Sunday, April 25, 2010

What Makes Me Happy Week No. 17

I am a day early this week and also I have to say that what is making me happy today... also made me sad.
What is making me happy is that I was able to attend the ANZAC Day Dawn Service this morning.
There were so many people there at 4.30 in the morning, that it made me very proud of our small town.
The service was lovely, sad and inspiring.
I'm very glad I was able to go - to remember and honour those who have served and died, fighting for our freedom.

This is a photo of my Dad in June 1966. He was 21 years old and sitting on the steps of my Nanna's house. This is the day my Dad left for Vietnam.
I am so grateful he came home.
He came home and became my dad.
This really makes me more than happy!!!

The ANZAC Dedication:
For the Fallen
by Laurence Binyon

They shall not grow old,
As we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them,
Nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun,
And in the morning,
We will remember them.
We will remember them.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Autumn!

It's finally starting to feel like Autumn. The nights are getting cooler and the days are glorious. It's great sewing weather! I love Autumn and to celebrate I made this cute little wall hanging.
It has applique, patching and a bit of embroidery.

The pattern is one of many from the book "Pumpkins and Spice" by Terri Degenkollo. My favourite quilt shop has all the fabrics and more books, so I am hoping to make some more of the gorgeous patterns.
I just love the fabrics!

My February Valentines quilt has been replaced by the new Autumn inspired wallhanging!
This weeks pinwheel blocks were a personal choice. I've gone with the double pinwheel block. Next week we start putting the quilt together!
I can't wait to see it ready for quilting!
Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!
Teresa xx

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Finally.......

Finally I have finished this gorgeous Quilt Tereasa gave me for Christmas last year. She found the quilt pattern in an American Quilt magazine and she gave me all the fabrics for the top and the backing as well. She knew how much I loved this fabric! The pattern originally had the outer 2 borders reversed, with the dark border on the edge.
I liked the brighter floral fabric and decided to unpick the borders and change them around.
I am much happier with it this way. This is how Tereasa's put hers together as well.
We're having a lovely rainy day here today... so the colours are a little darker in the photos.
Great sewing weather by the way!
Even the backing fabric is gorgeous!!!
You may have seen a few of these bags floating around blogland recently. I just had to make a few myself to see what all the fuss was about. So now I can say... you must try them too! Such a great little bag and you can find the wonderful tutorial here. Nice easy instructions for putting in the zips and very, very quick to make. I wanted to make one for a gift for a friend and ended up making the 3 of them in no time at all!
Lastly, we tried Fionas Sweet Chilli Chicken recipe last night and it was another winner! Thanks Fiona... this was absolutely delicious! Another recipe for the new binder... woo hoo!

Hope you are all having a wonderful, productive week.
I am going to make good use of this lovely rainy day and try and get my pinwheel blocks finished. These are the last blocks and then we get to put it all together.
I can't wait to see what it looks like!

Teresa xx

Monday, April 19, 2010

What Makes Me Happy No. 16

Chocolate!!
I love the simple things! Give me a piece of chocolate and I'm happy!!

Last January when I was in Melbourne, my brother took me to a coffee shop that specialised in hand-made, hand-painted chocolates.
This was our plate of yummy chocolates. I chose the one on the right because it was so beautiful!! (I think it was Pina Colada flavour)
They were delicious.
Hope you are all having a wonderful Monday.

Teresa xx

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Binder, Bookmarks and Blocks!

Todays post is proudly brought to you by the letter
B
1. Binder......
I wanted to put all the wonderful recipes I've found in Blogland into a
Binder. I bought one of the lever arch binders and made a cover for it.

The redwork stitchery is a Bronwyn Hayes design and I thought very appropriate for a Recipe Binder!

2. Bookmarks.....
I found these gorgeous images at The Vintage Moth. Abbie has designed 4 old, vintage style bookmarks that you can simply print out onto paper or cardstock.
Once I printed mine out, I then adhered them to 2 more contrasting pieces of cardstock. I've inked the edges with black ink and punched a hole in the top of each one. I then went through my stash of old lace, satin and organza ribbons and tied a bow through the hole.
So lovely and easy. Abbie also has some beautiful rose images you can use for Mothers Day projects... I might have to go visit again.
3. Blocks......
Keeping up to date with this months blocks has been fun..
The above is Bunny Hills' Snowbound.
This is Moose on the Porch's Jelly Roll Quilt block.
I loved this block... It was very easy peasy to put together.
And lastly..... P.S. I Quilt's Pinwheel Sampler block. Loved these too!

Autumn is finally making it's presence felt and last night was the first night we haven't had the fan on! Woo Hoo... Roll on winter... It can't come soon enough for me.

Hope you are all having a wonderful, productive week!

