Friday, 18 April 2014

No Schedules - Part 2

It's a good thing I'm learning to go with the flow because at times it feels like I'm in the middle of the rapids. At the beginning of the week I was expecting 7 for dinner tonight so I ordered an appropriate amount of seafood. Over the past 24 hours that number dwindled back to just the 2 of us ... we may have over indulged just a little but I managed to freeze some for another meal or two. While I was in town yesterday doing the weekly grocery shop, the truck that delivers bread to the store had broken down and of course the shelves were empty and no estimated time of delivery so I can only hope my stock of frozen bread lasts.

Luckily I had a couple of days to myself this week and managed to get 3 projects finished. No dust bunnies here but perhaps another sort of bunny?

Dust Cloth #2

Easter Basket
(Mug bag later on)

I also had to whip up this pincushion I found on FB ... free pattern here

This morning hubby asked if I could give him a hand with the cows and when would I be ready. I'm glad I said not until the breakfast dishes were done as we didn't get back home till after 1pm. After lunch, dishes, floors and washing etc, it was time to get dinner started.  In the middle of all that, I turned the computer on to be told my user whatsit failed and NOTHING! Oh No! Panic! Hang on ... safe start up ... do a system restore ... PHEW!!!

So now I'm switching off, making a cuppa and settling down to enjoy some stitching with Wendy and all the lovely FNSI-ers.  Jeans to hem first and then I might just get the needle turn applique finished on my first block of A Merry Christmas Garden.

Happy Easter     >^..^<

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

No Schedules

Just going with the flow at the moment and if I find a little sewing time that's a bonus. I do hope to switch the sewing machine on today and make something but no promises ... if it happens, it happens and I'm ok if it doesn't.

What I have accomplished is the 3rd block for LMF

Finished the dust cloth and posted it over to DD

Getting the hang of needle turn applique thanks to soluble freezer paper and glue ... the centre block with the most work is progressing with all the 'bits' pinned in place now.

The days are so much nicer now with green grass all around and it's starting to get some length in it giving the cows something to enjoy too. Our local show is on this Saturday ... time to catch up with family and friends.

Time for a couple more household chores and then look out sewing machine ... here I come!

Happy sewing with the flow     >^..^<

Saturday, 5 April 2014

FNWF and Whiskers Update

It was so lovely to sit with friends last night and enjoy some down time. Knit, knit, knit ...

Another dust cloth in the making and now I have a new quality controller. Thanks Cheryll and friends for a relaxing evening.

This morning the sun is shining, birds are singing and the grass is slowing greening up ... time for your picture Miss Millie.

Jayne seems to have accepted our new family member and is ok with her as long as she sticks to her own meal. Fleur prefers the 'I'm out of here' attitude just yet.

Have a great weekend     >^..^<

Friday, 4 April 2014

FNWF and a Giggle

Just scraping in with my sign up with Cheryll and friends for FNWF.  I bought a new ball of 'Giggle' wool today because DD has asked for another dust cloth. One to keep in her new car ... so I'll be knitting tonight.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Whiskers and Weather

How quickly have the whiskers in my family come to a truce ... especially at meal time.

On the weather front, we measured a total of 196 mm or almost 8 inches of rain for March with nearly all of it falling in the last week. Such a relief not having to worry where our cows can get their next drink from. Now for some grass to grow.

One day I will have some sewing to share. Sorry I haven't left many comments on blogs lately but I do try to whiz about blog land when I get a moment and check out all the gorgeous makes and busy happy bloggers. Last week of school and then holiday time. Or as I like to think of it ... one less job to spread one's self between.


Friday, 28 March 2014

Good News Week

This was the view from our verandah on Monday with no water visible in the dam ... this pic was taken early March.

Move on a few days to Friday morning and Rain ... Beautiful Rain!

Such a relief with just over 5 inches of rain recorded here over the last couple of days. Most of our dams were at critical levels and now the worry of watering the cows has been rinsed away.  Will still have to feed them though and hope the grass grows.

Of course with that much rain, getting home from work yesterday was quite a trial.  My usual 40 minute drive turned into over 4 hours. Half way home I had to stop at a flooded creek crossing and as they say ... "if it's flooded - forget it".  I waited over an hour in the hope it would go down as quickly as it had gone up but when the depth sat at 70cm for a while and it started raining again, I turned around and made the LOOOONNNNGGGG trip home a different round about way. Not complaining.

My late arrival home meant the natives were hungry and this next photo goes to prove that food can conquer all. I have a new addition to my whiskers family except that to the disgust of my to girls, she's a canine! Jayne and Fleur were not impressed but over time I'm hopeful that they will at least tolerate each other.

Here's a better picture of baby Millie ... she's not always this peaceful and is becoming a real little character.

Onto some sewing news ... or lack of really.  Between dealing with the drought, going to work and paying attention to Miss Millie, little progress has been happening in the sewing department. I put the finishing touches on the cow and chook blocks and also have the next two blocks prepared ready for applique.

The pattern called for buttons but as the quilt is going to be for a baby, I've appliqued those too.  While blocks 2 and 3 have arrived for my 'Merry Christmas Garden' quilt, block 1 is still in pieces but then that how I seem to roll. Lots and lots of WISPs ... always plenty of projects to choose from one or another doesn't take my fancy.

Time to go knuckle down to some paper work and reward myself with some applique time tonight.

This last bundle of bright blooms are my birthday cards made and presented to me this week by the Prep, 1, 2 students in the classroom I work in ... little treasures.


Monday, 10 March 2014

Ooops...Forgot A Title

Yesterday's sunset followed by 1.5 mm (6 points) of rain.

Mother Nature sure can deliver on colour.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

FNWF Slow and Steady

Ok ... So my best laid plans survived!  I may not have got to sit down with Miss Hen as early as I'd hoped but I did get to thread up and get some blanket stitching done.

Thank you Cheryll for another lovely Friday evening stitching with friends.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Then and Now and FNWF

Then ... only 12 months ago.

Now ...

My garden back then ...

And now ... the crepe myrtle is the bare one on the right.

So it's nice to sit down on a Friday night and stitch along knowing that many friends are at that moment enjoying the same past time.  Time to sign up over at Gone Stitchin' and enjoy a modern day get together with friends.

See you there     >^..^<

Monday, 24 February 2014

FNSI, OPAM, 1 Xmas Item

Of course the camera batteries would be flat just after I've been to town and don't have any spares. So I have 'borrowed' the ones from the cordless mouse, taken my pics and replaced the batteries back in the mouse. Batteries are now on my shopping list! Wonder if I could buy Mojo batteries too?

Now ... back to Friday night and sewing ... I decided to go with blanket stitch applique on Miss Moo and have been able to finish the applique over the weekend. Just needing eyes and her name embroidered.

Then on Sunday I made a start on an IPad  beanbag for work. Hubby got the request for a nice flat rock about this big (using hands to show size) for a weight and found the perfect size somewhere up the paddock while pumping water for the cows. One IPad beanbag ready to go to school tomorrow and a tick for OPAM.

I didn't have a gadget to test drive it with so I used the pattern for my 1 Xmas Item long term project.

Which brings me to my progress so far on block 1 and my 1 Xmas Item A Month for February. If slow and steady won the race then I'm already a winner. I'm attempting needle turn again after several years since my first attempt. Lots of leaves to prepare next.

Another busy week ahead so it's nice to sit down after dinner and do some stitchery to unwind before bed.

Happy Stitches     >^..^<