Monday, 15 September 2014

And The Beat Goes On

I have no clue how but these words just popped into my head when thinking of a title and now I have the tune stuck in my head. Off to do a search and found NOT the one in my head ... another search and here it is by Sonny and Cher.

Just a little bit of blanket applique happening here on a secret project and I did manage to prepare the lettering for LMF.

One more week of travelling to and fro and then a two week change of pace ... I'm really hoping to be able to get back into the swing of sewing and also have some major gardening planned.

As for my title, I was thinking that even though I've been feeling 'stuck in a rut' ... the days keep rolling over ... the rain clouds promise and then disappoint ... the roos come in for an evening drink ... (the white rail at the bottom of pic is the top rail of our house fence)

and Millie trots around like she owns the place.  "Will I or won't I go give the working dogs a helping paw?"

"Nah!  Mum needs help with the stitching I'm sure"

And the beat goes on     >^..^<

Monday, 8 September 2014

Sewing? What's That!

Somehow I fell into a 'no-sew-zone' and its proving to be a long climb out. Nothing for it but to dig my toes in and soldier on.

Bit of a late catch-up ... a fortnight ago we had a lovely overnight trip to DD's and Millie came along too. She and Spencer had a ball playing together to the point where he would try and catch his breath while Millie kept bouncing about.

For Father's Day yesterday, we had a lovely visit from DS, DIL and Baby J. Yummy roast lunch to celebrate the day as well as DS's birthday the day before and DIL's birthday in a few days. By the afternoon the showers arrived, sounding so good on the roof ... only 6mm in the gauge this morning but better than missing out all together.

Another week begins.  


Saturday, 23 August 2014

There Are Days

There are days when nothing seems to go to plan and you just can't catch a break. A cold windy and damp Friday managed to produce 4mm of rain. Of course it was my wash day and the line on the verandah quickly filled ... I don't use a dryer. Hubby was trying to do cattle work so I had to keep ducking out to help him while wearing the biggest, warmest coat I could find to keep the chill out. Waiting not so patiently for the mailman to see if expected paperwork will arrive ... the first lot is still somewhere in postal limbo.

Thought I'd grab a moment to sew a couple of button holes and buttons on some hand towels for my 1 Xmas Item A Month - August and to link up with Anthea for Christmas Through The Year. Now where have I put that large container full of buttons? I've looked everywhere I can think of but I guess they'll turn up when I'm looking for something completely unrelated. Isn't that always the way? I did grab a few moments to do a little more blanket stitching on the tractor and decided I'd just pick up the crochet rug after dinner and do a bit more to it, but sleep won out in the end.

This morning while the sun peeped out behind the clouds, I put some of yesterdays still damp wash out into the sunshine and did the rest of the washing. Happy I've managed to get it all dry before the sunshine disappeared and another shower came across ... the wind helps! More ducking out to help hubby and then some more blanket stitching to finish the tractor, moon and star. I've also ironed on Mr Farmer ready for stitching.

Hanging out for Spring ... it's just around the corner.     >^..^<

Saturday, 16 August 2014


Thursday afternoon brought a shower of this lovely wet stuff and with Friday afternoon and night we have measured 17mm of lovely rain  ..... still showering at the moment.

So my Friday night went like this.

The rain has brought the cold so lap space was at a premium.

But I did manage to almost finish a tractor ... just the tyres to go.

Thanks to Wendy for a lovely night in with everyone. Off to do some more stitching and listen to the most beautiful sound of raindrops on the rooftop.


PS:  Definitely not complaining but the wet weather is playing havoc with my internet speed and blogs just don't want to load so I'll have to leave blog hopping till later. Hope everyone who needs this rain is getting some.

Friday, 15 August 2014


Banana Bread in the oven to be followed by a batch of chocolate brownies, ready for some serious sewing time tonight.

If you haven't already, dash over to Wendy's and link up for a great night in.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Up, Down and Round About

Hubby and I enjoyed a lovely visit with DS, DIL and GS last Sunday. He's blossoming after his early arrival and they make such a gorgeous little family.  Lots of cuddle time too!

