Monday, April 10, 2017

April Friday Night with Friends

The first week of April is down already, which of course meant the first Friday of the month
joining in with lots of other ladies around the world for some stitching of one kind or another with our lovely host Cheryll.  This time I did something totally different ...... I mentioned our daughter Stacey came up for a visit the other weekend and while she was here she had to sort through a pile of her clothes - she was a little sad to have to throw all her coloured denim shorts and a special pair of flowered denim jeans into the "opp shop" pile since they no longer fit her.   Well she has just found out she is scheduled for some surgery (something rather unexpected occurred a couple of months back and she was placed on a priority list) ......  So on Friday I figured I might just take those shorts and jeans out of the pile and cut them up .......... 
The Front

And turn them into a pillow for her ............ 
And the Back - the fav flowered jeans

I'm heading down to Melbourne on Wednesday to stay with her and take her into the  The Royal Womens Hospital on Thursday.  Strangely enough this is the hospital she was tranfered to by neonatal unit hours after she was born and placed on life support where she stayed hooked up for 3 very long days and nights while they waited to see if she was strong enough to fight and survive.  Three times during the first few months the doctors expected her to die ........ now here we are 27 and a half years later .......... I expect I'm going to have some very mixed emotions while waiting for her to come out of surgery!    Anyhow, I'll be taking the pillow down with me to give her and sure hope she embraces the fact that I cut her favourite jeans up lol

After working on the pillow, I turned to do some stitching on month 3 of Down the Rabbit Hole -
this month is working on leaves, the centre circle and then a border. 
I decided to pull out this cute little seal skin thimble that was sent to me all the way from Alaska by an online friend a few years ago.  I've held off using it for years, but decided it was time to use it.

Night time sees me sitting down for an hour or so in front of the TV and working on the ripple cotton crochet blanket for grandson Jaxson.  Still a while to go on it yet though!  A bit like this post which has had to wait since yesterday arvo for google photos to decide it was happy to play! 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

7 Years!

Apparently my last 2 posts haven't actually published and are somewhere in cyberspace!!  How frustrating is that!!  So it's now 2 weeks or there abouts since I last posted, and I'll try to fill you in!  On March 26 it was 7 years since we collected the keys to the cottage here at Bundalong!  How time flies!!  So with the end of March I was able to make the OPAM report having finished 2 projects - the crochet blanket and a sewn chair cover.
  I do enjoy linking up with Peg and Kris for this "one project a month" as it's good to be able to look back and see what's been achieved during the year.  Of course I've also been keeping up with my two BOM's but since they are a block each month the projects won't be actually finished till the end of the year! The 3rd pattern is just out for down the rabbit hole as it get released the very last day of the month, so I'm currently working on cutting out little leaves for the flowers - I'll show you during the week sometime. 
This weekend gone we had daughter and partner come for a quick visit while they were up from Melbourne to attend a christening.  With the cold weather now beginning I gave John the beanie I made up for him in January and he was thrilled with it!  A very good reaction and he's planning to wear it to and from work!

For those wondering if I've started attacking that load of cotton yarn that arrived last week ....... well, of course I have lol ......... I've begun work on a  crochet ripple blanket for our youngest grandchild Jaxson in Bubblegum Crush, Orange and Lime Crush which were his chosen colours!
The first row of the ripple blanket

Progress on the Alternate Ripple

I fell for some magazines during the week and finally got to sit on the front veranda over the
weekend with a cuppa and begin having a bit of a read of them.  I'm really missing us not having our vegie patch - not much point with the house on the market ...... however a pumpkin vine has decided to grow in one of the patches which is kinda nice to have them covered in something!  It has quite big leaves compared to the normal pumpkin vine that has been growing here.  It's growing so fast that it already has a few decent sized pumpkins that can be seen growing!  I'm wondering if it's a Jap or maybe a Queensland Blue ..... guess I'll find out soon enough lol

That's it for me given this is the third time for writing this,..... I'm feeling a little despondent the past few days so I sure hope that passes soon - at least this week is my "short" working week so I'll get more days at home later in the week to get things done.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What's in a Day?

I arrived home from work last night to find hubbie had called into the post office to pick up my
parcel. The postie had left a card and I knew it was going to be the order from Bendigo Woollen Mills with the new Cotton Crush colours - a very limited edition for the month of March.  I warned him it was going to be a big parcel (just in case he decided to pick it up for me lol)......... I've had lots of fun already just looking at it and feeling how soft this cotton is!  I couldn't wait to open the bag and line them all up on my very messy table!  My table seems to get that way mid week when I'm busy at work and have several things on the go for evening stitching lol
 The cotton is what I mostly used in my
all lined up getting added to "the stash" data in Ravelry
Maryborough Veranda Blanket because of its softness and wonderful drape!  Most of this is earmarked for "lap blankets" for the grandies. DIL and cushion for the son.  Naturally I have some 4ply there in order to make myself a couple of tops or perhaps a dress??  I spent some time today getting it all entered into my "stash" area in Ravelry along with photos of each yarn.  I find this really useful when I'm planning projects etc as I can bring it up on my ipad quickly and easily to see if I have the right yarn already in stash!  Aren't these colours pretty!!!!

