Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Road Trips, friends and renovations...



Where we live, about 2kms outside our lovely little village of about 450 souls, we have rolling hills, wedge tail eagles soaring overhead and only one neighbour! Idyllic you might say? Well it is.....most of the time!! Our one neighbour is an ageing rocker and insists on playing his music in his shed..every second week. I listen to the thump thump of his ageing band trying to retain their misspent youth and I find myself getting angry, upset, stressed and a whole range of other emotions. We've been down the road of negotiations and compromise and yes, every second week until 11pm at night IS the compromise. So the puppies and I turn up the telly and stay up until 11pm (or usually 20 past eleven 'cos he really loves to push my buttons I think) and put up with the noise.


There is a reason for the telling of this riveting tale so bear with me...


Last week, the ageing rockers better half knocked on our door and told us that said ageing rocker would be celebrating his 50th birthday with a party on Saturday night, so we might need to turn the telly up a bit higher. I can tell you that the palpitations started straight away, it's just like a panic attack for me, I get so worked up at the thought of all that noise that I find I can't breath at times..! Anyway, this would be the last weekend of holidays for the Railway Man so we decided to pack the puppies and some clean underwear into Ruby and take off for the weekend...



..they were happy to be on the road and protecting their car and people from any and all invaders while we turned the car north, up the Sunraysia Highway to get here..





Finally we got to give Sue her quilt, third time lucky getting here. Do you remember last time I got caught in the floods and had to turn around and come home? Just as an aside, they've actually only just got some parts of the road repaired..


Anyway, I don't have photo's of my friend Sue to show you, I didn't take any photo's even though I took my camera with me. I knew as soon as I walked in to her room that I wouldn't have anything to show you, if it was me lying there I wouldn't want the world to see me, so I left my camera in my camera bag on the floor. Sue was overwhelmed and a little tearful, communication was difficult as it's hard for Sue to form words. I was terribly sad and a little heartbroken to see my friend like this. However, Megan, her daughter put the quilt up on the wall opposite her bed, where she can see it every day and between them they read every card and note that everyone had sent with blocks. I had put them all in a little fabric bag so that Sue could read how your love and good wishes came from every corner of the world...



I took this photo off Megan's facebook page, so thanks Meg....


After my visit with Sue we drove up the Calder Highway to Mildura, well we actually stayed at a very nice little 'pet friendly' unit in Wentworth which is just over the NSW border.
Sunday morning saw us walking the dogs along the banks of this...





..The mighty Murray River, just gorgeous and look at this...





...Sunshine, actual sunshine....Oh it was so sweet and warm and comforting.....sigh, it was lovely....





..these three were loving it of course....







...OK, me too. This was taken at Redcliffs at Big Lizzie, I promised the kids that I would get Railway Man to take a photo of this Lizzie with Big Lizzie...!


Look...

...they even left directions....hehehe.
I'll have to tell you about Big Lizzie in another post as this one is impossibly long already and I still want to show you the new doors and window..





We still have a fair bit of work to do, trims to put on as well as the screen doors. We still have to decide about paint, the doors are nearly 100 years old so they need some more work done. We can't decide whether or not to paint or seal them and the weather boards have to be painted and finished. That has to wait though, it's far too damp and cold to think of outdoor painting right now..!
Can you see the pair of eyes peeping over the bottom of the door?? Miss Martha can just jump up and see out......only just though! Funny girl...


I'll put the rest of my photo's from the weekend on my photography blog here later in the week...


We were very glad with our decision to go away for the night when today a friend said that there were so many cars and people he couldn't get near our gate when he dropped in to see if we were home..!! He said that the noise could be heard a kilometre away...!!! Best decision we've made for a while I'd say....
xxx

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Baby GO! Giveaway...

 August 1st: This giveaway is now closed, please check back tonight for the winner.......Good Luck to everyone.

Accuquilt have given me a Baby GO! to giveaway to one lucky reader...