Monday was Patchwork day for our little group so I finally packed the sewing machine up and took it in with me to continue with the border blocks on the scrappy quilt from the workshop. Usually I do handwork because it's less to pack and unpack.

Yesterday I made the trip into town, picked up Mum and went to view all the stunning quilts at the Bundaberg Quilters Biannual Quilt Exhibition. A lovely morning out ... caught up with some of the other girls from our Patchwork group ... yummy lunch and of course a purchase or two from the great stalls.

Found the perfect fabric for the backing of Little Maccas Farm quilt for bubby and a couple of reels of thread. This little light will clip nicely onto my embroidery hoop and the sweet tins are just because.

During the week I'm driving over rough dirt roads to and from town work or helping hubby on the property. We're back feeding cows again as the little bit of grass quickly disappears. Poor things ... when they hear the tractor at the shed, they start making their way across the paddock and up the lane to meet it. You can hear them calling to each other ... "he's coming, he's coming".  Then this morning I didn't even finish filling the kitchen sink to do the breakfast dishes when the water stopped flowing ... empty rainwater tank! Lucky we have another tank on the car shed with some water but how long will it last?

To top it off I had to walk 2 km home this afternoon ... hubby's vehicle wouldn't start when we were working up the paddock so I needed to take my car back up to jump start it. Just glad we weren't right over in the back corner and kept thinking of the positive side ... all the calories I was burning.

Well it's time for some dinner followed by some more blanket stitching and then time for some zzzzzzzz's ready for whatever the new week will bring.

Keep the needle threaded and keep smiling.     >^..^<

Saturday, 2 August 2014

FNWF Report

I stitched my way through 'Lord of the Rings - Return of the King' and all I have to show for it is one windmill.

There was also some channel surfing during the adds, watching some Commonwealth Games, making a cuppa...twice, and Miss Millie needed a run outside for reasons only she knows.

Thanks Cheryll for another lovely Friday night spent with friends.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Keeping Busy and Frozen Fun

Last weekend would have to have been the coldest weekend yet ... just when some of our group were going away for a weekend retreat at Gayndah. Cold or not we had a fantastic time learning, sewing, chatting with old friends and making new friendships. I thoroughly enjoyed working on my scrappy quilt with tutor Jacky Hens and have managed to complete the first 30 blocks ... next are the border blocks.

Cutting ...

Sewing ...

Finished blocks.

I am going to work on the practice of having only 3 main focus projects on the go at one time (I can only try as I like jumping from one to another).  Of course 'Little Maccas Farm' for baby Jake is my 1st project. 'Billy Goat' is the 12th and last animal block and now it's onto the centre block.

My 2nd focus project is the above scrappy quilt and my 3rd project is the crochet knee rug. Now that I have had a refresher course (thanks Mum) if I keep doing a row here and there I won't forget how the pattern goes.  It's growing .....

Happy Sunday     >^..^<

Saturday, 12 July 2014

My Week in Pictures

Sunday - trimmed block #11 ... Mum and Dad arrived for a few days visit.

Monday - Mum and I went into our patchwork day. I revisited a crochet started ? years back.

 Mum made 6 cards from a kit purchased from the Brisbane Craft Fair.

Tuesday - Weeding and planting some new broms. 
DD arrived for a few days visit.

Wednesday - DD started making a shaggy quilt for her nephew.

Thursday - Shopping, visiting and introduced baby Jake to his Great Great Grandma.
My grandma (97 years young), mum, myself, DS and DIL and baby Jake ... 5 generations!

Friday - Millie thanks Junior (DD's dog) for visiting and playing with her. Come back soon!

Quilt almost finished - about 1/4 of binding to go!

Saturday - warming by the fire ... toys and all!

Later when the day warmed up ... "Will you play with me Jayne?"

Saturday, 5 July 2014

FNWF Review

Friday night ... football ... and friends = a great night. Not that I pay much attention to the footy really, just glance at the score now and then.  My main focus was on ...

Hopping around some blogs today, I've seen lots of lovely projects. Thank you Cheryll for hosting a lovely night and to see more hop over here.