Friday, September 30, 2011

Some More Finishes for September

This month I dug deep into my UFO basket and found these gorgeous fabrics. I was given this range of fabrics quite a while ago and I just loved them.
I thought the wonderful fabric with it's teapots and teacups would make a perfect tablecloth.
It's a very simple, straight forward quilt, but I think makes a great table cloth...
Now it just needs some cakes and slices and a good cup of tea!
So good to finally have the fabric made up into something useful.
I have also been playing around with some fabric tags I made out of plain calico. I've stained this one and added a few interesting bits and pieces. I wanted it to look old, french and vintagey!
It says "J'Adore..." which means "I adore/love"... and I love all things to do with sewing. So I've added a little sewing machine charm, some old buttons and lace and a gold heart. I've attached it to my sewing basket.
Another UFO project waiting to be finished is this little knitted bag. I bought the kit ages ago and I'm ashamed at how long it took to finally finish it!
It's made by knitting 1" wide strips of fabric... not easy, but not too difficult either.
The top is finished off with some funky braid and a button. The whole bag is fully lined with a pocket and it's just the right size for your wallet, phone and keys.

This is a close up of the knitted fabric...
It's such a good feeling to get some projects finished and to start crossing things off my To Do list (instead of adding things to it he he!!!)
I can't believe another month has finished... Time is flying so fast....
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tuesday Treasures

I have been wanting to share this treasure of ours for quite some time... but it has been packed away. Finally I have had the chance to have a big clean up and it was so nice to bring it back out into the open.
This is the cradle both our boys slept in when they were new born babies.
My husband and I bought it from a swap meet (like a market, but mainly cars, car parts, tools etc...!!). We bought it just after we moved into our house and before we were even thinking of having kids. I remember very clearly walking out of the market carrying it between us by the handles at each end of the cradle. Both boys slept in the cradle straight after they were brought home from hospital. It was perfect. Being so lovely and small, I could move it from room to room. At night I would put it beside the bed and if they woke up in the middle of the night, I was able to lean over and gently rock them in it, back to sleep.
My brother in law (who worked in a bedding factory at the time) made a mattress for it. My mother in law made a beautiful little quilt and pillow. She crocheted all the lace doilies and lace on top and there is cream satin underneath. The detail is just beautiful.
She also made the little wool blanket you see in this picture. Remember the nursery rhyme "Baa Baa Black Sheep"....
The embroidery detail and applique is so cute.
I can't believe the quilt, pillow and blanket are 20 years old....
And the cradle is at least 25 years old!! I would love to know who had the cradle before us and how old it really is.
I am off to see who else is sharing their treasures today at Melodys.
Now to put the cradle back... these days it's job is to hold a few of the bears I've made over the years....
Hope you're having a great day!

Monday, September 26, 2011

What Makes Me Happy 26/9/2011

Making me happy this week is......

Picnics!!!!Earlier this month I was lucky enough to go on a picnic with a wonderful friend of mine. The weather was PERFECT.... the views were AMAZING.... This is the best time of the year for a picnic and you definitely couldn't complain about our beautiful scenery!!!!We found the perfect spot near a crystal clean, icy cold creek....After a bush walk, we were starving and really looking forward to our picnic lunch...With magnificent views, beautiful scenery, perfect weather, peace and quiet (we only saw cows, kangaroos and birds....), a delicious lunch, happy, fun company with lots of laughter...What more could you want??Picnics are so much fun...

And why does the food always taste better on a picnic???

Hope you are having a wonderful, happy Monday!!!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy......

