via email and blogs, the 'light' suddenly dawned on us both that not only do we both live in Toowoomba, we both work at Highfields, so SURELY we could manage to meet up for a cuppa or lunch somewhere along the track! So, today we did so and had a lovely time. There is no photographic evidence of our lunch for two reasons. Firstly, the damp foggy weather meant we were both having a frizzy hair day (a fact we commiserated over!!). Secondly - we both forgot our cameras! Tee! Hee! Hee! Leanne is busily getting some new patterns ready for a trade show, so has been burning the midnight oil. Pop across to her blog and scroll back through a few posts to enjoy some sneaky peeks at her GORGEOUS re-vamped Tea Time Roses pattern - I love the spots!!
I also took the opportunity to pop into Quilters Angel to say g'day to Marian and we chatted about some secret squirrel plans for January - very exciting!! So, stay tuned for details once we've nutted things out! You will be very surprised to hear (I know my beloved Geek Boy was!!) that I DIDN'T purchase anything today!! See - told you I haven't been my usual self! Tee! Hee! Hee! However, I did eye off a few yummy fabrics that I'll probably go back for sometime soon!!
Now the other reason I included the "foggy" in the title was our weather today. It didn't start out foggy this morning, but after an overcast start to the day, the weather gradually closed in and by lunch time, there was drizzly rain and thick, pea-soup fog. This was NOT fun to drive in, especially as many people hadn't thought to put their headlights on and I was a bit worried that my poor Baby car was going to end up in someones boot before I realised they were there! However, after safely reaching home, I wandered into the backyard to see how much rain we'd had. Not enough to register at that point (though it's been raining nicely for the last hour or so tonight!) but as I turned to go inside, I saw ...
Isn't this jacaranda tree GORGEOUS!! I love the deep blue/purple of the flowers and one day intend to paint my sewing room this colour, but this wonderful tree (that is actually in my neighbour's yard) looked even more magical cloaked in the fog. I'm pretty sure I saw fairies peeking out from behind the petals!! The other little face I saw peeking out of the garden was this one ...
Can you spot the little feathered friend I found in the grevillia? There were actually two of these cuties flitting around, but they were a little camera shy, so this was the best I could get.
So ... I still didn't get much achieved for the day, but I did enjoy my sojourn in the back yard. Perhaps I'll get my act together tomorrow and get some stitching/instruction writing/designing done. I do hope so, cos my week has just about run out!! Hope you're having a productive week - or at least enjoying your procrastinations!! Tee! Hee! Hee! Til next time - Bear Hugs!