Friday, 17 November 2017

A Quilter's Lament!!

 OK Stitchers, quilters, patchworkers & all creative types out there in blogland ... I KNOW you will ALL have asked yourself this question on numerous occasions ...

With a sewing/craft room full of fabric/crafting supplies ... How can I still NOT find what I need to make this project?!?!

SIGH! I had great plans for my day off today. I was going to indulge in a yummy breakfast, savour a big mug of coffee whilst re-reading yet another of my favourite Nora Robert trilogies, then get stuck in to make my SSCS gifties for Chookyblue's swap that soon need to be loaded on Santa's sleigh. Well ... I managed the yummy breakfast (perfectly poached eggs on crunchy whole grain sourdough toast) & enjoyed a big mug of coffee ... But substituted a phone chat with Mum for the indulgent reading. Then I headed for my sewing room, where after a very frustrating half hour of searching, fabric fossicking & umming & ah-ing I  decided I don't have just the right fabrics to do what I'd planned. AAAAAAARRRGGGHHHH!!!

So ... I'm off to visit my "Home-Away-From-Home" to get what I need. That's definitely not a hardship, but it does involve a 20 minute drive either way & the time it all takes. I wonder if GB REALLY wants dinner tonight? I've gotta make up my lost sewing time somewhere, right? :0)

I hope you all have some fun stuff planned for your weekend ... & that your plans run a little smoother than mine! Now I'm off to shop. :0) Til next time ...



Saturday, 11 November 2017

Gal Pals & Giggles!

What better way to spend a cool, overcast, blowy Saturday than to gather with some gorgeous stitching gal pals for a time of chatting, eating yummy food, drinking cups of tea, laughing like lunatics, giggling like a bunch of school girls ... Oh! ... And apparently some people sewed & stitched! Tee! Hee! Hee! 

This weekend was the last mini-retreat for the year for our Friday Night Sit & Sew group & although I could only stretch time & budget to one day, I think I packed in three days of fun.

I worked on the stitchery part of my SSCS gifties, so can't show it to you, but I CAN show you something I sewed from start to finish yesterday that went to its new home today ...

When I was collecting blues, greens, aquas & teals for my beach skirt, Kiwi Chriss searched her stash for some contributions, so ... I decided to turn some of the fabrics into a slightly different beach skirt for her to say thank you. Chriss's skirt is a tier shorter as sh's not a leftover hippie like me! :0) Since it was a surprise I had to guess at sizing, but it fitted & she loved it! YAY!

Now I mentioned there was much laughter today & one contributing factor was the crazy & mischievous Miss Fiona from BubzRugz  ...

She decided that Julie's chain pieced flying geese blocks looked like a feather boa ... Here she is decked out for a quilting cocktail party ... With Julie giggling hysterically beside her! :0) Thanks for a fabulously fun day, gals! And a HUGE  thank you to the Marvellous Marion for organising another fantastic stitching retreat.

Am all funned out for now though, so am off to bed. Hope you're all enjoying your weekend so far. Til next time ...





Friday, 10 November 2017

There's A Bear In There!!

OK ... all Aussie (& New Zealand??) gals who grew up watching "Play School" now have the theme song stuck in their heads! I'd say sorry ... But I'm not! Tee! Hee! Hee!

So why am I tormenting you with children's television shows? Well ... For the first time in quite a while I've been working on a new bear design ...

Your first sneaky-peeky of Marion May Bear. She's a girly bear, but not too frilly or fussy. She likes pretty things, likes flowers & dressing up nicely. She's named for two of the special women who have influenced & encouraged me ... My GORGEOUS friend Marion from the Quilers Angel & my WONDERFUL Grandma who we lost in June ... Her middle name was May. 

I've got half of the instructions written for Marion May & hope to have them finished soon ... Stay tuned for the pattern & the full reveal of my sweet new bearby! :0)

But now it's cup of tea time before gathering up some projects to take with me tomorrow when I join some of my Friday Night stitching buddies for part of our last mini-retreat for the year. I hope you're having a wonderful finish to the working week & that your weekend includes lots of fun & time with special people. Til next time ...




Saturday, 4 November 2017

Where Will We Be In 50 Years!

