Tuesday, 30 June 2009

It's Quiet Again..............

So the house is mine again, quiet and gentle, no longer bouncing to the beat of Disney or Nick. No snakes of computer cords winding their way across the floor, no milk left on the bench, no hanging on to the 'fridge door while we decide what's good in there, no dogs chasing balls thrown by best friends down the length of the kitchen. None of that................and I miss them already!!
Ryan only stayed until Sunday, his beloved 'Cats' were roaring from Geelong's Skilled Stadium and even though his Dad was a little under the weather (party for a 50 yr old Scotsman complete with Pipe Band!!) they had tickets. Off they went to watch them demolish the opposing team (so I'm told).
Yesterday Caitlin decided that she wanted to make a needle case for herself after inspecting the one I made a while ago. So she chose the fabric, listened to a few instructions and off she went.....
...........she did a really good job and I forgot to take a 'finished' photo, if I remember tomorrow I will take a pic and show you.
Baking was on the agenda as well. We made this yummy 'Ginger and Apple Cake'. I just realised that I put the photos on backwards, oh well, just pretend you're reading from the back page. LOL
Very proud of her efforts.................

...........sprinkling the demerara sugar...............

This assortment of goodies made this...............

................luscious, chewy triple choc brownies. Almost sinful! But yummy!
If you want the recipe for the Ginger Cake, which is delicious served hot with vanilla ice cream, I will put it on my other blog in the next day or so.
Not tomorrow - I'm off out for lunch with youngest son and his beautiful lady, eldest daughter and her two rebels that I miss, because, wait for it.....................
..................it's my birthday!!!!!!!!!!.................
I'm going to enjoy this one because I've told them all that I'm not having one next year, not doing it, doesn't exsist, won't happen, not going there!!!
Oh well maybe if I have to. ;o)

Saturday, 27 June 2009

My World this Weekend.............

This is what/who will be occupying my weekend, although judging by this photo, I don't have much entertaining to do!

Caitlin is getting a little help from an adoring friend.........
...........and Ryan isn't content with just his laptop, he has to have my ipod at the same time.......

............and this was how Miss Martha presented herself this morning after burying a bone.............

..........she's buried and dug up the same bone at least six times in the last 24 hours. She worries so that the blackbirds will get it - she hates blackbirds and has to spend at least 5 minutes every morning chasing them off the mulch. It doesn't seem to worry the blackbirds too much, they just sit on the fence until she's finished her running around, then down they come to throw the mulch around again! Don't you just love animals, so easy to please and eager TO please.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Hugs from Helen....

Click on over to Helen's blog here she has the most adorable new pattern AND she's having a giveaway to celebrate. Could you almost not read that? Good 'cos I would really like to win this, it's not like I have anything else on the cards right now is it? Look I'll even show you a photo.......

...OK, that's enough now. Seriously though, isn't it just gorgeous, I can just see it hanging on one of my walls for Christmas!!

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Mail today.................

Look what I picked up at the post office today.....
....... are you envious, you should be?
I bought this delicious book when Fiona opened her online store here and it's even better in the flesh so to speak.........

.........being a gardener and a quilter I couldn't resist The colours are fabulous, the quilting is amazing. The style is quite folksy/naive but the colours are definitely 21st century vibrant. There are quite a few patterns as well as the quilt on the cover and most of the templates are full size, I like that, no fiddling around resizing.

So, now I've done a review for you, I'm off to do some thinking on Mum and Dad's quilt. I had a minor (well, a small major) disaster last night, when I work it all out I'll tell you what happened. I can't explain and think at the same time, I must have caught 'can't multi-task' from a male somewhere! ;o)

P.S. It's raining - hurray

'Rain, rain stay around

We need you to wet the ground'

Monday, 22 June 2009

This has to be male.......

I have been away from my computer for a couple of days and when I turned it on this afternoon, it (my computer) explained that I had been dreadfully missed and would take a while to deliver all my mail! About 40 hours away and I had 36 emails, how can one person, who does nothing in particular, accumulate 36 emails ( only 2 spam). I don't know, I must be much loved, I know I'm a lucky lady to have so many friends living inside my hard drive.
One of those emails was another missive from my eldest daughter and we both agree that this must have been written by a male..................

........whoever it is, I'm glad for her that her pabst beer was clear! Francien made a comment about the idiot post that I really liked, she said 'does it hurt to be so stupid' , I don't know, probably not, they're probably numb from the shoulders up! ;o)
I'm off to catch up with some blog posts I've missed.

Friday, 19 June 2009

They walk among us.................

