Saturday, May 30, 2015

Chooky's 3rd Birthday Bash

Chooky is celebrating the Chookshed's 3rd birthday this weekend. Lots of people  are there - Some in real life and some (like me) in spirit! 
To make me feel like I'm really there, I have made the same Salsa Chicken recipe in the slow cooker like they are having in the Chookshed (recipe on Chooky's blog!). It smells sooooo good! 
Drinks are ready (but I don't think I'll drink them as they look too pretty!) 
I'll be working on my tablerunner with blocks from Lori Holt's "Farm Girl Vintage" book. Quilting and binding hopefully! 
I got side-tracked twice though today. Firstly there was a great idea in the latest Daphne's Diary. Making your own homemade makeup remover. It was so easy to make snd smells lovely. There's  a sweet label in the magazine to decorate your finished jar. 
The second lapse in concentration was because I had to mend my hubby's pants with a new button. This lead to thinking about a pink button bracelet to wear to our Sunday Stitching groups Biggest Morning Tea tomorrow. 
No help whatsoever from Squeaky who thought it her place to sit on the chosen buttons. 
But I'm very happy with the result. 
Now to get back to the quilting and then eat that chicken salsa!!!! 
Hope you're having a great weekend too! 
Teresa xx
PS Can't wait to see what Chooky and the rest of you girls get finished!!! 

Friday, May 29, 2015

This Week....

Tuesday was stitching with the girls.
I decided to work on my project from Nundle by Lynette Anderson. More hexies made and added to the table topper. 
It was a lovely day with the girls and as we were at Helens place, we also had these beautiful visitors to keep us company. 
At home I made another fabric origami butterfly to decorate a birthday present. I finished my huge Tilda pincushion too.
Just a sneak peek for now as it is going to be a gift for a friend. You definitely won't lose this pincushion!!! 
Wednesday I worked on more blocks from Lori Holts book Farm Girl Vintage. 
Canning Jar block was the first one ....
Chicken feet block was the other. I enjoyed making both these blocks. 
Thursday I went along to our local Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea.  
It was a high tea at my favourite cafe and it was fabulous as always there. 
The cafe was decorated beautifully with lots of pink flowers added to the ceiling's canopy. Lovely cups and saucers and delicious food.  
Another great fundraiser for the Cancer Council. 
I managed to make a few vintage tags after lunch for some gift giving. 
Today, Friday, I worked on more Farm Girl Vintage blocks for a Tablerunner swap I'm in. 
My partner likes pink, yellow and green and I get to choose the blocks. I've gone with the Spring Star block and made two....  
For the middle I've made the Postage Stamp block...
Now to put it together, quilt and bind it. 
Happy Mail today too with the arrival of the May Tilda Club project. I love the fabrics and the design is by Libby Richardson. Love it. Aren't the pegs gorgeous? 
Great week, now I'd better get moving and get ready for work. Have a lovely weekend!!! 
Teresa xx

I'll be there.....

Well I'll be there in spirit... wish I was there in real life....stitching up a storm in the Chookshed with Chookyblue....
Celebrating the Chooksheds 3rd birthday....
More info HERE. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A creative day....

I had a very creative day on Tuesday. It is usually the day I feel like sewing and crafting as I get together with my stitching group. Firstly I have made all these cute hexies in Tilda fabrics. It's a pattern by Moda and a kit, in a great little tin, from Hatched and Patched. It will make a giant pincushion when it's finished. 
I also made a third felt Christmas gift envelope and finished off all of them with buttons and closures on the back. 
Then, as I am currently in a button swap, I played around with some buttons. Most of these are old buttons that belonged to my  Nanna. 
I made myself a bracelet and I just love it. I've sewn the buttons onto elastic as I've seen many button bracelets on Pinterest made this way. I tea-stained the elastic to tone it down with the brown colours of the buttons. I've used lots of favourite buttons in this bracelet. 
After seeing a gorgeous little fabric origami butterfly on Fiona's blog (Bubz Rugz) I decided to give them a go too. 
They were so much fun to make. Now I'm thinking of all the places you could put these... On top of presents and gifts...on quilts....on my mums bus with all the hundreds of other butterflies she has in there!.....
Then I finally got tired and went to bed. A great day of crafting that's for sure! 
Teresa xx 
PS I've used one of the butterflies to decorate a birthday present....

Mother's Day Part 2

As my eldest son had to work on Mother's Day, yesterday was the first chance we had to see each other. 
It was a fabulous day starting with a coffee with gorgeous views of the city on the verandah and my husband was nearby and dropped in to join us. 
We walked to a lovely cafe, Plum Tucker, for lunch and I really enjoyed my meal. I have never tried baba ghanoush before, and it was delicious. 
We then walked into the city to GOMA to see the new David Lynch exhibition. It was fantastic. Very dark and even a bit scary... But fantastic and so interesting.
Such a great day, perfect weather too, which is just as well as we walked everywhere! 
Love our Gallery of Modern Art. 
Finished off the day with some ciders and sweet potato fries at a lovely pub in Paddington. 
Very special and I enjoyed my day!
Teresa xx

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Farm Girl Vintage

Week 3 blocks in Lori Holts sew along are completed. 
Baking Day block. 
Butter Churn block. 
Very scrappy and bright, and I'm happy to be using up lots of my scrap fabrics so far. 

Felt Christmas Sewing

After finishing our Christmas wreaths last week, our Tuesday Stitching group have decided to continue the felt/Christmas sewing each week. Well some of us are continuing (one of us has given up as she has an aversion to felt lol!!!) 
I've decided to work on this pattern of 6 little gift envelopes. They will be handy at Christmas and they hang on the tree as a decoration as well. 
My progress so far.....
A little kitty in a stocking.....
My favourite so far... The sheep. It's a bit hard to see but he has some holly embroidered on his collar. 
And santa (who looks a bit suntanned!!) 
The pattern suggests felt circles as buttons for the closures on the back...
But I've decided on little wooden Christmas buttons. Three down, three to go. These are fun. 
Teresa xx

PS Bought this to try today. I had to try it. Well it's awful!!!!! I love Vegemite and I love chocolate.... But definitely NOT together!