No hoops to jump through 'cos I'm not good at hoops.
Simply click on the photo above to go the Accuquilt website and pick 3 dies that you would like to receive if you won. Remember to pick die's that are suitable for the Baby GO!
Leave a comment on this post telling me which ones you chose.
That's it!
You can spread the word if you would like to but one comment per person please


Please make sure that I have a way to contact you if you win. If you're set to no-reply and you don't leave an email address in the comment, then you won't be included, sorry but it's just frustrating trying to contact someone when there's no contact details..

I will use Mr Random to pick a winner on August 1st Australian time.
Good luck...

Monday, 18 July 2011

Love those curves...

You know of course that I was lucky enough to get a Baby GO! from Accuquilt, I think I might have mentioned it once or twice... :o) ! Anyway, it looks just like this one....


(Click on the picture to go to Accuquilt.com)

Well anyway, today I finally got to play with it. Samantha (who is nearly 14) unpacked it yesterday afternoon, marked the die's with a black texta for me, then proceeded to raid my scrap fabric drawer and cut out a pile of drunkard path pieces..!! That's how easy this is, really it is. She set it up, put the scraps on (well truthfully I saw some charms in there too) and cut them out.





..and this is what she ended up with...



So this morning I put them together for the start of my scrappy drunkards path...



Of course I needed to do some cutting myself, couldn't let her cut out all my fabric, although this girl would, she just loves cutting fabric out...quilter in the making?
Anyway, back on track! I decided to try the other dies out. I chose the curved and circle dies because I normally cut them by hand of course, you can't imagine how quick it is to cut them without trying it, really..!



I cut four at a time and honestly, I could probably have doubled it..!



I chose some Christmas fat quarters I had in the drawer and thought I would put them all together later for a table topper...
I used my Curve Master foot to stitch them so it was easy peasy...



Look, done in no time (OK, I did have to reverse sew one seam...ssshhh!!)..





I did try one other thing with the Baby GO!, you know I work with wool a lot and I bought the circle die for exactly that reason. Well, would you look at this...



Perfect circles in less than 10 seconds....sigh, I'm in love. Now I just need Accuquilt to bring out a die with lots of little circles on the one die...!!! You know, berry and grape size, how good would that be, being able to cut a dozen at a time..
I have to tell you that I wasn't quite sure whether or not I would get enough use out of a Baby GO! to justify having one, well I can honestly say that I don't think I would use anything else for curved pieces again, it was just so easy AND quick. I can see that I'll be cutting drunkard path pieces as the scraps come to hand and just stashing them in a box ready to just pick up and sew..!




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OK, off to do some cleaning up from the renovations...sigh!!




xxx





Sunday, 17 July 2011

Look what I made Margaret...

(edit: just so you know, the title shouldn't read 'look what I made FOR Margaret', perhaps it should be 'hey Margaret, look what I made..' ! This baby is all mine)




Not the best shot, the weather this morning is atrocious, cold, wet, grey and misty so there's no way I can get a decent photo without going out into the misty, drizzly rain..
Just to explain, Margaret has shown some of her gorgeous pin cushion collection a couple of times but in particular I've been lusting after one like this, scroll down the post and you'll see what I mean. Anyway, in another life I made lots and lots of Mohair Artist bears, I used to sell at all the bear shows around the state then, as you do, I moved on. As it happened I went back to seriously quilting again, I sold just about all my bears, mohair, makings and such, to fund my photography obsession and bought my big gun camera and lenses with the proceeds. I did keep some bears though, mostly little ones, well they were all mostly less than 9" right down to a one inch bear and yes, I still have that..! So for a long time I had a couple of little bears that sat around my computer desk, on my keyboard and generally hung around. I also had a bag full of little fellows stuffed in a cupboard. I saw Margaret's little rabbit on the pin cushion and had a serious case of lust, then when I checked out the website, I had already been there and bookmarked it so I think I was destined to make one. I love it, it's big and squishy and sits on the arm of the leather lounge without moving, I half filled it with Shellgrit, you know, the stuff you give to budgies, and then topped it off with wool stuffing that I had from somewhere. I didn't stuff it firmly though as I wanted it to look and feel old. Love, love, love it... I've still got quite a few little bears in the bag in the cupboard, hmm, what will I do with them..?