I recieved this email from my eldest daughter the other day and only just got around to reading it. I found myself sitting shaking my head from side to side because it is all so familiar.

With apologies to all idiots out there - please read and have a good giggle.....................


We had to have the garage door repaired. The repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a 'large' enough motor on the opener. I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one B & D made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower. He shook his head and said, 'Lady, you need a 1/4 horsepower.' I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4. He said, 'NO, it's not.' Four is larger than two..'

We haven't used this repairman since.

My daughter and I went through the McDonald's drive thru window and I gave the teen a $20 note. Our total was $10.50, so I also handed her fifty cents. She said, 'you gave me too much money.' I said, 'Yes I know, but this way you can just give me ten dollars back.' She sighed and went to get the manager who asked me to repeat my request. I did so, and he handed me back the fifty cents, and said 'We're sorry but we can't do that kind of thing.' The teen then proceeded to give me back $9.50 in change.

It is best not to confuse the teenagers at McD's.

I live in a semi rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local council office to request the removal of the Kangaroo sign on our road. The reason: 'Too many kangaroos are being hit by cars out here! I don't think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.'


My daughter went to a local Hungry Jack's and ordered a burger. She asked the person behind the counter for 'minimal lettuce.' He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg lettuce.


I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, 'Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?'
To which I replied, 'If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?'
He smiled knowingly and nodded, 'That's why we ask.'


The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it's safe to cross the street. I was crossing with an intellectually challenged coworker of mine. She asked if I knew what the buzzer was for. I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red. Appalled, she responded, 'What on earth are blind people doing driving?!'



At a good-bye luncheon for an old and dear coworker. She was leaving the company due to 'downsizing.' Our manager commented cheerfully, 'This is fun We should do this more often.' Not another word was spoken. We all just looked at each other with that animal-in-the-headlights stare.


I work with an individual who plugged her power board back into itself
and for the sake of her life, couldn't understand why her system would not turn on.


When my husband and I arrived at a dealership to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver's side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. 'Hey,' I announced to the technician, 'its open!' His reply, 'I know. I already got that side.'

These remind me of the young woman at the Northern Territory Wildlife Park, who wouldn't give my daughter a student concession, which was available for students of Australian universities because my daughter was a student at the University of Tasmania. She was convinced that Tasmania didn't count as part of Australia because it's separated by the sea.


They walk among us... And the scary part is that they VOTE and ...
they REPRODUCE .........

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

60th Anniversary Quilt..

I just thought I would share this with you....... cold winter's night, time for bed.............first in, best spot!! Methinks she could be a tad spoilt?? Good job we love her :)

Anyway, that's not what I wanted to talk about today.

My Mum and Dad were married on Sept. 10th 1949, so that makes this year their 60th Wedding Anniversary, diamond I think. Ten years ago on their 50th anniversary, I made them a quilt with 50 hearts (plus one on the back as the label) and photographs of them and my family, some charms that had significence to them etc, etc.

So I wondered what on earth I could do this year, they are after all in their 80s, they have all they need. They are safe, warm and reasonable healthy for their age.

So I decided to make them another quilt, one that would just go over the back of the lounge ready for one of them to snuggle into when it's cold or when they feel under the weather. In other words, just an everyday quilt, strong, sturdy, warm and of course snuggly.

These are the fabrics I'm using, a lovely Jelly Roll in the Kashmir 111 range, tiny white on white polka dots and this aqua fabric that I've had forever.

I think I might do just a little stitchery in some of the white snowballs, maybe I will do the names of all the family, one in each?

This fabric with the little flowers on, I've had for about 20 years I think and I could never really figure out why. I never actually liked it, but I just kept shoving it to the back of the stack. When I was going through fabric this morning looking for something to use on the snowball corners, it sort of fell out when I pulled on another piece. I looked at it as I was picking it up and it just sort of clicked, so for better or worse, that's what I'm using. It's cut now and I shall start sewing later today.

So this is the quilt I'm making, it will be the first thing I have made from this book. Also the first of my beautiful Jelly Rolls that I bought a while ago, that I will be 'unrolling', I'm quite excited about it.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

It's a small world after all................

......and getting smaller all the time!

On Thursday do you remember that I put out a plea for anyone knowing the whereabouts of a small floor standing quilting frame, that was conveniently for sale in Australia, to let me know?

After I had posted that I spent an hour or so wandering around blogland, following no particular path and I came upon a blog called 'Paddy's Daughter' , I left a comment for Sue and really thought no more about it.

Francien left a comment on the post for the frame that she couldn't help, Fiona said to let her know if I found them and then..
....... ta da........