This week has been a crazy, busy week..... School holidays always are!! But they are the best time of the whole school year (I think!!)
Spring is definitely here, with gorgeous, perfect weather and the Lavender bursting out everywhere in the garden. It looks and smells wonderful.There have been lots of fires around lately, leaving us with smoky, hazy days and truly colourful sunsets. Jack and I have been making the most of the holidays, but juggling that with extra hours at work as well. We rewarded ourselves with this amazing lunch....."Mezze platter for two"... there wasn't a crumb left!!!Delicious summer drinks are keeping us cool!!!!I have been busy stitching my embroidered Christmas Stocking and am working my way up...I haven't got too much more of the embroidery to go and then I can start putting it together.
We've been to the Library to see a friends wonderful artwork on display. She does the most beautiful water colour paintings. They are just amazing.
This is my painting that she painted and gave to me. I just love it! She is so clever. This is something I would love to have a go at one day (when I have some spare time!!!)
I have been busy making my swap presents for my partner in a FRIENDS swap hosted by Khris from Sew Prim Khris.
All my presents are made, labels are finished.....Presents are wrapped...
Now they're winging their way to my partner in Belgium.
Although I am certainly NOT a knitter, I had a go at making this knitted dishcloth. When I first saw it, I loved it and the frog pattern knitted into it. If you look very carefully, maybe squint your eyes a little and have a great imagination, you might be able to see my frog in there too. When I asked my hubby if he could see something in it, he said a "boat"... yep ...I am no knitter. If you want to see what it's supposed to look like you can see it HERE and the free pattern (along with many others) is HERE. At least it's ability to make a great dishcloth hasn't been lost in my knitting he he!!!
I have long been interested in anything and everything to do with Ned Kelly and the Kelly Gang....
When I saw this wonderful set of pewter Kelly Gang thimbles from the Scissorman...
I couldn't resist.
Each thimble is a true replica of the original helmet worn by each member in the siege at Glenrowan. Every one is different and very well made. I am very happy with my purchase!!!
Inside my parcel was a lovely surprise... I have wanted a pair of scissoroo scissors for ages, and I couldn't believe it when I opened up the little envelope included in the parcel to find a pair!!! I love them!
Phew....lots of photos!! I just had to end with this one...
My hubby (who has never been a "cat" person) with his "girlfriend"
Cookie just adores him and he would never admit it...
but he loves her too!
Hope you are all having an amazing weekend!

Monday, September 19, 2011

What Makes Me Happy 19/9/2011

Happy Monday!!!!
I love those days when you have this little niggly idea in your head of something you really, REALLY, want to do and you just go for it....
I found out that my Mum who was staying about 45 minutes out of Toowoomba, was going to drive to Toowoomba on Saturday and see the Carnival of Flowers Parade.
We are about 2 hours drive from Toowoomba and all I said to my husband was I wished I could just drive up there, surprise her at the parade, and see her just one more time before she heads off further away from us......Next minute we're in the car and driving up!!! I rang my Mum when we got there and she couldn't believe we were right there in Toowoomba. When we saw each other, we did that funny, running towards each other thing in the middle of the road... threw our arms around each other and had the biggest hug... I can't believe how happy we were!The Parade was wonderful. I have never been to Toowoomba's Carnival of Flowers that is held every year for a week in Spring. There is so much to see and do, from the Parade, to Quilt exhibitions, Teapot Extravaganza, Wine and Food festivals, all the open Gardens, sooo much... Not that we had any time for that! This time.....
The floats, and bands and entertainers were so much fun!
We stayed for the whole parade and it was really lovely. Mum and I kept looking at each other and we couldn't believe we were seeing each other again... such a surreal feeling!
Amazingly enough I did manage to catch up (for a few precious minutes) with my lovely blogging friend Di. The Toowoomba quilters have a Quilt Exhibition on for the entire week... boy was that hard not having the time to walk around all the quilts and stalls... But I did get to meet Di and get that quick photo. I would love to go back again this week and take the time to see all the Exhibits and Displays that are still on for the rest of the week!
After the parade Mum and I (and our boys) went to the Irish Pub for lunch and had a lovely meal and a much needed drink. The day was just beautiful, but very hot. It feels like we've missed Spring and gone straight into Summer.
I'm so glad we decided to just drop everything and make this (quick!) trip up to see Mum. I'm very lucky to have such a spontaneous husband too!
I've decided this week long Carnival in Toowoomba is a not-to-be-missed event and will definitely make better plans to go up again next year (with more time and no stress!!)
It was such a great day, so good to see you Mum and surprise you!
A MASSIVE, BIG thank you to my understanding, spontaneous hubby....
I hope you are all having a wonderful Monday.
Enjoy your day, the people around you, and what you are doing!