28 September 2008

I've Been Tagged

I have been tagged by Christina, gee thanks. I won't be tagging anyone cause it makes me feel guilty but there a 7 random/weird facts about me.

1. Had a breast reduction 3 years ago and lost half a stone (3kg) in a day.

2. Have lost 18kg over the last couple of months the hard way.

3. Hate the necessity of social kissing hello/goodbye.

4. Never forget a face but can never remember their names. Was at dinner last week for a reunion of playgroup mums and they were talking about some of the others that are still at playgroup and the mum sitting next to me said "you have got no idea who we are talking about have you?" and she was right.

5. My elbows are double jointed doesn't matter which way my hands face the inside of my elbow is always up.

6. I have always coloured my hair ever since I was 16 it was only allowed to grow out for 12 months after the birth of my son and I have just about been every natural colour there is haven't ventured into the blue/pinks/yellows and I think I am passed that now.

7. My husband is a neat freak and I am not and will do anything to avoid housework. He says I have worn him down over the years.

26 September 2008

Apron Strings

Another birthday swap is safely delivered. Here is my version of Leanne's House Apron Strings (click on the link if you just got to get the pattern).
This apron is super super easy the thing that took the time was the embroidery and of course you don't have to do that if you don't want to there are options for a none embroidered version in the pattern. You can do a mail version, without the flowers or a real girly version if you want. As this was for someone from my Prim Forum I choose lovely Pat Sloan fabric in suitable prim tones. The problem is I now have a few christmas orders from the girls so I might be making a few over the next couple of months.

25 September 2008

Trip to Town with children grrrrr

The kids had the day off school today as they both had a dentist appointment late morning and I didn't see the point in rushing them back to school for a couple of hours on the second to last day of term. My daughter needs new school shoes...well they wear runners to school and after trying on six pairs which none of them were ok by her standards Mum had had enough.

I was able to get to the Next Byte to ask a few questions about MacBooks and compatibility with my current PC and they answered all the questions I had so I think I might be getting one of those soon and set up a wireless network at home so that the laptop can travel with me to the sewing room and I can do what I want on my computer whenever I want instead of being pestered to get off so the kids can play.

My son ended up needing a total head X-ray because one of his new teeth to come through is a bit larger than normal and I think.... and after examining him the dentist agrees with me that it may be 2 teeth fused together (she said that most parents are worried about the size of their kids second teeth but in this case I was right lol).

20 September 2008

Winged Things and Halloween

Life is sweet, tender and complete
When you find the bluebird of happiness.
You will find perfect peace of mind
When you find the bluebird of happiness.
Two hearts that beat as one,
'Neath a new found sun,
We are in a world that's just begun,

And you must sing his song, as you go along,
When you find the bluebird of happiness.

The flock of Bluebirds were my contribution to the winged things Ornie Swap.

And here is the Halloween swap.

What do you call a lot of bats?

18 September 2008

Do we look like Rain Drops ... not quite

Finished working on my daughter's classes costumes today. At least this year they weren't that involved and have only taken a couple of hours to put them together with some help from a few mums. I picked the wrong day to go to school without makeup (I'm the one in the middle) apparently we might see the picture flashed up on the big screen at the concert so I think I can share it with you as 500 people are going to see it next week.

I got a couple of BOM's today Pocket of Posies from Mrs Martin and Little Blue Birds from Sarah QFD it is so great when BOM's come when they are scheduled to and you know that you can trust they are going to arrive on time. I am really glad that I have found these wonderful shops to do business with and are happy to recommend them. I am sure many of you have had BOM that don't arrived for months and it really takes the enjoyment out of the whole process.

15 September 2008

Love Dye-na-Flow

My order of Dyn-Na-Flow from Essential Textiles came today. Love this stuff really easy to use and heat sets. You can use it on natural and synthetics (great for nylon/poly lace) and paper as well. Blends easily and flows really easy. Purchased an Exciter Pack first to make sure I liked it now I am collecting all the colours. I looked at the picture and realised that I didn't get any yellows so will have to go back and do a bit more ordering I think.