For those of you like me who grew up in the 80's you'll probably remember the song by Aussie band The Uncanny Xmen, "Where Will We Be In 50 Years?" Well ... 50 years ago ..

... These crazy kids said "I do." And through those 50 years they've lived, loved, laughed, cried, argued, comprised, grown & made a life together. There have been some bumpy times during that 50 years I'm sure, but unlike a lot of people who fall in & out of love almost as often as they change their clothes, they both saw love as a choice & chose to hold on to each other & love each other ... Even on the days when they didn't necessarily like each other. :0) They've set a pretty high goal for marriage, commitment & love that I hope I can live up to in my own marriage. 

And I love them both to bits!! :0)


Til next time ...




Sunday, 29 October 2017

Back To Reality & OPAM Reminder!

Well ... It seems like our holiday was already a long time ago, although this week has flown by! GB was out of town for most of the week for work & I seemed to be kept very busy playing catch up, at home as well as at my grown up job. I think I need another holiday to get over getting over the holiday! :0)

I'm sitting with my feet up (very sore feet!!) with a cuppa reflecting on what I've achieved for the weekend, which was also full of catching up. There were six loads of washing (sheets & towels as well as holiday washing & normal weekly washing), a kitchen tidy up, unpacking ports & vacuuming the house to evict the colony of dust bunnies that moved in when we weren't looking ... Man! We have a big house when you're touring it with the vacuum! :0P

There was, however, a little bit of time for some sewing action, finishing off something I started during my holiday. Remember these?

These squares became ...

...a cover for my chair! :0) Just kidding! :0) It is, of course, the latest in my growing collection of patchwork skirts. I love the colours of these fabrics ... I've been collecting them for a while & a friend who visited Bali last year contributed quite a few, too ... Thanks Chriss! I wanted all of the different greens, blues, aquas & teals that you see in the ocean so I'll have a little bit of the beach to cheer me up even when I'm back here on top of our 'hill'. I'm planning another project with the leftover fabric from this skirt ... I'll show you when I get around to it.

And my new skirt is also a finish for my OPAM tally ... YAY! :0) Yes lovely OPAMers, it's that time again where you need to update your sidebar lists & email your tallies to me & my GORGEOUS Partner-In-Crime Sweet Peg. What have you all been creating this month?

Right ... Time to go & rummage in the fridge to find something for dinner to replenish the energy after a busy weekend ... Which also included a fun dinner catch up with Chookyblue & Fiona from BubzRugz. Sorry, no pics ... What happened at dinner stays at dinner! Tee! Hee! Hee! Have a fantastic week, everyone! Til next time ...





Saturday, 21 October 2017

FINALLY! A Sunny Day!!

Yes, it's true ... After six & a half days here at the beach, Friday FINALLY delivered a sunny day ... YAHOOOOOO! 


So we decided to pack in a few outdoor activities to take advantage of the dry day.

First on the list was a little drive back into the hills near Malaney to visit Mary Cairncross Park, which had been recommended to us. There is a lovely new visitor centre with interactive displays for the kids (big kids had fun too!) as well as a great lookout platform to view the spectacular Glasshouse Mountains.

And a comfortable walking track through a pocket of rainforest. It took just over an hour & I managed to easily walk it in my not-my-walking shoes ... The only problem I bumped into was a leech who thought I'd be a tasty snack ... EEEEUUUWWW!! We also spotted some much nicer local critters ...

A mumma wallaby ...

And her cute bubba wallaby. We also enjoyed spotting & listening to quite a number of birds, including my favourite th whipbird. So having had enough exercise for a bit (& wanting to give my leech-abused toe time to recover!) we headed back to the beach for some lunch ...

This was our lunch view ...tough to take, hey?! :0) And then having full tummies, we decided another walk was in order ...

... Along the beach for the first time without being rained upon. It was still too cool for us froggies to be tempted to swim but we enjoyed getting our toesies sandy. Did I mention we walked a LOT on Friday?! My handy step counter on my phone told me I did 17,180 steps! YIKES! No wonder my feet were killing me & I conked out much earlier than usual! :0)

Then we woke up this morning to ... More rain! SIGH! Ah well ... We still managed to have a nice day. We met up with my buddy Lynda (my usual Tuesday lunch buddy who was passing through. Forgot to take a pic.) then decided to treat ourselves to one last special lunch ...

