Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Olivia looked very cute in it.
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and has a safe New Year.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
We are spending Christmas Day with my family this year, so on Sunday night we had Christmas with Jeremy's family. I was very spoiled by their thoughtful gifts and affection. I'll show the other gifts soon, but here is one particular favourite. This is actually a half-watering can planter. So the rear side is flat and has a screw hole so I can put it on a wall and plant things in it. It already has drainage holes too. I think this will be just perfect for geraniums.
And finally, are there any bird watchers out there? There is this lovely native bird with a long curved beak who likes to suck the pollen out of my grevilleas. This bird is quite large (probably a bit bigger than a magpie) and brown and tawny. I think the male has large red swellings on either side of his cheeks - unless I saw an symetrically deformed one! But it is the female I have seen around a lot over the last year. Anyhow, this bird has had a baby!! It sits around and cries constantly for food. And I mean constantly. Its cry sounds like someone winding a very rusty winch .... all day long. And the baby is actually bigger than the mother! The baby gets nervous if I get too close and flies off in a very wobbly and precarious fashion - hence the poor photo. I didn't want to alarm it as the last time it saw me it flew into a wall. The mother also came when I took this photo and gave me a very aggressive telling-off. The baby is more yellow-y than the Mum who is quite brown. So, does anyone know what kind of bird this could be or know anyone who could identify it?
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
It will make a lovely addition to my Singer collection - I already have 4 vintage machines ranging from treadle to early electric. I've stopped buying them because I have a small house and have no more room, but I can certainly find room for this caddy.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Sue from Illinois was my Quilted Angels Secret Santa this year and she sent me some very lovely and useful gifts. Look at this incredible collection of pressies:
And not in the photo are these lovely ornaments she also sent:
Thanks Sue, you made my day!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
The octopus plant lives amongst my passionfruit vine which has flowered for the first time this year. It is covered in fruit and I can't wait for them to ripen!
So today I have been working on Christmas presents. Firstly, these two little bags (pattern in the latest Homespun):
I love the effect of the shabby roses on them. And then this little Christmas decoration:
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I was looking at www.freepatterns.com for some Christmas inspiration and found these cute dog bib patterns (that is, bibs with dogs on them, not bibs for dogs) and just had to make a couple.
There was also a cat bib, but I am a dog person and I also thought the dog pattern was cuter.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Firstly, pop over to Lzilulu's blog for a link to a great giveaway. I'm not linking directly from here and you'll see why when you read more about it! Good luck Lzi!
Secondly, I've been in contact wih my Fiona Marie swap partner and she seems like so much fun, and very talented too. She coordinated and wrote the patterns for a year-long bag swap for the British Quilt List. You can see some of the amazing creations here: http://bqlbagblog.blogspot.com/
I'm hoping to get stuck into making things for all of the Christmas swaps I am in this weekend, fingers crossed. Somehow I injured my neck and shoulder last Sunday so have been in a lot of pain all week and not able to do much. The first couple of days it was so bad I stayed in bed trying not to move. It got a bit better but going back to work and being on a computer all day hasn't helped and it is still sore and stiff. But if I manage to get even a little bit of sewing done this weekend, it will be better than none.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Then I started a little Christmas stitchery. It didn't photograph well:
And his eyes are a bit creepy!
And lastly, I started playing with a YoYo maker I bought ages ago but never got around to trying out. And you know what, it does make suffolk puffs or yoyos much easier to make! I am using a charm square pack from Moda's Harvest Home which are just the right size for my YoYo maker, so I have quite a few more to make. I'm not sure what I am going to do with them but I have a matching Jelly Roll, so that should widen the possibilities.
Friday, October 31, 2008
For crying out loud, now Spice is joining her Sister! It is MINE I tell you!
Never mind, I managed to coax them away with a bone and reclaimed my quilt. You can also purchase this pattern from Toni's Etsy Store and view some of her other amazing patterns.
And here is a detail of the lovely quilting:
And one more pic for good luck:
You can buy this pattern from Toni's Etsy store for a bargain price (and see her much better photo of this gorgeous quilt). And I can thoroughly recommend her patterns - they're clear and concise with lots of diagrams and pictures, and well-tested so you know your quilt is going to turn out right!
My photo just does not do justice to this cute little quilt. The little nine patches are so tiny, the piecing so perfect .... I almost took a photo of the back of the quilt to show you how neat and precise the work is!
I can't wait to quilt this one. I just hope I do it justice. Thanks so much Toni!!!!!!
Now the reason I titled this post "Lucky me - again" is because Toni also gave me the opportunity to buy some of her gorgeous quilts. She knows I am an avid devotee of her talented work and I have been lucky enough to buy some of her quilts before. I received them today in the post and am going to show them off in separate posts ..... because they are beautiful enough to deserve a post each and also because it makes me look more like a conscientious blogger if I post three times today!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
He has a close friend affected by this disease so it is something close to his heart, as well as a motivation to get fit for the big day!
If anyone can spare a few dollars, he would appreciate your sponsorship. Donations are tax deductible (in Australia anyway). To donate, click here.
I liked the lovely patterns that came with it but didn't have a great experience with my swap partner last year - she wasn't very computer literate, inadvertently blocked my email address as spam and made communication very difficult. I did eventually get my swap, but a month or two late. I also accepted her invitation to join an art card swap a few months later and while I sent mine, I never received one back and never heard back from anyone in that swap.
But having said that, I guess it was just an unfortunate combination of circumstances and I'm keen to join Fiona Marie' swap this year and see if I can have the same joyful experience so many of the other swappers have. And if not, at least I'll be able to download a new lot of lovely Christmas patterns I can use for some of the other Christmas swaps I'm in!
Monday, October 13, 2008
This one is quartz and gilt. Unfortunately, the pretty marbling and internal crazing in the quartz doesn't show up in the photo:
And this one is gilt with a marble base:
I am still thinking about what I am going to do but I have some lovely flowery fabrics just pining to be used. And I think lots of beads and ribbons and braids are a must! Although I could go and do something plain and elegant ..... I'll keep you posted on how successful this experiment is!
I still don't have my patching mojo back. But it had better return soon - in time to make some Christmas pressies!