I'm an old fashioned girl at heart and I have to admit that I'm one of those who actually relishes being at home.  It's unfortunate that 3 days
one week and 4 days the alternate week I have to head out the door to "paid" work.  Leaving home just after 7am and getting back around 5 pm after a 90km round trip there isn't a lot of the day left for getting much done those days.  So, a day off can often be quite a busy day.  Busy as it is, I still relish it as I get to take 5 every now and then to slow the pace and do other things ....... like today sitting in the lounge room doing some hand stitching looking out the window you could see a house boat that's tied up to a mooring down on the river (The Murray River for those wondering - it forms part of the
See the top of the houseboat there between the trees?
border between New South Wales and Victoria).

It was raining this morning and looked set in (which it was until about 3pm when it cleared up and the sun came back out).  So I was able to sit this morning and reply to a couple of letters ...... the old fashioned snail mail.  I knew I had to head into the local town and so my plan was to get them written so I could post them off while I was in there (which I did).  So Lynda and Tracy ...... keep an eye out over the next week or two.  These girls both have blogs as well so click on their names to go and have a look.  While I was writing my letters I was blessed to have the postie drop off another letter from a dear friend, Lyn ........ I'll be getting a reply to you shortly.

After chores (chickens and cleaning and washing) and a trip to town to attend to a few errands I
I add a bit of grated Sard as well to give it a bit more Ooomph
decided it was time to get some more Laundry Liquid made up!  Usually I would make around 15-20 lts but at the moment I don't really want that much on hand.  I halved the amounts of the ingredients and have made it up to 7lts.  On average this works out to about $1 something for the whole 7 litres plus the time.  We are trying to save some extra dollars, plus I'm trying to get back to basics again (like I used to do once upon a time before things got so crazy with long drives to work more days than I had planned ........hmmmm, things don't always go to plan do they??).  Anyhow making my own laundry liquid is a great way of saving!  Over the weekend I spent some time grating up the soap. I keep the grated sunlight soap and the sard soap in separate glass jars so they are ready any time.   If you do this make sure you use the very tiny grater side since you want it as small as possible - it takes quite a bit of time to dissolve in water. Click on the page at the top of my blog that takes you to the recipe.  Just make sure you take the time to really dissolve the soap, otherwise once it cools it will separate which is not what you want.

I guess in a way it doesn't really sound like I did that much at all today, and yet the day went so quickly ....... and here I am with dinner cooking and chooks just about ready to be locked up for the night!  Luckily I got the bit of washing done that I had here today - decided that even though it was raining I would just pop it all on the clothes airers to slowly dry over the next couple days - but with the sun coming back out I took the airers outside and now all but a couple of things are dry and ready to be put away!  The simple things, the everyday things ......

I'm itching to get my crochet hook out and start on some of that cotton ........ perhaps later tonight
if I'm really lucky, otherwise it's going to have to wait till the weekend as I'm back to work again tomorrow!  I hope you have had a productive "hump day" and the rest of your week brings a blessing to you and yours.  I'll leave with a photo of this cute little cupcake I bought from work the other day when they were raising some funds.  It reminded me of my "Beehive Cabin"
Hugs Sharm

Saturday, March 18, 2017

March FNSI

Yesterday was the montly online Friday Night Sew In with Wendy from Sugarlane Designs.  It's a great way of putting aside that time to work on a project you might be doing!  I started earlier in the day since it was a rostered day off from work for me and managed to get the last bit of stitching done on this months block for Down the Rabbit Hole ......... with that up to date, I was able to get back to working on the February Block for Val Lairds BOM "Handpicked Wardrobe".  I'm really enjoying this little block of the month (which happens to be Free by the way). 

I'm mostly using scraps from my stash for this ..... I say mostly, since I am planning to add a few "little extras" - like the lovley felt I purchased last month from the quilting bus when it was visiting the local market at Yarrawonga!  It's a "Cottage Garden" make which came in a bundle of 5 squares called "noon". 