Sandcrab lasagna for GB & lamb, fetta, olive & mushroom calzone for me ... YUMMO! And our lunch time view ...

... Wet & grey, but still pretty spekky. :0

So tomorrow we have to head home & go back to pretending to be grown ups ... SIGH! Not at all ready for that but we have to pay for the holiday somehow. :0) I think we'll be coming back here when we can ... Who knows, the Sunshine Coast might even live up to its name next time. :0)

I hope you've enjoyed the snippets from our beach break ... Next post will be back at Edward House ... Since we didn't win lotto tonight! Tee! Hee! Hee! Til next time ...











Thursday, 19 October 2017

Fun Fursday!!

Here we are, more than half way through our beach break & ... It didn't rain ... As much! ... As the last few days. :0P It was still mostly cloudy, but the sun DID make a couple of valiant efforts to come out of hiding ... Briefly!

We started the day with a fun catch up with one of my aunts who lives in the neighbourhood ... Sort of! :0) We hit one of the many coffee shops/Cafes there are to choose from within a block or two's walk of our unit & had a lovely chat & catch up on family news ...

GB decided he'd rather be photographer than photographed today, here's yours truly with Anne. Great to spend time with her. We then decided to take advantage of the 'no rain' situation & headed down the highway to a couple of the northern suburbs of Brisbane that we don't usually go near (since Toowoomba/Pechey to Brisbane travels for us are predominantly to southern suburbs) to visit some fun shops I follow on FB ... Yes ... I am a very fortunate woman to have a husband willing to take me to antique & patchwork shops without grumbling ... Too much! :0)

After a stopover in Samford, where I found a couple of vintage treasures (I can't show you cos they're gifties for friends who occasionally drop into the blog!), a disappointment at the second vintage shop as on Thursday they apparently don't open until 5pm & last stop ... Somewhere I've been wanting to visit for a while ... Faeries In My Garden. Well fancy that! I visited another patchwork shop! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Uh! Oh! Caught with my hands in the fabric! No, really, Sweetie ... The bolts just THREW themselves off the shelves! I had to catch them before they hit the ground! :0P For some reason GB didn't believe me! Tee! Hee! Hee!

After rescuing those fabric bolts, it was time to try to beat the peak hour traffic & head back up the highway ... In the rain! Surprise, surprise! ;0P We'll have a quiet dinner in before going for our nightly dessert-hunting stroll ... Ben & Jerrys, Valentinos Italian ice cream or the current fave, gelato.  It's a good thing we're doing so much walking! :0)

Hope your Thursday had some sunny patches too. :0) Til next time ...





Wednesday, 18 October 2017

And The Rain Comes Down ... Still!!

QUACK! QUACK! I think we're starting to develop webbed feet! :0) You guessed it ... It's STILL raining here at the "SUNSHINE" Coast where we're holidaying. So what was our latest wet weather adventure? A road trip to one of our favourite spots to visit ... Malaney & Montville ... Where we dodged showers, checked out interesting little boutiques & ...

... Found a dry spot for some lunch ... Beef ragout for me & braised lamb for GB ... Wonderfully warming on a wet Wednesday. Then there was some more shopping to be done ...

... At a couple of patchwork shops that were on our way home ... Sort of! :0)

Then it was back to our unit for a cuppa & feet up ... Whilst watching the rain! :0P ... Before heading off on a brisk walk to find somewhere to have dinner ...

... Award winning pizza. And we decided the awards were well deserved ... Not to mention the service was excellent. We rounded the day off by waddling off (we were pretty full from the pizza!!) for some gelato to take home. AAAAAAHHHH! We love holidays! :0)

Hope your week is puddling along smoothly. (sorry! Couldn't resist a rainy pun!) I wonder what wet weather wonders we'll discover tomorrow? :0) Til next time ...






Monday, 16 October 2017

Rainy Day Holiday Update!

Well ... Our holiday track record of "it always rains when we go to the beach" is running true to form. Day three at the Sunshine Coast & it's STILL raining. :0)

GB's vehicle needed to spend a day back at the dealer's having a tray tub fitted, so with a little buzz-box courtesy car & most of the day to kill, we splashed off. Hmmm ... So what does one do on a rainy holiday Monday?