...Sue from 'Paddy's Daughter' left a comment that she had one in her attic that she hadn't used for years, we could work something out if I was interested, where was I, she's was in Trentham?

Well, Trentham of course is about 50kms from me, a 45 min drive tops!! So what are the odds? I only happened upon Sue's blog by accident (as you do) and left a comment because her post was relevant to something I had just done. She read the comment and thought she would click over and check out my blog (as you do) and the first post is for the frame!

So, frame in her attic, agreed price, trip to Trentham this afternoon, lovely lady, happy lizzie?

Yes, all of the above BUT the story isn't finished!!

You thought this marathon was finished didn't you? Well I did say the world is getting smaller didn't I?

It was lovely to meet Sue, have a coffee, talk about what we have in common, but as I was leaving Sue asked me if I belonged to SCQuilters. I do, but I'm a very recent new member and I just said that a very old friend of mine from Ouyen has been a member for many years. Yep, you got it, Sue knows Sue (my Ouyen friend) and her daughter Megan, who is also a quilter. You might think sure, that's not surprising, but Sue from Ouyen is my youngest Son's godmother too! So the circle tightens don't you think? Now what are the odd's?

That's it for coincidences. That's enough you're thinking I know, my God, the woman can talk you're saying! Lol ;o)

So you may have gathered that I am the proud owner of the above quilting frame, thank you Sue. It was lovely to meet you and we shall stay in touch.

As you can see, didn't take me long to try it out. The frame is also adjustable so I can have another quilt in the oval frame and just swap them around (how ambitious is that?).

So on another topic, please click on over to here and say hello to my wonderful friend Jen (she of the Bilum) who has started her blog, she is very special to me and she has some wonderful stories to tell (she's also promised to post my favourite baby blanket photo).
EDIT to this post;
Today I used my lovely Bilum, and I'm hooked. No wonder they use them for everything, soft, easy, squishy and light. I might have to analyse and make another!

Saturday, 13 June 2009


Do you remember a while ago I told you about my very special, bestest friend going to PNG to do volunteer work as a midwife? Well, she's back, had a wonderful experience and can't wait to go back again.
We had a fabulous day together earlier this week and her photo's and stories are amazing, the photo's of smiling kids, cheeky boys, happy new Mums all belie the poverty, lack of clean water, less than desirable hygiene. One of my favorite photo's was of several new babes all snuggled together, nothing unusual there, but what got me was how the Mums know which is there baby? They can tell by the colour of the blanket!! They have to bring their own everything (even family to look after all their non-medical needs), no wrist or anklet bands saying 'baby Smith, Jones or Anderson, just green or red or orange or blue or mustard thick blankets! Just amazing. Many more fascinating stories, but they are Jen's story and I'm working on her starting a blog!

Anyway, Jen brought this bag back for me (being both bagaholics) it's called a 'Bilum'.

Apparently, the women just sit on the side of the road and make these bilum's out of whatever they can get, this one is a sort of soft cottony yarn, and sell them. The best I can describe them is like our handbag or shopping bags. They use them for everything - even carrying their babies! Every photo I looked at there were bilum's on someones arm or shoulder. Many, many colours and sizes, some patterned, some striped, some plain, some wild, some subdued

This one isn't very big, just the right size to grab for a quick trip to the shops, big enough for a purse, sunnies, keys and tissues. I haven't used it yet but I'm looking forward to doing so. Oh yes, apparently they don't use formal needles or hooks - just what they have on hand, sticks, twigs, bits of plastic????

Could we manage without all our craft tools?

I've been doing a wee bit of sewing this week but I can't show you yet, the lovely Vikki might be looking and she's my FRIENDS swap partner, so no sneaky peeks. ;o) Lol

Tomorrow I'm going to Trentham, about 50kms away from where I live. I shall tell you all about this little trip tomorrow night - I feel a story coming on!!

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Does anybody know....................

.....where I can get one of these in Australia?

I had one, still have the oval hoop part. We (he who works & I) have spent the best part of the day looking through all the junk we seem to accumulate in storage shed, garage, spare room and anywhere else we thought it might have been stashed!!

It's just the stand part of it that is lost and the only place I can find another one is in the USA. As you know, I'm not adverse to shopping in the quilting capital of the world. But paying postage on something this size, not to mention the time it takes (I'm not the most patient person when I want something - NOW). I can't even remember where I originally bought it, John seems to think it was a shop around Essendon somewhere, but it would have been 20 years ago that I bought it??