Teresa xx


Monday, April 12, 2010

What Makes me Happy No. 15

Well I was sidetracked again today (You will see why at the bottom of my post!). I have not one, but two things making me extremely happy today!
Firstly, my original bout of happiness comes from.......
Starting a New Project!!!
(Although, in this case, it's an old project.... from August 2005 to be exact! - Who writes the dates in their books!!!!!!)
I love the process of deciding fabrics... Mixing and matching and putting everything together.
I was lucky this time as I had Tereasa and Helen helping me.
This project is The Gardeners Journal quilt. I bought the book and 2 metres of the border fabric 5 years ago, and thanks to a little 'push' I've decided to finally start it.
I am very happy to say that I have stitched, patched, pieced and put together the very first block!!!
Woo Hoo!!

Now to the second thing that is making me happy today....
Funny photos and my dorky son!!!
This is the photo my son, who was at the other end of the house (!!!!) sent to me, via the computer while I was trying very hard to do a serious post! He is going to a fancy dress party with a Harry Potter theme.
I laughed out loud when I saw it and every time I take another look it makes me crack up.

Gotta luv 'em!!!
He wants to know if he looks okay?

Hope everyone is having a wonderful, happy Monday!!

Teresa xx

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Ramblings and a Recipe

It's Sunday afternoon and the Easter holidays are coming to an end. Both the boys are back to school and Uni tomorrow. That week went by so fast!
I've been sitting here playing on the computer and I thought I would have a bit of 'show and tell'. These photos are of some of my softies I've made. The above photo is of my 'little' bears (& rabbit). The smallest bear is just 4 inches tall!
I made this 'prim' rabbit a while back and he was so much fun to make. His body is painted and distressed. His clothes and carrots were baked and scorched in the oven. He's not very pretty, but I love him!
This is Aprils block of 'Flirting with Flowers'. This is my favourite block from this quilt so far.


These are the latest pinwheel blocks from Rachels Pinwheel Sampler quilt.


Here's a quick and easy recipe for you to try. My blogless friend Jan gave me this recipe and I have to say, that this is the first meal in a while, that EVERYONE came back for seconds and finished the whole dish off!!!

Jans easy Moroccan Mince
Cook about 500 g mince with an onion until brown. Add a tin of chickpeas (drained) and some Moroccan spice (taste to see how much you need). Meanwhile cook some sweet potato and then mash it. Transfer the mince mixture to a casserole dish, top with the mashed sweet potato, and then top that with some grated cheese. Cook in the oven until the cheese melts and serve. We found it delicious!!

I've been playing with dumpr.net again and this is what I came up with. I love the cat in the above pic!! This site is so much fun - I can waste a lot of time here!
The photo of my family and I in the above pic is one of my absolute favourites. We are at Cradle Mountain, in Tasmania, and this photo always brings back the most wonderful memories.
Okay, think I've been playing for long enough now.... better get something done today!!
Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.
Teresa xx

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

First Finish for April

Woo Hoo! I've finally found the time to quilt and bind my String Quilt. Nice to have it finished and now I've seen another string block quilt that I really want to make. I must be crazy!!!
I started making this quilt after seeing Stephanies "No Strings Attached" Challenge here.
This cute little elephant pin cushion is a Heather Bailey pattern. I found it in my favourite little Quilt shop... Homespun & Beautiful. He was so much fun to make....
That I made two of them!!!
They are only 4 inches high!
Hope everyone is having a wonderful, productive week!
Teresa xx

Monday, April 5, 2010

What Makes me Happy No. 14

What's making me happy today?

Easter Holidays!

So nice to have a week off to share with the kids.
No Uni for the eldest son and no school for the youngest.
I am looking forward to spending some quality time with the boys.
Relaxing and not rushing around here, there and everywhere.

Hope you are all having a wonderful Easter break too!
Teresa xx

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to everyone!
Today I am making Greek Easter Bread (Tsoureki).
There are so many recipes out there for this and they are all slightly different. There are savoury recipes and sweet, even with icing drizzled over the top. I love the red eggs baked into the bread and this is how I make ours....
Firstly to make the red dyed eggs you will need 3 0r 4 hard-boiled eggs. In a small deep bowl combine 1/2 cup boiling water, 20 drops red food colouring and 1 teaspoon vinegar.
Add eggs one at a time, turning until the desired shade is reached.
Drain and allow to dry.
To make the bread you will need:
3 cups self raising flour, sifted
pinch salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp sugar
90g butter
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
1 egg yolk, beaten

Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl. Rub in butter until it looks like breadcrumbs.
Combine egg and milk, pour into dry ingredients and mix to a soft dough.
Knead lightly on a floured surface and divide mixture in half.
Divide each half into 3 and roll each section into a sausage shape and plait together, sealing ends with egg yolk.
Join the 2 plaits together to form a circle on a baking tray covered with baking paper.
Push eggs evenly into plait.
Brush remaining egg yolk mixture over the plait.
Bake in 180 C oven for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool.
In the past I have made this with sultanas and mixed peel. You can even drizzle icing over the bread when it's cooled for a sweet alternative.

Yummo.... best eaten while it's still warm with a bit of butter.

Have a wonderful Easter everyone!

Teresa xx