Why, one finds a coffee shop, of course. :0) Here's GB's impersonation of a startled possum. Tee! Hee! Hee! And we were at the Ginger Factory at Yandina. When you visit the Ginger Factory you really have to try ...

... Fresh scones with ginger jam & cream ... YUMMO! There are also some fun giftie type shops to browse through ... Though we had to wait for the downpour to back off a bit before making it across the open area between shops. We then headed off to Sunshine Plaza in search of a specialty popcorn shop we'd visited previously.

This was a cute shabby boathouse on the river where we pulled over to consult Siri on the best way to find the plaza. The water level was pretty high ... In fact a few metres further along a local tv news crew was shooting footage of the rising levels. Plaza located, popcorn acquired & it was time to head back to pick up the vehicle ... Via the Patchwork Angel at Forest Glen, of course. :0)

I wasn't TOO naughty! :0) Some yummy dotty spotty fabrics, a really pretty charm pack & a new travel sewing light all follows me home ... That's my story & I'm sticking to it! :0)

So ... The weather may be a bit soggy (we're starting to develop webbed feet! Tee! Hee! Hee!) but we're still enjoying our break. Stay tuned for more holiday adventures. :0) Til next time ...







Sunday, 15 October 2017

Of COURSE It's Raining!!

We're at the beach so of COURSE it's bucketting down rain! It ALWAYS rains when we go to the beach, but you know what? We don't care too much. :0) Our 'water views' may be a bit more limited than we'd like & it's not great weather for sitting on the beach or swimming ... But we're on holiday for a week & it's been dry for so long that rain is a novel experience, so to use a phrase I don't always like to use cos it's used out of context so much ... It's all good! :0) 

I hope you're all having a fantastic weekend ... No matter what the weather is like. :0) If the rain clears enough for us to venture out, I'll pop back with some pics, but right now I'm going to curl up on the not-too-uncomfortable couch with a cuppa & my kindle ... Not too shabby a start to a holiday. :0) Til next time ...




Thursday, 12 October 2017

Beachy Blues & OPAM Winner!

Hello to all of you lovelies out there in blogland! I seem to be missing in action more than I'm here at the moment, but life just seems to keep getting messy. Although ... I'm hoping it will slow down at least a bit, as my Beloved Geek Boy & I are both on holidays this week & next. Weeeeeeeell ... Apart from me having to pop into work for a couple of hours Monday & an hour on Tuesday. It's nice to be irreplaceable isn't it. :0)

So far I don't seem to be making much headway on crossing anything off my "Things I Want To Get Done During My Holiday" list ... I've had my nose buried in my Kindle re-reading some fave books from Sherilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series ... OOPS! Guilty pleasure! :0) But I have managed to have a bit of a play with some fabrics I've been hoarding ... Er ... Collecting! ... For a while now ...

Some beachy blues. I'm preparing to make another of my patchwork skirts that I live in & am hoping to capture a beachy feel by using the many hues & tones of the ocean ... Green, Aqua, Teal, Blue, Navy ... You get the idea. Hopefully when I wear it I'll feel like I'm relaxing on a tropical island paradise. :0)

And just so I have some mental pictures to help with that escape, GB & I are looking forward to a week at the Sunshine Coast next week ... YAY!!! It will be our first proper holiday since before we moved three & a half years ago & we're hanging out to smell the salt breezes, hear the hum of the waves & feel sand between our toesies ... BLISS! Of course ... It will probably rain because it ALWAYS rains when we go to the beach. But we're fine with that because even if we're sitting on the balcony watching the rain ... We'll be watching it rain AT THE BEACH! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Before we go, though, I need to tell you who was the September OPAM random draw winner. As always, a big thank you to everyone who emailed their tally through to me or my GORGEOUS Partner-In-Crime Sweet Peg. Much appreciated. Congrats to ...

Email me your snail mail address Sunny & once I'm back from the beach I'll get a little surprise in the mail for you. But right now I'm off to arrange & rearrange some beachy blue squares. Hope you're all having a fantastic week ... Even if you're not at the beach! :0) Til next time ...




Saturday, 30 September 2017

Topsy-Turvey Is The New Normal!