I thought it would be easy, just get online, google search, phone call or car trip, pay money - happy lizzie :o)

But no, can't find one anywhere. I have several size hoops but it's very warm with a quilt on your lap in front of the fire, I keep getting sleepy!

Monday, 8 June 2009

Where are the faeries................

Whilst waiting for the washing to be done this morning, I thought a bracing walk around our few acres might go some way to banishing the last of the germs hanging around me!
I only got as far as the old mulch pile (as opposed to this years mulch pile) before I thought to go back for a camera. Fungi everywhere.
The orange fungi we get every year in rotting wood or mulch and the puff balls we get all the time too but I haven't seen these black ones before.

It stands about 6 inches high, tall and straight, standing solitary watch for faeries and elves. The stalk is light and hairy and the cap is dark purple, almost black until you get up close.

These lovely orange cups appear every year in different places, it depends on which piece of wood is at the right stage of decay.

The second year we were here, we had a huge Cyprus Pine and four Ponderosa Pines removed, they were at an age to create a lot of danger from fallen branches. Hence we have lots of logs and mulch from the branches rotting down beautifully, so every year we are rewarded with wonderful fungi, usually orange, but many shapes lighting up the dull dark places around decaying wood.

These puff balls look like alien beings hatching from the loam, pushing there way up to the daylight.
Opps, I definitely watched too much TV this weekend!!

Much Better...........

Thank you everyone for your lovely thoughts and wishes, I'm feeling much better (must have been the tim tams) and actually put on jeans yesterday as opposed to the pyjamas that I have lived in for 4 days!! Be it cold or flu, it was awful and very draining, just the act of changing a dvd seemed too much effort. I spent two days staring at Lifestyle Food, no concentration needed!
Yesterday I did a little stitching on Sam's quilt, I think it's coming on nicely. I've decided to give it to her for her birthday on Sept 1st, lucky girl ushers in Spring!
Photo's later.
Meanwhile I had better get off and catch up with some washing, that's the one thing 'he who works' doesn't do, he's banned from using the washing machine, everything ends up shrunk, coloured or felted!! Tomorrow is forcast to be very cold and wet here so it sounds like a day sewing in front of the fire.

Friday, 5 June 2009


Dear Blogger,
lizzie is very unwell,
she is staying home with tea & tim tams,
lizzie's mum

Thursday, 4 June 2009

I'm Home, Mail and Art...........

It's always good to be home again when you've been off traveling somewhere, even when it's sad to leave those you love behind, it's good to be back in your own bed with your own belongings around you while you suffer not so silently with a cold!!! Even when some inconsiderate traveller at the beginning of your journey sneezes on you and you just KNOW that it's going to end up with a sore throat, runny nose and feeling like the end is nigh!! I had a wonderful time with our daughter and son in W.A., but I had this bug for the whole week, oh well, I should be grateful that it wasn't anything else and I wasn't isolated with a face mask and delivered food!!

This photo above is my youngest daughter Sarah and her 'baby' Matthew standing along side her latest piece titled 'SIGNIFICANCE'. This is displayed at the City of Melville art show in W.A.

The dark ring you can see around the earth is actually words surrounding the planet and creating a dark layer, the words are all pertinent to the damage the earth has suffered.

I know I'm quite biased (who me?) but I thought it was amongst the best of the show!! :o)

I love the relief of the mountains, for me it makes it so tactile, although I will have to wait until she takes it home to touch. She tells me it's the first of three, so can't wait for that! Although when I left yesterday she had everything out to dabble in lino printing, so who knows what that will give birth to?

The girls did some stitching while I was there and we did some crafty things on the weekend but more of that another time.

But look.......................
......... my kitchen swap parcel came from Paula while I was away, this lovely parcel was waiting for me at the post office.

When I had torn all the wrapping paper off (as you do), these are the delights she had sent me. Once again I'm a very lucky lady.
Paula has sent me a gorgeous apron she has made with teatowels to match, this fabulous teapot and spoon in a great ceramic yellow (my colour of the moment), yummy rock chocolates, they won't last long when my cold has gone. This fabulous brown sugar bear, it's to put in with your brown sugar to stop it going hard, this silicon pinch glove, how great is that? Just right for hot plates and trays. And last but by no means least.....................

.........Paula has sent me a copy of her family cook book, how awsome is that?

Thank you so much Paula, I love it all, I'm looking forward to trying some of your recipes.
I have loved doing this kitchen swap, it's been great fun. I have two other swaps on the go, the 'FRIENDS' swap with the lovely Vikki and the Pincushion swap.
Right, now I'm off to catch up on some blog reading and hopefully, by tomorrow, I'll be back to as near to normal as I can get.


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