The fabric behind is for my December Garden Quilt by Gail. I think I have enough to start now might get to it on the weekend.
I mentioned in my previous post that I was going to make a start on quilting Seasons, well I am now unpicking 2 hours of quilting because I didn't like it. I think I will be doing that for the rest of the week because I heavily quilted nearly a quarter of the quilt. I think I will just do 1 inch squares on the diagonal instead and maybe something different around the red borders on the stitcheries and the main border. Will see .... after 2 hours of unpicking last night get quite over it.

14 September 2008

Quilting Seasons

Basted Seasons last night ready for quilting, might get an hour in this morning with any luck. Am undecided how to quilt it might have to make it up as I go. Went to Hetties yesterday and it was packed (maybe there was a class) with people shopping. Saw Leanne there and said a quick hello but she was helping behind the counter.

13 September 2008

Strawberry Fields for Ever

Here are my first two strawberry pin cushions couldn't you just eat them.
Had another great mail day yesterday my ornies arrived but as they still haven't all reached their destination yet I can't show you. Got some lovely willow branches yesterday and found a great jar to put them in (just trying to get the label off now....why do they use so much glue) to display the Halloween ornies, my winged ones are all on the willow tree.
Also received an order from the Fabric Shack with fabric for Gail's December Garden and some cotton velveteen to make more yummy strawberries just have to get the dye pots out.

09 September 2008

Pin Cushion of the Month - My Favourite SA Spot

Sarah at QFD has asked all members of the Pin Cushion Club to put a picture of what she would see if she hand delivered the kits every month. But if you come from SA she wanted us to show our favourite spot so here is my favourite place mine. It is in the heart of the city of Adelaide and it is the River Torrens. I love the reflections of the trees in the water and the ornate walking bridge.
If you still haven't joined Pin Cushion of the Month just click on the Pin Cushion image above and it will take you directly to the page to order you know you want to. The Pin Toppers that you get with every kit are adorable. Can't wait for Janelle and Leannes months.

I Love the Postie

Have had a wonderful couple of mail days this week. Yesterday got not one but two deliveries of my Pin Cushion of the Month and some wool felt from QFD and some Dye-Na-Flo dyes from Essential Textiles. I just got primary colours but am going to put in another order for a few more colours this week as my little squeeze bottles are starting to look a bit low and I really love using this stuff because you don't have to worry if you have synthetic or natural fabric it works on it all.

Today I got this fabric from QFD. I originally received a fat quarter of it in my Michael Miller Black and White Fat Quarter collection and when I saw it on Sarah's site just had to get a whole metre because I love it. Am going to start collecting lots of Black and Whites because I think they make stunning quilts when you just add a splash of colour here and there and I have about 3 quilts in my head which must be made soon.

06 September 2008

Pin Cushion Heaven

I received in the mail on Thursday this pattern which I had been waiting impatiently for. The strawberry pin cushions are toooooo die for. Now to get my hands on some hot pink velveteen. Did get some hot pink wool felts so that might do though I don't think it will have the tactile yummyness of the velvet so will keep hunting. The pattern has strawberry, pears, tomatoes and apple pin cushion patterns and I just had to have it. If you want one go to Heather Bailey's web site.
Can't wait till Monday when I anticipate the arrival of my Pincushion of the Month from QFD (you can still sign up to get yours). Leanne and Janelle have treated us to some spoilers and guess what I can't wait for their months to come around, looks like most of the months are going to have more than one pin cushion to make so I think I will have my pin cushion fill by the end and a nice little display as well to go with it.

02 September 2008

Pocket of Posies

Here is my centre block for Pocket of Posies, it looks even wonkier in the picture, oh well I can live with it. I have lots of Blackbird's sampler fabric in different colours so I think I will be using them as backgrounds for most of the blocks I love them.

Colours don't show up as well in this shot cause it looks like they are blending in with the background and they don't at all in real life and on the camera.

Haven't got any big ric rac for the basket might have a look around and put some on later, though I quite like it without.