Well ... 2017 just keeps throwing curve balls! It's been a bit of a topsy-turvy time again around here. My boss's sweet Mum passed away & so work has been about juggling things & filling in a bit so my boss could take some time off. As a result, all plans got a bit shuffled or rearranged, so no sewing here again. SIGH! I'm sure it will happen sometime soon. :0)

So while I don't have anything to share with you on the sewing front, I thought I'd better pop in to remind OPAMers that it's time to update sidebar lists & email tallies to Sweet Peg & I ... Hopefully you've all had better luck in the sewing room. :0)

I don't like to have a post without pics, so before I head off to put the kettle on, I'll show you one of my Mum's garden delights ...

... A gorgeous bearded iris. Ours haven't flowered this year due to the extreme dry weather, so it's been nice to share Mum's. 

Hope your weekend is off to a wonderful start. It's a long weekend here so I may even dust off my trusty Husky. But not tomorrow night ... We'll be too busy cheering on our football team ... GO COWBOYS! :0) Til next time ...




Friday, 15 September 2017

Catching Up!

Hellooooooooo to all of you out there in blogland! I hope you are all well ... & will forgive my absence from the blog. It's been a bit of a crazy few weeks with one thing & another. The first reason for me being a bit quiet was the fact that my Beloved Geek Boy & I succumbed to some leftover winter lurgies within days of each other. I was ambushed by a nasty head cold & then GB was hit by a flu bug. We're both on the mend now, but I'm pretty sure we deserve shares in the tissue company! :0)

And while GB was in the midst of dying (he doesn't get the traditional 'Man Flu' but he really was miserable!) & I was still snuffling my way through the days, the calendar rolled around to Stitchers Dream Day, our big weekend of exciting stitching hosted by the Marvellous Marion & Stupendous Steph of the Quilters Angel. Although ... We minions & friends had to muddle through most of the set up without either of our fearless leaders because Steph was in the midst of bringing the next Angel generation into the world! :0) What a way to kick off the weekend! Tee! Hee! Hee!

So ... I thought you might like to see some photos of our fun. This year's theme was "Blossom & Bloom" & the guest designers were Libby Richardson of Artsmart Cottage & the lovely Lauren of Molly & Mama. Roll the photos! :0)

As usual, my Bestest-Buddy-Since-We-Were-Nine Lynette came up to play & here she is peeking in her giftie bag.

And Julie was caught with her hand in the bag, too. :0) After the intros, it was time to get cracking ... Apparently SOME people actually STITCH at these events! Go figure!! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Here's Wendy with photographic proof that she was hard at work stitching.

And Felicity was very impressed with how much she managed to stitch.

There were also some mini workshops, with Libby sharing her simple but effective fabric painting techniques (Do you see who's standing beside Libby? Yep, Nikki Tervo came up to play! ) ...

 And here's my sewing friend Maureen concentrating hard to duplicate Libby's sample. (Maureen & I used to sew together weekly when we lived at Bongeen ... About 15 years ago! Wow! Time flies when you're having fun!)

Lauren shared her tips & techniques for English paper piecing. Although I can't see myself rushing out to start stitching hexies, Lauren's work is lovely & she specialises in small, easily achievable projects for those who want to create but don't have a lot of time.

And one of the best parts of Stitchers Dream Day (besides being thoroughly spoilt!) is time spent catching up with friends. Libby & I are both bear lovers ... & both shorties! Tee! Hee! Hee!

It was wonderful to chat to Lauren, too, & Lynette & I always enjoy our play dates. :0)

And fun to catch up with Felicity ... Who's just as crazy as me. :0) (That glow is obviously the light reflecting off our haloes! Tee! Hee! Hee!)

Oh! What about this year's special projects, I hear you ask ...

Lauren's hexies tote bag, complete with embroidered hexie key fob/scissors fob ...

Another Molly & Mama design, a glasses case featuring sweet floral embroidery ...

And matching the glasses case is a handy zippy pouch, also with sweet embroidery ...

I confess this is my favourite project this year ... Even though it's pink. :0) Libby's signature painted teddy shown off in a needle caddy ...

And last but not least, Libby's second project, an embroidered wall hanging.

