Do you have one of these???? If you haven’t guessed it by now, I just LOVE pre-cuts :o)!!I used one of these when I made my February Freebie for you on the Among the Gumtrees blog. Of course, you don’t necessarily need one of these, you can just use your own 1 1/2” strips :o).
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
We sure did!!! We went to our friends Valerie and Bob’s for a bbq … mmmmm, roast lamb on the barbie, chicken and snags …. YUMMM. Not to mention the backyard cricket and cane toad races lol. Not real toads, oh no thank you, I really couldn’t imagine having to touch one of those ugly brutes … no, these were the cute pink plastic variety … and Valerie won!!! That’s me on the left coming second last [[sigh]]!!!This was one of the prizes for the day … isn’t it a fun stubby cooler, it even had a hat to keep the flies out of the beer LOL!!It was very hot but most cooled off in the pool …. what a fun day it was :o)!!
I’m still doing my “eBay renovations”. Bear’s room is done now I’m doing my sewing room. I’ve bought an old Canadian banker’s desk – it’s about 50–60 years old I’m told. I now have lots of lovely drawers to keep my fat quarters in … And a certain someone else has found herself a nice comfy spot too LOL ….
Here’s a sneaky peek at what I’ll have for you on the Among the Gumtrees blog on Monday ……………..It’s my turn to bring you a freebie pattern, can you guess what it is??? It’s a very handy item … we use ours all the time :o).
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Finally I’m all kitted up and ready to ride :o)…..Snazzy new jacket and gloves. This isn’t the helmet I chose … they didn’t have my size in the colour I wanted so it’s been ordered and the one I’m wearing is a “loaner”. My DH already had his gear …. doesn’t he look the part ;o)??!! All aboard … need to grow a bit he he he……… And we’re ready to go!!!!!!! Do I look excited??!!I LOVED riding the bike, it was such fun. I’ve put in my order for a sheepskin cover for my seat though … it definitely needs a bit of extra padding lol - even though I carry a bit extra down there myself he he he. We didn’t go far the first time … just out to the bay and then we stopped for a coffee and watched the boats out on the water. What a lovely afternoon it was :o).
Hope you had a fun weekend too :o)
Friday, January 22, 2010
I got these in the mail a couple of days ago from the Book Depository (oh I love that site!!!!!!) … I’m in the middle of the latest Elm Creek Quilts book “A Quilter’s Holiday” at the moment so I can’t start reading either one yet, but they look like they’ll be good. I love a good quilty novel :o). Also had a bit of fun in the local op’ shops, my friend Valerie was looking for a pretty cup and saucer for a craft project and while she was browsing I found these ……………I couldn’t resist them, so I bought the pair for just $8!!!! There was LOTS of lovely china, think I’ll be going back for another look very soon ;o).
I’ve tried my hand at something completely different this week and I really enjoyed having a play with something totally unrelated to stitching. Not that I don’t still love my stitching, he he, I ALWAYS love my stitching ~ but it was nice to have a little change ;o). I couldn’t resist the gorgeous little rosebud beads …..and the pretty rosy charms :o).
I have been doing some stitching too, I’ll be able to show you what I’ve been working on very soon …. hope you like it! Here’s a little hint … keep an eye on the Among the Gumtrees blog ;o)!!!
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend, looks like it’s going to be another (very) warm one here!! I’m off to the shops to get a new bike helmet and jacket tomorrow so that I can go riding with my DH :o) …. how exciting!!!!
Monday, January 18, 2010
My SIL took a liking to my rewards card wallet the other night when we all went out for dinner … so I got her to choose some pretty fabric from my stash so that I could make her one … and here it is ……………. This is the “new and improved” inside … I’ve done another little flap at the top to stop the cards falling out when it’s in your bag …….. I also made this table topper with some GAWJUS fabric squares I found tucked into a Christmas card from a dear lady at my quilting group ….. thanks Gerry :o) (no blog)!!!! The little 2 1/2” squares were from the beautiful “Garden Party” range by Blackbird (Moda) … so pretty!!!
I got a bit of gardening done over the weekend …. does it count as gardening if they’re hanging plants???? Well, it does to me, it’s as close to any sort of gardening that I’m likely to get he he he. We’ve just had a new fence put up … it’s colourbond and I must admit I really do prefer our old wooden one, even if it was falling down a bit in places. Anyway, it’s very plain and boring, and it needed prettying up, soooooooo …… I went to the local nursery and to Bunnings … do you have Bunnings overseas??? It’s a HUMONGOUS hardware, they sell EVERYTHING there. I love it lol.
What did you all think of Cheryl’s fabulous new freebie on the Among the Gumtrees blog????
Isn’t it pretty!!!?! I can’t wait to make it!!! I’ll be designing your next freebie, I’ll be popping it on the blog next month for you so keep an eye out for it :o).
Friday, January 15, 2010
Can it??? Can 17 years have passed so quickly??? Look at this little cherub ……. This is my youngest … my DD2, my Bear :o). Today was her birthday and she turned 17!!! Here she is on her Dad’s new motorbike …… just GAWJUS (Bear ~ not the bike LOL) :o)!!!Happy Birthday my darling girl … love you to bits!!!So do you like my DH’s new “toy” he he??? He’s chuffed to bits I can tell you …. what do you think Fiona ;o)?? This one has a seat for me … so I can go on rides with him :o).
Thursday, January 14, 2010
...... like not buying any fabric this year!!!
I swear, I only went in to buy a few pieces of felt ………. I got a bit carried away though lol……… aren’t they pretty ;o) … Mmmmm, choc dipped strawbs and cherries ~ and what about that delish beady trim???!!Or do you prefer the ric rac with it???I really don’t think any explanation is necessary …. all of these are simply irresistable … which is why they all came home with me :o)!!!
I did get the felt too though … I didn’t forget what I actually went in for LOL …. This is what I made with it ~ I think Sophie Cat must have thought they were real flowers he he he. These were made using Simone Gooding’s “Posy Trio” pattern that was in ‘Australian Country Crafts and Decorating’ magazine a while ago. Cute little primrose and violets.
I won a giveaway on Wendy’s blog a little while ago and my prize arrived …. look what I got!!!Don’t you love those little boy fabrics, and the fabulous trims!!!??! That lovely Rosy diary is going to keep a record of all my stitching hours and projects over the next twelve months :o)! Thank you so much Wendy … I love it all :o)!!!
I've put a few more designs in my Etsy Shop ~ all PDF, please pop on over and have a peek :o), just click on the button on my sidebar.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Well I’ve finally caught on and opened myself an Etsy Shop :o). So for all of you that might prefer to buy my PDF patterns with US dollars … this is just for you :o).
I’ve only got a few patterns listed at the moment but will be listing more in the very near future. To have a look at what’s there right now just click on the pic below, or on the button on my side bar.
Isn’t the china tea set to die for??? I just love it!!!!There were a few leftovers so my friend Kimmy took a “doggy bag” for her daughter …… I was going to have a doggy bag too, but I couldn’t get my stuff to fit in the little tray :o( ………. Even though I tried REALLY hard ……………. We had such a fun morning together ….. we always do :o).
We went out yesterday morning just for a drive and to perhaps look at a few motorbikes for Darryl … we weren’t intending to buy one until he saw this ……………. I’m afraid it was love at first sight … so now we’re just waiting on the formalities. Who’d have thought it ;o)??