|One of the boys posing on his new quilt.|
Monday, September 30, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
I've recently been buying craft books and the first one arrived today. I love stitching and applique and after seeing this on a friend's blog and couldn't resist. After having a quick look through I know I don't regret buying it and I am looking forward to making lots of the projects in it.
Friday, April 19, 2013
I have greatly enjoyed watching the contestants make their pieces ... and have tried to learn something from their successes as well as their failures ...
Episode 1: The Great british Sewing Bee. Episode 1
Episode 2:The Great British Sewing Bee. Episode 2
Episode3: The Great British Sewing Bee. Episode 3
I will put up Episode 4 next week as soon as it arrives online.
Anyhow, I thought I would pop up a pic of the blanket I made for my new grandson.
I embroidered his name and date of birth on it.
The blanket is self-binding and made from 100% cotton flannelette ....I always like to use natural fabrics for babies and children. These are really easy to make and the pattern is available from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.
As some of you may know, I went to Adelaide for a quilting retreat last month (March). I met some wonderful women, learnt lots of new skills, saw some new sights and had lots of laughs and a fabulous time. I came home with too much new fabric, of course, and some new patterns designed by some of my very clever new friends. The first one I completed was this lovely project bag designed by Fee of Fee's Shabby Shack. This great pattern is currently sitting at No. 1 on Craftsy's pattern page. Well done, Fee, and thank you for a wonderful project.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
In September last year my daughter and I went on holiday for 5 weeks. Our first stop was Amsterdam for 36 hours as a stopover on our way to London.
|8am Friday - from the breakfast bar.|
|Peak hour traffic ;)|
|More cities should implement this.|
In the afternoon, after finally getting into our hotel at about midday, and being able to have a shower, I wanted to do a canal trip to have a look around the city the easy way. So we went to Starbucks for a coffee, and then I took notice of my daughter's suggestion of the direction we should head off in, and off we went. Note to self: when in strange city 1) do not listen to daughter; 2) buy a map. 2 hours later we were still walking the streets trying to find our way back to the city centre. Now, don't get me wrong, it was certainly a novel and educational way to see the city and we certainly saw some sights we would never have seen from a boat, but I could have done without the exercise after a long haul flight and 30+ hours of virtually no sleep, and she could have done without the blisters. In spite of all that though, we had some great laughs and some great mother daughter bonding time.
|Dam Square Monument|
|Hotel Krasnapolsky behind Dam Square|
Monday, February 18, 2013
|Xander and Grandma - 2 hours old|
|Xander and Daddy - 2 hours old|
|Xander with Mummy's hand - 12 hours old|
|Xander and his very proudDaddy - 5 days old|
Sunday, February 17, 2013
So, a brief catch up on the last 9 months , which I will publish in sittings, so a) any readers don't get bored; b) so I manage to get the posts published; then on to the present and a greater effort at blogging regularity.
I will start with a subject that features quite forcefully in the home. Those objects of my affection that make the most mess, take up the most time and generally create havoc in my otherwise peaceful and organised life.
|Felix - right way up|
|Tabitha - wants to be on TV|
|Tabitha - the mouser|
|RIP Mink. You were a sweet and faithful purr-person.|
Then a couple of weeks ago, I had a message from a very longstanding friend who desperately needed a home for a mature cat. To cut a long story short, I said yes and so Mr. Prince entered our lives.
Monday, May 7, 2012
I don't think I have told you about my kittens. Back in December, my next door neighbour and I rescued 8 orphan kittens whose mother was killed by a dog when they were just 5 days old.
Between the 2 of us we bottle/syringe fed them, toileted, bathed, cleaned and generally mothered these babies. Everyone told us that it was inevitable that some would die and we should be prepared for this eventuality. There was one I was a bit worried about because it kept choking at feed time and would bring the milk back down her nose, so at about 2 weeks old I carted them all to the vet for a general check up but all seemed to be in pretty good health.
So home again and keep doing what we were doing and at 3.5 weeks old this is how we were going. This is not imprisonment this is keeping us safe during exercise time. After all, 8 is a lot to keep control of and we didn't want to lose any behind the fridge or under the washing m,achine.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Thursday, December 15, 2011
The reason for my apparent laxity is the fact that I am very involved in my genealogy and have recently been spending a lot of my free time in researching my family tree. It is very absorbing as I have contact with a cousin in the UK and between the two of us we have found lots of exciting information as, for example, my great-grandfather co-wrote a book with a famous cyclist and a Pre-Raphaelite artist painted a portrait of my great-grandmother which she donated to The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 2 years before she died, among a lot of other equally fascinating, to me at least, stuff, which will be of no interest to you unless you are related to me. :P
Anyway, I'm here now and it appears I have a bit of time to catch up with, so I'd better get started. I won't bore you with lots of words, I will just put up a few pics of things I have been doing. I will probably do a few posts over a few days so I can totally catch up with this year before it ends.
This is a table runner I made for my daughter-in-law ... front and back. These are her favourite colours. I also made her a Bag-bag in the same colours.
The following are a couple of a number of peg bags I have made. The left one was for a friend and the one on the right for a different daughter-in-law, whose favourite colours are also red and black. (Doesn't allow a mother-in-law much in the variety stakes when sewing for them :(
Living in a small place leaves me wanting for storage, so I am thinking of making different ones of these to store things in different rooms/cupboards around the house. I want to redesign them slightly so they close in the front. When I have got to them I will put up some pics.
For those of you who don't know, my next door neighbour and I rescued 8, 5 day old orphan kittens last Friday and are hand-rearing them. They are progressing wonderfully and are now 11 days old. Here are some pics I took over the last couple of days.