The thread I've used for the bag handle is one I had on hand from another "special" project a few years ago - I thought it was just perfect for the handbag.  I've yet to find a little "clasp" to add to the bag ...... I'll be keeping an eye out for "just the right thing" {smile}

And here it is next to the January Block. Block 3 is already out so I need to head over and download the pattern and instructions so I can make a start on it.  And yes, of course I have a plan for this little mini quilt ......It's going to getting put on a wall in the house up in Maryborough, Qld.  All these projects for our new house ....... lets pray we sell here soon so we can get busy in the new house and new chapter ........  In the meantime, it's back to the rest of the weekend.  Have a blessed time whatever you are doing
Hugs Sharm xo

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Cotton Crochet Afghan and Hexie Lovin

It's exciting to be able to tell you that the crochet blanket has been finished! I'm loving how it has turned, and I got some lovely comments when I posted some photos of it on Facebook and Ravelry! It's made from 8ply cotton - from Bendigo Woollen Mills and Stylecraft.  Both these brands have a lovely soft touch and drape to them that remains even after washing - which is why I love it!  I do find the Bendigo to be slightly softer.  I used a free flower pattern by Luba Davies  (D-0101 Floral afghan block by Crochet- atelier ) which can be found on Ravelry. 

 She has it done in several colours, however I chose to make the blocks in single colours.  I then edged each block in treble using the colour, Glacier then joined the blocks together with crochet.  I decided to pop on a lacy type of edging in snow, which I think sets the blanket off nicely! 

Now the crochet is complete I've been spending more time on my hexie tablecloth which is slowly coming together.  I still have one or two more signature hexies coming which is exciting. I'm currently trying to work out fitting the hexies around the centre embroidery which has been a little interesting, but it's getting there! I'm really hoping to get this project completed by the end of March - guess we shall see!  The problem is, I'm easily drawn to other projects once I see some beginning to come to an end!

So you won't be at all surprised when on another note, I'm wanting to get back to some smaller hexies for a few projects!  I spent this week improving things to make that task a little easier ......... I bought a 1" template, a small rotary cutter and a small cutting board that rotates!!!!!  I'm excited and can't wait for Friday when I have the day off and I'll be able to play!  And ...... I also bought a glue pen to help with the task! 

I even have some fabrics picked out ready to cut ......... so stay tuned for that one!  I'm hoping to use these for one of Lynnette Andersons designs that I stumbled upon the other day ..... I can't remember what the name of it was but perhaps I'll have a little more to share on that next EPP link up.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Rodeo Fun

Awaiting the action
It's been a long weekend here with Labour Day public holiday today which has given us a lovely relaxing time over the weekend. At late notice yesterday arvo we decided to head to Chiltern for the rodeo to meet up with a couple of other friends.  Chiltern is only about a 40min drive from here, so not too far at all.   It was a great arvo and evening - although not always able to see all the excitement of the riders ! I managed to get a couple of photos on my phone - not the best quality, but enough to remind us of our outing I also managed quite a bit of sewing, but I'll get that in another post this week.
Cowboy from Tully, Qld coming off the Bull

Sunday, March 5, 2017

A Weekend of FNWF

Friday night sewing with Friends - it's online sewing hosted by Cheryll - see the link on my sidebar to see what everyone got up to ....... as for me what began on Friday night has continued through the weekend at various points! 

Now that the 2nd block is out for "Down the Rabbit Hole" I was able to get started on making the flowers. If you peak through my cabin window you can see it sitting on the table while I place where and how the flowers might look once attached!    I'm really pleased I joined up for this BOM as it's also like a full sewing class with the videos and wonderful support that Sarah Fielke gives to everyone. 

 No question goes without an answer and helpful advise, so although I'm dealing with a lot of new skills and techniques, and may have some trepidation involved, I trust that it's going to come together and we are going to end up with a wonderful quilt for our bed!  I say we, because Pete is helping out with some of the colour choices when I need another opinion - after all, it's going to be on our bed and he is going to have to be looking at it as well!!  So, if you are thinking or have been thinking about this BOM I can say it is well supported by the designer!
I'm really happy now I've finally worked out what I'm doing with the hand sewing and love how these little flowers are coming out!  I'm halfway through sewing on all the centre pieces and then have to sew on the actual flowers into their places!  What do you think so far?

Naturally I'm continuing work on the crochet rug, which now has all the squares completed and joined together ......... so I've spent a bit of time deciding what type of border I'm going to put around it. 

Since I've had some questions around this rug, once I'm finished I'll do a post to explain how I've made it. 

I'd also like to say thanks to those of you who sent me well wishes for getting better after having a couple of days of dizziness and nausea! I did end up getting things checked out with the Doctor and it seems nothing major is going on, more likely it's a combination of a virus and domino effect stressors that add up.  Bloods have yet to be checked incase there is a bit of anaemia going on - that's on tomorrows list of things.   However Hubbie decided a fishing trip was in order for us, Scruffy included, for Saturday morning, so we  headed up to the Hume Dam, just outside of Wodonga where we got to try out our new rods and reels.  Although we didn't catch any fish (not even a bite), we had a lovely few hours of total relaxation!
Scruffy taking a nap in the boat

Lake Hume