Once again a huge THANK YOU! To Marion & Steph for a fantastic weekend of friendship & stitching. (Steph took care of most of the planning & had lists & notes for us minions to follow just in case she went into labour ... Good planning pays off!!) Thank you to Libby & Lauren for their gorgeous projects & to all the sewing enthusiasts who came along to play.

Of course ... A big CONGRATS! To Steph & her partner Peter on the arrival of Zoe Maree ... You can imagine how chuffed Marion & her Sweetie Col are to be grandparents. :0) By the way ... Little Zoe obviously takes after her super organised Mum ... She arrived on her due date! :0)

Right ... That explains why I've been missing in action for a bit ... I promise to try to get back here soon with some pics of what I've been sewing, but right now, I hear the kettle calling my name, so ... Til next time ...
















Sunday, 3 September 2017

Thankful For My Dad!

It's Fathers' Day here in Australia & although I am fortunate enough to see my Dad (& Mum!) at least a few times most weeks, it's a reminder that I am very thankful for my Dad. He's got a warped sense of humour, is incredibly politically-incorrect, is likely to start singing some random song based on something you say, is an expert at pressing all the wrong buttons on computers & remote controls (& sometimes his offspring!) & moves at the combined speed of ten turtles unless he feels like moving faster ... I'm sure his motto in life is, "Don't rush me, don't rush me!" :0)

But he's also been the quiet rock our family is built on. He drove my brother & I miles during our growing up years to attend youth camps & sporting carnivals, he taught us not to backchat Mum (his leather thong around our butts reinforced that!), he showed great patience in teaching us to drive, he helped us move house more times than I can remember & even though he has never been one for emotional speeches, we've never doubted that he loves us.

As you can see from these two photos we look nothing alike & I was clearly left on their doorstep by faeries! :0P

Dad gives great bear hugs, happily adopts my friends & I just love him to bits! Happy Fathers' Day, William Ronald! :0)




Friday, 1 September 2017

Spring Has Sprung!

YAY! Spring has finally arrived ... Though the weather man tells me our overnight temperatures will continue to be below five degrees for the next week or so. But I've been waiting for winter to finish, so today was a good excuse to celebrate September first with a girly lunch date.

You may remember my Mum's Partner-In-Crime Marg from some of our previous adventures. Well, Mum had arranged to take Marg on a bus trip as a birthday gift ... & it was canceled! So we decided it was a great excuse for a girly lunch road trip. We headed off to Spring Bluff historical railway station 15 minutes north of Toowoomba. Good decision! :0)

This pretty railway station is well worth a visit if you're in the area ... And with the annual Carnival Of Flowers just two weeks away, the gardens are looking so pretty.

This little garden pocket is surrounded by fabulous big trees & quite protected from some of the frosts & freezes we experience on top of our 'hill'.

We had a great chat with chief flower whisperer Owen who was happy to answer questions, identify plants & share his lovely workplace with us. He said our peculiar warm/cold/warm winter weather has caused him a few headaches, with some plants flowering earlier than usual, so he was madly replacing spent plants ready for Carnival judging next week. All of that chatting about garden work made us hungry, so we climbed the steep stairs to ...

The Pancake Cottage. Don't these two look like naughty school girls ready to get into mischief?! :0) we soon found a nice spot on the verandah for lunch ...

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! Pancakes! :0) Absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS!! 

A savoury chicken & mushroom in white sauce for starters ...

And a traditional Dutch pancake that had sultanas in it, topped with apple compote & whipped cream for seconds. We shared two servings between the three of us ... And were still so full at the end that we decided to go for a waddle around the garden to settle it all. :0)

We were treated to the songs & colourful antics of many varieties of birds, including this little cutie that none of us could identify. Maybe a finch? Will ask GB the bird enthusiast when he comes home. :0)

All in all, it was the perfect way to celebrate the first day of Spring ... & I topped it off by popping in to visit Marion at the Quilters Angel where they were celebrating their 13th shop birthday with a fantastic 30% off sale. I was pretty well behaved ... Just some backing fabric & some mix-n-match spots. 

Whatever you've been up to today as you've welcomed the first day of Spring ... Or Autumn if you're north of the equator ... I hope you've enjoyed some time with people who make you smile. :0) OPAMers ... Have you updated your sidebar lists & emailed your tally to me or Sweet Peg? You'd better hop to it! Til next time ...








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