Can you tell that the puppies enjoy having children here.....





...not hard is it? We just don't get a look in when the kids are here and this weekend they had a child each.. bliss! They've gone home now, the children that is, so it's a bit quiet and the dogs are knackered, fast asleep. I don't think they will move now until tomorrow..
Samantha helped me unpack the GO Baby Cutter while she was here this afternoon and proceeded to cut out a heap of scraps using the drunkards path die..!! I did manage to snap a couple of pics while she was doing it and I'll show you tomorrow, but it was so easy she worked it out herself and she had a small pile in no time...!


Of to sit in front of the box and watch Masterchef then an early night I think, I do love having my grandkids here but boy oh boy do have they energy...!!
See you tomorrow ...

Friday, 15 July 2011

Phew...!! What a week....

The Railway man has of course been on holiday and the renovations with the doors and hallway are just about finished, but we had a little side issue earlier this week.....
So from my window the other day, this was the view...





My Facebook friends will already have seen these, our driveway looked like a Mazda dealership on Wednesday afternoon. We had been thinking about changing cars for a little while, I had always wanted the Mazda 6 Station wagon so we traded in my little white Mazda 3 AND the man's MX5 (it had sat so long in the garage that it had a flat battery and in 15 months he'd put 1000kms on the clock???), a bit of a sad day but we (read me) ended up with this....





..she's beautiful, Ruby Red outside and all black leather inside so I reckon she's a bit of a tart, to be forever more known as Ruby (thanks Dzintra). The dealer delivered it to the door for us so for an infinitesimal time we owned three Mazda's and a smelly dirty Ford Ute. We still have the smelly dirty Ute, but he does love it and thankfully I don't have to drive it, I just get to drive Ruby..!


So, the next exciting thing was this morning, on the way to pick up these little people...





..who are spending the weekend. Would you look at how tired that boy is, they all four of them spent 5 days in Sydney with their Dad last week and I don't think they've caught up yet!!
Anyway, on the way down I stopped at the Post Office to check the mail and this was waiting for me...





I was so tempted to go home and open it first but I didn't, I'm a good Nana. Stopped in and saw Mum and Dad, a quick stop at eldest daughters, had a cuppa with youngest daughter while the kids got all their stuff together. Drove home, gave them lunch and then finally got to open the box............phew!! I don't think I've ever waited so long to open a much anticipated box...





This is as far as it's going to go though until Monday. Having a six and nine year old in the house for the weekend isn't going to give me much chance to play so I'll wait until after the weekend then I can play to my hearts content..





I have managed to get a little sewing done this week (how hard is it when there's a man in the house .......constantly!!!) I've been doing a wee bit of wool stitching, this is a block from Crimson Tweed but I've changed the colours, hopefully I'll have more to show next week...


This little girl.......





...just fell in the fish pond while chasing the kids around the house garden..! It's not deep and she can stand up in it but the water is very cold at this time of the year, so she's looking a bit sorry for herself, don't suppose the fish and the frogs are too pleased either..! Notice though, she's picked my quilting chair to 'dry off' in, talk about comfort..

Hopefully, I'll have some photo's of the doors and windows to show you next time...
C Ya
xxx

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Are you going here....

Edit: Looks like Friday is the day, noon in the food area. Look for the balloons..
See you there then..




I'll be there a couple of times I think so I thought we could have a blog meet..? Does that sound like a good idea?


Saturday @ 1pm?


Let me know if you're interested, could be fun I think.......
xxx

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